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Alex Morgan’s boyfriend says the two are ‘going to be together for a very long time’

Sorry if you were one of the thousands of eager males who sent marriage proposals to Alex Morgan during the World Cup — you don’t have a chance — if her boyfriend has anything to say about it, that is.

Servando Carrasco has been together with Morgan since the two played soccer at Cal together in college. Though the two were in opposite parts of the country playing professionally, they said Skype was the key to their relationship. And even though Morgan has exploded in popularity — she’s thrown out the first pitch at an MLB game and posed in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition — the two are still together.

Carrasco helped organize a deal for Morgan to be traded to Seattle so they could play in the same city. He also told The Seattle Times he sees the two staying together regardless of how much attention Morgan gets.

“In my eyes, she’s the same girl that I met in college. Nothing’s changed in our relationship,” Carrasco said. “We’re going to be together for a very long time. She’s a very down-to-earth girl. She doesn’t let all of the attention get to her.

“She’s been so successful lately, but she still has that same work ethic. The sky’s the limit for her, and I think the Olympics coming up is going to be a great stage for her. I’m sure she’s going to do some amazing things this summer. There’s a lot of opportunities coming up for her and I’m extremely proud of her.”

Carrasco’s comments are not surprising. Last September, Morgan even said all the attention she was receiving was a little weird, so it’s no surprise to hear she hasn’t changed.

Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini dies after collapsing on pitch during match (Video)

The soccer world is in mourning after Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini collapsed on the pitch from cardiac arrest on Saturday and later died.

Morosini fell to the ground at the 31st minute during a Serie B match at Pescara. A doctor at the hospital where Morosini was taken to said the 25-year-old, who had been on loan from Serie A squad Udinese, was dead upon arrival. Livorno held a 2-0 lead before the contest was suspended. Matches across the country have been postponed in wake of the news of the Morosini’s death.

The scene on the pitch after Morosini collapsed was terrifying. The Livorno bench became hysterical as it tried to get the attention of the referee. Members of both sides were visibly upset as medical crews scrambled to give aide. A defibrillator was used on Morosini, along with CPR. He reportedly was still conscious as he left the pitch.

This tragedy comes nearly a month after Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffered cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match in London. Muamba fell into a coma but ultimately survived. He is still under intensive care.

Video via Deadspin

David Beckham will be first male to appear solo on cover of ‘Elle Magazine’

Once again, David Beckham is set to make history. He won’t be doing so by becoming the first soccer player to ink a second $250 million deal with an MLS team, however. This time, Beckham is making magazine history. According to the Daily Mail, Beckham is set to become the first ever male to appear by himself on the cover of Elle Magazine.

For those who are unfamiliar with the publication, Elle is a women’s magazine based in the United Kingdom that focuses on women’s fashion, beauty, health, and entertainment. Men have appeared on the cover on rare occasions when accompanied by a female, but never has a man gone solo on the cover of Elle. Since the magazine caters to a female audience and females love looking at Becks, it makes sense that he would be the first.

Unlike the picture of Beckham that caused a controversy when it was distributed to thousands of schools and community centers across the U.K., he’s probably free to show as much as he wants on the cover of Elle. I doubt the magazine’s regular readers will complain.

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Wojciech Szczesny pretends to drink beer that’s thrown onto field (Pictures)

You know how sports people sometimes like to use the phrase “just take what the opponent gives you?” On an afternoon where Arsenal defeated Manchester City 1-0 and Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny came away with a shutout, Szczesny decided to take that advice and apply it to the fans. As you can see from the photo above, a frustrated fan threw a beer onto the pitch in the 87th minute after Arsenal took a 1-0 lead late in the game. As you can see from the photo below, Szczesny proceeded to pick the beer up and pretend to take a swig.

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Dana White accepts former MLS star Jimmy Conrad’s challenge after ripping soccer

A few weeks back Dana White ran his mouth more than he needed to (as he is wont to do) and trashed soccer, calling it the “least-talented sport on Earth.” (Naturally, that was part of an answer to a hockey question.) Retired MLS player Jimmy Conrad took exception to this and issued this challenge to the outspoken UFC President:

“Why would a tough guy like you feel so threatened by soccer that you needed to go off on it unprovoked?” Conrad says in the video, as transcribed by Bloody Elbow. “Is it maybe cause you know the one thing any three year old can do is fight? Hell, mine spent a whole year fighting me.

“So listen, here’s what I’m going to do. Because I like you, I’m going to give you the opportunity to join me and a few friends for a game of soccer. Since you believe playing soccer requires no talent, I’m sure you’ll be the star. Unless you scared. Well let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.”

Conrad later reiterated his challenge on Twitter, where White responded:

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David Beckham’s tattoo of Posh Spice causes school-poster controversy

David Beckham‘s provocative tattoo of his wife Victoria has created a stir in the UK after the ink was seen in promotional posters by supermarket chain Sainsbury’s reportedly sent to 47,000 schools and community centers across the country.

The tattoo in question, which features a scantily clad Posh Spice posing seductively on Beckham’s left forearm, is displayed in ads featuring the L.A. Galaxy midfielder encouraging preschool-age kids to adopt an active lifestyle.

“I can see it’s not really appropriate to have on show in front of children,” one teacher told The Sun.

“We are going to keep the material in the preschool but make sure it’s too high up for the children to see.”

At least she’s not being wasteful. Sainsbury’s has apologized for its lapse in judgement and said it will “take this feedback on board when designing our Active Kids material going forward.” Translation: Long-sleeve shirts.

Meanwhile, Sarah Jones doesn’t see what the big deal is.

H/T Dirty Tackle
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Female high school soccer player charged with assault after brutal beatdown on opponent (Video)

We go to South Carolina, where during a girls’ soccer game between Lewisville and Chester high schools on Monday we were given a preview of Sunday’s Wrestlemania. 18-year-old Annette McCullough of Lewisville suddenly unleashed a hair-pulling, fist-pounding beatdown on an unidentified opposing player after being inadvertently tripped from behind. The victim lay curled on the ground and took 11 punches before others intervened the scrap.

The attacked player suffered only minor injuries. McCullough has been charged with simple assault and faces further punishment from the state’s high school athletics governing body. She was also shown a red card, but you probably could have already assumed that.

H/T Off the Bench