US Women Face Japan in World Cup Final

US Women Face Japan in World Cup Final

The US Women look to cap their magical run in the Women's World Cup with a win in the final this afternoon in Frankfurt, Germany against Japan (Coverage begins at 2PM/ESPN).

After escaping with a miraculous win in the quarterfinals against Brazil the Americans shook off any potential hangover from that thrilling game and topped France 3-1 in the semis. However, the scoreline was not truly indicative of the how close the game was.

France controlled possession for long stretches of the match. The US was fortunate to stay level at 1-1 before Abby Wambach emphatically headed home the game winner off of a corner kick. Alex Morgan's composed chip over the French keeper provided the final margin of victory, but the result was in doubt as late as the 78th minute.

Japan, like the US, finished in second place in its group. They knocked off two-time defending Women's World Cup Champs and tournament hosts Germany. They advanced to the final with a 3-1 win over Sweden.

For an afternoon put aside the question as to whether women's professional soccer will catch on here in the States. Simply watch the game and enjoy the aerial prowess of Abby Wambach, the athleticism of Hope Solo, and the darting runs of Megan Rapinoe.

Can they add another star above the US Soccer crest? The US is ninety minutes away from becoming the first ever three-time Women's World Cup Champion.

Photo Credit: Witters Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Future Eagle (?) Latavius Murray posts workout with Carson Wentz on Instagram

Future Eagle (?) Latavius Murray posts workout with Carson Wentz on Instagram

Could the Eagles be interested in signing another top free agent running back named Murray?

No, not that guy. 

Oakland/Los Angeles/Las Vegas Raiders running back Latavius Murray.

Murray posted a picture on Instagram of the soon-to-be free agent working out with Carson Wentz with the caption "im just here to help."

"im just here to help"

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It's no surprise the Eagles can stand to upgrade their running back corps this offseason — as several mock drafts have suggested. Could Murray be the answer?

 

Instant Replay: UConn 64, Temple 63

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Instant Replay: UConn 64, Temple 63

Temple’s roller coaster season continued with a new low on Sunday afternoon.

The Owls, who led nearly the entire way, allowed UConn guard Jalen Adams to make a reverse layup with 2.9 seconds remaining in a 64-63 loss at the Liacouras Center.

Shizz Alston Jr. missed the potential game-winning shot from half court as time expired.

Turning point
The Owls (14-14, 5-10 AAC) looked like they might avoid blowing a 10-point lead after Quinton Rose responded to Rodney Purvis’ game-tying three-pointer with a three of his own to give them a 63-60 lead with 2:32 left.

However, the Huskies (14-12, 9-5 AAC) responded with a pair of free throws from Adams before he snaked his way into the lane with the clock running down for the game-winner. The layup gave UConn its seventh win in the last eight games.

Big men on campus
The Huskies were led by Rodney Purvis’ game-high of 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He also added five assists. 

Adams shot just 5 of 13 for 13 points, but connected with the game on the line. He also chipped in five assists and five boards.

The Owls received a jolt Sunday from their young players, as freshmen Damion Moore and Alani Moore II scored a combined 22 points on 9 of 10 shooting. 

In a solid all-around effort, Temple’s Daniel Dingle scored 17 points, with six boards and six assists. Alston Jr. contributed 11 points, six assists and 5 rebounds.

Inside the box score
• After making 5 of 9 shots from three-point range in the first half, Temple finished the game 7 of 21 from deep.

• UConn's Kentan Facey had a big game in the first matchup between the two teams with 23 points and 10 rebounds. On Sunday, the senior was held to eight points and four rebounds after dealing with foul trouble in the first half.

• Temple couldn’t find any room inside, as the Owls lost the points in the paint battle 26-16.

History lesson
With the win, UConn improved to 9-7 in the all-time series. The victory was the Huskies’ third straight in the series.

Up next
The Owls will continue on a three-game homestand Wednesday at 7 p.m. against UCF.

UConn will stay on the road and play at Houston also on Wednesday.