national team. So perhaps it shouldnt come as a surprise that Howard made a point to remind people who finished at the top of the Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying. Jurgen Klinsmann has helped the USA back to the top of CONCACAF. (AP Photo) Were proud (of topping the Hexagonal) because, depending on who you asked, we were a million miles away from Mexico, and we never believed that, Howard said. When you talk about the semifinal round and the Hex, doing it over a long period of time shows that were once again the best team in CONCACAF. Thats not lip service, thats what the standings tell us, so were proud of that. Over the last two years all weve been hearing about is how dominant Mexicos been, and look, thats what happens at the top, theres going to be that ebb and flow. In 2011, after Mexico handed the USA a 4-2 loss in the Gold Cup final, it looked as though Mexico was set up for a run of dominating form. The gold medal in the 2012 Olympics only boosted El Tris credentials, and with the USA not even qualifying for that tournament, it gave the feeling that Mexico was leaving the Americans in the dust. Things started to really change from the start of 2013, when Mexicos own struggles began. El Tri failed to win any of its first five qualifiers, while the USA shook off a Hex-opening loss to Honduras to eventually take over the group. For us, it wasnt a shaky start, Howard said. It was a tough loss on a hot day in Honduras, and it was only one game. After that match we still had nine to go and we hadnt played a home game yet. It was all part of the process. The U.S. team hit its stride this summer, eventually taking control of the qualifying group while Mexicos struggles continued.
put one shot on goal during an earlier player-advantage. The extent of Canadian domination was reflected not only in the two goals but the 12-2 shot advantage in the second period and 17-6 through 40 minutes. Then came the third with Tara Watchorn putting Canada into a 3-0 lead at 4:54. The United States finally broke through during a two-player advantage. Brianna Decker swatted the puck out of the air right in front of Szabados at 11:05. Gigi Marvin brought the pro-USA crowd to full throttle at 14:39 by cutting the lead to 3-2. The U.S. kept up the attack, but the Canadians secured their second consecutive win against the Americans at Gutterson, following up their 5-4 overtime victory in the championship game of the 2012 IIHF women’s world championships. “They finished the game really well with a great third period,” said Canadian forward Caroline Ouellette. “The momentum finished so that’s one thing we want to do better in the next game is make sure we play for 60 minutes.” “We can speak to a great third period. We really got it together, got our feet under us and tried to bring the fire,” said USA forward Meghan Duggan. “We kind of came out a little slow and worked toward it and got momentum going into the third,” said Decker. “That showed a lot of our team. We didn’t give up.
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But while most of the contestants are only fighting for the crown, one Scottsdale woman is also fighting for her life. In July, 25-year-old Kristina Anderson was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of ovarian cancer and began chemotherapy treatments just three days later. As she continues to battle the disease, Anderson said preparing for the pageant has been an escape for her. Miss Arizona USA pageant is a little different than the county fair pageants Im used to, Anderson said. With her family living in Illinois, Anderson has found her support system in an unexpected place the doctors office. One of Andersons nurses, Sandy LeDuke, has been helping her focus on pageant details. Im just kind of along for the ride, LeDuke said. I went with her to pick out some dresses and things. If both cancer and the upcoming pageant werent enough to think about, Anderson is also struggling to pay for her treatments. Her insurance has denied her the specific coverage she has needed for the last six months. Fortunately, fundraisers have been set up in Scottsdale to help Anderson pay some of her medical bills. Though Anderson still has a long way to go, she hopes her journey to Miss Arizona will help inspire others to keep fighting too. Just be positive and be grateful for what you have, Anderson said.
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Georgia was the other Top 10 team to go down, falling to 41-26 at home against a tough Missouri team. The Bulldogs have been dealing with injuries all season and it seemed to finally catch up to them. Their second loss drops them to No. 16. Meanwhile, the Tigers finally get into the rankings at No. 14 after being on the outside looking in a week ago. Although, it is a bittersweet day for the undefeated team, as starting quarterback James Franklin was declared out for the regular season with a separated should, according to ESPN . Still, there is plenty of talent remaining in the SEC, and the conference looks to win its eighth BCS title in a row. Texas A&M and LSU move up after big wins, although both remain behind undefeated Louisville. Of course, Week 7 featured some notable upsets elsewhere around the country. In the Red River Rivalry, Texas shocked previously unbeaten Oklahoma, sending the Sooners from No. 12 down to No. 18.