Written by Jahmal Corner

This is what it looks like to watch a horse you’ve trained make you a rich(er) man.

I haven’t seen anyone this excited since my dad used to borrow my Game Boy.

“Come on Mario! Come on Mari-ohhhh! Get em baby! Get em baby! Come on Mar! Get, eh, get eh, Get AHHHHHH!!!!!!”

After watching his horse ‘I’ll Have Another’ capture the prestigious Preakness race this past weekend, this trainer instantly moves into the sports celebration Hall of Fame, right alongside Pete Weber and Portland Timbers coach John Spencer.

As for the young girl who was practically suffocated during the merriment (I CAN’T BREEEEEAAAATHE!) – we can happily report that she returned to health.

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

Sunday was a good day for U.S. forward Herculez Gomez.

Gomez, who plays in Mexico for Santos Laguna, was called up for the U.S. Men’s National Team training camp on Sunday afternoon. That evening, his Santos club captured the Mexican Clausura (second half of the season) title thanks to a 2-1 win over Monterrey in the second league of the final. Gomez didn’t appear in either leg of the final series, but the win nonetheless made him the first American soccer player to win a title in Mexico and the United States (Gomez won MLS Cup with LA Galaxy back in 2005).

Immediately after the game Gomez jetted off to Florida, and his focus is now to win a roster spot for the USMNT’s upcoming friendlies and qualifiers.

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

The U.S. U17 Men’s National Team got the chance to visit with the full men’s team Saturday when they watched a training session in Orlando, Florida.

U.S. Soccer gives us a glimpse into their day together, which included watching the Champions League Final that afternoon.

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

Even the most powerful leaders in the world stop for the Champions League final.

A handful of world leaders gathered in Maryland over the weekend for the annual G8 summit. But what to do when the Champions League Final is on? Time to take a break.

The above photo, snapped by the White House, documents a moment during Chelsea’s dramatic penalty kick win. The man next to Obama with his arms raised in triumph? That’s United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron. The lady in the purple, who looks dejected, is none other than German Chancellor Angela Merkel, mourning Bayern Munich’s shortcomings.

So I guess in this group that would make Obama, Switzerland.

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

By Seth Burleigh

The California Assembly was recognizing the 40th anniversary of Title IX and they honored Brandi Chastain and Brazilian soccer player Sissi. But instead of everyone coming together to celebrate women’s athletics, one political prick, who is obviously holding a grudge that he wasn’t given a scholarship for water polo, decided to use his position to voice his opinion.

Chris Norby, a Fullerton Republican, said:

“Title IX has come at the expense of male athletes, particularly those who depend on sports scholarships … it was never the intention to attain equality by reducing opportunities for the men.”

Really Norby, really!?!

Thankfully, other lawmakers from our state didn’t agree with Norby. The bill passed to commemorate this historic law that has given countless women the opportunity to excel in athletics in ways they might not have been able to without it.

All of which makes the folding of the WPS even more disappointing.

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

Can a soccer coach play baseball? Well, we’re about to find out.

Texas A&M head coach G Guerrieri will be on the mound Saturday night to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Minute Maid Park, when the Houston Astros take on the Texas Rangers.  It’s Aggie night and since Guerrieri has guided the women’s soccer program to more than a few accolades with the feet, we now get to see if he has any skills with his hands.

Maybe he’ll channel his inner Justin Bieber.

Hopefully, he WON’T channel his inner Gary Neville (and PLEASE not his inner name-your-favorite-Kardashian).

We’re rooting for you G!

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

I think I underestimated Brek Shea’s popularity. So the MLS suspends him three games for his above referee volley (good ball, Brek) but in the court of public opinion he got off scot free. How do I know this?

YouTube. (Duh!)

Shockingly, the visitor comments are nearly all pro Shea, and anti referee. Here’s a sample:

Good on you Shea!

Referee should be the 1 to be banned 3 games.

I don’t blame Shea for what he did.

Huh? Then who you do blame? … LEBRON? (Cut to LeBron shaking his head and walking off).

Hey, we’re all in agreement that Shea is a rock star, but dude, you can’t go kicking balls at referees … even if it was LeBron’s fault.

 

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Written by Dill Pickle

Today is a sad day. Many of you never gave the WPS a chance, and find yourself sitting back saying “I told you so.”

Being a supporter of female club and college soccer, I wanted nothing more than a professional outlet for these hard-working, extremely talented ladies. For us supporters, it’s hard not to ask the question, why does women’s professional soccer keep failing? The answer is simple…PRIDE.

The most successful women’s professional sport is, without question, tennis. Women’s tennis is almost as popular as men’s tennis (at least there is a debate)! But, how did they get there? The main reason is women’s tennis piggy-backed men’s tennis until they became self-sustaining. Both men and women play in the same 4 majors, on the same courts, on the same weekend, and on the same channel. The TV rights are sold together.

The WPS refused to ride on the MLS’s coattails. They wanted their own stadiums, their own team names, their own everything. But women’s sports just can’t support themselves at this point in time. They need help from men’s sports, and that’s a tough pill to swallow. Heck, the WNBA only exists because they are subsidized by the NBA and share arenas/markets. Why not have the Los Angeles Lady Galaxy? They could play at Home Depot Center a few hours before the men’s team, and you could sell day-passes that allow fans to watch both.

Club, HS, and College soccer are played by more females than males. They deserve a professional league as well. I just hope someone learns from tennis and gives it another shot.

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

In the season finale of No Holden Back (television narrator voice) we find Stu returning to England, playing video games (a lot) and talking about Bolton’s relegation from the Premier League.

But enough about that. The question on everyone’s my mind is: does Stuart’s return to health mean the end of the show? Clearly he’s rounding into shape … will that mean the end of gems like: Flippin skillets, flippin veggies, cookin chickens

He never really addresses it. Well, if this is indeed the last ride it’s been a fun one.

Oh, oh, oh-oh, oh, oh, oh …

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

Streakers; mutiny, chaos, Ronaldo … LeBron. Ish gets cray in this new Nike commercial, My Time is Now … and that’s just the way we like it.

Check out the behind-the-scenes footage of the commercial being shot after the jump.

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