Lloyd hat trick leads US over Japan 5-2 for World Cup title (Yahoo Sports)

The United States Women's National Team celebrates with the trophy after they beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Sunday, July 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Lloyd scored three times as the U.S. jumped to a four-goal lead in the first 16 minutes, and the Americans overwhelmed defending champion Japan 5-2 for the team’s first World Cup championship since 1999, and record third overall. A sellout crowd of 53,341 that included U.S. Vice President Joe Biden roared in approval for Lloyd’s hat trick, the first ever in a Women’s World Cup final.


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Perez Reviews: ‘Preludes’

We LOVE Lincoln Center Theater‘s LCT3 program, promoting the works of emerging artists and encouraging diverse audiences to visit the theater with affordable $30 tickets.

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Sunday night we caught Dave Molloy‘s Preludes. He is more than “emerging” – he’s very established! But this new piece is very experimental in nature and fits in perfectly with the other work of LCT3.

If you’re going in and expecting Molloy’s Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, then you will be greatly disappointed.

While that show was based on War & Peace and was completely sung-through, Preludes is based on the life of the composer Rachmaninoff and it features A LOT of dialogue. Far more talking than singing.

While we’ve seen some of Molloy’s more experimental work – quite enjoyably Black Wizard/Blue Wizard – this piece was lacking the passion of Natasha and the humor of Black Wizard/Blue Wizard.

Preludes is very cerebral. And a tad too experimental for our liking.

But, while we didn’t like it, we found it enjoyable.

The actors did a great job and interspersed throughout the show – though not enough – were some really great songs.

We’re glad we saw it and continue to look forward to what Dave Molloy does next!

USA vs. Japan: Celebration Highlights, Twitter Reaction for 2015 World Cup

A determined United States women’s national soccer team left little doubt as to which side would claim the 2015 Women’s World Cup, defeating Japan 5-2 on Sunday in Vancouver.

Carli Lloyd led the victorious charge for the Americans, netting three goals within the first 16 minutes of the grand finale. Lloyd capped her hat trick with a shot that traveled more than 50 yards and past stumbling Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori.

ESPN tweeted a great action shot of Lloyd after one of the numerous goals her team scored:

Little suspense was to be had the rest of the way, even when Japan cut the deficit to 4-2. Just two minutes after Japan made it a two-goal match, Tobin Heath found the back of the net at the 54-minute mark. Mashable captured the crowd’s celebratory reaction:

From then on the party was on for Team USA, with the rest of the showdown serving as more of a coronation.

Much of the best footage and photos came courtesy of the U.S. women’s national team’s official Twitter account, including the following few from the celebration aftermath and a fitting Vine of raw emotion:

Then the scene shifted into the locker room for a behind-the-scenes look at the players reveling in the glory:

Uber Football captured a moment Alex Morgan had with the ultimate international trophy:

Morgan later took to Twitter to express her excitement in her own words:

When the Commander in Chief is giving someone a shout-out, it’s a pretty special day.

NFL legend John Elway and Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant were only a couple of the numerous marquee fellow athletes to congratulate the United States on their triumph:

National Women’s Soccer League News tweeted an epic reaction to one of the many crowds that gathered around the globe to see the Americans claim victory:

Both Lloyd and USA goalkeeper Hope Solo were honored for their tremendous World Cup efforts, winning the most prestigious individual accolades:

ESPN stats guru Paul Carr added context to the transcendent performances Lloyd and Solo put forth:

After enduring their fair share of struggles in group play and struggling to get on the scoresheet, Lloyd was placed on the attack and played more aggressively. This led to a rapid ascent to stardom and into the all-time great sports performances in U.S. history with her hat trick Sunday.

The resilience the USA showed bodes well for their future. Captain Abby Wambach won’t be around any longer, but much of the American core ought to be back to defend the World Cup title in 2019, when the scene shifts to France.

Lloyd and Solo are aged 32 and 33, respectively, but they figure to be back for one last run, given how well they played this time around. 

U.S. Gets Its Revenge, Blitzes Japan For Record Third Women’s World Cup Title

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (CBSNewYork/AP) — Carli Lloyd came up big again. Three times.

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And with it came the Americans’ elusive third Women’s World Cup title.

Lloyd scored three times as the U.S. burst to a four-goal lead in the first 16 minutes, and the Americans overwhelmed defending champion Japan 5-2 Sunday for their record third championship and first since 1999.

A sellout crowd that included U.S. Vice President Joe Biden roared in approval for Lloyd’s hat trick, the first ever in a Women’s World Cup final.

“I was just on a mission,” Lloyd said. “I was on a mission to help my team win this game.”

When it was over, Lloyd collapsed to her knees and pumped her fists. Forward Abby Wambach bear-hugged teary eyed coach Jill Ellis, lifting her off the ground.

Lloyd, voted the Golden Ball as player of the tournament, scored twice in a span of about 135 seconds as the U.S. led 2-0 by the fifth minute.

