Graham Watson

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Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday. Graham had a brief collegiate soccer career, but traded that in for the life of a journalist and hasn't looked back. Graham has worked for the Dallas Morning News and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as ESPN.com and AOL. She is forever striving to be the cool mom to two boys.

  • England claims bronze medal after defeating Germany 1-0

    EDMONTON, AB - JULY 04:  Fara Williams of England celebrates with team mate Steph Houghton as she scores the opening goal from a penalty during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Third Place Play-off match between Germany and England at Commonwealth Stadium on July 4, 2015 in Edmonton, Canada.  (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)EDMONTON, AB - JULY 04: Fara Williams of England celebrates with team mate Steph Houghton as she scores the opening goal from a penalty during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Third Place Play-off match between Germany and England at Commonwealth Stadium on July 4, 2015 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)At least the England Women’s National Team can say it’s the champs of Europe.

    The English women rebounded from a heartbreaking loss in the semifinals to defeat Germany 1-0 in overtime and claim third in the World Cup.

    It was England’s first win against Germany and its highest-ever finish in the World Cup.

    The result was especially satisfying considering how England ended up in the third place game in the first place. An own goal in stoppage time in the semifinals against Japan broke a 1-1 tie and derailed what was a fairly dominant English effort.

    No one would have blamed England if it had come out flat and uninspired against Germany, but it did just the opposite and gave the Germans all they could handle for 120 minutes.

    “We said before the game, we said, life’s horrible, it’s really tough sometimes. You get a kick in the teeth just when you think you’ve made it and wow, we got a big kick in the teeth in that semifinal,” England coach mark Sampson said. “But we wanted to show the

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  • U.S. and Japan exchange mild trash talk ahead of World Cup final

    The United States and Japan have become unexpected rivals in the past five years, but that doesn’t mean they’ve become good at trash talk.

    On Thursday, Japanese midfielder and captain Aya Miyama tried her best to add fuel to the fire with her comments about playing the United Sates for yet another prize.

    “(The Americans) took the Olympic gold medal, but we aren’t going to hand over the World Cup. That is the kind of spirit we’ll play with.”

    Take that America!

    Burn.

    OK, so Miyama’s comments don’t even register on the Scoville scale compared to the not-so-nice things Colombian players had to say about the United States prior to their round-of-16 matchup, but that didn’t stop Fox analysts from trying to poke the bear a little bit by calling Miyama’s comments “pretty strong.”

    [Women's World Cup: Latest news | Scores and Schedule | Group standings]

    United States captain Carli Lloyd, however, wasn’t biting.

    “Love it. Bring it. We’ll be ready,” Lloyd said.

    What’s up now, Japan?

    I mean,

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  • Alabama DC Kirby Smart said Alabama 'did not respect' Cardale Jones

    Alabama defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Kirby Smart talks about NCAA college football Sugar Bowl prep as Alabama's defensive representatives meet with the media, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, in New Orleans. Alabama and Oklahoma face off in the Sugar Bowl, on Jan. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Alabama Media Group, Vasha Hunt)Alabama defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Kirby Smart talks about NCAA college football Sugar Bowl prep as Alabama's defensive representatives meet with the media, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, in New Orleans. Alabama and Oklahoma face off in the Sugar Bowl, on Jan. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Alabama Media Group, Vasha Hunt)In about a month, Alabama will open fall camp for the 2015 season, but it’s still working through the mistakes of 2014.

    Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart told Atlanta radio station 680 The Fan that he performed “exit interviews” with three departing defensive players — Landon Collins, Jarrick Williams and Nick Perry — and asked each what they felt went wrong in the College Football Playoff semifinal against Ohio State.

    All stated they didn’t feel prepared for the Buckeyes and specifically third-string quarterback Cardale Jones.

    “All three of them said they did not respect the quarterback, and our job as the coaches was to make them respect the quarterback," Smart said via a Sporting News transcription. "Well, they heard from the media, they heard from ESPN, they heard from everybody that [Jones] was a third-string quarterback. How can a third-string quarterback beat Alabama? We didn’t promote him enough and they didn’t value his talents enough.”

    Smart said while the staff knew Jones

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  • The World Cup final between the U.S. and Japan feels preordained

    It’s the final we all wanted.

    The United States and Japan will face off for the World Cup title on Sunday in a rematch of the 2011 final that saw Japan win on penalty kicks. The Americans were the favorites to win the tournament, Japan an unknown underdog, and since that game the U.S. hasn’t been shy about its desire for redemption.

    [Eric Adelson: Coach Jill Ellis deserves credit for U.S. success, but how much?]

    In the promos leading up to the World Cup, the catchphrase was a “score to settle.” The spots featured Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan looking back at their careers and the one thing that’s missing.

    It’s been 16 years since the Americans hoisted the World Cup trophy in one of the greatest moments in women’s soccer history. That championship essentially started the country’s love affair with women’s soccer and those loyal fans have been patiently waiting for the next moment that will reaffirm the USA's place as the world women’s soccer power.

    [Yahoo Sports Radio: Carli Lloyd's

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  • Stoppage time own goal sinks England against Japan in World Cup semi

    “It’s OK to cry.”

    That’s what England coach Mark Sampson told his team following a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Japan in the semifinal of the Women’s World Cup on Wednesday.

    And no English player had more tears flowing than Laura Bassett.

    In the 92nd minute, Bassett slid to try and clear a potential through pass out of the path of a Japanese forward and inadvertently knocked the ball into her own net.

    It was, in the most plain and simple terms, the most agonizing way for England — or any team — to lose.

    Moments like that one are used as cautionary tales for up-and-coming defenders or scary stories former players tell their baby budding defenders before bed.

    It was a nightmarish play with a nightmarish ending.

