Joe Lago at Fourth-Place Medal 1 day ago
Keni Harrison isn’t going to Rio de Janeiro as a member of the United States Olympic team. But she does have her place in track and field history.
The American record holder in the women’s 100 hurdles finished sixth in the U.S. Olympic trials earlier this month in Eugene, Ore. Disappointed but still determined, she turned her attention to a new goal — breaking the event’s 28-year-old world record.
At the Prefontaine Classic in May, Harrison came close to tying Yordana Donkova’s world mark of 12.21 with a time of 12.24. On Friday, Donkova’s 1988 world record finally fell as the 23-year-old Harrison clocked a blistering 12.20 at the London Muller Anniversary Games.
Going into the Diamond League meet, Harrison felt confident about her chances of setting a new world mark, saying “every time I get on the line I know I still have a chance to break the world record.” After her career-defining moment, she was overcome with emotion taking about what she had just accomplished.
Those who beat Harrison at the U.S. track trials were quick to congratulate her.
Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 26 days ago
You read the headline. So let's not make you wait any longer.
Yes, Lionel Messi is a Copa America Centenario loser.
The Argentina captain could not produce the goal that would have ended his country's 23-year major title drought during 90 scoreless minutes of regulation and 30 more minutes of goal-less extra time. He missed a chance at putting the Argentines up early in the decisive penalty shootout by badly missing his spot kick. And then after watching Chile win yet another Copa crown on penalties, he hastily announced he was quitting the national team.
That's right, still the greatest.
WINNER: Alexis Sanchez
Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 28 days ago
The results of the first day of the European Championships knockout stage will show that Poland, Wales and Portugal won their Round of 16 matches to earn quarterfinal berths. Those facts cannot be denied.
But what the score lines won't tell you is that their passage through to the next round arguably was undeserved.
Perhaps that's too harsh. Maybe we should say that the opponents were unlucky not to win instead. Because Switzerland, Northern Ireland and Croatia all deserved a better fate on Saturday in France.
Here's how they were undone by the soccer gods.
POLAND PREVAILS ON PENALTIES
Despite the disappearance of star striker Robert Lewandowski (he was shown in uniform on the pitch in Saint-Etienne so there's video proof the Bayern Munich man was there), the Polish looked prime to capture another 1-0 win on Jakub Blaszczykowski's 39th-minute goal behind another stellar defensive performance.
But then Poland surrendered its first goal of the tournament. But it took a level of world-class skill to finally end the Polish shutout streak.
NORTHERN IRELAND BAILS OUT WALES
And not surprisingly, Gareth Bale was involved.
THE BATTLE OF THE BA ... REALLY BAD SOCCER TEAMS
Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 28 days ago
The talent of Xherdan Shaqiri is so immense that it can be frustrating for his team when he goes missing in action. But that skill can also be the genesis of some breathtaking artistry.
The latter was the case in the 82nd minute of Switzerland's Round of 16 game against Poland in the European Championships.
With the Swiss desperately in search of a tying goal, Shaqiri came through by producing the goal of the tournament.
And watch Shaqiri's golazo with the theme from "Titanic" in the background.
Shaqiri's overhead-kick just gets even better with the titanic music... pic.twitter.com/DqJT6YXlfB
HOUSTON – The FIFA world rankings sometimes don't accurately measure the ability and potential of a national team. But no one will make the mistake of questioning Argentina's No. 1 status. Not after the display of magnificence a sold-out NRG Stadium crowd witnessed on Tuesday.
The Argentines played like the best team in the world in their Copa America Centenario semifinal against the United States, and much of that had to do with the best soccer player on the planet doing whatever he wanted.
Messi's goal moved him to the top of Argentina's all-time scoring list, surpassing the 54 scored by the great Gabriel Batistuta. The victory earned La Albiceleste its third straight final in a major tournament after finishing runner-up at the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Copa America.
HOUSTON – Do you believe in Miracles on Grass?
It may take such a level of divine intervention for the United States men's national team to accomplish its most impossible mission: beat Lionel Messi and top-ranked Argentina in the Copa America Centenario semifinals on Tuesday night.
Argentina coach Gerardo Martino has slowly worked Messi into the team, increasing his playing time by a third in each of the team's last three games. The limited minutes hasn't stopped Messi from scoring four goals and recording two assists as he has put on a show for his adoring fans in Chicago, Seattle and Foxborough.
Let's get to these pressing questions.
HOUSTON – Go ahead. Do a search for "Zardes first touch."
The results aren't kind. They're even more scathing on Twitter (unsurprisingly).
Either way, Zardes will be a key figure in its bid to achieve what would be a monumental upset and historic result for the U.S.
"This is a dream," a proud Zardes said then. "This is what you dream about."
The fall of the villain can make for great entertainment. Darth Vader and the destruction of the Death Star. The poisoning of the evil King Joffrey. Wile E. Coyote getting duped into running off a cliff over and over.
In world soccer, everyone's favorite bad guy is Cristiano Ronaldo. And on Saturday, the people who aren't fans of the polarizing Real Madrid star got to revel in his misfortune in a most forgettable game for him and his Portugal national team.
RONALDO MISSES THE PENALTY pic.twitter.com/Z1qbrJj5Xh
MISSED TACKLE OF THE DAY
SEATTLE – We got it wrong. And by "we" I am talking about the media – or, to be fair, the majority of soccer pundits in this country – who looked at this United States men's national team after one game in the Copa America Centenario and refused to see what Jurgen Klinsmann and his players saw in themselves.
They told us that they played well against "a really good team" in losing 2-0 to Colombia, No. 3 in the world according to FIFA's latest rankings, but that self-assessment still rang hollow even though some of the match statistics backed them up. The eye test said the U.S. was nowhere near the Colombians' level. So, the press focused on the possibility of a disastrous early Copa exit, the increasingly tenuous job status of Klinsmann and the subsequent daunting comments of U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati over the need for better results.
Lineup selections were questioned. Tactics were dissected and criticized. And Gyasi Zardes's first touch was ridiculed – again.
SEATTLE – It was wild. It was physical. And in the end for the United States men's national team, it was nerve-wracking.
But after a 90-minute roller-coaster ride, the result was this: The Americans are bound for the Copa America Centenario semifinals.
The U.S. achieved Jurgen Klinsmann's goal of a final four berth by continuing its impressive tournament run with a 2-1 victory over Ecuador before 47,322 fans at raucous CenturyLink Field on Thursday.
The players who fueled USA's run to the top of Group A came through again. Clint Dempsey scored his third goal of the tourney for an early lead and set up Gyasi Zardes's eventual winner in the second half with his third Copa assist. Defensively, John Brooks stood tall once more as the rock of an emerging American backline, while Alejandro Bedoya did all the dirty work necessary in midfield in his manic 81 minutes.
The Americans will face the winner of Saturday's Argentina-Venezuela quarterfinal in Houston on Tuesday. Yes, it could be the USA vs. Lionel Messi for a chance to play in the June 26 final in New Jersey.