Monday, July 15, 2024

WAMC Sports Report 7/2/24: USA knocked out of Copa America after 1-0 defeat to Uruguay

Sports News Update: Copa America, European Championship, Tennis, NBA, MLB, WNBA, NHL, Olympics, NFL

The United States’ journey in the Copa America came to an end with a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Uruguay, thanks to a controversial goal by Mathías Olivera. The defeat has intensified the calls for the removal of coach Gregg Berhalter before the 2026 World Cup. The questionable goal came in the second half when Olivera tapped in the rebound after a header by Ronald Araújo. The U.S. Soccer Federation will now face increased pressure to make changes following this disappointing exit from the tournament.

Meanwhile, in the European Championship, Cristiano Ronaldo’s emotional rollercoaster ended with Portugal advancing to the quarterfinals after a penalty shootout victory over Slovenia. Despite missing a crucial spot-kick in extra time, Ronaldo converted his penalty in the shootout, while Diogo Costa saved all three of Slovenia’s kicks to secure the win for Portugal. The Euro 2024 drama continued as Kylian Mbappé’s deflected shot secured a 1-0 win for France over Belgium, setting up a quarterfinal clash with either Portugal or Slovenia.

In other sports news, Naomi Osaka made her return to Wimbledon after five years, while Klay Thompson is set to join the Dallas Mavericks in a multi-team deal. Additionally, Jayson Tatum agreed to a historic five-year contract extension with the Boston Celtics, making it the largest in NBA history. The Boston Celtics’ ownership group also announced plans to sell their shares in the team.

In MLB action, the New York Mets secured a thrilling 9-7 victory over the Washington Nationals, with J.D. Martinez and Jose Iglesias hitting crucial home runs in the 10th inning. The Houston Astros continued their winning streak with a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, thanks to a solid pitching performance by Hunter Brown.

In the WNBA, Brionna Jones led the Connecticut Sun to an 83-72 win over the Phoenix Mercury, while Jewell Loyd’s 26 points helped the Seattle Storm defeat the Dallas Wings 95-71.

Lastly, the Nashville Predators made a splash in NHL free agency by signing Steven Stamkos, Jonathan Marchessault, and Brady Skjei, while Simone Biles and other U.S. Olympians are gearing up for the Paris Games.Former NFL coach Jon Gruden’s bid for a reconsideration of his lawsuit against the NFL was denied by the Nevada Supreme Court.

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