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Why Megan Rapinoe isn’t starting in USWNT-England Women’s World Cup match

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Why Megan Rapinoe isn’t starting in USWNT-England Women’s World Cup match

Editor's note (5:43 p.m. PT): Megan Rapinoe told reporters after the United States Women's National Team's 2-1 win over England that she expects to be able to play in Sunday's 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup final after missing the semifinal with a minor hamstring injury. The original story is as follows. 

Megan Rapinoe has been the star of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. In Tuesday's semifinal against England, the United States Women's National Team's star forward surprisingly will start the game on the bench. 

Rapinoe was nowhere to be found when the USWNT's starting lineup was announced just over an hour before the contest. 

A team spokesperson said the move was not disciplinary and there will not be a full explanation from coach Jill Ellis until after the match.

Though it was undisclosed prior to the match, Rapinoe could be out due to an unknown injury.

While the decision seems controversial if she is healthy, it could simply be the best choice when playing a team like England. Inserting Christen Press to slow down England's star Lucy Bronze could be the reasoning.

Rapinoe has been a star offensively, but Press is three years younger and much faster. 

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Rapinoe, a Redding native who grew up playing club soccer in Elk Grove, has created plenty of headlines in recent weeks. On the pitch, Rapinoe has scored all four of the USWNT's goals in the knockout stage. Off it, she has been scolded by President Donald Trump for saying she wouldn't go "to the f----ing White House."

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Sue Bird, Rapinoe's girlfriend and WNBA star, also wrote a Players' Tribune article titled "So The President F*ucking Hates My Girlfriend" on Tuesday morning where she praises Rapinoe's strong will and gives her perspective of the situation. 

If Rapinoe does enter Tuesday's semifinal, expect her to be ready to help push the USWNT to their third straight championship game. 

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.