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USWNT Women's World Cup highlights: Watch Alyssa Naeher save penalty

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USWNT Women's World Cup highlights: Watch Alyssa Naeher save penalty

There were big cleats to fill for some members of the United States Women's National Team on Tuesday. 

Christen Press drew into the starting lineup for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup semifinal match against England after Megan Rapinoe, scorer of the USWNT's last four goals entering the match, sat on the sidelines with what she ultimately told reporters was a hamstring injury. The biggest cleats to fill were in goal, where Alyssa Naeher started her sixth straight match at the World Cup. Through each of those starts, the absence of predecessor Hope Solo has loomed. 

Or it did, until Naeher preserved the USWNT's 2-1 win by saving England captain Steph Houghton's penalty in the 84th minute Tuesday. 

The English were awarded the penalty after the referee initiated a VAR review. Replays indicated that USWNT central defender Becky Sauerbrunn clipped the leg of England striker Ellen White as she tried to shoot, and the referee eventually pointed to the penalty spot. 

Naeher, 31, has been the USWNT's No. 1 goalkeeper since Solo was kicked off the team after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. After Sweden eliminated the Americans in the quarterfinals of the tournament, Solo was suspended by U.S. Soccer and had her contract terminated after saying the Swedes "played like cowards." The outspoken Solo has not played since then, but this is the USWNT's first Olympics or World Cup without her on the roster since 2003. 

Solo is the most successful American keeper, and arguably the best to ever play the position. But neither that, nor the penalty itself, bothered Naeher much in the moment. 

"Nothing," Naeher said when FOX Sports' Karina Leblanc asked what was going through her mind when the referee pointed to the spot. "Honestly. I ... just took a few deep breaths, and tried to stay focused. Got a pep talk from Christen Press over here about six months ago, telling me I need to be more positive on penalty kicks, and just relax and let instincts take over. And I give her some credit for that one for sure, keeping me calm."

Naeher kept Press, who scored the Americans' first goal in the 10th minute, and the rest of her teammates calm all match. Her best save might have come in the 33rd minute when she tipped away Keira Walsh's speculative shot from long-range. 

The USWNT spent much of the final 45 minutes in their own half of the pitch, as coach Jill Ellis ultimately changed to a conservative 5-4-1 formation. The second half looked like a repeat of Friday's second half against France in the quarterfinals, but Naeher once again stood tall. 

Her teammates' reactions after the match just about summed it up.

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Naeher will be needed once again in Sunday's final. Whether the Americans play Sweden or the Netherlands in Lyon for a chance to win their second consecutive World Cup, an early USWNT lead almost assuredly means a second-half formation switch from Ellis.

The conservative approach hasn't yet cost Ellis' squad, and she has Naeher to thank for that. 

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.