U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Just Scored the Most Goals Ever in a Women’s World Cup Match

The U.S. women’s national soccer team didn’t waste any time getting down to business in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

In their first group stage match on Tuesday, Team USA soared to a 13-0 win over Thailand, breaking the record for the largest margin of victory ever in a Women’s World Cup match.

Alex Morgan — one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2019 — scored five of the 13 goals to tie the U.S. team record for most goals in a game. Meanwhile, Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis added two goals apiece while Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also all put one on the board.

The previous record for most lopsided victory in Women’s World Cup history belonged to Germany, who beat Argentina 11-0 in the 2007 tournament. Germany was also in possession of the second-place record thanks to their 10-0 shutout against Côte d’Ivoire in 2015 while Switzerland was sitting in third with a 10-1 win over Ecuador in 2015.

As for how the USWNT’s rout of Thailand compares to the largest margin of victory in men’s World Cup history, there’s no contest. On the men’s side, Yugoslavia and Hungary are tied for the record with 9-0 wins over Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) and South Korea, respectively, giving the women a four-goal advantage.

The USWNT is in pursuit of their fourth World Cup championship. They will play their second group stage match against Chile on June 16.

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Serena Williams Storms Back to Win French Open Match After Losing First Set

(PARIS) — This was one mistake too far for Serena Williams.

Sure, the bad backhand put her behind only 15-30 at the outset of the second set of her opening match at Roland Garros on Monday. What made the miscue so bothersome? She’d already dropped the first set against 83rd-ranked Vitalia Diatchenko — and Williams’ unforced error total already was at 15 on a windy evening.

So she reacted by throwing her head back and letting out a scream. Then she stepped to the baseline to serve and stomped her right foot. And simple as that, Williams righted herself: She won 11 of the next 13 points, and 12 of 13 games the rest of the way, to come back for a disappointing-to-dominant 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory at the French Open.

“I just was so frustrated at that point, because I have been training well. The past week and a half has been really good, and, God, it was, like, ‘This isn’t the Serena I have been practicing with — or that I see every day,” Williams said afterward. “I just let out this roar, and here I am. Yeah, so maybe that helped.”

She arrived on court with a black-and-white jacket bearing words such as “champion,” “queen,” “goddess” and “mother” in French.

“Those are things that mean a lot to me and reminders for me — and for everyone that wants to wear it,” Williams explained. “Just remind everyone that they can be champions and are queens.”

A reporter told Williams those four words are “a lot to carry,” to which the 37-year-old American replied: “It is a lot to carry, but so is being Serena Williams.”

She made her return to Grand Slam competition in Paris a year ago after missing five majors because of the birth of her first child. Williams pulled out before the fourth round because of an injured chest muscle, then was the runner-up at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

Williams came to Paris this time having withdrawn from each of her past two tournaments because of a balky left knee, and the one before that because of illness. She had played only nine matches all season, and so her pursuit of a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title — fourth at Roland Garros — seemed no sure thing.

That goal seemed even further from her grasp with the way things began in Court Philippe Chatrier against Diatchenko, a Russian who hits two-fisted shots off both sides and upset Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon last year.

“I just got nervous out there and I stopped moving my feet. And (it) was, like, concrete blocks on my feet. I was like, ‘You got to do something,’” Williams said. “I was just off, basically. And then instead of correcting it, I just kept getting worse.”

Could the nearly impossible happen? Could Williams lose in the first round of a major? She’d only done so once before in 70 Slam appearances — and that happened at the French Open, in 2012.

But once Williams recalibrated everything, she took charge.

One of her good friends, and another former No. 1-ranked player, Caroline Wozniacki, went in the opposite direction Monday, going from playing a perfect set to quickly fading away against an opponent who never previously had won a Grand Slam match.

In a performance emblematic of a difficult season, last year’s Australian Open champion bowed out in the first round 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 to 68th-ranked Veronika Kudermetova of Russia.

“Definitely wasn’t the best match I’ve ever played,” said the 13th-seeded Wozniacki, who had only 15 winners to Kudermetova’s 40.

The way-up-then-way-down showing by Wozniacki stretched her losing streak to four matches.

Other seeded players exiting on Day 2 included No. 12 Daniil Medvedev, No. 15 Nikoloz Basilashvili, No. 20 Denis Shapovalov and No. 32 Frances Tiafoe on the men’s side, along with No. 18 Julia Goerges on the women’s.

Tiafoe, a quarterfinalist at the Australian Open in January, threw up a couple of times and his game came apart late in a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 loss to Filip Krajinovic of Serbia.

