Former volleyball standout McCall announces transfer to UCLA

first_imgLinkedin Colin Post Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award élan McCall had a strong offensive day with 27 kills, 2 blocks and 1 ace. Photo Courtesy of + posts Twitter ReddIt Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech printOutside hitter elan McCall missed significant time in her final season at TCU with a leg injury. Photo by Heesoo Yang.Former TCU volleyball outside hitter elan McCall announced Saturday via Instagram that she would be leaving Fort Worth and transferring to UCLA.The reasoning behind the transfer remains unknown, as neither McCall nor TCU Volleyball has disclosed the reasoning for her departure.“I want to do right by her [McCall] and right by our program and just stay really focused on the girls here,” TCU head coach Jill Kramer said.McCall shined bright in her rookie campaign last season with the Frogs. The Leander, Texas native led TCU with 370 kills, racking up six Big 12 weekly honors along the way. After the season, she was named an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American as well as to the All-Big 12 First Team.After playing for the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team — Anaheim over the offseason, she missed the first 10 matches of her sophomore season with a nagging leg injury. Upon return, the hitter was able to play in just 51 sets, recording 93 kills.McCall’s absence certainly appeared to hurt the Frogs in 2019, as TCU finished 12-18 on the season, including a 4-12 record in conference play.On the other hand, UCLA finished at 19-12 last season, earning an appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Bruins would sweep Notre Dame in the first round of the postseason before falling to eventual runner-up Wisconsin in the second round.Despite the loss of her top offensive player, Kramer remains positive about a TCU team that is returning the remaining five starters.“We’ve got a young team who gained a lot of experience last year, and I’m excited about them coming back,” Kramer said. “At the end of the day, I do right by the girls on the team when I stay focused on them and what we are trying to accomplish.” Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Facebook TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Linkedin Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ ReddIt First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Previous articleMen’s basketball tied for 1st in Big 12 after dominating OSUNext articleBlanket Coverage – Episode 114 (Wild Card/Divisional Recaps, Conf. Champ Preview, CFP Champ Preview) Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Hair Today, Gone…

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 13 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Benefits Hair Today, Gone… St. Baldrick’s Day event raises money and hope for young cancer patients STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 12:54 pm More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Subscribe Community News The 13th annual St. Baldrick’s Day event at Matt Denny’s restaurant in Arcadia last night drew an overflow crowd of supporters and friends, once again for a great cause. Since its inception, the national evening has raised over $500,000 for childhood cancer research at Matt Denny’s alone. Since 2002, more than 1000 heads—men, women, boys and girls— have been shaved in solidarity with young cancer patients who lose their hair through chemotherapy and other cancer treatments.“We want to show kids who don’t have a choice in losing their hair, that we are standing with them,” said Traci Shirk, media manager for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation office in Monrovia. “Many people don’t really understand childhood cancers, and this is a way to start that conversation,” she added.Each participant raised funds individually through family and friends, to donate to the event.Midway through the evening last night, the event had raised over $60,000, according to Shirk, putting them on track to best last year’s achievement of $63,000.As an added treat, supporter Jeff Reas was “knighted” by three young City of Hope cancer patients, for having participated in seven consecutive St. Baldrick’s events.last_img read more

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MBB : Raising his game: Jackson ‘makes name’ by becoming premier big man in final season at SU

