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The U.S. Women's Soccer Team took a trip down the Canyon of Heroes on Wednesday, as NYC celebrated the World Cup champs with a ticker-tape parade.

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images The U.S. Women's Soccer Team took a trip down the Canyon of Heroes on Wednesday, as NYC celebrated the World Cup champs with a ticker-tape parade.

Welcome to the roundup of must-see sports news from Wednesday, highlighted by the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team celebrating their World Cup title in style with a ticker-tape parade in New York City, followed by a trip to Los Angeles for the ESPY Awards.

Spanning the sports headlines, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal win their quarterfinal matches to set up a long-awaited Wimbledon rematch on Friday and Kawhi Leonard signs a shorter deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.

All this and more as we get you up to speed with the sports world on this Thursday!


U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Honored With Ticker-Tape Parade Down the Canyon of Heroes; Rapinoe Delivers Inspiring Words of Wisdom At Victory Rally

Meghan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and the USWNT soaked it all in on Wednesday as they were honored during a ticker-tape parade and City Hall rally in NYC.

Al Bello/Getty ImagesMeghan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and the USWNT soaked it all in on Wednesday as they were honored during a ticker-tape parade and City Hall rally in NYC.

The U.S. Women’s National Team had a whirlwind day reserved for a world champion on Wednesday, which began with taking a majestic trip down the Canyon of Heroes in New York City and finished with an appearance at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles.

Thousands turned out on a steamy Manhattan morning to celebrate the fourth World Cup title for the USWNT, which they clinched this past Sunday with a 2-0 win over the Netherlands. The last time there was a ticker-tape parade in NYC was in July of 2015 when the USWNT made history becoming the first group of female athletes to be honored with a ticker-tape parade, following their 2015 World Cup championship.

Highlights from the USWNT’s victory parade in New York City | 2019 FIFA Women’s World CupMembers of the United States women's soccer team celebrate winning the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup with a parade through the New York City’s Canyon of Heroes. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio congratulates the team and presents them with keys to the city. U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro addresses the call for equal pay for the men’s and women’s soccer teams, among chants from the crowd. USWNT head coach Jill Ellis, co-captains Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe thank the fans. Rapinoe also endorsed Cordeiro in the pay discussions and calls for unity and less contention in society. ✔ Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔ Get the ESPN App: http://www.espn.com/espn/apps/espn ✔ Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: http://es.pn/SUBSCRIBEtoYOUTUBE ✔ Subscribe to ESPN FC on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SUBSCRIBEtoESPNFC ✔ Subscribe to NBA on ESPN on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SUBSCRIBEtoNBAonESPN ✔ Watch ESPN on YouTube TV: http://es.pn/YouTubeTV Exclusive interviews with Rachel Nichols https://urlzs.com/jNURe Stephen A. Smith on ESPN https://urlzs.com/W19Tz ESPN on Social Media: ► Follow on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/espn ► Like on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/espn ► Follow on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/f/espn Visit ESPN on YouTube to get up-to-the-minute sports news coverage, scores, highlights and commentary for NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, College Football, NCAA Basketball, soccer and more. More on ESPN.com: http://www.espn.com2019-07-10T19:30:01.000Z

The parade route led the players to City Hall for a rally which included the team being honored with keys to the city and chants of equal pay from their adoring fans – an ode to the ongoing fight for women soccer players to receive the same pay as their male counterparts.

The ceremony was capped by a memorable speech delivered by Meghan Rapinoe, the U.S. co-captain who has trailblazed on and off the pitch and won the Golden Boot and Golden Ball awards at the 2019 World Cup.

“This is my charge to everyone: We have to be better, we have to love more and hate less. Listen more and talk less. It is our responsibility to make this world a better place,” said Rapinoe.

Watch Megan Rapinoe’s full speech at the USWNT’s victory parade | FOX SOCCERThe USWNT captain Megan Rapinoe delivered a stirring speech during a ceremony honoring the team in New York City. #FOXSoccer #FIFAWWC #USWNT #MeganRapinoe SUBSCRIBE to get the latest FOX Soccer content: http://foxs.pt/SubscribeFOXSOCCER ►Top 50 FIFA Women's World Cup™ Moments: https://foxs.pt/Top50WomensWorldCupMoments ►2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup™: Everything You Need to Know: https://foxs.pt/2019FIFAWomensWorldCup101 ►Bundesliga Highlights & Features 2018-19: https://foxs.pt/FOXSOCCERBundesliga1819 About FOX Soccer: With exclusive highlights, original programming, and behind the scenes footage, FOX Soccer’s YouTube channel provides the sports content that fans are hungry for. FOX Soccer presents: Bundesliga, MLS, FIFA World Cup, FIFA Women’s World Cup, Copa America, Gold Cup and many more. Watch Megan Rapinoe’s full speech at the USWNT’s victory parade | FOX SOCCER https://youtu.be/RyK6L-G-nWY FOX Soccer https://www.youtube.com/user/Foxsoccer2019-07-10T18:03:55.000Z

The day continued with the USWNT hopping on a plane and heading out to LA for the ESPY Awards – the annual sports awards show that honors the best in sports over the last year. To see how the USWNT fared during the awards show, read below!


