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Winter Olympics women’s downhill skiing: Lindsey Vonn goes for gold – live!

American looks to add to medals won in 2010 Vancouver GamesLindsey Vonn: ‘There’s nothing special about me. I just ski fast’Latest medal table | Full event schedule 2.12am GMT Germany’s Kira Weidle has the misfortune of trying to follow that. She’s onl…

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Winter Olympics ice dancing: Shibutanis, Hubbell and Donohue in action – live!

Email beau.dure.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @duresportOverexposed: Papadakis and skating wardrobe malfunctionsLatest medal table | Full event schedule 1.13am GMT The “rotational lift 4” was quite impressive. I lost track of the number of spins R…

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Winter Olympics figure skating men’s free skate: Nathan Chen seeks redemption – live!

Email beau.dure.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @duresportLatest medal table | Full event schedule 1.19am GMT Matteo Rizzo (Italy) has been on camera more than the curling teams, skating in both phases of the team event. The Beatles medley starts wi…

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Winter Olympics men’s snowboard halfpipe: Shaun White and Scotty James go for gold – live!

US and Australian athletes tipped for glory at Phoenix Snow ParkEmail beau.dure.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @duresport Latest medal table | Full event schedule 1.11am GMT Twenty minutes to go.Meanwhile, enjoy the pairs figure skating short progr…

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Winter Olympics women’s halfpipe snowboarding: Chloe Kim goes for gold – live!

US teenager is tipped to take title at Bogwang Phoenix ParkEmail beau.dure.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @DureSportLatest medal table | Full event schedule 1.21am GMT Maddie Mastro is sort of the overlooked American here. She’s only 17 but was on…

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Winter Olympics figure skating: USA, Canada and Russians battle for team gold – live!

Team events culminates with free programs for men, women and pairsEmail beau.dure.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @duresport In pictures: all the best images from day two of the Winter Games 12.14am GMT Meet Adam Rippon. The USA has two openly gay m…

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As US Soccer picks a new president, everyone thinks they have the answer

Sunil Gulati’s successor will be elected this weekend in Orlando and ideas to secure a permanent place in the world’s elite are flying back and forthThe US Soccer Federation has nearly $150m in the bank, up from roughly $6.6m at the turn of the century…

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Bruce Arena is gone. Should US Soccer president Sunil Gulati be next?

The veteran coach could not right the systemic failure within the game in America. Maybe it’s time to look at the structure itselfBruce Arena’s failure was not an individual failure. It’s a systemic failure that shows the United States does not yet hav…

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How to disappear completely: Will Hope Solo return – and does she even want to?

The outspoken USA goalkeeper, who turns 36 this summer, is inching back into the spotlight after a six-month suspension and shoulder replacement surgery

For months, the question was simple. Where is Hope Solo?

The former – and perhaps future – US women’s goalkeeper, who parlayed her fame into an appearance on Dancing With The Stars and legions of social media followers, had pulled a reverse DB Cooper, leaving Washington state and disappearing into an area defined by her management only as “rural North Carolina”.

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How to disappear completely: Will Hope Solo return – and does she even want to?

The outspoken USA goalkeeper, who turns 36 this summer, is inching back into the spotlight after a six-month suspension and shoulder replacement surgery

For months, the question was simple. Where is Hope Solo?

The former – and perhaps future – US women’s goalkeeper, who parlayed her fame into an appearance on Dancing With The Stars and legions of social media followers, had pulled a reverse DB Cooper, leaving Washington state and disappearing into an area defined by her management only as “rural North Carolina”.

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The happy exiles: why US women’s soccer stars choose to play abroad

Players such as Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan have chosen to pursue spells in Europe. But it’s not just money that proves an attraction

Women’s soccer players might be lured to Europe by money or the occasional tweet by Lyon’s Jean-Michel Aulas, who has signed athletes such as USA striker Alex Morgan (on loan) and young Canadian defender Kadeisha Buchanan.

But most of the players who head to Europe or Australia for all or part of the year are doing so for a much simpler reason. They want to get better.

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A season on the brink: wide-open NWSL making strides as fifth year kicks off

Things are looking up for the National Women’s Soccer League, which opens its fifth season with a new TV deal and is no longer merely fighting for survival

The bar has been raised.

Last year, the news on the NWSL was that it had officially outlasted the two previous attempts at US women’s professional soccer, the WUSA and WPS. This year, the league has substantially raised the bar from mere survival.

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How this weekend could shape US Soccer’s long-term future

The US soccer federation’s annual meeting is this weekend in Hawaii, where a number of decisions impacting the tone of the future could be made

Who will lead US Soccer into the next decade?

That won’t be explicitly decided this weekend when representatives of every state and soccer organization convene in Hawaii for the federation’s annual meeting, an event that doesn’t typically get a lot of attention. But with US Soccer at a spaghetti junction, still revamping at the grass roots while dealing with immediate issues on the men’s and women’s national teams, what happens in Hawaii may set the tone for the federation’s short-term and long-term future.

