Though the U.S. women's soccer team twice defeated them earlier this year, Japan remains a formidable opponent as they're the sentimental favorites in Sunday's World Cup, American players said Thursday.
When you're talking about mixed martial arts and the name "Cyborg" comes up, the words that spring to mind are strength, toughness, relentlessness and, more than anything else, dominance. Strikeforce women's middleweight champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos has displayed all of those qualities in abundance.
Girls often come in predictable groupings -- in literature, pop culture and even in real life. There's the "pretty" one, the "outgoing" one, the "smart" one, the "motherly" one. And then there's the other one, the quiet girl who rounds out the social circle.
A recent Harris poll had some revealing results. In a nationwide survey asking Americans to name their favorite female athlete, Mia Hamm rose from No. 5 to No. 4, behind only the tennis-playing Williams sisters and race car driver Danica Patrick. Considering those three athletes are still competing and that Hamm has been retired for almost six years, the poll raised a few eyebrows (including mine).
After beating Brazil 2-0 in a one-sided "friendly" (Brazil had five yellow cards) last month, the U.S. women's soccer team moved to 35-0-7 under head coach Greg Ryan, whose tenure began following the retirement of U.S. legends Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain.