It’s more than four hours before kickoff at Mercedes-Benz stadium in downtown Atlanta on an unseasonably balmy October morning. The sprawling parking area known as the Gulch is bursting with activity, the sort of raucous, well-lubricated tailgate scene more commonly associated with America’s two most popular sports: the NFL and college football. Football is indeed the day’s feature attraction, but not the brand traditionally linked to the deep south. Instead, red-clad fans numbering in the thousands have descended on the ground-level asphalt patch beneath a tangle of overpasses in support of Atlanta United, the nascent Major League Soccer (MLS) club that’s become the most improbable phenomenon in American sports today – and a vibrant symbol of a new Atlanta. Atlanta United fans pack the stands at the Mercedes-Benz stadium “Boxing was my number one sport, then NFL, then some basketball, so unless you were getting dunked on, run over at the one-yard … [Read more...] about ‘A-T-L!’: the soccer team outselling the NFL
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Lori Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade partied in West Hollywood this week amid the very messy college admissions scandal which has her parents facing jail time. Looking relaxed and without a care in the world the 19-year-old Instagram influencer was photographed leaving club Bootsy Bellows with pals at 2am on Wednesday morning. The outing came as a former USC soccer coach pleaded guilty to faking athletic profiles for Olivia and other students to get them into the college as elite athletes, complicating matters for her parents who plan to fight charges against them. Hanging out: Olivia Jade partied in West Hollywood into the early hours of Wednesday morning amid the college admissions scandal in which her parents are accused of paying to get her into USC Lori, 54, and her husband, designer Mossimo Gianulli, 55, are at the center of Operation Varsity Blues after allegedly paying $500,000 in bribes to get daughters Isabella and Olivia Jade into USC under the guise … [Read more...] about Olivia Jade looks carefree on nightclub outing as USC soccer coach pleads guilty to faking her athletic profile and may testify against mom Lori Loughlin in college scandal
Mark Wright’s wife Michelle Keegan isn’t so keen on his love for Soccer Aid he has confessed, ahead of him returning for a third year. He explained his confession about the charity football match for Unicef left her unimpressed, because he openly admitted to her it was the “best day of his life”. The former TOWIE star left This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield in hysterics on the show on Tuesday, as he spoke live from Cape Town ahead of Soccer Aid 2019. While he’s out in South Africa with Michelle, who is currently filming for the new series of BBC’s Our Girl, Mark has also taken the time to see the work that Unicef does there. Mark joked that the contest beats his wedding day to Michelle in the stakes of the best day of his life, and she isn’t happy about it. He explained: “I absolutely love it. My wife hates it because I say it’s the best day of my life. “It’s unbelievable, it really is, to see the … [Read more...] about Mark Wright leaves wife Michelle Keegan unimpressed with Soccer Aid confession
With the Australian cricket team suffering a disastrous loss to England over night, fans are looking for someone to blame. Many are calling for the team and coaches to be held accountable after the team was bowled out for 60 in 18.3 overs...the shortest innings ever recorded in a Test match. But cricket commentator and former player Ian Healy has suggested the poor result is due to the presence of the WAGs on tour - even though his niece Alyssa Healy is one. Tour group: Wives and girlfriends of the Australian cricket team are joining them on tour To blame: Cricket commentator Ian Healy (right) blames Australia's loss to England on the presence of WAGs 'All their partners are here and some of the most respected cricketers I played with hated that distraction...they weren’t allowed on tour until after the series had been won,' Healy told Channel Nine. 'Your mind needs to be completely focused on it. Cricket is a sport that requires complete … [Read more...] about ‘The most respected cricketers I played with hated that distraction’: Meet the women being blamed for our Ashes humiliation – so should the WAGs be playing instead?
Marlie Packer scored the decisive try in a scrappy England victory against France that will not live long in the memory but will go down in the history books. Rochelle Clark, 35, came off the bench at The Stoop to earn her 114th cap and level the record for an England player, held by Jason Leonard, as Packer’s late pushover try ensured a winning start to the autumn campaign. “It was amazing to get the opportunity to run on to the pitch with all the girls looking after me,” Clark said. “I am a teary anthem singer anyway but there was a bit of added emotion for me today. I was a bit nervous on the bench but I got a lot of carries.” Amy Cokayne’s first-half try seemed to have settled things until Christelle Le Duff capitalised on Fiona Pocock’s mistake with six minutes left to level matters at 5-5. Packer, however, ensured Clark’s milestone match ended on a high and though it was a forgettable performance, the result may yet prove … [Read more...] about Marlie Packer’s late try secures scrappy win for England women over France