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Abby Wambach Retires As The GOAT

“CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?! ABBY WAMBACH HAS SAVED THE USA’S LIFE IN THIS WORLD CUP,” announcer Ian Darke screamed in disbelief. But those who knew Wambach probably weren’t too surprised her dome had rescued the team. In the 2004 Olympic final — also against Brazil — a 24-year-old Wambach scored the game-winning goal in overtime — also with her head. With 184 international goals — the most of any soccer player in the world, male or female — Abby Wambach is going out on top. The 14-year veteran of the U.S. women’s national team (USWNT) announced her retirement today (after snapping a selfie with POTUS, no less), marking the end not just of her reign in women’s soccer but also the end of one of the most dominant careers in American sports.Not all great athletes have a single moment that encapsulates their career, but for me, Wambach does. Down 2-1 against Brazil in the 122nd minute of the 2011 Women’s World Cup quarterfinal, the game appeared all but over — a loss for the Americans would have meant the worst performance in a World Cup by any USWNT. A cross from Megan Rapinoe on the left side seemed hopeless, until you saw Wambach on the far right, floating above four Brazilian defenders and heading the ball in. At nearly 6 feet tall, Wambach was plain dominant in the air in the women’s game. She has scored 77 international goals with her Twitter-famous head. That means her head, by itself, is the seventh-most prolific scorer in USWNT history.But focusing only on her head ignores the 107 goals Wambach has scored with the rest of her body. Even minus the headers, Wambach has scored more goals internationally than all but one man. Want some other crazy Wambach stats?According to ESPN’s Paul Carr, Wambach scored a goal every 99.3 minutes for the USWNT, the best rate of the 13 players with 40 or more goals;She holds the USWNT match record (in a six-way tie) for the most goals in a game (5);She also holds the USWNT career record for the most multiple-goal games (39);And the most yellow cards (23) — a result of her tenacity in her early days, and her flop-like tendencies in her later days.But snapshot statistics don’t do Wambach justice. For more than a decade, she dictated the style of American women’s soccer (for better or for worse). Wambach will play her last game for the USWNT on Dec. 16, but her legacy will live on in long balls and last-minute headers, a relic of the ’99-ers style of play that many are ready to retire … until the U.S. needs saving and Wambach won’t be there to header one home. read more

Scandalous Jason Kidd on Probation For Drunk Driving

Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd has pleaded guilty to a drunk driving charge he received last summer.A judge placed Kidd on interim probation after his plea to a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge. In an effort to turn the negative incident into a positive, the judge also ordered the coach to speak to Long Island, New York, high school students about the dangers of drunken driving.Kidd was arrested on July 15, 2012, by Southampton Town police. They say he smashed his Cadillac SUV into a telephone pole in the hamlet of Water Mill. Police reports stated he smelled of alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy.Kidd retired as an NBA player after last season and was hired to coach the Nets. He took the team to two NBA Finals as a player when the franchise played in New Jersey. read more

