This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 9 RAYYAN, Qatar - The U.S. men's national soccer team had reached the knockout stage of the World Cup with a blend of defensive excellence, precocious poise and unflinching confidence. Even though goals were scarce, the formula carried the young squad through group play unbeaten and injected belief that it could take yet another step on the sport's greatest stage. But the things that carried the Americans into the round of 16 were missing Saturday, and a World Cup campaign that brought hope and harrowing moments, a courageous winning goal in the group finale and stirred interest back home, came to a close with a 3-1 defeat to the Netherlands at Khalifa International Stadium. The Dutch, ranked No. 8 and a 2010 finalist, scored twice in the first half, including a backbreaker for the United States seconds before intermission. Substitute Haji Wright … [Read more...] about USMNT’s hopeful World Cup run fizzles out with loss to the Netherlands
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This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 During the early portion of most practices, the Washington Commanders defensive line runs through a drill that usually draws an audience "Here we go!" defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina begins, his voice booming. "There it is!" he says, as tackle Daron Payne swats the ball. "I see you, Big Payne!" One at a time, the linemen put their weight into a padded sled to lift it like a blocker, drop it with a thud, then jump to bat a volleyball Zgonina tosses from about 10 yards away. Comical as it is at times to watch 300-pound linemen lunge for volleyballs, the drill has a purpose. On Sunday, Payne deflected a pass that cornerback Kendall Fuller then intercepted to seal Washington's victory over the Atlanta Falcons. "I said on the sidelines, 'Way to go; you're taking the drill to the field,' and the guys started laughing," Zgonina said. "They don't want to hear that." Washington's … [Read more...] about With Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne, Commanders may have NFL’s best DT duo
WASHINGTON - Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio) woke up thoroughly depressed one late June morning earlier this year. His best friend in Congress had lost his primary race to a MAGA Republican, leaving Joyce to think about both losing his wingman but also the direction of his party. "What am I doing here?" the five-term Midwestern moderate recalled thinking. If he hadn't already won his own primary weeks earlier, Joyce acknowledged that he might have just given up and retired. Instead, after winning another two-year term by more than 20 percentage points last month, Joyce has thrown himself into the deep end of the House Republican Conference's ideological swimming pool. He's the new chairman of the Republican Governance Group, a collection of just under 50 GOP lawmakers who quietly like to see Congress function. They often end up under siege from what he calls "the exotics" from the far-right flank, the loudest, most media-seeking Republicans who pine for former president Donald … [Read more...] about ‘Everybody’s a Joe Manchin.’ A GOP moderate looks ahead to a very narrowly divided House
Oscar Piastri has completed his final McLaren test of the year after taking to the track in Barcelona as he looks to familiarise himself with his new car. The Australian has been putting in the miles following his move from Alpine to McLaren and his announcement as the team’s new driver for 2023 in the place of Daniel Ricciardo. Having driven in the post-season test at Abu Dhabi, McLaren arranged a private run out for Piastri at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya before he got his first tour of the McLaren Technology Centre in the UK. Piastri has spent a year out of racing having last took to the track competitively in the final Formula 2 race of the 2021 season and it is no surprise to see he is feeling a little rusty. As any new driver in an F1 car quickly finds out, the experience can be a brutal test of your neck muscles and Piastri was no different. “My neck is pretty sore,” the 21-year-old said. “But it always takes a while to get used to an F1 car. I am getting … [Read more...] about Oscar Piastri completes final 2022 test with McLaren: ‘My neck is pretty sore’
(Bloomberg) -- Elizabeth Holmes appealed her criminal fraud conviction, two weeks after she was ordered to serve 11 1/4 years in prison for deceiving investors in her blood-testing startup Theranos Inc. Lawyers for Holmes, 38, filed a single-page notice of appeal late Friday in federal court in San Jose, California, without disclosing on what grounds the Theranos founder and former CEO will ask the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the guilty verdict reached by a jury 11 months ago. Legal experts said her appeal was widely expected and faces long odds because US District Judge Edward Davila went to great lengths to be fair to both sides starting when Holmes was indicted in 2018, continuing through her four-month trial late last year and concluding with her sentencing last month. “This sentence is bullet-proof on appeal,” said Seth Kretzer, a criminal defense lawyer not involved in the case. “The end of this long case is drawing near.” The appeal caps a years-long … [Read more...] about Elizabeth Holmes appeals Theranos fraud conviction, prison term
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 17 ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ty Zentner kicked a 31-yard field goal in overtime as 13th-ranked Kansas State beat No. 3 TCU 31-28 in the Big 12 championship game Saturday, leaving the Horned Frogs to wait another day to find out if they had already done enough to get into the four-team College Football Playoff. The Wildcats set up the winning field goal after TCU (12-1) had the opening possession of overtime and Kendre Miller was stopped short on consecutive plays from inside the 1. Deuce Vaughn ran for 130 yards and a touchdown and Will Howard threw two TDs for the Wildcats (10-3, No. 10 CFP), who six weeks earlier had jumped out to a 28-10 lead early in the second quarter before TCU scored the game’s last 28 points. That was one of five games the Horned Frogs (12-1, No. 3 CFP) won when trailing after … [Read more...] about No. 3 TCU loses 31-28 in OT to K-State in Big 12 title game
When the new beginning ended, the television cameras found Tyler Adams absorbing the disappointment. The 23-year-old captain of the U.S. men's national soccer team, the youngest of anyone carrying that title at this World Cup, sat with his legs crossed and head down. Teammates and coaches came by, one at a time, to kneel and encourage him. Adams remained in the middle of the field, thinking and hurting for several minutes, until an American teammate and Dutch opponent extended their arms and helped Adams to his feet. It was the final, humbling scene of a spirited American recovery at this tournament. With a 3-1 victory, the Netherlands ousted the U.S. during the round of 16 on Saturday. No one is hustling to schedule a parade after this outcome, but for a program writhing near rock bottom and enduring ridicule four years ago, this run felt joyous. The incremental progress was clear, but more than that, the players performed in a matter that indicates they are on a path to immense … [Read more...] about Don’t view the USMNT’s loss as the end. It’s a down payment on the future.