The knockout stages of a World Cup are a whole different kind of pressure | Hope Solo

Everything goes up a few more notches in the knockout stages, where a potential quarter-final between France and the US could be one of the most epic matches in the history of womens football As a player, I loved the pressure of the big time moments that occur during the World Cups knockout rounds. You feel more butterflies, a bit more stress and a little bit more excitement. Training sessions are more intense. Everything goes up a few more notches. You think you have given it your all during the group-stage games but then you learn that theres another level to reach for in the knockout stages. You know that if you lose, you go home. The intensity goes up …

Wendie Renards twice-taken penalty pushes France past Nigeria

France completed a perfect three wins from three in Group A with a 1-0 victory over Nigeria thanks to a re-taken penalty by Wendie Renard A furious Nigeria manager, Thomas Dennerby, claimed the officials had ruined the match after Wendie Renards retaken penalty following a double VAR check ensured France progress to the last 16 having topped Group A. Nigerias hopes of a third-place finish now hang by a thread. If I gave you honest opinions, they would probably send me home, he said, bluntly. When asked about his teams performance, he replied: My players are heroes. The France manager, Corinne Diacre, was pleased to benefit from the referee following the letter of the law. There are new rules so …

Colorado police looking for man in brawl at baseball game involving 7-year-olds

Colorado authorities say they are investigating a fist fight between adults over a teenage umpires calls during a youth baseball game in Lakewood Colorado authorities say they are investigating a fist fight between adults over a teenage umpires calls during a youth baseball game involving 7-year-olds. Video shot by spectators shows men exchanging punches on the field in suburban Denver. Lakewood police spokesman John Romero said police want help identifying a man shown punching the side of another mans head, knocking him to the ground. Police posted the video Tuesday pic.twitter.com/ieenhwCrbU Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

‘Big Basta Big Apple’: Mathieu Bastareaud comes to New York

The giant French centre will play Major League Rugby next year and Samu Manoa, for one, is readying a very warm welcome Mathieu Bastareaud arrives at the hotel on Lexington and 57th with a stiff neck, but its not something to worry the French selectors. In Manhattan for the first time, he has simply spent most of his time looking up at buildings even bigger than he is. This is maybe the city that is the most attractive in the world, says a man who started his career in Paris and has spent the last eight years in the Mediterranean port of Toulon. I know from the TV shows, CSI and Friends and things like that! I was very excited …

Royal Ascot: A day in the life

(CNN)Royal Ascot may be known for its glitz and glamor but plenty of work goes on behind the scenes to make it such a spectacle. Now, with Royal Ascot in full swing, CNN Sport met some of the characters who make the event so special. READ: Meet the trainer to royals, rulers and billionaires Visit CNN.com/horse racing for more news, features and videos

Anthony Davis is joining forces with LeBron James, as Pelicans and Lakers reportedly agree to trade

(CNN)Anthony Davis is on the move, and he’s joining forces with LeBron James in Hollywood. But right now, the focus is on Los Angeles. The trade instantly takes the Lakers from laughing stock to a potential title contender next season. “AD on da way!!” James wrote on Instagram. He later added in the post, “Let’s get it bro! Just the beginning.” Davis, James share the same agent Davis and James share the same agent in Rich Paul. In January, Davis informed the Pelicans that he would not sign a contact extension with the team and wanted to be traded, Paul told Wojnarowski at the time. He can become a free agent in the summer of 2020, and Davis plans to …

Peder Fredricson clinches home win at first Global Champions Tour in Stockholm

(CNN)Peder Fredricson saved the best for last as he clinched the first ever Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) on home soil in Stockholm. READ: Global Champions 2019: Schedule and results “Jos had a perfect jump-off,” said Baryard-Johnsson. “Unfortunately, perfect doesn’t always win, because you have to be a little bit crazy and do something really, really risky.” Fredricson wasn’t sure if he was going to be able to beat his fellow Swede. “She was really fast,” Fredricson said about Baryard-Johnsson. “I saw her just before I went in, and I thought ‘it’s going to be really difficult to beat.’” The final rider to go, Fredricson and H&M All In, were 0.65 seconds ahead of Baryard-Johnsson at the halfway point and …

St Louis Blues silence Boston Bruins in Game 7 to win first Stanley Cup title

The Blues captured the first championship in the teams 52-year history with a 4-1 victory over the Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final Ryan OReilly scored for the fourth straight game and rookie Jordan Binnington stopped 32 shots in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final on Wednesday night to lead the St Louis Blues to a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins and their first NHL championship. Alex Pietrangelo added a goal and an assist and Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford also scored for St Louis. The Blues woke up on New Years morning with the worst record in the league but won 30 of their final 49 regular-season games and soared through the playoffs to …

