US Women Kickers vs. Japan Again

first_imgVANCOUVER, British Columbia — Abby Wambach remembers the date by heart: July 17, 2011.That was the day the United States lost to Japan in the Women’s World Cup title match in Germany.The Americans get a rematch on July 5 when the teams meet again in the final, this time in Canada. The U.S. women are favored, and there figures to be a mostly pro-American crowd making the short trip across the border to Vancouver’s BC Place.Wambach and the rest of her teammates say they aren’t taking anything for granted. The United States, ranked No. 2 in the world, is seeking its third World Cup title, but first since 1999.“We still have to win. We haven’t won anything yet, and we know what that feels like from four years ago,” Wambach said. “It’s not a good feeling.”The United States is coming off an impressive 2-0 semifinal victory over Germany, the team that had unseated the Americans for the top spot in the world rankings. Criticized at times for a lack of offense, the U.S. has posted five straight shutouts.“I think we have really good momentum. I think we have confidence as a group. But we need to raise our game as well,” said midfielder Carli Lloyd, who leads the Americans with three goals. “This is the final, everything’s on the line, there’s no holding back. There’s no reserving energy. It’s full throttle.”Japan, ranked No. 4 in the world, has won each of its six matches during the month-long tournament, relying on its steady tactical skill. It is trying for its second straight World Cup title.“It’s the final game, the last one, so there’s no more than that and we should really cherish this moment that we are going to the final,” Japan coach Norio Sasaki said. “But I would also like to have a game that would contribute to the development of football in the world.”THE LAST TIME: Japan’s victory over the United States four years ago was Asia’s first-ever World Cup title.The Japanese erased a pair of one-goal deficits. Wambach scored in the 104th minute to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead, and Homare Sawa tied it 13 minutes later. Japan then prevailed 3-1 on penalty kicks.It was an emotional victory, following the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit the nation in March, killing more than 20,000 people and touching off the worst nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl in 1986.Before boarding the flight home from Germany, Sawa said: “I have to dedicate this win to the people who suffered the disaster.”LIGHTS-OUT D: Anchored by Hope Solo in goal, the United States’ most consistent asset in the World Cup so far has been its defense.Solo, who won the Golden Glove award for the 2011 World Cup, has put up five straight shutouts. She has been helped by a solid backline of Meghan Klingenberg, Becky Sauerbrunn, Julie Johnston and Ali Krieger.The United States has gone 513 minutes without conceding a goal. Only Australia, in the first half of the group-stage opener, has managed to score against the Americans.HONORING A TEAMMATE: That white teddy bear that has been a constant feature on Japan’s bench throughout the tournament honors midfielder Kozue Ando, who broke her left ankle in the World Cup opener against Switzerland.While Ando returned home to Japan, she remains close to the players — and not just symbolically with the teddy bear that wears her jersey. She was in her teammates’ thoughts during the semifinal victory over England.“Miss Ando was talking to the players in the locker room on the phone, and also she sent messages,” Sasaki said. “And also was the fact that she could come to Vancouver to cheer for us. That was the source of our energy. So we were able to do that.”(ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Transfer latest: Messi talks Griezmann into Barca move

