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Lloyd says 2019 US team not a continuation of 2015

Jul. 4, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

LYON, France (AP) — Carli Lloyd says the success the United States is having at the Women's World Cup in France isn't an extension of the 2015 title run. The so-called 2019ers are their own team. "We don't really bring up the 2015 World Cup that much because it's done, it's in the past. The focus is just...

Morgan scores and Naeher saves in 2-1 victory over England

Jul. 2, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

LYON, France (AP) — With Alex Morgan's cheeky tea-sipping celebration and a postgame mobbing of goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, the United States has moved a step closer to successfully defending its latest Women's World Cup title. Morgan scored the go-ahead goal and Naeher preserved the 2-1 semifinal victory...

Alex Morgan adjusts her game at Women's World Cup

Jun. 30, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

LYON, France (AP) — After collecting five goals in her first game, Alex Morgan is getting a lot of attention at the Women's World Cup — from defenders. The U.S. forward has been shut down scoring-wise ever since her splash in the opener, as opponents have honed in on her, often with physical play....

Investment pays off as Europe dominates Women's World Cup

Jun. 26, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

LE HAVRE, France (AP) — Even Netherlands forward Lineth Beerensteyn had to check that the number was right. "Oh my God — seven," she exclaimed. "That's a lot." Europe sure is dominating this Women's World Cup. The Netherlands made it a record seven European teams in the quarterfinals by knocking out...

Dutch cap Europe's World Cup dominance by ousting Japan

Jun. 26, 2019 5:12 AM EDT

RENNES, France (AP) — Tears were still flowing from Saki Kumagai's eyes more than 30 minutes later. With victorious Dutch rivals passing her on the way out of the stadium, Japan's captain seemed to find solace in speaking about the penalty long after it cost her team a place in the quarterfinals of the...

Italy beats China 2-0, reaches first quarterfinal since 1991

Jun. 25, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — Italy made its case to be considered a contender in the Women's World Cup after a convincing 2-0 win over China on Tuesday night. Coach Milena Bertolini believes Italy is set to play in its first quarterfinal since 1991 because her players are striving for a goal that goes beyond...

Copa America guests Japan, Qatar still in contention

Jun. 23, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Copa America guest teams Japan and Qatar are still in contention as the last round of group stage matches begins, and some of their South American opponents aren't too pleased. Qatar and Japan, who met in the Asian Cup final in February, are in third place in their groups. The...

Dutch overcome Sinclair's 182nd goal, beat Canada, win group

Jun. 20, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

The Netherlands overcame Christine Sinclair's 182nd international goal to beat Canada 2-1 on Thursday at Reims and earn a round of 16 matchup against Japan at the Women's World Cup. Lineth Beerensteyn scored the tiebreaking goal in the 75th minute. The European champions won Group E with a 3-0 record while Canada...

Tokyo Olympic tickets: Be prepared to be disappointed

Jun. 20, 2019 1:43 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Want tickets for next year's Tokyo Olympics? Prepare to be let down. Millions were disappointed starting Thursday when applicants in a ticket lottery — for Japan residents, only — began learning if they landed tickets. The answer is going to be overwhelmingly — no. The...

England beats Japan 2-0 to clinch top spot in Group D

Jun. 19, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

NICE, France (AP) — For the first time since Bryan Robson, Peter Shilton and Glenn Hoddle, an England team finished a World Cup group stage with a 3-0 record. Ellen White scored both goals, and the Lionesses roared into the round of 16 with a 2-0 victory over Japan on Wednesday night to win the group. Phil...