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SPORTS SPOTLIGHT VIDEO FEATURE: Hope Solo, U.S. Women’s Soccer player

Hope Amelia Solo was born July 30, 1981 of Italian descent. She is the goalkeeper for the United States women’s soccer team for the magicJack of Women’s Professional Soccer.

Solo was born in Richland, Washington. Her father Jeffrey, of Italian descent, grew up in the Bronx and was a Vietnam War veteran. It was her dad who taught Hope how to play soccer.

Eventhough her parents divorced when she was six, Hope maintained a close relationship with her father until his death in June 2007.

Solo played soccer with the Three-Rivers Soccer Club in the Tri-Cities area. At Richland High School, playing forward, Solo scored 109 goals, leading her team to three consecutive league titles from 1996-1998 and a state title her senior season. She was twice named a Parade All-American. At the University of Washington, Solo switched to the goalkeeper position and was the team’s all-time leader in shutouts, saves, and goals-against average. She was a four-time All-Pac-10 selection and a three-time NSCAA All-American.

After her college career at Washington, Solo was drafted by the now defunct WUSA team Philadelphia Charge in 2003. She also played for Kopparbergs/Goteborg FC of Goteborg, Sweden in the Swedish Premier Division in 2004 and for Olympique Lyonnais in the French First Division in 2005.

On September 16, 2008, Solo was one of the three players drafted for St. Louis Athletica in the WPS allocation of national team members, with the new league starting play in 2009. After a slow start in goal at 0-2-2, Hope rebounded to finish the season with eight shutouts.

In 2009, Solo was named the WPS Goalkeeper of the Year.

In May 2010 the St.Louis Athletica folded and Solo signed with another WPS team, Atlanta Beat, along with two St. Louis teammates.

In 2011, Hope signed to for the new magicJack franchise in Women’s Professional Soccer.

In the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Solo was the starting goalkeeper for the United States, allowing two goals in four games including consecutive shutouts of Sweden, Nigeria and England.

In the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Solo was named to the U.S. roster despite missing time during the qualifying games with a shoulder injury. Solo helped lead the team to wins over North Korea, Columbia, Sweden and Brazil. In the final, the United States women’s team lost 3-1 in a penalty shootout to Japan, after twice leading in an eventual 2-2 draw. Solo was awarded the Golden Glove award for best goalkeeper, the Bronze Ball award for overall performance and was also selected to the all-star team of the tournament.

The 5’9 Solo recently drove the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car in NASCAR’s Brickyard 400. She spent several minutes with the media talking soccer and auto racing.

 

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OSU product Lighty to play in Euroleague

David Lighty (courtesy of Ohio State athletics)

Former Ohio State basketball star David Lighty has confirmed that he will be signing a contract with an Italian team Cantu, which will play in Europe’s top classification, the Euroleague, in 2011-2012.

Lighty, who went undrafted in the recent NBA draft, participated in minicamps with the Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns recently before NBA owners locked out the players after the league’s collective bargaining agreement expired.

Lighty told the media that with the six-figure guaranteed contract Cantu is offering him and his agent, he has to accept it. NBA teams can’t sight or make any offers to free agents until the lockout ends, also played a part in his decision.

 

compiled from staff, TV, Radio & internet reports

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Wednesday, September 29, 272nd day of 2010. We have 83 days left in the year before welcoming in 2011.

HIGHLIGHTS OF HISTORY

National Urban League logo was established on this date in history (file photo)

* On September 29, 1910, the National Urban League was established in New York.

* In 1789, the U.S. War Department established a regular army of several hundred men.

* In 1829, London’s reorganized police force, which became known as Scotland Yard, began.

* In 1938, British, French, German and Italian leaders concluded the Munich Agreement, which was aimed at appeasing Adolf Hitler by allowing Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland.

* In 1990, the Washington National Cathedral, begun in 1907, was formally completed with President George H.W. Bush overseeing the laying of the final stone atop the southwest pinnacle of St. Paul Tower.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

79 Anita Ekberg, actress.

75 Jerry Lee Lewis, singer. He the cousin of Mickey Gilley and Jimmy Swaggart.

67 Lech Walesa, former president of Poland.

62 Mark Farmer, rock singer guitarist of Grand Funk Railroad.

55 Gwen Ifill, TV journalist of Washington Week.

30 Zachary Levi, actor.

23 Josh Farro, rock guitarist of Parramore.

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR WEEKEND SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 11 & SUNDAY 12, 2010: Almanac & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Saturday, September 11, was the 254th day of 2010. With 111 days left in the year. It is Patriot Day.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

Saturday was Patriot Day (file photo)

* On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed on America’s worst day of terrorism. Hijackers took control of four jetliners, two of which smashed into New York’s  World Trade Center, causing the twin towers to fall; one jetliner crashed into the Pentagon and the fourth crashed into a western Pennsylvania field.

* In 1814, an American fleet scored a victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Champlain in the War of 1812.

* In 1985, Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds hit career base hit number 4,192 off Eric Show of the San Diego Padres, eclipsing a record held by Ty Cobb.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

48 Kristy McNichol, actress.

43 Harry Connick, Jr., singer/actor.

33 Jon Buckland, rock musician from the group Coldplay.

33 Ludacris, aka Chris Bridges, rap music singer.

DAILY ALMANAC

Sunday, September 12, is the 255th day of 2010. There are 110 days left before 2011.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* In 1918, during World War I, U.S. forces led by General John J. Pershing launched a successful attack on the Germans near Verdun, France.

* In 1943, German paratroopers took Benito Mussolini from the hotel where he was being held by the Italian government.

* In 1953, Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island.

* In 1959, the Soviet Union launched its Luna 2 space probe, which made a crash landing on the moon.

* In 1974, Emperor Haile Selassie was deposed by the Ethiopian military after 58 years.

* In 1977, South African black student leader Steve Biko died while in police custody, triggering an international outcry and controversy.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

79 George Jones, country singer of the country songs, Tennessee Whiskey & He Stopped Loving Her Today.

70 Linda Gray, actress who played Sue Ellen Ewing on the TV show Dallas.

32 Ruben Studdard, American Idol champion and singer.

29 Jennifer Hudson, American Idol champion and singer/actress.

PGA TOUR & CHAMPIONS TOUR GOLF NEWS: Atwal wins Wyndham, Funk captures Jeld-Wen Tradition

PGA TOUR

Arjun Atwal won the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, by one stroke. He became the first Monday qualifier to win on the PGA Tour in 24 years.

Atwal, who led or shared the lead after each of the first three rounds, shot a 67 yesterday. He finished at 20-under-par-260 and earned $918,000.

Arjun Atwal (PGA)

He’s the first Italian-born golfer to win on tour and the first to win both the qualifier and the tournament that followed since Fred Wadsworth achieved the feat in 1986 at the Southern Open.

David Toms (64) was 19 under par. John Mallinger and Michael Sim both shot 62′s and were joined by John Rollins (65) and Justin Leonard at (65) was 18 under par.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

The Tradition tournament is usually won by Fred Funk. Well, Sunday Fred Funk won the Champions Tour Jeld-Wen Tradition for the second time in three years. He closed out the final round with a 3-under-par 69 in Sunriver, Oregon, for a one-shot win over Michael Allen and Chien Soon Lu.

The Tradition is the fourth leg of the Champions Tour’s five major tournaments.

Fred Funk Champions Tour (PGA)

Funk took the lead for good with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 598-yard, par-5 16th-hole, then he two-putted from 40 feet for par at the 18th-hole to finish the tournament at 12-under-par 276.

Allen shot a 67, and Lu garnered a 69.

compiled from staff, PGA & Champions Tour news