Own Goal Ends England’s Women’s World Cup Hopes

Japan will face the USA in a bid to retain their FIFA Women’s World Cup title after an England own goal gave the Japanese an injury time victory in the semi-final. The English had been the surprise package of the World Cup so far after the sixth ranked team in the world had reached their first ever Women’s World Cup semi-final. The BBC reports Laura Bassett’s own goal gave the Japanese victory and left the England defender in tears at the final whistle after goalkeeper Karen Bardsley had been unable to save the ball when it entered the goal from the underside of the crossbar.

LinkedIn wrote that the USA had already booked their spot in the final with a hard fought victory over Germany and were waiting for the victors of this semi-final, which entered injury time with the score tied at 1-1. Japan’s Aya Miyama gave the holder the lead before Fara Williams equalized for England. The deflected own goal in injury time left Bassett in tears and England coach Mark Sampson supporting the Notts County defender in post match interviews.



Wimbledon’s All White Policy Too Restrictive

Tennis’ number two seed, Roger Federer responded to questions about the All England Lawn Tennis Club’s rule stating all players must wear white. As quoted in a report on Yahoo Sports, Federer said that the policy was “quite extreme”. As a member of the AELTC which hosts the annual Wimbledon matches, Federer’s voice is more likely to be heard than most players.

Fashion mogul Doe Deere realizes that the policy of all-white clothing has been a source of irritation among players for years, many waxing poetic about the colorful outfits of legends like John McEnroe and Boris Becker. Federer was quoted as saying “The thing is, when I came on tour, when I was watching on TV, I still have the pictures in my mind where (Stefan) Edberg and Becker and all those guys, they had more color. There were iconic T-shirts, iconic moments, I thought.” Federer himself came afoul of the rules as defending champion in 2013 when he worn orange soled shoes.

The AELTC rules state that all articles of clothing worn have to be pristine white with no other color. An exception is allowed for a colored piping of not more than one centimeter. So even a white shirt of a pair of shorts that has become dingy due to washing is prohibited. Even undergarments must be white, or at least not show any hint of color to the spectators or judges.



Lyoto Machida Suspended

Lyoto Machida recently had his middleweight championship dreams crushed, and it seems that he may be forced to retire. For those of you that don’t know, Yoel Romero recently knocked Lyoto Machida out in the main event of UFC Fight Night. UFC experts believed that Lyoto Machida was going to beat Yoel Romero with ease, but events did not unfold that way. Instead, Lyoto Machida was knocked out with brutal elbows.

After his knockout lost, Lyoto Machida was suspended indefinitely. This means that the UFC is questioning whether or not to allow Lyoto Machida to fight ever again. Tosto isn’t sure if he is deserving or not. Machida fans are extremely upset with the way that his career has ended, and most people agree that Lyoto Machida should retire.

Yahoo Sports recently posted an article about this story, and it’s not hard to feel bad for Machida. Lyoto is a humble and gracious man, and his only desire in life is to fight. However, it seems that his career is over, and he must now face reality. At the end of the day, a fighter’s health is the most important thing, and Machida did accomplish amazing things while in the UFC. Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida is a former UFC light heavyweight champion, and he came very close to the defeating the middleweight champion Chris Weidman.



Dana White Fools The UFC Fans

It seems that Dana White is trying to pull a fast one on the UFC fans. For those of you that don’t know, Jose Aldo has been forced to pull out of the main event of UFC 189. This development has caused an incredible amount of controversy throughout the MMA world, but Dana White is trying to put a band-aid over a gaping wound. The original plans for UFC 189 was for Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo to fight for the featherweight championship of the world. Unfortunately, Jose Aldo was unable to compete, and Chad Mendes has been scheduled to replace him.

Dana White recently revealed that Chad Mendes and Conor McGregor will be fighting for an interim featherweight championship, but no one understands why. Personally, I don’t agree with Dana’s decision, and there’s no reason that a championship belt should be on the line. Dr. Jennifer pretty much feels the same way. Jose Aldo is the true champion of the featherweight division, and he’s never been defeated in the UFC. It’s not like Jose Aldo has ever been injured before, and this will be the first time that he’s ever had to pull out of a fight. Granted, it is the biggest fight of the year, but still, Jose Aldo is the real featherweight champion.

