It has been said that England would win the World Cup if American starting goalkeeper Tim Howard was manning the pipes for the Three Lions – I agree wholeheartedly with that statement. 



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Clint Dempsey's fluke goal in the first half gave the United States a draw with England in their first World Cup match in South Africa. English goalkeeper Robert Green mishandled Dempsey's long shot to even the score after Steven Gerrard had given England a quick lead minutes into the match. United States goalie Tim Howard had a very strong game in net thwarting numerous attempts by England in the second half. The United States will now face Slovenia on Friday, June 18th.

Fairly or unfairly, the United States has had to face a top-eight FIFA ranked World Cup team in the first game of the group stage in each of the past three World Cups – Germany in 1998 (2-0 loss), Portugal in 2002 (3-2 win), and the Czech Republic in 20



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Seven is my answer.



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Former NHL star Jeremy Roenick, now an NBC hockey analyst, got emotional during the telecast after the Blackhawks clinched the Stanley Cup Wednesday night. One writer isn't buying it, calling Roenick's display "selfish teardrops of a phony." Read more about that (and watch the video), plus check out more links, videos and trivia, at Friday's Morning Mashup.



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With Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau set to take over the Chicago Bulls, the onetime Salem State boss will become the latest NBA head coach who first was a head coach at a New England college. We've compiled a list of the best such coaches. Check it out at the LEEInks blog.

Videos of police interviews with Ben Roethlisberger's Georgia accuser and of the Steelers quarterback partying in the bar were released, and they shed a little more light on the situation, with the accuser saying she did not fight back for fear of getting hurt more. Roethlisberger responded Wednesday with an apology and promise to work harder on and off the field. Get more information at that, along with additional links to the day's top stories, videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.

Owners of game-used Pete Rose bats had them X-rayed, and the results appear to indicate that Rose corked his bats in his pursuit of baseball's all-time hits record in 1985. One columnist wants an asterisk next to Rose's name in the record book. Read more about that, plus check out stories on Stephen Strasburg's MLB debut, disharmony at New York Jets camp, and "The dark side of the UCLA basketball dynasty." It's all at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.

With the Red Sox in the middle of the MLB draft, we decided to take a look at some lost opportunities in draft history. We came up with a list of 10 players who were drafted by the Sox but did not sign. They went back into the draft, went on to sign with another team and became productive major leaguers. The list includes a couple of players who helped the Yankees win recent World Series titles. Check it out at the LEEInks blog.