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.

  • Germany wins Group B in lackluster fashion

    WINNIPEG, MB - JUNE 15: Lena Petermann of Germany celebrates with team mates as she heads the second goal during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Group B match between Thailand and Germany at Winnipeg Stadium on June 15, 2015 in Winnipeg, Canada. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)WINNIPEG, MB - JUNE 15: Lena Petermann of Germany celebrates with team mates as she heads the second goal during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Group B match between Thailand and Germany at Winnipeg Stadium on June 15, 2015 in Winnipeg, Canada. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)Germany won Group B.

    That’s probably the most non-shocking statement of the FIFA Women’s World Cup considering the Germans are ranked No. 1 in the world and were the favorites coming into the tournament.

    However, Germany, which defeated Thailand 4-0 on Monday to secure the top spot, was not nearly as proficient or dominant as many expected it to be with a weak group play slate.

    In fact, if Germany hadn't blown out Ivory Coast in the opening game of the tournament — a game that provided the decisive goal differential that gave the Germans first place — it might not have finished atop the group at all.

    Germany and Norway came into the day tied with four points, but the minus-5 goal differential to start the day seemed to deter Norway from giving its best effort against an Ivory Coast team Germany destroyed 10-0. Norway won 3-1 to secure second in the group, but both Norway and Germany had lackluster efforts against much weaker opponents.

    Germany will play the third place team from Groups

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  • ASU LB Davon Durant sentenced to probation, awaits ASU conduct ruling

    Davon Durant (Rivals)Davon Durant (Rivals)Arizona State linebacker Davon Durant was sentenced to two years supervised probation Monday stemming from an alleged assault on his girlfriend in March.

    Durant also is prohibited from contacting the victim, Kelsi Langley, until he is enrolled in a domestic-violence program.

    Durant pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor of disorderly conduct in May. He also was facing aggravated assault allegations, but those were dismissed Monday.

    On March 7, Durant was arrested after witnesses claimed they saw a man strike a woman while sitting in an SUV. Langely, told the police he hit her in the face and grabbed her around the neck, and police noticed and noted injuries consistent with the claims.

    However, a day after the arrest, Langley told ESPN.com she lied about the altercation out of spite because she found text messages from other girls on Durant’s phone. However, police said that because there were witness and physical evidence, they were proceeding with the charges.

    Arizona suspended

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  • Auburn CB Jamel Dean said transfer is forcing him to sit in 2015

    (Rivals.com)(Rivals.com)Jamel Dean, the highly touted cornerback who was medically ineligible to play at Ohio State and transferred to Auburn, will redshirt in 2015.

    In an article by Florida Today, Dean said because he transferred schools the NCAA is requiring him to miss the 2015 season.

    “Because of the whole NCAA transfer thing, I've got to sit out a year, so I've got to redshirt,” Dean said.

    Dean suffered multiple knee injuries in high school, including a torn ACL in 2013 and a torn meniscus in the same knee in 2014. He enrolled at Ohio State in January, but was unable to practice in the spring because of another knee injury he suffered during his final game of his senior season. The university medical staff ultimately decided his knee was not going to be stable enough for competition and declared him medically ineligible to compete.

    According to Dean, Ohio State offered him two options: a medical hardship, which would allow him to remain on scholarship but not play at Ohio State, or a transfer. Dean was

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  • Toledo coach Matt Campbell will not lead team in prayer after complaint

    Toledo coach Matt Campbell works on the sideline in the first half of his team's NCAA college football game against Cincinnati, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)Toledo coach Matt Campbell works on the sideline in the first half of his team's NCAA college football game against Cincinnati, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)Toledo coach Matt Campbell said in a statement Friday that his players "will determine on their own any personal [pregame] preparation methods" in response to a complaint the school received regarding Campbell leading a team prayer in 2012.

    According to the Toledo Blade, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to incoming Toledo president Sharon Gaberon on May 21 stating the university had committed a constitutional violation.

