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Abby Wambach hands soccer record to Christine Sinclair with a powerful message for women
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The U.S. women's national soccer team has dominated the global sport for decades, with multiple world records to prove it. But one record stands out as the pinnacle of individual achievement—the international scoring record.


The title is held by the soccer player who has scored the most collective points in international competition. U.S. women's soccer player Mia Hamm held that title from 2004 to 2013, with 158 total international goals, the most of any professional soccer player—male or female. Abby Wambach beat that record in 2013, added to it, and has held it since her retirement in 2015.

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But on January 29, Canada's Christine Sinclair scored her 185th international goal, breaking Wambach's record, once again making history as the world's highest scoring international soccer competitor, male or female.

After Sinclair scored her record-breaking goal, Abby Wambach immediately took to social media. Not only did she pass the torch to Sinclair, but she passed it with joy, celebration, and an inspiring message for all women. She wrote:

"Mia Hamm – who grew up playing when professional women's soccer didn't even exist – achieved the record for most international goals scored in the world.

She was my mentor, my friend – she was the leader of our Pack.

In June 2013, I scored the goal to pass my hero's record.

For the six and a half years that I've held the world record for most goals scored – by man or woman – I've been grateful-to-the-bones for the path the Pack before me tread so that I could spend my life playing the game I love.

I've tried to live and play in a way honoring that legacy and privilege, so that little girls coming up after us will accomplish things we've only dreamed of.

So, as a girl who grew up dreaming of winning Olympic gold for my country before women's soccer was even an Olympic sport, tonight I am celebrating.

Tonight, I am celebrating the honor of passing that record, that legacy of our beautiful game, to the great Christine Sinclair: world-record holder for most international goals – man or woman – in history.

Christine: History is made. Your victory is our victory. We celebrate with you.

To every girl coming up in the Pack with a dream to do something that doesn't yet even exist: We believe in you to accomplish what we can't even yet imagine. Your Pack is with you. And history awaits you."

And if that wasn't enough to light your girl-power feelings on fire, she also shared a video montage emphasizing the importance of celebrating the achievements and victories of all women. "We will claim infinite joy, success, and power together," Wambach says in the video. "Her victory is your victory. Celebrate with her."

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So, so good. While the dominance of U.S. women's soccer has been a fun run, the fact that this record has passed hands from the U.S. to Canada is a sign that the international sport is growing in strength. That's good news for female soccer players of all ages and nationalities.

Thank you, Abby, for the beautiful statement of support, and the needed reminder that lifting one another up makes us all stronger.

Joy

1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

Noe Hernandez and Maria Carrillo, the owners of Noel Barber Shop in Anaheim, California.

Jordyn Poulter was the youngest member of the U.S. women’s volleyball team, which took home the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year. She was named the best setter at the Tokyo games and has been a member of the team since 2018.

Unfortunately, according to a report from ABC 7 News, her gold medal was stolen from her car in a parking garage in Anaheim, California, on May 25.

It was taken along with her passport, which she kept in her glove compartment. While storing a gold medal in your car probably isn’t the best idea, she did it to keep it by her side while fulfilling the hectic schedule of an Olympian.

"We live this crazy life of living so many different places. So many of us play overseas, then go home, then come out here and train,” Poulter said, according to ABC 7. "So I keep the medal on me (to show) friends and family I haven't seen in a while, or just people in the community who want to see the medal. Everyone feels connected to it when they meet an Olympian, and it's such a cool thing to share with people."

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Marlon Brando on "The Dick Cavett Show" in 1973.

Marlon Brando made one of the biggest Hollywood comebacks in 1972 after playing the iconic role of Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather.” The venerable actor's career had been on a decline for years after a series of flops and increasingly unruly behavior on set.

Brando was a shoo-in for Best Actor at the 1973 Academy Awards, so the actor decided to use the opportunity to make an important point about Native American representation in Hollywood.

Instead of attending the ceremony, he sent Sacheen Littlefeather, a Yaqui and Apache actress and activist, dressed in traditional clothing, to talk about the injustices faced by Native Americans.

She explained that Brando "very regretfully cannot accept this generous award, the reasons for this being … the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry and on television in movie reruns, and also with recent happenings at Wounded Knee."

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