For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Google on Friday dedicated its doodle to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019. Created around teams participating in the mega football event, the Google doodle marked the commencement of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on June 7 in France.“Each doodle will capture the local excitement of the world cup competition as well as what soccer means to the guest artists personally,” description of the Google doodle read.As many as 24 countries will battle it out over the next month in the eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, most recently won by the US in 2015. Led by Phil Neville’ England is tipped as the tournament favourite along with the US.The opening match of the Women’s World Cup 2019 will be played between France and South Korea in Paris at 8:00 local time. Defending champions US, who are in Group F, will play their first encounter against the Thailand.The 16-phase knockout round will begin from Saturday, June 22, while the final match of the mega tournament will be played on Sunday, July 7. On Saturday, July 6, the match for the third place will be held on the eve of the finals.
Bradley Voigt’s first goal of the season ended with a stomp. In the postgame press conference, Voigt cracked a grin. With No. 20 Syracuse in desperate need of a bounceback following last week’s loss to unranked Colgate, Voigt delivered a shot off the right side of the crease that found a hole to the right of Albany goalkeeper Nate Siekierski. Voigt turned and pumped his fist. For the first time this season — in a new role — SU’s “big and crafty guy” delivered. Last weekend offered Voigt a similar spot, one that sent line drives into the chest of Colgate’s goalkeeper. He waited, as always, and fired, as always. But Saturday was different, and the shots kept coming.Behind a career-high six goals from Voigt, No. 20 Syracuse (1-1) dominated No. 15 Albany (0-1) 13-5. Coming off their first season-opening loss since 2013, and up against the same team that beat them 15-3 a season ago, the Orange were boosted by an unlikely top-option in Voigt, who has never scored more than two goals in a game in his entire four-year Syracuse career.“We were just moving good off ball,” Voigt said. “I think we were definitely more comfortable in the offense that were running right now.”Coming into the season, there was uncertainty as to who will see a majority of the minutes as the third member of SU’s attack line. As early as the Orange’s fall intra-squad scrimmage, Voigt ran with the first line. Come the week leading up to SU’s season-opener against Colgate, Syracuse attack Stephen Rehfuss said he’d “earned it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut with the loss of Brendan Bomberry, the Orange were hard-pressed to find a piece that would fill the void. Voigt contributed sporadically in his three year career prior to the 2019 season, scoring 19 goals. Minus Bomberry, SU was in need to a player who could set in the right spots in front of the net and receive short passes on the interior for doorstep deliveries. Thrice Voigt got that shot against Colgate and it didn’t find the back of the net. But against Albany, the senior started about five feet further out. His first shot went through the right side, then he hit another from the same spot. In the second quarter, he hit one from the left side. Brendan Curry brought shifts each time he took the ball down the field and Nate Solomon worked as the Orange’s primary dodger around the crease, but the opportunities kept coming to Voigt.After the Orange were dominated on possessions a week ago, SU head coach John Desko ran a number of ground ball drills in practice to help fix the problem. After numerous one-on-one, two-on-one and three-on-two drills, the Orange responded by outpacing the Great Danes 44-24 on ground balls. Whenever the ball was knocked loose, SU was there to scoop it up and start up the offense again. “We kicked ourselves,” Desko said of the ground balls. “We’ve always been a pretty good ground ball team and Colgate just kind of woke us up.”The increased possession found Voigt in spots teammates said he excels in. Last season, Bomberry earned a lot of his points by hanging around the crease to the left or right flank of the goalposts. Multiple times, SU found him in that exact spot, and all he needed to do was finish.He found the goal, then again, then again, then again. Prior to his fifth goal of the contest, Voigt spied Solomon as he made a run around the crease and fired a shot around the corner of the goal. The ball deflected off the leg of Siekerski, and Voigt — continuing the trend the Orange set all game, just cleaned up.Though Desko has said the role is one Voigt was prepared to fill, after the game he conceded he couldn’t envision a game of this magnitude, and so quickly. But at the postgame press conference, Voigt said his performance wasn’t about what he could do on the field, it was about what he couldn’t. He’s not a dodger. He doesn’t make things happen behind the net. That’s not his game, and it doesn’t have to be. In the final quarter, when SU pulled Porter and the game was already decided, Rehfuss found Voigt streaking to the net. Open again. Voigt put in the shot and raised his stick in the air and finished his historic day with skip behind the goal as he gazed towards the Carrier Dome ceiling. Nothing was different about Saturday, he said. The opportunities just came, and he finished.“I guess I just felt better during the game today,” Voigt said. “The shots were just going.” Comments Published on February 16, 2019 at 8:33 pm Contact Michael: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch may have played his final NFL game Sunday. For real this time.The 33-year-old, who came out of retirement late this season to join a depleted Seattle offense, ran for two touchdowns in his team’s 28-23 divisional-round defeat to the Packers. Afterward, Lynch used his postgame media availability to offer advice to younger players in the league, his own experiences providing urgency to the message. Lynch said his peers should be mindful of saving their money and preserving their health in order to lead fulfilling post-football lives.Lynch does not usually speak at length in front of reporters because it makes him uncomfortable, so this marked a departure from his standard approach to having microphones in his face.Lynch used the rest of his time at the podium to tell fellow players to take care of their minds and finances. pic.twitter.com/vMhPA5fnUy— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) January 13, 2020MORE: Packers avoid another postseason choke against SeahawksHis postgame press conference went like this:Reporter: How would you describe your comeback, Marshawn?“It was solid,” he said.Reporter: And scoring four touchdowns in three games?“Pretty solid.”Reporter: What’s going through your mind right now?“Shoot, we lost.”Reporter: Come back next year?“I mean, shoot, we’ll see.”Then Lynch decided to deliver a message to young NFL players:“Look,” he said, “I’ll say like this though: This is a vulnerable time for a lot of these young dudes, you feel me? They don’t be taking care of their chicken right, you feel me? So if it was me, or if I had a opportunity to let these little young (teammates) know something, I’d say take care of y’all money, African, because that (stuff) don’t last forever now.“I’ve been on the other side of retirement and it’s good when you get over there and you can do what the (expletive) you want to. So I tell y’all right now while y’all in it: Take care of y’all bread, so when y’all done you can go ahead and take care of yourself. So while y’all in it right now, take care of y’all’s bodies, take care of y’all’s chicken, take care of y’all’s mental. Because, look, we ain’t lasting that long. I had a couple players that I played with that they’re no longer here no more — they’re no longer — so you feel me? Take care of y’all mentals, y’all bodies, y’all chicken, so when y’all ready to walk away y’all walk away and you’ll be able to do what y’all want to do.”(If you’re confused, “chicken” means money.) Lynch also shared a special moment with Aaron Rodgers after the game.Marshawn Lynch just walked into the #Packers locker room to congratulate Aaron Rodgers. Can’t say I’ve seen that before— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) January 13, 2020In unique Marshawn Lynch fashion, the running back just entered the Packers’ locker room for a jersey exchange with Aaron Rodgers. They’re signing one another’s game uniforms.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) January 13, 2020Marshawn Lynch just walked into the #Packers locker room with his jersey. He gave fellow Cal alum Aaron Rodgers a big hug. Rodgers took his jersey from his locker and they just went down a hallway to presumably exchange and share some words.— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) January 13, 2020If Sunday was Lynch’s last game, then he will finish his career with 85 regular-season rushing touchdowns and 12 postseason rushing touchdowns.He will also go down as one of the most popular athletes in the history of Seattle, largely for his ability to come off as genuine in an industry that sometimes lacks authentic personalities. In that way, his potentially final words as a player were fitting.