Some Americans will be starting their July 4th celebrations a little bit earlier than normal after a 2-1 win over England on Tuesday propelled the US Women’s team to the World Cup Final on Sunday. It wasn’t done with ease, however, with goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher producing two huge saves to preserve the lead. The first of those saves came shortly after they had just retaken their lead. Leaping to her left, she pushed the ball away from goal to ensure they stayed in front. But it was the second big save that will be remembered more, with the ‘keeper making a save from Stephanie Hougton with less than ten minutes of regulation to go. That penalty came after a VAR decision helped the referee overturn the call on the field. Earlier, England had a goal chalked off due to offside and would go on to have a player sent off late in the going. The Americans took little time getting going in the game, putting the Three Lionesses under pressure. It told as Christine Press, in for the thought-to-be injured Megan Rapinoe, scored to make it 1-0. England answered back with Ellen White’s finish nine minutes later in the 19th, but Alex Morgan’s 31st minute goal proved to be telling, along with the heroics of the USA ‘keeper. Not the first time you’ve ever heard that!
The Philadelphia 76ers’ off season just keeps on keeping on. After trading Jimmy Butler in what four-team trade, signing Al Horford, and also managing to hold onto Tobias Harris, it looks like they are set to extend the stay of Ben Simmons for a while longer, too. The 6-10 playmaker, an Australian international star, was the 2018 Rookie of the Year, and is seen as a player that could be unstoppable if he can develop his jump shot. As things stand, he’s still quite difficult to hold down, as he averaged nearly 17 points, almost nine rebounds, and nearly eight assists last season. The rumored deal is said to be worth $170 million over five years. Quite the paycheck indeed.
You’ve got to think that you have to be pretty good to get the nickname “The Martian.” That’s exactly the name that has been attached to Jasson Dominguez, and luckily, at least for the New York Yankees and their fans, they will be calling him their own for some time now. The 16 year-old, according to sources, has signed on the dotted line for the Bronx Bombers in a deal said to pay him a $5.1 million bonus, the biggest of which ever to be paid by them for an international free agent. The Dominican Republic ‘kid’ is a five-tool player and a switch hitter and will command 90% of the bonus pool money the Yankees have on offer, showing just how much they value the young player and just how good he could be down the road wearing Pinstripes.