On Monday, November 13, 2017, Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after a playoff defeat against Sweden. Italy was held to a goalless draw, which allowed the Swedes to advance 1-0 on aggregate.
The Portland Timbers 2 soccer club welcomed a flood of furry fans to Providence Park on September 9. The team's supporters were allowed to bring dogs to the USL fixture against the Milwaukee Wave United.
A video of a match between kids all under the age of 8 (according to the Daily Mail) was pure joy. When one team scored a goal off a free kick, players from both sides joined in the celebration. That seems to include the opposition goalie who allowed the goal.
Around 200 pro soccer hopefuls worked out in front of coaches at Chukchansi Park for tryouts for the Fresno Fuego and Fresno Freeze during their winter combine. Freeze coach Tim Carroll and Freeze and Fuego general manager Jeremy Schultz talk about the upcoming season.
Yasmin Mendoza recounts how she found Audra McDonald's contribution at the group's GoFundMe page. March For Our Lives Fresno is the local chapter of a nationwide movement for gun control in the wake of the Parkland, Florida shootings.
Squaw Valley Ski Patrol unofficially reported 7 inches of new snow on the upper mountain at Squaw Valley with more accumulation on the ridges. Snow continued to fall Thursday with another storm in the forecast for this coming Monday. Weekend temperatures will be cold, keeping the new snow fresh. Winds could pickup on Sunday as the next storm rolls in.
Terrell Carter II, a senior on the Fresno State men's basketball team, does what he always does, greeting fans after a home game. His first "target" is usually Lisa Smittcamp, Fresno County district attorney. Here, she smiles as he rubs his jersey against her.
National Rifle Association executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre said opponents of gun rights "hate individual freedoms" and want to eliminate the 2nd Amendment. LaPierre spoke at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.