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American soccer stars Abby Wambach and Megan Rapinoe shine at OUAB discussion

Megan Rapinoe (center) and Abby Wambach (right) speak to OSU women’s soccer coach Lori Walker during an OUAB event on March 28 at The Ohio Union. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorTwo of the most prominent American female athletes visited Ohio State on Monday night to discuss a wide variety of topics in a crowded Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom at the Ohio Union. The event, put on by OUAB, featured former U.S. Women’s National Team forward Abby Wambach and current midfielder Megan Rapinoe. The duo sat down with OSU women’s soccer coach Lori Walker for a talk about women’s rights, gay rights and Wambach’s retirement. Those in attendance listened to the moving words and topics that the athletes presented. Wambach and Rapinoe are coming off a FIFA Women’s World Cup title, the third in U.S. history. The duo described their feelings when meeting President Barack Obama and riding on floats through New York City for their championship ticker-tape parade.However, these women had a much larger message to leave with students.Both Rapinoe and Wambach have come out as lesbian in recent years, and wanted to let people who are struggling with their sexuality know it is OK to be gay. The World Cup champions described the points in their life when they discovered they were gay, and the triumphs and struggles they encountered while doing so.Wambach said she plans to release a book toward the end of the year describing not only her successes in life, but also her failures and darkest moments. The all-time leading goal-scorer in the history of international women’s soccer said she will open up in ways that no one knows about, and that some of the details in the book might be shocking to some readers. Even so, Wambach said she is not scared about unleashing this information, and she is completely comfortable with who she is.For the first time publicly, Wambach announced she will join former U.S. women’s soccer player Brandi Chastain and donate her brain for concussion research. Rapinoe said she would follow suit, as well, although she noted she doesn’t use her head quite to the extend Wambach does. Rapinoe talked about her engagement and upcoming marriage to singer-songwriter Sera Cahoone and her excitement surrounding the event. The USWNT winger was recently inducted into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame and is a large proponent of the LGBT community.Rapinoe said she feels that her advocacy role is not only about the story of her own sexuality, but to make other people of the LGBT community feel comfortable with who they are and to “be your best you.”Throughout the discussion, Wambach touched on her recent retirement from soccer, and what her future plans are both in life and in the realm of the game. The 35 year-old said she knew it was time for her to retire when then-teammate Kelley O’Hara came in as a substitute and scored a goal against Germany in the semifinal of the 2015 World Cup. Wambach said at that moment she felt that she could leave the team after being a leader and member since 2001 and it would be “in good hands.”The former teammates in Wambach and Rapinoe remain great friends, and Wambach said she plans to remain involved in the game of soccer, specifically with the USWNT. The champions will also drive to become even bigger advocates within the LGBT community and always remind people to not care and to be happy with who they are.A full story about Rapinoe and Wambach’s decision can be read here. read more

Football Fourstar safety Tyreke Johnson commits to Ohio State

Ohio State landed its first recruit in nearly three months when four-star safety Tyreke Johnson committed to the school, adding another highly regarded recruit to the top 2018 class in the country.A Jacksonville, Florida, native, Johnson is the fifth-ranked safety in the nation and the 38th-best prospect overall, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He joins five-star Jaiden Woodbey and four-star Josh Proctor as the third safety in the class. The Buckeyes have two cornerbacks, four-star Sevyn Banks and three-star Marcus Hooker, committed. Johnson attends Trinity Christian Academy, the same high school as freshman cornerback and former five-star recruit Shaun Wade. He is the fourth Floridian in the class to commit to Ohio State. Johnson is the first player in the 2018 class to pledge his services to the Buckeyes since junior college defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson Jr. committed on Sept. 12. read more

Benitez hopeful upon recent upturn in form

