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Megan Rapinoe injury: USWNT star says she's OK for Women's World Cup final

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Megan Rapinoe injury: USWNT star says she's OK for Women's World Cup final

United States Women's National Team Star Megan Rapinoe told reporters she'll be ready for Sunday's 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup final in Lyon. 

The winger, 33, missed Tuesday's 2-1 semifinal win over England with what she told reporters was a minor hamstring injury. Coach Jill Ellis left Rapinoe out of Tuesday's starting XI, but did not reveal why until after the match.

Christen Press started in Rapinoe's place and gave the USWNT a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute. Ellis kept the reasoning for starting Press close to the vest before the match, but revealed to reporters that she would have substituted Rapinoe had the match gone to penalties. 

"I feel we have a deep bench and called upon another player and thought they did a fantastic job," Ellis told reporters in Lyon (via CNN). 

Multiple reporters noticed that Rapinoe did not warm up with her teammates before the game or at halftime. She did, however, dance to "Macarena" as it played over the Parc Olympique Lyonnais. 

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All eyes have been on Rapinoe in the knockout stage. She scored two goals against Spain in the Round of 16, then drew international attention when Eight by Eight magazine tweeted a video of her from January saying she's "not going to the f---king White House" last week. A day later, President Donald Trump scolded Rapinoe for the comments, but she told reporters on the eve of last Friday's quarterfinal against France that she "[stood] by the comments."

In said quarterfinal, Rapinoe scored two goals and led the Americans to a win over the hosts. Although she did not feature in Tuesday's win over England, she told Fox Sports' Karina Leblanc she was impressed by her teammates' resolve amid all the noise from the outside. 

"Just as a footballer, obviously, to get to the highest stage, to get to the biggest game -- that's what you go for on this team," Rapinoe told Leblanc. "It's always win or bust. For everything else that all of us fight for, I know I'm very vocal about things but the whole team is [also] in its own right and to be as good as we are, and as consistent as we are with the pressure and the eyes on us at all times and just ... I just feel like we're uncrackable in so many ways. Even just to get to another final and stand on the stage with my team is the proudest moment ever."

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Rapinoe and her teammates have one more chance to top it. The USWNT will kick off against the winner of Wednesday's match between Sweden and the Netherlands on Sunday in Lyon. 

If the Americans win, they'll clinch the country's second consecutive title and fourth overall. As it stands now, Germany is the only nation that has won two straight World Cups. 

Wolves-Liverpool live stream: Watch Premier League game online, on TV

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Wolves-Liverpool live stream: Watch Premier League game online, on TV

No Premier League team has stood in the way of Liverpool (21-1-0; 64 points) this season. Can Wolverhampton Wanderers (8-10-5; 34 points) be the first?

Wolves lost 1-0 at Anfield on Dec. 29, but they've only lost twice at Molineux Stadium this season. The Reds picked up a win there in the league last season, yet they were knocked out of the FA Cup at the Molineux just over a year ago. Nuno Espirito Santo's side need only one point Wednesday to grab sole possession of fifth place, and ending Liverpool's undefeated season would leave Wolves just three points back of fourth.

The league-leading Reds can extend their unbeaten streak to an astounding 40 matches, and that would leave Liverpool just nine games clear of matching Arsenal's all-time Premier League unbeaten streak (49 games). They would become only the third English club to cross the 40-match plateau, joining Arsenal and Chelsea. 

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Here's how to watch Thursday's Wolves-Liverpool match live online and on TV.

 

When: Thursday, Jan. 23 at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT
TV: NBCSN
Online: NBC Sports

Tottenham-Norwich live stream: Watch EPL game online on NBC Sports Gold

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Tottenham-Norwich live stream: Watch EPL game online on NBC Sports Gold

With the end of the winter transfer window looming, every Tottenham Hotspur (8-7-8; 31 points) match could be Christian Eriksen's last.

Spurs manager José Mourinho confirmed the Danish midfielder will be in the squad Wednesday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium against Norwich City (4-5-14; 17 points), but how much longer is anyone's guess. Eriksen has been linked to a move with Inter Milan, and the club's sporting director said Monday that the Italian giants have submitted a bid. Eriksen reportedly turned down a contract extension with Spurs earlier this season, and the clock is ticking on Tottenham's ability to get any kind of transfer fee for him, as his contract is set to run out this summer. 

Norwich frustrated Tottenham in a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road on Dec. 28, twice taking the lead over Spurs. The Canaries got a big boost in their quest to avoid relegation Saturday, beating fellow cellar-dwellers Bournemouth at Carrow Road. They're still six points from safety, though, so Wednesday's match firmly is in must-win territory. 

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Here's how to watch Wednesday's Tottenham Hotspur-Norwich City match exclusively streaming on NBC Sports Gold. 

When: Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT
Stream: NBC Sports Gold

You can also watch Leicester City-West Ham streaming exclusively on NBC Sports Gold during that window.