NWSL

The Road to the NWSL Championship Game: The Portland Thorns By Cindy Lara

After six months of play and a semifinals week, the Portland Thorns reached the NWSL Championship....

NBA

2017-18 NBA team season preview: Los Angeles Lakers Preview By Baldeep Chahal

It was a huge off-season for the Los Angeles Lakers, with some tough calls being made by Magic Johnson and co. All eyes are on the new boy, Lonzo Ball, as Laker fans hope for the glory days to return....

NBA

2017-18 NBA team season preview: Indiana Pacers By Dominic Punt

Indiana's rebuild continues with some solid draft picks and trading for depth over star power....
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NWSL

Results and Goals: Portland Thorns 4-1 Orlando Pride in the NWSL Semifinals

Cindy Lara | That'll do it! The Portland Thorns defeat the Orlando Pride, 4-1. Portland will now await the result between the North Carolina Courage and the Chicago Red Stars to find out their opponent in the NWSL Championship. Thank you for following along here on VAVEL USA! This has been Cindy Lara. Until next time! 90' + 4' - The referee blows the final whistle! FULL-TIME! PORTLAND WINS! Portland will make their second trip to the NWSL Championship! 90' + 4' - Orlando with one last effort, but Portland again clears away. 90' - The referee indicates four minutes of stoppage time. 89' - The final substitution of the day for Orlando: Danica Evans in for Edmonds. 89' - Klingenberg nearly adds another for Portland! Shot goes wide. Christine Sinclair scores, making it harder for Orlando to pull any comeback with the game near the end of regulation. Portland leads 4-1. Nadim immediately with the impact as she sends a long ball into the box where it finds Sinclair. 82' - GOAL! PORTLAND! 4-1 NOW! 81' - Another change for Portland: Allie Long subs for Henry. 81' - Two changes. One for each team. Orlando: Jasmyne Spencer in for Weatherholt. Portland: Nadia Nadim in for Heath. 79' - Orlando earns a free kick after a hard takedown by Henry on Weatherholt. Henry is shown the yellow. 74' - Orlando on the counter now. Kennedy shoots from a distance. 72'  - Orlando makes their first change: Rachel Hill in for Ubogagu. After much of the possession and high press was all Orlando this first half, Portland finds an opportunity....

NWSL

2017 NWSL Playoffs Preview: Portland and Orlando meet in the semifinal By Kudzi Musarurwa

After a 0-0 draw over two weeks ago, the Thorns and the Pride square off against each at Providence Park once again. Winner takes all as they battle for a chance to play in the 2017 NWSL Championship....

Tennis

Jelena Ostapneko seventh to qualify for the WTA Finals By Noel John Alberto

The Latvian makes her first appearance at the year-end event....

Tennis

WTA Beijing semifinal preview: Jelena Ostapenko vs Simona Halep By Oliver Dickson Jefford

Ostapenko and Halep face off for the first time since their incredible French Open final, with a place in the final of the last Premier event of the season at stake....

Tennis

WTA Beijing: Petra Kvitova powers into the semifinals By Stefania Ellero

The Czech didn’t play a flawless match, but she still scored a straight-set win over Strycova, the 24th in a row over a fellow Czech....

Tennis

ATP Beijing: Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev headlines semifinal lineup By Don Han

World number one Rafael Nadal progressed to the semifinals of the China Open alongside world number four Alexander Zverev, but they will face some tough opponents in the semifinals as Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios awaits....

Tennis

Timea Babos and Andrea Hlavackova fifth to qualify for the WTA Finals By Don Han

Timea Babos and Andrea Hlavackova became the fifth pair to qualify for the year-ending WTA Finals as the final field looks to shape up as we approach the elite tournament, which is just a mere 16 days away....

Tennis

WTA Beijing: Halep breaks Sharapova curse, cruises into last eight By Max Gao

World number two Simona Halep dropped just four games in a clinical display of defence to offence to score her first win over Maria Sharapova and move into the last eight for just the second time in six appearances at the China Open....
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