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World Cup champion Alex Morgan scores 1st goal for Tottenham from penalty spot

Alex Morgan scored her first goal for Tottenham in a 3-1 victory over Brighton on Sunday as the London club won its first match of the Women’s Super League season.

The American World Cup winner, who made her Tottenham debut last month after giving birth in May, scored her team’s third goal from a penalty in the 84th minute.

“Alex has been building up her time on the pitch over the course of the last couple of months,” Rehanne Skinner said after her first game as Tottenham manager. “For her, she’s getting more and more back to where she would probably want to be.”

Tottenham opened the scoring when Morgan was fouled and Kerys Harrop swung the free kick into the top left-hand corner of the goal in the 11th minute.

WATCH | Alex Morgan records 1st goal for Tottenham:

American World Cup winner Alex Morgan scores on a penalty in the 84th minute as her Tottenham Hotspur club went on to defeat Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1. 0:31

Brighton levelled from a 33rd-minute penalty after Allana Kennedy’s high foot caught Brighton’s Aileen Whelan. Inessa Kaagman fired powerfully inside the right post to make it 1-1.

In the 63rd minute, Angela Addison took the ball past two Brighton players and the goalkeeper to slot into the bottom right-hand corner and brilliantly restore Spurs’ lead.

Morgan is among a group of American players to have moved to English soccer for this season, with Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis at Manchester City, and Tobin Heath and Christen Press at Manchester United.

Tottenham has six points after eight rounds.

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Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, driving force of Big Red Machine, dies at 77

Joe Morgan, the Hall of Fame second baseman who became the sparkplug of the Big Red Machine and the prototype for baseball’s artificial turf era, has died. He was 77.

He died at his home Sunday in Danville, California, family spokesman James Davis said in statement Monday. Morgan was suffering from a nerve condition, a form of polyneuropathy.

Morgan’s death marked the latest among major league greats this year: Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Tom Seaver and Al Kaline.

Morgan was a two-time NL Most Valuable Player, a 10-time All-Star and won five Gold Gloves. A 5-foot-7 dynamo known for flapping his left elbow at the plate, Little Joe could hit a home run, steal a base and disrupt any game with his daring.

Most of all, he completed Cincinnati’s two-time World Series championship team, driving a club featuring the likes of Pete Rose, Johnny Bench and Tony Perez to back-to-back titles.

Morgan’s tiebreaking single with two outs in the ninth inning of Game 7 in 1975 gave the Reds the crown in a classic matchup with Boston, and he spurred a four-game sweep of the Yankees the next season.

Morgan was the league’s MVP both years. And his Hall of Fame teammates and manager readily acknowledged he was the one that got it all started.

The smallest cog in the Big Red Machine was its most valuable piece, and easily a first-ballot pick for Cooperstown.

“He was just a good major league player when it didn’t mean anything,” former Reds and Tigers skipper Sparky Anderson once said. “But when it meant something, he was a Hall of Famer.”

In a 22-year career through 1984, Morgan scored 1,650 runs, stole 689 bases, hit 268 homers and batted .271. But those stats hardly reflected the force created on the field by the lefty-swinging No. 8.

Revolutionized the game

Confident and cocky, he also was copied. His habit of flapping his back elbow as a way to keep it high when hitting was imitated by many a Little Leaguer in Cincinnati and beyond.

“Joe wasn’t just the best second baseman in baseball history,” Bench said. “He was the best player I ever saw and one of the best people I’ve ever known.”

Health issues had slowed down Morgan in recent years. Knee surgery forced him to use a cane when he went onto the field at Great American Ball Park before the 2015 All-Star Game and he later needed a bone marrow transplant for an illness.

In his prime, Morgan helped to revolutionize the game with his quickness and many talents, especially once he hit the turf at Riverfront Stadium.

“Packed unusual power into his extraordinarily quick 150-lb. fireplug frame,” he was praised on his Hall of Fame plaque.

