October 30, 2013 |
It was a tie that felt like a loss to the Americans. Hannah Wilkinson , twice denied on near goals, chipped in a 15-yard shot in the 87th minute to allow New Zealand to forge a 1-1 draw with the United States in a soccer friendly Wednesday night at Columbus, Ohio. Sydney Leroux scored in the 42nd minute for the Americans. "Any time the U.S. women's national team ties, it's a loss for us," Leroux said. "We're very proud. I think we should have won. We're going to be upset about this for a while.
October 21, 2013 |
We get letters. OK ... emails, mostly. Some tweets. And, yes, still the occasional missive with an actual stamp, typically affixed with a lovely shade of bile that sears through the envelope. Beginning today, we'll use this space to occasionally answer these awards-season inquiries under the banner of Awards Season Answer Guy. If you have a question of your own about the Oscar races, email it to email@example.com or, through Twitter, @glennwhipp. Now, on to the queries: PHOTOS" Scenes from '12 Years a Slave' Q: I read that Michael Fassbender won't be campaigning this year for his turn in "12 Years a Slave.
October 21, 2013 |
New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup plans on competing as an openly gay athlete at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and has said he will wear a rainbow pin on his uniform. That would put him in defiance of Russian legislation that outlaws public displays of support for gay rights. But Skjellerup will have the backing of his own government. New Zealand officials say they will appoint a member of their Moscow embassy to ensure that Kiwi athletes and fans are not targeted by the controversial anti-gay laws.
October 21, 2013 |
UCLA guard Jordan Adams certainly was not slow to assess USC on Monday. Trojans Coach Andy Enfield stopped a team scrimmage last week and admonished his players by saying, “If you want to play slow, go to UCLA.” Enfield and UCLA Coach Steve Alford brushed that off at Pac-12 media day Thursday. But Adams had a thought Monday. “If that is his team's motivation, to have our name in his mouth, then I guess he has to use it,” Adams said. “I know we're over here playing our game, worrying about us and getting ready for our season.” Asked if any of his teams had been called slow before, Alford pointed out that his New Mexico teams were "one or two in the Mountain West” in scoring.
October 18, 2013 |
Mexico's national soccer federation made it official Friday: Victor Manuel Vucetich is out as coach of the national team and Miguel Herrera is in. Herrera, the manager of popular Club America in Mexico's domestic Liga MX, is the fourth national team coach in six weeks. And he might want to think about renting rather than buying since his appointment to the national team is technically just a "loan" from Club America. He's also been told the job is only guaranteed through Mexico's two-leg playoff with New Zealand.
October 16, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY -- Ouch. That is how chagrined Mexicans were reacting Wednesday to the latest twist in their sometimes-beloved (but not so much lately) national soccer team's torturous efforts to reach the World Cup. First, the humiliation. Mexico lost, 2-1, Tuesday night to tiny Costa Rica, the country without an army. Then, Mexico was saved. But ... Of all the countries to keep Mexico's chances alive, it just had to be the United States. The U.S. victory over Panama, 3-2, also Tuesday night, eliminated the Panamanians and gave Mexico a fourth-place finish in the Americas group and the final berth in next month's playoff against New Zealand.
October 16, 2013 |
Imagine a Giants fan saying something nice about a Dodger fan. Or a Yankee rooter complimenting a Red Sox booster. Now multiply that by about a million and you'll get an idea how rare it was to hear Mexican soccer fans praising -- and thanking -- the U.S. team Tuesday. But then they had reason to put aside decades of animosity because with two goals in stoppage time, the U.S. beat Panama 3-2 in its final CONCACAF World Cup qualifier, allowing Mexico to stave off elimination in its quest to secure a berth in Brazil next summer.
October 15, 2013 |
If Mexico fails to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1990, it would be a costly failure for the country's national soccer federation, the players and numerous sponsors and businesses. According to the U.S. business and technology website Business Insider, Mexico sitting out next summer's tournament in Brazil could result in $600 million in lost TV, merchandise and sponsorship revenue -- not to mention lost prestige for Mexican soccer. Mexico, fourth in the regional World Cup qualifying standings, needs only a draw Tuesday night in Costa Rica to hold on to that spot and advance to a two-leg playoff next month with New Zealand.
October 14, 2013 |
Win and they're in. Anything else and ... well, it's complicated. Heading into Tuesday's final match day of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for next summer's World Cup, Mexico faces a series of possible outcomes that could either send it on to Brazil or send it home until qualifying begins for the 2018 tournament. Here are the scenarios Mexico faces, from best to worst: • If El Tri beats Costa Rica by at least two goals and winless Jamaica beats Honduras, Mexico would move past Honduras into third place and join the U.S. and Costa Rica as one of CONCACAF's three automatic qualifiers for Brazil.
October 13, 2013
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