first_imgRafael Benitez is hopeful that Newcastle can climb further up the table after a promising run of results and highlighted the difference his three loan signings have madeThe former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager has cut a frustrated figure at St James’ Park this season with a lack of funds meaning that he has had to make do with limited resources in what has bee a challenging first season back in the Premier League.But despite that, Benitez managed to acquire winger Kenedy from Chelsea on a loan deal with goalkeeper Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague and Leicester’s Islam Slimani following later on with the same deals.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…Since then there has been a notable upturn in form for Newcastle, who have lost just two of their past 10 league matches with Benitez hopeful that they can still climb the table.“It’s not always a question of money. That doesn’t always make the difference when it comes to signing the players you need. In January, when we were talking, we said we need a goalkeeper, a winger and a striker.” said the 57 year-old, according to the Daily Mirror.“That is what we did, and you can see the difference. It is about doing the right things at the right time.”last_img read more

Official Leicester City owner confirmed dead by the club

first_imgAfter the horrific helicopter crash outside of King Power Stadium, Leicester City has confirmed that chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died in the accident.This Saturday will go down in history as one of the saddest days in football history, especially for the family of Leicester City’s chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who was pronounced dead this Sunday.Right after the Premier League match between the Foxes and West Ham United at King Power Stadium, the owner of the club that made the miracle season back in 2016, jumped on his helicopter with two pilots and another two unidentified people without knowing that they would suffer a horrible tragedy just seconds after taking off.There was a malfunction that didn’t give the pilots enough time to maneuver, and the helicopter crashed after losing control right behind a car park next to the stadium.The hours after the accident were very difficult for everybody, the authorities who arrived quickly to the scene refused to share any detailed information to the press.It was just minutes ago when Leicester City revealed the outcome that everybody feared, as the club’s chairman was officially confirmed dead.Puts life into prospective, HORRIBLE way to die, NEVER knew the man personally, BUT REAL recognise REAL, genuine good soul & did alot for @LCFC & their communityR.I.P Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha ❤https://t.co/bDf1lWqKoH— JAYSIAH (@Jaysiah_London) October 28, 2018Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha took control of Leicester City back in 2010, he transformed the whole club’s infrastructure and even accomplished the single greatest feat in football history.In the 2015-2016 Premier League season, Leicester City won the tournament and completed the ultimate underdog story that any sport has ever witnessed with odds of 5000 to 1 against them.This incredible achievement was one of the biggest reasons why the English society from the city of Leicester, accepted Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha as another one of their its favorite sons.Now that the official news broke, everybody in town is mourning the passing of a truly legendary person who always poured his soul to the community and sadly left this plane sooner than expected.The whole Ronaldo.com team sends its thoughts and prayers to the families of all the people affected by this tragedy, the club posted a long statement in which they don’t give any further details of the other deceased from the accident.BREAKING:The owner of Leicester City FC Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is dead. He died when his helicopter crashed outside the stadium, the club has been confirmed.Srivaddhanaprabha and four other people died when the aircraft crashed on Saturday evening.#ccfmsports pic.twitter.com/muGiY6e1a2— COAL CITY FM (@coalcity929fm) October 28, 2018Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.This is the full statement was released on Leicester City Football Club official website, which was later posted on all their social media accounts.“It is with the deepest regret and a collective broken heart that we confirm our chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was among those to have tragically lost their lives on Saturday evening when a helicopter carrying him and four other people crashed outside King Power Stadium.”