SOCCER: U.S. women have squad goals
Memo to the haters who criticized the U.S. women’s national team for what they viewed as poor sportsmanship: The Americans’ 3-0 win over Chile set a record for the most-watched group-stage Women’s World Cup match on U.S. English-language television. The Americans, who have advanced to the tournament’s knockout stage, finish group play Thursday against rival Sweden. A win or draw gives the U.S. first place in Group F ahead of the Swedes. As for those criticisms, which came after the opening 13-0 rout of Thailand, the team has heard them. (FYI: Goal differential matters.) Exhibit A: In the win over Chile, Carli Lloyd’s goal celebration consisted of what the Associated Press called “four tiny pitter-patter (golf) claps, the type seen more frequently at Pebble Beach than Parc des Princes.” Touche, trolls. Sweden vs. United States. 3 p.m. Le Havre, France. TV: Fox, Telemundo.
WARRIOR GAMES: It’s time to #BeInspired
The 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games will include wheelchair rugby, tennis and golf for the first time. We’re excited about the inclusion of the rough-and-tumble sport of wheelchair rugby. You may have heard of it by its original name — “murderball” — and the award-winning 2005 documentary of the same name. The wheelchairs are specifically designed for the sport and include bumpers designed to help strike and hold opponents. Find more information about each of the 14 sports, schedules and the live-streaming of events at dodwarriorgames.com.