USWNT, Alex Morgan Cap Whirlwind Day By Taking Top Prizes at the ESPY Awards

The 27th edition of the ESPY Awards took place on Wednesday night and turned into a culmination of a magical few days for the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team.

Having arrived just in time for the show, the USWNT took home the Best Team award, beating out a list of other superb champions from the past year including the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Raptors, New England Patriots, Clemson Tigers football team, Virginia Cavaliers men’s basketball team and the Baylor Bears women’s basketball team.

The U.S. women would also take home more hardware, as co-captain Alex Morgan won the best female athlete award.

“I think about the greats that have won this award in the past, and I’m just so honored to follow in their amazing footsteps,” Morgan said during her acceptance speech.

Other winners from the night included reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo taking the Best Male Athlete award, New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley getting the Best Breakthrough Athlete honor, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees being awarded for the Best Record-Breaking Performance of the year for becoming the NFL’s all-time leading passer, and the New Orleans Pelicans rookie phenom Zion Williamson who won for Best College Athlete.

The special night also featured a few emotional moments, including the presentation of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to NBA legend Bill Russell and the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance that was given to high school football coach Rob Mendez who was born without arms or legs.

Watch his amazingly inspirational message that he delivered during his acceptance speech below:

Jimmy V Award recipient Rob Mendez: ‘Who says I can’t go further?’ | 2019 ESPYSRob Mendez is passionate while accepting the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the 2019 ESPYS. He stresses the importance of focusing on what you can do instead of what you can’t do. ✔ Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔ Get the ESPN App: http://www.espn.com/espn/apps/espn ✔ Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: http://es.pn/SUBSCRIBEtoYOUTUBE ✔ Subscribe to ESPN FC on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SUBSCRIBEtoESPNFC ✔ Subscribe to NBA on ESPN on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SUBSCRIBEtoNBAonESPN ✔ Watch ESPN on YouTube TV: http://es.pn/YouTubeTV Exclusive interviews with Rachel Nichols https://urlzs.com/jNURe Stephen A. Smith on ESPN https://urlzs.com/W19Tz ESPN on Social Media: ► Follow on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/espn ► Like on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/espn ► Follow on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/f/espn Visit ESPN on YouTube to get up-to-the-minute sports news coverage, scores, highlights and commentary for NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, College Football, NCAA Basketball, soccer and more. More on ESPN.com: http://www.espn.com2019-07-11T02:30:00.000Z

Read the Heavy.com feature on Rob Mendez.

See full list of nominees and winners here.


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Will it be Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer in the final? | 2019 WimbledonBethanie Mattek-Sands, Brad Gilbert, Chris McKendry and Jason Goodall look ahead to the men’s semifinals at Wimbledon, which include the first meeting between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the All England Club since their championship match in 2008. Goodall reflects on the epic 2008 final when Nadal lifted the Gentlemen's Singles Trophy for the first time, while McKendry points out how the Spaniard can close in on Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slam singles if he wins the tournament. Gilbert believes that both Nadal and Federer will both be equally concerned about Novak Djokovic, should the Serb cruise past his semifinal opponent, Roberto Bautista Agut. Subscribe to ESPN UK: http://bit.ly/1oGUzVA Follow ESPN UK across multiple platforms: https://en-gb.facebook.com/ESPNUK https://twitter.com/ESPNUK http://www.espn.co.uk/2019-07-10T22:23:47.000Z


WHAT’S ON TAP IN THE SPORTS WORLD

Serena Williams will be in action in the women's semifinals at Wimbledon on Thursday, as she looks to continue her run at her 24th Grand Slam title.

Mike Hewitt/Getty ImagesSerena Williams will be in action in the women’s semifinals at Wimbledon on Thursday, as she looks to continue her run at her 24th Grand Slam title.

WIMBLEDON: WOMEN’S SEMIFINALS
The women take center stage on Thursday with their semifinal matches. Serena Williams will face off against Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova, which will be preceded on Centre Court by #7 Simona Halep taking on #8 Elina Svitolina.
When: Today, 8 a.m.
TV: ESPN

WIMBLEDON: MEN’S SEMIFINALS
All eyes will be on Wimbledon’s Centre Court on Friday, as Roger Federer takes on Rafael Nadal in the men’s semifinals. The number one seed Novak Djokovic will take on Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the other semifinal.
When: Friday, 8 a.m.
TV: ESPN