“None of the five people on board survived. “The primary thoughts of everyone at the club are with the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the families of all those on-board at this time of unspeakable loss.” “In Khun Vichai, the world has lost a great man. A man of kindness, of generosity and a man whose life was defined by the love he devoted to his family and those he so successfully led. Leicester City was a family under his leadership.” “It is as a family that we will grieve his passing and maintain the pursuit of a vision for the club that is now his legacy.”Awful news as Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is confirmed dead after a helicopter crash last night 😢💔 Thoughts are with his family and @LCFC 🙏 pic.twitter.com/1ZdcM33LDA— GRM Daily (@GRMDAILY) October 28, 2018“A book of condolence, which will be shared with the Srivaddhanaprabha family, will be opened at King Power Stadium from 8am on Tuesday 30 October, for supporters wishing to pay their respects.” “Supporters unable to visit King Power Stadium that wish to leave a message can do so through an online book of condolence, which will be made available via lcfc.com in due course.” “Both Tuesday’s First Team fixture against Southampton in the EFL Cup and the Development Squad fixture against Feyenoord in the Premier League International Cup have been postponed.” “Everyone at the club has been truly touched by the remarkable response of the football family, whose thoughtful messages of support and solidarity have been deeply appreciated at this difficult time.”pic.twitter.com/hQSR0IDWWg— Leicester City (@LCFC) October 28, 2018Please send your message of support to the whole Leicester City family in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Cards Set to Open 2019 Season Friday

first_imgHensley climbing the record bookMegan Hensley has entered Louisville’s top career list in several categories.• Tied for first for grand slams with four, along with Lacy Wood (2003-06).• Fifth with eight career saves and needs one more to tie for fourth with Tori Collins (2009-12).• Seventh in career appearances (94). Tori Collins (2009-12)  stands sixth at 142.• Seventh in career games started in the circle (66). Carlisa Connell (2011-14) is sixth with 98.• Tied for seventh in games finished (32), needs four more to tied Tori Collins (2009-12) for sixth.• Seventh in career innings pitched (436.0). Caralisa Connell is sixth with 608.0.• Eighth career wins (41), needs one more to move into a tie for seventh with Aja Sherman (2002-05).• Ninth in career strikeouts (281), needs one more to tie Tara McClure (2000-01) for eighth.• Ninth in career complete games (27). Needs five more to move into a tie for eight with Tara McClure (2000-01).• Tied for tenth in career home runs with 25 – needs one more to move into a tie for ninth with Maryssa Becker (2014-17).  Cal State FullertonSeries Record: Louisville leads 2-0Last Meeting: February 25, 2017 – Louisville came back from behind to beat Cal State Fullerton 4-2 at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. Megan Hensley picked up the win, striking out six over five innings.Scouting the Titans: Cal State Fullerton finished their 2018 campaign with a 35-25 record and 18-3 Big West Conference record. The Titans return six of their eight 2018 all-conference selections. 2018 all-freshman selection Deshea Hill posted the second-most hits in 2018 with 53. From the circle, Sophie Frost led the Titans in wins with 9 and team-best 2.23 ERA in 2018. The Aprile EraThis year marks the first season under new head coach Holly Aprile following the retirement of Sandy Pearsall, who began the program in 2000. Aprile becomes only the second head coach in Louisville softball history.• Prior to her arrival at Louisville, Aprile, 2018 ACC Coach of the Year spent 10 seasons (2009-18) as Pittsburgh’s head coach and five years (2004-08) as an assistant. In 2018, she earned ACC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Panthers to the 2018 ACC Coastal Division title and a runner-up finish in the conference tournament. Funke slides into single season top 10 in 2018Celene Funke went 17-for-19 in stolen bases to lead the Cardinals in 2018. The speedy outfielder recently entered Louisville’s top 10 list for stolen bases in a single season joining Kristin Austin in a tie for ninth. She needs one more to move into a three-way tie for seventh along with Jennifer Esteban and Audrey Rendon. Coleen Coughlin owns the school record with 28 stolen bases in 2000. Cards on the airAt the start of the 2019 season, the Cardinals will have 25 games televised nationally including one contest on ESPNU. The television slate feature all of the Cardinals’ 19 home games.• All 12 ACC institutions sponsoring softball will be featured multiple times throughout the season, with more than 220 games streaming on ACC Network Extra, Watch ESPN and the ESPN App.  ESPN’s broadcast schedule will include more than 650 college softball games.