Looks like the NCAA is following pro sports' examples and pulling events out of North Carolina due to their sexual orientation and gender identity laws.
Affected championship games:
2016 Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, College Cup (Cary), Dec. 2 and 4.
2016 Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships (Greensboro), Dec. 2 and 3.
2017 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, first/second rounds (Greensboro), March 17 and 19.
2017 Division I Women’s Golf Championships, regional (Greenville), May 8-10.
2017 Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships (Cary), May 22-27.
2017 Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship (Cary), May 26 and 28.
2017 Division II Baseball Championship (Cary), May 27-June 3.
The release does mention that if a North Carolina team earns the right to play a championship game in their home state, it will be held there.
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I'll be travelling to the Big House for the first time in my life in the month of July -- and couldn't be happier about it -- to take in the Real Madrid-Chelsea match.
Does anyone have any details about parking for the game? Obviously, there will be no golf course parking in the middle of the summer. I am wondering, which lots are going to be open? Would you advise a pre-pay?
For those who are also going to the game, where do you plan on parking?
Thanks very much. I am really looking forward to this.
Multiple news outlets reporting that Klinsmann is likely out as the USMNT coach and is off to Southampton for the same position.
Bedoya, Jones, and Wood out. Who do you think replaces them, and do you think we switch formation?
Assuming we keep the same formation, options look limited at striker. Zardes, Wondolowski, and ?Pusilic?
If we move Zardes over -- which I don't like -- then we're replacing three midfielders. Dagbe looks like an obvious replacement, but who would be the other replacement(s)? Beckerman as a second DM?
My best guess: 4-2-3-1
Yedlin Cameron Brooks Johnson
Dagbe Deuce Zardes
With Pusilic coming on late as we're down.
Happy Friday, and Happy COPA America Centenario to all you soccer fans out there.
I found this article over at StarsandStripesFC, SB Nations USMNT & USWNT blog. I was totally unaware of this, but tonight's match vs. Colombia has bigger stakes than just group standings for COPA. America could be crowned the World Champions* with a win tonight!
Almost like the Championship belts in Boxing, or wrestling (for all you WWE fans out there), "Nasazzi's Baton" has been passed from country to country since the first World Cup in 1930.
...Yet not everybody viewed the title of world champions that way.
Some football fans imagined an alternative version of the world championship, viewing the honour the same way that titles are passed on in boxing. To become the world champions, they reckoned, you had to defeat the current holders of the title.
As such, Italy were not the "defending world champs" at the 1950 World Cup. Rather, England was the team putting the title on the line. They had defeated Scotland, who had defeated England beforehand, who had defeated Sweden, who had defeated Switzerland, and so on and so forth all the way back to Brazil, who had defeated the 1930 World Cup winners Uruguay in September of 1931.
Sure it's not really how this works (that's not how any of this works), but I found the idea to be fun. And while www.nasazzi.com isn't updated, Colombia's 3-1 win over Ecuador in a WCQ Match in March means they are the current holder of Nasazzi's Baton. With the USA is next in line to challenge.
So let's get 3 points and a Baton tonight! #USA #USA #USA!
And, last but not least, obligatory dog gif.
Had high hopes for Klinsmann, but US men's soccer is clearly at a low point; I don't think the lack of gifted ("technical") players helps. Has he gambled on a style of football we couldn't manage and simply lost? Might the gamble pay off soon? (That is, are better players on the way?)
It's curious to me that the criticism from all quarters is so muted--no one really calling for Klinsmann's head, just saying we've got to win. Maybe this amounts to a tacit collective admission that the talent just isn't there, yet?
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