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U.S. Women’s Team players show off their World Cup trophy!
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STADE DE LYON, France—Some of the press, soccer fans and even their competition called them arrogant, provocative and unapologetic, but the U.S. Women’s National Team captured the glory it was after by winning the FIFA World Cup for a second straight time on July 7.

Playing for the championship, the U.S. women faced a young and tough Netherlands team, which had made it to a World Cup finals and is the reigning European champ. The World Cup is held every four years and is a huge draw for soccer fans. A dozen to two dozen qualifying national teams compete in the month-long tourney.

Going into the championship, the United States had never trailed any of its opponents throughout the World Cup and had scored 24 goals. The team likes to score fast, putting a lot of pressure on the other team.

But the Netherlands played tough defense, and the teams were scoreless at the half. But at 61 minutes, U.S. player Alex Morgan was high-kicked, and her teammate Megan Rapinoe made the penalty kick for the lead. Seven minutes later, teammate Rose Lavelle weaved through defenders and kicked a powerful left-footed goal. The U.S. team ended up winning the World Cup 2-0.

This World Cup win is one for the record books. This is their fourth World Cup, more than any other country. This team also scored 26 goals this World Cup, more than any women’s team has since its start in 1991. And this is only the second time a country has won back-to-back World Cups, Germany being the other in 2003-07.

“We are such a proud and strong and defiant group of women. We've done exactly what we've set out to do, what we wanted to do,” Rapinoe said after the win. Her six goals and three assists over the month earned her the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball MVP award.

The success of the women’s team compared to the U.S. men’s team has put focus on the subject of equal pay and accommodation. The women’s team is suing the U.S. Soccer Federation and is beginning mediation to resolve the issues.

On July 10, the women’s team was honored with a rowdy ticker tape parade in New York City.

2,700-mile Arctic Fox Trot Wows Scientists!

photo courtesy of Elise Stroemseng

A young arctic fox that was fitted with a GPS collar amazed scientists by trotting from Norway all the way to an island in Canada!

Arctic foxes are small, with the largest ones standing a foot high at the shoulder. Adults can weigh from 3 pounds for a small female up to 21 pounds for a large male. But they are hardy mammals, using their thick fur and long, fluffy tail to help them withstand freezing temperatures down to -58°F. Their habitat is often treeless and extremely cold. These predators rely on their keen hearing and sense of smell to pounce on prey beneath the snow. They also are bold enough to follow polar bears in hopes of feeding on their scraps.

Scientists from the Polar Institute fitted the female pup back in July 2017 near her den by a glacier on Norway’s Spitsbergen island. For months she stayed close to home, but on March 26, 2018, the young fox started her incredible journey, crossing sea ice and continents.

Over four months, the arctic fox trotted 2,737 miles, all the way to Canada’s Ellesmere Island, averaging 29 miles a day. Her longest travel day was 96 miles across the sea ice of Greenland!

Arctic foxes are known to travel vast distances,but this one did it in such a short time! Researchers from the Polar Institute think she may have left home because of scarce food there and to find better breeding grounds. Unfortunately, scientists lost the signal when the fox reached Canada and haven’t been able to locate her.

July 2019