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Coco Gauff on her Cinderella run at Wimbledon: ‘I’m a fighter, and I’ll never give up’



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Cori “Coco” Gauff is just now beginning to process what it feels like to be at the next level of international tennis stardom.

“If somebody told me this three weeks ago, I probably wouldn’t believe it,” the 15-year-old said. “but I think just putting in the work definitely raised my confidence because I knew how hard I worked and I knew shots I could make and what was possible.”
Gauff lost to No. 7 Simona Halep in straight sets in the fourth round of Wimbledon on Monday.

Halep, who was the world No. 1 in January, advances to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-3 win. The 27-year-old Romanian has one major title: the French Open in 2018.
After becoming the youngest player to reach Wimbledon through qualifying, Gauff entered the tournament ranked No. 313 in the world. By the end of the tournament, she will be inside the top 150. Wimbledon was her Grand Slam main draw singles debut.

She’ll return home to Delray Beach, Florida, as a celebrity.
After the match, Gauff spoke about how the world has reacted to her surprising run and about former first lady Michelle Obama tweeting about her success.

Her forehand was a shot heard ’round the world
She’s been laser-focused on tennis this week and is only now able to process the ways in which she’s inspired the world.
“It’s amazing. I kind of don’t know how the rest of the world reacted, because I’m still in London. Even with all this going on, I still felt like I was in a bubble, because I’ve just been going to the tournament-hotel-tournament-hotel, because I’ve been finishing so late,” she said.
But the most important outpouring of support will come from those closest to her.
“I’m excited to go home now and see my family,” Gauff said. “I saw a video and they were saying they were so proud of me, so that kind of makes me happy.”

Accolades from her idols have been pouring in
Former first lady Michelle Obama took note of Gauff’s success, tweeting “Coco is terrific!” during her victory against Polona Hercog in the previous round.
Gauff said that one “meant a lot to me because I’ve looked up to her for a long time, and she’s such a role model, and I was really shocked. I wasn’t expecting that. That was probably one of the least expected.”
Pioneering tennis icon Billie Jean King tweeted, “Your journey is far from over, @CocoGauff. Looking forward to watching your future successs on the court and off. #BigFan.”
Gauff has a reply to her new fans.
“I hope they learned about me, that I’m a fighter and I’ll never give up,” she said. “And I hope they learned from me that anything is possible if you work hard and just continue to dream big.”

What’s next?
Due to Women’s Tennis Association age restrictions to prevent burnout in young players, Gauff can’t play in as many tournaments as she wants, like an older player can. She’s eligible for up to seven more professional tournaments before March, when she turns 16.
But that still means there are plenty of opportunities for the next Coco fix.
The US Open, which starts next month, is one tournament where Gauff could appear.


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Watch live: Women’s World Cup ticker-tape parade streams




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The U.S. Women’s National Team are the 2019 World Cup champions, and New Yorkers ready to celebrate.

The city is honoring the team’s fourth Women’s World Cup victory with a ticker-tape parade along Canyon of Heroes. It stretches Broadwa, from the Battery to City Hall and stepped off at 9:30 a.m. Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to present the team with keys to the city during a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at City Hall Plaza.

Tickets were made available to the public, but sold out fast. If you weren’t one of the lucky ones — or you can’t make it downtown on a weekday morning — consider tuning into a livestream of the parade instead.
Viewers in the city and surrounding areas can watch the parade on TV on CBS, with coverage set from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The special, airing live, is dubbed “Saluting the Champions.”

It’s also available for streaming on your computer or iPhone, through the CBS Live app and

NBC 4 New York is also offering full coverage of the event, with a livestream at

ABC’s coverage is available for streaming online at, the ABC News mobile app, as well as on Roku, Hulu, Apple TV and Amazon Fire devices.


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Mexico outlasts Haiti 1-0 in Gold Cup semifinals




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Mexico played with flair, dominated the ball, dodged a few counters by Haiti.

El Tri played a complete game except for one area: Finishing.

Unable to score on multiple golden opportunities, Mexico needed Raul Jimenez’s goal on a penalty kick in the 93rd minute to end Haiti’s impressive Gold Cup run in the semifinals with a 1-0 victory on Tuesday night.

“We are very happy with the players’ effort,” Mexico assistant coach Jorge Theiler said through a translator. “Mexico is going to the finals and that’s what matters.”

Mexico dominated possession, yet could not find a way to put the finishing touches in Haiti’s end, allowing Les Grenadiers to hang around and build confidence while playing to a scoreless tie in regulation.

Jimenez was awarded a penalty kick early in the extra time after Herve Bazile took him down at the edge of the penalty box. Jimenez slow-played the penalty kick, slipping it behind Jhony Placide after the Haitian goalie dove to his right to bring the crowd to its feet.

