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first_imgNathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives The Independent 2 July 2015Nathan Collier said he was inspired by the recent Supreme Court decision that made marriage equal. He said he was particularly struck by the words of dissenting Chief Justice John Roberts who claimed giving gay couples the right to marry, might inspire polygamy. And so this week, Mr Collier and his two wives, Victoria and Christine, entered a courthouse in Billings, Montana, and sought an application to legalise the trio’s polygamous union,“Right now we’re waiting for an answer,” Mr Collier told The Independent. “I have two wives because I love two women and I want my second wife to have the same legal rights and protection as my first.”He added: “Most people are not us. I am not trying to define what marriage means for anybody else – I am trying to define what marriage means for us.”The practice of bigamy – holding multiple marriage licences – is outlawed in all 50 of the US states, Montana among them. But Mr Collier said he planned to sue if his application was denied.Mr Collier said he was former Mormon who had been excommunicated for polygamy and now owned a refrigeration business in Billings.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/nathan-collier-montana-man-inspired-by-samesex-marriage-ruling-requests-right-to-wed-two-wives-10361612.htmllast_img read more

first_imgBefore her arrest, Berbor, who hasbeen on the BCPO drug watch list, allegedly sold a sachet of suspected shabu toan undercover officer on Dec. 18.(With areport from PNA/PN) On Dec. 21, personnel of PoliceStation 3 arrested two persons and confiscated around P9.1 million worth ofsuspected shabu in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Banago. BACOLOD City – After recoveringmillions worth of suspected shabu in the past days, the police in this citywill continue to be aggressive in pursuing illegal drug personalities. “We will continue despite the(Christmas) holidays. We will even be more active in the operations,” saidLieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico, public information officer of the Bacolod CityPolice Office (BCPO).     A witness signs an inventory sheet of the suspected shabu seized from street-level target Hardy Gellang during an entrapment operation in Barangay 40, Bacolod City on Dec. 24. BACOLOD CITY POLICE OFFICE The suspect also yielded seven sachetsof suspected illegal drugs, weighing about 13 grams valued around P195,000,along with an improvised .357-caliber revolver loaded with four liveammunition.  center_img Street-level target Hardy Gellang wasarrested around 2 a.m. on Tuesday by operatives of Police Station 2 in abuy-bust operation in Barangay 40. Suspects Sunny Capa, 22, and ElyLorence Sazon, 20, allegedly sold a sachet of suspected illegal drugs to anundercover cop for P1,000 during the operation. Meanwhile, operatives of PoliceStation 8 seized P1.8 million worth of suspected shabu from suspect KimberlyBerbor, 25, in Barangay Pahanocoy. Gellang, 35, allegedly sold P500 worthof suspected shabu to an undercover policeman.last_img read more

first_img The ex-England international, who joined the Reds in 2000 from Leicester City, was asked who he believes Klopp should target this summer. Speaking to GentingBet, Heskey said: “(Kylian) Mbappe is a phenomenal player who is another player who keeps on rising and is only going to get better and better.Advertisement Loading… Former Liverpool striker, Emile Heskey, is urging them to move for Borussia Dortmund attacker, Jadon Sancho. “He’s focused more to keep the consistency going at that age is just phenomenal. It’s difficult, because for Liverpool you’d choose a player who was more on the wing than central. But again, Haaland’s goals are a key factor. read also:Sancho sets Dortmund assists benchmark in cameo at Wolfsburg “I’m going to patriotic and say that Sancho would be great, being an England player and an entertaining player as well. I would say someone like that would be great to get on the wing and terrorise defences.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Best Cars Of All TimeTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBest Car Manufacturers In The Worldlast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Anthony Joshua has insisted that a “curveball” offer could tempt Deontay Wilder into a dream undisputed heavyweight championship fight, and has revealed he has held meetings to discuss how to set it up. WBC champion Wilder will face Tyson Fury in a rematch on February 22 while Joshua will defend his newly-regained IBF, WBA and WBO titles against either Kubrat Pulev or Oleksandr Usyk, whose representatives he met for negotiations last week. But Joshua’s attention is already on Wilder, and he told Sky Sports News: “We’ve had meetings. That