Steve Douglas and Rob Harris, Ap Sports Writers Updated 2:36 am PST, Tuesday, February 12, 2019 LONDON (AP) — Gordon Banks, the World Cup-winning England goalkeeper who was also known for blocking a shot from Pele that many consider to be the greatest save in soccer history, has died. He was 81. English soccer club Stoke, one of Banks' former teams, posted a statement from his family on Twitter on Tuesday. "It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight," the statement on Twitter said. "We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him." No cause of death was given. Known for his reflexes, Banks was one of English soccer's most revered players after helping the team win the 1966 World Cup on home soil. He conceded only one goal in five games before England beat West Germany 4-2 in the final at Wembley Stadium. Four years later at the next World Cup in Mexico, Banks … [Read more...] about World Cup-winning England goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies at 81
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By Eric Willemsen Published 3:56 pm PST, Thursday, January 10, 2019 Lindsey Vonn is five victories short of the World Cup skiing record of 86 wins. Lindsey Vonn is five victories short of the World Cup skiing record of 86 wins. Photo: Christophe Ena / Associated Press Photo: Christophe Ena / Associated Press Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Lindsey Vonn is five victories short of the World Cup skiing record of 86 wins. Lindsey Vonn is five victories short of the World Cup skiing record of 86 wins. Photo: Christophe Ena / Associated Press Lindsey Vonn not obsessing over World Cup record: ‘I don’t need 87 wins’ 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Lindsey Vonn … [Read more...] about Lindsey Vonn not obsessing over World Cup record: ‘I don’t need 87 wins’
Avery Hartmans, provided by Published 12:01 am PST, Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Charles McQuillan / Getty Google has unveiled its annual Year in Search for 2018. The annual compilation includes the top worldwide Google searches of the year. This year's list includes several tragic deaths, the World Cup, and more. As 2018 draws to a close, Google is looking back on the top searches of the year. Google narrows down the top-trending searches in the world over the past 12 months, terms that had the highest spike in traffic this year compared to 2017. These are not necessarily the terms that were searched the most often. It's a year that's been rife with tragedy — we mourned the untimely deaths of Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, and several others. But 2018 also brought us the royal wedding and an exciting World Cup. Here are the top-trending Google searches of 2018: 10. Kate Spade AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews In June, fashion designer Kate Spade … [Read more...] about From Meghan Markle to the World Cup: Here are the top 10 searches on Google in 2018 (GOOG, GOOGL)
By Sheeraz Faseeh Published: November 26, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Until a week ago, there was once again immense uncertainty surrounding Pakistan’s participation in the World Cup. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE Like the case for most sports in the country barring cricket, the last 10 years have been a lost decade for Pakistan hockey as well. During this period, the team’s performance witnessed a severe decline not seen since Pakistan first started playing hockey in 1948. In 2014, Pakistan failed to qualify for the hockey World Cup for the first time, followed by a failure to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games held in Rio de Janeiro. The team is currently ranked 13 in the world, which is marginally better than when it slipped to 14th last year. Once a powerhouse of world hockey, the team with the most World Cup titles to its name, Pakistan can no longer compete with the top teams in the world. It’s sad to see how the mighty have fallen. As a patriot and … [Read more...] about Hockey World Cup: Have we as a country collectively failed our national sport?
The United Kingdom Overwatch team has pulled off one of the greatest upsets in esports history after a comprehensive 3-1 victory over the United States in the Overwatch World Cup quarter-final. The US team was heavily favoured going into the match-up and was considered the greatest threat to reigning champions South Korea. The game seemed to be going to form, as a boisterous BlizzCon crowd at the Anaheim Convention Center saw the home team sail into a 1-0 lead on the Ilios map. But a disciplined UK side, which features only two players competing in the top-tier Overwatch League, drew level on King's Row before taking the lead with a fiercely contested point on Volskaya. An increasingly flustered US team, packed full of Overwatch League talent, had no answer to the aggressive attack of the Reinhardt controlled by Cameron "Fusions" Bosworth as the UK dominated on Route 66. Bosworth is one of several UK Overwatch players currently playing for the British Hurricanes, … [Read more...] about Team UK reach Overwatch World Cup semi-final after shock esports win over USA