• The Cardinals will appear on ESPN’s ACC Monday on 6 for the third game of its ACC matchup against 2018 national champion and preseason ACC favorite Florida State. Individual Notes• Seniors Megan Hensley and Sidney Melton were selected to the 2019 Preseason All-ACC Team.• Among the returners are National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region selections junior Caitlin Ferguson and Hensley as well as all-ACC honoree Melton and sophomore Maddy Newman, who earned 2018 all-ACC freshman team honors. Junior Celene Funke also returns after leading the team with a .355 batting average along with sophomore Danielle Watson who posted 14 wins in the circle during her freshman campaign. Tournament Central Click here for the Titan Classic Tournament Central NorthwesternSeries Record: Louisville leads 5-2Last Meeting: February 16, 2018 – The Cardinals defeated the Wildcats 7-6 in eight innings and 3-2 in the opening doubleheader of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Raleigh, N.C. Megan Hensley and Danielle Watson each picked up a win while Caitlin Ferguson went 3-5 with two RBI’s.Scouting the Wildcats: 38-19 14-8 in Big Ten, culminating with a Runner-up finish in the Big Ten tournament and trip to the Athens Regional in the NCAA tournament. Sophomore Rachel Lewis, a NFCA All-American in 2018, was named to the Player of the Year watchlist prior to the start of the 2019 season. Lewis compiled a .351 batting average with 60 hits and team-best 59 runs during her freshman campaign. In the circle, sophomore returner Kenna Wilkey led Northwestern with a record of 20-7 and 3.51 ERA. Ticket Information On Friday, February 9, UofL will take on Idaho State at 4 p.m. (ET) in its season opener followed by a matchup with host Cal State Fullerton at 8:30 p.m. Tournament action will continue on Saturday when the Cards face Buffalo at 1 p.m. and Northwestern at 3:30 p.m. Louisville will wrap up the weekend with a Sunday matchup against Utah State at 12:30 p.m. (all times Eastern). The University of Louisville softball team will open the 2019 season, and its first under head coach Holly Aprile this weekend when the Cardinals travel to Fullerton, Calif., for the Titan Classic. Back to CaliThe trip to the West Coast will mark a homecoming of sorts for some of the Cardinals’ travel party. Sophomore Kyra Snyder hails from Lake Forest, Calif., while freshman Rebecca Chung is from Torrance.• Additionally, assistant coach Ashley Lane is a native of Escondido, Calif.  Ticket InformationSingle Day Pass – Ticket is good for ALL games on the date listed on the ticketFebruary 7 – Day 1 – Adult: $9 / Senior: $8 / Youth: $6February 8 – Day 2 – Adult: $12 / Senior: $10 / Youth: $8February 9 – Day 3 – Adult: $12 / Senior: $10 / Youth: $8February 10 – Day 4 – Adult: $10 / Senior: $8 / Youth: $6Click here to purchase advance tickets. Melton among Louisville’s career leaders in stolen basesIn 2018, Sidney Melton was a perfect 15-for-15 in stolen bases and improved her career total to 33 to move into tenth place on Louisville’s all-time list, needing two more to tie Kenzie Meisenburg (2001-02) for ninth.• Last year, the speedy infielder led the team with 45 runs and moved into a five-way tie for ninth place among the all-time single season leaders. Ferguson, Hensley earn 2018 NFCA All-Southeast Region HonorsCaitlin Ferguson and Megan Hensley earned 2018 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Southeast Region honors. Ferguson was named to the second team while Hensley garnered third team honors.• Ferguson (Versailles, Ky.) was named to the second team as a utility player after starting 49 games and splitting time between third base, short stop, right field and first base. She stood second on the team with 40 RBIs, four home runs and 10 doubles and scored 31 runs on the season while finishing the year with a .317 batting average. She and Hensley were tied with a team-best 12 multiple RBI games. • This marked the second NFCA All-Southeast Region selection for Hensley who was named to the second team in 2016. The Ashland, Ky., native also earned 2018 All-ACC first team honors season after leading the Cardinals with 49 RBIs, nine home runs and standing second on the team with a .355 batting average. The utility player/pitcher registered a 17-8 record in the circle with 138 strikeouts in 184.0 innings and collected ACC Pitcher of the Week, NFCA, USA Softball and espnW Player of the Week honors on May 1.center_img BuffaloSeries Record: Louisville leads 1-0Last Meeting: February 3, 2013 – The Cardinals won the only matchup in school history against Buffalo in a 9-3 win at Ulmer Stadium. Junior Katie Keller led the Cardinals with a two for three outing including a walk and three runs batted in. Fellow Junior Caralisa Connell pitched four strong innings while striking out six batters and only giving up two hits.Scouting the Bulls: Buffalo is coming off a 16-31 record and a 7-16 mark in Mid-American Conference play in 2018. The Bulls will be led by Anna Aguon who was named to the All-MAC first team and All-MAC Freshman team last season and Jenelle Martinez, an All-MAC second team selection in 2018. The road aheadThe Cardinals are embarking on a tough 2019 schedule which includes a total of 17 games against teams that qualified for the 2018 NCAA Tournament – including national champion Florida State. UofL will also face five opponents ranked among the preseason top 25 and four receiving votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA polls.