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WATCH: Soccer player accidentally thanks wife and girlfriend in live interview

An African soccer player has some explaining to do after he thanked his wife and girlfriend in a post-match interview on Friday.

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South African Premier League player Mohammed Anas had just been awarded the Man of the Match title when he made the blunder on live television.

“I appreciate my fans also,” the Ghanaian striker said during the interview. “My wife and my girlfriend, I mean, yeah, sorry to say. I’m so sorry -- my wife, I love you so much.”

Anas’ team, the South African Free State Stars, had just played Ajax Cape Town, another South African team.

Anas later said that he refers to his daughter as his girlfriend. 

“My family knows that I call my daughter my girlfriend. That's what I was talking about. I don't have a girlfriend,” he said.

Anas said he’s not worried about upsetting his wife of seven years because she knows he is loyal. 

“I love her so much. She's given me two beautiful children. She is fine. She knows what kind of man I am, so I am not worried,” he told the BBC.

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.


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Soccer stars prevail against team of 30 8-year-olds

Soccer stars Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane needed a late goal to edge a team of 30 8-year-olds as part of the LA Galaxy’s “Ridiculous Soccer Challenge.” >> Read more trending stories  Sky Sports reported that the 8-year-olds lined up in a 1-10-10-9 formation, packing the defense to crowd the two 36-year-old Galaxy players.  Keane scored twice, as the two men used their height advantage and a long-ball approach to attack the goal. Keane used some fancy footwork to deprive the youngsters of an upset draw. <iframe width="390" height="219" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Dawgs top Owls, remain unbeaten at home

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ATHENS, Ga. --- A late second half goal from Taylor Donahue gave Georgia a 1-0 victory over Kennesaw State in a tight battle at the Turner Soccer Complex on Sunday night.With the win, Georgia improves to 3-4-1 and remains unbeaten at home this season.“We wanted to defend well and we were solid at the back,” said Georgia head coach Billy Lesesne. “We thought going forward that if we made good decisions in the final third, then we’d be able to finish. There was a great cross from Marion Crowder and an incredible finish by Donahue.”Georgia started on the attack, taking five shots with two on goal in the first 15 minutes of play. The Bulldogs continued to have several near-goal offensive possessions throughout the half, but could not capitalize on the opportunities.Georgia’s pressure was only broken for moments at a time, allowing five shots in the first 45 minutes of play.  A diving save from Louise Hogrell with four minutes remaining in the first-half kept the slate clean as the teams headed into the locker rooms at halftime.As the horn went off for halftime, so did a flash of lightning.  This marked the third lightning delay Georgia has experienced this season, all at the Turner Soccer Complex.When play resumed, the game opened up for the Bulldogs. Lauren Tanner came out firing with a few great looks on goal that fell short of putting the Bulldogs on the board.Georgia controlled the pitch, but continued to struggle on the final pass on offense until Crowder set Donahue up for a game-winning goal in the 74th minute of play. This was Donahue’s second goal of her Georgia career.“I thought to myself, 'I’m going to get the ball and I’m going to shoot it',” said Donahue. “I ended up making it and I immediately got chills, I even started crying. I’m just so happy I could do that for my team.”Georgia owned the overall shot chart with 24 taken to Kennesaw State’s 10.  The Bulldogs earned five corner kicks to the Owls’ two. Hogrell finished the game with eight saves.The Bulldogs will travel to College Station, Texas for an SEC match-up against Texas A&M on Friday, Sept. 16. Georgia returns home on Thursday, Sept. 22 to host the Tennessee Volunteers at 7 p.m.

Washington Spirit reschedule anthem to prevent Megan Rapinoe from protesting

Megan Rapinoe did not get a chance to kneel during the national anthem before Wednesday night’s match between the Seattle Reign and the Washington Spirit.

Instead, Spirit officials altered their pregame ceremonies and played the anthem while both National Women’s Soccer League teams were in their locker rooms, The Associated Press reported. That prevented the Seattle midfielder from kneeling for a second consecutive match.

