USWNT soccer coach Jill Ellis stepping down after historic season

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailfstop123/iStock(NEW YORK) — She made history and now she’s moving on.Jill Ellis, the coach of the U.S. women’s national soccer team, is stepping down after a landmark season.Ellis had been the team’s coach for more than five years and is stepping down after the team’s victory tour following their World Cup victory.“The opportunity to coach this team and work with these amazing women has been the honor of a lifetime,” Ellis said in a press release that was shared by the team.“I want to thank and praise them for their commitment and passion to not only win championships but also raise the profile of this sport globally while being an inspiration to those who will follow them,” she said of the players.Ellis, 52, went on to thank the “world class” coaching staff and the U.S. Soccer Federation “for their support and investment in this program, as well as all the former players, coaches, and colleagues that have played an important role in this journey.”She said that the timing of her departure matched what she had originally planned, saying, “when I accepted the head coaching position this was the timeframe I envisioned.”All told, she accrued 102 career wins and coached the most games in the history of the team, the press release said.Ellis became the first coach to lead a team to back-to-back Women’s World Cups when the U.S. team won its second straight World Cup title in France in June.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. July 30, 2019 /Sports News – National USWNT soccer coach Jill Ellis stepping down after historic season Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

BYU Turns To Backup QB Hall

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Provo, UT) — The BYU Cougars will turn to backup quarterback Jaren Hall for the foreseeable future after starter Zach Wilson suffered a fractured thumb in Saturday’s loss to Toledo.Hall went 3-for-6 for 39 yards in the loss to Toledo after Wilson left the game. BYU sits at 2-and-3 and enters a bye this week, giving Hall time to prepare for the job.The Cougars visit South Florida next Saturday. Robert Lovell Tags: BYU Cougars Football/Jaren Hall/Zach WIlson September 30, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Turns To Backup QB Halllast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 10/30/19

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYOFFSWashington 6, Houston 2NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONCleveland 117, Chicago 111Orlando 95, New York 83Philadelphia 117, Minnesota 95Boston 116, Milwaukee 105Indiana 118, Brooklyn 108Toronto 125, Detroit 113Portland 102, Oklahoma City 99Houston 159, Washington 158Charlotte 118, Sacramento 111Utah 110, L.A. Clippers 94Phoenix 121, Golden State 110NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUETampa Bay 7, New Jersey 6 — OTFinal Edmonton 4, Columbus 1Final St. Louis 2, Minnesota 1Montreal 5, Arizona 2Florida 4, Colorado 3 — OTVancouver 5, Los Angeles 3MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCERToronto FC 2, Atlanta 1Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by October 31, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 10/30/19center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Allen scores 20 as Utah fends off UC Davis 77-73

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Timmy Allen scored 20 points to help Utah pull away from UC Davis for a 77-73 victory on Friday night.Rylan Jones added 18 points and five assists while Riley Battin chipped in 15 points and six rebounds for the Utes. Utah (5-2) won its third home game of the season after dropping two of three contests at the Myrtle Beach Invitational before Thanksgiving.Joe Mooney scored 19 points and Elijah Pepper added 14 to lead the Aggies. UC Davis (2-7) forced 13 turnovers but ultimately trailed wire-to-wire after a slow start.The Aggies rallied to within 66-62 on free throws from Damion Squire and Ezra Manjon. Allen kept UC Davis from getting any closer. He made a stepback jumper and a pair of free throws to put Utah up 70-62 with 1:40 remaining.Utah used hot shooting to seize control early in the first half. The Utes shot 68% from the field before halftime – which included going 7-of-12 from 3-point range. It put UC Davis into an early hole that the Aggies could not climb out from as the game progressed.Battin and Both Gach each made a pair of 3-pointers to highlight a string of six consecutive baskets for the Utes to open the game. Utah ultimately scored on eight of its first nine field goal attempts, culminating in a Battin layup that gave the Utes a 21-9 lead.UC Davis cut the deficit in half after making three straight baskets. The Aggies closed to within 23-17 on a 3-pointer from Pepper.Allen answered with back-to-back baskets to push Utah’s lead back to double digits. The Utes led by as many as 15 points before halftime, going up 40-25 on a pair of free throws from Jones.UC Davis made a big rally in the second half and cut Utah’s lead to 48-43 when Mooney made back-to- back baskets and hit three free throws. Mooney capped a 13-5 run where the Aggies scored baskets on four consecutive possessions.THE BIG PICTUREUC Davis: The Aggies hung with a second straight Pac-12 opponent until the final minutes. Ultimately, close hasn’t been good enough for UC Davis, which has beaten a single Division I opponent heading into December.Utah: The Utes bounced back from a dismal showing at the Myrtle Beach Invitational. Utah has enough talent to light up the scoreboard at times, but the inexperienced Utes have struggled to develop offensive consistency early in the season.UP NEXTUC Davis travels to Northern Arizona on Wednesday.Utah hosts in-state rival BYU on Wednesday. Written by November 29, 2019 /Sports News – Local Allen scores 20 as Utah fends off UC Davis 77-73 Tags: Timmy Allen/Utah Runnin’ Utes Basketball Associated Presslast_img read more

