The U.S. women's national team (USWNT) should have its talismanic captain back for the World Cup final on Sunday. Megan Rapinoe missed the semifinal against England with a hamstring injury but sought to reassure fans her presence in the final was not in doubt. "It just wasn't going to be ready for today," she told ESPN after the game. "But it's feeling much better today and I plan to be ready for the final." Having Rapinoe back would be a major boost for the defending champions ahead of their meeting with the Netherlands. Prior to the semifinal, Rapinoe was the USWNT's only goalscorer in the knockout stages, netting twice against Spain in the round of 16 and repeating the feat in the quarterfinal against France. With five goals, she trails teammate Alex Morgan and England's Ellen White by one goal in the race for the Golden Boot. Even without the veteran forward, the U.S. had the better of England in the semifinals as goals from Christen Press and Morgan secured a third consecutive … [Read more...] about Megan Rapinoe Injury Update: Will USWNT Star Play in World Cup Final?
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Hua's note: The end of the World Cup is upon us. Perhaps it's finally time to get back to work on that long-overdue manuscript, or house-train the dog, or take up swimming. Or maybe the World Cup has only whetted your appetite for the resumption of club football, with its promise of splashy new transfers, Bruce Lee-like teenage forwards learning to speak Dutch, miserably cold, early-Saturday trips to the bar to watch your team battle Grimsby Town in some inconsequential cup. We know Snoop is excited. A far less world-uniting version of global soccer, but the one that awaits. In the meantime, guest blogger Pete L'Official offers his thoughts on how to enjoy those last few minutes, and how to cope with those impending feelings of loss. By the end of today's match, either Spain or the Netherlands will win the World Cup for the first time. The other will be devastated. Some might move on, downplaying the result as the loss of a mere trophy, one that isn't even as valuable as its replica. … [Read more...] about Watching the World Cup Final: Of Loss and Longing
FANS hailed the “best day of sports ever” as epic Wimbledon and Cricket World Cup finals went down to the wire. England became cricket world champions after defeating New Zealand in a sudden death super over at Lord’s. And just moments before, in another nail-biting final, Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer to claim his fifth Wimbledon title with the pair competing in the first ever fifth-set tie-breaker. Lewis Hamilton’s record sixth British Grand Prix triumph was completely dwarfed due to the dramatic finals. Fans lauded what was a day of truly unforgettable sports, flocking to Twitter to celebrate a incredible day of action. One said: "Quite possibly the best day of non footballing sport iv ever witnessed. Lewis winning at silverstone, and two epic finals at wimbledon and lords. And all available on free to air tv! Awesome!!!"Another said: "WHAT A DAY OF SPORT! Best day of sport ever?? I’m exhausted after that!!" One added: "That was the best day of … [Read more...] about Fans hail ‘best day of sports ever’ as epic Wimbledon and Cricket World Cup finals go down to the wire
It took until the 62nd minute, but Team USA took the lead in the Fifa Women's World Cup and used that momentum to propel themselves to a second consecutive title.Megan Rapinoe scored the goal for the women's team after a penalty was issued to the Netherlands following contact with Alex Morgan in the box.The penalty kick was the first in the game, though Team USA had taken seven other shots in the contest that had either missed the goal or been blocked by Netherlands goal keeper Sari van Veenendaal. Veenendaal recorded four saves in the first half of the match. Team USA has seen a couple of injuries in the game as Kelley O'Hara left as the second half began with what is believed to be a head injury. Additionally, Becky Sauerbrunn briefly exited the game with a cut above her eyebrow that required her to be bandaged up.Rose Lavelle put Team USA up 2-0 in the 69th minute, which became the final goal of the match. Rapinoe left the game in the 79th minute, being subbed by Christen Press. As … [Read more...] about Watch: Megan Rapinoe’s Penalty Kick, Rose Lavelle Goal Give Team USA 2-0 Win in Women’s World Cup Final
The new Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan was scheduled to host the European champions in a semifinal on December 18, in addition to the final and third-place play-off on December 21. But the official opening of the 40,000-seat venue has been delayed until 2020 after FIFA failed to complete the relevant test events on time. The matches have now been moved to the Khalifa International Stadium, which will now host five games in total. The Khalifa International Stadium, which will host matches duing the 2022 FIFA World Cup is also the home of Qatar national team. "Construction at Education City Stadium is complete and the venue is now operational," read a FIFA statement. "However, the necessary certification process took longer than expected and therefore the stadium was unable to host the required test events prior to the semi-final and final of the FIFA Club World Cup at full capacity. "The priority is to ensure an enjoyable experience for all fans so it was decided to open the … [Read more...] about Liverpool matches moved, Khalifa Stadium to host FIFA Club World Cup final
Gareth Bale now has 10 goals in 21 games for Real Madrid this season. © AFP Gareth Bale hit an 11-minute hat-trick on Wednesday as Real Madrid strolled into the Club World Cup final by beating Kashima Antlers 3-1 in Abu Dhabi. Bale scored in the 44th, 53rd and 55th minutes at the Zayed Sports City Stadium to put Madrid within touching distance of a record fourth success in this competition, and their third triumph in a row. Real are currently tied with their La Liga rivals Barcelona, having each won it three times before, but it would be a major surprise if the European champions were not hoisting the trophy again on Saturday, when they face hosts Al Ain in the final.Bale had missed the 1-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano last weekend with an ankle problem but he was in irresistible form, albeit against limited opposition.The Welshman joins Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the only player to score in three separate Club World Cup tournaments while his treble, coming either … [Read more...] about Hat-Trick Hero Gareth Bale Fires Real Madrid Into Club World Cup Final