Faye White admits the United States used to have an aura of invincibility, but the former England captain believes the Lionesses can remove a mental barrier by beating the defending champions in the Women’s World Cup semifinals.Jill Ellis’ side will play its eighth straight semifinal game at a World Cup on Tuesday against an England team hoping to go one step further after semifinal exits at each of the last two major tournaments. The last time the two met in a World Cup knockout clash was in 2007, when White skippered an England team that was beaten 3-0.And while the 90-cap international acknowledged the U.S. had a certain mystique back then, she insists Phil Neville’s Lionesses have nothing to fear in Lyon. Related News USA vs. England: How key players Megan Rapinoe and Lucy Bronze match up “They did have that aura — they are the best team in the world, they proved it at World Cups, Olympics as well, they are constantly delivering on the biggest stage,” White told Omnisport. “Now we are getting closer in terms of structure and finance. This game is a massive opportunity. It is the first time that [England] don’t feel like underdogs. We feel very much on a par.”It’s that mental side; they had the edge. We just need that win. This could change the perception of the game and take it on another level back home if we can get that result.”Time to be braveFinal training ahead of our @fifawwc semi final: complete. pic.twitter.com/QzYCPKqIq1— Lionesses (@Lionesses) July 1, 2019England reached the semifinals in 2015 too but the team four years on feels like a different proposition, with Neville’s side having scored more goals, conceded fewer and having had a much larger percentage of possession.Former Manchester United player Neville was a surprise hire in 2018 given he had never held a coaching role in the women’s game, but White can see his squad has fully bought into his methodology.”You would with a manager that’s played where he has and with the manager [Alex Ferguson] he has worked under,” White, speaking on behalf of Greene King, added. “I would have felt a huge amount of excitement that he was coming in and being able to draw off his experiences, what better way to take his knowledge?”He’s fully immersed himself in the women’s game and they play with their hearts.”Neville has also got the best out of Lucy Bronze, calling the right-back “the best player in the world” after her display against Norway in the quarterfinals. Women’s World Cup 2019: How ‘free spirit’ Megan Rapinoe started on the road to greatness Bronze said she did not consider herself worthy of such a billing, though White thinks she belongs on the shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or.”You always get strikers and midfielders getting the limelight but for a right-back to affect a team so much, it’s unbelievable,” White said. “She has that Roberto Carlos stature that he had within the men’s game. She’s so assured and drives a team forward in an attacking sense. Without question she should have that nomination.”Greene King is encouraging communities to come together and support the Lionesses – http://www.facebook.com/GreeneKingBrewery/ Women’s World Cup 2019: Lucy Bronze, England ‘more hungry’ than other semifinalists
The retool has begun in Toronto.After seeing Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green leave via free agency on Saturday, the Toronto Raptors have reportedly signed Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to a one-year contract, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Free agent forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Toronto Raptors, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Hollis-Jefferson gets fresh opportunity in Raptors development system and sets himself up for 2020 free agency.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 7, 2019MORE: NBA free agency tracker 2019: Full list of signings, best available players Hollis-Jefferson, 24, was originally drafted 23rd overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2015 NBA Draft. He was traded the same day to the Nets along with Steve Blake for Pat Connaughton and Mason Plumlee.In four seasons with Brooklyn, the former Arizona Wildcat averaged 9.9 points, two assists and one steal over 234 games. His best season in 2017-18 when he had career-highs points per game (13.9), rebounds per game (6.8) and assists per game (2.5). Last season, the 6-foot-7 small forward battled injuries and only saw action in 59 games averaging 8.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists.Ima just leave this here……. pic.twitter.com/7ePIhZAxQa— R.HollisJefferson (@IAmCHAP24) June 29, 2019Hollis-Jefferson became a free agent after the Nets declined give him a qualifying offer last month.
England’s Marco Penge was just pipped in the French men’s international amateur championship when he lost a title play-off on the second extra hole in heavy rain at Chantilly.The honours went to Ivan Cantero of Spain but Penge, who holed a 50-footer to birdie 18 and get in the play-off, was not disappointed. “It’s a learning curve for me,” he said.“I gave it a good go and tried my best,” said the 18-year-old international from Golf at Goodwood in Sussex. “This time it wasn’t enough, but next time, you never know.“I’ve had good start to the year and I’m really happy with the way I’m playing and looking forward to the St Andrews Links Trophy,” he went on. Penge, from the England Golf men’s squad, has proven good form north of the border, having previously won the 2015 Scottish men’s open stroke play.Penge was five-under par and leading the French championship after 36 holes, surging to the top of the leaderboard with a second round of five-under 66, which included an eagle and five birdies. But the third round was washed out by heavy rain and the championship reduced to 54 holes.When play resumed, Penge had to play through heavy rain on his final nine holes, losing at least one shot to the bad weather when he had to putt through puddles. “I wasn’t happy with that, but the putt on the last gave it back to me,” he remarked, after holing the monster putt for a level par last round – and five-under overall.The Chantilly green staff made a tremendous effort to prepare one hole for the play-off, the short 16th. The green was squeegeed and the bunkers were pumped out and, first time round, both players halved in three. Cantero also managed another three at the second attempt to win the championship and the Coupe Murat.Chantilly will host the European men’s team championship this summer and this event attracted an excellent quality field of players keen to gain course knowledge.England Golf’s Men’s Performance Manager, Steve Burnett, watched the final round and commented: “This is a really good result for Marco in a very strong field.”Marco also had the support of his girlfriend, England women’s international Sophie Lamb, who caddied throughout, despite the drenching rain.Click here for full scoresImage © Filipe Farinha 22 May 2016 Marco is pipped in French championship play-off
Facebook1Tweet0Pin0 Olympia Brew Fest, on August 3 from 1:00 – 8:30 pm, showcases Northwest micro-breweries and supports Thurston County Economic Development. Everyone 21 years of age or older with a valid ID is welcome at the Port Plaza.More than 30 Northwest breweries will be on hand with 60+ beers along with five local food vendors and live music. General admission includes a commemorative mug and six taste tickets for $25. You may also purchase additional taste tickets. Admission for designated drivers is discounted to $5.Port of Olympia is a sponsor of this event which benefits the Thurston County Chamber Foundation Small Business Development Program.You will find the Port Plaza just north of Percival Landing, behind Anthony’s Homeport. Look for the tall viewing tower.Submitted by Port of Olympia