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Messi talks Griezmann into Barca move Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:44 5/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi Getty Transfers Primera División Premier League Bundesliga Ligue 1 Serie A Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Messi convinces Griezmann on Barca moveLionel Messi has convinced Antoine Griezmann to move to Barcelona, AS claims.The striker has been offered new terms at Atletico Madrid and would stand to earn more if he stays at his current club.The call from Messi is seemingly too much to turn down, however, with the report suggesting the Argentine has said the Barca dressing room are waiting for the Frenchman with open arms. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! 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Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Milan offer Fellaini contractAC Milan have offered a three-year deal to Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, according to The Times.The Belgium international is out of contract this summer, though he remains hopeful he can stay at Old Trafford.The Red Devils are set to speak to the player next week regarding his future, though Milan are hopeful he can be tempted to Italy.Willian fuels Conte rift rumoursChelsea forward Willian has fuelled reports that he has fallen out with manager Antonio Conte.Willian, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United, had to wait until the 89th minute before being brought off the bench for Saturday’s FA Cup final.And in an image posted on Instagram after the match the Brazilian chose to block out Conte with a series of emojis.Read the full story on Goal!Arteta wants full control of transfersMikel Arteta wants a big say in who Arsenal sign and the power to veto recommendations from the club’s recruitment department, the Daily Mail claims.The former Gunners midfielder is in the process of finalising negotiations on a deal to become Arsene Wenger’s successor, which includes power over transfers and his own backroom staff.Wenger’s level of control at the club will not be afforded to any new manager coming in as Arsenal move to a different management model, but Arteta wants to be able to put his own stamp on things should he take over at the Emirates.Vieira agrees deal to manage NicePatrick Vieira, fresh off the back of being linked with the vacant Arsenal job, has agreed to take over from Lucien Favre at Nice, l’Equipe reports.The French outlet claims negotiations are at an advanced stage and the former Gunners icon could be announced as the Ligue 1 side’s new boss in the coming days.Ashley ups Newcastle price to £400mA proposed takeover of Newcastle United is on the brink of collapse after owner Mike Ashley once again upped his asking price, the Mirror reports.Businesswoman Amanda Stavely has been pushing to finalise a deal for over six months, with Ashley’s latest price hike – from £320m to £400m – leaving the 45-year-old wondering whether to put any more time in to what has been a perplexing episode.Should the deal fall through, the future of highly regarded manager Rafa Benitez will almost certainly lie somewhere other than St. James’ Park, with Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg the latest to be linked with an interest.Chelsea accept defeat in Pochettino chaseMauricio Pochettino has held positive talks with the Tottenham hierarchy over his future at the club, leaving Chelsea to accept defeat in their pursuit of the Argentine, the Telegraph reports.There had been doubts over whether the overachieving manager would remain with the Lilywhites after admitting that he would be speaking to owner Daniel Levy about the direction the club are heading in.Talks are said to have progressed well, however, and more are planned, with the London side seemingly confident the 46-year-old will sign a new deal worth an estimated £8.5 million per year.Wilshere offered to PSGJack Wilshere’s representatives have offered their client’s services to Paris Saint-Germain, l’Equipe claims.It has been said that the midfielder wants to extend his stay at Arsenal but is unhappy with the incentivised deal being offered.The 26-year-old’s agents are shopping him out to potential suitors but the report states that new PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is unlikely to want to sign him.Leicester want Barca’s MarlonLeicester are hopeful of sealing a deal for Barcelona-owned centre-back Marlon, according to The Sun.The Brazilian, 22, is currently midway through a two-year loan spell at Ligue 1 side Nice, who have the option to buy at the end of that term.The Foxes, however, are said to be willing to meet the