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“We decided to play the anthem in our stadium ahead of schedule rather than subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent,” the Spirit said in a statement.

"We understand this may be seen as an extraordinary step,” the Spirit said, “but believe it was the best option to avoid taking focus away from the game on such an important night for our franchise."

Rapinoe knelt during the anthem before Sunday’s match in Chicago, showing solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick — who has refused to stand during the anthem to protest racial injustice and minority oppression.

"To willingly allow anyone to hijack this tradition that means so much to millions of Americans and so many of our own fans for any cause would effectively be just as disrespectful as doing it ourselves," the Spirit said in the statement.

After the match, Rapinoe said she was saddened by the Spirit's move.

"It was incredibly distasteful, four days before one of the worst tragedies in our country, to say I tried to hijack this event,” Rapinoe told the Washington Post.

The Spirit said team owner Bill Lynch is a veteran who has lost friends in overseas conflicts, as had his close friends.

Hope Solo says she won't finish season with NWSL's Seattle Reign

Goalkeeper Hope Solo, saying Tuesday that she was “not there yet” mentally, decided to end her season with the Seattle Reign of the National Women's Soccer League.

Solo, 35, who was suspended for six months by U.S. Soccer and had her contract terminated last week, announced her decision in a statement. She won't be eligible for selection to the national team again until February. Solo did not say whether she would be returning next season.

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“Coming to terms with the fact I was fired from the U.S. women's national team after 17 years of service has been devastating. After careful consideration, I have decided to end my season with the Seattle Reign, an organization I love playing for," Solo said Tuesday. “Mentally, I am not there yet.”

Solo was suspended on Aug, 24 after calling members of Sweden’s squad “a bunch of cowards” for their defensive style of play during the Olympic quarterfinals. Sweden had pulled off a shocking upset of the U.S. women’s team, winning 4-3 in penalty kicks after playing to a 1-1 draw. The U.S. women had won gold in every Olympics since 1996, except in 2000, when it won silver.

Before last Saturday’s match against Portland, the Reign announced that Solo had been granted an indefinite leave for personal reasons. Haley Kopmeyer took over for Solo in goal and the Reign won 3-1.

Bulldogs top Cal State Fullerton 2-0

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ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia soccer earned its first shutout of the season with a 2-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton Sunday afternoon at the Turner Soccer Complex.  With the win, Georgia improves to 2-1-1 on the season.  Cal State Fullerton drops to 1-2-0.“It was a job well done,” Georgia head coach Billy Lesesne said.  “We set out this weekend to get two victories, and you have to give the girls credit. It was two very different games we played, but we got the job done. I'm proud of the team.”The game started with Georgia and Cal State Fullerton keeping the ball at midfield for much of the first 10 minutes of play.  The Bulldogs then picked up the offense and continued to dominate the first half, outshooting the Titans 14-3 in those first 45 minutes of play.Lauren Tanner put the Bulldogs on the board in the 32nd minute when she dribbled the ball down the pitch and found the back of the net, from outside the box.In the 39th minute, Tanner, again, dribbled the ball down the field and crossed it to Marion Crowder, who took a shot that soared high.After the half, Georgia and Cal State Fullerton evened the playing field. Twenty-four minutes into the second half Georgia took five shots to Cal State Fullerton’s one.Kelsey Killean was tackled to the ground on a breakaway drawing a yellow card from Cal State Fullerton’s Savannah Sloniger in the 77th minute. Her penalty kick found its way to the back of the net, extending Georgia’s lead to 2-0.Georgia is now 2-0-1 at home this season.“It’s wonderful being at home,” Lesesne continued. “Our daily goal is to protect our home. We try to do our best to perform well at home. We're looking forward to heading to Auburn next weekend to play two very neutral teams and help prepare us for the SEC season.”Georgia will travel to Auburn, Alabama next weekend for the Auburn Soccer Classic.  The Bulldogs face Southern California on Friday at 5:30 ET before taking on Iowa State on Sunday at 2:00 ET.

