The United States won a record-extending fourth women's World Cup with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands on Sunday as second-half goals from Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle confirmed their status as the leading power in the women's game.
Superbly-taken goals from Algeria's Youcef Belaili and Riyad Mahrez set them on the way to a 3-0 win over Guinea on Sunday and a place in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals, reaffirming their status as one of the favourites.
The Tour de France is only two days old but the newly-rebranded Team Ineos have already issued an emphatic response to anyone hoping a change of name for the world's dominant cycle team might have diluted their aura.
Madagascar kept up their fairytale run at the Africa Cup of Nations by reaching the quarter-finals with a 4-2 shootout win over the Democratic Republic of Congo after a 2-2 extra-time stalemate in their last-16 tie on Sunday.
The future of the Netherlands women's football team looks bright after the fast-improving 'Oranje' added a World Cup runners-up spot to their European title, according to their coach - as long as investment continues in the game.
United States coach Jill Ellis was always confident her team would break down a defensive Netherlands side in the women's World Cup final on Sunday, despite the European champions holding off the usually quick-firing U.S. for an hour of play.
As the United States women's national team clinched their fourth World Cup title on Sunday, fans across New York City gathered at local watering holes and match parties, striking an optimistic tone about the future of the women's game.