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Team USA begins Olympic preparation with victory over Canada




Maybe because Barack Obama was sitting courtside and you don’t disappoint a president, especially when he’s cheered more than the players. Maybe because Dillon Brooks, the bad boy of the NBA, booed every time he touches the ball, played for Team Canada with the same anger as in the regular season. Or maybe simply because, as Steve Kerr, the coach of Team USA, said, “the world knows how to play” and that world wants the Americans’ skin, even in preparation. In any case, this first friendly match on the road to Paris was more intense than we could have feared. Won, of course (86-72), but with a sweaty half.

We saw Joel Embiid take turns throwing Dwight Powell, Kelly Olynyk and Brooks to the ground and then collecting five fouls in less than three quarters. Anthony Edwards fell hard to the ground after a spectacular layup. Tyrese Haliburton threw himself into the spectators in the front row to save a ball. Almost every possession was contested. Good news for those who filled the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, including Coach K, the three-time Olympic champion coach (2008, 2012, 2016).

This United States team earned the nickname “The Avengers” with its talent at every position, even after Kawhi Leonard left. LeBron James, Steph Curry and Joel Embiid started while Anthony Davis, Jayson Tatum or Edwards waited to replace them on the bench. A match of superstars but not a bland All-Star Game. It was Canada, with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (10 points at 3/10) and Jamal Murray (5 points at 2/8) in its ranks, who took the lead: 11-1 after five minutes of play.

Even though they lost the first quarter (21-14), the Americans obviously found their rhythm, thanks to their two reigning NBA champions, Tatum, very diligent (8 points), and Jrue Holiday (11 points), who has to play at 100% even with the kids in his backyard. At halftime, Team USA took the lead (41-33). READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

Edwards puts on a show

Seriousness, and spectacle too in the third quarter. Curry (12 points including 3/6 from behind the arc) made the room vibrate when he fired a three-pointer, posed for the photographers after a basket finished on the floor or gave an alley-oop to James (7 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists). Edwards, for his part, had explained during training camp that he would do what was asked of him, but the show runs through his veins: three points at the buzzer for the best scorer of the game (13 points in 19 minutes) and 69-54 for the United States after 30 minutes.

Before the final act, the federation paid a sympathetic tribute to former Olympic champions, as it had done after the first quarter with the Olympic champions. Mitch Richmond, John Stockton, Reggie Miller, Patrick Ewing, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Gary Payton, Grant Hill, Tim Hardaway, Allan Houston, Steve Smith, Shawn Marion, Deron Williams, Doug Collins, Andre Iguodala were invited on the court. A starry night in the Nevada desert, definitely.

Talent is wearing thin and the Canadians, third in the 2023 World Cup, did not achieve much in the fourth quarter (final score 86-72). Steve Kerr even brought in Langston Galloway of Vilnius, Nigel Hayes-Davis of Fenerbahçe and Micah Potter of G-League for garbage time while Kevin Durant, who was present but did not practice in Vegas, did not play. “USA! USA!” accompanied the final seconds. Next game, Australia, Monday in Abu Dhabi.

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LIVE – France-Colombia: Les Bleues make the break thanks to Dali





Carabali’s scissors! (2-0, 30′)

On a corner pushed back by the Blues, Carabali tries a scissor kick, but the ball goes far from the French goal.


Karchaoui collapses! (2-0, 27′)

The Frenchwoman is thrown behind the Colombian defense and collapses! She asks for a penalty while she seems to have been jostled… The referee says nothing!


The Blues have control of the match! (2-0, 25′)

The French have possession and clearly dominate this first half.


The post for Colombia (2-0, 20′)

Ramirez heads a good cross from the right! The ball hits the post! The Blues had a close call!


Dali gives the Blues a 2-goal lead! (2-0, 18′)

The Colombian goalkeeper pushes back a cross from the French team in the middle, the ball comes back to Dali who controls it and shoots it with his right! The ball hits the crossbar and goes into the goal! Magnificent! France leads two goals to zero!


