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Jun 18, 2015

Soccer-U.S. stay calm as Solo storm threatens to pick up steam

June 18 (Reuters) – On the surface the U.S. team are ticking along nicely in the Women’s World Cup in Canada, but a growing controversy over allegations surrounding goalkeeper Hope Solo are threatening to take the gloss off the team’s performances.

The U.S. came through unbeaten from the ‘Group of Death’, which included three teams in the top-10, and have striker Abby Wambach in top form, while Solo is anchoring an air-tight defence.

Jun 18, 2015

Perennial Open bridesmaid Mickelson says on target after 69

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – After six near-misses at the U.S. Open, Phil Mickelson felt he was right on target for a first victory after making a brief appearance at the top of the opening-round leaderboard on Thursday.

A one-under 69 at Chambers Bay left the ever optimistic Mickelson four shots off the early pace and in an upbeat mood as he launched his bid for the elusive U.S. Open title that has been his career white whale.

Jun 17, 2015

After ‘group of death’, do-or-die for U.S. and Australia

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Having escaped the ‘group of death’, it is now do-or-die for the

United States and Australia after advancing to the knockout round of the Women’s World Cup on Tuesday.

Jun 17, 2015

Soccer-After ‘group of death’, do-or-die for U.S. and Australia

VANCOUVER, June 16 (Reuters) – Having escaped the ‘group of death’, it is now do-or-die for the United States and Australia after advancing to the knockout round of the Women’s World Cup on Tuesday.

In a pool featuring three sides ranked in the top 10 and the top African nation Nigeria, there may be no tougher route to the July 5 title game than from Group D, but the U.S. (2) and Australia (10) navigated the first stretch hitting only a few bumps along the way.

Jun 17, 2015

U.S tops Group of Death with win over Nigeria

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – The United States beat Nigeria 1-0 to take top spot in the ‘Group of Death’ on Tuesday and move onto the knockout round of the Women’s World Cup with Australia.

Abby Wambach, the all-time leading scorer in women’s soccer, added to her record total in the 45th minute and that was the only goal the Americans would need to finish the group phase unbeaten with a record of 2-1-0.

Jun 17, 2015

Soccer-U.S top Group of Death with win over Nigeria

VANCOUVER, June 16 (Reuters) – The United States beat Nigeria 1-0 to take top spot in the ‘Group of Death’ on Tuesday and move onto the knockout round of the Women’s World Cup with Australia.

Abby Wambach, the all-time leading scorer in women’s soccer, added to her record total in the 45th minute and that was the only goal the Americans would need to finish the group phase unbeaten with a record of 2-1-0.

Jun 16, 2015

Over 30 million women players, but only one seat at FIFA’s table

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – More than 30 million women play organized soccer around the world, FIFA says. Only one has only ever been elected to a full term on world soccer’s all-powerful executive committee.

With the Swiss-based body currently mired in a corruption and bribery scandal, gender equality looks to be in danger of falling even further down its priorities.

Jun 16, 2015

Soccer-30 million women players, but only one seat at FIFA’s table

VANCOUVER, June 16 (Reuters) – More than 30 million women play organised soccer around the world, FIFA says. Only one has only ever been elected to a full term on world soccer’s all-powerful executive committee.

With the Swiss-based body currently mired in a corruption and bribery scandal, gender equality looks to be in danger of falling even further down its priorities.

Jun 10, 2015

Women’s World Cup opens with brilliance and blowouts

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – The Women’s World Cup stopped to take a breath on Wednesday following an opening round of games that produced a little bit of everything, from tight matches to blowouts played in front of packed stands and near empty stadiums.

The month-long tournament which began on Saturday in Edmonton under the dark cloud of a FIFA bribery and corruption scandal got off to a brilliant start when Christine Sinclair scored in injury time to give the hosts a heart-stopping 1-0 win over China.

Jun 10, 2015

Soccer-Women’s World Cup opens with brilliance and blowouts

June 10 (Reuters) – The Women’s World Cup stopped to take a breath on Wednesday following an opening round of games that produced a little bit of everything, from tight matches to blowouts played in front of packed stands and near empty stadiums.

The month-long tournament which began on Saturday in Edmonton under the dark cloud of a FIFA bribery and corruption scandal got off to a brilliant start when Christine Sinclair scored in injury time to give the hosts a heart-stopping 1-0 win over China.