This semifinal was just like any other—vocal Brazilian crowd, starting pistol, a spot in the final on the line—only there was no one else on the track. In a slightly surreal scene, the U.S. women’s 4x100m team were granted a solo re-run after successfully protesting their disqualification in their heat earlier…
The funniest thing about Mr. Robot, USA’s deeply unfunny and usually badass new sullen-hacker dystopian drama, is all the passwords, and how easy it is for a sullen hacker to crack them. Your hero is Elliot Alderson, who has crippling social anxiety and a black hoodie permanently grafted to his body and the uncanny…
Right now I couldn’t care less if this was some pointless post-season friendly (and it really wasn’t, both on the USMNT’s end, who want to prove themselves against the world’s best, and for the Netherlands, who wanted to use this as a warmup for next week’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifier), and sure, the home team did…
James Harden and defense still aren't so hot on each other. In today's FIBA final against Serbia, Harden just drifted away from Nikola Kalinic, the player he was supposed to defend. Or maybe Harden was covering an invisible sixth player! Yeah, maybe.
Before this devolves into the inevitable flamewar (and it will; it's got Keith Olbermann, and it's about soccer in America, so it's going to be bad), take note of the pains Olbermann goes to to insist that he doesn't have a horse in this race. "I don't care," he says, "whether or not soccer succeeds or fails in this…
And that's how it ends, after a high-scoring, vein-popping extra time that provided the variety of heartbreak we never would have expected over the first 90: the sense that they could have done it. But that's the World Cup—could've-should'ves may provide moral victories, but they don't keep you warm for four years.
Jozy Altidore, while cleared to play, will not start. In a shock, neither will Kyle Beckerman—and it's a coach's decision. The USMNT starting XI:
This group of U.S. fans weren't aware of the hammer of disappointment that was about to be dropped on their heads. Right in the middle of their "I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN" chant, Varela's equalizer ties the game, and ruins everything. It's so painful.
On Sunday, the United States will take the field against Portugal in Manaus, where, despite a dramatic victory over Ghana and Portugal's feeble showing against Germany, the Yanks will find themselves as slight underdogs.
No factoid highlights the improbability of John Brooks scoring the game-winner for the United States quite like this one: Until he came on as an injury sub at the half, he was still technically eligible to play for Germany.
The U.S. will once again ostensibly be in a 4-4-2 against Ghana. Here are the starters:
The World Cup kicks off in—holy crap—71 days, and other than host nation Brazil, no side will have as many supporters as the U.S. Recently released FIFA numbers show that Americans have purchased the most tickets of any visiting country, and it's not even close.
This was the game's only goal, a near-90-degree deflection from Jamie Benn early in the second period, a completely unsaveable puck for Jonathan Quick. Don't make the mistake of believing this was a fluke win, though; This was perhaps the most dominant 1-0 victory in recent memory.
The CBC's Douglas Gelevan tweeted out the above photo, of the Mountain Broadcast Center. We are three hours away from the U.S. vs. Canada in men's hockey, and North America's best and friendliest rivalry is proving as divisive among the media as it is in whatever trolly corner of the internet you plan on hanging out…
Here are the Canadian women singing, crying, hugging, celebrating their way through "O Canada." Congratulations to them. But this video is really for Americans. Click play. Force yourself to watch all the way through.
Canada came back from a 2-0 deficit with two scores in 3:26, including Marie-Philip Poulin's equalizer with 55 seconds remaining, to send the gold medal game to overtime. It wouldn't have mattered if Canada's greatest hero—an inanimate goalpost—didn't come up with this huge save.
The U.S.'s shootout win over Russia on Saturday—and the accompanying canonization of T.J. Oshie—wouldn't have occurred if not for a disallowed goal late in regulation. The call was controversial, correct, and unfair. Now international hockey's governing body is making sure it doesn't happen again.
Russia took a 3-2 lead in the third period after Fyodor Tyutin's blue-line goal, until they didn't. The goal was reviewed by officials, and because USA goalie Jonathan Quick slipped and knocked the net off of one of its moorings ever so slightly—look at the bottom of the left post—Tyutin's score was disallowed.…
Damn. Rugby mascots don't screw around.