    The letter cited a 2012 YouTube video shot by via GoPro by a Toledo player that showed Campbell leading the Lord’s Prayer prior to the rivalry game against Bowling Green.

    The advocacy group stated in its letter that the prayer was “a serious and flagrant violation of the First Amendment.”

    Campbell said in his statement that he had no intention of changing his values in repsponse to the letter, but that he would allow his player to choose their own preparation.

    “To ensure UT football continues to bring people together, players will determine on their

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  • Do not take Urban Meyer's parking spot or he will make you pay (Photo)

    Urban Meyer takes his parking spot very seriously.

    Very, very seriously.

    That’s why when someone in a Jeep Grand Cherokee decided it was a good idea to park in Meyer’s spot, Meyer felt the need to make an example of that person.

    Sure, Meyer could have been the bigger man and parked one spot over or in any of the other vacant spots in the lot, but then the perpetrator would never have learned his lesson.

    To be fair, there doesn’t appear to be any signage stating that that spot is specifically for Meyer. Still, everyone on campus probably knows that's where he parks.

    We can only hope the Mercedes blocking the Jeep is one of Meyer’s many vehicles and that he just plans to leave that one there for awhile. After all, his wife could bring him another vehicle to drive for the rest of the day, week, month, whenever.

    Gotta send a message.

    For more

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  • Japan becomes first team to reach knockout rounds after 2-1 win

    VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 12: Yuika Sugasawa #15 of Japan heads the ball past Annette Ngo Ndom #1 of Cameroon for Japan's second goal during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Group C match between Japan and Cameroon June 12, 2015 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 12: Yuika Sugasawa #15 of Japan heads the ball past Annette Ngo Ndom #1 of Cameroon for Japan's second goal during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Group C match between Japan and Cameroon June 12, 2015 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)It almost seems fitting that the first team to secure passage to the knockout stages of the FIFA Women’s World Cup is the team that current holds the trophy.

    Japan, courtesy of its 2-1 win against Cameroon on Friday, is guaranteed the top spot in Group C and will play one of the third place teams out of Groups A, B or F.

    Despite being the first team to move out of the group stage, it’s difficult to call Japan the best team.

    Japan scored both of its Friday goals early in the first half and both were because of defensive miscues that left Japanese players open for easy goals. But after those goals were scored, the tide seemed to turn. Cameroon outplayed Japan in the second half, but couldn’t find the net until Ajara Nchout scored in the 90th minute. By then, Cameroon didn’t have much time left to get the equalizer.

    It was reminiscent of Japan’s first game against Switzerland where an Aya Miyama penalty kick the 29th minute gave Japan enough cushion for the win. Switzerland dominated play

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  • Australia jumps to second in Group D after 2-0 win against Nigeria

    WINNIPEG, MB - JUNE 12:  Lisa De Vanna #11 of Australia challenges Evelyn Nwabuoku #14 of Nigeria for a header during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 match between Australia and Nigeria at Winnipeg Stadium on June 12, 2015 in Winnipeg, Canada.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)WINNIPEG, MB - JUNE 12: Lisa De Vanna #11 of Australia challenges Evelyn Nwabuoku #14 of Nigeria for a header during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 match between Australia and Nigeria at Winnipeg Stadium on June 12, 2015 in Winnipeg, Canada. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The World Cup can be a brutal and fickle tournament.

    Nigeria learned that the hard way on Friday.

    The Nigerians went from being the upstart darlings of the tournament to a team that’s going to struggle to make the knockout rounds thanks to a 2-0 loss to Australia.

    Australia was better prepared for Nigeria’s up-tempo attacking style that seemingly caught Sweden off guard and led to an improbably 3-3 draw Monday. Friday’s game, however, had little drama. Even though Nigeria was the aggressor early, Australia’s defense was disciplined and didn’t allow Nigeria’s speed to be the difference.

    Australia's offense took advantage of Nigeria’s unorganized defense and scored two uncontested goals. One came following a stellar run by Lisa De Vanna, who found a wide open Kyah Simon, who slotted the ball past goalkeeper Precious Dede in the 29th minute.

