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June 26, 2014

NJN/am for Thursday, June 26

It's Thursday, and chant it with us: “I believe that we will win!” (But we'll settle for a draw)...

Weather: Half and half. We have a 50-50 chance of a scattered thunderstorm today, with highs in the middle 80s and nighttime lows around 70. More scattered storms on Friday, with the same highs and lows.

Will our next superintendent enter and sign in, please? The Jefferson County Board of Education will meet with Dr. Craig Pouncey, its selection to replace Stephen Nowlin as superintendent, during the board's regular monthly meeting this morning. The details of Pouncey's employment contract will be one of the main items of business. Pouncey will officially take office next Tuesday.

Sports: Huge day for U.S. soccer. Today's the day that the Americans find out if they will move on to the knockout stage of the World Cup tournament in Brazil, or will go home. The chances are good for the U.S., as they need just a win or a draw against Germany to advance out of Group G. Even if the U.S. loses, they could still advance depending on the result of the Portugal-Ghana match being played at the same time. ESPN coverage starts at 11 a.m.... College baseball: At long last, Vanderbilt has won an NCAA championship in a men's sport. The Commodores defeated Virginia 3-2 to win the third and deciding game of the College World Series... Major League Baseball: Tim Lincecum pitched his second no-hitter, and did so against the same team as the Giants blanked the Padres 4-0. Lincecum struck out six, and the only San Diego runner reached on a walk.

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