Joe Lago at Fourth-Place Medal 20 hrs ago
For Usain Bolt, it was another 4x100 relay victory over the United States and another gold medal at the world championships in Beijing.
For the Americans, it was a missed opportunity that ended up being a complete and total disaster.
Bolt claimed his third gold at the worlds on Saturday, running his customary anchor leg to lead Jamaica to a winning time of 37.36 seconds. The 100- and 200-meter champion was headed for a surprising silver medal as the U.S. appeared to have built up enough of a lead going into the fourth and final leg, but a botched handoff of the baton between Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers cost the Americans dearly as Bolt gained ground and cruised to victory.
It got worse for the U.S. While Trayvon Bromell, Justin Gatlin, Gay and Rodgers were jogging around the Bird's Nest track to celebrate their silver medal, they were informed that Rodgers was ruled to have stepped out of his lane. The infraction disqualified the Americans, moving China up to second and Canada to third.
On paper, the U.S. looked to have the advantage over the Jamaicans with all four Americans having reached the 100 final six days earlier. Jamaica had just two finalists in Bolt and Asafa Powell.
Joe Lago at Fourth-Place Medal 2 days ago
Usain Bolt predicted that he wouldn't lose his favorite event at the world championships and, as is usually the case when the Jamaican steps onto a track, he went out and backed up his words.
Bolt faced another showdown with American Justin Gatlin in the 200-meter final in Beijing on Thursday and did not blink as he captured his record 10th world title in a time of 19.55, the fifth fastest 200 ever.
On Sunday, Bolt edged Gatlin in the 100-meter final by just one hundredth of a second. Both cruised to victories in Wednesday's semifinal heats to set up the rematch.
"Justin Gatlin was saying he was ready to go and was going to do something special. And for the 100 I don't mind people talking a lot because it's the 100 meters," Bolt said. "But when it comes to my 200, I take it really personal."
Gatlin came off the curve running step for step with Bolt, but that's when Bolt kicked it into another gear. Down the back stretch, he easily put distance between himself and Gatlin and coasted across the finish line all by himself to the world's best time of 2015.
While taking his victory lap, Bolt was bumped into from behind by a cameraman's Segway.
Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 24 days ago
Lionel Messi very rarely shows emotion. The biggest outpouring of feelings from Messi has come after painful defeats in international cup finals where he can't hide his utter disgust in failing to carry Argentina to a championship (see: 2014 World Cup, 2015 Copa America).
In a sport where gesticulation often isn't enough to let the world know that you just scored, to the point where special messages are sometimes written on undershirts to completely express one's joy, Messi maintains a much reserved on-pitch persona.
That's why it was so shocking to see Messi express so much anger in Barcelona's preseason friendly against Roma on Wednesday. Not only did the diminutive Argentine headbutt Roma's Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa but he also gripped his left hand around the defender's neck and pushed him away as an exclamation point to his seething protest.
Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 25 days ago
It's been done before in other sports: Star athlete puts on disguise and costume, mingles with mortals as a regular guy and then shows off his superhuman skills before revealing his true identity. Everyone is stunned. The viewer of viral video is entertained.
Add Cristiano Ronaldo to the list of star athletes who have successfully punked the public.
The Real Madrid goal-scoring machine didn't go to great lengths like NBA star Kyrie Irving to change his looks and body, but during an ordinary Madrid afternoon, passersby had no idea it was CR7 with a wig, fake beard, sunglasses and hoodie doing extraordinary things with a soccer ball.
Watch the hijinks here (the video is part of a promotion for ROC's new campaign with Ronaldo):
Nicolas happily accepts the ball, proving that he wasn't an Atletico Madrid fan.
Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 25 days ago
The preseason friendlies circuit continued on Tuesday with the Audi Cup in Munich, Germany, where Real Madrid took on Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich met AC Milan. The tournament concludes Wednesday with a championship final pitting Real against Bayern, after the Spanish powers beat Spurs 2-0 on goals by James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale and the German champions crushed Milan 3-0 on goals by Juan Bernat, Mario Goetze and Robert Lewandowski.
Follow the action as it happened Tuesday at the Allianz Arena with the Scribble Live stream below.
Two preseason friendlies will be in the world soccer spotlight when MLS's best take on Tottenham Hotspur in Colorado and Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain meet in the International Champions Cup in Chicago.
Kickoff for both games is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET. Follow the action as it happens with the Scribble Live stream below.
And you thought the United States men's national team was in turmoil.
On Tuesday, the Mexico federation fired Miguel Herrera as national team head coach for Herrera's role in an alleged airport altercation with a TV commentator who had been highly critical of "El Piojo."
Now, just two days after beating Jamaica in the Gold Cup final, El Tri will have only two months and two September friendlies to find their bearings under a yet-to-be-named replacement before taking on the rival Americans in the Oct. 9 CONCACAF playoff that will determine the region's 2017 Confederations Cup representative.
The big losers in the firing of Miguel Herrera? The fans and media. Simply because El Tri matches will no longer feature Herrera's passionate and sometimes psychotic sideline antics.
CONCACAF crowns a new champion on Sunday when Jamaica takes on Mexico in the Gold Cup final at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. If the past week is any indication, the championship game will be anything but straightforward.
Surprising results and questionable referee decisions have shaped what has been an unpredictable and controversial knockout stage. Jamaica scored the upset of the tournament in a deserving 2-1 semifinal win over the United States. Mexico, on the other hand, benefited from heavily disputed penalty calls in a quarterfinal victory over Costa Rica and a come-from-behind semifinal triumph over Panama.
Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. Follow the action as it happens with the Scribble Live stream below.
He played 33 minutes, got 39 touches and did not get on the score sheet, but statistics could not measure the entire impact Andrea Pirlo made in his Major League Soccer debut for New York City FC.
Against Orlando City SC on Sunday, the 36-year-old Italian star came on in the 57th minute and, despite only four days of training, effortlessly did the things that he made him a legend at AC Milan and Juventus. From his holding midfielder spot, Pirlo kept the ball moving in the NYCFC attack, and it was his calming influence that allowed New York City to score three second-half goals to secure a 5-3 victory at Yankee Stadium.
Poku explained afterward that the chemistry between he and Pirlo was anything but accidental.
The appreciation for Pirlo from NYCFC and its supporters figures to only grow.
In the end, the United States men's national team wasn't even good enough to win a Gold Cup bronze medal.
The U.S. left PPL Park having to swallow that sobering reality after concluding a thoroughly disappointing tournament with a penalty shootout loss to a more-deserving Panama side in Saturday's third-place game.
Clint Dempsey's 70th-minute goal evened the score at 1-1, but after 30 scoreless minutes of extra time, spot kicks were needed. Goalkeeper Luis Mejia's save on DaMarcus Beasley secured a 3-2 shootout win for the Panamanians, who outplayed the U.S. from the opening whistle and should've won in normal time if it weren't for two goal-line clearances and clutch stops by goalkeeper Brad Guzan (11 saves).
Gulati says Klinsmann's job is safe, and there aren't parallels with Bradley being fired after losing '11 GC final pic.twitter.com/Q3lEVtj8at