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Alex Morgan calls out tea celebration critics for sexist double standard

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Alex Morgan calls out tea celebration critics for sexist double standard

All the talk after the United States Women's National Team semifinal win over England in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup should have been about the American's crisp play, resilience and march toward history Sunday in Lyon.

Instead, the talk centered on star forward Alex Morgan and whether or not her tea-sipping celebration after what turned out to be the game-winning goal in the USA's 2-1 win over the Three Lionesses was distasteful. 

(Spoiler alert: It wasn't.)

As Morgan and the USWNT prepare to face the Netherlands in the World Cup Final on Sunday, the star striker was asked about the (faux) outrage surrounding her celly, and she delivered a perfect rebuttal to critics of her and her team.


“There is some sort of double standard for females in sports to feel like we have to be humble in our successes and have to celebrate but not too much and have to do something, but it always needs to be a limited fashion,” she said. “You see men celebrate all over the world in big tournaments, you know, grabbing their sacks or whatever it is.

“When I look at sipping a cup of tea, I’m a little taken aback and kind of laugh about it to see all the criticism. So, I’m a little disappointed about that.”

The criticism of Morgan came from those who believed she was mocking England's tradition of drinking tea, but she says it was meant to mock all the gossip or "tea" being spread about the USWNT.

“My celebration was actually more about, ‘That’s the tea,’ which is telling a story, spreading the news,” Morgan said, via Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel. “It wasn’t a hit to England in any way.”

Morgan and the USWNT have been the focal point of conversation over the last month in France. From President Donald Trump scolding winger Megan Rapinoe to the hub-bub surrounding Morgan's celebration, the USA has been a lightning rod for "tea" during this World Cup. 

[RELATED: Why USWNT star Rapinoe believes she's 'deeply American']

Rapinoe, who sat out during the semifinal win over England, roasted her teammate's critics for their ridiculous and eye-roll-inducing outrage, something she knows a thing or two about.

Be sure, should the USWNT complete their bid for back-to-back World Cup titles Sunday, the celebrations won't be subdued. Nor should they be.

Arsenal-Brighton live stream: Watch Premier League game online

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Arsenal-Brighton live stream: Watch Premier League game online

Two struggling clubs will try to get back to their winning ways when Brighton & Hove Albion face Arsenal on Thursday.

The Gunners are winless in their last six Premier League matches, dating back to a 1-0 victory over AFC Bournemouth on Oct. 6. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored exactly half of the club's 20 goals in league play, including both markers in Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Norwich City on Dec. 1.

Meanwhile, Albion hasn't been much better, having lost each of its last three matches to drop to 16th in the Prem. However, a win Thursday would pull the Seagulls within a point of Arsenal in the thick of the table.

Here's how to watch Thursday's Brighton-Arsenal match live online and on NBCSN:

When: Thursday, Dec. 5 at 3:15 p.m. ET/12:15 p.m. PT
TV Channel: NBCSN
Live Stream: NBC Sports

Chelsea beat Aston Villa in John Terry's return to Stamford Bridge

Chelsea beat Aston Villa in John Terry's return to Stamford Bridge

The hosts broke the deadlock when Tammy Abraham rose to head in his 11th Premier League goal of the season (24) against the side he scored 26 times for on loan in the Championship last season.

But Dean Smith's side levelled against the run of play before half-time as Trezeguet scrambled the ball over the line from close range (41).

Chelsea were back in front three minutes after the restart when Mount struck in style and the Blues held on for their first victory in four games.

The result puts Chelsea six points clear of fifth-placed Wolves but, perhaps more significantly, eight clear of Manchester United and nine ahead of Tottenham. Aston Villa remain 15th after their two-match unbeaten run was ended in west London - a point above the relegation zone after Southampton's win over Norwich.

Player ratings

Chelsea: Kepa (7), Azpilicueta (7), James (7), Christensen (6), Zouma (7), Kante (7), Mount (8), Kovacic (6), Willian (8), Pulisic (7), Abraham (8).

Subs: Jorginho (n/a), Hudson-Odoi (n/a), Batshuayi (n/a).

Aston Villa: Heaton (7), Targett (6), Elmohamady (7), Mings (7), Konsa (6), Nakamba (6), McGinn (6), Grealish (6), Hourihane (5), Trezeguet (7), Wesley (5).

Subs: Luiz (6), Jota (6).

Man of the match: Mason Mount.

Opta stats

  • Chelsea have lost just one of their last 56 Premier League home games against newly promoted teams (W45 D10 L1).
  • Aston Villa have picked up just one point from their last 42 available in away games against sides starting the day in the top four (W0 D1 L13).
  • Tammy Abraham has scored 11 goals in 14 Premier League appearances this season - the only Chelsea players to score more in their first 14 apps in a single PL season are Diego Costa (12 in 2014-15) and Nicolas Anelka (12 in 2008-09).
  • Only Jamie Vardy (17) has been directly involved in more Premier League goals this season than Chelsea's Tammy Abraham (14 - 11 goals, 3 assists).


What's next?

Chelsea travel to face Everton at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Saturday; Kick-off is at 12.30pm.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa host Leicester on Renault Super Sunday; coverage starts on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event at 1pm with kick-off at 2pm.