same figure – €20 million (£17.5m/$23.5m) – Barca are demanding, but have the advantage of being able to offer better wages than the French club.Spurs keeping tabs on Boca Juniors starTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will keep close tabs on Colombian midfielder Wilmar Barrios as the World Cup, The Sun claims.The Boca Juniors star is said to be a prospective target for the Spurs manager, who is looking for a new defensive presence to shield his backline.Pochettino is hopeful that a relatively cheap deal can be struck – around £25 million ($33.5m) – and that Barrios’ presence will help his countryman Davinson Sanchez settle in with the London side.Fekir to Liverpool 99 per cent doneLyon star Nabil Fekir’s move to Champions League finalists Liverpool is 99 per cent done according to French TV station Canal+ (via the Mirror .)Liverpool would surrender around £60 million ($81m) in order to land the France international.Everton hopeful of Rooney departureEverton hope Sam Allardyce’s departure from the club doesn’t change Wayne Rooney’s opinion over a move to MLS, reports the Mirror .Conflict with the now ex-Toffees boss had driven Rooney to seek an exit, with a deal nearing completion with D.C. United.There is speculation Rooney may wait until a new manager is hired to make a final decision but Everton owner Farhad Moshiri wants Rooney’s wage off the books and hopes he departs the club.Atletico target VardyDiego Simeone has identified Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy as his preferred replacement for Antoine Griezmann, reports the Mirror .Simeone was impressed by Vardy’s performance against his club in the Champions League last season and thinks he can compliment Diego Costa up top.However, Leicester do not want to lose their man and are in talks with Vardy over a new deal.Gunes hints at Liverpool move for TaliscaBesiktas manager Senol Gunes has revealed that the Turkish club won’t be signing Anderson Talisca from Benfica and hinted at a Liverpool move for the player.Gunes said the Brazilian, who has spent the last two seasons on loan from Benfica, could become a rival to former Besiktas forward Cenk Tosun, who moved to Everton over the winter.Reports have also linked Talisca to Wolves and Manchester United over the past few days.Read the full story on Goal! Juventus to renew Bellerin interestJuventus are ready to return once more for Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin, according to the Daily and Sunday Express .The Serie A champions have had an interest in the Gunners defender the last few summers but have been rebuffed by the London club.While Juventus will not meet Arsenal’s £50 million ($67m) asking price they believe the Gunners will be willing to listen to other offers.Vrsaljko to Manchester United’s first summer targetManchester United is hoping to complete a £35 million ($47m) move for Atletico Madrid’s Sime Vrsaljko, reports the Mirror .Negotiations are already underway with Atletico over the defender with Jose Mourinho hoping to reinforce his backline.Marsch a candidate for RB LeipzigNew York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch is being considered for the now open RB Leipzig job according to Bild .Former manager Ralph Hasenhuttl departed the club on Friday after failing to agree a new deal.Marsch was linked to the Red Bull Salzburg job in 2017, and has made playoffs each of his three seasons in charge of the MLS side.Fellaini moves out of homeMarouane Fellaini has moved out of his home in Cheshire, possibly signaling the end of his career with Manchester United, reports the Mirror .Fellaini, who can leave on a free this summer, has rejected multiple contract offers from the Red Devils this year as they have offered him only a one-year deal.And the midfielder packed up his home before joining his team-mates in London for their 1-0 FA Cup loss to Chelsea.Navas leaving options openReal Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas is not committed to remaining with the capital club next season, reports Don Balon .Navas has not liked how the club has been linked to other goalkeepers during the last few seasons.Juventus, in the market to replace Gianluigi Buffon, could be in the mix for Navas’ services and the Costa Rica international may listen.Everton join Zaha raceEverton are the latest Premier League club to join the hunt to sign Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha, according to the Sun .The club wants to make Zaha the key piece in their new manager’s tenure, with the new boss expected to be Marco Silva.Palace are expected to fight to keep the Ivory Coast international however, and are willing to offer fresh terms for him to remain.last_img read more

