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NWSL Week 5

A summary: 

Sam Kerr scoring a goal after playing an amazing game

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Rose Lavelle scoring on her birthday

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Christen Press scoring her first goal of the season

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Orlando ending a 12 game winless streak

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Seattle smashing the Spirit 6 - 2

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Ali Krieger becoming an active part of the Orlando Pride offense

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Are the Pride on the worst winless streak of NWSL history?

tl;dr: If they don’t beat undefeated North Carolina at home next week, then don’t beat Seattle on the road in 2 weeks, then yes, the Pride will own the longest winless streak in NWSL history at 14, with 8 to end 2016 and 6 to begin 2017.

The longest losing streak to start a season is 5 (2016 Boston), a record that the Pride have already avoided threatening with today’s week 2′s draw vs. Washington.

The longest losing streak in any circumstance is 9 (2013 Seattle), a record the Pride avoided threatening with today’s week 2′s draw vs. Washington.

The longest winless streak to start a season was 2013 Seattle (11; 2D, 9L). The Pride are winless through 4 to start the season and must go winless through their next 8 matches (NC, @ SEA, @ NJ, BOS, @ HOU, HOU, @ NJ, CHI) to break that record. If they do, the match where they break it will be at home.

The longest winless streak in any circumstance is 2013 Washington (13; 1D, 12L). The Pride are winless through their last 12 (last 8 of 2016 + first 4 of 2017; 3D, 9L). To break this record, the Pride must go winless through their next 2 matches (NC, @ SEA). If they do, the match where they break it will be in Seattle.

So far in Orlando’s streak, they’ve been outscored 25-11. They’ve been shut out only 3 times but scored more than 1 goal only twice in that span, both times in matches where they also conceded at least 4 goals.

The two teams they face in the next two weeks, NC and Seattle, are two of the four teams the Pride have ever beaten in the NWSL, winning 2-0 at home vs. Seattle in their fourth match and 1-0 at home against the Flash in their fifth match. (The Pride beat Houston three times and Boston once, accounting for the franchise’s 6 total wins.) However, in their last two matches against the Flash/Courage and last match against Seattle, Orlando has been outscored 9-3, including a 5-2 loss to Seattle and 3-1 loss to North Carolina.

None of the players who scored Orlando’s goals in those 2016 victories (Sarah Hagen, Lianne Sanderson, Alex Morgan) will play for the Pride in these upcoming matches, with Hagen now with Houston, Sanderson not on any team’s roster, and Morgan in France.

According to Wikipedia:

The winner was Portugal with the song “Amar Pelos Dois” (Loving For The Both of Us), performed by Salvador Sobral. This was Portugal’s first win – and first top five placing in 53 years of participation, the longest winless run by a country in Eurovision history. It was also the first winning song entirely performed in a country’s native language since Serbia’s “Molitva” in 2007, and the first winner written in triple meter since Ireland’s “The Voice” in 1996. The top three countries – Portugal, Bulgaria and Moldova – all achieved the highest position ever in their Eurovision history.

If this isn’t a wonderful time in Eurovision history, I don’t know what is. Too much hate is being posted, but the wonderful things are being ignored.

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Napoli moved to within one point of second-placed Roma in Serie A after beating Inter 1-0 at San Siro.

Jose Callejon’s first-half goal condemned Inter to a sixth consecutive winless game as Napoli earned a 1-0 victory at San Siro on Sunday.

Callejon scored his 11th strike of the league season shortly before half-time but the visitors could have made the result more emphatic had they capitalised on a poor defensive performance by Inter.

College AU part 2

(part one)


SIMON

“I need coffee again.”

Their walk had ended where the night started, back in their dorm with a pile of French worksheets between them.

“You’re glasses are crooked.” Baz said dully.

Simon pushed them up with his index finger and set Baz with a hard stare. Three years of being roommates and he hadn’t quite figured him out. He knew somethings, though. Like that Baz  loved poetry, probably wrote his own (and it was probably brilliant), he was literally good at everything (particularly sarcasm and giving mixed signals), and Simon was convinced he owed him a thousand quid for coffee by now.

Simon stifled a yawn. “I want to sleep.”

“What’s stopping you?” Baz looked up from a notebook he was scribbling in. His dark hair fell in a silky curtain around his face. Simon realized that he had really nice cheekbones.

“French grammar.” Simon nudged a few papers aside with his foot absentmindedly and huffed. “I might as well give up on film and change my major to French.”

“We can just finish it in the morning,” Baz mumbled. He rose to his feet and stretched.

Simon nodded and climbed into bed, taking a moment to pull his glasses off and setting them neatly on the nightstand. He reached over and turned the lamp off.

A slant of moonlight fell into their room from their window, highlighting the work scattered between their beds in a soft glow. Simon couldn’t help but think about how close they really were, and how easy it would be to push their beds together.

