This Yankees lineup is so much more than just Oriole killers

The Orioles pitching staff extends batting practice into games. They provide a Fantasy Island-like ambience to opposing lineups — dreams come true.

Gleyber Torres has enjoyed the hospitality most, with 13 homers in his first 16 games against the Orioles — or as many as Jackie Bradley Jr., Marwin Gonzalez and Adam Jones have all season.

Facing these Orioles warps reality and distorts statistics. The Yankees enter Tuesday collectively hitting .301 with a 1.031 OPS, averaging 8.06 runs for the first 17 games against Baltimore this season. The Yankees are 15-2 in those games, and if Yankee fans are looking for an uplifting comparison, this is akin to what the Red Sox did against the Orioles last year en route to a title.

Boston hit .295 with a .920 OPS, averaging 6.68 runs per game in amassing a 16-3 record against Baltimore in 2018. The Yanks went a very good 12-7 against those Orioles. But this was partially how the Red Sox created a gap to win the AL East despite the Yankees’ 100-victory season.

But for the Yankees, the reason to feel good about their offense is not tied up in bludgeoning one of the worst pitching staffs in history. It’s that this lineup has produced even after subtracting the Orioles.

The Yankees are averaging an MLB-best 5.96 runs per game. Remove Baltimore and the Yankees are at 5.61, which would still be third in the majors (thanks to Lee Sinins of MLB Network research).

The Yankees were averaging an outrageous 3.47 homers per game against the Orioles. It was 1.53 vs. all others, not far off the 1.65 last year when they set the major league homer record.

The latest report card for this batting order follows the Orioles, when the Yankees take a U-turn away from Fantasy Island. The next three series — 10 games — are against the Indians, A’s and Dodgers. Los Angeles led the majors in ERA by better than two-tenths of a run, the Indians were third and the A’s sixth. The Dodgers ranked second in surrendering the fewest homers per nine innings, the A’s were third and the Indians sixth.

The Indians, who are in the Bronx for four games over the weekend, had the best second-half ERA (2.89) in the majors. The Yanks’ nine-game West Coast trip has three at Dodger Stadium in the middle, where L.A. starters’ ERA was 2.54 — eight-tenths of a run better than any other rotation.

This will offer the Yankees a touch of October in August, another chance to gauge if their offense will handle a playoff season that distinctly will not include the Orioles. So far the Yankees lineup has handled all comers well. They had a streak of not being shut out of 202 games that stretches back to last season.

But for the Yankees, their distribution has been better this year than it was last season. Remember that if you score two runs and 10 runs, the average is six runs, but you are probably a .500 team because you lose most times you score two. In 2018, even while racking up those 100 wins, the Yanks were held to three runs or fewer 28.4 percent of the time. It was 23.3 percent this year.

Part of that reflects that run scoring is up this year overall. But the Yankees have just made themselves a tougher offense to hold down inning after inning for two reasons: 1) there are just no soft spots and 2) they have added batting average while not losing power.

The Yankees had 14 players with more than 160 plate appearances (no one else had more than 79). Of those 14, a dozen had an OPS-plus of 103 or better. Remarkably none were Miguel Andujar or Giancarlo Stanton, who tied for second in Yankee OPS-plus last year at 131 (minimum 160 plate appearances).

Among players with 325 plate appearances, two new Yankee additions, DJ LeMahieu (.338) and Gio Urshela (.332), ranked 1-2 in the AL in average (Urshela was 21 plate appearances shy of qualifying). The Yankee collective average was .271 this year compared to .249 in 2018 (.266 this year vs. the non-Orioles). The additional batting average has provided different ways to score without homers and to get on base in front of the homers.

Essentially the Yankees have had a long lineup with a greater variety of ways to generate runs. That has enabled them to live well on Fantasy Island. But the Orioles disappear from the 2019 schedule for good after Wednesday. And we will see if this offense can maintain the fantasy.

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So, ‘Queer Eye’ Is Getting Another Season, Right?

If you’ve been low-key depressed since finishing Queer Eye season 4, get ready for a slight pick-me-up. The Netflix show is getting a fifth season, and production is reportedly already underway. Here’s everything we know so far about the location, the heroes, and what you can watch in the meantime.

The fifth season was already announced.

Way back before the fourth season even dropped, Netflix announced the show was getting a fifth, so don’t worry, it’s super confirmed. PRAISE THE LORD. More makeovers! More fashion! More Karamo inspiration! More avocados! Hopefully more pets! This is great news.

#QueerEye News:

Season 4 premieres July 19!

Season 5 officially picked up and the Philadelphia-set episodes will premiere in 2020!

The Fab Five is heading to a new place.

They’ve done Atlanta, they’ve conquered Kansas City, and now the guys are heading to a whole new state: Pennsylvania. The fifth season will take place in and around Philadelphia.

Everyone cross your fingers for a JVN/Liberty Bell moment. IDK why, but I need it.

Do we know when it premieres yet?

That is a hard nope. They’re filming right now, and apparently, it’s supposed to drop in 2020. The mystery is *when* in 2020, but we’ll keep this post updated with any info we get re: that release date.

The previous four seasons all dropped in the spring or summer, so keep that in mind.