Pritchard scores 25 as No. 17 Oregon beats Utah 80-62

first_imgFebruary 16, 2020 /Sports News – Local Pritchard scores 25 as No. 17 Oregon beats Utah 80-62 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Payton Pritchard scored 25 points and led an early 3-point shooting spree as No. 17 Oregon rolled to an 80-62 victory over Utah.Pritchard made five of six 3-pointers in the first half. Will Richardson, who hit a trio of 3s before the break and finished 4 for 4, added 18 points, six assists and six rebounds to help the Ducks improve to 14-0 at home this season.They shot 58% from the field and made half of their 24 3-point attempts. Oregon also earned its 20th win and regained a share of first place in the Pac-12 with Colorado at 9-4.The Utes were led by freshman Rylan Jones with 18 points. Tags: Oregon Ducks/Pac-12/Payton Pritchard/Utah Runnin’ Utes Basketball Associated Presslast_img read more

Terry scores 27 to lead Stanford past Utah 70-62

first_img Associated Press Written by February 26, 2020 /Sports News – Local Terry scores 27 to lead Stanford past Utah 70-62center_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSTANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Tyrell Terry scored a season-high 27 points, Oscar da Silva had 20 and Stanford ended a four-game losing streak to Utah, beating the Utes 70-62.Jaiden Delaire scored 11 points, including a key 3-pointer with a minute to play, giving the Cardinal (19-9, 8-7 Pac-12) a six-point lead.Timmy Allen scored 17 points for the Utes (15-13, 6-10), who lost for the fourth time in five games.last_img read more