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The US soccer pay dispute: will a fix be found before the NWSL season begins?

The USWNT is again in a labor dispute that could delay their players’ appearances at NWSL pre-season camps – but a lack of urgency isn’t helping matters

In 2013, the first NWSL draft of college seniors took place in a couple of convention-center meeting rooms in Indianapolis, with someone running back and forth to tell the handful of assembled reporters what had just taken place in the adjoining room. Then preseason camps opened without US national team players – even those who were not traveling for the Algarve Cup were stuck in a labor-deal stalemate.

Related: Alex Morgan: ‘If Fifa start respecting the women’s game more, others will follow’ | Donald McRae

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Messi, Lahm and … Sidwell? How much would Pelé’s New York Cosmos cost today?

In the 1970s, the Cosmos created a team of stars, including Franz Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto – and an equivalent team today would set you back plenty

In the 1970s, the New York Cosmos made soccer briefly fashionable in the United States, with global superstars Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto leading a glittering team through a league that defied every convention of the international game.

How much would it cost to assemble an equivalent team today?

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How turmoil in US women’s soccer could drive players to Europe

Disputes over pay mean that the NWSL is struggling to keep hold of top international talent

On the field, the US women’s soccer team has followed up a thrilling NWSL final with a couple of smashing debuts in friendlies against Switzerland. Off the field, the sport is bogged down in the courts and at the negotiating table.

The talent pipeline is still intact, a fact US coach Jill Ellis celebrated by calling in a staggering 11 uncapped players for camp. Lynn Williams, fresh from winning the NWSL Golden Boot and posting clutch performances to lift Western New York to the league title, scored just 49 seconds into her debut on 19 October. That was a new record for the fastest debut goal in US history – until Kealia Ohai scored 48 seconds after taking the field four days later.

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Is this finally the Chicago Cubs’ year? Sadly, the stats suggest not

The Cubs had the best record in MLB this year, and enter the NL Championship Series as favorites – but history shows such a record is usually a kiss of death

Surely this is the season the Cubs’ curse ends. This year, the futility of rooting for lovable losers will become a piece of Chicago nostalgia, alongside Ferris Bueller singing Twist and Shout, Siskel and Ebert bickering over movie reviews, and Soldier Field looking like a 20th century building rather than a 22nd century spaceship. Right?

Related: José Fernández: a smiling star whose death leaves baseball bereft

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Is this finally the Chicago Cubs’ year? Sadly, the stats suggest not

The Cubs had the best record in MLB this year, and enter the NL Championship Series as favorites – but history shows such a record is usually a kiss of death

Surely this is the season the Cubs’ curse ends. This year, the futility of rooting for lovable losers will become a piece of Chicago nostalgia, alongside Ferris Bueller singing Twist and Shout, Siskel and Ebert bickering over movie reviews, and Soldier Field looking like a 20th century building rather than a 22nd century spaceship. Right?

Related: José Fernández: a smiling star whose death leaves baseball bereft

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Carli Lloyd’s memoir explodes myth that US women’s soccer is all fun and friends

In When Nobody Was Watcing, the World Cup winner paints a portrait of a player who has given perhaps too much in the pursuit of success

When the US women’s soccer team rose to fame in the late 1990s, they projected an image that was a well-polished composite of fun, friendship and teamwork in the pursuit of excellence.

Two new memoirs, Carli Lloyd’s When Nobody Was Watching and Abby Wambach’s Forward, shatter that perception. But they do so in a way that should open a more realistic discussion on what we expect from athletes, especially but not limited to female athletes, and what they should expect from themselves.

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Breaking the Law: punish football teams for negative play | Beau Dure

Sick of players parking the bus and playing for a draw? Then maybe it’s time to start making sure they feel the wrath of the referee for sitting back

Cristiano Ronaldo and Hope Solo are – how shall we say this politely? – divisive characters in world football. Both attracted ire this summer when they attacked their opponents for a lack of adventure. Solo called Sweden “a bunch of cowards” after they ground their way to a penalty shoot-out victory against the defending champions, USA, at the women’s Olympic football tournament. And at Euro 2016, Ronaldo launched the biggest attack on Iceland since the Cod Wars when he disparaged the tactics of everyone’s favorite plucky underdogs. “When [Iceland] don’t try to play and just defend, defend, defend, this in my opinion shows a small mentality and they are not going to do anything in the competition,” fumed Ronaldo after Portugal drew with Iceland. Ronaldo was proved right too, as long as you don’t include beating England in the last 16 as “anything”. Which many people wouldn’t.

But cheap gags at Roy Hodgson aside, did Ronaldo and Solo – which sounds a bit like an 80s cover band – have a point? Are today’s football games too easily destroyed by parking the bus and counter-attacking? The answer is simple: yes. The solution, though, is more difficult.

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