Daily Digest: Casey Stoney announced as NWSL head coach in San Diego
In Today’s News: Casey Stoney Named Head Coach of NWSL San Diego, British and Japanese Teams Win Tokyo 2020 Olympics Preseason Games, and Candace Parker Becomes First Basketball Player to Go the cover of NBA 2K.
Casey Stoney announced as San Diego head coach
Lionesses legend and former Manchester United manager Casey Stoney has been appointed head coach of the NWSL expansion squad in San Diego. The 39-year-old has announced that she will leave the Red Devils in May after spending three successful years at the club.
“I am extremely excited and motivated to lead the San Diego NWSL on the field next season and beyond,” said Stoney. “Jill and this group of owners are deeply committed to building a world class club on and off the pitch and I look forward to being part of creating our culture and style of play as a team. I look forward to starting work immediately before our first year of NWSL competition next season. “
San Diego is expected to join the NWSL alongside Los Angeles-based Angel City FC next year. The club will play its home matches at the 6,000-seat Torero stadium.
GB team and Japan win preseason football matches ahead of Tokyo 2020
A number of friendly football matches were held today in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The GB team faced New Zealand behind closed doors at Todoroki Stadium. The team won the clash 3-0 after Nikita Parris hit the back of the net and Ellen White scored a brace. The GB team were scheduled to face Zambia before traveling to Japan, but the match was called off due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Elsewhere, Japan beat Australia 1-0 thanks to a penalty from Mana Iwabuchi. The Netherlands also came back from 3-1 to draw 3-3 with Canada.
The Tokyo 2020 women’s soccer competition begins on July 21 with the GB team’s game against Chile. The tournament will then run until the gold medal game on August 6.
Candace Parker becomes first woman on NBA 2K cover
Chicago Sky’s Candace Parker became the first female WNBA player and athlete to cover the NBA 2K video game. The American is on the exclusive Gamestop edition of NBA2K22.
NBA Dallas Mavericks ‘Luka Doncic is on the cover of the Standard Edition, while Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant and retired stars Dirk Nowitzki and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are on the 75th Anniversary Edition.
Parker joined Chicago Sky this year after spending 13 years at Los Angeles Sparks, where she won the WNBA in 2016 and was named MVP in 2008 and 2013.
Rebekah Stott returns to football after cancer diagnosis
New Zealand’s Rebekah Stott played football for the first time since undergoing treatment for blood cancer. The 28-year-old first revealed her diagnosis in March, forcing her to cut short her time with women’s Super League club Brighton.
Stott has now played a few minutes for Victoria’s Women’s Premier League club Victoria Bulleen Lions, a team coached by her best friend. Although she only left the bench briefly and played as a forward instead of a defender, Stott has revealed how happy she is to be back on the pitch.
“I think yesterday made me realize how much I missed it,” she said, as reported Thing. “It was good to take a break and not practice every day, but saying that I really missed the team culture and just being in that environment.
“Yesterday I was quite shocked to see how good it was for me and how happy I was to be back on the pitch. Now, I can’t wait to get on with it for longer.
Johanna Konta withdraws from Tokyo 2020 Olympics
British tennis player Johanna Konta has withdrawn from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19. She had withdrawn from Wimbledon after being identified as close contact with a member of her team who had coronavirus, before testing positive for the virus herself.
Konta was unable to train due to his symptoms, resulting in his “heartbreaking” decision to withdraw from the Games.
“It is a heartbreaking reality for me, because representing the GB team at the Rio Olympics in 2016 is one of my most cherished memories of my career,” Konta wrote in a statement. back in great shape and great shape and ready to resume competition soon.
Konta, 30, reached the quarterfinals of the women’s singles tournament at Rio 2016. She also played alongside Heather Watson in the women’s doubles.
Olympic oath amended as part of campaign for gender equality
The International Olympic Committee updated the Olympic Oath as part of its campaign for gender equality. The words “inclusion” and “equality” have now been added to the first line of the oath.
The change came in time for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. During the ceremony, a male and female athlete from the Japanese Olympic team will be joined by two coaches and two judges to recite the oath.
“We Olympians are role models and ambassadors,” said IOC Athletes’ Commission Chairperson Kirsty Coventry. “We stand in solidarity to send the world a powerful message of equality, inclusion, solidarity, peace and respect.
“The Olympic Oath-takers selected for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be fully gender equal and will take the Olympic Oath on behalf of all the Olympians, judges, coaches and officials they represent, in a true spirit of solidarity. “
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