Alex Morgan spills the tea on Trump, celebrations and the difference between 2015 and 2019

Two-time World Cup champion Alex Morgan knew there was something special about the 2019 U.S. women’s national soccer team – its voice. 

The 2019 roster, which was without Abby Wambach and Hope Solo but gained names like Rose Lavelle and Crystal Dunn, quickly delivered record TV ratings. Their comments and actions off the field, however, were what sent them to an unprecedented level of fame.

The players of the USWNT this year were targets of criticism from fans and analysts for running up scores and celebrating goals. United States President Donald Trump even weighed in, sparking a feud with Morgan’s co-captain, Megan Rapinoe, mid-tournament over her comments regarding the traditional White House championship visit and her protests during the national anthem.

That deluge of backlash would be difficult for anyone to weather, but Morgan believes that growth between the 2015 World Cup and this year’s iteration helped to prepare the 2019 team.

“In 2015, we realized that we had the microphone but we were still new at learning how to use it,” she told AOL.com on behalf of DICK’S Sporting Goods. “I think we grew into that in the last four years.”

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President Trump becomes 10th commander in chief to attend storied Army-Navy football game

The skies above Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, were occupied by paratroopers and Apache helicopters on Saturday, December 8, while thousands of bundled-up fans eagerly gathered for a football game below. 

Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL, hosted the Army Black Knights and Navy Midshipmen this past weekend for the 119th playing of the historic game. The Army continued its winning ways for the third straight year with a 17-10 victory.

The rivalry between the Black Knights and Midshipmen is a storied one. First played in 1890 — a commanding 24-0 Navy win — the matchup has been held annually since 1930.

Overall, Navy leads the series 60-52-7, due in large part to a 14-game winning streak from 2002 to 2015, but Army is now on a winning streak of its own since 2016. 

United States President Donald Trump became the tenth sitting commander in chief to attend the game on Saturday. Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to attend in 1901, an 11-5 victory by the Black Knights. Most recently, President Barack Obama made the trip in 2011. 

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Jacksonville Jaguars owner says Trump is ‘jealous’ of the NFL

Shad Khan, the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, is citing one of President Trump’s failed business ventures as the reason behind recent turmoil between the White House and the NFL.

“This is a very personal issue with him,” Khan told USA TODAY Sports.

“He’s been elected president, where maybe a great goal he had in life to own an NFL team is not very likely.”

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NFL responds to Trump’s tweet praising Roger Goodell for ‘demanding’ that players stand for anthem

President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Wednesday morning to praise NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for ‘demanding’ that players stand for the national anthem prior to games.

However, the president’s interpretation of the commissioner’s letter was inaccurate, according to a statement released by the NFL.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter released the NFL’s statement, which can be read in full below:

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Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins visit White House for second year in a row

The 2017 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins were honored at the White House for the second year in a row on Tuesday — but this roster’s trip was slightly different than the last.

After rescinding an invitation for the NBA champion Golden State Warriors to visit the White House, President Donald Trump tweeted that the Penguins were still welcome for their ceremony. Team captain Sidney Crosby stated that the trip was “an opportunity” for himself and his teammates.

The 30-year-old Crosby has made the celebratory trip to the White House after each of his three championships in a Penguins jersey.

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