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img When his son was 11 years old, Rick Jackson Sr. took him to play Philadelphia basketball. It’s a different brand, a different style of play that hardens and toughens those who participate. Rick Jackson found that out soon enough.Rick Sr. watched as his son played against 16- and 17-year-olds in Philadelphia’s Chew Playground on 18th Street and Washington Avenue, near the family’s house.The younger Rick went up for a rebound. Soon, he met two elbows. One in the chest. One in the face. Knocked back, lip bleeding and flustered, the gangly preteen version of today’s Jackson sheepishly looked at his father.‘That’s the way you’re going to have to play,’ Rick Sr. told his son. ‘It’s hard. But you have to play that way.’The next play, Rick Jackson’s look turned to one of determination. He gave a shot right back at a player inside. Countless elbows, scratches and swings followed through the years. Jackson never looked at his father after another one of them. And he never looked back.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs No. 11 Syracuse prepares for the postseason — which starts Thursday at 2 p.m. in Madison Square Garden with the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament — Jackson is the reason this SU team goes in primed to build off two straight Sweet 16 performances.Once an afterthought among Top 10 recruiting classes and loaded teams, Jackson quickly rose to become the conference’s top inside player this season. His path there was unlikely. But through what his closest friends and family say is a penchant for hard work, determination and that toughness, Jackson got to where he stands today.‘He’s the best two-way player in the league when you look at defense and offense,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said last week. ‘He’s by far the most influential player.’The ‘moment’Jackson’s ‘moment’ came with a trip to the doctor’s office.His moment was nothing like Andy Rautins’, who grew up with a Syracuse pedigree imitating famous basketball players on a Toys ‘R’ Us hoop. Jackson wanted to play football.Nothing like Arinze Onuaku, who displayed super strength as a child when he lifted a nine-pound milk jug at 10 months. Jackson was long and lean.So for Jackson, the moment that would influence the rest of his basketball career happened in a cramped Philadelphia hospital patient’s room. A simple checkup turned complicated when his doctor said Jackson was growing too fast. He wanted to give him a shot to slow his growth.Worried, his mother, Joyce Thomas, considered the option.‘Listening to this doctor, I got scared,’ she said. ‘I was saying, ‘OK. It’s not good? Slow it down then.”But when Rick Sr. heard of the possibility, his son said he ‘freaked out.’ At the same time, Dad put things in perspective. Rick Sr. stood at 6 feet 5 inches. His father was 6 feet 7 inches. No need to rush to a decision that could affect the rest of his son’s life.‘Here I am,’ Rick Jackson said. ‘Six-nine. It all worked out. I’m just glad that didn’t happen.’Rick Sr. put a basketball in his son’s hands at the age of 7. Four years later, he started playing in playground leagues. That’s about the time he met Scoop Jardine, who would become his point guard to this day.Together, they strayed from the path that took many of their friends to life in the streets, jail or worse. Together, they stuck to basketball. Together, they made a promise soon after they met.‘He kept saying it,’ Thomas said of her son. ‘‘Me and Scoop, me and Scoop. We’re going to the same college. Me and Scoop, me and Scoop.”The SummitThe 6 a.m. wake-up call came every day during the summer between Jackson and Jardine’s freshman and sophomore seasons at Neumann-Goretti High School.Sometimes, Aaron Abbott slept on Deborah Jardine’s floor to make sure her grandson Scoop and Jackson got up. Sometimes, Abbott, a Neumann-Goretti assistant coach, left his own house early to gather two or three other players in addition to the two Neumann-Goretti budding stars.Either way, they crammed into his burgundy 2000 Ford Taurus every morning by 6:30 and drove to The Summit, a training center.‘You didn’t want to do it,’ Jackson said. ‘It was almost a job. I hated it. But it made me better.’That summer, Jackson became the beast that eventually got noticed by the likes of Connecticut, Wake Forest and, of course, Syracuse.The routine was always the same. Get to The Summit by 7 a.m. Train for three hours. Lift for two more before grabbing lunch. Then back after lunch to repeat.‘It would be maybe four or five guys in my little car,’ Abbott said. ‘Rick was the biggest, of course. But they’d always fall asleep.‘We spent a lot of time sleeping and eating in that car.’Abbott called him ‘Rookie.’ Still does. That freshman season as an assistant at Neumann-Goretti, Abbott made ‘Rookie’ carry around the seniors’ travel bags. At the end of practices, he dumped and scattered basketballs all throughout the gym and made ‘Rookie’ pick every single one up. He never complained.He built confidence then. He built confidence over the summer. And after those 10-hour work days, Jardine and Abbott said Jackson, who played sparingly in his freshman season at Neumann-Goretti, knew he was going to start.Soon after, as a sophomore, he won the job over a returning starter and senior.