Gabriel Snyder Leaving The Wire for Mobile Startup

first_imgThe appointment of Golis is not a replacement for Snyder. A search is underway for a new editor. In the meantime, Elle Reeve, Dashiell Bennett and Joe Reid will head up The Wire’s coverage. Full memo: From: M. Scott Havens Date: Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 2:33 PMSubject: News about The WireTo: Everyone at The AtlanticGood Afternoon Team, I am writing to let you know of some upcoming changes at The Wire: Gabriel Snyder has decided it is time to jump headfirst into the “mobile revolution” and has accepted a position with a VC-backed mobile start-up. His last day will be January 23rd. Gabriel is one of the most entrepreneurial journalists I have worked with, so it doesn’t surprise me that he would seize an opportunity like this. While we are saddened by his departure, we are fortunate to have Andrew Golis in our ranks, who will be stepping into the newly created post of General Manager of The Wire.  I am deeply grateful for Gabriel’s tireless leadership these past three years as he helped guide The Wire’s impressive growth and evolution. He has led an extraordinary team that has taken the brand to new heights, editorially and in its reach. I look forward to continuing our friendship and rooting for his new venture to flourish. Earlier this winter, as you know, we relaunched The Wire with a refined mission, as well as a new name, URL, and look, and a mobile-first responsive design. The changes also represented a strategic business decision for us, formally establishing the site as an independent media brand in the marketplace. The second part of this plan has always been to invest dedicated business and technology resources to support the continued evolution of The Wire, which brings us to Andrew and his new leadership role.  In this new post—itself a reflection of our excitement about the future of The Wire—Andrew will be charged with crystallizing the site’s strategy, growing the overall team, and scaling the business. In just six months as The Atlantic’s entrepreneur in residence, Andrew has provided key strategic guidance to our Editorial and Digital Strategy teams, advising on our expanding video and paid-content initiatives, as well as several forthcoming new ventures. Before joining us, Andrew was the Director of Digital Media and a Senior Editor at Frontline, where he oversaw two departments: Digital, which included editorial, strategy, design, and product development; and Audience Development, which included promotion, broadcast and digital audience research, and long-term audience strategy. Previously, Andrew was the Editor of Blogging and a Politics Editor at Yahoo News, where he built a network of originally reported blogs for the biggest digital news audience in the country. Before that, he was the Deputy Publisher of Talking Points Memo, where he helped manage that company’s explosive editorial, audience, and business growth as it transitioned from a one-man blog to a fully staffed news organization. You can see why Andrew is such a perfect fit for the next phase of The Wire. As Andrew, James, and Bob search for The Wire’s new editor, Elle Reeve, Dashiell Bennett, and Joe Reid will lead the site’s editorial coverage. Individually and collectively, Elle, Dash, and Joe exemplify The Wire’s mission and sensibility, and the site is in good hands with them. We’ll have a proper send-off for Gabriel closer to his last day, but, in the meantime, please join me in thanking him for his many contributions to The Wire.  And please also join me in congratulating Andrew on his exciting new role. Scott More on this topic Why The Atlantic Hired an Entrepreneur-in-Residence The Atlantic Spins Off, Relaunches The Wire People On The Move | 6.13.13 Atlantic Wire Relaunches; Atlantic Premium Remains Sidelined People on the Move | 1.16.14 Bloomberg Media Plucks M. Scott Havens From Time Inc. as New Head of DigitalJust In Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics BreachPowered by Gabriel Snyder is leaving his post as editor of The Wire, The Atlantic’s curated news and commentary site, to take a position at a mobile start-up. President of The Atlantic, Scott Havens, announced the change today to staff. Andrew Golis, who Havens hired last June as entrepreneur-in-residence, will be stepping in with the newly created title of general manager. Snyder’s last day will be January 23rd. Golis, says Havens, will “be charged with crystallizing the site’s strategy, growing the overall team, and scaling the business.”The move comes a few months after The Wire was spun off as an independent entity, following a strategy more in line with Atlantic Media sister brands Quartz and Defense One. last_img read more

Sensex falls Karnataka political situation unnerves market

first_imgIndian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesIndian shares slipped for a fifth straight session on Monday as the political situation in Karnataka clouded the outlook for general elections next year and left markets uneasy.The chief minister of the southern state quit on Saturday, after just two days in office, as his Bhartiya Janata Party was unable to drum up the support of a majority of legislators in the state assembly.This allows the main opposition Congress party and a regional ally to form a government in the state and is expected to galvanise opponents of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of elections that must be held by May next year.The broader NSE Nifty slipped 0.46 percent to 10,547.90 as of 0633 GMT, while the benchmark BSE Sensex was 0.4 percent lower at 34,710.59.”We have this continuing downward momentum from last week. Secondly, Karnataka elections is weighing on the markets as the outlook of the 2019 election is looking dicey,” Deepak Jasani, Head of Retail Research at HDFC Securities, said.”Political situation till 2019 could continue to be very volatile. The clarity around a party getting majority in the 2019 election is getting a little diluted,” he added.Financial stocks such as HDFC Bank Ltd, which fell 1.1 percent, were among the biggest drags on the NSE index.Metals stocks took a hit for a fourth session, with the Nifty metal index down as much as 1.4 percent to its lowest since April 5. Tata Steel Ltd was down 1.3 percent, while Vedanta Ltd dropped 2.1 percent.Among the decliners, Amara Raja Batteries Ltd posted its biggest intraday percentage loss since Nov. 15, 2016 on missing analysts expectations for March-quarter results.Meanwhile, shares in UltraTech Cement Ltd rose after its merger deal with Century Textiles and Industries.last_img read more

Physician arrested for raping teenage girl

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA physician has been arrested for reportedly raping a teenage girl after promising to give her a nursing job in Narsingdi, reports UNB.The arrested person is Arshaf Uddin Julfikar, 50, son of Sirajul Islam of Hotapra in Gazipur Sadar upazila.A resident medical officer of Sonia Knitwear at Shilamandi in Narsingdi town, he used to do private practice at Newlife Hospital in Gafargaon of Mymensingh.Sadar Model police station officer-in-charge Saiduzzaman said the girl got acquainted with the physician at the private hospital.The physician promised to give the girl nursing job at a private hospital on completion of a course, he said.In the name of enrolling her into the nursing course, he took the girl to his rented house at Shilamandi where he first raped her on 4 May. Ashraf also violated the girl for several more times and threatened to kill her if she disclosed the matter.On information by locals, police rescued the girl on Friday and arrested Arshaf. The girl was sent to Narsigndi Sadar Hospital on Saturday morning for medical test, the OC said.Meanwhile, victim’s mother filed a case with the police station on Friday night.last_img read more