same meeting with Usyk’s manager, afterwards we had another meeting to potentially put an offer in to solidify [a fight with Wilder] before they have even had their fight, and before I have my next fight. “Everyone wants Wilder to win because [a fight with me] is what everyone wants to see. Wilder has a great right hand, I have a great left hand. It is a great boxing match. “We had a meeting about that. It has great potential. I heard [Wilder and Fury] have a third fight lined up towards the end of the year but we have to throw a curveball in there. “Something that gets Wilder’s attention providing he wins so that he thinks to himself: ‘Even though I have a rematch clause, I’ll see how I can manipulate my contract, get out of it, and fight for the undisputed championship’.” Wilder and Fury, who fought to a draw 13 months ago, have already spoken about a third fight later in 2020. Joshua said about Fury: “He bet on Charles Martin to beat me, he bet on Joseph Parker to beat me! He’s a bit of a waffler. Fury does what Fury does. He said that he spoke to Conor McGregor on the phone? That was a lie as well! “I’m supporting Fury because imagine the local kids being able to watch the undisputed championship fight on their doorstep. I’d love it to be here in the UK.” Joshua must first defend his belts against one of his mandatory challengers, Pulev (IBF) or Usyk (WBO). “The one that I don’t fight, I will fight eventually,” he said. “In the heavyweight division everyone is welcome to challenge so even if it doesn’t happen first time, one of them will fight me in the future. “We will end up fighting anyway.” Former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk has knocked out Tony Bellew in Britain, and won Olympic gold alongside Joshua at London 2012. But Joshua embraced a fight with Usyk, saying: “We mean business. We want to fight the best. I go to those meetings. I let people know that I’m about that life. “He’s the best cruiserweight that we’ve ever seen and I want to compete with him [as he] comes up to heavyweight. People say ‘he’s a cruiserweight’ but look at what Evander Holyfield did, phenomenal fighter. “Who’s to say that Usyk can’t go on to do great things. But before we see that potential he has to come through the big boys of the division. I’ll be the first to challenge him.”Tags: Anthony JoshuaDeontay WilderKubrat PulevOleksandr Usyklast_img read more

first_imgPremier League bosses have given a cautious welcome to the prospective use of video referees in next season’s FA Cup. The International FA Board has recommended the trials, which would allow referees to seek assistance from an extra official on decisions relating to goals, red cards, penalties and cases of mistaken identity. Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink and Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini are among those to pronounce themselves broadly in favour of the plan. And the news was welcomed by Rangers boss Mark Warburton, who said: “Yes I am in favour of video technology. “I think the pressure on match officials is getting ever more intense and I think every help we can give them, we should. “I understand the concerns about losing the rhythm of the game but with technology now there is no delay. It’s split-second.” However, some leading bosses reacted with more caution, with Roberto Martinez admitting he is “not a big supporter” of video technology. The Everton boss said: ” Goal-line technology has been an incredible help to referees but I think we should allow referees to manage and understand the game. “If they can’t see something and they need help then video technology could be helpful but I wouldn’t like to take human error away from football as it is part of the game.” And Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino echoed Martinez’s sentiments, warning the introduction of technology risked interrupting the flow of the game. Pochettino said: “The good things in football are that we can speak about it after game; whether it was a red card, a yellow card, or it was offside. “Maybe football needs to keep some things important, the human decision need to exist in football. “Okay, we know it is more professional these days. Football needs to keep a sense of the past.” But bosses also warned the continued introduction of technology could have a negative impact on the natural flow and excitement of the game. Hiddink said: “Any kind of help is welcome in the modern age and football is such a conservative game, but it must not be overdone. “You can have some tests, especially when it’s in key situations – when there’s a goal coming which is not allowed. [But] it must be in key situations.” Pellegrini appeared to go further, suggesting he would like to see managers given the chance to challenge refereeing decisions in the same way as tennis or cricket. The Chilean said: “I think each manager can have, similar to tennis, one play in each 45 minutes to review – just one – and about important things, about red cards, about penalty, about goal. “I think it is very important – the same as goal technology – not to use the technology to change the criterion of the referee, but just if it is a mistake.” Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri also backed the proposal, saying: “I would want it, yes – in the right way. You can check immediately, in 10 seconds you can say. The opportunity would help the referee, help everybody.” Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan suggested this morning that the proposal could also be trialled in next season’s Scottish Cup. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img New Delhi: Sarfraz Ahmed has landed himself in big trouble after he passed an alleged ‘racist’ sledge against Andile Phehlukwayo during the tense Durban ODI which Pakistan lost by five wickets as they squandered a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. During the 37th over of the innings, with South Africa rebuilding with fifties from Rassie van der Dussen and Phehlukwayo, Sarfraz passed a comment which was caught on stump mic. Sarfraz muttered something in Urdu which was, “abbay kaale teri Ammi kahan bethi hoyi hain aaj, kya parhwa kay aaya hai aaj.” The literal translation is, “Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?”The comment has not gone down well with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) who have condemned the act. “The PCB expresses regret over the remark made by their captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and picked up by the stump mic during the second ODI against South Africa in Durban. The PCB neither endorses nor supports any comments that have the potential to cause offence, and firmly reiterates their zero-tolerance approach towards racist comments made; in whatever context,” said the Board in a statement. Shoaib Akhtar also lashed out at Sarfraz in a video message which he posted on his Twitter handle, which was later deleted. In the video, he said, “Yeh bilkul acceptable nahi hai, as a Pakistani. Mere khayal mein heat of the moment mein ho gaya hai. He should apologise publicly. Itni giri hui baat aur kisi ke colours ke upar baat nahi karni chahiye thi. As a Pakistani captain jo unhone kaha it is totally wrong. Because people are getting inspired by him because he is leading the team as a captain so you should lead the team in terms of saying the right things. So, I hope apology will come soon.”The decision to delete the tweet from Shoaib prompted massive criticism. However, on his official Twitter handle, Sarfraz tweeted his sincere apology and promised that he regretted his action. “I wish to extend my sincere apologies to any person who may have taken offence from my expression of frustration which was unfortunately caught by the stump mic during yesterday’s game against SA. My words were not directed towards anyone in particular and I certainly had no intention of upsetting anyone. I did not even mean for my words to be heard, understood or communicated to the opposing team or the cricket fans. I have in the past and will continue in future to appreciate the camaraderie of my fellow cricketers from across the globe and will always respect and honour them on and off the field,” the Pakistan skipper tweeted.Pakistan will take on South Africa in the third ODI in Supersport Park, Centurion with the five-match series level 1-1. highlights Pakistan lost the Durban ODI by five wickets.Sarfraz allegedly used a ‘racist’ term to sledge Phehlukwayo.Five-match series level 1-1 with the third match in Centurion. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

first_img Related Stories WINGS CLIPPED: No. 6 Syracuse beats No. 1 Louisville 70-68 on road behind Carter-Williams’ clutch 2nd-half playFreshman Grant continues stellar play, finishes with 10 points in win over LouisvillePoll: After upsetting No. 1 Louisville, where should Syracuse be ranked? Published on January 20, 2013 at 4:03 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Both teams lost rhythm on offense for stretches. Both teams played lockdown defense for stretches. Both teams had a chance to come away with a win in a one-possession game down the wire.It’s how Syracuse’s matchup with Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center played out a year ago, with the Orange getting the best of the Cardinals in the end. And it’s how SU’s visit back to Kentucky on Saturday went as head coach Jim Boeheim and his team edged No. 1 Louisville 70-68.Though the Orange and UofL didn’t shoot a dismal 34.4 and 34.7 percent from the field as they did in 2012, defense stole the headlines in another heated battle. Louisville’s full-court press and swarming matchup zone gave Syracuse fits all day, but the Orange made a few more plays with the game on the line to take down the favored home team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe late-game comeback by Syracuse was set up by its trademark 2-3 zone, which stymied the UofL offense and kept the Cardinals out of their press for much of the second half.“All you got to do is pick up the stat sheet and see we shot 29 percent so you don’t get the press on,” Pitino saidThe brutal second-half shooting performance gave Syracuse hope despite trailing for nearly 15 minutes of the final 20. The Orange put together a 9-0 run with more than seven minutes to play to turn a 62-57 deficit into a 66-62 lead just three minutes later.Louisville missed four field goals and three free throws during the run to leave the door open to an Orange comeback. SU made the most of the opportunity, converting two free throws and executing on four straight possessions to take a four-point lead – its largest of the second half.The offensive run – made up of a Michael Carter-Williams drive, 3-pointer and assist to Jerami Grant – was something hardly seen out of SU in the first 33 minutes of action. Carter-Williams had labored up the court with Louisville’s guards harassing him in its well-known full-court press.The pressure defense led to eight turnovers by Carter-Williams and 16 by SU overall. But the press also threw off Syracuse’s offense when it did get into its half-court sets.“We had a hard time not so much breaking the press but being comfortable and actually knowing what to do with the press,” Triche said.With the zone keeping Louisville off the board, Syracuse, and specifically Carter-Williams, finally found a comfort zone offensively.But fittingly, defense was the deciding factor in the final minute with Louisville leading by one. Carter-Williams came up with a steal and took it the length of the court for a two-handed dunk to give SU a 69-68 lead with 23 seconds left.With the game still up for grabs, he then took the ball away from UofL center Gorgui Dieng in the final seconds to seal the win. Just as Dion Waiters did with his steal in the closing seconds of the one-point win a year ago.“Last year, same thing, last play and we stole the ball and we stole it here,” Boeheim said. “Two steals to end the game. Unbelievable.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img Continuing our Countdown to Cheltenham, and with only eight days to go, SBC has been quizzing major operators on what we should expect from the four day event.SBC caught up with Amy Jones, UK PR & Mischief Maker at Paddy Power, who revealed that the Irish are tipped to win big at the Prestbury Cup, and that the bookmaker doesn’t plan to lose any sleep over the threat of a Wednesday wipeout. SBC: Paddy Power recently recruited Colm Meaney to send a message to the English racing fans … how has this campaign helped boost engagement with punters?Amy Jones: The Prestbury Cup (or UK vs Ireland at Cheltenham) has grown in profile in recent years with such strength in depth being sent over by the Irish trainers and we enjoy getting behind the Irish challenge. Betting should be fun and we hope the campaign will evoke this spirit, especially during Cheltenham week!It’s also a way of creating competition in our two main areas, and creating a conversation around the Festival. As an Irish brand, we of course love to poke fun at the Brits and what better way to do it.SBC: Could we see the Irish win big at this year’s Cheltenham Festival?Amy Jones: Ireland are currently 8/15 to win the Prestbury Cup which tells the story of just how strong the Irish challenge is, and has been for the last couple of years. Messrs Mullins, Elliott and De Bromhead all send a very strong team over to spearhead the Irish challenge. Willie Mullins is the 1/1 favourite to be the Top Trainer at the Cheltenham festival and Henry De Bromhead is punters choice having been backed into 10/1 from 20/1.SBC: Three of the shortest-priced favourites of the week have been lined up to race on the Wednesday of Cheltenham Festival – is this a worry for Paddy Power? and how does Paddy Power plan to mitigate the risk of a ‘wednesday wipeout’?Amy Jones: We feel talk of a ‘Wednesday wipeout’ have been overplayed. We do of course look ahead at the forecast starting prices on each day and Wednesday is undoubtedly the most daunting for the bookmakers with the big three Irish bankers Envoi Allen, Tiger Roll and Appreciate It all in action. If those three go in we’ll have a losing day but it’s a long week with plenty more battles so we won’t lose too much sleep over it.SBC: Data has suggested that this year’s Cheltenham Festival has attracted – on average – 40% more ante-post punting in comparison to last year. Why do you think this is?Amy Jones: Cheltenham gets bigger, more competitive and more anticipated every year so it’s no surprise to see