‘After our freshman year, he made up his mind that he was going to start,’ Jardine said. ‘I remember the hunger that he had that sophomore year. … I’m not going to lie. He really blew up, and he became a totally different player.’In his junior season, he and Jardine went head to head with Kevin Durant’s Montrose Christian team. Abbott remembers pulling Jackson aside midgame with a simple message.‘You’re playing like a punk,’ Abbott told him.The next play, Jackson — who is bigger and stronger than Durant — finally went up strong to the hoop in Durant’s face. Later, he put in a hook shot that put Neumann-Goretti up for good.‘He played like a monster,’ Abbott said. ‘He really took over the game. From that moment on, I knew he really wanted it.’‘The one guy you can’t take off the court’Mike Hopkins offers apologies to Syracuse guards Jardine and Brandon Triche and to forward Kris Joseph. That’s because to Hopkins, SU’s assistant coach, Jackson is the one player this Syracuse team can’t afford to lose.‘He’s the one guy you can’t take off the court. Ever,’ Hopkins said. ‘You have a lot of guys — if Scoop got hurt, or Brandon — they’re unbelievable players. … But he just means so much to what we do.’This season, Jackson has once again become the leading man at his program. In 31 games, Jackson averaged 13.1 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. He became a double-double machine.By the end of his freshman season at Syracuse, Jackson played single-digit minutes as the Orange limped to the NIT for the second consecutive season.‘By his sophomore year, he was ready to be rotting on that bench like a lot of players do,’ Thomas said. ‘He kept nagging Boeheim. He kept telling him, ‘Give me a chance. You keep yanking me out. You don’t even give me 15 minutes. Give me a chance to show you what I can do.”He finally got his chance his sophomore year against Memphis — albeit as a result of Eric Devendorf’s suspension. But for Hopkins, the game signified Jackson’s arrival.But Jackson had trouble staying in games. He played more than 30 minutes in just five of SU’s 31 regular-season games in his junior season. He struggled mightily in extended minutes in both Syracuse’s Big East tournament loss to Georgetown and its NCAA Tournament shocker to Butler, as SU played without its senior center Onuaku.Boeheim routinely pulls players aside in the locker room after games to point out individual successes or flaws. This one, though, Jackson didn’t quite expect. A few feet away from a sullen Onuaku, Boeheim sent his future star big man a message.‘We’re going to need you next year,’ Boeheim told him. ‘AO’s going to be gone. I need you to be the physical player that you can be — a guy that can go and rebound and bang for 40 minutes. I need you to be in shape to be able to play 40 minutes and just be an animal around the basket.’Within a couple of weeks, Jackson dumped cakes and cookies from his diet. He went back to the routine Abbott taught him. He shot hundreds of 15-foot jumpers, adding a new element to his game.It showed in perhaps the most important moment of the regular season at Connecticut, one of 13 games in which he’s played 38 minutes or more this season. The Orange was a loser of four straight.Minutes earlier, Jackson was embarrassed on a block by UConn’s Alex Oriakhi. With time winding down in the half, he took it right back to the teeth of the Husky defense. He pulled up for a hook shot, giving SU a 26-25 lead. It gave Syracuse its first lead in 133 minutes and 44 seconds of game time.‘The one thing about Ricky that’s huge is his consistency,’ Hopkins said. ‘He’s been consistent day in and day out. All. Year.’Making his nameWhen Thomas finished her daily 10-hour days as a SEPTA bus driver, she would come home and play basketball with young Rick. One on one, Mom usually won.‘You can’t beat your mom?’ Thomas teased her son. ‘You’re garbage!’For years, Jackson waited for revenge. Needless to say, Thomas can’t compete anymore. Last time they played, in a schoolyard across from their home, she laughed as Jackson dunked on her.‘That’s just the way he plays,’ Thomas said. ‘He’s going to want to play better no matter who he’s playing.’Last Saturday, Thomas and Rick Sr. watched that mentality in action from the stands as their son dominated on a Senior Day reserved solely for him. They stood by him as he received a plaque with a jersey that bore his number. They watched as he came out of a game for the final time at the Carrier Dome. They listened as the crowd chanted, ‘Thank you, Jackson!’For Jackson and Syracuse, his brand keeps the story going.‘I’m trying to make a name for myself,’ Jackson said. ‘A lot of guys come to college, and they’re just players. They don’t make a name for themselves. I don’t want that. I want to take over.’[email protected]last_img read more

