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  • Spain wins its first Women's World Cup title, beating England 1-0 in the final

    ANNE M. PETERSON|Aug 20, 2023

    SYDNEY (AP) — Spain won its first Women's World Cup title less than a year after a player rebellion, holding off England 1-0 on Sunday after Olga Carmona's first-half goal. The victory made La Roja the first team to hold the under-17, under-20 and senior world titles at the same time. Spain is the fifth winner in nine editions of the Women's World Cup and joins Germany as the only two nations to win both the men's and women's tournament. At the final whistle the Spanish players piled on each other in front of their goal and were still d...

  • Camel pageant among attractions on World Cup sidelines

    ANNE M. PETERSON|Dec 2, 2022

    ASH-SHHANIYA, Qatar (AP) — Like all good pageant contestants, Nazaa'a displayed not only dazzling beauty but also poise and grace. She batted her eyelashes and flashed a toothy smile for the television cameras at the Mzayen World Cup, a pageant held in the Qatari desert about 15 miles (25 kilometers) away from Doha and soccer's World Cup. Nazaa'a, mind you, is a camel. Think Westminster Dog Show crossed with the Miss America Pageant, except for, well, camels. Nazaa'a is a majestic light-haired creature that overcame several preliminary rounds a...

  • Canada upsets US with 1-0 win in women's soccer

    ANNE M. PETERSON|Aug 1, 2021

    KASHIMA, Japan (AP) — Carli Lloyd, clutch in so many critical moments for the U.S. women's soccer team, failed to connect against Canada on Monday night and the Americans won't play for a fifth Olympic gold medal. Lloyd's look in the 86th minute with the United States trailing by a goal hit the crossbar as Canada won 1-0 and dropped the Americans into the bronze medal match. It is the second straight Olympics that the U.S. failed to reach the gold medal game. The Americans were bounced from the 2016 Rio Games by Sweden in the quarterfinals. A...

  • Rapinoe among athletes touting CBD's benefits for pain

    ANNE M. PETERSON|Oct 9, 2020

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Long before she struck that iconic victory pose to become the face of women's soccer, Megan Rapinoe endured her share of setbacks to play the game she loves: Notably, a series of knee surgeries stretching back to her college days. She tore her left ACL as a sophomore at the University of Portland, then tore it again in her second game back the next season. Following the 2015 World Cup she tore the ACL in her right knee and then in 2017 she had surgery to repair a meniscus tear in her left. Rapinoe said she's found help i...

  • Baird thrives as NWSL commissioner despite challenging times

    Anne M. Peterson|Jun 26, 2020

    Lisa Baird assumed her role as commissioner of the National Women's Soccer League on March 10. Two days later, she had to shut down the league because of the coronavirus. It's certainly not the way she imagined her first 48 hours on the job would go. Or the past three months, for that matter. "I can't think of another industry that shut down so resolutely and so quickly. I think we just got it that this was not going to be a week event or a 10-day event, this was going to be something where we all had to create our own new playbook," she said....

  • Dallas defender Hollingshead fosters baby amid pandemic

    Anne M. Peterson|May 17, 2020

    With two children of their own, FC Dallas defender Ryan Hollingshead and his wife, Taylor, wanted to add to their young family in a way that would align with a desire to help others. Guided by that faith, last year the couple went through the process to become foster parents. And now, while social distancing at home because of COVID-19, they have also welcomed a 13-month old boy into the young family. It isn't an easy job. Foster parents are tasked with providing love and care with the knowledge that eventually the children may be reunited...

  • MLS goalkeeper moonlights as children's book author

    Anne M. Peterson|Apr 12, 2020

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jeff Attinella is unique in that he's the only MLS goalkeeper who can also say he's a children's book author, a side job that has helped earn him the nickname "Dadtinella" from the Portland Timbers faithful. He's already written five books for kids, and has even launched a publishing company. "I had the idea to write these books because I just love storytelling, in all forms," he said. "It's inspiring when people figure out a way to tell a story in their own unique way, or when people tell the story about how they got wher...

