Wendie Renards twice-taken penalty pushes France past Nigeria

France completed a perfect three wins from three in Group A with a 1-0 victory over Nigeria thanks to a re-taken penalty by Wendie Renard A furious Nigeria manager, Thomas Dennerby, claimed the officials had ruined the match after Wendie Renards retaken penalty following a double VAR check ensured France progress to the last 16 having topped Group A. Nigerias hopes of a third-place finish now hang by a thread. If I gave you honest opinions, they would probably send …

USA edge past gritty Spain to set up mouthwatering quarter-final with France

The hype around the US womens national team finally appears to be waning, even as the Americans beat a resilient Spain side 2-1 The hype around the US at this World Cup finally appears to be waning, even as the Americans beat a resilient Spain side 2-1 on Monday with the help of two penalties. Both spot kicks were scored by Megan Rapinoe to put the Americans through and negate a mistake in the American back line that gifted Spain …

Louis van Gaal: I thought Manchester United could buy every player

Louis van Gaal, Manchester Uniteds former manager, shares his thoughts with Jamie Jackson on Rooney, his own tactics, why the club is too commercial and being very surprised at Solskjrs appointment The Guardian sat down with Louis van Gaal at Noordwijks Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin, three years since his dismissal by Manchester United. Jamie Jackson: Did you feel betrayed because Manchester United wanted you to do three years and then one day after you won the FA Cup final …

It would have been a bigger disrespect if USA had not celebrated all 13 goals | Eni Aluko

Criticism of the USA has been widespread since they thumped lowly Thailand by a record score in Tuesdays group game I have to say Ive been surprised to see some of the reaction to the USA teams celebrations during the 130 win against Thailand. I think some of it is to do with the fact that they arent the most popular team out there theres this perception that the USA are arrogant and everything is excessive and over the top …

The Milwaukee Bucks’ remarkable season now feels like a failure

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks had a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Then Toronto fought back Just like that, the Milwaukee Bucks went from being in the perfect position to make their first NBA finals since 1974, putting together a 2-0 series lead against the Toronto Raptors, to being unable to win another game. In some ways, the Milwaukee Bucks 100-94 loss in Saturday nights biggest shot in team history to eliminate the Philadelphia 76ers. Leonard everything …

Toronto Raptors’ success gives Canadian sports fans a rare feeling: hope

The team are one victory away from their first-ever NBA title. And many in Toronto see basketball as representative of a diverse, global city When Fitriya Hussein was given free tickets to a Toronto Raptors basketball game years ago in middle school, she was drawn in by the intensity of play; the strategy, speed and excitement. She instantly became a fan. But with that mantle came years of heartbreak, disappointment and frustration that sports fans around the world know all …

A historic win. The National Spelling Bee has not one — but 8 champions

(CNN)Can you spell history? The 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee had an epic ending with eight co-champions. “We have plenty of words left on our list but will soon run out of words that would challenge you,” said the Bee’s official pronouncer Dr. Jacques Bailly, calling those remaining in the 17th round “the most phenomenal assemblage of super-spellers” in the competition’s history. The crowd agreed with a standing ovation. “We’re throwing the dictionary at you and so far, you are …

Manchester Uniteds culture is overrated. Busby and Ferguson swam against the tide | Barney Ronay

Another summer of rebuilding appears under way at Old Trafford but attempts to recreate the philosophies and glories of previous eras look doomed to fail There was an interesting programme on BBC Radio 4 this week drop-kicked Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons? Meanwhile Solskjr has stuck to the same narrow cultural view that got him the job in the first place, to the extent that he already looks like a kind of novelty appointment, a Britpop version of the real …

How the 1999 World Cup champions’ biggest win came at the bargaining table

A staredown between the US womens national team and US Soccer over the 1999 squads victory tour changed the relationship between the team and their boss forever On the morning after the national team won the 1999 World Cup, the celebrations continued. While the players were off to do a victory parade at Disneyland, officials from the US Soccer Federation opened the sports pages of local newspapers, eager to see the coverage of the victory. The Los Angeles Times used …

Portugal win Nations League as Gonalo Guedes does for the Netherlands

Portugal provide local cheer in the Nations League final by beating the Netherlands 1-0 with a goal by Gonalo Guedes At the final whistle the celebrations from Cristiano Ronaldo were joyous but relatively restrained compared to the other occasions when he has added a trophy to his collection. He hugged his teammates. He even embraced the referee. Two arms raised to the skies, but nothing too elaborate. Ronaldo did not even mark the occasion by peeling off his top to …