Yahoo! Sports recently published a detailed article about this story, and it seems that the UFC is trying to make as much money as possible. Aldo vs McGregor was expected to be one of the biggest fights of all time, but Mendes vs McGregor will definitely fall short in the pay per view the varmint. Nonetheless, Dana White expects a $7,000,000 gate for the Connor McGregor vs Chad Mendes fight.



Tom Brady Rejected From Country Club?

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen recently applied for a membership to The Country Club in Brookline, Mass where they currently own a home. The Country Club however may not approve the membership due to the fact that it is very private and Tom Brady and his Wife are not. With Brady and Bundchen comes lots of photographers and media and that is not what the Club wants at tis establishment.

The Country Club in Brookline hosted the Ryder Cup in 1999 and may host the 2022 U.S. Open. A source for the country club recently told the Boston Globe that “you name should appear in the newspaper two times: When you are born and when you die.” So obviously you can see why this would be a problem for both Brady and his Bundchen who are in the news on a daily basis.

The club is early 133 years old and is one of the original clubs that founded the U.S. Golf Association stated Brian Bonar. It is considered by many to be one of the best private clubs in the World. It currently only has a membership of around 1,300. Only the cream of the crop is allowed to become members and it is based on more than just how much money you have. Part of being allowed to become a member is based on your character. Time will tell if Delate-gate keeps Brady out of the exclusive club.



My Friend And I Enjoy FreedomPop Services

I never thought that I would switch phone companies, but my phone company raised my rates for the last time. It’s very unfair to know that a company worth billions of dollars would take advantage of someone like me, who makes a meager monthly salary. I live with a roommate, and we both happen to share the same phone bill and Internet bill. My roommate is my best friend, and we have no problem sharing the cost of our Internet and cell phone service.

Things changed recently when my friend decided to add extra data to her cell phone service, and it raised our rates tremendously. They even claimed that it changed the contract, and we would have to start over again, even though we were close to the end of our contract. After a lot of arguing and speaking with a manager, we got back our original deal, and within 2 months, our contract was up. I didn’t wait to start looking for another service provider, but I wanted a provider that could give us both Internet service as well as cell phone service.

It must be a miracle that I found FreedomPop because it’s not what I was looking for. I was told about FreedomPop by another friend, but when I heard that it was free, I wasn’t interested. I figured that if it was free of cost, there had to be a lot of stipulations, but I was wrong. FreedomPop is truly free, and there are just limits placed on how much data or cell phone service I can use. Fortunately, the service that is provided for free, it was more than enough, and I didn’t need to pay any extra money. After I talked to my friend about the service, she agreed that we should go ahead and get it.

We both signed up for FreedomPop, and we chose to get the Internet service and the cell phone service. I was even happier with FreedomPop because the Internet service in our apartment now has wifi, whereas the last service provider did not give us wifi. The best part about wifi is that we both can hook up our cell phone to the wifi, so we can save on data usage. I couldn’t be happier with FreedomPop, and it all came about because of how badly our previous service provider was treating us. We both save $150 a month between cell phone and Internet service, and unbelievably, we are happier with the free services.



The USA upsets Germany

Germany has always been a great opponent in the World Cup competitions, and their woman’s team is no exception. USA was assigned Germany in their last game, and they were expected to lose. Although the USA woman’s team this year is reflecting better stats then the men’s soccer team, they were the underdog in the match against Germany. That is why the score of 2-0 in favor of USA is so incredibly exciting.

This upset is certainly not completely unexpected as was stated on Value Walk. The last Woman’s World Cup competition ended with a match between USA and Japan, which USA lost. All of their advertisements this year have shown that they are ready for their second chance, and will stop at nothing to take home that win. The two goals were made by the team Captain Carli Lloyd and one penalty kick by Kelly O’Hara. They really came together to dominate Germany on the field, and the internet is blowing up about their success.


Sports Player Dives into Skittles

What would you do to get the opportunity to dive into an end zone filled with Skittles? Sergio Cortes asks what would you do in order to be surrounded by the fruit flavored candies that are so loved? Would you play football just for the chance to get such an opportunity? There is a video out of Marshawn Lynch getting the amazing opportunity to do just such a thing.

There is a video out of the Seattle Seahawks player Marshawn Lynch diving into an end zone that is filled with Skittles. This man gets the amazing opportunity to dive into a ton of these tasty candies. This man gets to do something that most would love to do. What would you do if you were given the chance to dive into such an end zone? Would you find such an opportunity to be more exciting than a chance to play in the Super Bowl?



