Associated Press Published 7:43 PM EDT Apr 14, 2019 Espoo, Finland — Alex Rigsby stopped four of five shots in a shootout and the United States beat Finland, 2-1, on Sunday night for its fifth consecutive gold medal at the women’s world championship. The U.S. won after a questionable goaltender interference review wiped out what would have been a historic overtime goal for the Finns. Finland celebrated on home ice after Petra Nieminen scored on a rebound 11:33 into overtime, but officials spent more than 10 minutes reviewing the play before disallowing the goal for goalie interference and forcing players to pick up their equipment and resume the game. Fans who chanted “Suomi!” and waved blue and white flags throughout the game and erupted into jubilation after Nieminen appeared to score rained boos down on the Americans when they were given their medals. “I’m extremely proud of our team tonight for playing their game while emotions were … [Read more...] about U.S. women beat Finland in shootout after OT controversy
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Breaking News Two members of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team are more than teammates -- they're engaged to be married!! Defender Ali Krieger and goalie Ashlyn Harris just revealed they've not only been dating for the last 9 years, but Ashlyn actually proposed in September ... and Ali said, "Yes!" It all went down in Clearwater Beach, Florida -- where Ashlyn busted out a pretty impressive rock. The two are now planning to tie the knot at the end of 2019, according to People.com. Ali and Ashlyn met on the USWNT in 2010 -- with Harris explaining, "We always sat next to each other on the bus and on flights, and we kind of just talked about our dreams and our hopes and what we wanted to do one day when we grew up. Because at the time, we were kids." The couple wasn't exactly hiding their relationship, but they didn't flash it around either because they didn't want to be a distraction. "We wanted to be professional and make sure that we showed up every day and did our … [Read more...] about Two U.S. Women’s Soccer Players Engaged, We’re Going Public!
David Brandt Associated Press Published 9:46 p.m. UTC Jun 4, 2018 Birmingham, Ala. — In some of the bleakest moments during Ariya Jutanugarn’s back-nine collapse at the U.S. Women’s Open, the 22-year-old from Thailand would take a deep breath, smile to herself and think happy thoughts. The mind tricks weren’t working, but she wasn’t going to stop trying. Finally, after an excruciating few hours of golf, the positive vibes came true. Jutanugarn lost a seven-shot lead on the back nine before prevailing on the fourth hole of a playoff to win at Shoal Creek on Sunday for her second major championship. She made a nearly perfect bunker shot to within a foot of the cup on the tournament-clinching hole, beating South Korea’s Hyo-Joo Kim, who shot a 5-under 67 in the final round to force the playoff. It was not an easy up-and-down for Jutanugarn, who said she didn’t have a particularly good lie in the sand. Somehow, she kept her cool. … [Read more...] about Sunday’s golf: Jutanugarn wins U.S. Women’s Open on fourth playoff hole
Associated Press Published 9:55 p.m. UTC Jun 1, 2018 Birmingham, Ala. — The sun shone brightly at rain-soaked Shoal Creek. So did Ariya Jutanugarn, Sarah Jane Smith and Jeongeun Lee. Jutanugarn, Smith and Lee each shot a 5-under 67 Thursday to share the first-round lead at the U.S. Women’s Open, where the course held up better than some feared after heavy rains in recent days. Thailand’s Jutanugarn spent hours in front before Smith and Lee caught her in the evening. Jutanugarn is coming off a Kingsmill Championship win and kept up the momentum, including an eagle on No. 6. She said she started focusing more on each shot instead of worrying about the big picture. “At Kingsmill, I started (saying) I’m not going to think about the outcome,” the eight-time LPGA Tour winner said. “I’m not going to think about winning the tournament.” Jutanugarn and the Australian Smith each had an eagle, five birdies and two bogeys. The Korean … [Read more...] about Thursday’s golf: Jutanugarn, Smith, Lee share U.S. Women’s Open lead
Matt Charboneau The Detroit News Published 10:05 p.m. UTC May 28, 2018 Ann Arbor — By the time the leaders at the Volvik Championship were heating up on the back nine Sunday, Karine Icher was cooling off. It took a little more time than usual, and that was only partly because of the temperatures hovering around 90 degrees. The bigger reason was that Icher had just finished a blistering 7-under round of 65, the best round of the week and one shot shy of the tournament record at Travis Pointe Country. “It's nice to play under the sun with some roll on the ball, you know, instead of to have the plugs,” Icher said. “So it was nice, it was enjoyable, the greens are perfect, so it was cool. “I made some putts. Yesterday I missed a lot and today they went in, so that made the difference.” VOLVIK CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL SCORES More: Unblemished run propels Minjee Lee to Volvik title It wasn’t enough to get Icher in contention after entering the final … [Read more...] about Icher’s roiling final round at Volvik serves as bon voyage for U.S. Women’s Open