Why the USWNT lost big against Sweden: Six reasons behind the Olympic soccer debacle

By U.S. women’s national team standards, a 3-0 loss in a major competition is borderline embarrassing. Not only has the USA never lost by that margin at the Olympics, but the thinking is that it should never happen to the No. 1-ranked team in the world, tournament favorites and defending World Cup champs, who happen to be on a roll of 44 games unbeaten. It’s caused consternation in the fan base.

Everton announce the signing of Demarai Gray from Bayer Leverkusen

Everton announce the £1.7m signing of Demarai Gray from Bayer Leverkusen on a three-year deal as Rafa Benitez seals his third new arrival… and winger insists he can ‘develop’ at Goodison after brief spell in Germany Demarai Gray has become Everton’s third summer arrival after signing for £1.7m  Former Leicester winger Gray joins the club after a spell with Bayer Leverkusen  He has penned a three-year deal which also contains

Arsenal are set to WIN the race for wantaway Chelsea striker Abraham

Arsenal are set to WIN the race for wantaway striker Tammy Abraham with Mikel Arteta ‘looking to strike a loan agreement, including a £40m obligation to buy’ as rivals Tottenham and West Ham struggle to meet Chelsea’s demands Arsenal are set to beat Tottenham and West Ham in race for Tammy Abraham Striker is surplus to requirements at Chelsea and looking to leave this summer  Chelsea want £40m but Arsenal

The Hundred: What are the rules, who are the teams and how will it work?

Cricket’s newest competition, The Hundred, launches in the UK this week. But how will the tournament work, who will be involved and what are the rules? Conceived in 2018, The Hundred – which hopes to attract a new audience to the sport – was due to start last summer but had to be postponed due to coronavirus. While Covid-19 continues to impact on elite sport, the England and Wales Cricket

From the Archives, 1986: Greg Norman storms to Open title

First published in The Age on July 21, 1986 Norman’s Open by five strokes TURNBERRY, 20 July — Greg Norman rode a wave of confidence to a five-shot victory in the British Open today, his first win in a major championship. The blond and beaming Queenslander became the first Australian to win the Open since Peter Thompson in 1965. British Open winner Greg Norman and wife, Laura, kiss the trophy.Credit:AP

The forgotten men at your club back in pre-season training this week

Loris Karius is back at Liverpool after a topsy-turvy loan in Germany while Donny van de Beek is looking to put a frustrating first season at Man United behind him… the forgotten men at YOUR Premier League club are back in pre-season training this week Premier League clubs have returned to pre-season training this week  Most players who competed at Euro 2020 or the Copa America are on holiday  But

The stats you need to know before Wallabies and France decider

Australia’s three-Test series with France could not be more perfectly set up. After the Wallabies’ 23-21 win in Brisbane, the tourists responded in classic underdog fashion with their own two-point victory. It all adds up to a salivating decider in Brisbane on Saturday. Brandon Paenga-Amosa in action before the second Test.Credit:Getty With the help of rugby stats guru Kate Lorimer, we take a deep dive into the numbers that matter.

Transfer News LIVE: All the deals in the Premier League and Europe

Transfer News LIVE: Liverpool ‘priced out of move for Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans’ while Chelsea ‘weigh up player-plus cash deal for Erling Haaland’ – all the deals as they happen in the Premier League and Europe Liverpool have ended their chase of Leicester’s star midfielder Youri Tielemans Chelsea may add Tammy Abraham into a deal for the in-demand Erling Haaland Declan Rice could be offered another new deal at West

A new look at the Ballon d'Or candidates after the summer tournaments

Messi is the new FAVOURITE after finally winning an international trophy, Kante added the Champions League to his stunning collection… and could Jorginho really win it? A fresh look at the Ballon d’Or candidates after the summer tournaments Lionel Messi won his first major trophy with Argentina at the Copa America  It makes the Barcelona legend the new favourite for the 2021 Ballon d’Or  Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante and Jorginho starred

The play that defined Wallabies’ inadequacies and sent series to a decider

The Wallabies’ last-gasp loss at AAMI Park can be effectively summarised by watching the last two Australian attacking phases of the match. An Isi Naisarani carry did not breach the gain line inside France’s half and cleanouts from Darcy Swain and Matt To’omua were not effective enough to present quick, clean ball for Tate McDermott. The French defensive line was stable when McDermott passed to Lukhan Salakaia-Loto and another pair