• Louisville’s preseason-ranked opponents include No. 1/3 Florida State, No. 8/8 Tennessee, No. 13/15 Kentucky, No. 17/17 Auburn and No. 19/14 Michigan. Notre Dame, Northwestern, Cal State Fullerton and Missouri are all receiving votes. Story Links Louisville celebrates 20th SeasonThe 2019 campaign marks the University of Louisville softball program’s 20th season. In two decades of softball UofL has compiled a 718-371 (.659) record with six conference championships, 13 NCAA regional appearances and four regional finals. Louisville picked to finish fourth in ACCThe Cardinals were picked to finish fifth overall and third in the Atlantic Division. In the team preseason poll, reigning national champion Florida State was unanimously selected to win its sixth-straight ACC regular season title. Notre Dame, North Carolina and Pitt respectively filled out the top five ahead of the Cardinals, who are coming off of a 33-20 campaign and a 10-12 mark in conference play.• In the Atlantic Division preseason standings, Louisville was picked to finish third behind Florida State and Notre Dame. Syracuse, Boston College and NC State round out the division. Cards against the fieldIdaho StateSeries Record: First meetingScouting the Bengals: Idaho State finished 13-34 in 2018, compiling an 8-13 record in the Big Sky Conference. The Bengals return Genesis Zamora, a 2018 Big Sky Conference honorable mention, and junior Emma Bordenkecher who led the team in hits with 38 and in doubles with 10. Mariah Mulcahy returns for her senior season after leading the Bengals in wins in 2018 with eight. UL Game Notes Titan Classic Season opening successThis weekend, Louisville will open the 2019 campaign at the Titan Classic in Fullerton, Calif. UofL is 16-3 in home openers in the history of the program and has a 16-16 record in the state of California. Utah StateSeries Record: First meetingScouting the Aggies: The Aggies are coming off of a 18-34 season and a 7-17 mark in Mountain West play in 2018. The young roster will be led by Delaney Hull, who achieved All-Mountain West honors, junior college transfer Ryann Holmes who was named a NJCAA Third Team All-American, and junior college transfer Erin Kuba who was named a NJCAA Division I All-American in 2018. 2019 Louisville Softball Quick Hits• The 2019 campaign marks Louisville’s 20th season as a program and first under new head coach Holly Aprile’s tutelage.• The Cardinals were picked to finish third in the ACC’s Atlantic Division and fifth overall as voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches.• UofL is receiving votes (No. 35) in the USA Softball Preseason Coaches’ poll.• Louisville returns 14 letterwinners and six starters as well as five pitchers. Louisville also welcomes the addition of six freshmen to the 2019 roster.• The Cardinals finished the season with a 33-20 overall record and reached the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship before falling 7-4 to eventual national champion Florida State. 2019 PRESEASON ACC COACHES POLL1) Florida State (121 points, 11 first-place votes)2) Notre Dame (102 points)3) North Carolina (95 points)4) Pitt (88 points)5) Louisville (75 points)6) Duke (69 points)7) Georgia Tech (55 points)8) Syracuse (51 points)9) Boston College (47 points)10) Virginia Tech (41 points, 1 first-place vote)11) NC State (29 points)12) Virginia (19 points)Atlantic Division          Coastal Division1) Florida State             1) North Carolina2) Notre Dame             2) Pitt3) Louisville                  3) Duke4) Syracuse                   4) Georgia Tech5) Boston College         5) Virginia Tech6) NC State                   6) Virginia Hitting for average The Cardinals led the ACC with a .302 team batting average and feature eight players batting over .300 on the season in 2018. Celene Funke paced the team with a .356 average, while Hensley was right behind her at .355. Sidney Melton turned in a .329 while Madison Cousinea registered a .323 mark. Caitlin Ferguson (.317) and Maddy Newman (.315) round out the top returners. Fans may follow each game through live scoring while Louisville’s contest against Buffalo will feature radio play-by-play. Click here for the link  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more