Washington Redskins to undergo ‘thorough review’ of team name

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhil Ellsworth / ESPN ImagesBy LAUREN LANTRY, ABC News(ASHBURN, Va.) — The Washington Redskins, the NFL football team representing the nation’s capital, announced Friday it would begin a “thorough review” of its controversial name that Native Americans have long objected to as racially offensive.In a statement the team said the decision was made “in light of recent events around our country and feedback from our community” and it comes after a month of protests calling for racial justice and equality.“This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field,” owner Dan Snyder said in a statement.Snyder, who bought the team in 1999, has previously said the team would “never” change the name, arguing it actually honored Native Americans.In the last few days, though, the team has come under heavy public pressure from corporate sponsors to change its name, including from FedEx, which owns the naming rights to the stadium where the Washington team plays in Landover, Maryland.On Thursday, FedEx announced that it had communicated with the team “our request that they change the team name.”It wasn’t just FedEx calling for the change. Investors and shareholders of the team’s other corporate sponsors, Nike and PepsiCo, had called on the team to act. According to Adweek, on Wednesday 87 investment firms and shareholders wrote to the three major companies, requesting they terminate their relationship with the team unless it changed the name.“We have been in conversations with the NFL and Washington management for a few weeks about this issue,” a PepsiCo spokesperson said in a statement Friday. “We believe it is time for a change. We are pleased to see the steps the team announced today, and we look forward to continued partnership.”And on Thursday, Nike appeared to have removed all of the Washington team’s merchandise from its online store.With the national conversation about race dominating headlines, the National Football League was quick to support Snyder’s review.“In the last few weeks, we have had ongoing discussions with Dan, and we are supportive of this important step,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said, according to the AP.The team’s statement said the announcement “formalizes the initial discussions the team has been having with the league in recent weeks.”For many, changing the name is long overdue.“This is a broader movement now that’s happening that Indigenous peoples are part of,” Carla Fredericks, director of First Peoples Worldwide, told Adweek. “Indigenous peoples were sort of left out of the civil rights movement in the late 1960s in many respects, because our conditions were so dire on reservations and our ability to engage publicly was very limited because of that. With social media now, obviously everything is very different.”There is a long history of opposition. In 1972, a delegation of Native American leaders met with then-team president Edward Bennett Williams, urging him to change the name. Instead, the team changed lyrics in its trademark Indian-themed fight song – replacing “scalp ‘um” with “beat ’em.”The team has also faced trademark protection lawsuits over its name — one of the latest ending in 2018. The lawsuit was dropped because the Supreme Court ruled in a separate case, Matal v. Tam, that under the First Amendment, the U.S. government cannot deny trademark protection over potentially offensive speech.Amanda Blackhorse, one of the plaintiffs at the center of that lawsuit, says she’s not going to thank the team for something that should have been done decades ago.“I’m happy that there’s talk about changing,” Blackhorse told ABC News. “It feels like a half-step in the right direction. But I do hope that it does change.”Blackhorse said she’s calling on the team to completely rebrand, saying it needs need to remove all images and logos relating to Native Americans. She said she also hopes the team will continue donating to Native American schools, if it does change the name.Blackhorse said she never thought this day would come, thinking it would be “up to the next generation.” She credits the Black Lives Matter movement for igniting the change, and for investors pressuring the team.“Native people have been calling for this for decades,” Blackhorse said. “And FedEx calls for it one day, and the next day it’s almost done. So, who really has the power here? Whose voice is really respected? I know it’s not us.”“This issue is of personal importance to me and I look forward to working closely with Dan Snyder to make sure we continue the mission of honoring and supporting Native Americans and our Military,” Ron Rivera, the team’s new head coach, was quoted as saying in the team statement. He is of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent and the only Hispanic coach in the NFL.A monument to team founder George Preston Marshall was removed last month from the site of RFK Stadium where the team used to play in the District of Columbia.According to the Associated Press, Marshall’s granddaughter supported the team’s review of its name.“I think if anybody’s offended that they should change the name,” Wright said. “I’ve always felt that way.”D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has said that if the team wants to relocate to the city, it could face strong opposition because of the name controversy.“We believe this review can and will be conducted with the best interest of all in mind,” the team statement concluded.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund July 3, 2020 /Sports News – National Washington Redskins to undergo ‘thorough review’ of team namecenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Jazz finish sweep of Mavericks 120-101 for 11th straight win

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 17 of his season-high 32 points in the third quarter and the Utah Jazz completed a sweep of the Dallas Mavericks with a 120-101 victory to run their NBA-best winning streak to 11.Even without Donovan Mitchell, who missed his second game in the concussion protocol, the Jazz (15-4) had little resistance from the Mavericks as they posted their 10th win by double digits in their streak.Luka Doncic scored 25 points and Jalen Brunson had 13 for the Mavericks (8-11), who have lost four in a row. January 30, 2021 /Sports News – Local Jazz finish sweep of Mavericks 120-101 for 11th straight win Written by Tags: NBA/Utah Jazz Associated Presslast_img read more

Queta scores 14 to lift Utah St. over Fresno St. 69-53

first_imgFebruary 4, 2021 /Sports News – Local Queta scores 14 to lift Utah St. over Fresno St. 69-53 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Neemias Queta posted 14 points and five blocks as Utah State defeated Fresno State 69-53.Orlando Robinson led the Bulldogs with six assists. Tags: Mountain West/Neemias Queta/Utah State Aggies Basketball Written by Associated Presslast_img

Buccaneers dominate Chiefs to win Super Bowl LV

first_imgFebruary 8, 2021 /Sports News – National Buccaneers dominate Chiefs to win Super Bowl LV Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesBy JEANETTE TORRES-PEREZ, ABC News(TAMPA, Fla.) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 on Sunday to take home the Vince Lombardi trophy.The win marked Tampa Bay’s first Super Bowl championship since 2002.The Buccaneers were led to victory thanks to veteran quarterback Tom Brady and touchdowns from tight end Rob Gronkowski, wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Leonard Fournette.Brady, who signed with Tampa Bay this past March, was named the Super Bowl MVP for the fifth time in his NFL career. Sunday marked the 43-year-old’s 10th appearance in a Super Bowl game and his seventh NFL championship.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more