Abby Wambach headed in a corner kick by Lauren Cheney in the 79th minute to break a 1-1 tie and lead the United States to a 3-1 victory over France Wednesday in the semifinals of the Women's World Cup in Moenchengladbach, Germany.
The United States returns to the World Cup final for the first time in 12 years, since the 1999 victory over China on penalty kicks.
Three minutes after Wambach's goal, Alex Morgan broke free and chipped a left-footed shot over sliding French goalie Berangere Sapowicz for a 3-1 lead.
Cheney deflected in a cross from Heather O'Reilly in the ninth minute to give the United States a 1-0 lead. O'Reilly broke down the left side, made a fake to get some room and launched a pass to the middle. Cheney stuck out her leg in front of a defender and deflected the ball into the right corner of the net, past the off-balance goalie.
France tied the score 10 minutes into the second half when Sonia Bompastor, from the left...
Lauren Cheney deflected in a cross from Heather O'Reilly in the ninth minute to give the United States a 1-0 lead on France in the semifinals of the Women's World Cup in Germany. O'Reilly broke down the left side, made a fake to get some room and launched a pass to the middle. Cheney stuck out her leg in front of a defender and deflected the ball into the right corner of the net, past off-balance goalie Berangere Sapowicz.
France controlled play for most of the period and outshot the Americans 13-5. U.S. goalie Hope Solo was solid in making five saves. One French shot hit off the crossbar and bounced away.
Japan and Sweden are slated to meet in the day's second semifinal.
Tom Brady, along with fellow quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, released a joint statement through the NFL Players Association Wednesday pushing for a conclusion to collective bargaining negotiations.
"We believe the overall proposal made by the players is fair for both sides and it is time to get this deal done," the QBs said, adding: "This is the time of year we as players turn our attention to the game on the field. We hope the owners feel the same way."
Meanwhile, Patriots owner Robert Kraft arrived in Manhattan Wednesday morning along with other owners for a negotiating session with Players Association head DeMaurice Smith.
After Timberwolves general manager David Kahn finally got around to firing coach Kurt Rambis on Tuesday, he mentioned that one of the criteria for a new coach would be to play up-tempo. That's an odd requirement since Minnesota already played at the fastest pace in the league last season.
It's no surprise then that Celtics assistant coach Lawrence Frank, whose speciality is defense, is not a candidate for the job, as Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reported via Twitter. Frank has been interviewed for almost all the available head coaching jobs this offseason and is said to be one of the finalists for the other open position in Detroit.
In his one season with the Celtics, Frank took over the lead assistant job on coach Doc Rivers' staff from Tom Thibodeau, and the Celtics remained one of the top defensive teams in the league. It's unclear whether Frank will be back with the team next season, but it seems likely that he could return if he doesn't...
Steelers linebacker James Harrison had some interesting comments about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in an interview with Men’s Journal magazine.
“If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’t do it,” Harrison said to the magazine. “I hate him and will never respect him.”
Harrison also called the commissioner a “crook” and a “devil.” He went on to say that Goodell is “stupid,” a “puppet” and a “dictator.”
The linebacker went on to say that if the Steelers had beaten the Packers in the Super Bowl, following the game he would have whispered the following into the commissioner’s ear: “Why don’t you quit and do something else, like start your own league in flag football?”
Harrison was fined $100,000 for illegal hits last season and has not been shy about voicing his opinion on the league and the...
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