Morgan got his start with Houston in 1963, when the team was called the .45s and still played on grass. Once he became a full-time player in 1965 when the club became the Astros and moved into the Astrodome, he began to provide a glimpse of what speedy, multi-skilled players could do on the new kind of turf.

The Reds had already built a formidable team, but they came up short in 1970, losing to Baltimore in the World Series. Cincinnati made a shocking trade for Morgan after the 1971 season, giving up slugger Lee May and All-Star second baseman Tommy Helms in an eight-player swap.

Dominant 2nd baseman

Morgan turned out to be exactly what the Reds needed to take the next step.

“Joe fit in with the rest of us like the missing link in the puzzle,” Rose once said.

Rose was the dashing singles hitter, on his way to becoming the game’s career hits leader. Bench supplied the power. Perez was the clutch hitter. And Morgan did a bit of everything, slashing hits and stealing bases whenever needed.

Morgan got plenty of chances, too. Skilled at drawing walks, and helped by a small strike zone, he led the NL in on-base percentage in four of his first five years with the Reds, and finished with a career mark of .392.

“That’s when the game went to more speed,” Rose said. “There were guys who did more, but Joe stole bases when everyone at the park knew he would. He didn’t waste steals. He made them count. Joe probably could have stolen more. Lots of guys just steal to run up the numbers, and then they can’t when it counts to win the game. Joe made them count.”

Morgan scored a major league-leading 122 runs in his first season with the Reds and they reached the 1972 World Series, where they lost in seven games to Oakland.

The two championship seasons were his finest, making him the dominant second baseman of his time — many rated him as the greatest ever to play the position.

Morgan hit .327 with 17 homers, 94 RBIs and 67 stolen bases in 1975, then followed with a .320 average, 27 homers, 111 RBIs and 60 steals the next year. He was only the fifth second baseman in the NL to drive in more than 100 runs and also led the league in both on-base percentage and slugging percentage in 1976.

‘Big Red Machine’ greats (L-R) Pete Rose, Barry Larkin, Joe Morgan and Johnny Bench walk on the field prior to the 86th MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

A series of injuries in the late 1970s diminished Morgan’s production — the years of throwing his body around on the turf had taken a toll. The Reds decided to dismantle the Big Red Machine, prompting Morgan to also leave.

He spent the 1980 season with Houston, helping the Astros to a NL West title. He played two seasons with San Francisco, and later was reunited with Rose and Perez in Philadelphia.

Morgan hit two home runs in the 1983 World Series as the Phillies lost in five games to Baltimore, and tripled in his final at-bat.

Morgan finished as a career .182 hitter in 50 post-season games. He played in 11 different series and batted over .273 in just one of them, a stat that surprises many considering his big-game reputation.

‘He did it all’

Raised in Oakland, Morgan returned to the Bay Area and played the 1984 season with the Athletics before retiring.

Morgan set the NL record for games played at second, ranked among the career leaders in walks and was an All-Star in every one of his years with the Reds.

After his playing career, he spent years as an announcer for the Reds, Giants and A’s, along with ESPN, NBC, ABC and CBS. He was on the board of the Hall of Fame and the Baseball Assistance Team.

Morgan was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1990. The Reds also inducted him into their Hall of Fame and retired his number.

“He did it all, and he did it all the time,” said Bench, the first member of the Big Red Machine to enter the Hall. “I always thought that Joe was the best player I ever played with, and that takes in a lot of ground.”

Morgan recognized his place on one of baseball’s all-time greatest teams.

“Bench probably had the most raw baseball ability of any of us,” Morgan said before his Hall of Fame induction. “Pete obviously had the most determination to make himself the player he was. Perez was the unsung hero. I guess I was just a guy who could do a lot of things.”

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Theresa; twin daughters Kelly and Ashley; and daughters Lisa and Angela from his first marriage to Gloria Morgan.

Funeral details are not yet set.