    Simon struck again in the 68th minute when she found herself wide open in front of Dede and slid the ball past her.

    Nigeria had a couple offensive

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  • USWNT must move forward with Abby Wambach on the bench

    HARRISON, NJ - MAY 30: Abby Wambach #20 of United States reacts in the second half against the South Korea during an international friendly match at Red Bull Arena on May 30, 2015 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)HARRISON, NJ - MAY 30: Abby Wambach #20 of United States reacts in the second half against the South Korea during an international friendly match at Red Bull Arena on May 30, 2015 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)As the United States prepares to play Sweden in its second game of Women’s World Cup group play, one thing has become abundantly clear: Abby Wambach needs to start — on the bench.

    This isn’t some new assertion.

    Cries for Wambach, 35, to yield her starting role to the fresher faces of the U.S. women’s national team have been ringing out for years. However, after watching USA’s unimaginative and uninspired play with Wambach up top against Australia, it’s never been more clear that for the U.S. to move forward it needs Wambach to step aside.

    I’m not saying it’s time to put Wambach out to pasture. She’s proven time and time again her value as one of the world’s most dominant aerial threats. But changing her role from super starter to super sub might be the best course of action for the Americans' longterm success.

    I’m not alone in this theory. Pia Sundhage who coached 107 U.S. matches before retiring to lead her native Sweden, said as much to the New York Times in a candid interview.

    “I

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  • Brazil wins, but doesn't impress in World Cup opener

    MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 09:  Marta #10 of Brazil celebrates a goal on a penalty kick with teammates in the second half during the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group E match against Korea Republic at Olympic Stadium on June 9, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 09: Marta #10 of Brazil celebrates a goal on a penalty kick with teammates in the second half during the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group E match against Korea Republic at Olympic Stadium on June 9, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)Brazil had a chance to assert itself as the darkhorse team to watch Tuesday as the Women’s World Cup heads into its first rest day.

    However, the Brazilians weren’t nearly as sharp as many expected and the whole final day of opening group games left soccer enthusiasts wondering whether a non-favorite could have a chance to hoist the cup this year.

    Brazil won 2-0, but it wasn’t a convincing victory. South Korea had an odd gameplan of allowing Brazil to dictate the pace. It wasn’t until after Marta netted Brazil’s second goal on a penalty kick that South Korea started pushing forward and putting pressure on the Brazilians. While the South Koreans came away empty handed it wasn’t due to a lack of chances. They had several goal-scoring opportunities in the final 30 minutes, including a ball that went rolling across the face of the goal right before the final whistle blew.

    If South Korea had played with that kind of energy throughout the game, the result likely would have been different, and

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  • France, England show little darkhorse potential in sloppy group opener

    MONCTON, NB - JUNE 09: Eugenie Le #9 of France celebrates her goal in the first half against the England during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Group F match at Moncton Stadium on June 9, 2015 in Moncton, Canada. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)MONCTON, NB - JUNE 09: Eugenie Le #9 of France celebrates her goal in the first half against the England during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Group F match at Moncton Stadium on June 9, 2015 in Moncton, Canada. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)If Women’s World Cup opponents were looking to the Group F-opening game between France and England as a way to scout those squads, they were highly disappointed.

    France won 1-0 off a fantastic strike by Eugenie Le Sommer in the 29th minute, but outside of that play the game was slow, methodical and mostly unentertaining.

    Part of that was because of the rainy weather, which made the artificial turf fast and the gameplay slow. Most of the through balls both teams have used to get their quick, attacking strikers into space were moving too fast and over the end line. Neither team seemed to be able to get a handle on the speed of the turf, which created a lot of short passes in the midfield and few quality shots on goal.

    That being said, France tried its best to be the aggressor in the game with 19 shots, three of which were on goal. England had just three shots and only one was on goal. However, only one of those French shots came inside the 6-yard box. Seven of the shots came from outside

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