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The US U20 WNT beat China PR in every way other than the result Thursday in their U20 Women’s World Cup match. They outshot their opponent 17-3, but couldn’t finish the job. You can check out TopDrawerSoccer’s Player Ratings from the match HERE.

On another note, Hermann Trophy favorite Maya Hayes netted yet another goal. She also shared a few interesting tidbits (including her basketball skills) during an interview with US Soccer after the jump.

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I don’t own a Maseratti that goes 130 MPH so you’ll have to excuse my ignorance here, but I feel like if I was involved in a police chase and I was driving a Maseratti at 130 MPH that I wouldn’t be caught. That’s just me, though. I’m the same guy who walks into Bank of America each week, scouts the perimeter and thinks to myself: I could take the vault if I wanted to.

Anyway, Santos is no Nicholas Cage. Not only did the police manage to pull Santos over but they did so right in front of Arsenal’s training facility (talk about embarrassing). Santos could face up to two years in prison for the crime of being caught by a police car while driving a Maseratti.

[Big League Sports]

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Don’t be confused by their smiles. Stanford’s Chioma Ubogagu and Illinois’ Vanessa DiBernardo are both stone-cold killers on the field. They’re seen here in preparation for their U.S. U20 Women’s World Cup match against China PR tomorrow.

They may be smiling, but they’re also plotting.

 

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If you’re expecting our favorite ‘Baby Horse’ to blast her teammates, Dancing With The Stars partners and equipment managers (my jersey was never clean!) in her upcoming books you’re in for a big disappointment.

Yeah, Alex Morgan signed a three-book deal earlier this week but it’ll be anything but Hope Solo-like. Morgan inked with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and will work on a series called “The Kicks,” which will be aimed at middle-schoolers and touch on themes like friendship and leadership.

What it will not touch on is how to throw all of your associates under the bus while completely sabotaging your public image. No, we’ll leave that for Hope.

 

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Division II program Humboldt State has announced that its men’s soccer season has been suspended for 2012 because of recruit hazing.

School President Rollin Richmond made the decision regarding the Northern California school after an investigation into an off-campus party earlier this month.

We don’t have all the dirty little details into the incident, but we’re guessing it was pretty bad considering how hard the president came down on the program.

Richmond told the Sacramento Bee.

“I hope that the team discipline, along with individual disciplinary actions, send a clear message that this was unacceptable. Hazing is not tolerated at Humboldt State, not in athletics and not in any other area.”

Richmond said that the women’s program is also being investigated for possible hazing involvement.

[ Sacramento Bee]

 

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Thanks to this field-level camera angle we get to experience last week’s big win over Mexico all over again. New look, same ending.

 

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If you’re watching this video and considering entering the challenge – which basically consists of stepping into the Octagon and fighting another player to the death – I would suggest competing against someone you do not like.

Otherwise, this is how you develop frenemies. Everything is all good until a chance meeting with Mario Balotelli is on the line, a ball is thrown in the air and only one of you can be deemed the winner. That’s when things get real.

Trust me on this one: I’ve lost friends over who got the final Coke in the soda machine. Be careful. And good luck.

 

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If you haven’t seen Maegan Kelly’s new blog, Movin It With Maegan, let me hip you: the Marquette junior basically goes around campus challenging people to dance contests – it’s your basic plot of Step Up 2: The Streets, which I also highly recommend, btw.

Get used to seeing Maegan break it down, though. She’ll be doing a lot of that this season. Her opening episode is above, while her newest challenge can be FOUND HERE.

 

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Catwoman has officially made enemies with all of Gotham City!

Her newest adversary is Maksim Chmerkovskiy (say that three times fast), her Dancing With The Stars partner who found himself mentioned in Hope’s new book: “Solo: A Memoir of Hope.”

In the book, Hope claims Chmerkovskiy once slapped her in the face during a practice session.

If you’re keeping score at home, Hope has now accused a former coach of pushing her, former teammates of ganging up on her and Brandi Chastain of, uh … being a meanie?

What’s left? Was she denied service at H&M by David Beckham?

If this keeps up, Hope and Bruce Wayne might be forced to leave Gotham for a while.

[Huffington Post]

 

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If there’s one knock on Messi, other than his jumpshot, it would be this: dude is boring. He’s like Alex Trebek Jeopardy boring (Google him). I’ve seen naps more exciting than Messi interviews (So I like to watch people sleep … that’s not weird or anything).

On the field he’s electrifying, off the field … agonizing.

The latest example comes from comments he made to FIFA.com about challenger to his throne Cristiano Ronaldo.

Here they are (try to stay awake, but if you can’t … can I watch?):

“I respect him, but I have no relationship with him, as I don’t with a lot of other footballers. There’s never been any kind of anger toward Cristiano. It’s all made up by the press who want to believe there’s a constant duel between the two of us, but I don’t compete with Cristiano, nor does he with me. I just want to do my job, I want things to go well, and I want to keep winning trophies with the national side and with Barcelona.”

Man, if it weren’t for Ronaldo keeping this rivalry alive with an occasionally controversial comment it wouldn’t even exist. And it does exist, Messi. We need it to. So just accept it and nod in agreement.

 

 

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