Tennis

Top 5 WTA Surprises of 2017: #3 - Sloane Stephens produces magnificent comeback By Don Han

Starting this week, VAVEL USA’s Don Han will be counting down the top 5 biggest WTA surprises of 2017. Number three: Sloane Stephens' miraculous comeback from a foot injury which saw her reaching the semifinals in Toronto and Cincinnati before claiming her maiden Grand Slam trophy at the US Open....

MLS

Greg Vanney: "We have more ways that we can win." By Mickey Kennedy

VAVEL speaks with Greg Vanney and Jozy Altidore about the MLS Cup Final...

MLS

Brian Schmetzer: "We will just do the best we can and try and match up and give everybody a good final." By Mickey Kennedy

VAVEL speaks with Brian Schmetzer and Stefan Frei about the MLS Cup Final...

Tennis

Top 5 WTA Surprises of 2017: #4 - Venus Williams continues to defy the odds

Don Han | Five years ago, if someone told you, “Venus Williams is going return to the top-five and reach two Grand Slam finals in 2017.” Would you believe it? The answer is obvious, but the American continued what she loves doing: going against the odds and proving us all wrong. Believe it or not, Venus Williams is still going strong at the age of 37, overcoming a Sjögren's syndrome. Certainly, her incredible story has been one of the biggest surprises on tour this year. Achievements in 2017 Williams came out of nowhere and reached the final at the Australian Open for the first time since 2003 (and just her second overall in Melbourne). She went into Melbourne unheralded after having several issues with an arm injury, but the American was given a fairly manageable draw. She successfully managed to capitalize on her chances and made her first semifinal appearance in 14 years with a tough win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Venus Williams in action during the Australian Open final | Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images AsiaPac Venus had reminded us of never to give up even when met with the toughest of obstacles, and the feeling of achieving what others thought you couldn’t is incredible. Just look at the reaction from the legendary 37-year-old after winning her semifinal match against Coco Vandeweghe in Melbourne, it is a perfect representation of an incredible story. Achieving success when nobody believed in you, Venus’ story has been one of a kind. She went on to reach the final at the Wimbledon Championships for...

NWSL

Nominees Announced for 2017 U.S. Female Player of the Year By Andi Gebhart

Julie Ertz, Lindsay Horan, Samantha Mewis, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe are all up for the award, which will be announced throughout December....

NWSL

Washington Spirit to host North Carolina Courage in Richmond, VA preseason bout By Aaron Bellamy

The Spirit and Courage will face off at City Stadium in Richmond, Virginia. The stadium hosts the Richmond Kickers team and the Richmond Spiders for the University of Richmond....

MLS

Sunil Gulati rules himself out of the next U.S. Soccer presidential election By Kudzi Musarurwa

The 12-year president of the organization has decided to not run for re-election and let a newcomer step into his role in the near future....

MLS

Diego Valeri named 2017 MLS Most Valuable Player By Paul DeBruler

It was a foregone conclusion, but it's still awesome....

NWSL

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying to be held in the United States of America By Kudzi Musarurwa

According to the Washington Post, all CONCACAF teams will be flying into the US to play out their World Cup qualifying matches....

NFL

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals Preview: Steelers try to stay on top of the AFC By Kudzi Musarurwa

The AFC North has not been decided yet but the Steelers will not only be looking to make another stride towards clinching the division title abut also stay with the New England Patriots in the race for he AFC top seed. The Bengals, on the other hand are trying to make a late push for the playoffs....

NFL

Seattle Seahawks upset the Philadelphia Eagles By Richard Martinez

With the playoff chase heating up, the Seattle Seahawks stun the Philadelphia Eagles and remain in the hunt for a wild card spot....

A look at Chris Paul So Far

Chris Paul was injured at the beginning of the season, so we couldn't see how he'd fit in with the Houston Rockets until later. Here's a look at his performance...
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