FRANCE will host the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time when the tournament kicks off on Friday, June 7.England and Scotland are among the 24 teams taking part with the final in Lyon on July 7. The tournament will be hosted in nine cities and played in nine different venues.The competition runs for a month, until July 7. Hosts France get the competition under way with their opening group match against South Korea in Paris.Scotland, who are making their first appearance at the World Cup, will meet England in Nice on June 9 – the opening game for both countries.Holders the United States will begin the defence of their title against Thailand, who are ranked 29th in the world, on June 11 in Reims.The semi-finals and final are being held in Lyon and will take place from July 2.Last month, FIFA revealed that more than 720 000 tickets have already been sold for the tournament – exceeding the number sold at this stage for the World Cup in Canada in 2015.The opening match, along with the semi-finals and final, were sold out within 48 hours of going on sale.There are nine venues in total, including the Parc des Princes – home of Paris St-Germain.The opening match will take place there, while seven of the venues will host at least three group games.The semi-finals and final will be held at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, also known as Groupama Stadium. It has the largest capacity of the venues being used and will hold up to 59 186 fans.The stadium, which hosted last year’s Europa League final, will also be one of the venues for the 2024 Summer Olympics.WHO ARE THE FAVOURITES?Women’s World Cup groupsGroup A: France, South Korea, Norway, NigeriaGroup B: Germany, China, Spain, South AfricaGroup C: Australia, Italy, Brazil, JamaicaGroup D: England, Scotland, Argentina, JapanGroup E: Canada, Cameroon, New Zealand, NetherlandsGroup F: USA, Thailand, Chile, SwedenDefending champions United States are seeking a fourth title and are ranked number one in the world.Hosts France have never gone beyond the semi-finals of the World Cup and have only reached the last eight at the European Championship. However, they are ranked fourth in the world and are hoping to replicate the success of the men’s team, who won in Russia last year.Olympic champions Germany are also a threat. The side were knocked out in the semi-finals in 2015 – and in the quarter-finals of the European Championship in 2017 – but remain number two in the world.World number seven Japan were World Cup winners in 2011 and runners-up in 2015, while European champions the Netherlands could also challenge for the title. (BBC Sport)
https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/fb/d7/pierre-emerick-aubameyang-alexandre-lacazette-arsenal-vs-man-city-fa-cup-2019-20_xkyh1ofwxfg91m4ryb59y001i.jpg?t=1667203331&w=500&quality=80The first came after 19 minutes and was finished by Aubameyang after a move that started with goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, featured 18 passes and included 10 of Arsenal’s 11 players.Eight of the passes were made in Arsenal’s own penalty area as the Gunners sucked City in before springing forward on the counterattack. Alexandre Lacazette, who was magnificent throughout, found Nicolas Pepe, who picked out Aubameyang perfectly at the back post to score.It was a wonderful goal and the 25 minutes that followed up to halftime were the best Arsenal has produced under Arteta since he arrived in December. The defense was superb, with Martinez not having to make a single save, and going forward the Gunners produced some excellent combinations, with the final ball all that was lacking.The inevitable onslaught from City came in the second half and in previous meetings Arsenal would have folded. But not on Saturday night. Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos were magnificent in front of a defense marshaled superbly by David Luiz, dropping in and offering real protection.City dominated possession, but only mustered one shot on target — with Martinez saving well down to his left after Riyad Mahrez had cut inside and gotten a shot away.And then on 71 minutes, Arsenal broke away and put the game to bed. Pepe was again involved, chasing down a clearance before finding Kieran Tierney. The Scotland international spotted Aubameyang’s run and there was only one outcome once the Gabon international had sprinted clear. City tried to raise itself but couldn’t. Cross after cross came in, but Luiz dealt with everything that came his way and anything that bypassed the Brazilian was collected by Martinez.City was well beaten in the end. Outfought on the pitch and out-thought off it. This may be Arsenal’s worst league season in 25 years, but for the first time in a long time it looks like it has a plan.The Gunners hit rock bottom during the final weeks of Unai Emery. The long journey back toward the top looks as if it has begun. This was a victory that