Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Morgan Leads Us vs. Ireland in Soccer Exhibition

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Morgan Leads Us vs. Ireland in Soccer Exhibition

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- It was something of an understatement when Alex Morgan said she was feeling it against Ireland.

Morgan scored three first-half goals and the Olympic gold medal- winning U.S. women's national team defeated Ireland, 5-0, Wednesday night, the latest match in an exhibition tour for fans following the London Games.

On the drizzle-slicked turf of Portland's Jeld-Wen Field, Abby Wambach and the rest of the U.S. women's team encouraged Morgan.

"Abby and everyone just kept saying 'Shoot! Shoot! It's a slick surface!' So I did," Morgan said afterward, lingering to sign autographs. "I was feeling it."

The top-ranked United States is 4-0-2 on its Fan Tribute Tour.


ATLANTA -- The New Orleans Saints players say their bus was pelted with eggs by airport workers after they touched down in Atlanta.

Tight end Jimmy Graham, linebacker Will Herring and quarterback Chase Daniel tweeted about the incident Wednesday night at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The Saints (5-6) face the first-place Falcons (10-1) tonight at the Georgia Dome. New Orleans won the first meeting between the longtime rivals, 31-27 on Nov. 11.

Graham wrote on Twitter: "Bus just got egged after landing in ATL by the ramp workers. Classy!"

Daniel tweeted, "Wow ... we start getting eggs thrown [at] us by airport workers! Guess they do hate us!"


LONDON -- Serena Williams has been named the WTA's Player of the Year after winning major titles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, and claiming gold at the London Olympics.

Williams, who has won 15 Grand Slam singles titles and four Olympic gold medals, was 48-2 in the final seven months of the season.

It is the fourth time Williams has won the award, which is voted on by international tennis media. She also was named Player of the Year in 2002, '08 and '09. …

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