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Alex Morgan becomes U.S. national team’s newest soccer mom

Alex Morgan, who helped the United States women’s soccer team to World Cup and Olympic titles, has become the newest mom in the national squad after giving birth to her first child.

Morgan, who is married to former Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Servando Carrasco, announced on Twitter on Saturday that their daughter Charlie Elena Carrasco was born on Thursday.

“She made us wait longer than expected, but I should have known she would do it her way and her way only. My super moon baby,” tweeted the national team forward, who was part of the U.S. 2019 and 2015 World Cup winning teams and 2012 Olympic gold medal squad.

Morgan had planned to represent the U.S. at the 2020 Tokyo Games and would have faced a time crunch to get back to full fitness by July but with the Olympics postponed for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak, she will no longer face the same pressure.

There have been only a handful of mothers who have played for the U.S. national team.

Jessica McDonald was the only mom on the U.S. 2019 World Cup winning squad, while Christie Pearce Rampone and Kate Markgraf were part of the 2008 Olympic team.

Pearce Rampone was also a member of the 2012 Olympic squad.

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Maple Leafs’ Morgan Rielly pondering team’s inconsistencies during self-isolation period

Morgan Rielly has been working out at home trying to stay in shape.

The Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman is also reading, watching movies and improving his rudimentary cooking skills. He’s fairly confident with the barbecue and has a decent handle on pasta.

“I don’t have the confidence yet for fish,” Rielly said. “I don’t want to under-cook it … then we’ve got a whole other situation on our hands.”

And when there’s quiet moments — there’s been, quite frankly, a lot of those — he’s reflected on Toronto’s rollercoaster campaign that screeched to a halt when the NHL suspended its season March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A few weeks before the pause, Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas used the words “Jekyll and Hyde” to describe his team.

On some nights, they were world-beaters with a high-flying roster consisting of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander up front, Rielly leading from the back end, and Frederik Andersen in goal.

Toronto went 15-4-1 after Sheldon Keefe replaced the fired Mike Babcock as head coach in November and could seemingly almost do no wrong.

And then there were times following that somewhat expected surge when basic breakouts or defensive zone coverages looked like advanced algebra.

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Rielly sat out 23 games with a broken foot he suffered blocking a shot in Florida on Jan. 12 in an 8-4 loss — one of many low points in the New Year.

He then watched emergency backup goalie David Ayres become an international celebrity when the Carolina Hurricanes embarrassed Toronto 6-3 at home on Feb. 22, and was on the road to witness the Leafs gain a solitary point against the San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks — who just happen to be the three worst teams in the Western Conference.

Despite having a lot of information, Rielly still has few answers.

“I can’t really put my finger on it,” he said on a conference call with reporters Thursday. “It’s important that we use this down time to really take a look in the mirror. As players, we all have to be better.

“If you look at the ups and the downs, that’s obviously not how you want your year to be described.”

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Rielly returned to the lineup two days before the novel coronavirus outbreak forced the NHL’s hand, playing more than 21 minutes in a gritty 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Leafs, who were 36-25-9 and in a post-season spot at the time the league went on hiatus, seemed to play up or down to the opposition’s level throughout 2019-20, which is a problem for a team that once again started training camp with Stanley Cup aspirations.

“You want it to be a bit more consistent,” Rielly said. “But with the bad there’s always good. We answered the bell at times when we had to against some pretty good teams. And then the downs being the games where you’re supposed to win or you really expect a good team to be able to win, and we weren’t able to execute.

“Deep inside, you have to take it personally.”

Consistently inconsistent

On that personal side, the 26-year-old wasn’t all that pleased with his play before getting cut down by injury.

He led all Toronto defencemen with three goals and 27 points in 46 games, averaging a team-high 24:15 of ice time per night.

But due to an unspecified physical ailment and some inconsistent performances, there were stretches where he looked like a shadow of the player who set career-highs with 20 goals, 52 assists and 72 points in 2018-19. Those 20 goals were the most among NHL defencemen last season, while the points total ranked third overall and fifth all-time for a Toronto blue-liner.