  • MLS 25th anniversary remains quiet milestone amid pandemic

    Anne M. Peterson|Apr 5, 2020

    Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes is cautiously optimistic that Major League Soccer can still have a full season. But what that might look like is anyone's guess. MLS was supposed to be celebrating its 25th year, but for now it remains a quiet milestone amid the coronavirus pandemic. Monday marks the anniversary of the league's first game, when the San Jose Clash hosted D.C. United at Spartan Stadium before 31,000 fans. The league has overcome crisis before, like in 2002 when the MLS contracted by two teams and its future was in doubt....

  • Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder, 136-119

    Anne M. Peterson|Nov 29, 2019

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Carmelo Anthony is feeling more at home with the Portland Trail Blazers, especially now that he's seen the appreciation of the hometown fans. With the crowd chanting his name, Anthony finished with 19 points in his Moda Center home debut Wednesday night and the Blazers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 136-119. Damian Lillard had 27 points and Hassan Whiteside added 21 points and 16 rebounds for the Blazers, who led by as many as 35 points in their return home after an extended 2-4 road trip. Anthony's dunk early in the f...

  • Oklahoma State opens with 52-36 victory over Oregon State

    Anne M. Peterson|Sep 1, 2019

    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Redshirt freshman Spencer Sanders says his first-game jitters were calmed by teammate Chuba Hubbard. Sanders made the most of his debut for Oklahoma State, throwing for 203 yards and three scores in a 52-36 victory over Oregon State on Friday night. Hubbard rushed for 221 yards and three touchdowns for the Cowboys, while Tylan Wallace caught five passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Oklahoma State finished with 555 yards of total offense. "I was nervous, it's my first game," Sanders said. "But Chuba, he was helping m...

  • Oklahoma St starting QB still a mystery for Oregon St game

    Anne M. Peterson|Aug 30, 2019

    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oklahoma State's quarterback situation is still somewhat of a mystery — at least publicly. Redshirt freshman Spencer Sanders and Hawaii graduate transfer Dru Brown have been competing for the starting nod since spring. Both will likely play Friday night when the Cowboys visit Oregon State to open the season. But Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has stopped short of naming a starter. "They're both quality and they're working hard. I like where they're at. They're competitors. Football is important to them," Gundy said. Bro...

  • US looks to complete its French summer with a final win

    Anne M. Peterson|Jul 7, 2019

    LYON, France (AP) — The United States is about to conclude its summer in France with an opportunity to further cement its place as the best team on the international stage. The U.S. faces the Netherlands on Sunday for the Women's World Cup championship. A victory would give the Americans a second straight title and their fourth overall, more than any other nation "I'm like a kid in the candy story right now," U.S. star Megan Rapinoe said. "This is the absolute best stage. I already feel more anxious and more nervous than in any of the other g...

  • US wins 4th World Cup title, 2nd in a row, beats Dutch 2-0

    Anne M. Peterson|Jul 7, 2019

    LYON, France (AP) — The United States women's soccer team was as good as American players promised — maybe even better. Especially Megan Rapinoe, the pink-haired captain who emerged with the Golden Ball as top player, the Golden Boot as top scorer and a world-wide stature as a champion for gender equity. The U.S. won its record fourth Women's World Cup title and second in a row, beating the Netherlands 2-0 Sunday night when Rapinoe converted a tiebreaking penalty kick in the second half and Rose Lavelle added a goal. Rapinoe scored in the 61s...

  • Women's national soccer team players sue for equitable pay

    Anne M. Peterson|Mar 8, 2019

    Three months before beginning their defense of their Women's World Cup title, American players escalated their legal dispute with the U.S. Soccer Federation over equal treatment and pay. Players filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the federation Friday, alleging ongoing "institutionalized gender discrimination" that includes unequal pay with their counterparts on the men's national team. The women's team has often championed equal rights issues and sought more equitable pay during collective bargaining two years ago. "I think a lot...

  • Canada goalkeeper Labbe candid about her depression

    Anne M. Peterson, AP Sports Writer|Aug 6, 2017

    When Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe returned home from the Rio Olympics last summer, everyone wanted to see her bronze medal. It became a constant refrain: Where's the medal? Can I see the medal? Show us the medal! But after a while the pride and joy associated with the medal and its meaning — Canada's second straight bronze in women's soccer — took a dark turn. Labbe wondered if people valued the medal more than they valued her as an individual. "For me the first little bit of it was surreal: right after the Olympics, going to so man...