“Obviously very depleted and had nothing really in me,” said Tiafoe, now 0-4 at Roland Garros.

Before Williams took over the main stadium, Rafael Nadal began his bid for a record 12th championship in Paris and Novak Djokovic got started on his quest for a fourth consecutive major trophy. Both won in straight sets.

When it was Williams’ turn, she needed a bit to get going.

After 14 unforced errors in the first set alone, she had six in the second, four in the third. Her winner count went the other way: from five in the first set to nine in the second to 11 in the third. After dealing with five break points in the first set, Williams never faced another.

Diatchenko sat at changeovers with a towel covering her head, as if embarrassed to be seen there.

At the beginning of the match, Diatchenko said, “I was No. 1 between us.”

But as things progressed, a better version of Williams emerged.

“With Serena, you have to play not 100%. You have to play 150,” Diatchenko said. “Always.”

After committing 14 unforced errors in the first set, Williams had a total of 10 in the second and third sets.

Afterward, Williams seemed more relieved than pleased at avoiding what would have been only the second loss of her career in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament — after her defeat to Virginie Razzano at Roland Garros in 2012.

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Serena Williams Sings Karaoke After Pulling Out Of Tennis Match Due To Illness [Video]

Serena Williams belted out Ricky Martin’s classic Livin La Vida Loca just days after suffering dizziness and fatigue. Her illness cost her another shot at her first title since returning to the tournament circuit.

Williams and a group of friends reportedly sang karaoke tunes Wednesday night into Thursday morning at Neil’s Lounge in Indio, CA.

A rep for the bar tells The Blast they were very happy Williams came in, and hope she had a good time unwinding with her friends.

According to The Blast the girls sang a hit from the Spice Girls.

As for her drink of choice while singing, she was reportedly sipping on Cazadores tequila.

Williams is a huge karaoke fan, and says she regularly seeks out bars to sing her heart out ahead of big tournaments.

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Insured But Still In Debt: 5 Jobs Pulling In $100K A Year No Match For Medical Bills

Robert and Tiffany Cano of San Tan Valley, Ariz., have a new marriage, a new house and a 10-month-old son, Brody, who is delighted by his ability to blow raspberries.

They also have a stack of medical bills that threatens to undermine it all.

In the months since their sturdy, brown-eyed boy was born, the Canos have acquired more than $ 12,000 in medical debt — so much that they need a spreadsheet to track what they owe to hospitals and doctors.

“I’m on these payment arrangements that are killing us,” said Tiffany Cano, 37, who has spent her lunch hours on the phone negotiating payoff plans that now total $ 700 a month. “My husband is working four jobs. I work full time. We’re a hardworking family doing our best and not getting anywhere.”

The pair, who earn nearly $ 100,000 a year, are insured and have had no major illnesses or injuries. Still, the Canos are among the 1 in 4 Americans who report in multiple polls that the high cost of health care is the biggest concern facing their families. And they’re at risk of joining the 62 percent of people who file for bankruptcy tied to medical bills.

“Oh, yes, that worry is always in the back of my mind,” Tiffany said.

The family is part of a struggling group: middle-class folks who have followed the rules and paid for employer-based medical insurance, only to find that soaring health care costs — combined with high deductibles, high copayments and surprise medical bills — leave them vulnerable.

“I thought we’d be covered, and it’s just not enough coverage at all,” she said.

Robert Cano, also 37, had family health insurance for 2018 through his job as a manager at a large-chain retail store, for which he pays nearly $ 500 per month. The plan’s $ 3,000 annual deductible and 40 percent coinsurance fees have added up faster than the Canos anticipated.

First came the nearly $ 4,000 bill from the in-network hospital where Brody was born Jan. 2, followed by separate fees from the anesthesiologist and the doctor who performed the routine delivery. Then, at 2 months, Brody was hospitalized with breathing problems doctors said could be related to allergies or asthma. In May, Tiffany came down with a stomach virus that sent her to the emergency room for drugs to treat nausea and dehydration. In October, the baby developed a bad case of bacterial conjunctivitis, or pinkeye.

“It’s been, like, $ 300 here, $ 700 there,” said Tiffany. “We had a hospital bill for him being sick of, like, $ 1,800.” Unable initially to find a pediatrician she liked, Tiffany has agonized over whether to use the ER when Brody gets sick. When he had pinkeye, she debated whether to take him in, hoping it would get better on its own.

Then he got worse, she said, pulling up a photo on her phone of her son with half-moons of red, puffy flesh under his dark eyes.

“I let him suffer for a day like that,” she said.

