Former Stanford star Christen Press continued her spectacular run with the U.S. women’s soccer team Sunday, scoring her eighth goal in 11 games as the Americans defeated New Zealand 4-1.
Press gave the United States a 3-0 lead with a sizzling 17-yard shot in the 42nd minute in front of a crowd of 16,315 at Candlestick Park.
“She’s just a predatory goal scorer,” said coach Tom Sermanni, who promoted Press to the national team in February.
Press, 24, joined the U.S. team last week after helping Tyreso FF finish second in the Swedish league.
“Coming from a totally different club environment, it is a big adjustment,” she said. “There isn’t a team in the world that plays with this speed and intensity. Mentally it is a challenge to come into camp and turn it on.”
–Elliott Almond, San Jose Mercury News
The Raiders first play from scrimmage was a good one for quarterback Terrelle Pryor on Sunday. Pryor took a shotgun snap, faked a handoff to Darren McFadden and then ran 93-yards untouched to the end zone to give Oakland an early 7-0 lead over Pittsburgh.
On the read-option play, the Steelers defense was caught completely off-guard when Pryor faked it to McFadden.
The touchdown run was the longest in Raiders franchise history and the longest touchdown run by a quarterback in NFL history.
Pryor’s run broke the NFL record previously held by former Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart. Stewart scored on an 80-yard run in a Week 16 loss to Carolina in 1996. Stewart finished the game with 102 yards on seven carries.
–John Breech, CBSSports.com
Five thousand, three hundred and sixty miles away from home, on a soccer pitch in front of fans polite enough to stay until the end of an extremely dull game, the 49ers finished the first half of their season in dominating fashion. They unleashed the London Blitz on Jacksonville, beating the Jaguars 42-10.
In England, a team like Jacksonville would be relegated, sent to a lower division, no longer able to compete with the big boys until it gets its act together.
Not to take anything away from the 49ers, who fired on all cylinders Sunday, but this much-hyped, far-afield game didn’t tell us anything we didn’t know. The Jaguars (0-8) are very bad. The 49ers (6-2) are very good.
At least, we think they are. Truth is, most of the 49ers’ first-half success has come against teams that would be in danger of being relegated in the English football system. The 49ers’ finest performance was their first outing. Their victory over Green Bay on opening day was their only win against a team that has a winning record. The 49ers lost, in decisive fashion, to the other two teams with winning records they have played, Indianapolis and Seattle.
–Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle