The United States’ Gold Cup Win Doesn’t Mean Much — but It Was Still Fun

The United States’ Gold Cup Win Doesn’t Mean Much — but It Was Still FunEven though the USMNT was expected to beat Jamaica in the final, it’s a victory to celebrate all the same(Getty Images)I’m a sports jingoist, but I have to admit: There was a sliver of me that would have been OK…
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Everything You Need to Know About Messi and Ronaldo

What’s Ronaldo’s best goal? What’s Messi’s best miss? Who had worse hair? And why don’t they ever interact in public?(Getty Images/Ringer illustration)Soccer won’t be the same when they’re gone. We’ve taken it as a given that Real Madrid and FC Barcelona are the poles of the soccer world, but before Lionel…
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Twitter Finds Meaning (and Madness) Under Donald Trump

Recent History WeekThe social platform was in bad shape last year, but it found an unlikely support system in an antihero(Sam Taylor Illustration)This week, The Ringer is taking time to travel all the way back to … last year. Or a few months ago. We’re diving into the not-so-distant past to check up…
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How to Choose the Right Cover Song for a Movie Trailer

Look what ‘The Social Network’ hath wrought(Getty Images/Ringer illustration)Allow me take you back to a more innocent time: July 15, 2010, a day with historical significance that we’re only just beginning to comprehend. It was a day in which same sex marriage was legalized in Argentina, Goldman Sachs settled a fraud…
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Why Charlize Theron Is Intimidated by Awards Shows

After years in the industry, she’s still not comfortable on a red carpet(Getty Images/Ringer illustration)Charlize Theron has won an Oscar and been nominated for an Emmy, but she’s never enjoyed awards shows. In fact, they’re not fun for her at all. How could that be? She explained on the latest episode…
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‘Game of Thrones’ Doesn’t Need a New Villain

Euron Greyjoy arrived too late to steal this many minutes in Season 7(HBO/Ringer illustration)Game of Thrones is the only televised entertainment that almost makes HBO’s misleading tagline true. Thrones is too expensive for the small screen and is based on source material so sprawling that some said a TV adaptation wouldn’t…
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The Cowboys — Yes, the Cowboys — Have the NFL’s Most Interesting Defense

Jumping CowboysA year after producing one of the most breathtaking and dominant offenses in recent NFL history, Dallas promises to have the league’s most interesting defense(Getty Images/Ringer illustration)Playing defense in the NFL is hard. A decade of rule tweaks that favor offenses — defensive holding penalties per game have almost doubled per…
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What we learned from the USA's Gold Cup triumph

Tim Howard is still the first-choice keeper, Darlington Nagbe shone in midfield and Jozy Altidore remains the team’s focal point ahead of next year’s World CupTo the USA got what they needed out of the Gold Cup. If there was ever any doubt that Bruce Arena was playing to lift…
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Charlize Theron on Becoming an Action Hero, Avoiding Rom-Coms, and 15 Minutes With De Niro (Ep. 242)

HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron to discuss her new action film ‘Atomic Blonde’ (5:00), auditioning with a poor English accent (11:00), Johnny Depp’s presence (16:00), Tobey Maguire’s gambling (22:00), chatting with De Niro (33:00), consulting Patty Jenkins on ‘Monster’ (39:00), overcoming a…
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If Jorah Mormont Survives, How Does He Fit Into ‘Game of Thrones’?

There’s a reason he wasn’t in Westeros to begin the series. Jumping back now could get complicated.(HBO/Ringer illustration)The last time Jorah Mormont caught up with Daenerys, it was in Season 6, Episode 5. His greyscale wasn’t so advanced then — it was basically just a nasty-looking rash on his forearm — but its presence…
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