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The European soccer championship is taking place for the first time in former East Bloc countries Ukraine and Poland. The tournament is supposed to highlight Europe's post-Cold War unity, but the age-old plagues of racism and nationalism persist.

Ukraine is home to a small number of Africans and Asians, many of whom came during the Soviet period. One prominent expatriate in Kiev is Charles Assante-Yeboa, president of the local Africa center.

Assante-Yeboa says four years ago, a group of Ukrainians wielding knives and clubs attacked him.

NBA Finals Are On And No-Hitters Are Hot

Jun 16, 2012

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And the no-hitters keep on coming. Matt Cain pitched a perfect game for the San Francisco Giants Wednesday night. It was the fifth no-hitter in Major League Baseball this season and it's only June. Audie Cornish talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about where Cain's performance ranks in the record books and why no-hitters, which used to be rare, are now seemingly routine.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder couldn't pull off another comeback against the Miami Heat in the NBA finals. They fell just short in game two last night. Despite a furious fourth quarter rally, the Heat won 100-96. Miami led from the beginning and held on to tie the series at one win apiece. From Oklahoma City, NPR's Tom Goldman reports.

The two sports headlines that matter the most this morning.:

-- Tiger Woods Tied For Second At U.S. Open; Michael Thompson Leads By Three Strokes.

Golf's Open is being played at San Francisco's Olympic Club. ESPN's broadcast resumes at 9 a.m. ET.

-- Miami Wins Game Two Of The NBA Finals By Score Of 100-96; Series With Thunder Tied At 1-1.

The Heat and Thunder play next on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. ABC-TV is the broadcaster.

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