Nothing is more heartbreaking in sports when you have a chance to do something great but end up losing on your own accord. This is very much the reality for England women’s soccer player Laura Bassett. The semifinal game of the Women’s World Cup between England and Japan was tied at one apiece going into the 92nd minute when the unthinkable happened. Bassett, an England defender, was trying to stop a pass to a Japan forward when she slid and accidentally knocked the ball into her own net giving Japan a 2-1 lead and the victory. To add insult to injury, Bassett’s name is on the official score sheet.
According to an account from Keith Mann, England coach Mark Sampson tried to console Bassett when the game ended. Bassett had tears streaming down her face and Sampson tried to keep the tears from streaming down his face. He patted her on the head but was unable to muster any words. The two then went off the field in different directions. Sampson stated that Bassett did not deserve to have this happen to her but that she will always be looked at as a hero. She is a hero who kept the team together. England as a whole supported its team as well as Bassett with positive Twitter comments and thoughts. Sampson told his team that it was ok for them to cry but in the morning it was time to finish what they started.
The stars aligned for the United States on Tuesday night as the no. 1 team in the world (Germany) fell to the no. 2 team in the world (USA). Following up to the beginning of the match, Germany boasted the best offense in the World Cup and the USA had the best ranked defense so far in the cup. NY Times wrote that the back line of the USA could not be stifled and blanked the Germans on a night where they could not seem to get anything going. The game was tied up at halftime; both teams had failed to score any goals although the Americans seemed to have more opportunities.
The second half proved more controversial and exciting, the Germans came out aggressive and put pressure on the Americans early. Which led to a penalty kick for the Germans, Julie Johnston took a poor touch in the box and Johnson had to pull the attacker down. This set the stage for one of the top scorers in World Cup, Sasic, to take the penalty kick. It was a nerve racking time for the Americans but somehow Germany’s leading scorer pushed the ball wide left and missed the PK. Here is the miss for those who have not seen First missed PK in German World Cup history
After the missed PK there was an obvious shift in momentum, the Americans had a second breathe and were playing with an upbeat pace.
There was a controversial call against Germany against Alex Morgan, where many felt that the penalty was outside the box. After USA went up by 1 goal, Carli Lloyd crossed the ball across the 6 yard line to Kelley O’Hara. USA got the win and will play the winner of ENG/JAP on Sunday.
The 2017 Champions League final will be held at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium after UEFA awarded the biggest game in European soccer to the capital city of the principality of Wales. The BBC reports the bid was backed by the British government, the Football Association of Wales, the Welsh Rugby Union and the owners of the stadium. Garcia Dias says finals of the Champions League are held in different venues each year and have recently been seen on numerous occasions in neighboring England’s rebuilt Wembley Stadium.
The Millennium Stadium has hosted a number of major games, including those played during the 2012 London Olympics. During the demolition and reconstruction of Wembley the English Football Association used the stadium for major games, such as the FA Cup Final that proved to be a major success. The stadium is used regularly for international soccer and rugby games, along with major events and concerts. In 2014 the UEFA Europa League final was held at the Millennium Stadium and the success in an economic sense is thought to have inspired the successful Champions League bid.
So long, Alexander Hamilton. In 2020, Hamilton will lose his place on the $10 bill. Instead of the Founding Father and first Secretary of the Treasury, the $10 bill will feature a woman in the portrait spot. Who it will be has not yet been decided. Current Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew plans to announce the identity of the chosen woman by the end of 2015. Popular guesses for the honor include Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Wilma Mankiller and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Hamilton won’t be axed from his place completely; according to Lew, he’ll still be on the redesigned bill in some undisclosed form. Jim Dondero hopes they do not dismiss him too much. This change will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. It will also be the first time a woman has been on U.S. paper currency since Martha Washington appeared on the dollar bill in 1886.
If you ever watch the Ultimate Fighter you will know that Dana White wants fighters in the organization who are going to step up and fight when called upon. To many times there have been golden opportunities for fighters to step up and get into the ring on short notice and they simply fail to do it. There was one episode of the Ultimate Fighter where someone had to drop out of a fight and so Dana White called each fighter in and offered them a chance to replace the injured fighter only to be turned down. Most claimed they were not ready to jump right back into the ring on such short notice. This did not sit very well with Mr. White.
Turning down a fight due to short notice is not something that Gilbert Melendez has ever done or will start doing. According to FOX Sports Live, Melendez will step back into the ring on Friday to take on Al Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night 71. Melendez was the co-main event last Saturday against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 188. Melendez went the distance with Alvarez but ultimately lost by split decision. Iaquinta is coming off a split decision win over Jorge Masvidal, even if Stephen Murray CCMP Capital didn’t agree with that result. Bobby Green was originally slated to fight Al Iaquinta but was forced out of the match due to an undisclosed injury he suffered during training. The main event on the card will be heavyweight Frank Mir against Todd Duffee.