El Tri moves on to face defending champion United States or Jamaica in Sunday’s final at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

“We just kept doing what we were doing and we showed a lot of character,” Mexico defender Carlos Salcedo said. “There have been games where we could do a lot of what we wanted and others where we couldn’t. That’s how these tournaments go. We did what we had to do.”

Haiti had several good chances on counters after absorbing Mexico’s pressure, yet couldn’t get a ball into the net in its first Gold Cup semifinals.

Les Grenadiers had a final chance to tie in the 119th minute, but Mikeal Gabriel Cantave’s shot hit the crossbar and popped straight up in the air to Mexico goalie Guillermo Ochoa.

“We knew Mexico would probably dominate the possession,” Haiti coach Marc Collat said through a translator. “We wanted to keep it tied as long as we could and take advantage of our opportunities, but unfortunately we could not take advantage.”

Mexico, a seven-time Gold Cup champion, arrived in the desert as an overwhelming favorite against the young, confident Haitian side.

Ranked No. 101 in the world, Haiti did not bow under the pressure of playing in its first Gold Cup semifinal or facing mighty Mexico in front of 64,000 fans who made it feel like a home match for El Tri.

Haiti beat Canada in the semifinals for its biggest win since qualifying for the 1974 World Cup and did not back down from Mexico, withstanding El Tri’s constant pressure and counterattacking when the opportunity arose.

With manager Gerardo Martino watching from a suite above — he was suspended after picking up two yellow cards — Mexico struggled to finish in the first half despite numerous chances. Placide also made a diving save on Jimenez’s header late in the half to keep Les Grenadiers tied at halftime.

Placide made another spectacular save in the 67th minute, leaping to knock away Andres Guardado’s free kick from just outside the penalty box, and Mexico continued to watch quality scoring opportunities come up empty.

“It’s what we do, we fight,” Haiti defender Andrew Jean Baptiste said.

Haiti failed in three previous attempts to get past the Gold Cup quarterfinals, including a loss to Mexico in 2009.

Les Grenadiers, with their mix-and-match of young players born in countries across the globe, overcame language barriers — they speak everything from Creole to Portuguese — to make a monumental breakthrough to inspire a country that still hasn’t fully recovered from a massive earthquake in 2011.

Haiti won its group with a surprising comeback win over Costa Rica and rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit to beat Canada 3-2 to reach its first Gold Cup semifinals.

Haiti’s confidence carried into its game against El Tri.

Mexico, which beat Costa Rica on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals, used its crisp-passing control game to pressure Haiti throughout the first half. But Les Grenadiers played a countering, direct-attack game to create a few chances of their own.

With Mexico unable to finish, Haiti seemed to build more confidence the longer the game remained tied.

Les Grenadiers fought to a scoreless tie in regulation, but their dream run ended with a penalty kick and a hit crossbar in extra time.

“We left it all on the field,” Baptiste said. “Guys could barely walk off the field.”


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Who is Betsy Ross, and did she sew the first American flag?




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This week, Nike is halting distribution of a new sneaker featuring the “Betsy Ross” American flag, which features 13 stars in a circle for the original 13 states.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the decision came after former NFL player and activist Colin Kaepernick complained that the flag was a throwback to an era when prominent Americans held slaves.
As the most famous seamstress in American history comes back around for another 15 minutes of fame, it’s worth dusting off a history book to see what’s behind the flag that was sewn into the new line of shoes.

You may have learned in elementary school that Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag at the request of Gen. George Washington.
In an interview with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Marc Leepson, author of “Flag: An American Biography,” argued that the story is more fable than fact.
“Every historical study has come to the same conclusion,” he said. “There’s no good historical evidence that she did. But that doesn’t mean she didn’t. There’s simply a lack of documentation. Most historians believe the story is apocryphal.”

On what would become Flag Day, June 14, 1777, Congress passed a law calling for single American flag to replace the various standards flying at the time. “Resolved. That the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternating red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
The Betsy Ross flag may just be a tall tale

But according to Ross family legend, it was a year earlier when the Founding Fathers walked into Ross’ home, where she sat sewing. Nearly a century later, Ross’ grandson William Canby published the first known written account of the original flag in a paper entitled “The History of the Flag of the United States.”

His story depicts Washington and his men stating that they’re members of a committee of Congress and that they had been appointed to create a flag.
According to Canby, they asked his grandmother whether she could make one, and Ross told Washington that “she did not know but she could try; she had never made one but if the pattern were shown to her she had not doubt of her ability to do it.”

According to the story, Ross went back and forth with Washington and his men on design ideas before agreeing on a final look.
Canby’s written version of the Ross family history picked up attention and was essentially the mainstream view with the publication of the book “The Evolution of the American Flag” in 1909, according to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Historians agree, however, that Ross later sewed American flags for the Pennsylvania navy, Leepson says.
And regardless of whether the story of the very first flag is true, it’s an endearing one, and it endures.


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