After wins in every one of their opening FIFA Women’s World Cup matches, have country France and Norway will meet in their second Group A fixture on Wednesday at the Allianz Riviera Stadium in Nice.
France had no issues in their first game against South Korea, as they were absolutely overwhelming in a 4-0 win at the Parc des Princes in Paris. It was an update that with the quality they have and a huge crowd behind them, Les Bleues will be hard to beat at this World Cup.
Norway might be without star striker Aga Hederberg, however they proved they have quality inside and out when they coasted to a 3-0 win over Nigeria on Saturday.
Read on for the latest odds for the match, the viewing information and a preview of what’s to come in this key encounter.
France win (4-11)
Norway win (9-1)
Date: Wednesday, June 12
Time: 8 p.m. (BST), 3 p.m. (ET)
TV Info: BBC Four (UK), Fox (U.S.)
Live Stream: BBC iPlayer (UK), Fox Sports (U.S.)
Friday’s success over South Korea was the ideal starting to the competition for France, as they utilized their muscles with an overwhelming showcase.
The match was continually going to be a challenging one for South Korea given the gorge in quality between the two outfits. Even so, the hosts were able to settle any early nerves in the ninth minute, when Eugenie Le Sommer struck to give her side an early lead.
From that point it was plain sailing, with a Wendie Renard brace and a late strike from Amandine Henry completing the rout.
In the interim, Le Sommer made another step towards a landmark number of goals for her country with her opener:
Meanwhile, Le Sommer took another step towards a landmark number of goals for her country with her opener:
They flew out of the traps, scoring three first-half goals to adequately end the challenge. Guro Reiten was the key player for Norway, as she scored one and made another in a comprehensive win.
There’s no reason behind why they shouldn’t be confident of springing a disturbed going into the game with Les Bleues, either. Their fine structure began well before they landed at the World Cup, and the triumph over Nigeria was their fifth win in six matches in all competitions.
All things considered, the hosts will speak to a major advance up in quality. In light of that,Norway will need to adopt a different game plan from the attacking one they deployed against Nigeria, as the quality in the France setup will exploit any spaces left in defensive positions.
The French should be patient against a more robust opponent, but they will do enough to get the job done in the end.
France vs Norway prediction
France is just too powerful, dominates the ball and puts Norway away in the second half.
Brooklyn Nets sign Alize Johnson to a multiyear, $4.1M contract
Forward Alize Johnson has consented to a multiyear deal the Brooklyn Nets worth up to $4.1 million, his agent, George Langberg, revealed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Johnson’s productivity permitted him to parlay two consecutive 10-day contracts into his new deal with the Nets.
Johnson had his choice of a bit more guaranteed money elsewhere, however needed to stay the course with the Nets, where he has averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds on 65.7% shooting in six appearances.
Prior to joining the Nets, Johnson played 31 games with the Indiana Pacers over the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.
Los Angeles Angels’ Dexter Fowler with torn ACL injury, out for season
Los Angeles Angels starting right fielder Dexter Fowler has a torn left ACL that will require season-ending surgery, the group declared Sunday.
Fowler, 35, injured himself while sprinting into a second base on an attempted forceout in Friday’s down against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Florida. Fowler beat the throw from Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette and didn’t slide, inciting him to show up gracelessly and crumple to the ground in pain.
The Angels at first diagnosed Fowler to have a sprained left knee, however a follow-up MRI revealed that it was far more serious. The team said Fowler is expected to need six to nine months to recover after surgery.
“Comeback season has commenced,” Fowler said Sunday. “The cards I’ve been dealt, so you’ve got to deal with them and go at it like that.”
Fowler, who is set to be a free specialist after the season, doesn’t think the injury is career-ending.
“I want to continue to play,” he said. “I think I’ve still got a lot left in the tank. Right now I just want to get the knee back right and get going again.”
Heavenly messengers director Joe Maddon said he replace Fowler with Juan Lagares and Jose Rojas, the last of whom is right now serving in as a utility infielder. Before Sunday’s down against the Blue Jays was delayed because of downpour, Rojas had been scheduled to begin at third base instead of Anthony Rendon, who was managing irritation in his left crotch that came about because of a throw Saturday.
Fowler, acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in early February, was 5-for-20 with six strikeouts to start the 2021 season and has batted .218/.320/.370 in the course of recent years. Be that as it may, Maddon, who recently oversaw Fowler with the Chicago Cubs, said he accepted the outfielder was simply beginning to get moving obnoxiously and will miss his essence in the team.
“He’s one of those glue guys, man,” Maddon said. “He really makes a difference. He does. You talk about it all the time with clubhouse guys, but this guy really is one.”
Fowler’s injury creates an immediate opening for the Angels’ two most encouraging youthful players, Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh, both of whom are working out at the group’s substitute site in Tempe, Arizona, before the small time season starts. Adell battled as a new kid on the block a year ago, and Marsh presently can’t seem to play above Double-An in the wake of expenditure the Covid abbreviated 2020 season playing mostly intrasquad games.
Maddon said he would concede to the Angels’ minor league development staff on when Adell and Marsh are major league ready.
“It’s hard for me to imagine that they’ve tightened up their game [from spring training] to the point where you want to bring them up yet,” Maddon said.
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The Cincinnati Bengals have released veteran running back Giovani Bernard, the team declared on Wednesday.
Bernard, 29, has played all of his eight NFL seasons with the franchise that drafted him in the second round in 2013. He has showed up in 115 games and rushed for 3,697 yards and 22 touchdowns. He likewise had 342 receptions for 2,867 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The former North Carolina player was entering the last year of a two-year extension he endorsed in September 2019. The Bengals will acquire $4.1 million in salary-cap savings with Bernard’s release and incur just $666,667 in dead money against the cap, as indicated by Roster Management System.
Bernard began a career-high 10 games in 2020 in light of the fact that Joe Mixon was out with a foot injury. His best rushing performance was a 83-yard exertion in a win over Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football, the Bengals’ first victory over the Steelers since 2015. It was Bernard’s most elevated hurrying absolute since Week 16 of the 2017 season.
Mixon, who marked a four-year, $48 million extension a year ago, tweeted Wednesday that he “can’t thank him enough for all he has meant to my career.”
The Bengals have parted ways with several notable veterans who were essential for the group’s season playoff runs from 2011 to 2015. The team released former All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins prior this offseason and didn’t re-sign former Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green.
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