Friday Flashbacks: Brandi Chastain and the U.S. Women win the World Cup, Kobe Bryant's Gonna Buy a Big Ring

Twelve years ago, it was Brandi Chastain’s penalty kick goal and celebration that spawned talk of sports bras. The US Women beat China for their last World Cup win, and that team captured the country along the way, in a way that this year’s squad is now threatening to do with its come from behind thrilling victory.

Kobe Bryant charged with sexual assault in Eagle, Colorado (2003) . . . Baggio! No! (1994) . . . Michael Jordan and gambling (1993) . . . Ohio State wide receiver Cris Carter declared ineligible for accepting payments (1987) . . . Donnie Moore, tortured by the Dave Henderson home run in 1986 ALCS, shoots his wife and then himself (1989) . . . Kenny Rogers doesn’t like cameramen (2005) . . . Maybe Kenny Britt can someday have a big game at MSG? Bernard King arrested for second time in the span of a week after being drafted by Nets (1977) . . . Earl Weaver suspended for a week for striking an umpire (1982) . . .

Craig James prepares for his first season with the Patriots, after making a lot of money in the USFL (1984) . . . Reggie White speaks out against gay marriage (1998) . . . Sportswriter sues John Calipari for calling him a “Mexican idiot” (1997) . . . Brian Blades charged in shooting of his cousin (1995) . . . Richard Nixon wants to be a sportswriter (1979) . . . Mickey Mantle swallows his gum while scoring winning run! (1964) . . .  LPGA golfer Debbie Austin lost her tournament winnings check (1981) . . .

John Mackey frustrated by owners during the lockout. One quote, as to why the owners don’t want to increase pension: “They say the revenue from TV cannot be expected to keep going up forever.” (1970) . . . NFL player salaries could rise 50 to 100 percent if Rozelle Rule was eliminated (1975) . . . Duane Thomas banned from Chargers camp after reporting late (1973) . . . Soviets rub our noses in track defeat, call us good sports (1959) . . . Navratilova’s former partner suing her for assets accumulated during their relationship (1991) . . . A 6’4″ con man who was claiming to be Bill Russell (1983).

[image by Getty, bra by Nike]

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