5-Star Kendall Milton’s Father Explains Georgia Decision

first_imgA general view of Georgia's football stadium during a game.ATHENS, GA – AUGUST 30: A general view of Sanford Stadium during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Clemson Tigers on August 30, 2014 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)The Georgia Bulldogs got a massive boost to their recruiting earlier this week with a commitment from five-star Kendall Milton. After picking between some very impressive programs, we now have a clearer idea of what led him to pick Georgia.Speaking to DawgNation, Milton’s father, Chris Milton, said that the school’s dedication to  the family was a big factor.“They took the time and effort to let us know about that they did the homework about the family… And it has been consistent with how they’ve acted since I  first met (RBs coach) Dell McGee on Buchanan’s (High School) campus.”Chris also said that Georgia came across as a school that could serve as a “stepping stone” to “somewhere else” – a pretty clear nod to his son’s NFL potential.“There are some programs in the country you can go to and you can go, ‘You know I play college football,’ ” Chris Milton said. “There are other programs where you can say ‘You know, I play D-1 ball,’ and then there is a handful of programs that you go to where you go to and you can say, ‘This is a stepping stone because you are going somewhere else,’ and this is one of those programs.”Georgia’s success in getting players—especially running backs—into the NFL is well-documented. Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb, and Sony Michel are just a few of the Georgia star backs to parlay their college success into NFL stardom. Milton is the No. 22 overall prospect in the country in the Class of 2020. Per 247Sports, he is the No. 4 running back in the nation, and the No. 3 prospect from the state of California.Over the past two years of high school, Milton has rushed for over 2,800 yards and 50 touchdowns.Will Kendall Milton be the next Georgia running back to become an NFL star?[DawgNation]last_img read more

Diego Godin announces Atletico Madrid departure after nine years

first_img Reuters MadridMay 7, 2019UPDATED: May 7, 2019 17:28 IST Diego Godin broke down in tears as he announced that he will be leaving Atletico Madrid (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDiego Godin announced that he will be leaving Atletico Madrid after nine yearsGodin has played 387 matches for Atletico since joining from Villarreal in 2010Godin didn’t say where he will go but reports suggest that he may join Inter MilanAtletico Madrid captain Diego Godin is leaving the club after nine years when his contract expires in June, the Uruguayan defender said at a news conference on Tuesday, fighting to hold back tears.Godin, 33, has played 387 times for Atletico since joining from Villarreal in 2010, scoring 27 goals – including famously clinching the club’s first La Liga title in 18 years with a header in a 1-1 draw at Barcelona in 2014.Godin did not say where he is going, but numerous Spanish media have reported that he is on his way to Italian Serie A club Inter Milan.”I’m a little nervous, much more than I am before a game, but I have called everyone here to inform you that these are my final days at the club,” Godin said.Atletico president Enrique Cerezo added: “We are here to say goodbye to an Atletico legend. You have been a vital part of this great era for the club, with your efforts and your goals, like the one which gave us the title at the Nou Camp.”You have fought in a thousand battles and defended the club’s shirt in every game and you have worn the captain’s armband. Wherever you end up, Atletico wishes you a lot of luck. Atletico is your family, the Wanda Metropolitano is your home.”OFFICIAL: Atlético legend Diego Godín will leave the club in the summer after 9 successful seasons. #UCL pic.twitter.com/uQKSh7mDHgUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 7, 2019© CAPTAINEXAMPLELEADERU RU GUA YO!DETERMINATIONCOMMITMENTLEGEND9 seasons in Red & White#GraciasGodín!#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/jNHZCoAV76advertisementAtlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) May 7, 2019In addition to the La Liga triumph, Godin won two Europa League titles, one Copa del Rey, one Spanish Super Cup and three UEFA Super Cups with Atletico as well as reaching the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals, only to lose both times to Real.Godin’s departure will leave another hole in Atletico’s defence, with France international Lucas Hernandez already agreeing to join Bayern Munich in June after they paid his 80 million euro release clause.Also Read | Manchester United’s top four ambition a disappointment in itself: Ashley YoungFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Diego GodinFollow Atletico MadridFollow LA Liga Diego Godin announces Atletico Madrid departure after nine yearsDiego Godin said that he would be leaving Atletico Madrid after nine years when his contract expires in June. He hasn’t announced where he will go but Spanish media have reported that he may be on his way to Inter Milan.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Admits to Price Fixing in Africa