Okay, so what am I supposed to do until then?

It might be a few months until that full season drops, but remember when the guys posted all that content together in Japan? It turns out they did film a four-episode miniseries while they were there, and Netflix has announced that a special will drop by the end of 2019.

The goal was to “bring their message of self-care and compassion to four Japanese men and women while exploring the country’s rich culture and cuisine.”

So while you wait for the new full season, you’ll get that sometime between now and the end of the year. Bless.

Cosmopolitan will update this post when new info becomes available.

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‘He would’ve loved it so much’: Aussie’s emotional bid for Emmys glory

For Sydney-born musician Jasper Leak, the highlight of his professional career is entwined with personal grief.

In March 2017, just a month or so after he began working as music supervisor on Quincy, the intimate Netflix documentary on music legend Quincy Jones, his father Bill – The Australian's renowned, controversial political cartoonist – died suddenly, aged 61.

Jasper Leak, right, with fellow Australian director Alan Hicks.Credit:Adam Hart

"Unfortunately, he wasn't able to see Quincy," says Jasper from his home in Los Angeles. "He was so excited that I was working on the project… I know he would've loved it so much, and got such a kick out of me hanging out with Quincy."

Last month, Leak, 35, was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Music Supervision for his work on the documentary. The category will see him battling counterparts from Russian Doll, Better Call Saul, Fosse/Verdon, and last year's winners The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.

"I have no expectations because, really, everything after the point I got the job I'm looking at as a bonus," he says of the surprise honour. "But I'd be lying if I said I’m not hoping for a win; I'd be incredibly proud."

Leak is nominated for Outstanding Music Supervision at next month’s Emmys.

Music has been a lifelong focus for Leak. As a teenager he studied at Sydney's Conservatorium High School ("It was always a priority for my parents that my brother [Johannes] and I have access to good teachers and not miss any opportunities when it came to art," he says), before moving to New York in 2005 and L.A. several years later, where he worked as a touring musician and wrote and recorded with Sia.

He was brought into Quincy by co-director Alan Hicks, another Australian Leak had previously played in jazz bands with, and who helmed the project with Quincy's daughter, actress Rashida Jones. Hicks had previously directed a documentary on bebop trumpeter Clark Terry, titled Keep On Keepin' On, which initiated his relationship with Quincy and later Rashida, who was a "big fan" of the film.

"Al approached me with the idea to score the documentary but only using music from Quincy's pre-existing catalogue; just using his own music to help complete the picture of who he was as a person," says Leak.

"It was incredibly daunting, and as an idea it was overwhelming."

He delved into Quincy's discography – over 3000 songs and 300 albums, working chronologically from Jones' mid-'50s work as a sideman for Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie, as an arranger and conductor for Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra, as a producer for Michael Jackson – a process that took several months.

"I wish I'd clocked it accurately," he says of the mammoth task. "I listened to everything. I looked at it as a job, like, the best job ever. I sat there for eight hours a day, five days a week, until I had worked my way through the entire discography from start to finish."

He created a database that broke down Jones' songs, and even isolated parts of songs, into keywords that Hicks could pull on when needed for the film.

"People don't remember or refer to music using track names; they use different descriptors. I knew there was never going to be a time when Al said, 'Hey, can you get me track 7 from Sinatra at the Sands'," Leak explains.

"We came up with a list of words – things like 'gritty', 'funky', 'dirty' or 'bluesy', or emotions like 'nostalgic', 'optimistic', 'upbeat', 'cool'… It became an established vocabulary we could all draw on."

The film, as much as it is a general attempt to capture a towering music legend's enduring legacy, is also intensely personal, peppered with anxious scenes of Jones battling ill health in hospital and on stage, and Rashida and her siblings privately worrying over an ageing parent's twilight years.

Jasper felt the obvious parallels.

"It's interesting, I did really have Dad in mind throughout this process," he says, talking of Leak not as the divisive figure whose provocative work stirred free speech headlines, but as an encouraging parent – with an inspiring collection of jazz LPs – who directed his children to a life in the arts.

"The more I worked on it and the more I got a sense of the tone of the documentary, in a lot of ways I look at it as a touching tribute from Rashida to her father. Having just lost my father, that's something I think is very special."

Quincy is streaming on Netflix. The 71st Primetime Creative Arts Emmys will be awarded on September 14 and 15.

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My endometriosis is so bad I am in a wheelchair at 16 – after doctors told me it was in my head – The Sun

AT just 16 years old, Chloe-Elizabeth Elliott is confined to a wheelchair.

She's not paralysed, she's suffered no injury.

Yet the teenager's pelvic pain is so severe she can't walk.

For eight years, doctors dismissed her. She was told it could be a urinary infection, appendicitis, medics even told her it was "all in her head".

But, finally Chloe has an answer, a reason for the crippling agony that consumes her life.

She has endometriosis – and her consultant suspects she's had the condition since she was eight, when her periods started.

The condition, which is more common in women in their 30s and 40s, is where the lining of the womb grows outside the uterus, attaching itself to the ovaries, Fallopian tubes and the tissue lining the pelvis.

The severe pain is often passed off as agonising periods as it will often present at that time of the month.