Premier League fixtures 2019-20: Manchester United host Chelsea on opening weekend

Manchester United have an eye-catching opener to the Premier league season at home to Chelsea while Manchester City will start the defence of their title at West Ham Liverpool will raise the curtain on the Premier League season when they host promoted Norwich on the evening of Friday 9 August and if the release of the fixture list on Thursday felt early as it always does it has nonetheless generated the usual scrutiny and excitement. It was only 12 days ago that Liverpool were finishing what can now be called last season with Premier League (@premierleague) Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

If you’re not nervous at a World Cup, you don’t care enough to win | Hope Solo

The pressure of a major tournament can be difficult to deal with and not a lot of players have the ability to deal with that day in and day out Before every World Cup game I played in, I felt good during the warm up. I was ready to play and wanted to play. But then we have to go to the locker room and wait for 20 minutes to come back out. Thats when the nerves start to build up. You walk out the tunnel. You line up for the national anthems. The camera is in your face. You become part of the pomp and circumstance and then the nerves start to kick in. Really kick in. You can …

Crystal Dunn: ‘As a black woman I always felt I had to go above and beyond to be noticed’

Four years after watching her USA team-mates hoist the World Cup from a sports bar, the dynamic 26-year-old left back is out to win one for herself while busting stereotypes about black footballers Crystal Dunn talks a lot about what she calls the above and beyond stuff. Whether its stepping in to play whatever position is required on the day, offering her trademark levity to the sometimes high-strung atmosphere of training with the world champions or challenging stereotypes about black players in a sport disproportionately played in America shock quarter-final exit to Sweden at the Olympics. Im a different person and a player than I was four years ago, Dunn says. I was always been known as a diverse player …

MVP chants broke out during Game 2 of the NBA Finals — for Barack Obama

(CNN)Chants of “MVP” breaking out in an NBA arena are pretty common this time of the year. Former President Barack Obama received a standing ovation and heard the MVP chants from the crowd when he was shown on the arena’s video screen and later introduced during the game. Obama, who was seated next to NBA commissioner Adam Silver, briefly stood up and waved. Obama is a noted basketball fan, and his love for the game was on full display during his two terms in office. His picks for the NCAA’s basketball tournaments became something of a yearly televised ritual. He delighted in meeting championship basketball teams at the White House. That even continued after he left office. In January, Obama …

NBA bans and levies huge fine against Warriors investor who pushed Kyle Lowry during NBA Finals

(CNN)Verbal altercations between NBA fans and players aren’t new. But this case is a little different. Earlier an NBA spokesman said team representatives are held to the highest possible standard. “The conduct of Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens last night was beyond unacceptable and has no place in our league,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement. 🗣There’s absolutely no place in our BEAUTIFUL game for that AT ALL. There’s so many issues here. When you sit courtside you absolutely know what comes with being on the floor and if you don’t know it’s on the back on the ticket itself that states the guidelines. But he himself being a fan but more importantly PART-OWNER of the Warriors …

The 10,000-hour rule for sporting success is largely a myth, so let kids dabble | Sean Ingle

A new book blows out of the water the theory that the key to sporting success is relentless practice and total focus from an early age This column comes from the sleepy Austrian town of Gtzis, where Katarina Johnson-Thompson a 2014 study comparing the development of 52 top German footballers, including 18 national team players, with 50 who played in the fourth to sixth divisions found that emphatically was not the case. A German study comparing international women players with those who just played in the Bundesliga found a similar story. Those who represented the national team played fewer games up to 18 and did more peer-led football and coach-led practice in other sports compared to their Bundesliga counterparts. There …

US soccer star slams sport’s leadership for how it invests in women

(CNN)With the Women’s World Cup around the corner, American soccer star Megan Rapinoe called out the sport’s leadership for not doing enough to level the pitch for men and women players. “For the resources and for the ability that I feel like FIFA has to implement that change, I think they’re not doing nearly enough,” she said. FIFA has played up its increase of the women’s prize to $30 million from $15 million in 2015. This year’s winners will bring home $4 million compared to the $2 million that Rapinoe and the US women’s national team, Team USA, won in 2015. Yet the overall pot for the 2018 men’s World Cup was $400 million, with France taking home $38 million …

NFL star J.J. Watt announces engagement to soccer player Kealia Ohai

(CNN)Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Houston Dash forward Kealia Ohai made their engagement official on Sunday. Ohai was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft, according to her profile on the Dash’s website. Prior to the draft, the Draper, Utah, native played at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her profile on the school’s 2013 roster says she was a journalism and mass communications major. Watt has been playing in the NFL since 2011 and has played his entire career with the Texans. Watt is also known for his philanthropy. After Hurricane Harvey devastated areas around Houston and the Gulf Coast in August 2017, Watt raised more than $37 …