The Canos lost their first child, a girl, midway through her pregnancy in 2016. Tiffany acknowledges that experience has left her more anxious than the average first-time mom.

“It gave me so much fear that something would happen to him,” she said.

As for their own health care needs, the couple put themselves lower on the priority list. Tiffany has used a prosthetic limb since childhood, when her lower left leg was amputated because of a birth defect.

She needs a new prosthesis because her body changed during pregnancy, but she can’t see how to afford it.

Tiffany Cano with her son, Brody. Cano was born with birth defects that left her with only three fingers on her right hand and a left leg that had to be amputated below the knee during childhood. Because of physical changes during pregnancy, her five-year-old prosthetic leg no longer fits, but she can’t afford her share of the cost of the new limb.

A model suitable for the busy life of a working mom would easily cost $ 10,000 to $ 15,000, according to Tom Fise, executive director of the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association.

“I try to push through,” Tiffany said. “I put on that brave face of just walking, but it’s so painful to walk. I have bruises all over my leg. I get blisters all the time.” Lately, she’s been wearing an old prosthesis, one she used in high school, because it’s more comfortable.

The Canos don’t know how exactly they fell into such debt, since they tried hard to make responsible decisions. After meeting three years ago, they knew quickly that they wanted to marry and have a family.

“I waited until I found the right guy,” said Tiffany, who was thrilled when, in 2016, they were able to afford a 2,500-square-foot, two-story home in one of the stucco-and-tile neighborhoods an hour outside Phoenix.

But, taken together, the medical payment plans and premiums are almost as much as their $ 1,300 monthly mortgage. All told, the Canos spend about 15 percent of their annual income on health care, almost three times the average for non-Medicare households in the U.S.

That leaves too little for day care, car payments, gas, food and dozens of other domestic expenses, Tiffany said.

For 17 years, Robert Cano had comprehensive health insurance through his job as a soldier in the Army Reserve and paid little or nothing for medical care. He left the Army in 2017, however, after he learned he would be deployed for an extended time away from his wife and new son.

“I told them, ‘I have to be at home,’” he recalled. The Army insurance ended on Dec. 31, 2017, two days before Brody was born.

That meant moving to his employer’s insurance plan. Like more than 40 percent of 152 million Americans who get health insurance through work, the Canos are enrolled in a plan that demands thousands of dollars before any coverage kicks in.

The couple discovered that they earn too much to qualify for financial assistance from medical providers, or for subsidies if they shifted their insurance to a plan under the federal health insurance exchange. She is a full-time bank compliance officer. He is a full-time store manager.

Tiffany wrote to KHN after seeing stories about sky-high medical bills on TV. Dr. Merrit Quarum, the chief executive of WellRithms, a health care consulting firm, reviewed the family’s medical bills and the responses from their health care providers.

Though Quarum had questions about some of the fees in the itemized bills — $ 4 for a 600-milligram ibuprofen tablet? $ 3,125 to place an epidural? — he found the charges were legitimate under the terms of the contract between the hospital and the Canos’ insurer. Tiffany’s only recourse was to set up the five payment plans she navigates each month.

“I wish I could say it wasn’t so, but it is,” Quarum said.

Robert Cano plays with his 10-month-old son, Brody, before leaving for work on a recent Saturday morning.(Heidi de Marco/KHN)

Robert Cano of San Tan Valley, Ariz., gets ready for work on Oct. 20, 2018. He estimates he works up to 120 hours a week, mostly to cover the extra costs of his family’s health care. In addition to his retail job, he is a substitute teacher and a nighttime security guard, and delivers sandwiches for a fast-food chain.(Heidi de Marco/KHN)

Tiffany Cano feeds 10-month-old Brody on Oct. 20, 2018. She works 40 hours a week at a local bank as a compliance officer, commuting more than 90 minutes each way, while Brody attends a local day care center. Because her husband works so much, she says, she often feels as if she’s raising their son alone.(Heidi de Marco/KHN)

Mostly to pay off that health care debt, Robert has taken several part-time gigs this year — he works as a substitute teacher and a nighttime security guard and delivers sandwiches for a fast-food chain in Scottsdale, 40 miles away, where tips are better. He said he sometimes works up to 120 hours in a week.

“I’m not ashamed or embarrassed, even as old as I am, to deliver sandwiches,” he said, pulling on his retail chain polo shirt before rushing to a Saturday morning shift.

He continued: “I know people, they’d rather get food stamps and feel sorry for themselves. But I’m a fighter. I will not give up. … If I can bring in an extra $ 400 a week or $ 800 a month, she can get what she needs for the baby.”