The teenager, from Pontefract, West Yorks., said: "I struggled with severe period pain from the off. I would often miss school."

Even Chloe's mum, carer Elizabeth, 35, didn't realise the extent of her daughter's struggles, until she started fainting because of the chronic pain.

When the pair went to the doctors together Chloe was put on the Pill.

But Chloe's condition worsened when she was on the Pill, so she had to come off it.

Nobody was believing me. I thought I was going mad because they were telling me it was all in my head, and I started to think maybe it was

As they looked further into causes, Chloe's GP misdiagnosed her with a urinary tract infection (UTI) but while she waited on lengthy waiting lists for specialists Elizabeth took her daughter to see a private consultant.

The specialist told her the problem was gynaecological.

By now Chloe was continually going to hospital in severe pain.

"All the while nobody was believing me," said Chloe.

"I thought I was going mad because they were telling me it was all in my head, and I started to think maybe it was.

"The problem with endometriosis is that it does not appear on scans or tests, you have to have keyhole exploratory surgery, a laparoscopy, to find it.

"In the meantime, medical staff were rude and unsympathetic to what I was going through – saying I was doing it all for attention."

When Chloe went to the A&E department at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, in March this year, doctors said she had appendicitis but when it proved it wasn't, she was told she was making it up.

"Because they said it was in my head I was refused any pain medication," she said.

"I am usually on constant, prescribed strong painkillers from codeine to Buscapan – for chronic stomach cramps – it was horrifying.

"I was in a real mess, fainting and sweating. They were trying to discharge me.

"My mum refused to take me home until I was sorted. She took me in my wheelchair and we went to find the endometriosis specialist, Mr Christian Kremer.

"When we spoke to him he believed me and I cried my heart out as I told my story."

That same day, she was diagnosed with endometriosis. She had surgery two weeks later to remove visible signs of the illness.

"I was told I've probably had the illness since I was eight-years-old," said Chloe.

Sadly Chloe's diagnosis does not bring relief, surgery cannot remove all signs of the illness and it can grow back, the condition is incurable and is managed purely by pain killers.

"Getting the diagnosis was horrible really, it was our worst-case scenario," said mum-of-two Elizabeth.

Chloe has now launched a YouTube channel, Chloe-Elizabeth Endometriosis sisters, to raise awareness of the condition.

She is also taking part in a pageant to raise awareness of the condition and has reached the finals of Miss South Yorkshire.

To support Chloe in her mission, like her page, Chloe-Elizabeth Elliott Miss South Yorkshire Finalists.

Mr Kremer, Consultant Gynaecologist at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "Endometriosis is the most common cause of pelvic pain and can affect any woman of childbearing age. Initial symptoms can start soon after a woman's first period.

What is endometriosis?

AROUND two million women in the UK are affected by endometriosis.

It's is a chronic condition which occurs when tissue from the lining of the womb is found outside of the womb – in areas of the body including the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, the abdomen and the bladder.

The exact cause of the condition isn't known, but it's thought it could be hereditary or due to environmental factors – namely the presence of dioxins in the environment.

Meanwhile, other experts believe it could be caused by a process called retrograde menstruation, which is when the womb lining flows backwards through the Fallopian tubes into the abdomen, instead of leaving the body as a period.

Endometriosis can sometimes cause damage to the Fallopian tubes or ovaries, leading to fertility problems.

Other complications can include painful ovarian cysts and adhesions – areas of tissue which can fuse organs together.

Symptoms of endometriosis can vary, but the most common include painful or heavy periods, pain during and following sex, bleeding between periods, pain in the lower abdomen and difficulty conceiving.

Endometriosis can also cause sufferers to be constantly tired, and experience discomfort when using the toilet.

"It is often believed the condition cannot affect teenagers, but when investigated by a laparoscopy, endometriosis is often found in patients suffering with painful periods."

Endometriosis affects one in 10 women of reproductive age in the UK.

Clinical research fellow and trainee in obstetrics and gynaecology at The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Babu Karavadra, said: "There is now greater research into endometriosis in adolescents but hardly any information about paediatrics.

"Endometriosis can take around eight years to diagnose,so diagnosing an eight-year-old girl would prove very difficult, not only because the only way to determine a diagnosis is through keyhole surgery.

"There would always be research into other areas first.

"One of the main problems for diagnosis is normalisation, both for the patient and for healthcare services, where it is considered normal for menstruation cramps to be severe.

"I would stress any period pains that seriously affects daily life is not normal and should be investigated."

Endometriosis UK is a charity that helps sufferers by raising awareness and helps research.

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Gareth Bale so upset over failed China move he’s not travelled with Real Madrid on trip to Munich – The Sun

GARETH BALE has NOT travelled with the Real Madrid to the Audi Cup in Munich – because he has been left too upset by collapse his megabucks move to China.

The Spanish giants will play his old club Tottenham at the Allianz Arena tomorrow night.

But Bale will not be there after he did not travel with the rest of Real squad.

The Wales wizard is said to be devastated after Bernabeu chiefs called off his proposed £1million a week switch to Jiangsu Suning yesterday.


Bale, 30, was due to join the Chinese Super League club this week after Real boss Zinedine Zidane made it clear he was not of part of his plans.

