"The face of the operation is Briatore (referred to exclusively in the film by his colleagues and angry, chanting detractors as "Flavio"), an anthropomorphic radish who spends most of his time at QPR plotting to fire all of the managers."
Early Friday the USWNT beat Norway to go 2-0 in the Algarve Cup. First half was scoreless. Abby Wambach scored her 133rd career international goal in the 51'. She doesn't have much of an angle, but enough to get a shot off the far post and in. (If videos don't show, I'll post below.)
Sub Sydney Leroux scored on a header in the 81'.
Norway scored in the 94' (grr).
Japan, which has beaten Norway 2-1 and Denmark 2-0, is up next on M 3/5 @ 9:10 AM ET (ussoccer.com will have a match tracker). The US has the edge in goal differential, so only needs to tie to win Group B. Beating them will feel much better, of course.
Sweden and Germany are contending for Group A; their game starts at 10 AM ET. Both beat China 1-0; Germany also beat Iceland 1-0, but Sweden beat them 4-1, so have the GD edge. Winners of Groups A & B will play for the championship; 2nd place group finishers will play for 3rd place.
The U-20 WNT is in Panama competing in the CONCACAF Championship. They opened by beating Guatemala 6-0. Lindsey Horan got a hat trick.
Next up is Cuba, Sun 3/4 @ 5PM ET. Concacaf.com will stream (free registration required, I think).
Big win for the ladies today beating UCLA. Any year to beat them is big, but with this young team early in the season could go a long way for them. Down 3-1 early the lady wolverines came back to tie in in the bottom of the 5th 3-3 and took the lead 5-3 in the bottom of the 6th for good. Big win and just nice all around in the comeback.
Blue Moon spring seasonal variety pack tonight.
The USM U-23 soccer team beat Mexico 2-0, completing a US Soccer sweep - all shutouts! - on Leap Day.
Juan Agudelo made a near post run and scored on a header in the 35'. (I hope these videos embed properly - for some reason I haven't always had success in an OP.)
Edit: Rats! I can see the iframes, but no vids show up - I'll post below.
In the 36' Mix Diskerud deflected Freddy Adu's shot into the lower right corner. He's just entering the top of the box in the clip.
I wondered how the hell the goalie didn't have such a long shot dead to rights - could he really have not had the short side covered? - but the deflection gives him way less time to react.
Game was moved from Univision to Telefutura, which I don't get. Grr.
USMNT 1, Italy 0 - Dempsey's goal.
USWNT 5, Denmark 0 - highlights
#15 Michigan Softball Team dropped another close one this afternoon 2-0 vs USF. Haylie Wagner pitched well and took the loss. She allowed 2 ER on 7 hits. She struck out 3 and walked 0. She could not get any help with the bats.
We mustered only 6 hits and only one player had 2 hits. Lyndsay Doyle went 2 for 3. This game was disappointing with a doubt. We just could not get the bats going. By now we should have the bats swinging. The girls can plan on spending time in the cage instead of Disney Land.
We will have to have a clean sweep this weekend to remain in the top 20.
2:30 ET - ESPN 2/ ESPN3.com