Investment pays off as Europe dominates Women’s World Cup

The Women’s World Cup quarterfinals in France have a continental feel to them. Seven of the eight teams are European.

The exception: the defending champion United States.

“As a football fan, to me I would want a little bit more diversity at this point,” American forward Tobin Heath said. “I find European football is sometimes a little boring and I think that there’s some teams that are so exciting to watch … that are no longer in the tournament.”

The round opens Thursday with Norway playing England, which finished third in 2015, and wraps up Saturday night with two-time champion Germany taking on Sweden.

The U.S. plays host France on Friday in Paris.

Briefly: President Trump called out U.S. co-captain Megan Rapinoe after a months-old video was posted on social media in which she used profanity when she said she wasn’t going to the White House if the team wins the Cup. “Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team,” Trump tweeted. He added he will invite the U.S. team “win or lose.” … FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Cameroon for players’ conduct during the team’s 3-0 loss to England in the round of 16. The team protested VAR decisions, twice delaying kickoff as they complained.

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