But Real Madrid president Florentino Perez pulled the plug on the move at the 11th hour, leaving star in limbo.

Bale is said he to be furious with how Zidane and Perez have treated him.

Suning had agreed a deal with both Real and Bale, only for Perez to change his mind and demand a fee which resulted in the move collapsing.

Bale has not been offered any explanation over the U-turn or any reassurances over his role at Real.

Sources close to Bale do not think an alternative move will now materialise this summer, with the Chinese transfer window shutting on Wednesday and Suning instead signing Ivan Santini.

That has left Bale convinced he will be left to rot in the Real stands while Zidane remains in charge, despite Perez’s hope that the former France international’s stance can be changed.

Bale’s £600,000-a-week contract still has three years to run, meaning Real could have to pay him over £90m not to play.

Zidane was branded a “disgrace” by Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett for going public over his desire to get rid of the former Tottenham star.

And since seeing the move to Jiangsu – which would have earned Bale over £1million-a-week – fall though, Barnett added: “It’s simple, Zidane doesn’t like Gareth. There’s no relationship between them. There never has been.”

Despite the uncertainty over Bale's future, the Galacticos still used the ex-Southampton ace as part of the promotional launch for their new third kit today.

The deep green kit, “inspired by technology and the evolution of the future, with the new Santiago Bernabeu stadium as the main reference”, is modelled by the Welshman as well as Karim Benzema, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Isco, Lucas Vazquez, Alvaro Odriozola and Nacho in images of the Madrid website.

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UK weather forecast: Radiant heat to envelop Britain as sunshine strikes back on Sunday

Meteorologist Luke Miall gave the forecast but noted that there will be some geographical splits in the weather. He explained: “Mostly dry across the UK, the best of the sunshine over to the more Western parts of the country.” It is expected to be a bit more cloudier down the eastern portion of the UK.

Mr Miall said this meant there was a chance of some rain: “Cloud could be thick enough to give one or two showers down eastern sides of England.”

But the western portion of the UK will see the best of weather.

That includes Wales and Northern Ireland.

Generally speaking, the weather is set to be quite pleasant compared to recent days: “Not particularly chilly to start the day either but it will be feeling less humid.”

As the day progresses, there is a risk of some showers in the south east.

In terms of temperature, the warmest places will be in South Wales and into the west country, where it will reach 25C (77F).

But the geographical differences will continue as the day progresses.

According to Mr Miall it will be “cooler down the east coast”.

Turning to next week he added: “Fresher start to Monday morning.

“Towns and cities those temperatures will hold up.”

“Just a little bit of cloud bubbling up through the day.”

Scotland in particular will be “murky” due to “low cloud”.

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FIFA President Proposes Expansion of Women’s World Cup and Doubling of Prize Money

Basking in the success of this summer's Women’s World Cup in France, FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Friday said he supported expanding the event to 32 teams from 24, possibly as soon as the next World Cup in 2023, and doubling prize money and financial support for the teams that take part.

The World Cup, which started with 12 teams in 1991, expanded to 16 in 1999 and to 24 in 2015. With a further expansion, it could be opened to second-tier teams that narrowly missed out on qualification this year.

Expansion would mean more opportunity for growth of women’s soccer in new markets, but is also carries competitive risks: While the women’s game has been growing deeper, particularly in Europe, it still can throw up an occasional mismatch when an elite team meets a developing one. One example was the 13-0 victory by the United States over Thailand in this year’s group stage.

Expansion of FIFA’s biggest tournament has been a theme of Infantino’s presidency. The men’s tournament is due for an expansion to 48 teams from its current 32 in 2026, when it will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico, and Infantino also is pushing a plan to significantly expand FIFA’s world club championship.

Prize money and financing for training and preparation has been a contentious issue in women’s soccer in recent years, with players all over the world calling for significant increases to close the large gap between the men’s and women’s World Cups. There is $30 million in prize money available at this year’s World Cup, compared with $400 million at the 2018 men’s World Cup.

Infantino also said he wanted to double national team funding and payments to teams that release players for the Women’s World Cup, a change that would represent another sizable infusion of money into women’s soccer.

Infantino acknowledged that FIFA currently has hundreds of millions of dollars in cash reserves: “We don’t need all that money in Swiss banks; they have enough,” he said, according to the BBC.

The site of the 2023 World Cup has not been determined; a decision was expected early next year. But Infantino said he would suggest restarting the bidding process for the next tournament in light of the proposed changes to the event’s scale.

“We should reopen the bidding process to allow everyone to have a chance or maybe co-host,” Infantino told reporters.

Infantino also called for a Club World Cup for women, in which top teams from every continent would take part. While FIFA has hosted a men’s club championship for years, it has never held one for women. He also supports a women’s version of the Nations League, a national team event that has been inaugurated recently in Europe and elsewhere to replace friendly matches.

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Watch ‘The Hills’ Cast Make Some Questionable Choices In This Game Of "Would You Rather"

There’s nothing quite like a reunion of old friends, particularly when there are years of old drama and grudges to dig up. So it’s no surprise that viewers are over the moon about MTV’s reboot of The Hills, one of the most iconic reality shows of our time. The cast is notoriously dramatic, but for a new video in Bustle’s studios, old grudges took a backseat. The cast of The Hills: New Beginnings played a friendly game of "Would You Rather" and the results are pretty hilarious.