Lauren Holiday boosted the lead in the 14th and two minutes later Lloyd made it 4-0 with an audacious 54-yard, right-footed shot from midfield that sailed over goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori.

Japan closed on Yuki Ogimi’s goal in the 27th and an own goal by Julie Johnston in the 52nd. Tobin Heath scored two minutes later for the Americans, who had struggled in the World Cup since winning the inaugural tournament in 1991 and then again at the Rose Bowl eight years later.

Christie Rampone, the only holdover from the 1999 team, lifted the trophy with Wambach, the 35-year-old former FIFA Player of the Year who lost her regular starting job with age. Wambach was among the most vocal opponents of FIFA’s decision to play the tournament on artificial turf.

With FIFA President Sepp Blatter staying away during a U.S. criminal investigation of soccer officials, the trophy was presented by FIFA Senior Vice President Issa Hayatou of Cameroon, the head of African soccer’s governing body.

Hope Solo won the Golden Glove as top goalkeeper of the tournament. She played despite critics who urged the U.S. Soccer Federation to drop her after she initially faced two misdemeanor counts of domestic violence from a June 2014 altercation at her half-sister’s house, charges that were dismissed earlier this year.

The title also vindicated the U.S. Soccer Federation for its decision in April 2014 to fire coach Tom Sermanni, who had replaced Pia Sundhage the previous year, and replace him with Ellis, the British-born American who had been an assistant on the coaching staff.

Japan returned eight starters from the 2011 final, when it beat the U.S. on penalty kicks. The Americans, turning their roster over more, started just four of the 11 players who opened that game in Germany.

Lloyd, a 32-year-old midfielder, had come up big before, scoring the winning goals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic finals.

She put the U.S. ahead in the third minute off a corner kick from Megan Rapinoe, then made it 2-0 when she poked the ball between two defenders and past the Kaihori’s outstretched arms.

Lloyd’s third goal came when Kaihori came far off her line. The keeper backpedaled and got a hand on it, but it bounced into the goal.

“I called her my beast, and she is just a beast, man,” Ellis said. “She’s unbelievable. Rock star. Just so happy for her.”

It was also the fastest hat trick in World Cup history — men or women — and Lloyd became the first American since Michelle Akers in 1991 to score multiple goals in a World Cup final. The only other hat trick in a World Cup final was when England’s Geoff Hurst scored three times against Germany in the men’s 1966 final at Wembley.

“Miss Lloyd she always does this to us. In London she scored 2 goals and today she scored 3 goals. We are embarrassed,” said Japan coach Norio Sasaki. “But she is an excellent player and I really respect her and admire her.”

Lloyd scored six goals in seven matches during the monthlong tournament, raising her international total to 69.

Holiday added her goal in the 16th minute, volleying a header by a Japanese defender.

Ogimi’s goal in the 27th minute was the first Solo had allowed after five straight shutouts. The only other goal scored against her came in the first half of the tournament opener against Australia.

The United States went 540 minutes without conceding a goal, the longest streak in the World Cup since Germany went 679 scoreless minutes from 2003-11.

Japan’s victory over the United States four years ago was its first World Cup title and it came just months after the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan, killing more than 20,000 people and touching off the worst nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl in 1986.

The United States has a 25-1-6 record against Japan, and a 3-1 advantage in World Cup meetings.

“Speechless. Honestly, I’m so proud of this team,” an emotional Lloyd said. “This doesn’t feel real. It hasn’t sunk in. So unbelievably proud of every single person on this team. We just made history.”

The tournament was played while FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, has been rocked by a widening American corruption probe that alleges bribery and racketeering worth more than $150 million involving high-ranking FIFA officials over a 24-year span.

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Shanghai stocks have jumped almost 8%. The government boosts AFP refers to are emergency measures taken to prevent a possible stock market crash in the world’s second-largest economy. It’s not directly related to Greece, but could still have an effect on world markets.

From Reuters: In an extraordinary weekend of policy moves, brokerages and fund managers vowed to buy massive amounts of stocks, helped by China’s state-backed margin finance company which in turn would be aided by a direct line of liquidity from the central bank.

China has also orchestrated a halt to new share issues, with dozens of firms scrapping their IPO plans in separate but similarly worded statements over the weekend, in a tactic authorities have used before to support markets.

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Europe dodged a bullet with the No result, and its supporters should be breathing a sigh of relief, Paul Krugman writes for the New York Times.

Krugman’s colourful take on the events of the last day is well worth a read, but here is a snippet. He continues:

Of course, that’s not the way the creditors would have you see it. Their story, echoed by many in the business press, is that the failure of their attempt to bully Greece into acquiescence was a triumph of irrationality and irresponsibility over sound technocratic advice.

But the campaign of bullying — the attempt to terrify Greeks by cutting off bank financing and threatening general chaos, all with the almost open goal of pushing the current leftist government out of office — was a shameful moment in a Europe that claims to believe in democratic principles. It would have set a terrible precedent if that campaign had succeeded, even if the creditors were making sense.

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