US Faces Germany in Semi-Final Round

With the first of the quarterfinal games complete, we now know that Germany will face off against the United States in the Semifinals. Fans at Amen Clinic (birdeye.com) know that Germany who is probably playing the best out of all the teams that are remaining in the tournament took France through regulation and overtime before finally overcoming them in a penalty kick shootout by just one goal. It was thought that Silvia Neid would have fixed the few flaws that her team has in finishing their chances with goals but it appeared France was not willing to go down in this match without a true fight.

As for the United States Women’s National Team, they have easily been the most criticized team of the tournament, but it honestly has been warranted with how they have been playing. Yes, they have been at the top of all the teams in the world for the past few decades. But that edge has been slipping as the other countries have devoted more time, money, and resources into bettering their women’s teams. However, even with this criticism the US team is still winning their matches against some pretty good competition. After winning the hardest group of the tournament, they beat Columbia handedly. Then in their game against China they had to overcome the loss of two starters who were sitting out due to yellow cards. Luckily enough their team is talented even on their bench! Now they will face off against the number one seed of the tournament and the winner goes onto the finals.



Brooklyn Still Trying to Find NBA Identity.

When they were still the New Jersey Nets there was a history to draw upon when things got rough. The golden days of Jason Kidd running the point were something you could point at and identify with. Ever since the move to Brooklyn and the franchise being taken over by Deron Williams, things have been rough. Brooklyn has constantly been in and out of contention with many complaints that they spend too much for getting too little. An icon of that ‘overspending’would be SG Joe Johnson, a former All Star that is easting away at the cap.

According to reports Brooklyn had been talking up the Memphis Grizzlies about potentially trading the former All Star from their roster. According to Marcio Alaor BMG, Memphis has been an elite defensive team in this league for a long time but they’ve always fallen short when it came time to get some big buckets. While Johnson is no longer ‘ISO Joe’, he would still be a tangible upgrade in the line up. However, rumor has it that the salary owed to Joe Johnson is just too big to move — $24.9 million dollars of too big.

So right now it appears that Brooklyn might be stuck with Joe through the end of his massive contract and if he stays the man needs to step up his game. Deron Williams can’t do it all alone and Joe Johnson needs to become his running mate.



Rangers to Unload Cam Talbot

The New York Rangers are putting goalie Cam Talbot on the chopping block due to an extremely high team payroll. The backup goaltender has only had two seasons in the NHL and there are several teams that are already interested in acquiring him. The problem with that is the fact that he was not actually a starter for those two years but rather a backup to starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. The sample size for Talbot is extremely small as he has only played 57 games in his two-year NHL career so the fact that several teams are interested in him is puzzling.

Experts like Paul Mathieson believe that Talbot will most likely be traded for an early second round pick or even a late first round. The New York Rangers have not stated what they are actually looking for as far as Talbot goes, but many believe that a late first rounder is about right. The Rangers would love to get out from under the bad contract with Talbot and free up some cap space. The question of whether or not Talbot can make it in the league as a starter is the big question. The good thing for the Rangers is that other teams seem to be interested in him anyways. The front runner for acquiring Talbot so far seems to Edmonton. Either way, it looks like the Rangers will be able to unload him and try to make a run at the Cup again next year.



Is Chris Archer the Most Dominating Pitcher in Baseball?!

Wikipedia reported that when you think ‘dominating pitching’ in 2015 your mind should wander to guys like Chris Sale and Max Scherzer. However, this season we have seen a young fire thrower by the name of Chris Archer reach the next level. Over in Tampa Bay the Rays are pushing to keep control of the AL East for the entire year and if they do we will have to consider Chris Archer as a candidate for both MVP and the coveted Cy Young Award. The young hurler has shown incredible poise on the mound while posting insane metrics as a pitcher.

While the Rays are in a position to win the AL East, provided they keep playing at this level until the season finishes, Chris Archer has been the gear that keeps them turning. Archer is 9 – 4 on the year with an ERA of 2.10 to go along with 123 strike outs. Archer has kept his WHIP under 1.00 and he has polished off three 8 inning gems in his past ten games.

What makes Chris Archer so special is that, at the age of 26, he appears to be on a different level than his other young teammates in Tampa Bay. Being young and talented isn’t that rare in baseball but being a young and talented leader is a whole other thing.