The gang was nearly all there — you’ll remember Justin Bobby Brescia, Audrina Patridge, Frankie Delgado, Jason Wahler, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt from the original run of The Hills, in addition to new cast member Ashley Slack, who is Jason’s wife. The questions put their allegiances to each other to the test in the most fun way possible and there’s plenty to learn about how these folks operate with one another after all the history they’ve endured.

You might be surprised by some of these answers, but then again, what’s a friendship without a few playful digs? Before they dive headfirst into the constant drama that is The Hills once again, let’s see what they have to say on these sillier topics.

First up was personal style — would everyone rather have their wardrobe chosen by Heidi or Ashley? Everyone said Ashley, except for Frankie, who said he’d rather have Spencer in charge of his looks. A bold choice that seems like kind of a risk!

Next we asked if they’d rather give up sex or social media for a year, and in a group of people that makes so much of their living based on sharing their lives with the public, that might not always be an easy choice. Spencer chose to give up sex for that reason alone, claiming that it was a "business decision." He needs social media to sell those crystals, after all!

The cast went on to say they’d definitely let Frankie handle their social media presence before they’d let Justin anywhere near it — a decision Justin Bobby deemed "so rude." He’s posted on Instagram a whopping dozen times in the past calendar year, though, as opposed to Frankie, who’s posted four times in the past 24 hours. So perhaps they’re making the correct decision.

Other things we learned from this game? No one really knows how to spell sriracha, but they agree they’d rather put that on all their food over whipped cream. Spencer hints that Heidi mysteriously got rid of all the girls he dated before her and Heidi says she’d rather live in a castle in the sky rather than an underwater palace, so she can be closer to heaven.

It was quite a journey through all these "would you rather" questions, but everyone had fun. Who knows whether this amicable spirit between all of them will last as The Hills: New Beginnings gets into full swing, but for now, at least, it’s all fun and games.

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USWNT Leads Spain, 2-1: Live Updates from Women’s World Cup

How to watch: Monday’s United States-Spain game at the Women’s World Cup is on Fox Sports (English) and Telemundo and NBCSN (Spanish). To find out who has the TV rights where you are, click here.

Here’s what you need to know:


Seven minutes of added time.

That appears to be the customary amount under our new V.A.R. overlords.

Spain is pushing. U.S. is hanging on.

Ertz now slotted in as a fifth defender, and a third center back.


The U.S. wins a corner, and slows it down.

Horan comes on at last, for Lavelle. She offers a bit more of what the Americans will need to close this out.


Spain uses its third sub. Ellis prepares her first.

Carli Lloyd is at the touchline, waiting for a whistle so she can replace Morgan.

It’s really kind of stunning that, in this heat, Ellis has waited until there are about five minutes left to take off anyone. That it’s Morgan isn’t a surprise; she’s been battered all day.

Huuuuuuge cheers as Lloyd sprints on.


Ouch. Naeher down after a brave challenge.

Naeher, who it should be noted has been much sharper since her early shakiness, charges out to punch away a ball headed for Torrecilla. They collide, and Naeher takes the worst of it.


Same spot. Same result. U.S. leads, 2-1.

Rapinoe goes low and hard to the left again, and scores again. Huge sighs of relief on the U.S. bench, and in the huddle around Rapinoe.

Spain may come to rue those three or four wasted minutes as they chase the game now.


Penalty confirmed! Rapinoe takes the ball from Morgan, who wanted it.

As we said, it would have been very hard for the referee to take that back, since she saw it cleanly.


PENALTY!! Lavelle is brought down, and the U.S. can take the lead.

Well here we go: that looked innocuous in real time, but replays show Lavelle — converging on a loose ball near the penalty spot — got kicked in the leg by Torrecilla and went down.

Spain’s players are stalling, hoping for a V.A.R. review. Leon just rolled the ball off the spot after Morgan placed it there.

And the waiting works: Kulcsar makes the square and runs over to the sideline monitor. The referee was standing 10 yards away with an unobstructed view, so it’s would be a shock to see if she overturns herself.


What if we stay tied through 90 minutes?

If neither team scores, we will have two 15-minute overtime periods. Still tied after those? It’s penalties. France needed extra time on Sunday to beat Brazil. A day earlier, Norway went all the way to penalties to oust Australia.


It’s time for Ellis to think about some subs.

Morgan is getting mauled and Rapinoe has vanished from the game on the left. Christen Press would solve the second problem nicely, and Carli Lloyd might be the answer to the first.

Only Lindsey Horan and Emily Sonnett are warming up at the moment, but Mallory Pugh did earlier. Coach Ellis is currently seated on the bench, hands crossed.


Best chance of the half for the U.S.

Dunn with some excellent work to keep possession deep in the left corner. Her cross is cleared, but not all the way, and Lavelle winds up with at the top of the circle. She winds up and jusssssst misses, tucking one under the bar.


Spain is really up for the fight today.

