On Nike.com, the U.S. women’s home jersey is the top-selling overall soccer jersey in one season, while Fanatics reported that the women’s jersey sales have increased by 500% in 2019 versus the Women’s World Cup in 2015.”It’s hard to overstate how important this year has been to the evolution of the women’s offense at Nike,” president and CEO Matt Parker said. “The business grew double digits in fiscal ’19, accelerating in the back half of the year. Our momentum in women’s [sports] is a great example of how our renewed focus is really moving the needle through thoughtful design, powerful brand messages and digitally-led distribution.” The United States women are making a splash in more ways than one.Nike and Fanatics, both licensed jersey sellers, reported that jerseys for the U.S. women’s national team have sold far more than any U.S. soccer jersey, including the men’s team, according to ESPN.com. Women’s World Cup 2019: Alex Morgan explains why she used teacup celebration in England semifinal Women’s World Cup 2019: USWNT gives Alyssa Naeher praise for game-changing penalty save Women’s World Cup 2019: Megan Rapinoe thinks she’s ‘extremely American’ Related News Nike said the success of the women’s team, combined with them wearing merchandise from the company, has contributed to the sales. Interestingly, the brand’s sports bra sales have skyrocketed, with the company being pushed to the No. 1 position in market shares for that particular garment.After Tuesday’s 2-1 semifinal win over England, the U.S. will be in the World Cup final for the third consecutive time and looking to repeat its title from 2015. Parker said the numbers will be even greater if the team wins the World Cup again.”For me, personally, the groundswell of support around the world for the athletes and teams has been truly inspiring,” Parker said.
16 March 2015The Castle Lager Proteas achieved their most emphatic victory in ICC World Cup history when they beat Sri Lanka by 9 wickets with all of 32 overs to spare in their quarter-final match at The Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.It was the Proteas’ first victory in a knock-out World Cup match and the shortest knock- out match in the history of the World Cup.The Proteas now play the winners of Saturday’s quarter-final between New Zealand and the West Indies in next Tuesday’s semi-final in Auckland.In terms of the impact this result will have the only comparable match played by the Proteas at a World Cup is their first ever World Cup match against Australia at the same venue on February 26, 1992, when they routed their hosts, who included the likes of Dean Jones, Allan Border and Steve Waugh, by an identical 9 wickets.What will have pleased the Proteas the most will have been the return to his sublime best of Quinton de Kock (78 not out off 57 balls, 12 fours) as well as the fact they won after losing the toss and having to chase what was admittedly a small target.There was also the fact that the Proteas were at their very best in all three disciplines of batting, bowling and fielding.Dale Steyn, Kyle Abbott (who replaced the injured Vernon Philander) and Morne Morkel made the early breakthrough up front and then the two spinners took over, taking 7 wickets between them for 55 runs in 17.2 overs.Imran Tahir was named Man of the Match (4/26), while JP Duminy’s 3/29 included South Africa’s first-ever World Cup hat trick, the World Cup’s second-ever hat trick, and the second South African hat trick after Charl Langeveldt against the West Indies in 2005.It was also Duminy’s career-best, taking him past the milestone of 50 international wickets.Hashim Amla and De Kock then reduced the target of 134 to a routine affair with an opening stand of 40 before De Kock finished the job by timing the ball peerlessly into the gaps and mixing it with moments of untamed aggression.It was a sad end to the World Cup careers of two Sri Lankan and world legends – Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.The Castle Lager Proteas face Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground at 5.30am on Wednesday. The build up for the quarterfinal starts at 4.30am on SuperSport 2, SABC3 & Radio 2000.WORLD CUP MATCHESGroup matches15 February, 3am: South Africa beat Zimbabwe.22 February, 5.30am: India beat South Africa.27 February, 5.30am: South beat West Indies.3 March, 5.30am: South Africa beat Ireland.7 March, 3am: Pakistan beat South Africa.12 March, 3am: South Africa beat United Arab Emirates.Quater-finals18 March, 5.30am: South Africa beat Sri Lanka19 March, 5.30am: Bangladesh v India, Melbourne Cricket Ground20 March, 5.30am: Australia v Pakistan, Adelaide Oval21 March, 3am: New Zealand v West Indies, Westpac Stadium, WellingtonSemifinals24 March, 3am: Eden Park, Auckland26 March, 5.30am: Sydney Cricket GroundFinal29 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket GroundSource: Cricket South Africa and ICC