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Germany vs Nigeria, Women’s World Cup: Prediction, Pick, Team news and Live streaming

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The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup’s knockout stage kicks off on Saturday with the round of 16 as one of the top favourites Germany take on Super Falcons Nigeria at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble, France for a spot in the quarterfinals.

Two-time World Cup champions made it through to the last 16 with an immaculate record as they defeated Spain, China and South Africa without conceding a goal to top Group B, while African Champions qualified for the round of 16 as the fourth best third-set team in the group stage as they completed third in Group A with a pivotal triumph against South Korea in their second match, sandwiching routs against Norway and France.

Women’s World Cup round of 16: Germany vs Nigeria

Match Details:

Date: Saturday, June 22

Time: 11:30 a.m. ET

Location: Stade des Alpes – Grenoble, France

TV channel: FS1 and Telemundo

Streaming: fuboTV

Odds:

Germany – 2 (- 115) | Nigeria +1.5 (- 105) | O/U: 3

Group News

Germany’s star midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan’s absence with a wrecked toe has seen the team change adequately to a 4-4-2 formation to great impact in their last two matches and it is more than likely that they will stay with that plan against Nigeria.

Super Falcons coach Thomas Dennerbyb will be forced into making one improvement to the team with defender Ngozi Ebere suspended because of her dismissal against France for a moment yellow card in the foul that prompted the match-winning penalty, while Rita Chikwelu will likewise sit out after amassed appointments in the group stage.

Head to Head

Germany have won every one of their past five games against Nigeria however the last time the two sides met was in 2011, the European won by an goal to nil.

Recen Form

Two-time World Champions won all their three group stage matches in the eighth edition of Women’s World Cup in France, while Super Falcons won one lost two from a similar number games and failed to score in two of their group matches and have not scored in 11 of their last 15 World Cup matches

Germany possible beginning lineup: Almuth Schult, Verena Schweers, Marina Hegering, Sara Doorsoun, Giulia Gwinn, Sara Daebritz, Lina Magull, Melanie Leupolz, Svenja Huth, Klara Buehl, Alexandra Popp

Nigeria possible starting lineup: Chiamaka Nnadozie, Evelyn Nwabuoku, Ohale Osinachi, Onome Ebi, Chidinma Okeke, Halimatu Ayinde, Ngozi Okobi, Chinaza Uchendu

Francisca Ordega, Asisat Oshoala, Desire Oparanozie

Prediction

Germany is unreasonably strong for Nigeria, getting two goals before the break and cementing this before half time with another.

Pick:

Germany 3, Nigeria 0

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Brooklyn Nets sign Alize Johnson to a multiyear, $4.1M contract

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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.

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Los Angeles Angels’ Dexter Fowler with torn ACL injury, out for season

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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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Bengals release RB Giovani Bernard after eight seasons

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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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