Spain has been more physical with the U.S. than any team it has faced since, maybe, Canada last year. Morgan. Heath. Ertz. Morgan. Morgan. Morgan. O’Hara. The Americans keep getting knocked to the ground, and they’re really getting annoyed.

Even Ellis got up after the last one — Leon sweeping the legs of O’Hara (cleanly but roughly). The Americans need to keep their cool here, and the Spanish need to make sure they don’t cross the line. A couple of yellows, or a red, could change everything.


Whoooosh! Heath rifles a shot over the bar.

Like so many Heath chances, she was just looking for an opening on the right with a couple of short dribbles, but then she pulled a quick trigger and rifled a shot about a foot over Paños’s crossbar.


Heath down, and now Morgan is, too

Play is stopped briefly to attend to Heath, who was injured reaching in for a 50/50 ball.

She gets up, but now Morgan is down. She has been taking a beating today and she’s not happy about it. This time, it was a tangle of legs.

Minutes later, Maria Léon drops her flat again. Morgan appeals for a yellow, or at least a cop, but gets neither.


No changes at halftime.

No changes, that is, except the sun has broken through the clouds, which will only make it hotter down there.

Morgan almost sprung Heath with a lead ball down the right, but Leon got there first and whacked it out of bounds.


The U.S. leads, 1-1. (That’s a joke.)

The score is tied but the United States was in control. In recent games — against Chile and Sweden — the U.S. dominance did not always translate to the scoreboard, and this feels like a similar deal. But the early goal was a sign of intent, and the Spanish response will surely be a motivator.

We mentioned the weather earlier and it’s not any cooler, so keep an eye on that. Spain had to use a sub early, and Torrecilla needed treatment after landing awkwardly just before halftime. The U.S. looks fresher, and has a LOT more lurking on the bench if Spain tires.

The thing is, they still have to score. And strange things can happen in the knockout round. As the United States learned early, a single mistake can give away a goal at any moment.

And no one wants to go out like that.

45’ + 1

Spain content to run out the half here.

The problem for them is that the U.S. is not. Rapinoe drives in a free kick toward a team of galloping attackers, but it’s about a foot too far for Lavelle at the far post.


Sorry, not sorry.


YELLOW card for Rapinoe: she raked Corredera across the face.

That seemed accidental, but she basically slapped the Spain right back as she tried to change direction and cut inside. Oops. But still a yellow. Rapinoe fumes at the ref, rolling her eyes, but slaps hands with Corredera as if to say, “My bad.”


Spain substitution: Losada off with an eye injury

That’ll hurt, because Losada is one of Spain’s more important midfield players, but her right eye is closing rapidly after some sort of contact. (Sorry, I missed it, but seeing it now it’s hard to see how she could have continued.)

The teams take advantage of the lull for a much-needed hydration break.


More nervy moments for Naeher, who looks shaky so far.

Naeher, taking a back pass from Dunn, nearly creates even MORE trouble. She hits Hermoso with her clearance and needs to scramble to get the loose ball to Dunn.

A minute later she charges out to head a clearance just before Hermoso arrives yet again, but the first half hour here is a good reminder that Naeher has had almost nothing to do in this tournament. Today, she’s been put under pressure a couple of times, and — to be frank — she hasn’t looked great.


Spain would very much like to slow this down.

The problem is that the United States isn’t letting them. Every time they win the ball it’s like a car peeling out of a high school parking lot. Lavelle just took a giveaway on a throw-in and raced up the middle. But with Heath on her right and Morgan chasing to catch up on the left, Lavelle goes left, too heavy, and the chance rolls harmlessly out of bounds.

Heath, ignored, put both hands to her forehead. “I’m running over here Rose …”


It’s end to end now.

Lavelle with a gorgeous pass that splits open the Spain defense and leads Rapinoe perfectly on the left wing. Rapinoe one-times it to Paños near post, but she gets down in time to parry it away. GREAT chance, but the teams are really flying now. The U.S. game is to stretch opponents and then carve them up, and it nearly worked to perfection there.

The Americans will need to move quickly, because whenever they slow up, Spain drops all 10 players behind the ball, clogging any gaps.


SPAIN TIES IT!!! A mistake by Naeher!

Well that was fast. Naeher with a lazy clearance that catches Sauerbrunn short with Lucia Garcia closing her down. Garcia flicks it over to an open Jenni Hermoso, and she punishes Naeher from the top of the area. Wow, what a mistake.

That’s the first goal the United States has allowed at the World Cup after scoring 19, and Naeher will be kicking herself. She only has herself to blame there.


GOAL! Rapinoe buries the penalty lower left.

That was a no-doubt: hard and low to the left-side netting. No chance for Paños.

It’s also the fourth game in a row the Americans have grabbed an early lead: 12th minute against Thailand, 11th against Chile, 3rd against Sweden.


PENALTY to the U.S.! Heath goes down in the area!

Heath cuts in from the right and Maria Léon just swipes her ankles. Clear penalty. Rapinoe wants it.


Alex Morgan has been run down twice already.

Spain has clubbed her twice from behind already. But anything is better than letting her turn and start a counterattack, I guess. Morgan points this out to Kulcsar, who is probably it wasn’t her that knocked her down to be honest.


That’s an odd start: the referee breaks up the first attack.