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Revealed: Why Mourinho snubbed Ballon d’Or ceremony

first_imgReal Madrid coach Jose Mourinho decided against travelling to Monday’s Ballon d’Or Gala in Zurich not only because he did not think he was going to win the award for Best Coach, but also due to his strained relationship with his own players, Goal.com has learned.According to sources close to Real Madrid, the coach did not feel motivated to attend a ceremony in which “he didn’t believe that either he or his players would win a prize” but also because he wasn’t relishing the chance of sharing a trip with players such as Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos, with whom he has clashed recently.“It’s one thing to be in a flight full of other people, but he felt the atmosphere wouldn’t be right with just him and the players,” stated the source.The rest of the Real Madrid players will fly to Zurich and be present in the Gala on Monday, with Cristiano Ronaldo in with a chance of winning a second Ballon d’Or after the one he claimed in 2008.However, Lionel Messi is expected to win the award for a fourth consecutive year.Mourinho cited Wednesday’s Copa del Rey clash against Celta Vigo as his motive for staying behind in Madrid. Real lost the first leg 2-1 of the sides’ last-16 tie in December and must win the return at the Santiago Bernabeu to avoid further disappointment in an already average campaign. Madrid are 16 points behind Barcelona in La Liga and Mourinho came under fire again on Sunday for leaving captain Casillas on the bench for the second match in a row. He also clashed with Ramos earlier on in the season and has publicly criticised the club on occasions this term.last_img read more

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10 months agoHuddersfield boss Wagner on Southampton defeat: Not good enough

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Huddersfield boss Wagner on Southampton defeat: Not good enoughby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town boss David Wagner was unhappy with his players after defeat at home to Southampton.Saints were impressive for the 3-1 win.Wagner lamented, “The first-half was not good. For the first time in a long time we looked nervous in ball possession and did not perform. The second-half was better. Everyone was lively after the goal.”We passed too many times backwards when we had the opportunity to go forward. We were not brave enough.”Hopefully Jonathan Hogg (knee) is back next week. Losing four midfielders together is not easy, but we have belief in every squad player. That is why they are at the football club.” last_img read more

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3 days agoChelsea suffer double midfield blow ahead of Ajax clash

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea suffer double midfield blow ahead of Ajax clashby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is out of their clash at Ajax in the Champions League.Blues attacker Ross Barkley will also miss the game.The pair of midfielders missed the final training session on Tuesday morning in Cobham ahead of the flight to Amsterdam after failing to recover in time from their injuries.Barkley limped off before half-time against Newcastle on Saturday after damaging his ankle. Kante, meanwhile, has been out since picking up a groin injury while on international duty with France.Chelsea were handed a boost as defender Emerson Palmieri took part in the session, warming up with his team-mates before doing some ball work, reports the Daily Mail. last_img read more

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Project Perpetual Event Raises 55 Million For Global Childhood Vaccines

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Edmonton shelter issues call for warm clothing as cold snap grips Prairies

first_imgChris Stewart APTN NewsAn Edmonton shelter is appealing for more help, after a recent cold snap across the Prairies left many people struggling on the streets over Easter weekend.Hope Mission has been helping the less fortunate in Edmonton for 89 years. The non-profit houses 500 people and provides 1,000 meals a day.Though it’s early April, winter is keeping its chilly grip on the Prairies. The shelter is still in need of warm clothing donations, said spokesperson Robin Padanyi.“Socks and underwear are the two biggest needs we always have,” said Padanyi. “Especially when you think about the snow melting, the spring thaw coming. If someone’s feet gets wet and their socks get wet, and the temperatures still dipping to minus fifteen at night, they are in serious danger of frostbite.”Rose Rodriguez, a kitchen helper, has been with Hope Mission for 26 years. She says the shelter’s work is vital to helping the people she calls family.“Many of them don’t have a house, a home or family, so it’s very important because we can let them feel like this is the home for them, cooking for them,” she said. “They bring their kids and it makes us feel so happy and important in this community.”Terry Jackson, who uses Hope Mission, said he’s grateful for its services.“When you come in and you have a meal like this, it keeps the tummy warm and the midsection stay warm,” he said. “That’s the most important part. Everything else is still cold, but you’ll live. You will live with a nice hot meal inside you.”last_img read more