increased interest in ante-post betting this year. A wide open Champion Hurdle, a hotly contested Champion Chase and a defending champion in the Gold Cup have added intrigue to the action. The additional appeal of 5 places for Paddy Power bettors in all Cheltenham handicaps has definitely spiked interest.SBC: The Gold Cup hasn’t been defended since 2004, what are the chances of current joint favourite Al Boum Photo doing it for Willie Mullins this year?Amy Jones: Al Boum Photo currently heads our market at 7/2. The Gold Cup is hard to win once, let alone back to back, so there will be plenty lining up to take him on but he was an impressive winner last year and arrives off the back of an identical preparation so he will be a tough nut to crack if in the same form. He’s probably the horse in the field with the fewest question marks.          SBC: And finally. what role will request a bets and promotional offers play in engaging punters with this year’s festival? Amy Jones: Due to the competitive nature of racing at Cheltenham the week is always awash with promotions to help punters to find a winning bet. Requesting a bet is definitely the fastest growing area of our offering in recent years. Engaging customers through social channels has always been important to us and our ‘Whatoddspaddy’ offers allow our customers to build or request their own bet. I think it definitely adds to the satisfaction of a win if you request and land your own bespoke bet. ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

first_imgView this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram Ali Krieger and Ashlyn HarrisHaving your partner in the stands, watching you compete would be a moment of pride for any athlete. But to have them by your side, even on the field with you, is better than Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris’ wildest dreams.Krieger and Harris will join the U.S. women’s national soccer team on back-to-back trips to the FIFA Women’s World Cup. But this time, they’ll be going as fiancées. Pugh wrote in The Players Tribune, “I have a goal. It’s for this year, for the World Cup and beyond: I want to be the best at everything I do.”She continued, “I’m hoping that I can make a statement at this summer’s World Cup — just like [Mia Hamm] did back in 1999. I’m hoping to get into one of those Mia Hamm Zones.”The Braves are in season during the World Cup, so Swanson likely won’t have a chance to make it to France to support the national team. But if you’re in Atlanta, you might catch him at a U.S. matchday watch party. View this post on Instagram 🖤A post shared by Mallory Pugh (@malpugh) on Dec 13, 2018 at 6:22pm PSTThe shortstop and USWNT forward met after the No. 1 MLB draft pick was traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Braves in 2015. Pugh’s brother-in-law, second baseman Jace Peterson, introduced the two. The young couple are fairly private about their relationship, but they certainly aren’t hiding it. Merry Christmas 🎄A post shared by Dansby Swanson (@dansbyswanson) on Dec 25, 2018 at 4:37pm PSTSwanson told Sporting News in March, “We never would have met, obviously, if I didn’t get traded to Atlanta. Would never have met Jace, the whole thing. So I’m thankful now.”In 2016, the 18-year-old Pugh became the youngest U.S. goal scorer in Olympic history. She’s looking for more on the biggest stage in soccer. It really does get better. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜A post shared by Ali Krieger (@alikrieger) on Oct 11, 2018 at 3:00pm PDTThe USWNT stars kept their relationship private to avoid distraction from their club, national team and teammates.“We wanted to be professional and make sure that we showed up every day and did our job and it wasn’t just because we were together, it was because we love what we do, and we’re really good at what we do,” Krieger told People. “We were like, now is the right time … and I feel like it’s a massive weight off of my shoulders.”Krieger, who is embarking on her third World Cup, was a hopeful addition to the roster, having been out of USWNT camps for two years.“It’s a dream come true to be back,” Krieger told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It’s really nice to be able to share this moment with her and make these memories with [Ashlyn], and really have someone in your corner that understands the [training] process and how tiring it is.”ICYMI: Soccer Stars Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris Are Engaged! 💕 https://t.co/7XMpkPlWOy— People (@people) March 13, 2019The couple is still dedicated to not being a distraction from the team and their historic chase for a fourth title.