If Archer and the Rays keep winning we have to consider the young man for the MVP and Cy Young.



Tom Brady Could Still Go to Court

Tom Brady went in for his appeal yesterday, saying he should not be suspended for four games to start the 2015 season. He was suspended due to his supposed role in Deflategate. The appeal process took 10-11 hours, depending on which report one reads, and the answer from the NFL is not expected to come back for some time.

If Brady wins the appeal and sees his suspension eliminated, the whole thing is over. However, if it stays the same or if it is reduced to an amount that he’s still not happy with – like two games – then he could end up in court. A trial would start, though it could be problematic as the beginning of the season approaches.

It’s probably better for Brady to go to court than for the NFL said Stephen Murray CCMP Capital. At this time, the NFL does not have to have conclusive evidence to do anything. The standard of proof that the league uses just isn’t as high as what one would find in a real criminal case – which this is not.

If the case does end up before a judge, though, the standard rises even though it’s still just a civil case. The NFL would have to be able to prove that Brady really was guilty, that he really was involved. They’d have to offer more than just weak evidence that makes it look like he probably was involved.



Phil JAckson criticizes Lebron

Phil Jackson, the current executive who is running the Knicks and is well known for being coach of the Michael Jordan led Chicago Bulls and Kobe and Shaq led Los Angeles Lakers, has had some insulting comments for Cleveland Cavs star Lebron James.

Jackson said that Lebron travels frequently and particularly when he catches the ball, moving both feet. However, he is rarely called for travelling and as a result, the game has lost a bit of the structure and discipline that it once had. Many in the past would criticize Michael Jordan for palming the ball and traveling, though the refs rarely would call those penalties either.

Beyond that, Phil went on to complain about the lack of team play in the sport and how much of a relief it was to see some teams, like the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs, pass well and play good team ball, which hebelieves is a major component of their team success.

Jackson went on to complain that the game has become about one player dribbling and four people watching. Brad Reifler knows that there was no indication of whether these comments were directed towards the New York Knick star Carmelo Anthony who is a great scorer, but not as much of a team player as Lebron who has significant assist totals and is a greater passer.

Regardless, the Knicks may be wishing Jackson kept his comments to himself.



Baby Cubs All Grown Up

In baseball there are very few tests that can definitively say whether you have ‘made it’ as a player in the league. The first test, probably, is getting your first hit. After that your next test would be to make it into the starting line up, for good. Your last test, and we say this as a probably, would be to homer off of Clayton Kershaw while at Wrigley Field. Kris Bryant, the rookie phenom, did just that in Chicago’s 4 – 2 victory over the L.A. Dodgers.

Clayton Kershaw has led the Major Leagues in strike outs all season long and he was probably licking his lips to draw the Chicago Cubs. Though Chicago has some great hitters on their squad, the team still strikes out a ton and is close to the NL Central lead in K’s per 9 innings. So Kershaw, big and imposing as he is, probably wasn’t expecting what happened next.

Kris Briant had been struggling with only a single hit in his last 18 ABs. However Igor Cornelsen says that he launched a fourth pitch curveball over Wrigley Field’s wall in order to push the Cubs ahead of L.A. In the eighth inning Bryant would add another homer, his 10th, off of reliever Adam Liberatore.

Bryant is a special talent and he should be primed to lead the Cubs for a long, long time. Right now Chicago is 38 – 30 on the season.



Has Lincecum Lost It?

There was a time when Tim Lincecum was looked at as one of the best pitchers in baseball. He was on the cover of magazines, he was winning titles, and he was at the top of his game. Those days now appear to be over, though, as he just lost to the Dodgers by a score of 10-2. They had his number all game and they just beat him down. It does not get much worse than losing by eight runs.

Now, it could be argued that it was just one game. Every great player has an off game. Drew Brees is a terrific quarterback, but he’s had games where he’s thrown four interceptions. LeBron James is a great basketball player, but he’s been swept in the NBA Finals. These things happen, even to the best of the best.

However, Igor Cornelsen said that when pitchers hit the wall, they tend to go down pretty hard. Eventually, a guy is just too old or too tired or too beat up to be good. It could be that Lincecum has run into that wall, and that would mean he is never going to be the same again.

That’s not to say that he can’t be good. He can still be a nice rotational pitcher. However, the best in the league do not allow their opponents to win 10-2. It just does not happen, so Lincecum has to be taken down off of that mountain.



