The United States women’s national team (USWNT) opens its World Cup campaign on Tuesday, taking on Thailand in Reims, France.
Having secured an uncommon third title four years prior, USWNT is bidding to turn out to be just the second group in women’s World Cup history to win the tournament in back-to-back editions.
While bookmakers are backing the U.S. to defend its title, the main topic of discourse in front of the opening fixture on Tuesday was a former player—Hope Solo.
The goalkeeper, who won the World Cup four years back, addressed mentor Jill Ellis’ team selection and suggested she tends to struggle under pressure.
“I don’t agree a lot with Jill Ellis, to be quite honest,” she told BBC’s Football Daily Podcast.
“She’s not the leader I wish her to be. She relies heavily on her assistant coaches. She cracks under the pressure quite a bit. But oftentimes it doesn’t matter, because the quality of the players on the U.S. team is superb.”
Solo’s successor, Alyssa Naeher, demanded she had not been paying attention to the criticism aimed at Ellis.
“I haven’t been on social media since we left New York, so I’m not really sure what’s going on,” she said during a press conference on Sunday, as per Yahoo Sports.
Less than ideal as they may be, off-field distractions are probably not going to counteract USWNT from getting off to a successful World Cup campaign.
Here’s all that you need to know ahead of Tuesday.
When and where is the game?
USWNT and Thailand are the last two teams to make their tournament debut. The two teams square off at 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET) on Tuesday, June 11, at Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims.
Alongside Roazhon Park, the arena is one of two World Cup venues in the city.
It hosted Norway’s 3-0 win over Nigeria on Saturday and, aside from Team USA’s match with Thailand, it will stage a further four games in the tournament.
USWNT’s opening round of the competition will be available FOX Sports’ and Telemundo Deportes’ digital platforms. Live streams will also be available on fuboTV, Sling Blue, Hulu Live and PlayStation Vue.
USWNT goes into its first round of thetournament as the overwhelming favorite. According to Oddschecker, Team USA is as short as 1/41 to win on Tuesday, while Thailand is 80/1 to cause an upset and odds on the draw are as long as 28/1.
Winnipeg Jets agree to sign Adam Lowry to 5-year, $16-million deal extension
Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry is taking a give free agency to stick with the only NHL group he’s consistently played for.
The Jets declared on Friday that Lowry has signed a team-friendly contract that will pay him a average of $3.25 million for the next five years.
The 28-year-old Lowry is currently in his seventh season with the club. He was in the final year of a three-year pact that was paying him a normal of $2.9 million for each season.
In 44 games this season, Lowry has eight goals and 12 assists.
Lowry initially joined the Jets in the 2014-2015 season after playing for the Jets top AHL affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps.
He’s showed up in a total of 452 NHL games with the Jets where he’s recorded 65 goals and 78 assists.
Lowry was drafted by the Jets in the third round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
The National Hockey League additionally reported number of schedule changes, including three games for the Jets after the Vancouver Canucks ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
It’ll currently just be a five-game homestand for Winnipeg.
Saturday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers has been climbed by three hours with puck drop currently scheduled for 6:00 PM Manitoba time. At that point they’ll get the following four straight days off.
Next Wednesday’s originally scheduled contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs is getting pushed back one day until Thursday. What’s more, next Friday’s showdown with the Leafs will presently be played on May 14 which will currently be their final game of the regular season.
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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