On Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. women's national soccer team begins defending its 2015 World Cup title. Team USA, who will face off against Thailand, wants to lift the cup for a historic fourth time. Over the past few days, the team has been watching their main competitors -- Germany, England and France -- play and win their games. Now, some players on Team USA say they're ready for their turn. If they were nervous on Monday, the day before their first World Cup match, they sure didn't show it. "It feels great, I think this team is ready to go," said forward Alex Morgan. "I feel like we are in peak form." Since arriving in France on Friday, Team USA has trained, met with fans and waited. "I feel like we've been waiting forever to get to the first game," said midfielder Allie Long. The team has actually been waiting four years to defend its trophy. After winning the World Cup in 2015, the team stumbled against Sweden at the Olympics in 2016. After that, coach Jill Ellis experimented … [Read more...] about Team USA kicks off quest to win Women’s World Cup
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(Reuters) – No clear favourite has emerged to win the World Cup this year because the first few games have shown that all 10 teams are capable of beating each other at the tournament, former Australia skipper Allan Border has said. Only New Zealand, Australia and India have not been beaten yet, with the latter two set to meet at the Oval on Sunday. “There’s no obvious runaway-looking team at the moment,” Border wrote in a column for the International Cricket Council. “All the sides are basically showing they can beat each other. That’s the main thing that’s come out of these early games. “I think that is how most of us expected it to be at this point, that there would be a lot of teams you expect to do well and then there would be a few surprise packages.” Pakistan pulled off arguably the biggest upset so far when they beat hosts and tournament favourites England on Monday, a day after Bangladesh sprung a surprise by defeating South … [Read more...] about No clear favourite at the World Cup, says Border
By Jawad Jamil Published: May 28, 2019 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email A group shot during the Captains Media Day prior to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. PHOTO: GETTY Based on the teams and the roster of players, it looks like the cricket World Cup is going to be super exciting. The team which has the right combinations and resources to play on different pitches and in varying weather conditions will be the one to lift the trophy. So if it’s seaming and swinging, teams will need pacers that can exploit the conditions to their fullest, and if it’s a dry surface, they’ll have to rely on their spinners to provide the vital breakthroughs. This year, the format of the World Cup is such that a team may win six or seven games in the group stage, but just one bad day in the semi-finals would knock them out of the tournament. Every cricket fan is tipping England to be the red hot favourites since they have in-form batsmen such as Joe Root, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow … [Read more...] about Will your favourite team lift the World Cup?
(Reuters) - Coach Warren Gatland believes newly-crowned Six Nations champions Wales can lift the World Cup in November if they continue the form they have shown over the past 12 months. Wales convincingly beat Ireland in Cardiff on Saturday to claim the Grand Slam and a first Six Nations triumph since 2013, moving up to second in the World Rugby rankings behind World Cup holders New Zealand. Gatland's 12-year coaching stint with Wales ends after the World Cup and he set his sights on the sport's ultimate prize while speaking at a ceremony in Cardiff to celebrate the Six Nations triumph. "I promise you that these guys will give 100 per cent in every game at the World Cup and, if we play as well as we have for the last year, then we can bring home the World Cup," New Zealander Gatland told the crowd. "We've got a very special group of players at the moment. We enjoy each other's company, we challenge each other on a lot of things, but once we make a decision we back each other 100 per … [Read more...] about Wales can bring home the World Cup, says Gatland
News / UK and world by Press Association February 12, 2019, 11:18 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter His status as an all-time great may have been sealed at the 1966 World Cup, but it was the save Gordon Banks produced to deny Pele four years later which became his defining moment on the international stage. The goalkeeper’s spectacular stop in a group-stage clash with Brazil during England’s defence of the trophy in Mexico is widely regarded as one of the greatest saves of all time. Banks, who has died at the age of 81, flung himself to his right and, in a feat which seemed to defy the laws of physics, somehow managed with one hand not only to keep Pele’s powerful downward header out, but also flick the ball over the bar. The moment enhanced yet further the reputation of a man who, as an ever present in the triumphant 1966 campaign, made it through to the closing stages of the semi-final before conceding a goal – and … [Read more...] about Gordon Banks: The World Cup hero who made the ‘greatest ever save’