“Hey, Snow.”

“What?

“You almost look cute without your glasses on.”

[2:04am] PENNY. MAYDAY.

[Penny, 2:13am] Jesus Christ, Simon. I have a chemistry test tomorrow.

[2:14am] BAZ KIND OF CALLED ME CUTE AND I CAN’T SLEEP.

[Penny, 2:17] I’m blocking you, goodnight.

BAZ

Simon looked exhausted the next day.

There was music blasting from the room when Baz got back, his hands heavy with crates of beer. It almost sounded like Taylor Swift.

In your wildest dreams

It was Taylor Swift.

Baz precariously balanced the beer in the crook of one arm and unlocked the door. He wasn’t expecting to find a puffy eyed, sobbing mess-of-a-roommate lying on the floor surrounded by a gross mix of crumpled tissues and tearstained papers.

“Crowley, what the hell, Snow?” Baz screamed over the music, letting the beer tumble into his bed.

Simon sat up and dragged a hand down  his face while drawing in a shaky breath. “Sorry.” Taylor Swift’s voice abruptly cut off.

“Are you drunk?”

“No.” Simon sniffled. He had a tissue stuck to his cheek, and Baz reached out to pluck it off before tossing it aside with a scowl. “I just figured out I have a D in my film class. French has been taking up too much of my time.”

“Do you want to be drunk?”

“I don’t drink.”

“You do now.”

“That’s against campus policy,” Simon mumbled.

Baz pulled a beer from the case and held it out to Simon, who grabbed it eagerly. “There’s a lot I do that’s against campus policy. Like smoke.”

SIMON

“Remember when you called me cute?” Simon’s voice was slurred and he pointed at Baz with the mouth of his (fourth) beer.

“I didn’t call you cute, I said you were almost cute, and that’s only without your glasses.”

They were sitting on the tiny square of floor between the beds, legs tangled together, cheeks rosy, and lips turned into lopsided grins.

“What’s wrong with my glasses?” Simon’s eyebrows furrowed together and he struggled to keep a straight face.

“They make it harder to see your eyes.” Baz tipped his beer up and took a long drink. “They remind me of the sky.”

“Baz, read me some poetry,” Simon blurted.

“What?”

“Read me poetry. I like your voice.” He giggled. “Don’t tell me the pretentious English major doesn’t have a thousand different poems memorized.”

Baz set his beer on the floor and cleared his throat before breaking into a fit of laughter. “I only know poems about love.”

“Tell me one.”

“Love is more thicker than forget

More thinner than recall

More seldom than a wave is wet

More frequent than to fail.”

Baz recited it perfectly. It was his favorite, reminding him of nothing other than blue eyes and bronze curls.

“Love is less always than to win

Less never than alive

Less bigger than the least begin

Less littler than forgive.”

He was suddenly aware of how close they were, of how close Simon was. Something was drawing them nearer, and then their lips brushed, and they were kissing.

Finally.

“We were drunk,” Simon said idly. His eyes were cast on his notebook.

“I know.”

“We kissed.”

“I know.”

“Do you think it was a mistake?”

Baz ran a hand through his hair and sighed. “No, I don’t.”

Simon glanced up from his work and looked at Baz. His cheeks were flushed. “Does it count though? We were drunk, Baz.”

Baz bit his lip. Did it count? It sure as hell felt like it counted. “Let’s try again”

SIMON

Baz’s lips were soft.

BAZ

They pulled apart, and this time there was no drunken laughter following. There were only sheepish smiles and hot cheeks.

“It counted.”


(The poem that Baz recited is called ‘love is more thicker than forget’ by E.E Cummings)

Danzing Candy Returns to the Winner’s Circle 

May 2017

Danzing Candy, 2016 Kentucky Derby contender, has found the winner’s circle again after going winless for over a year. 

The event was a one mile Allowance Claiming, with a purse of $63,000. Danzing Candy, the 8-5 favorite, won the race by 1 ¼ lengths with a final time of 1:34:94. The classy contention included graded stakes winner Accelerate, who came in second, stakes placed Clever Royal came in for third, and stakes winner Ike Walker finished fourth. Rounding out the field was stakes winner Avanti Bello and stakes placed Lieutenant Colonel.

Danzing Candy (Twirling Candy- Talking and Singing, by Songandaprayer) still has the same connections as he did during the Triple Crown. His record now stands at 9: 4-1-1 with earning of $425,930.

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Pioli sacked by Inter

Inter have parted company with head coach Stefano Pioli amid what the club described as “a difficult season”.

The Nerazzurri are three points adrift of a European spot, battling city rivals AC Milan and Fiorentina for the final Europa League spot in Serie A.

Pioli was Inter’s third coach in a turbulent season after Frank de Boer replaced Roberto Mancini on the eve of the campaign before he was sacked in November.

