Women’s World Cup| Morgan scores five as U.S. beat Thailand with record 13-0 win

first_imgREIMS, France (Reuters) – Striker Alex Morgan scored five times as holders the UnitedStates began their World Cup campaign with a record 13-0 win over Thailand yesterday.Morgan opened the goal spree for the title favourites, who are in pursuit of a fourth world crown, with a header in the 12th minute and from then on there was no stopping the champions.Eight minutes later Rose Lavelle found the net with a left-footed shot while midfielder Lindsey Horan gave them a 3-0 lead going into the interval.Samantha Mewis opened the floodgates five minutes after the break as the U.S. made life miserable for the Thais by regularly finding the back of the net.In total, seven Americans scored during the match – Morgan (5), Lavelle (2), Mewis (2),Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd all finding their way on to the scoresheet in a performance that is bound to strike fear into all of those teams hoping to end the United States’ reign as world champions.“We really wanted to showcase ourselves and what we’ve been preparing for and working on and I think we did that,” said Morgan.“Every goal matters in this tournament and so that’s what we were working on in thisgame. We got a lot of attacks and I think we were really clinical in the number of attacks that we did get.“I am speechless. The ball just bounced my way today and I am looking forward to the next game.“To see Rose Lavalle have the confidence to go at players, Sam Mewis taking on players and scoring from outside the box, they showed really well. I am really proud of them.”last_img read more

LIAM ADAMS JAILED FOR 16 YEARS

first_imgBy our Belfast Daily Staff: FORMER IRA terrorist Liam Adams was sentenced today (Wednesday) to 16 years for raping and sexually abusing his daughter.The 58-year-old brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams appeared in the dock of Court 14 in Belfast Crown Court to hear his fate.Deputy Belfast Recorder Judge Corinne Philpott QC told Adams he will spend 16 years in custody and two years on licence following his release from prison. The judge has spent the past number of weeks reviewing pre-sentence and probation reports before making a decision on what sentence to pass on Adams.During the first trial it was claimed in court that Gerry Adams had confronted Liam in Buncrana in 1987 about the abuse, with a claim he had threatened him with a hammer.Gerry Adams confirmed the confrontation but denied using a hammer.LIAM ADAMS JAILED FOR 16 YEARS was last modified: November 27th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more