first_imgzoom South African Competition Commission said that it has reached a settlement agreement with Norwegian shipping liner Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) for contravening the competition act.Namely, the Commission found that WWL colluded on 11 tenders with its competitors for the transportation of motor vehicles to and from South Africa by sea.According to the Commission, the company admitted to this collusive conduct and agreed to pay an administrative penalty in the amount of R 95.7 million (around USD 7.5 million).” We filed the settlement agreement with the Tribunal today, for confirmation as an order of the Tribunal,” the Commission said on Thursday.The settlement was reached following the Commission’s investigation of collusive conduct against shipping liners, namely: Mitsui O.S.K Lines; Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd; Compania Sud Americana de Vapores; Hoegh Autoliners Holdings AS; Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics; Eukor Car Carriers; and NYK that they allegedly fixed prices, divided markets and tendered collusively in respect of the provision of deep sea transportation services.Just a month ago Japanese shipping liner Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha Ltd. (NYK) agreed to pay a ZAR 104 million (USD 8.5m) fine after admitting liability for several instances of price fixing,World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Golar LNG Partners Clinches Charter Deal for Golar Grand

first_imgzoom Nasdaq-listed Golar LNG Partners has secured a time charter contract for one of its steam liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, the 145,700m3 Golar Grand.Under the deal, the 84,894 dwt vessel is scheduled to work for a period of up to a maximum of 9 years for an undisclosed oil and gas company.The 2005-built Golar Grand is currently on charter with Golar LNG Limited and will therefore be sub-chartered back from Golar LNG, at the same rate as the new charter, for the initial period of the deal until the current charter ends in October 2017.The LNG carrier will be delivered under the new charter during the second quarter of 2017 for an initial period of 2 years with a series of extension options up to the maximum charter period.The company informed that the Partnership’s operating income before depreciation derived from the Golar Grand will be unchanged until October 2017 when the Golar LNG charter ends.If initial extension options for up to 5 years are exercised, the deal is expected to generate around USD 10 million of operating income per year over the full 5-year term, according to the company.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Marks Right To Know Week

first_imgNova Scotia, the first Canadian jurisdiction to implement access to information legislation, will celebrate Right to Know Week, today, Sept. 28 to Saturday, Oct. 3. Premier Stephen McNeil has officially proclaimed Right to Know Week and Nova Scotia Information and Privacy Commissioner Catherine Tully, will moderate a panel discussion at Halifax City Hall later today. Over the past year, responses to information requests became the responsibility of the Department of Internal Services. Centralizing access to information work will mean more timely, more consistent responses to applicants. In 2014, provincial government offices received 1,812 Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) applications and completed 78 per cent of the responses within 30 days, as stipulated under the act. Only seven per cent of the applications took longer than 60 days to complete. Work has begun to identify information datasets that can be made freely available through a government open data portal. A request for proposals was issued in June to create and manage the portal. The original Freedom of Information Act came into effect in 1978. Right to Know Day originated in Bulgaria in 2002. This is the 10th year Canada has recognized the event.last_img read more

Statement from Premier Stephen McNeil Recognizing Davis Day

first_imgThe following is a statement from Premier Stephen McNeil: For more than 90 years, Nova Scotians have paused on Davis Day to remember William Davis, a father of ten children, a man of great integrity and passion who was shot dead during the General Strike of 1925. He, like so many others on that day, was standing up to provide a better life for workers and their families. On June 11, I ask you to take time to remember and reflect on William Davis and all those miners who have lost their lives, their struggles, their successes and their tremendous contributions that helped define who we are today. The hard work and rich history miners have brought – and continue to bring – to this province is something all Nova Scotians should acknowledge and respect. Nova Scotia’s commitment to workplace safety has resulted in positive changes like stronger legislation for mining operations and tougher laws for employers who repeatedly put workers at risk. We will continue to work with partners and all Nova Scotians to further our efforts around workplace health and safety. Davis Day was an important catalyst for the shift in the way we think about workplace safety. It’s now talked about openly in meetings, at supper tables, and on job sites. And through these conversations, safety leaders are emerging in our communities, on our shop floors and around boardrooms. Let’s encourage more of these conversations. And let’s allow the sentiment of Davis Day to continue to lead us to a safer and healthier province. -30-last_img read more