The referee, Katalin Kulcsar of Hungary, breaks up Spain’s first attack by getting in the way. She calls back play and does a drop ball.

Spain immediately takes the ball down the left side off the restart and sends in a cross. Becky Sauerbrunn clearly it weakly to the top of the area, and her reward is a hard Spain shot back in that hits her directly in the face. Ouch.

Today’s lineups: One big change for the United States

One big surprise in the United States lineup today: Lindsey Horan sits, replaced in midfield by the returning Julie Ertz (and also by Sam Mewis in a sense, since she stays). Horan has been excellent in France, scoring goals in each of her two starts and providing some two-way grit. But Sam Mewis has been as good, or better, and Ertz only missed the Sweden game because of a minor injury. Since Ellis wants Rose Lavelle’s speed and creativity going forward in attack, that has always meant a three-player puzzle for the two midfield spots alongside her between Ertz, Horan and Mewis. Today, Horan loses out. It would not be a surprise to see her later, hungry and eager to have a go at a tiring Spain defense.

United States lineup: Alyssa Naeher, Crystal Dunn, Becky Sauerbrunn, Abby Dahlkemper, Kelley O’Hara; Julie Ertz, Sam Mewis, Rose Lavelle; Megan Rapinoe (c), Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath

Spain lineup: Sandra Paños; Marta Corredera, Irene Paredes (c), Maria León, Leila Ouahabi; Vicky Losada, Aleixa Putellas, Patri Guijarro, Virginia Torrecilla; Jenni Hermoso, Lucia García

A word about the weather.

It’s scorching in Reims today, where the sun is high, the breeze is absent and the temperature is expected to be about 90 degrees Fahrenheit for kickoff, which is 6 p.m. local time. My colleagues Andrew Keh and Jeré Longman confirm my expert analysis that it is capital H hot.

That could be a factor. The United States is the oldest team in the tournament, but it also is one of the fittest. The Americans also are among the deepest squads in the field, so Jill Ellis will have plenty of talent to call upon if she needs it. Christen Press and Mallory Pugh against a tiring defense is a matchup she surely likes. As midfielder Rose Lavelle said Sunday, “The strength of this team is we have a lot of strengths.”

Still, Spain has had three extra days of rest since its previous game, and its players are no strangers to playing in the heat.

“We can’t control what our opponent has” for rest, Ellis said. “Everything is about us.”

A bit of history on the U.S.-Spain rivalry.

To be frank, there really isn’t one. The teams have played only once, in January in Alicante a few days after the Americans lost a friendly against France. The United States won that day, on a goal by Christen Press. Here are the highlights:

While the United States has made at least the semifinals in every World Cup, Spain, which made its World Cup debut four years ago, is in the knockout rounds for the first time. That made its pretournament friendlies — wins over the Netherlands and Brazil, defeats to England and the United States — critically important.

“Playing against the best team in the world for the first time made us understand what playing against such fast players, with great technique in a well-learned system would mean,” Spain Coach Jorge Vilda said after Spain’s final game of the group stage. “This is something we studied. This is a game where any single detail can change things so we’re going to look at what we’ve done and try and correct our mistakes.”

On Sunday, he welcomed the challenge.

“When the girls will look at the players in front of them, they’re not going to see stars, they’re going to see a team like any other,” Vilda said. “They are a good team. But we also are a team that has been known to be up to the challenge.”

What’s next for the winner today?

The winner of today’s U.S.-Spain match in Reims advances to a quarterfinal against France on Friday at Parc des Princes in Paris. But France looked shaky in beating Brazil in extra time on Sunday to reach the game, and beating them is increasingly looking like an achievable goal.

When France won in Paris on opening night, raining goals on South Korea and bathing in the cheers of a full house, it looked to be the odds-on favorite to win the World Cup. But that match now feels like the high point of Les Bleues’ journey, which since has seen a tight V.A.R.-aided win against Norway, a narrow V.A.R.-aided win over Nigeria, and an uncomfortably close extra-time victory against Brazil.

Yes, France has won every match. But something seems off.

“In the first half especially, our group was very nervous,” Corinne Diacre, France’s coach, said after beating Brazil. “I asked them at halftime to play more freely and enjoy themselves. They were putting so much pressure on themselves that they forgot the fundamentals, and we were facing a very good team.”

The opponents will only get better from here, but Diacre, who is under immense pressure to deliver France’s first major trophy, still thinks her players are up to the task.

“I cannot say that I totally recognized my team tonight individually, but we did what we had to do defensively and collectively,” she said. “It was not exceptional but, despite all that, we went out and found what we needed to get the victory.”

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Phil Neville Had to Win Over England. Can England Now Win for Him?

NICE, France — Before the England women’s soccer team’s first game at this World Cup, Phil Neville was trying to decide what to wear. Neville, the team’s coach, had occasionally opted for the comfort of full training gear, but he was conscious that with an audience of millions watching in his home country, something smarter might be more appropriate.

In the end, his players made the decision for him. England’s squad wanted to see him not just in a shirt and tie, but in a waistcoat, too, a combination that became — for want of a better word — iconic when showcased by Gareth Southgate, who coached England last summer at the men’s World Cup in Russia. Steph Houghton, Neville’s captain, passed on the players’ views. Neville acquiesced to the popular will.

