For all the early success that Xander Schauffele has achieved in his burgeoning career, the 25-year-old American has kept his feet firmly on the ground and hands on the same old steering wheel of a Japanese-made car which he hopes will keep him on the right side of the road to stardom.Schauffele, who is of mixed Asian and German heritage, is amongst a new breed of rising stars making a name for himself in the world golf order, proving he can win on the biggest stage where three of his four PGA Tour titles were against stacked fields at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii and World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, a title he will defend next month. Throw in three top-three finishes in six recent major championships appearances, plus a career high second place finish in the FedEx Cup recently, the San Diego resident has shown he truly belongs in the elite club of golfers. With nearly US$14 million in prize winnings accumulated since … [Read more...] about Schauffele truly belongs to elite club
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LYON, France: The United States' status as the leading power in women's soccer will be put to the test by England in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final with the gap between the teams having narrowed dramatically in recent years.The three-times World Cup winners, ranked number one in the world, beat France in their quarter-finals but are set to face an England team full of belief in their chances of glory.Could this be the game which ends American hegemony in women's football?The U.S have enjoyed 20 years of dominance which goes back to the World Cup final of 1999, arguably the moment when the women's game truly began take off.In front of over 90,000 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, the game against China went to a penalty shootout and Brandi Chastain struck the winning kick for the Americans.Chastain collapsed to her knees, removed her top and bedecked in just her sports bra and shorts waved her shirt above her head in celebration.The match was live on television and the … [Read more...] about American hegemony on the line against England
VUC will compete in the championship organised by the Asian Football Federation in Bangkok, Thailand from August 7 to 17. “We have planned to hire a foreigner player for the first time because we want to compete with a great performance and try to improve our ranking in the AFC championship,’’ said VUC head U Naing Thaung Htike. Brazilian Diogo Henrique Terozeni has agreed to transfer to VUC from his current club Dalian Yuan Dynasty FC in the China Super League. VUC has made arrangements to sign a three-month loan contract with the player after which he will come to discuss his contract next month. “We met with Diogo during the AFC Futsal Club Championship in 2018. He showed a great performance and created a chance to beat us in the match. We know very well about his talent . So, we`ve decided to loan him for the tournament,’’ he added. The 29-year old Diogo plays for Dalian Yuan Dynasty FC and appeared for many Brazilian futsal clubs in the … [Read more...] about Myanmar futsal club VUC to hire Brazilian player
FLORIDA: A piece of paper in the backpack of Bob Marley's grandson.See, that's how this all began. One afternoon in 2014, Cedella Marley, Bob's eldest daughter with his wife Rita, was handed a flier by her son, Skip, after he came home from school. The flier was from Skip's football coach, and it asked parents to consider donating money to resurrect Jamaica's women's football team.Cedella was startled. She lives outside Miami but is still royalty in Jamaica, leading Tuff Gong, the record label her father started, as well as the foundation named for him. She made some calls. Turned out, the women's football team hadn't existed for much of the previous four years because the country's football federation cut the funding.There were still girls youth teams, sure, but no senior national team that could try to represent the country at the Olympics or the Women's World Cup.Cedella bristled. Was it a football thing? she asked. Nope. The men's team, known as the Reggae Boyz, had its funding … [Read more...] about How Bob Marley’s daughter saved Jamaican football
FRANCE: In the four years since the last Women's World Cup in Canada, the competition and talent among female footballers has gotten stronger - and more global. The stage will be as big as ever when this year's tournament kicks off Jun 7 in Paris.In our latest ESPN FC Rank, we polled our experts to gauge which players will stand out in France.25. SHANICE VAN DE SANDENAnother from the Lyon dynasty, Shanice van de Sanden is best known for two things: her blazing speed and her trademark bright red lipstick. One of the fastest players in the women's game, Van de Sanden is an absolute handful to deal with on the right wing for opposing full-backs due to her pace and skill. A player who debuted for the Oranje at just 16, she was a key member of the Netherlands' victorious European Championship side in 2017 and will be appearing in her second World Cup this summer. Van de Sanden, now 26, has 15 goals in 63 caps for the Netherlands, but it is her ability to get in behind … [Read more...] about Who is the best player at the Women’s World Cup?