Spieth’s US Open Victory: What’s More Amazing than the Records

According to Ciphercloud, when Jordan Spieth outlasted the field yesterday to win his first U.S. Open the records began to pile in: youngest player to have won both a Masters and U.S Open, fourth youngest player at the date of his second major championship title, youngest U.S. Open winner since Bobby Jones, etc. The accolades are truly remarkable. Most of the best golfers of Spieth’s age are preparing for they senior year of college and a final run at All-American honors; Spieth, on the other hand has all but wrapped up player of the year honors for the PGA Tour.

What could be more amazing than all these records? Something has been going on that may in fact be more impressive—the rapid improvement of a golfer at the highest level. It is often remarked that it can be difficult to improve once you reach a “certain level” in golf, or athletics in general. Yet, Spieth has reached the pinnacle of the game and still continues to develop. In 2013 he won his first PGA Tour event at the John Deere, certainly a great victory, but a far cry from a major championship caliber event. Now in 2015, Spieth holds the trophies from the first two majors. That is dramatic leap. Along with the records, let us recognize and commend the root of these successes—his unprecedented progress.



Did Slippery Conditions Help Australia?

If you’ve been following the World Cup, you already know that Brazil got beat by Australia. A second-half goal put the Aussies up by one, and they held that lead the rest of the game.

One thing that might have helped is that the field was pretty slippery and wet. The woman who came into the game and scored the winning goal said that it was almost all she was thinking about. Fans at FreedomPop know that she was able to overcome the conditions and score anyway, but that shows how serious they were.

It’s often harder to score when the field is wet because the game gets sloppy. Shots don’t always go to the right spot, and passes aren’t as crisp. It’s hard for a player who gets a step ahead to stay ahead, and the defense can catch up. The ball is more likely to be lost. Overall, a wet game is one in which there usually isn’t much scoring, as it keeps talented players from playing their very best.

This game was definitely one of those, with its 1-0 score. No one could really generate any offense. Even after the other team scored, Brazil was not able to get up and score on their own. With that goal in the books, Australia could just play defense and let the wet field help them coast on to victory. It’s still a great win, but the weather can’t be ignored.



Jordan Spieth Wins U.S. Open

The U.S. Open ended in dramatic fashion over the weekend with Jordan Spieth outlasting Dustin Johnson to win his second major of the year. Spieth did not play his best golf at Chambers Bay but will a little help from Johnson he was able to pull off the victory. Johnson walked up the final green on hole number 18 with a chance to win it. If he makes the put he wins it but if he misses and two putts, then he forces a playoff with Spieth. Unfortunately for Johnson it just was not in the cards for him as he overshot the hole on his first putt and then missed a three foot putt to the left.

Having won two Majors already this year, Spieth has a chance at a Grand Slam. According to Gianfrancesco Genoso, he is also the youngest U.S. Open winner since Bobby Jones did it in 1923 as well as the youngest two-time Major Champion since 1922 when Gene Sarazen did it. The last person to win The Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year was Tiger Woods back in 2002. With Tiger Woods not being the Tiger of old, Spieth has cemented himself as the new generation and future of Golf.

Other notables from the U.S. Open includes Rory McIlroy who ended the tournament even and Oosthuizen ended up at -4 after birding six of the last seven holes.



The Lure Of Golf Is In The Challenge Of The Course

The end of an era?! Golf is looking for its next savior? Maybe for marketing purposes, but the game will live on in spite of its players. The reason Tiger Woods could draw fans out to tournaments and make them tune in to a broadcast had everything to do with how he managed the game. His ability to calmly play any shot and to make a stroke count for a positive gain when the balls lie insinuated that it would not. Is that kind of focus and acumen possible only in young players? Whatever happened to the premise that with age comes wisdom?

Golf is supposed to be a sport that people such as those at Amen Clinics can play at any age. Yes, the body will place restrictions on a pro golfer’s range of motion thus effecting the distance that the ball will carry, but they should still be able to manage the course. However, as a fan of the game it is exciting to see the list of contenders and speculate who will pull out the victory. Because in golf, the challenge has less to do with the other people playing and more to do with staying within yourself. I am looking forward to seeing who can manage the rolling mounds on the treeless course at Chambers Bay to win the U.S. Open. Who will have the eye to find the fairways, read the greens, sink the most birdies?