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Such is the working relationship Neville has cultivated with his players in the 18 months since he agreed to take the first managerial job of his career: collaborative, reciprocal and not without affection. His squad is not afraid to question its coach; Neville has encouraged Houghton and her teammates to share their opinions.

Given the circumstances under which he arrived, it is, in a short space of time, an impressive managerial feat. The Football Association’s decision to give the job to Neville was hardly universally welcomed: He had not applied for it, and had shown no previous interest in the women’s game. (It was noted that he followed many of his players on social media immediately before his appointment was confirmed.)

Less than 24 hours later, he was forced to issue an apology for a handful of past tweets that appeared to be misogynistic. (Neville insisted they were not a “true and genuine reflection” of either his “character or beliefs.”) He deleted his Twitter account.

Among his players, there was a strand of concern that his illustrious playing career with Manchester United, Everton and England — as well as his coaching stints at Old Trafford and Valencia — might translate into superciliousness. It is telling, for example, that Karen Carney was surprised, at first, at “how nice he is.”

It was hardly an auspicious start. The circumstances in which he has to work, too, seemed likely to prove counterproductive. The F.A. has a number of protocols in place to govern how male coaches interact with female players.

Though they exist as a vital safeguarding measure — highlighted by the manner in which he came by the job, after his predecessor, Mark Sampson, was fired for inappropriate relationships with players at a former club — a manager with little time and considerable need to build a team ethos might understandably regard them as limiting.

Neville, for example, has to make himself absent from the locker room for much of the time before his players take the field. At halftime, he has a set time in which he can enter. Other than those four minutes, he has to rely on information passed to him by assistants. For sensitive one-on-one meetings, he is rarely alone; another member of the staff is ordinarily present.

Neville, though, has not allowed those restrictions to become excuses. At some points, he has actively confronted areas that might have proved awkward. He asked his players whether they minded being referred to as “girls,” for example, in the same way that managers of male English teams would talk about “boys” and “lads.” He ran a variety of other options past them — some serious, some less so — just to make sure he knew they were comfortable, and vice versa.

He has taken every measure possible to build personal relationships with his players. There is the obligatory squad WhatsApp group, of course, enabling Neville to “check in” on his players while they are with their clubs. He texts individuals regularly after club games. He is happy, and actively seeks, to “have conversations about your family,” midfielder Jill Scott said.

“He cares,” said Houghton, who has found that he is interested in “you as a person, and what makes you tick.” A lifelong, unreconstructed Manchester United fan, he jokes with the likes of Manchester City’s Keira Walsh on the rare occasions that the club’s men’s team loses. “He’s very funny,” Walsh said. “He has a very dry sense of humor.”

All of that helps. “That kind of thing is in your mind when you walk out on the pitch,” Scott said in an interview with the magazine FourFourTwo last month. “You want to do a good job for that manager.”

He has shared with them the disappointments of his playing days, going into detail around a desert campfire at a training camp in Qatar about his sorrow at missing out on three World Cups as a player. He told Houghton, whose husband has a motor neuron disease, that he would make whatever allowances for absence that she felt she required.

That is not to say Neville is a soft touch. As Emma Hayes, the Chelsea coach, put it: “He does not treat his players like glass.” He takes part in training games, and his players have been struck by how much he wants to win. He grew up under Alex Ferguson’s unforgiving tutelage; in his first presentation to the players, he told them that he would expect the same standards — both of effort and behavior — that he had experienced.

They are expected to arrive at meetings early, and they will be sent back to fetch water bottles from the locker room if they have forgotten to bring them to the training field. His twin sister, Tracey, one of the finest netball players in British history, told him as he weighed whether to take the job that all women’s players wanted — like men’s players — was “to be treated as elite athletes.” They wanted “honest appraisal,” she told him. “Be brutal.” Houghton has, on more than one occasion, recalled the searing critique he offered of one performance in the 2018 SheBelieves Cup.

After his first few months in the role, though, he wondered if he had been a little too didactic, a little too quick to assert his authority. His response was typical of his style. He asked a handful of his senior players if they felt he needed to change his approach a little. They told him that his suspicions were correct.

One of the starkest differences he has found between his new life and his old is that women’s players will ask why while men’s players tended not to do so. His charges want an explanation of his process in a way that, certainly until relatively recently, would have been quite rare in the men’s game.

They are more willing to throw themselves into the team ethic, too. Top men’s players typically repair to their bedrooms during training camps, alone with their phones and a box set; England’s women’s squad prefers to spend its downtime together. The feel is questioning, and collective.

The manager’s role is the same, of course: the challenges and the strains and, with England expecting, the pressure. What is different is how you meet those challenges, how you avoid those strains, how you cope with the pressure. Neville has had a lot to learn in this job he did not apply for. His players have willingly taught him. He has had to adapt. He has had to prove, more than once, that he is happy to wear the look that his players prefer.

Rory Smith is the chief soccer correspondent, based in Manchester, England. He covers all aspects of European soccer and has reported from three World Cups, the Olympics, and numerous European tournaments. @RorySmith

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