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Just For Laughs production company promotes COO Bruce Hills to president

first_imgMONTREAL – Just For Laughs Group has appointed a familiar face to oversee operations going forward, tapping a longtime executive as president on Monday.Bruce Hills, who had served as chief operating officer for the Montreal-based company for the past 19 years, enters the new job immediately.Hills, a 32-year veteran of the festival, was instrumental in establishing and growing Just For Laughs Montreal, known as Juste pour rire in French.“I just feel like the timing is just right for all the great things we want to do,” Hills said in an interview with The Canadian Press.The appointment comes as the production company’s ownership situation became clearer last week with Bell Media announcing it had joined a group of investors in buying the company.The BCE Inc. subsidiary completed an agreement with Groupe CH to join talent agency ICM Partners and comedian Howie Mandel in the acquisition of Groupe Juste pour rire.Mandel led an investor group that acquired the festival in March after it was put up for sale following allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment against co-founder Gilbert Rozon, who was also a majority stakeholder.The company went through turbulent times while the transaction involving the Quebec entertainment giant’s shares was being settled.“It’s been a real challenge, no question,” Hills said of the past several months. But the strategy employed by staff was simple: have faith and focus on creating events.Hills will oversee the English side of the business with a French content boss yet to be named. He sees the new ownership group as providing a base of support it hasn’t had previously.“I really believe that we can expand our media business significantly,” he said. “That’s going to be a huge priority — in the U.S. primarily, but internationally as well.”“In addition to that, we see no reason why there shouldn’t be more festivals elsewhere when they’re strategically aligned and show potential to be profitable and produce a first-class comedy event.”Hills said that it’s not just a matter of duplicating the hugely popular Montreal festival, which runs July 11 to 29.The company also runs events in Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney, Australia. Hills said it’s about coming up with ideas that make sense in other prospective markets.“We never want to replicate Montreal, we want to do something unique for the market,” Hills said. “Montreal is the heart-and-soul, it basically feeds everything else, so that’s our focus.”Going forward, there will also be a big focus on digital content and fully exploiting filmed assets in Montreal as well as relationships with talent.Hills said they will also look to grow the scripted and non-scripted parts of the business.“We’re primarily known as a stand-up production company and candid camera production company and we believe there is significant growth outside of that,” Hills said.Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE)last_img read more

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Infantino expects release of info from cyberattack on FIFA

first_imgLONDON – FIFA President Gianni Infantino is braced for a release of private information gained by hackers after world soccer’s governing body said its computer network was subject to another cyberattack.The disclosure comes in the same month the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI said Russia’s military intelligence body was responsible for a hack on FIFA in 2016, which led to evidence from anti-doping investigations and lab results being published.FIFA did not provide details about the data gained in the latest attack this year on email systems, but it has been contacted by media outlets about internal information contained in private exchanges.“The questions we received, we answered,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said when asked about what could be released. “My job entails having discussions, having conversations, exchanging documents, drafts, ideas, whatever, on many, many, many, many, topics. Otherwise you don’t go anywhere.“I mean, if I just have to stay in my room and not speak to anyone and cannot do anything, how can I do my job properly? So if then this is being portrayed as something bad, I think there’s not much I can do more than my job in an honest way, in a professional way and trying to defend the interests of football.”Before being elected FIFA president in 2016, Infantino was general secretary at UEFA, overseeing the administration of European soccer at a time when new Financial Fair Play rules were being enforced on European clubs.UEFA has also been subject to phishing attempts to gain access to its email accounts, but said it could find no evidence of a hack. Still, UEFA has received dozens of questions about cases going back several years and the contents of private exchanges.“We are not stealing,” Infantino said, discussing the contents of any leaks. “What counts is do things in an appropriate way.”In a separate statement, FIFA said it “condemns any attempts to compromise the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data in any organization using unlawful practices.”“Of course, we are concerned by the fact that some information has been obtained illegally,” it said.Soccer has been hit by the release of confidential information in recent years, including a group called “Football Leaks.” Through the European Investigative Collaborations, it has released details on the financial arrangements of top footballers, which have led to tax evasion convictions. The leaks group also obtained a 2010 non-disclosure agreement that saw five-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo accused of a rape allegation he denies. The EIC did not respond to emails in the last week about the potential release of information from FIFA and UEFA.Cybersecurity is under constant review at FIFA, which organizes the World Cup.“FIFA takes all necessary measures to adequately respond to security incidents as well as to continuously improve the security of its IT environment,” the Zurich-based organization said.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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