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Gold medal-winning USWNT back on the pitch for a celebration tour

USWNT celebrates Olympic gold with an exhibition tour across the United States After winning gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics last month, the U.S. women’s soccer team returns to the field with a friendly against Costa Rica on Saturday, September 1. The match – the first of a three-game exhibition-slash-victory lap – will be played in Abby Wambach’s hometown of Rochester, New York. The prolific striker made headlines during the Olympics for her goal-scoring prowess, as well as her uncanny ability to take a punch. To honor her complete and total awesomeness, officials have renamed the main stadium entrance “Wambach […]

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Real Madrid and Barcelona square off for second leg of Supercopa 2012

Supercopa 2012 scoops up a double helping of El Clasico Just as La Liga’s 2012-13 season begins to pick up, the Spanish Supercopa will determine which team is truly supreme. The yearly two-match publicity stunt pits the winners of La Liga against the Copa del Rey champions. Once again, this means a battle between rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively. When they met in the Supercopa last summer, Barcelona managed to eke out the win over Madrid on a 5 – 4 aggregate score. After taking the first leg 3 – 2 on Thursday, Leo Messi and company seem intent […]

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New Premier League season kicks off with Arsenal vs Sunderland

The new season of English Premier League soccer kicks off this weekend with a must-watch match between Arsenal and Sunderland. Just days before the start of a new Premier League season, Arsenal skipper Robin van Persie has officially jumped ship. He signed a four-year contract, worth a reported 200,000 pounds per week, with rival Manchester United. Although the prolific striker scored 30 goals to win the Golden Boot last year, it isn’t easy to see how he would fit into Sir Alex Ferguson’s already stacked lineup. Even more difficult is to judge how the transfer will affect Arsenal’s chances for […]

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Where to watch the Aug. 15 Mexico vs. USA friendly

After failing to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics and subsequently witnessing the U.S. women’s soccer team win gold, the men’s side will get its own shot of glory with a friendly against archrival Mexico on Wednesday, August 15. Jurgen Klinsmann made his U.S. coaching debut in a friendly against Mexico last year. The game, played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, ended in a 1-1 draw. However, Klinsmann has yet to take on Mexico on home turf, where the USMNT has historically fallen flat. International Friendly: Mexico vs United States – 7:30pm, Wednesday, August 15 (ESPN2, ESPN3 and Univision) […]

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Supreme Alex Morgan header sends USWNT to the Olympic finals

RELATED: USWNT goes for Olympic gold vs. Japan in World Cup rematch The United States women’s soccer team battled an old, familiar foe all the way to the last minute of extra time to book their trip to the Olympic finals. Canada drew first blood midway through the first half, with a spectacular play from captain Christine Sinclair to beat the defense and put the ball past U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo. The 1-0 score held into the second half, despite relentless pressure from a strong American offense. Megan Rapinoe finally got the U.S. on the scoreboard in the 54th minute. […]

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Where to watch the USWNT on their path to Olympic gold

RELATED: USWNT goes for Olympic gold vs. Japan in World Cup rematch Soccer News of the Week – The United States women’s soccer team look stronger than ever as they head into the Olympic Quarterfinals. They made it through the Group Stage undefeated – three dominant displays to gain three Ws. Goalkeeper Hope Solo allowed two goals in the team’s opening game against France, but kept Colombia and North Korea firmly shut out of the net. Except for those early minutes in the first game, the USWNT’s lackluster defense was rarely troubled. Not with the collective offensive prowess of Abby […]

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USWNT knocks out North Korea, advances to the Olympic Quarterfinals

It wasn’t pretty, but it didn’t need to be. The United States women’s national team defeated North Korea 1-0 to complete a Group G sweep, and advance to the Quarterfinals of the 2012 Summer Olympics. The Americans dominated their third group stage game, quickly extinguishing any sparks of life from the North Koreans and pressing forward at every opportunity. Yet, despite the one-sided show, the USWNT only managed a single goal. And it was Abby Wambach’s tap into the corner in the 25th minute — off a terrific bit of play from Alex Morgan — that proved the winner. Wambach, […]

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Reality TV

“America’s Next Top Model” Cycle 19: College Edition gives viewers a vote

The latest edition of America’s Next Top Model is looking to shake things up. After the shocking April announcement that long-time mentor Jay Manuel, judge Nigel Barker and runway coach J. Alexander would not be returning, ANTM Cycle 19 returns with an all-new crew for its first-ever “College Edition” on Friday, Aug. 24, at 8pm on The CW. Host Tyra Banks leads the panel of judges, alongside fashion public relations maven Kelly Cutrone and former boxer and international male supermodel Rob Evans. In a new twist this season, the audience will serve as the fourth judge. Viewers will be able […]

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Hope Solo and the USWNT are back in action

RELATED: USWNT goes for Olympic gold vs. Japan in World Cup rematch Soccer News of the Week USWNT kick off Olympic run with a 4-2 win over France The United States women’s soccer team started shaky but rallied for the win against France in their first Olympic Group Stage match. The ladies, who are looking for their third consecutive gold medal, face Colombia on Saturday, July 28 at 12p (NBC Sports Network) and North Korea on Tuesday, July 31 at 12:15p (NBC Sports Network). How do soccer stars spend their summer break? Playing soccer, of course. International clubs that just […]