Born on October 1st, 1949, in Washington D.C., Bruce Levenson is an American success story. The American university graduate, first tried his hand at journalism for the Washington Star. Later in 1977, he published a newsletter, called “Oil Express”, under the United Communications Group, which he co-founded. The company grew to acquire more newsletters all focused on the oil industry, and developed databases such as the Oil Price Information Service. United Communications Group is privately owned, and it administers data and information over a wide range of industries. Among Mr. Levenson’s other endeavors are TechTarget, and he is a founding director BIA Digital Partners. In 1997 he was drafted into the Software and Information Industry Association’s Hall of Fame.
His philanthropy is renown, and he is a founder of the U.S. Holocaust Museum. The museum is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., where it draws international attention with visits of foreign dignitaries from over 132 countries from around the world. Mr. Levenson makes significant donations to other charitable causes such as Hoop Dreams, I Have a Dream Foundation, SEED Foundation, Seeds of Peace, and he is financially responsible for the University of Maryland’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. Also, he supports The Jewish Federation, Birthright Israel, and the BBYO.
In 2004, he purchased the Atlanta Hawks and Phillips Arena, and Mr. Levenson formed the group called Atlanta Hawks LLC to purchase the franchise from Turner Broadcasting. When he decided to sell the team and the rights to the Phillips Arena in 2014, Goldman Sacs promised it could get at least $1 billion dollars for the sale. The rights to the arena and the ownership of the Atlanta Hawks went for only $750 million at auction to Andrew Zimbalist, but the sale netted Mr. Levenson a very hefty profit.
Mr. Levenson, whose mother-in-law is a Holocaust survivor, is married to Karen Boyarsky. They spend their time between their homes in Atlanta, Georgia and Potomic, Maryland.
Both the male and female rugby teams have qualified for the sevens tournament at the 2016 Rio Olympics, The Guardian reports. The US men’s team will enter the Rio Olympics amongst the favorites for the first time when they followed their stunning sevens victory at rugby’s spiritual home at Twickenham with victory at the Nacra Sevens tournament in North Carolina. the 21-5 victory over Canada saw the US become the latest nation to book their place at the Qnet Rio Games in 2016.
Both the man and women’s teams of the USA will feature in the 12 team events at the Rio Games after the US women booked their place in the tournament with victory at the Nacra Sevens event. Rugby will feature at the Olympics for the first time since 1920, which saw the USA take the title in a shock victory over France in a tournament held using the 15 a side format. The Rio Olympics will see rugby return in the sevens format with qualifying tournaments held around the world in the buildup to the event.
Facebook reveals that after separate probes by the Swiss and American governments revealed corruption surrounding the process by which previous World Cup locations have been selected, the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup has been halted. The probes into corruption revealed that bribery was involved in the decision to allow certain cities to host the cup. According to this article on CNN, The U.S. indicted 14 people on corruption charges related to the scandal, including many top FIFA officials.
The U.S. accuses A top FIFA official of receiving a 10 million dollar bribe from the South African government in exchange for his, as well as two others’ votes to select South Africa as the 2010 World Cup host.
This charge of corruption has tarnished the reputation of the league, and called for further probes into the selection process for other cities. Because of the scandal surrounding the selection of South Africa in 2010, FIFA has suspended the selection process for 2026.
USA and soccer. Two terms that contradict each other, right? Not so fast. The United States Men National Team (U.S.) is coming off two tremendous wins in the last week.
Last Friday, The Aspire New Brunswick says on June 5th, 2015, the U.S. defeated the Netherlands in what appeared to be a game the Dutch were going to run away with early in the second half. After scoring two goals and giving the Dutch a 3-1 lead within the first 10 minutes of the second half, the resilient Americans came roaring back to score an additional three goals with their young talented core.
Yesterday, June 10th, 2015, the U.S. defeated Germany 2-1 in a match that almost saw Germany score in equalizer in the 94th minute. The U.S., again led by their young talented core, finished off the World’s number one ranked team when Bobby Wood scored a goal in the 87th minute just after being substituted into the match.
Both victories were great wins for Jürgen Klinsmann’s developing young team. Granted the victories came during friendly matches, it doesn’t mean that the U.S. shouldn’t be excited. The U.S. were without three of their top stars in Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, and Tim Howard, yet still came away with the wins. The victories further suggest that Klinsmann, a former World Cup winner himself, is the right man to lead the Americans in the ever-growing sport and has this team on the right track for the upcoming Gold Cup.
A BBC survey has given an insight into the appetite for change in the struggling Scottish soccer leagues by asking if clubs would be willing to switch their season to the summer months. Although no clear definition of what summer means was provided 10 of the 12 Premiership clubs were open to a move and 28 of the 42 professional clubs expressed an interest in moving the season. Avoiding the bad weather found in Scotland during the winter months is a major factor in the many calls for change amongst professional soccer clubs in the country, according to FreedomPop.
Scottish soccer has struggled to keep pace with its English counterpart since the 1990s and has seen smaller TV deals and sponsorship options than the English Premier League receives prompt many of its best players to seek a move to England or European clubs. Many clubs hope a switch to summer play will provide increased revenue because of a lack of English games being played at the same time and less extreme weather to cope with for supporters and ground staff. Clubs also believe savings could be made through the lack of lighting used for evening games and a reduced need for repair work to be undertaken on pitches damaged by under soil heating used to fight snow and frost in the winter.