The last hurrah? USA have blazed the trail but Europe is closing in

The US have won three World Cups, and also helped make the womens game what it is today. Even if their reign ends, they should be praised It would be difficult to script a more idyllic beginning. On a balmy August afternoon in 1985, the US womens national team warmed up for their first ever game on a pristine pitch in Jesolo, a stunning resort town on the Adriatic coast of Italy. The sky was cloudless, the stands were filled and, to make the visitors feel welcome, Bruce Springsteen boomed over the PA system. In that moment, it hit USA goalkeeper Kim Wyant that she might be a part of history in the making. She looked around the stadium and …

Anthony Davis is joining forces with LeBron James, as Pelicans and Lakers reportedly agree to trade

(CNN)Anthony Davis is on the move, and he’s joining forces with LeBron James in Hollywood. But right now, the focus is on Los Angeles. The trade instantly takes the Lakers from laughing stock to a potential title contender next season. “AD on da way!!” James wrote on Instagram. He later added in the post, “Let’s get it bro! Just the beginning.” Davis, James share the same agent Davis and James share the same agent in Rich Paul. In January, Davis informed the Pelicans that he would not sign a contact extension with the team and wanted to be traded, Paul told Wojnarowski at the time. He can become a free agent in the summer of 2020, and Davis plans to …

Mesut zil and Unai Emery clearly do not have a connection. But will Arsenal act? | Amy Lawrence

Mesut zil, Arsenals highest earner, has underperformed this season and his manager, too, has left many fans underwhelmed. But has the board the conviction to make a tough decision? As Mesut zil trudged, head bowed, around the pitch Eden Hazard has earned the opposite journey zil made a few years ago, from the Premier League to Real Madrid. When Alexis Snchez joining a year later. For a while the pair were outstanding together. Everything took a turn when Ivan Gazidis felt panicked into handing as has happened in damaging fashion this season with Aaron Ramsey. Of course Gazidis walked out a few months later but his parting gift has turned out to be something Arsenal do not know what to …

Lewis Hamilton holds Max Verstappen at bay to win Monaco Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton led from start to finish, despite Max Verstappen tailing him closely, to win the Monaco Grand Prix Sporting a helmet styled in the same design as Niki Laudas in his final championship winning season for McLaren in 1984, Lewis Hamilton delivered the win in Monaco he so dearly wanted to honour his friend. A victory ground out though tense, nerve-racking effort, of sweat and seat-of-the-pants determination, it is surely one Lauda would have admired and acknowledged as thoroughly deserved. Hamilton @guardian_sport Facebook: like our sport pages Instagram: our favourite football and Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Ive not driven on empty tyres since 2007 when McLaren left me out in Shanghai …

The Milwaukee Bucks’ remarkable season now feels like a failure

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks had a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Then Toronto fought back Just like that, the Milwaukee Bucks went from being in the perfect position to make their first NBA finals since 1974, putting together a 2-0 series lead against the Toronto Raptors, to being unable to win another game. In some ways, the Milwaukee Bucks 100-94 loss in Saturday nights biggest shot in team history to eliminate the Philadelphia 76ers. Leonard everything went sideways for Milwaukee so quickly. It must be doubly frustrating because this years Eastern Conference finals were essentially the NBA finals for both teams. Nobody was expecting the champions from the East to beat Golden State Warriors in seven …

Julian Williams stuns Jarrett Hurd for unified junior middleweight title

The feisty Philadelphian sprung an emotional upset of the previously unbeaten Jarrett Hurd to capture the WBA and IBF junior middleweight titles on Saturday Julian Williams sprung a shocking upset of the previously unbeaten Jarrett Hurd to capture the WBA and IBF junior middleweight titles on Saturday night at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia. Williams, who went off as a 5-1 underdog in Hurds backyard, floored the champion in the second round on his way to a unanimous decision after 12 rounds of mostly close-quarters action by scores of 116-111 and 115-112 (twice) on the campus of George Mason University. The wildly entertaining scrap completed a comeback for the 29-year-old from West Philadelphia known as J Rock, who has won …