USA edge past gritty Spain to set up mouthwatering quarter-final with France

The hype around the US finally appears to be waning, even as the Americans beat a resilient Spain side 2-1 on Monday with the help of two penalties. Both spot kicks were scored by Megan Rapinoe to put the Americans through and negate a mistake in the American back line that gifted Spain their goal. The reigning World Cup champions move on to the quarter-finals, where they will face hosts France in a clash of the two strongest teams left in this tournament.

It took just five minutes for the Americans to open the scoring, and it initially looked like they were on their way to another dominant performance. Spain midfielder Mapi León took Tobin Heath down in the box, and Rapinoe calmly stepped up to slot the penalty home.

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Bernie Sanders unveils plan to eliminate $1.6tn in student loan debt

Democratic presidential candidate proposes to pay for plan, which would cost $2.2tn over next decade, through a tax on Wall Street

Bernie Sanders on Monday introduced legislation to eliminate the entire $1.6tn in student loan debt owed by 45 million Americans.

Related: Billionaire pledges to pay student debt for 2019 class at historic black US college

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Mike Pompeo didn’t raise Jamal Khashoggi murder in meeting with Saudi king

Unnamed senior state department official travelling with Pompeo said the subject of the killing did not come up

The US secretary of state Mike Pompeo did not discuss the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in a meeting with Saudi king it has been reported, in the latest sign the Trump administration is trying to drop the subject.

Pompeo said in a tweet that he had had a “productive meeting” with King Salman “to discuss heightened tensions in the region and the need to promote maritime security in the Strait of Hormuz”.

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Isaiah Rivera wins slam dunk contest in Paris using Blake Griffin as prop – video

NBA stars Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony, Kemba Walker and WNBA star Maya Moore along with filmmaker Spike Lee helped judge the 15th edition of Quai54 slam dunk contest in Paris.

The competition, which was part of the world streetball championship, saw Puerto Rican Isaiah Rivera claim the most points for his dunks – some of which featured the Detroit Pistons player Griffin.

After beating Frenchman Guy Dupuy, American Jordan Southerland and Congolese Daniel Kabeya, Rivera said: ‘Crazy things happen when preparation meets opportunity, shoutout to everyone who helped make it happen!’

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