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Tony DiCicco, coach of historic U.S. women’s soccer teams, dies at 68

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Tony DiCicco, who coached the first U.S. Olympic women’s soccer team to gold in 1996 and the 1999 Women’s World Cup winners, died Monday at age 68.

“While the health challenges Tony faced were confronted head on and with eyes open, we never could have foreseen the beautiful journey that truly defined the magnificence of this man’s life,” was posted on son Anthony DiCicco‘s social media.

DiCicco is the only U.S. coach to win a World Cup and the Olympics. He compiled a 103-8-8 international record at the helm of the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1994-99.

A former goalkeeper, DiCicco succeeded Anson Dorrance, who stepped down as U.S. coach in 1994. He was businesslike and uniquely humored, with a trademark thick black mustache.

Mia Hamm once told him, “Coach us like men, treat us like women,” and he stuck by it.

“I don’t yell at them [my players] a lot because I’m too busy yelling at the referees,” he said in 1999, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I’m a passionate guy, but I have a pretty good idea of how to impact a player’s performance. It’s not my style to get in their faces.”

DiCicco was largely out of the spotlight during the U.S. run to its famous 1999 Women’s World Cup title, but he was of course very instrumental in their success.

Take the final shootout against China, and Brandi Chastain‘s winner.

“Most soccer fans aren’t even aware that Chastain wasn’t supposed to take the penalty kick that changed her life,” according to Sports Illustrated in 2000. “On the original list [Julie] Foudy filled that spot, with Chastain in reserve. But just before the kicks began, DiCicco switched the order because he believed Chastain’s grittiness suited the moment.”

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Watch trailer for Usain Bolt in Pro Evolution Soccer video game

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Whether Usain Bolt plays competitive soccer in retirement is to be determined, but he’s already suiting up digitally.

Bolt is available for gameplay to those who pre-order the Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 video game to be released in September.

Though there is a dearth of track and field video games, Bolt was previously included in Temple Run 2 in 2013.

As for real-life competition, Bolt said in November that he expected to train with German club Borussia Dortmund in 2017 or 2018.

Bolt has long desired to play professional soccer, with most of his comments about his favorite Premier League club, Manchester United.

Bolt and Dortmund already have a tie-in with apparel sponsor Puma.

In the past, Bolt has been linked to Jamaica’s national team and played with Sergio Aguero.

Bolt has three track meets left in his farewell season — Ostrava on June 28, Monaco on July 21 and the world championships in August in London, where he plans to race the 100m and 4x100m relay.

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Berlin Olympic Stadium may stop holding track and field events

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Berlin’s Olympic Stadium — where Jesse Owens won four gold medals and Usain Bolt broke two world records — may soon be done hosting track and field under renovation plans.

Plans were announced on Friday for the iconic venue to be converted into a soccer-specific stadium for Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin.

The famous blue track could be gone after it hosts the 2018 European Track and Field Championships.

On Saturday, Berlin mayor Michael Mueller said the renovation could still allow for a removable track to keep the option for hosting track and field at the stadium, according to a Berlin newspaper.

The Olympic Stadium was built for the 1936 Berlin Games, where Jesse Owens won the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump in the face of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. A street just outside the stadium was renamed Jesse Owens Allee in 1984.

It was renovated before hosting 2006 World Cup matches and then held the 2009 World Track and Field Championships, where Bolt set the current world records in the 100m (9.58 seconds) and 200m (19.19).

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