This really should be Hope Solo’s last World Cup


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When it comes to stories on U.S. Women’s National Team players, Hope Solo is by far the most popular. And I don’t mean best liked, I’m talking about names who moves the needle.

It reminds us how America loves gangsta rap music, mafia movies, court room TV shows and crime novels. You didn’t like Tonya Harding more than Nancy Kerrigan, but most of America was more interested in Tonya’s story than Nancy’s.

With the USA kicking off their first World Cup game tomorrow, Solo, understandably, is nowhere to be found from a media or marketing perspective.

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Alex Morgan: USA’s World Cup hero (photos and bio)


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The countdown to the women’s World Cup begins. #13 Alex Morgan is the face of the U.S. Women’s National Team. She is the USWNT’s hero. To help you get ready for the summer soccer tournament spectacular, we’re going to profile some of the more important players on the roster, starting with Alex Morgan.

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Lindsey Vonn relevant again; breaks big world record


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For those who aren’t sick of Lindsey Vonn yet, for the scarce few who feel the need for more Lindsey Vonn coverage in their lives,..Vonn skied into World Cup history today in Italy. She won her 63rd World Cup race- that’s record breaking. In a what almost seems scripted level of coincidence, her infomercial debuts in a few days too.

Lindsey Vonn: The Climb, is a one-hour special focusing on the comeback of Olympic Downhill Champion. It debuts on Sunday, January 25, at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.

So if you still need your Lindsey Vonn fix….

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Kerri Walsh and nine other great women in volleyball


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Almost everyone has heard of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, probably the most popular beach volleyball players in the United States.

Watch any sports news show during the season, and you probably won’t hear much about volleyball, and what news there is usually features the men’s side. What a lot of people don’t realize is that beach volleyball is a popular sport around the globe.

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Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir podcast


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If you have Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir on your talent roster, then you use Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir every chance you can. Weir and Lipinksi, who received lots of critical acclaim for their figure skating analysis on NBCSN’s coverage of the 2014 Sochi Games, as well as for their conversational rapport on topics ranging from twizzles to tres chic attire, return to the Kentucky Derby.

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PHOTOS: Hockey star Hilary Knight does ESPN Body Issue


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Hilary Knight is a forward on the United States women’s national hockey team. Knight won a Silver Medal with the U.S. at Vancouver in 2010. Her comments on the U.S.-Canada rivalry were some of the best soundbites of the Olympics:

“Hatred is pretty good. When we get between the glass and it’s the U.S. versus Canada, it’s everything on the line.”

“It is intense, blood boiling. It is physical.”

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Euroleague Final Four television schedule


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The Euroleague Final Four takes places Friday and Sunday at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan, Italy. This year’s Final Four will be televised by over 50 networks to a record-setting 201 countries on six continents.

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Euroleague Final Four preview- Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv


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Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv is making its 12th Euroleague Final Four appearance this weekend, but they will almost seem like strangers crashing the party, as they are the only squad that did not make it to last season’s Final Four. This will also be Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv’s first Final Four appearance since 2011, when they lost to Panathinaikos Athens in the championship game.

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Euroleague Final Four preview- CSKA Moscow


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If you are a fan of CSKA Moscow, you probably just purchase your Euroleague Final Four tickets when the season starts, as 2013-14 marks the 11th time in the last 12 seasons that the Russian powerhouse has played in the Final Four. With all-around star Victor Khryapa- a former 1st-round pick in the NBA draft- leading the way, CSKA Moscow is feeling very good about their chances of winning a seventh Euroleague championship.

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Euroleague Final Four preview- Real Madrid


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Real Madrid began the 2013-14 basketball season in dominant fashion, winning their first 27 games in the Spanish ACB league and their first 13 games in the Euroleague. And while there is certainly nothing wrong with entering this weekend’s Final Four in Milan with an overall record of 44 wins against only seven losses, the defending Euroleague runner-up has struggled as of late.

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Euroleague Final Four preview- Regal FC Barcelona


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Regal FC Barcelona’s basketball team is no stranger to the Euroleague Final Four, as they make their 13th overall appearance, including their fifth in the last six seasons. The boys from Spain will be looking to win their third Euroleague title, having won championships in 2003 and 2010.

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Johnny Weir makes hilarious jab at the state of Kentucky


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Johnny Weir is one of sports broadcasting’s brightest stars. A large reason for that is his candor, and the fact that she never shies away from that candid opinion. Weir and his tag team partner Tara Lipinski or “I love my blonde little munchkin” as he calls her were fashion critics for Access Hollywood’s coverage of the Academy Awards.. This weekend, the duo reprise that role, serving as Kentucky Derby Fashion Analysts for NBC.

Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir had a media session previewing their coverage of the Derby yesterday and apparently, Johnny Weir doesn’t think the state of Kentucky is synonymous with high fashion sense.  He’s not wrong. When I think of the Bluegrass state I think of Coach Cal, Big Blue Nation, bourbon, KFC, Pitino, the movie Goldfinger and that’s about it.

Here’s what Johnny Weir said:

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