“There were times where I was good,” Rielly said of his 2019-20. “And I think that there were times where I felt that I could have done better.

“That’s a bit how we as a team look back at the year.”

And even though it was brief, he’s thankful to have seen at least a little action after working so hard rehabbing his foot.

“When you’re training in the gym and trying to get back to play, you’re picturing playing 12, 13 games and playing in playoffs, not playing one (game),” Rielly said. “I’m happy I played one because I think I’d be going crazy if I hadn’t played since January.”

Sanity in isolation

Rielly flew home to North Vancouver, B.C., after the NHL allowed players to relocate away from their team’s cities last month, and is spending time with girlfriend and Olympic figure skating champion Tessa Virtue in self-isolation.

“We’re both in it together,” said Rielly, who usually loathes to discuss himself in public. “We’re trying to keep each other sane and we’re doing what we can to do our part and just quarantine … I’m glad I’m not alone because I think that can be challenging.

“It’s important to keep in touch with those people in your life.”

Among the many phone conversations he’s had since the pandemic changed life as he and the rest of us know it are chats with teammates about a season that may never end — the NHL could return later in the spring or summer, or perhaps not until the 2020-21 campaign in the fall — and process how it played out.

“You reflect and you picture things going differently,” Rielly said. “This is a really good opportunity for players to do some thinking.”

And hopefully find a solution for whenever the games eventually return.

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan to Return for 'Supernatural' 300th Episode

Papa Winchester is coming back!

Jeffrey Dean Morgan will be making his anticipated return after more than a decade to Supernatural for its landmark 300th episode, The CW announced Wednesday. The milestone episode, titled “Lebanon,” is scheduled to air Thursday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

“We’re incredibly excited to have Jeffrey back for this milestone episode, and think fans will love what we have planned for his character… and a few other surprise guest stars,” Supernatural executive producer Andrew Dabb said in a statement.

Morgan last appeared onscreen as Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean’s (Jensen Ackles) father, John Winchester, at the end of season two in 2007. His voice was briefly heard in the season three episode, “Long Distance Call,” in May 2008.

Ever since Morgan left the show, he has fielded questions about his return. Earlier this year, Morgan said during a fan convention that he had hopes of one day wrapping up John’s story.

“If that show ever ends and they’re on, like, season 400, I said I would love to go back and have some resolution with that character,” he said in February. 

During a Twitter Q&A in late November, Morgan was asked if he’d consider returning to Supernatural if the opportunity came up. “Sure. If story was right,” the Walking Dead star wrote back.

Seems like the story was just right.

Supernatural airs its fall finale Thursday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, and will return Jan. 17.


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Bode Miller and Wife Morgan Welcome Baby Boy 4 Months After Daughter's Tragic Death

Bode Miller and his wife Morgan are parents to a new baby boy.

The Olympic gold medal skier and his wife of six years and professional beach volleyball player welcomed their third child together on Friday, Oct. 5, the couple confirmed to People on Sunday. The two are also parents to 3-year-old Nash Skan, and Bode has two children from previous relationships, 10-year-old daughter Neesyn and 5-year-old son Samuel.

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The news comes just 4 months after the tragic accidental drowning death of the couple’s 19-month old daughter, Emiline, in June.

In August, Morgan shared a heartbreaking photo of her daughter from the day that she died, along with a touching message.

“I wish I could have one more day to hold you, but until that day comes, continue to work through me and give me the strength to bring awareness, my love,” Morgan wrote. “I told you as I held you in this moment that you could still change the world, you could still move mountains. Every step we take forward is because of you and Levi. Your footprint will forever be left on this world. I love you, My baby girl.”

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Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies of cancer

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai died on Wednesday in South Africa after a long battle with cancer, the vice-president of his Movement for Democratic Change party said.

“I can confirm that he died this evening. The family communicated this to me,” Elias Mudzuri told Reuters.

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