Ramirez’s strike! (1-0, 16′)

Ramirez finds himself in a good shooting position and fires a right shot! Great save from Peyraud-Magnin!


The Blues are putting on a lot of pressure! (1-0, 15′)

Hervé Renard’s players remain very high on the field and put in a lot of intensity. The French dominate!


The ball for 2-0 for Katoto! (1-0, 12′)

Les Bleues stay high up the pitch and Dali wins a corner. Katoto is alone at the far post and puts in a header! Tapia makes an extraordinary save!


Foul by Wendy Renard! (1-0, 9′)

The captain of the French team commits an act of unsportsmanlike behaviour to prevent a counter attack by the Colombians. The referee whistles for a foul.


Katoto opens the score!!! (1-0, 6′)

Marie-Antoinette Katoto strikes in the sixth minute of play! The Colombians communicate poorly and the ball comes back to the French striker who controls it and finishes in a tight angle! France leads 1-0!


Mbock it’s too long! (0-0, 2′)

The Blues’ central defender tries to find Diani in depth but it takes too long.


Let’s go !

The Games are now starting for Hervé Renard’s French women’s team. Facing Colombia, Les Bleues must start their competition well.


The players enter the field!

The 22 actresses enter the pitch at the Groupama Stadium in Lyon. Time for the anthems!


The French are ready!


Colombia’s XI!

The composition of the Colombian selection : Tapia, Arias, Carabali, Arias, Vanegas, Montoya (C), Santos, Restrepo, Caicedo, Ramirez, Usme.


The composition of the Blues!

The composition of the French women’s team : Peyraud-Magnin, Lakrar, Mbock, Renard (C), Karchaoui, Toletti, Geyoro, Dali, Diani, Cascarino, Katoto.


De Almeida replaced by Périsset

Eve Périsset will replace the injured Elisa De Almeida in the group of 18 players for the first match of the Bleues in the Olympic football tournament against Colombia.


A match that will be played in Lyon

The Groupama Stadium in Lyon will host the first meeting of the Bleues.


Relive the day of the Bleues in video


Hi all !

Welcome to this live commentary of the first match of the French women’s football team in these Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The French women face Colombia. Kick-off at 9 p.m.

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De Voetbal BSO Expands to Druten: A New Sporty Haven for Kids Launching This September




Jul 25, 2024, 15:49 Advertorial

Sports BSO Time4Skills, better known as De Voetbal BSO, is definitely coming to Druten.

DIO’30 is a meeting place where everyone is welcome to experience the passion for sports together. Now a new initiative is added! In addition to the locations Wijchen, Alverna, Elst and Heesch, Druten is now also on the list. A location will also start here from Monday 2 September.

‘De Voetbal BSO’ should not pull the wool over people’s eyes; it strives to create a sporty home base at the football club where extra attention is paid to sports and games through a challenging, weekly changing offer. The BSO does not have a competitive character but mainly aims to get children to move more and better. In this way, they are better introduced to (table) tennis, hockey, badminton, basketball, judo and many other sports. Furthermore, crafts and baking can be done, with themes often related to the seasons, special holidays or events.

During the holidays, fun excursions are on the program almost daily to realize a suitable offer for all children present. This includes the zoo, a stadium tour, large playgrounds and the cinema. Currently, more than 400 children already play sports and games for one or more days at the existing locations that opened their doors for the first time in August 2020 at HVCH in Heesch. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

In the first phase, BSO will only be provided on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during school and holiday weeks, so that employees and children can get used to the new environment. A maximum of 10 children will be moved per day. In mid-January 2025, it is expected to scale up to full care of five days a week, as well as at the other locations.

Curious or already enthusiastic?

Then visit the website or get a better impression via @devoetbalbso on Instagram. Questions can be asked via [email protected] .


