Ellis picks 26 to preliminary US roster for tournament

Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 1:42 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 1:42 PM

Morgan Brian and Rose Lavelle are returning to the U.S. women's national team ahead of next month's SheBelieves Cup after dealing with injuries last year.

Brian, in France playing for Lyon, will not take part in training camp in Orlando, Florida, but will be available for the SheBelieves Cup roster. Brian had knee and groin injuries last year, while Lavelle struggled with a hamstring problem. Both missed last month's training camp and it was unclear how much Lavelle would be able to participate.

The 26-player roster was announced Wednesday by coach Jill Ellis. The list will be cut to 23 for the tournament, which opens on March 1 against Germany at Columbus, Ohio.

In addition to the top-ranked U.S. team and No. 2 Germany, the tournament includes No. 3 England and No. 6 France. Matches will also be played at Orlando and Harrison, New Jersey.

The roster includes newcomer Hailie Mace, a UCLA senior. Mace had 15 goals and three assists last season for the Bruins, who played in the College Cup final.

A versatile player, Mace played defense for the U.S. under-23 team.

"She's just fiercely competitive and I watch her play and she's speaking, she's confident, and I don't think she'll be overwhelmed by the situation," Ellis said on a conference call with reporters.

Three injured players were left off the roster: defender Becky Sauerbrunn (foot), forward Tobin Heath (ankle) and Samantha Mewis (knee). Ellis also said that she would have called in goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, but she is rehabbing from a quadriceps strain.

Wth the key absences, Ellis said she would look to develop "depth and flexibility."

"At this point it's about making sure that our players have a solid understanding of their relationships on the field and their roles," the coach said.

The SheBelieves Cup will be a challenging tune-up for World Cup qualifying this fall. The United States is the defending World Cup champion as the team looks to next summer's tournament in France.

"Last year was (about) the bigger picture," Ellis said. "Now we start to narrow."

Carli Lloyd enters the tournament needing just two goals to reach 100.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Jane Campbell (Houston), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago).

Defenders: Abby Dahlkemper (NC), Tierna Davidson (Stanford), Sofia Huerta (Chicago), Hailie Mace (UCLA), Kelley O'Hara (Utah), Casey Short (Chicago), Taylor Smith (Washington Spirit; 8/0), Emily Sonnett (Sydney, Australia)

Midfielders: Morgan Brian (Lyon, France), Julie Ertz (Chicago), Lindsey Horan (Portland), Rose Lavelle (Washington), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue), Allie Long (Seattle), Andi Sullivan (Washington)

Forwards: Crystal Dunn (Chelsea, England), Ashley Hatch (Melbourne, Australia), Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue), Alex Morgan (Orlando), Christen Press (Houston), Mallory Pugh (Washington), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle), Lynn Williams (NC)

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Rounds of rain, dropping temperatures expected today

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:53 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 11:48 AM

Several rounds of rain may lead to flooding problems this week.

>> Record-breaking warmth this week 


  • Rain likely today
  • Several rounds of rain continue into weekend
  • Flood threat lingers 

>> 5-Day Forecast


5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

TODAY: Rain continues through the afternoon, a bit breezy along with falling temperatures. By the end of the afternoon most will be in the upper 30s to low 40s. Drivers should slow down and watch for pockets of heavy rain that could drop visibility. More rain into the evening and overnight. As temperatures fall into the 30s overnight, a few elevated surfaces may become slick by morning. Areas north of I-70 are in the best position to see any slick spots early Thursday as temperatures fall close to freezing. 

>> County-by-County Weather

THURSDAY: Temperatures, especially in the northern Miami Valey, should reach the low to mid 40s. Scattered rain showers in the morning will mix with freezing rain in some spots, however, temperatures will quickly climb to above freezing, limiting any major impact. Road temperature may also stay warm enough to limit problems, but conditions could get slick briefly in some areas. The rest of the day will be dry in most cities as highs reach the upper 40s. 

FRIDAY: Another wave of energy will bring widespread showers back to the Miami Valley. It’ll be breezy with highs in the upper 50s. Rain may fall heavy in some spots, keeping the flood threat elevated for low lying cities, creeks, and streams. 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

SATURDAY: We’ll see scattered showers at times, especially in the afternoon. A breezy day with highs in the upper 50s. 

SUNDAY: Morning showers come to an end with it being windy and cooler at times as highs peak in the low 50s. These temperatures will drop quickly into the evening. 

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Local pastor reacts to death of Rev. Billy Graham

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 9:34 AM

NEW YORK - JUNE 21:  The Rev. Billy Graham speaks at a news conference about the upcoming Greater New York Billy Graham Crusade June 21, 2005, in New York City. The crusade will most likely be Graham's last mass event in the United States and will be held Friday to Sunday in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK - JUNE 21: The Rev. Billy Graham speaks at a news conference about the upcoming Greater New York Billy Graham Crusade June 21, 2005, in New York City. The crusade will most likely be Graham's last mass event in the United States and will be held Friday to Sunday in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

A Springboro pastor called Rev. Billy Graham a “Godly man” and remembered being a part of a crusade in St. Louis.

“I had the privilege of being a part of his crusade in St. Louis in 1999,” said Mark Goins, associate pastor at Newspring Chruch in Springboro. “Always appreciated the fact he lived what he preached.”

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Graham, who long suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments, died at his home in North Carolina at the age of 99, according to the Associated Press.
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Graham preached to millions across the globe and counseled several presidents during his life.

“He didn’t confine his ministry to just local,” Goins said.  “He had a voice to speak into the lives of leaders.”

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250 Dayton STEM students walk out to support Florida school shooting victims

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 12:12 PM

Students say they want stricter gun control laws after Florida school shooting

Nearly 250 students walked out of the Dayton Regional STEM school on Woodman Drive today to show solidarity with their counterparts in Florida after last week’s deadly shooting at Stoneman Douglas school.

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The students left the school around noon Wednesday and planned to be outside for 17 minutes, representing the number of people killed in last week’s shooting, according to a spokesperson.

The walkout was for students in eighth to 12th grade, the school said.

A spokesperson said the district is supporting the students, however staff did not participate in the event.

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Salmonella outbreak in 20 states linked to Kratom, CDC says

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 10:52 AM

Kratom, a herbal supplement, is a psychoactive drug derived from the leaves of the kratom plant.
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Kratom, a herbal supplement, is a psychoactive drug derived from the leaves of the kratom plant.(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The CDC is warning people to not consume Kratom due to a Salmonella outbreak linked to the plant. 

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It is a stimulant which comes in pills, powders and tea, and was recently declared to be an opioid by the FDA.

According to the CDC, 28 people in 20 states have been infected with Salmonella, eleven people have been hospitalized. 

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Kratom is also known as Kakuam, Thom, Ketom, Biak, and Thang.

News Center 7 consumer reporter Rachel Murray will be talking to health experts to find out more about the risk – watch tonight on WHIO-TV at 5pm. 

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