Often getting home after midnight, he keeps shampoo and shaving cream in his car and naps in parking lots between jobs, relying on Red Bull and aspirin to stay alert.

That means on many nights, when Tiffany picks up Brody from day care after her 90-minute commute, she handles most of the chores at home.

“Sometimes I feel like a single mom because my husband is never around,” she said.

She carefully tracks the family’s medical expenses, trying to juggle them with ordinary outlays that can’t wait — like $ 500 for the brakes that went out on her car this month.

At the rate they’re going, the bills won’t be paid until Brody is 3, Tiffany said. The Canos are getting older and they’d like to have another baby before it’s too late, but, for now, that seems impossible.

For 2019, the couple have decided to switch to a different plan offered through the regional bank where Tiffany works. The premium is higher — $ 650 a month — but the deductible is $ 1,500 with just 10 percent coinsurance.

“It is going to be a lot more per paycheck, which is going to hurt us,” Tiffany said. “But after what just happened, I want to make sure we are prepared in case anything does occur.”

How to fix a health care system that burdens middle-class families so heavily is beyond her, she said.

“The only thing we can do is just keep working,” Tiffany said. “I always wonder: How does everybody else do it?”


KHN’s coverage of children’s health care issues is supported in part by the Heising-Simons Foundation.

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Multiple Santa Clauses Were No Match for the Wrath of Gritty

Actually it’s Santa who better watch out, specifically for Gritty.

Since the first evidence of Gritty’s existence in September, the Philadelphia Flyers mascot’s rapscallion reputation has been legendary.

And he upped the ante during the first intermission at the Philadelphia Flyers game against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia when he took down more than one “Santa.”

Gritty was dressed as Kris Kringle himself in a traditional Coco Cola-ad style red velvet suit trimmed with white fur and hat. But some of the goalies skating around the arena were in Santa attire too. And apparently there was room for only one St. Nick in the house.

So the wide-eyed furry mascot the color of Tang was filmed chasing down other Santas to bulldoze them, leaving some of his victims face down on the ice. After he crushed his first target, it was clear Gritty was a hooligan unleashed on a war path.

He proceeded to body check other Santas, and smack them on the heads with a Christmas wreath prop. No one was fast enough to skate away from Gritty.

It may be only Gritty’s first season, but he already introduced us to the sport of Santa sacking on ice.

The Flyers won 3-2, and it’s safe to say that Gritty will be on the naughty list for his lifetime.

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Joe Jonas Says He Knew ‘Right Away’ Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra ‘Were a Match Made in Heaven’
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Their biggest fan? Joe Jonas gushed over his brother Nick Jonas’ relationship with new wife Priyanka Chopra.

“Seeing Nick’s face when he first met her and the way he talks about her, and then getting to meet her and seeing what an amazing person she is, I knew right away that they were a match made in heaven,” the DNCE frontman, 29, told Entertainment Tonight on Friday, December 7.

Joe went on to detail the couple’s wedding. “My face hurts from smiling so much,” he noted. “The ceremonies themselves were so beautiful. The Indian ceremony, for me, was something new. We were all in tears.”

Joe Jonas Says He Knew ‘Right Away’ Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra ‘Were a Match Made in Heaven’
Nick Jonas and Joe Jonas at Nick’s launch party for his fragrance collaboration JV x NJ on August 8, 2018. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Revlon

Chopra, 36, and Nick, 26, tied the knot in a Western ceremony in Jodhpur, India, on December 1. They married again in a Hindu ceremony the following day.

The “Cake by the Ocean” singer, who is set to wed fiancée Sophie Turner in France in summer 2019, also spoke about how his younger sibling’s nuptials influenced his own plans. “I am [so excited],” Joe shared. “You know, I didn’t even think about it much, to be honest, because it was about them. This whole week, we just let the celebration be about Nick and Priyanka.”

The engaged pair rushed to Chopra and the “Close” singer’s defense on Wednesday, December 5, when New York magazine’s The Cut published an op-ed claiming the newlyweds “married into a fraudulent relationship” and the Quantico alum is a “scam artist.”

“This is disgusting. @TheCut should be ashamed to have someone write such evil words,” Joe tweeted. “What Nick & Pri have is Beautiful Love. Thank u, Next.”

The Game of Thrones star, 22, added in her own tweet: “This is wildly inappropriate and totally disgusting. Very disappointed that The Cut would give anyone a platform to spew such bulls—t.”

The website later removed the article and apologized.

Joe sweetly extended the Jonas charm to Chopra in an Instagram post on Thursday, December 6. “Super Married! I Love You Both!” he wrote. “Welcome to the Family Pri! Congratulations!”

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