Next Saturday – July 27 – there will be a first presentation for potentially interested families in the canteen of DIO’30 where you are asked to register via the above-mentioned email address. A second opportunity will be offered on Saturday August 24. Both days start at 10:00.

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Argentina coach slams chaotic ‘scandal’ at Olympic soccer match vs. Morocco




The head of Argentina’s soccer federation said the chaotic ending to its Olympic soccer match against Morocco on Wednesday “makes no sense,” and coach Javier Mascherano called the scene “a scandal.”

The opening match of the men’s soccer tournament was suspended for nearly two hours during added time after Morocco fans invaded the field and threw bottles in protest of a late goal by Argentina. The goal was later overturned by the video assistant referee, and Argentina lost 2-1.

“What happened on the field was a scandal. This isn’t a neighborhood tournament, these are the Olympic Games,” Mascherano said.

Paris organizers said they were trying to “understand the causes and identify appropriate actions” after the match in Saint-Etienne. Argentina’s soccer federation said it issued a formal protest Wednesday to world governing body FIFA and would do “what is necessary” to guarantee the safety of players.

“Having to wait almost two hours in the dressing room, after Morocco fans entering the pitch, the violence that the Argentina delegation suffered, our players having to warm up again and continue to play a match that should have been suspended by the main referee, is really something that makes no sense and that goes against the competition rules,” Argentina Football Association president Claudio Tapia said.

The Argentina team also said its training base was robbed before the game, with a watch belonging to midfielder Thiago Almada among the items taken.

Meanwhile, Argentine President Javier Milei arrived Thursday in Paris, his office said, and is expected to meet French President Emmanuel Macron after tensions escalated between their countries over the Argentine soccer team’s derogatory post-match chants about French players at Copa America.

Morocco fans rushed the field to protest Cristian Medina’s goal in the 16th minute of added time at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, which appeared to tie the game at 2. Bottles also were thrown from the crowd and, in frenzied scenes, security tackled fans on the field.

“Some of the fans thought it was the end of the match and decided to invade the pitch,” Thomas Collomb, the deputy director of security for Paris organizers, said Thursday. “The atmosphere was festive. At no time was there any security risk for players or spectators. Within minutes of the final whistle, a security bubble formed around the athletes.”

There were images of Argentina players flinching when what appeared to be a flare was thrown onto the field.

“I can understand why this might have been worrying for Argentine athletes,” said Bruno Le Ray, the organizing committee’s security director. “Stade Geoffroy-Guichard is known for having no barriers between the stands and the pitch. To our knowledge, no firecrackers were fired at any time. It’s definitely an incident, but not in the security sense.”

Morocco defender Achraf Hakimi wrote on X: “I deplore the attitude of certain supporters during the match, which tarnished the image of our loyal fans. Such behavior has no place in football.”

In the confusion, it was believed the final whistle had been blown when players headed to the locker room and fans were told to leave the stadium. FIFA’s official website declared the final score 2-2. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

But it later emerged that the game had been suspended with just minutes of play remaining and that Medina’s goal was being reviewed.

The players re-emerged to warm up in an empty stadium after about two hours and referee Glenn Nyberg confirmed he was reviewing video of the goal on the touchline monitor. He then confirmed it would be overturned for offside.

Morocco held on for the win as the teams played out the final three minutes.

“The game was suspended because of security. At no moment did they talk to us about any revision (of the play),” Mascherano said.

“Obviously it’s confusing, but we have to move forward. It’s already happened, it’s over. We have to focus on the two games (remaining). Save up the anger and let it all out in the coming games.”

Two-time gold medalist Argentina was one of the pretournament favorites and was aiming for more hardware after winning the World Cup in 2022 and back-to-back Copa Américas.

On Saturday, Morocco is scheduled to face Ukraine at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

“We’ll make sure we reinforce security by adding barriers or private security,” Le Ray said.

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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