    While Sampson’s words gave some of his players a measure of comfort, he couldn’t console the one player who needed it the most. Bassett was being ushered off the field by a teammate when Sampson stopped to pat her on the head. He tried to say something, but couldn’t. The two parties

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  • Urban Meyer says QBs Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett are near 100 percent

    J.T. Barrett's father says that if healthy, Braxton Miller should be considered as Ohio State's starting quarterback.J.T. Barrett's father says that if healthy, Braxton Miller should be considered as Ohio State's starting quarterback.Ohio State coach Urban Meyer isn’t ready to name a starting quarterback, but he is encouraged that he’ll have three from which to choose come fall camp.

    Meyer, who was in Northeast Ohio on Wednesday as part of his youth instructional camp, told fans that both quarterbacks Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett were close to being completely healthy with the Buckeyes about a month away from opening up fall camp.

    "Braxton is pretty close to full speed," Meyer said

    And Barrett?

    "Close to 95 percent," Meyer said

    This news is both encouraging and probably a little discouraging. It’s encouraging because Ohio State has the best stable of quarterbacks in all of college football. It’s discouraging because Meyer and his staff now have to pick just one of those guys to start.

    In fact, during the camp a fan yelled out: "Who is going to be Ohio State's starting quarterback? That's what everyone wants to know." 

    And Meyer quickly changed the subject.

    "So," Meyer said, "how's the weather?"

    But it’s a

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  • Collision between USA and German players shows the fault in FIFA's concussion policy

    One of the more brutal moments of the first half between the United States and Germany— other than Alex Morgan’s finishing — came during a German free kick when USA’s Morgan Brian and Germany’s Alexandra Popp collided while Brian was attempting to head the ball out of the U.S. box.

    Both players went down, Popp with a bloody head and Brian clearly dazed. Both players were down for several minutes before medical personnel helped them to their feet.

    This would be a good time to revisit FIFA’s concussion policy.

    Oh, you’re still waiting?

    Well, there isn’t really one, actually. After the FIFA Men’s World Cup last year, there was a meeting and a proposal was made on enhancing the concussion protocol. Here was the recommendation:

    Under the proposal, whenever a suspected incident of concussion occurs, the referee will have the ability to stop the game for three minutes, allowing the relevant team doctor to complete an on-pitch assessment and decide if the player has suspected concussion. The
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  • Report: Ole Miss' Laremy Tunsil was meeting with agents on night of fight

    Mississippi offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil readies for a play during their final open NCAA college football practice, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at Mississippi, in Oxford, Miss. Players were involved in individual and team drills. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)Mississippi offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil readies for a play during their final open NCAA college football practice, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at Mississippi, in Oxford, Miss. Players were involved in individual and team drills. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)The stepfather of Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil alleges that his stepson was meeting with football agents prior to the incident that led to Tunsil’s arrest for domestic assault.

    According to The Clarion-Ledger, Lindsey Miller told sheriff's deputies on Thursday night that he and Tunsil's mother, Desiree Tunsil, were arguing about Tunsil "riding around with football agents."

    According to the police report, which was obtained by The Clarion-Ledger, Miller told deputy Rudy Howell that "Tunsil and the agents" left in a yellow convertible.

    Tunsil was arrested on charges of domestic violence Thursday after he allegedly assaulted Miller in defense while trying to defend his mother, according to a statement released by Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze.

    Ole Miss has not yet released a statement about Miller’s allegation of Tunsil meeting with agents, which would be an NCAA violation.

    Miller told police Desiree Tunsil walked out of the house during the conversation about the agents and Laremy Tunsil

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  • What to watch: Can the U.S. defense slow Germany's offense?

    It’s finally here.

    The game many anticipated when the FIFA Women’s World Cup started has finally come to fruition and it’s going to be a dandy. Germany and the United States are ranked first and second in the world, respectively. They each have two World Cup titles and the winner of this game is considered the favorite to hoist a third trophy.

    [Women's World Cup: Latest news | Scores and Schedule | Group standings]

    But it won’t be easy. These teams match up oddly well and tonight’s game should be a hotly contested affair. It almost feels like a World Cup final and, rest assured, both teams will treat it as such.

    Here are a few things to watch when the game kicks off at 7 p.m. ET.

    United States'Alex Morgan (13) controls the ball as China's Li Dongna (6) defends during the first half quarterfinal match in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer tournament, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)United States'Alex Morgan (13) controls the ball as China's Li Dongna (6) defends during the first half quarterfinal match in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer tournament, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)Release Alex Morgan

    The USWNT isn’t a one-woman show, but Morgan has the type of pace that gave Germany fits against France in the quarterfinals. Look for Morgan to try and get most of her play against Tabea Kemme, who is considered the weakest player in an average German defense.

    If Germany focuses on

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  • England boots host nation Canada from tournament with 2-1 win

    England needed just three minutes of sustained offense to defeat Canada 2-1 and advance to the semifinals of the World Cup for the first time in its history.

    Jodie Taylor kicked off the scoring in the 11th minute when she stole the ball from Lauren Sesselmann, beat her defender and slid the ball past goalkeeper Erin McLeod. Less than three minutes later, Lucy Bronze headed the ball over McLeod to notch her second game-winning goal in as many days.

    Bronze, a defender, had only two previous international goals coming into the tournament.

    After that unexpected offensive flurry against a Canadian defense that had only allowed one goal in the tournament, the Lionesses bunkered in on defense like they have so many times this World Cup.

    Canada dictated play, but didn’t get many quality shots on goal. Striker Christine Sinclair cut the lead in half in the 42nd minute when she corralled a rebound off goalkeeper Karen Bardsley and knocked it into the net, but outside of that, the quality

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