“When we’re at work, we’re there to work. I’m her teammate,” Harris said. “We’re very much about the team. We put the team first. And when we’re at home, the relationship comes first.”MORE: A complete guide to the 2019 Women’s World CupJulie and Zach ErtzJulie Johnston met Zach Ertz at a baseball game at Stanford, where Zach was a junior tight end and Julie was a sophomore midfielder at Santa Clara University. He writes about the chance meeting that he, “went up and sat right next to her…that was that.”The pair married in 2016, the year after Julie and the USWNT won the 2015 World Cup and the year before Zach caught the Super Bowl-winning touchdown for the Philadelphia Eagles. Julie and Zach have been hailed as a sports power couple and, in the summer of 2017, were featured together in the ESPN Body Issue, highlighted by the pride they have in each other’s accomplishments.Thrilled to take part in @ESPN Magazine Body Issue with my wife! So much fun for us & an honor to be included! https://t.co/qcV1WmFc5c— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) July 6, 2017“I love watching Julie play,” Zach told ESPN. “I know how much work she puts into her sport and her craft. To see that hard work payoff is very satisfying to me too.”And Julie is no stranger to seeing Zach’s hard work payoff, too.The night of the 2017 NFC Championship game, Julie heard the news that Zach was Super Bowl bound after her own game ended and the moment went viral.USWNT’s Julie Ertz found out her husband, Zach Ertz, made it to the Super Bowl right after her match today 🙏(via @ussoccer_wnt) pic.twitter.com/rCVyBDWkIg— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 22, 2018Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) seeing his wife’s reaction to his team making the Super Bowl hits you right in the feels. ❤️ #SBLII pic.twitter.com/7q0F5G1Cu1— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) January 22, 2018“He’s my No. 1 supporter and fan,” Julie told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “To be able to have him there — and obviously, hopefully celebrate with him in the end — I’m very grateful for him and his support, and of course the [Eagles’] as well.”Always fun watching the Mrs! @julieertz #TeamErtz #SheBelievesCup pic.twitter.com/1m6TNyZ50p— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) February 28, 2019The Ertz household has a Superbowl title and a World Cup trophy — and is seeking a second this summer in France.It’s good to be an Ertz.@julieertz: World Cup champ 🏆@ZERTZ_86: Super Bowl champ🏆 pic.twitter.com/4n1Yeyr3IK— Bleacher Report NFL (@BR_NFL) February 5, 2018If that’s not goals, figuratively and literally, I don’t know what is.Megan Rapinoe and Sue BirdMegan Rapinoe and WNBA star Sue Bird are giving the Ertzes a run for their “power couple” money.The Seattle Storm guard and the Seattle Reign striker have been together since 2016, first meeting at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Bird came out to the public in an interview with ESPNW, relaying her relationship with Rapinoe to the world.Since then, they’ve become the LGBT community’s most visible sports couple.“Megan opened my eyes … that there’s a very high value in somebody who is a public figure coming out and talking about their sexuality and what that means for kids and for society,” Bird said in an interview with Seattle Refined.Meet Seattle sports’ newest power couple: Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe (via @StefanieLoh)https://t.co/Drp4wDqorM pic.twitter.com/NkSB7VfQjF— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) June 22, 2018They were the first gay couple to be featured together on the cover of the ESPN Body Issue last summer.The ESPN Body Issue is out.Congrats to Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe — the first openly gay couple to be on the cover, and featured in the issue.https://t.co/HDjbOVtAR7 pic.twitter.com/RQVbfxk4F7— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) June 25, 2018Their support on the field and court is apparent, telling Seattle’s Q13 FOX they have season tickets to the other’s team.And Rapinoe credits her performance on the pitch to Bird’s nutritional influence.She told ESPN, “Once we met and started dating … I saw the difference so quickly and saw the change in myself so quickly that I was like, ‘Oh, this is actually working’ I’m gonna keep on this. Keep playin’ ’til I’m 37.”Like the Ertzes, the Rapinoe-Bird household has plenty of hardware in its trophy case.The couple has three WNBA titles, five combined Olympic gold medals and one World Cup.Rapinoe is looking to add to that collection. Bird will almost lead an “I believe that we will win!” chant from the couple’s hometown.Alex Morgan and Servando CarrascoMarried in 2014, Alex Morgan and Servando Carrasco make up one of professional soccer’s most recognizable couples.The best day ever. pic.twitter.com/k1SFv2uxDV— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) January 3, 2015The LA Galaxy midfielder and the Orlando Pride forward are on opposite sides of the