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July 9, 2019

The Best Pictures of the USWNT Winning the World Cup (Photo Gallery)

High Press 10 July 9, 2019

Time to wrap the 2019 Women’s World Cup. What better way to bring coverage to a close than with a photo dump of then best pictures we could find of the USWNT celebrating their win.

A few notes:

  • Julie Ertz is draped in an American flag and playing air guitar on the World Cup trophy? How badass is she?
  • That plane ride home looks fun.
  • Great photo of Kelley O’Hara sitting down and soaking it all the years of hard work.
  • Jessica McDonald and her son ❤

USWNT celebrating World Cup photos

goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher of USA women, Mallory Pugh of USA women, Samantha Mewis of USA women, Becky Sauerbrunn of USA women, Kelley O Hara of USA women, Morgan Brian of USA women, Abby Dahlkemper of USA women, Julie Ertz of USA women, Lindsey Horan of USA women, Carli Lloyd of USA women, Ali ~Krieger of USA women, Tierna Davidson of USA women, Alex Morgan of USA women, Emily Sonnett of USA women, Megan Rapinoe of USA women, Rose Lavelle of USA women, Tobin Heath of USA women, goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris of USA women, Crystal Dunn of USA women, Allie Long of USA women, goalkeeper Adrianna Franch of USA women, Jessica McDonald of USA women, Christen Press of USA women, coach Jill Ellis of USA women during the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 final match between United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Mallory Pugh, Lindsey Horan, Rose Lavelle, Emily Sonnett and Samantha Mewis of USA celebrate the victory following the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France.(Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Rose Lavelle of the USA celebrates with Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Tobin Heath after scoring a goal during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Maddie Meyer – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC) of United States celebrates after winning the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United State of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 7, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Jose Breton/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
USA’s Morgan Brian (left), Mallory Pugh, Tierna Davidson, and Lindsey Horan celebrate with the FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy after the final whistle USA v Netherlands – FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Final – Stade de Lyon 07-07-2019 . (Photo by John Walton/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)
Kelley O Hara (Utah Royals FC) of United States during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United State of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 7, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Jose Breton/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Players of the USA celebrate following the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Julie Ertz of the USA celebrates following the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Julie Ertz of the USA celebrates with an American Flag after the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Maddie Meyer – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan celebrate after the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United State of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Maddie Meyer – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Megan Rapinoe and players the USA celebrate following the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been digitally enhanced.) Megan Rapinoe of the USA lifts the FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy following her team’s victory in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: (EDITORS NOTE – This image has been converted to black and white) Rose Lavelle of the USA sprinkles confetti over Mallory Pugh of the USA after their teams victory in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United State of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Naomi Baker – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Christen Press of United States of America celebrates after winning the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United State of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage) of United States celebrates after winning the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United State of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 7, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Jose Breton/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Christen Press of USA celebrates winning the final with after the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between Winner The United States of America and Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 7, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Abby Dahlkemper of United States of America celebrates after winning the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United State of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Lindsey Horan of United States (C) celebrating with the her teammates and the winners trophy during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United State of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 7, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Players of USA battle for the ball with XXX of Netherlands during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United State of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Players of the USA celebrate following the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Joosep Martinson – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Megan Rapinoe of the USA celebrates with the FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy, the Golden Boot and The Golden Ball following the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Alex Morgan of the USA lies in the confetti on the pitch after the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United State of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Catherine Ivill – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Alex Morgan and Allie Long of the USA celebrate following the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Jessica McDonald of the USA celebrates with her son Jeremiah following her team’s victory in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Players of USA celebrate after winning the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United State of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ – JULY 08: Julie Ertz #8 of United States, Alex Morgan #13 of United States and Megan Rapinoe #15 of United States wearing shirts that say World Champions walk off the plane and holds up the FIFA World Cup Trophy as the USA Women’s National team arrives back in the U.S. after winning their 4th FIFA World Cup title against Netherlands at Newark Liberty International Airport on July 08, 2019 in Newark, NJ, USA. (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ – JULY 08: Megan Rapinoe #15 of United States with pink dyed hair wearing a shirt that says World Champions 2019 celebrates being home and champion as the USA Women’s National team arrives back in the U.S. after winning the FIFA World Cup Championship title, their fourth, played in France against Netherlands at Newark Liberty International Airport on July 08, 2019 in Newark, NJ, USA. (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ – JULY 08: Julie Ertz #8 of United States holds the FiFA Women’s World Cup Championship Trophy and is joined by other members of the U.S. Women’s World Cup Championships team wearing a shirt that says World Champions 2019 as the USA Women’s National team arrives back in the U.S. after winning their 4th FIFA World Cup title against Netherlands at Newark Liberty International Airport on July 08, 2019 in Newark, NJ, USA. (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images)

2019-20 Premier League Matchday 1 Odds

High Press 10 July 9, 2019

The 2019-20 Premier League schedule kicks off one month from today!

With that in mind, let’s take a look at matchday 1 betting odds.

Premier League Matchday 1 Odds

For a refresher, read how to bet soccer or how to bet Premier League. Home team is listed first.

