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Jul 8, 2015

Games-Toronto embraces Pan Ams while flirting with Olympics

TORONTO, July 8 (Reuters) – It is not the Games Toronto had hoped for but is the one they got and now Canada’s largest city will try to embrace the Pan American Games and convince the world it is up to the job of hosting a Summer Olympics.

Despite lacking the prestige of a Summer Olympics, which Toronto unsuccessfully bid for in 1996 and 2008, the July 10-26 Pan Ams will be the largest multi-sport event held in Canada as nearly 7,000 athletes from across Latin America, South America, the Caribbean and North America compete in 36 sports.

Jul 6, 2015

Back to obscurity for all but a few after World Cup

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – With the Women’s World Cup party over it was back to reality for many of the players who headed home on Monday to resume 9-to-5 jobs, school studies and raising families.

Women’s soccer basked in the spotlight during the month-long tournament, delivering an entertaining spectacle that produced record-smashing television ratings and an eye-popping total attendance of 1.35 million after 52 matches.

Jul 6, 2015

Soccer-Back to obscurity for all but a few after World Cup

VANCOUVER, July 6 (Reuters) – With the Women’s World Cup party over it was back to reality for many of the players who headed home on Monday to resume 9-to-5 jobs, school studies and raising families.

Women’s soccer basked in the spotlight during the month-long tournament, delivering an entertaining spectacle that produced record-smashing television ratings and an eye-popping total attendance of 1.35 million after 52 matches.

Jul 6, 2015

Women’s World Cup offers hope amid FIFA crisis

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – A World Cup that kicked off amidst one of the biggest scandals in soccer history ended in joyous celebration on Sunday as the United States defeated Japan 5-2 in a free-wheeling clash that offered some hope of better days ahead for the so-called Beautiful Game.

The troubles that have rocked the sport’s governing body FIFA for more than a month seemed a world away as golden confetti rained down on a capacity crowd of over 53,000 at BC Place following an entertaining contest that showcased the good in a sport some had started to believe was rotten to the core.

Jul 6, 2015

Soccer-Women’s World Cup offers hope amid FIFA crisis

VANCOUVER, July 5 (Reuters) – A World Cup that kicked off amidst one of the biggest scandals in soccer history ended in joyous celebration on Sunday as the United States defeated Japan 5-2 in a free-wheeling clash that offered some hope of better days ahead for the so-called Beautiful Game.

The troubles that have rocked the sport’s governing body FIFA for more than a month seemed a world away as golden confetti rained down on a capacity crowd of over 53,000 at BC Place following an entertaining contest that showcased the good in a sport some had started to believe was rotten to the core.

Jul 6, 2015

Hat-trick hero Lloyd dreams big and wins World Cup

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Scoring three times in a Women’s World Cup final would be a dream come true for most soccer players but not Carli Lloyd.

The American captain fired a sensational hat-trick in a 5-2 rout of Japan on Sunday then said she had dreamed of scoring four.

Jul 6, 2015

Soccer-Hat-trick hero Lloyd dreams big and wins World Cup

VANCOUVER, July 5 (Reuters) – Scoring three times in a Women’s World Cup final would be a dream come true for most soccer players but not Carli Lloyd.

The American captain fired a sensational hat-trick in a 5-2 rout of Japan on Sunday then said she had dreamed of scoring four.

Jul 6, 2015

Carli Lloyd wins Golden Ball as top player at World Cup

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – United States captain Carli Lloyd capped her incredible performance in Sunday’s women’s World Cup final by winning the Golden Ball as the player of the tournament.

The 32-year-old midfielder led by example in the final, scoring three goals in the first 16 minutes including one show-stopping effort from halfway, helping the Americans defeat Japan 5-2 to win the World Cup for the third time.

Jul 6, 2015

Lloyd wins Golden Ball as top player at World Cup

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – United States captain Carli Lloyd capped her incredible performance in Sunday’s women’s World Cup final by winning the Golden Ball as the player of the tournament.

The 32-year-old midfielder led by example in the final, scoring three goals in the first 16 minutes including one show-stopping effort from halfway, helping the Americans defeat Japan 5-2 to win the World Cup for the third time.

Jul 6, 2015

Soccer-Lloyd wins Golden Ball as top player at World Cup

VANCOUVER, July 5 (Reuters) – United States captain Carli Lloyd capped her incredible performance in Sunday’s women’s World Cup final by winning the Golden Ball as the player of the tournament.

The 32-year-old midfielder led by example in the final, scoring three goals in the first 16 minutes including one show-stopping effort from halfway, helping the Americans defeat Japan 5-2 to win the World Cup for the third time.