country now, but they always make time to support each other. View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram I always get questions about my dreams in soccer and winning the World Cup was one of them! I want to know what your dreams are. Comment below with the dream you’re chasing after. #JustDoIt #TeamNikeA post shared by Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) on Jul 12, 2018 at 4:25pm PDT“Obviously, with the national team, I’m away for a couple weeks at a time, all the time. So we’ve gotten used to that,” Morgan told the Orlando Sentinel.They’ve also gotten used to winning, and Morgan is aiming to add another World Cup to the family mantle.Mallory Pugh and Dansby SwansonMallory Pugh is on her way to her first World Cup and her beau Dansby Swanson is one of the faces leading the Atlanta Braves this season. Was totally fangirling today. 👫A post shared by Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) on Aug 29, 2018 at 8:53pm PDT“I watch her games, and she watches my games. We definitely make it work,” Carrasco told Pro Soccer USA.And after Morgan’s World Cup win in 2015, he was right there, ready to celebrate with her. The Orlando Pride defender and goalkeeper went public with their relationship for the first time in March and announced their engagement.Congratulations to Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris! The #NWSL and U.S. standouts are engaged to be married https://t.co/RZKCxQagoM— Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) March 13, 2019Called in together to represent the USWNT in 2010, the pair have been together for nearly a decade.“Here we are nine years later, and we’re going to be getting married this year,” Harris told People.MORE: ‘Burden’ of secrecy lifted, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris ready for World Cup togetherlast_img read more

first_img“I think everybody was excited. If you can play your way into the playoffs, we positioned ourselves that we controlled our own fate,” Holland said. “We believed that we were going to play our way into the players and then when you get into the playoffs, you never know.”In a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, Holland was also asked about the Milan Lucic-James Neal trade. Edmonton would send its 2020 third-round pick to Calgary if Neal scores 21 goals this season. At the pause, Neal stood at 19 goals. If the season doesn’t resume, Holland believes Edmonton would get its pick back as the trade provisions didn’t include prorated numbers.MORE: Darnell Nurse: ‘It’s hard for the NBA to shut down and for us to justify being out there’Holland is optimistic that the season can be resumed and finished, but there’s still a level of uncertainty.”We’re in a place that I don’t think anybody knows, but certainly there’s people all around the world trying to figure out ways to get the pandemic under control,” Holland said. “We’re all in this together. The whole world’s in this together. We’re going to win the battle. It’s just a matter of how soon and when.”The first-year Oilers general manager was asked about the possibility of playing neutral site games as North Dakota gets floated as a possible location to host games.”I think all the players would love the opportunity to finish the season, and it’s not perfect,” he said. “Obviously, everyone’s going to do the best they can do, so if we’ve got to play hockey in July and August, we’ll play hockey in July and August.”Once we get up and running, everybody will be excited about the opportunity to try to make some noise in the playoffs and go on a playoff run. The hope is that we’re going to find a way to finish the season.”MORE: Ranking top prospects on Canadian NHL teamsHolland isn’t concerned about players having trouble getting back to Edmonton if the season resumes, despite some players choosing to return to their native countries. Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland was proud of the way his team was playing before the NHL season was paused on March 12 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.Holland thought the Oilers played at a higher level in 2020 and they met his goal of being in playoff contention with the calendar turned to March. Edmonton entered the pause in second place in the Pacific Division. “I’ve got to think that if we’re getting to the point of talking about playing games that there are more flights and you’re going to be able to start to move around the country,” he said. Despite the current unknown regarding the coronavirus pandemic, Holland is hopeful hockey can return.”I’m optimistic that there’s enough time out there that we’re going to find a solution to get sports back and businesses back as we slowly start to get our world back,” Holland said. “I think that what everybody’s hoping for and certainly that’s what I’m hoping for.”last_img read more