came straight from the training ground, one in which every single player played their part. Fortune may have favored Arsenal when it saw off Premier League champion Liverpool in midweek, but it deserved everything it got at Wembley on Saturday evening.MORE: Pep claims he would have stayed at City even it club was droppedTactically, Arteta got it spot on. It was a win that highlighted why, after the dark days of the first half of the season, there is real cause for optimism now in north London.Time and time again we’ve seen Arsenal sides capitulate in the face of superior teams. Since beating City here in the 2017 semifinal the Gunners have played them seven times, losing all seven, conceding 20 and scoring just two.But they shrugged that record aside to book their spot in what will be the club’s 21st FA Cup final, where they will meet Chelsea or Manchester United on Aug. 1.This has been a horrible season for Arsenal at times, one of the worst in recent memory. The fact it dropped below Burnley in the Premier League table moments before kickoff said it all.But the past week has shown that, under Arteta, there is light at the end of the tunnel.In terms of quality, the gap between Arsenal, Liverpool and City is vast. Its been clear to see over the two games in the past few days. But the signs of improvement under Arteta are undeniable.And while they were gifted their goals against Liverpool in midweek, at Wembley the Gunners earned them through fabulous moves for which City had no answer. Both were scored by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, his 24th and 25th of the season, but both came from moves that started deep inside their own half. There’s just something about Arsenal and the FA Cup.Mikel Arteta’s side arrived at Wembley with next to no one giving it a chance against Manchester City, yet it’s the Gunners and not Pep Guardiola’s men who will return next month for the final after a fabulous 2-0 win. Getty Images
Wake Forest’s Codi Miller-McIntyre (0) drives between Pittsburgh’s Michael Young (2) and Cameron Wright (3) during the first half of a second round NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)GREENSBORO, N.C.–Pitt guard Cameron Wright (Cleveland, Ohio/Benedictine H.S.) has been named the recipient of the 2014 Skip Prosser Award, emblematic of the top scholar-athlete in men’s basketball, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced March 13. Wright wasl presented with the award prior to Pitt’s first-ever ACC Tournament game against Wake Forest at the Greensboro Coliseum.The junior business-marketing major from Cleveland, Ohio, gives Pitt a recipient of the prestigious award in its inaugural season in the ACC. The award was created in 2007 to honor the memory of George Edward “Skip” Prosser, who compiled a 291-146 career record in 14 seasons as a head coach, including a 126-68 mark in his six years with Wake Forest. The 2003 ACC Coach of the Year, Prosser won 20-plus games and led the Demon Deacons to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first four seasons in Winston-Salem. Every Wake Forest senior he coached graduated, and the Deacons placed nine players on the annual All-ACC Academic Basketball Team during his tenure.In order to be nominated for the award, a student-athlete must be an upperclassman with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better – both in his career and in the previous two semesters. Sixty percent of the award is based on academic achievement and 40 percent on athletic accomplishments.Recently named to the All-ACC Men’s Basketball Academic Team, Wright is a four-time recipient of the University of Pittsburgh’s Scholar-Athlete Award, and a two-time recipient of the school’s Academic Excellence Award. He is also a past winner of the University of Pittsburgh-Jaron Brown Pursuit of Excellence Award and was selected to the Big East All-Academic team on three occasions.Wright has played a key role in the Panthers’ 23-8 season that included 11 ACC regular-season wins. While starting all 31 games this season, Wright has averaged 10.8 points while shooting just over 47 percent from the floor. He has also pulled down 3.4 rebounds per game and ranks third on the team in assists with 2.7 per game. He has reached double figure scoring in 18 games.Wright is Pitt’s fourth all-time conference scholar-athlete award winner in men’s basketball. Other award winners include Joey David (1984-85), Darren Morningstar (1991-92) and Aaron Gray (2006-07). He is the second player to earn a men’s basketball top scholar-athlete award since Jamie Dixon became head coach in 2003. Earlier this year, it was announced that Pitt led the league with four All-ACC Academic Team selections.Clemson guard Cliff Hammonds (2008), Miami guard Jack McClinton (2009), Virginia center Jerome Meyinsse (2010) and North Carolina center Tyler Zeller (2011 and 2012) and Duke’s Mason Plumlee (2013) are past Skip Prosser Award recipients.