Soccer: Bulldogs fall to Clemson

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CLEMSON, S.C. --- Georgia soccer suffered its first loss of the season Sunday night on the road at No. 14 Clemson with a score of 3-1. Senior Marion Crowder scored Georgia’s lone goal of the game in the 49th minute of play, marking her first of the season.“Clemson is an outstanding team,” Georgia head coach Billy Lesesne said.  “You can tell by the atmosphere here. You can tell by the maturity of the way that the team plays that they’re a good team.  I thought we were rattled a little bit in the first half, but we talked about communication in the locker room.”The game started with back and forth action from both teams, neither Georgia nor Clemson getting a shot off in the first 12 minutes of play. Georgia goalkeeper Louise Hogrell stopped the Tigers’ first shot on goal in the 13th minute.The Tigers rolled one passed the line in the 20th minute, but were called offside. Clemson officially got on the board in the 31st minute with a shot from Claire Wagner at the top of the box that made its way to the right side of the net.Georgia had five saves to Clemson’s two in the first half.  The teams headed to the locker room with the Tigers up 1-0.Clemson extended its lead early in the second half after the ball was thrown down the side, played into the box and scored from six yards out.Georgia picked up the offense in the second half, with 11 shots compared to just five in the first half. The Bulldogs scored after Marion Crowder sent a solo shot to the back left side of the net in the 49th minute, scoring her first goal of the season.In the 56th minute, Delaney Fechalos sent a shot just wide after a yellow card was called on Clemson.Clemson netted its third goal of the game in the 64th minute to secure the win.“Unfortunately we gave up an early goal in the second half but we really battled back and I thought the second half had moments where we really started to shine and connect,” Lesesne continued.  “We had a few chances and if we had put one of those away we would have put a lot of pressure on them.  I’m proud of our effort.  I thought there were times where we could have gave in, but we never did.  We kept battling.  I wish we would have gotten the result here, but again, there’s a lot more soccer in front of us and I think we learned a lot on the evening.”Georgia returns to Athens for a weekend of home matches, facing Samford on Friday at 7 p.m. before taking on Cal State Fullerton Sunday at 1 p.m.

UGA soccer opens the season with 4-1 exhibition win over Furman

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Greenville, S.C. --- The Georgia soccer team opened up the 2016 season with a 4-1 win over Furman in an exhibition at the Seagraves Field Stone Soccer Stadium.“This was a very good start,” said Georgia head coach Billy Lesesne.  “In preseason you play each other and you know everyone’s style of play. When you come into an environment when you don’t know the team very well and have to figure things out on the fly is very good for us. It took a lot of organization and communication and I thought we got better as the game went on.”The initial 20 minutes of the contest went back and forth with both teams taking shots early. The Bulldogs were first on the scoreboard after an impressive goal from Bria Washington put Georgia up 1-0. Mariel Gutierrez followed less than four minutes later with an unassisted goal.Georgia led 2-0 at the half.Georgia scored early in the second half with freshman Katie MacGinnitie making contact off a shot by senior Marion Crowder.  Furman got one past Louise Hogrell at the 70 minute mark.  Lauren Tanner sealed the win for Georgia with a goal off a low cross from Katie MacGinnitie.“We have some training to do to prepare us for Sunday’s match,” Lesesne continued.  “We are trying to get in the rhythm of Thursday/Sunday, which we’ll see in Southeastern Conference play quite often.  These two exhibitions are really going to help us.  We have a lot of film to break down and to see where we can get better.”Georgia hosts Georgia Southern for an exhibition match on Sunday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m.Georgia officially kicks off the regular season next Friday night at 7 p.m. ET against Oklahoma State at the Turner Soccer Complex. The Bulldogs round out the weekend on Sunday facing Clemson on the road at 7 p.m.

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