Friday, Aug 09, 3pm ET
Liverpool -670Draw +700Norwich City +1900
Saturday, Aug 10, 7:30am ETWest Ham +900Draw +480Manchester City -345
Saturday, Aug 10, 10am ETBournemouth -112Draw +275Sheffield United +295
Saturday, Aug 10, 10am ET Burnley +160Draw +225Southampton +285
Saturday, Aug 10, 10am ET Crystal Palace +170Draw +225Everton +175
Saturday, Aug 10, 10am ET Leicester +135Draw +225Wolves +220
Saturday, Aug 10, 10am ET Watford -110Draw +235Brighton +340
Saturday, Aug 10, 12:30pm ETTottenham -385Draw +460Aston Villa +1200
Sunday, Aug 11, 9am ETNewcastle +265Draw +265Arsenal +100
Sunday, Aug 11, 11:30am ETManchester United +125Draw +230Chelsea +230

Odds & Ends

Note, this post was written on July 09, 2019. There are still summer transfers to come that may impact these lines. We’ll update this portion of the article closer towards matchday 1.

  • Champions League winner Liverpool ushers in the new season at home against promoted Norwich City. With the game at Anfield, they’re the heaviest favorite of the week. The 3-0 correct score prop bet (+525) and 4-0 (+750) are worth looking at more closely.
  • The next couple of bullets have the caveat of “let’s see how transfers impact these lines,” but we’re high on teams looking to punch through the Big 6 this season. So Everton (+175) as the slightest of underdogs away at Palace is interesting.
  • Same for Wolves (+220) at Leicester City.
  • Southampton feels like a mid-table team this campaign. That +285 away against Burnley is appealing.
  • This may change depending on the manager selection but Newcastle at home (+265) could catch an Arsenal squad (+100) that is potentially on the decline.

Breaking Down the Delay On Antoine Griezmann’s Move To Barcelona

Tyler Everett July 9, 2019

Atlético Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann’s summer move to Barcelona has reportedly been in the works for months. But while many expected him to be introduced as a new member of the Catalan club on July 1, he remains a member of Atleti more than one tumultuous week later.

Griezmann’s departure has quickly become an ugly divorce in the Spanish capital. We know that he’s on his way out – his old club wouldn’t have committed a record transfer sum to Portuguese star João Félix if there was any chance Griezmann was staying – but it’s unclear exactly when he’ll join his new team.

Below is our best effort to sort through Barcelona’s latest complicated acquisition of a star forward.

Griezmann to Barcelona History 

Early last summer, Griezmann’s days with Atleti appeared numbered.

The longstanding rumors about his desire to join Barcelona were steadily intensifying until June 14, 2018, when he signed a new contract that was set to run through ’23. He not only renewed his deal with the team he’d played for since ’14-15, he did it in dramatic, LeBron James-style fashion.

Griezmann to Barça Summer Transfer

Less than a year later, he and Atleti confirmed he would be part of a massive offseason exodus of longtime key contributors. It was an open secret that the allure of Barcelona had finally become too much for him to resist. Many believed – and reported – that the deal would be signed on July 1, when his release clause would drop from €200M to €120M. Easy enough, right?

Not exactly.

Instead, we’ve been reminded that nobody does summer drama quite like Barcelona (Google the club’s signing of Neymar from Santos, or the Brazilian’s move from Barca to PSG, to learn about the two most recent examples). Could this ordeal be responsible for the exit of VP Jordi Mestre last week? Considering the timing, it’s hard to believe the two are completely unrelated.

Back to Griezmann, though. The hangup here is related to Atlético’s anger that Barcelona negotiated with the Frenchman back in February and had an agreement with him by March. Anyone too caught up in the 4th of July weekend missed Atleti releasing a statement expressing their “strongest disapproval” of the behavior of both Griezmann and Barcelona.

The latest development was Griezmann’s absence from Atleti training Sunday and Monday. Atletico said it has opened disciplinary proceedings – with a fine a possibility – as it had ordered Griezmann to attend practice since he’s still under contract.

Now, Barcelona wants to pay the €120M release clause in staggered installments, but Atleti reportedly wants it all at once. To spice things up further, at Atleti’s presentation of Felix, club President Enrique Cerezo called the No. 7 jersey – which will be worn by Felix instead of Griezmann next season — “the shirt of commitment.” If that’s not a shot at the longtime Atleti striker, I don’t what what would be.

What happens next?

I expect that whether Griezmann puts pen to paper this week or next, it won’t be long before his move goes through. He reportedly said on Monday that he’s willing to pay the €120M himself if he has to (in which case Barcelona would reimburse him over time). That seems like the most likely end to the standoff.

The big question is what happens if Atleti can prove Barcelona reached an agreement with Griezmann in March. If it’s proven that a deal was agreed to then, Los Rojiblancos would have a case that Barcelona would have to pay the €200M release clause that was in effect at that time. There has also been speculation that Atleti could demand one of Barcelona’s young players to make the deal go through. That seems unlikely, but stranger things have happened in transfer dealings involving the Catalans.

The safest bet, though, is that Griezmann participates in Barcelona’s summer training, while the legal imbroglio over who gets paid what, and when, drags on for the next year (or five, if the Neymar saga is anything to go by).

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