Former Lazio coach Pioli initially led an improvement in fortunes, winning 10 of his first 13 games in charge.

However, a winless run of seven games has cost Pioli his job.

A club statement read: “Inter thanks Stefano and his team for the dedication and hard work carried out at the club over the last six months in what has proven a difficult season.

"Primavera coach Stefano Vecchi will take charge of the first team immediately and for the remaining three matches of this season. The club will begin planning now for next season.”

Former Inter midfielder Diego Simeone has long been linked with the San Siro hot seat. His deal at Atletico Madrid expires at the end of next season.

Besting 'The Lego Movie': How Two Little-Known Animated Films Landed Oscar Nods

Song of the Sea

You don’t have to be living in Cloud Cuckoo Land to think that the Oscars’ snubbing of The Lego Movie is crazy. The Warner Bros. release was one of 2014’s most-loved and best-reviewed movies, and yet it failed to make the Oscars cut alongside other popular animated hits like Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Related: Why Didn’t ‘The Lego Movie’ Get An Oscar Nomination?

Instead, the final two slots in the Best Animated Feature category — one of which might otherwise have gone to Lego — are occupied by a pair of little-known international imports, Song of the Sea from Ireland and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya from Japan. Incredibly, both films also came from the same distributor, GKids, an upstart independent company that in recent years has brought some of the finest examples of world animation to American shores. “I love The Lego Movie; I saw it twice,” says GKids head, Eric Beckman. “There’s this idea that Oscar voters get together as a cabal [and decide] who to snub and who not to snub, but I think it’s really a personal thing. People might say that [our films] are a surprise, but I think anyone who saw them aren’t surprised at all.” 

Watch the trailer for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya:

If it’s any consolation, the two films that arguably leapfrogged over Emmett, Wyldstyle and Batman aren’t just good movies — they’re exceptionally good movies. Based on a centuries-old Japanese legend, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya hails from Japan’s premiere animation company, Studio Ghibli, the home of revered filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. Takahata spent seven labor-intensive years making the hand-drawn Kaguya, and it’s likely to be his final film — a grand summation of a career that has also yielded such classics as Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbors the Yamadas. Song of the Sea, meanwhile, is the second feature from Irish animator Tomm Moore, and draws on the Celtic myths about selkies — magical seals that take human form when they emerge from the waves — to construct a deeply moving story about childhood and grief. “These are two of the strongest films we’ve ever released, and to have them both in the same year has been really, really great,” says Beckman.  

 Watch the trailer for Song of the Sea

Both films illustrate the still-young company’s ability to form strategic, fruitful relationships with overseas animators. GKids has enjoyed a strong partnership with Studio Ghibli since 2011, when they acquired the U.S. theatrical rights to select titles from the company’s back catalogue, as well as their newest release, From Up on Poppy Hill. And Moore’s debut feature, 2009’s The Secret of Kells, became one of GKids’s first success stories by bringing the studio its first-ever Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. At the time, Beckman and his partner Dave Jesteadt had just created the GKids distribution label. Rather than rely on costly trade ads, Beckman and Jesteadt mounted a small, but targeted campaign directed at the Academy’s animation branch. “The films have to speak for themselves, and that film spoke for itself,” Beckman says, adding that Kells earned high scores on the 1-10 scale used by Academy voters during the nominations process. “We were a really small company back then, and put a lot of blood and sweat into that film.”

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Since 2010, GKids has built an Oscar track record that rivals some of Hollywood’s bigger, better-funded animation houses. In 2011, they received another double-nomination for the French film A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita from Spain. And last year, the whimsical French fantasy Ernest & Celestine was in the Oscar mix alongside studio blockbusters like The Croods and Frozen. Both Beckman and Jesteadt credit the quality of the films themselves for making the final cut, but they’ve also honed their Oscar strategy over the years. “This is the first year we’ve had films actively positioned around the awards [season],” explains Jesteadt. “We placed Princess Kaguya in the fall right against movies like Whiplash and The Imitation Game and all these other Academy contenders.”

Both movies can also benefit from the publicity an Oscar nomination brings. Princess Kaguya has been playing in theaters since October, while Song of the Sea started its run in late December and will have a major expansion towards the end of January. “The Oscars are a great platform to get the word out to an audience that are clearly very curious about what the films are.”

Even though they remain winless on Oscar night, GKids has carved out a niche as a go-to company for international and independent animated features that otherwise might remain unseen in America. And they’ll likely be back among next year’s nominees, with Studio Ghibli’s latest (and quite possibly last, as both Miyazaki and Takahada are retiring) film, When Marnie Was Theredirected by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, which will be released stateside later in 2015. “After The Secret of Kells, people could have assumed that it was a fluke, but [we’ve got] six nominations now,” says Beckman. “The films themselves have to be worthy of the attention they’re getting. Once the films are there, we just have to figure out how to share what we love about them with other people.”

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