Kirkland Crawford Detroit Free Press Published 4:20 p.m. UTC Sep 4, 2018 Sure, this isn't exactly another Dream Team, but the USA has to field a squad for qualifying for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. The team, coached by former NBA boss and current ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy, has two games in September – against Uruguay (Sept. 14 in Las Vegas) and Panama (Sept. 17 in Panama City). Because of the timing – many of the qualifying games for the World Cup were during last NBA season – USA Basketball has been going with players from the Gatorade League and free agents. This latest batch of 14, which will be pared down to 12 before the two games, include Pistons forward Henry Ellenson, a seldom-used player who was the team's first-round draft pick in 2016. It figures Ellenson will get more of an opportunity to play this coming season under new head coach Dwane Casey, who used a deeper-than-customary rotation last season with the Raptors, with whom he won … [Read more...] about Detroit Pistons’ Henry Ellenson in for USA’s FIBA World Cup qualifying
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Let’s get the bummer angle out of the way first. In case you haven’t heard, the United States won’t get to play in the world’s biggest sports spectacle when soccer’s World Cup kicks off Thursday in Russia. Yes, this country of 325 million people and a burgeoning fan base for the world’s most popular game won’t be represented in the quadrennial pageant of fútbol, but Iceland (pop. 334,000) will be there. Team USA failed to emerge from a regional qualifying tournament last year that sent Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama to the 32-country kickfest, which will conclude its 64 matches with a title game on July 15 at the Olympic stadium in Moscow. The U.S. was knocked out by Trinidad & Tobago in a 2-1 loss last October with Tim Howard of the Rapids in goal. It’s the first time the U.S. men failed to qualify for the World Cup since 1986 (the U.S. women have never failed to qualify and will defend their third World Cup title next … [Read more...] about In case you don’t follow soccer but want to make your friends think you do during the 2018 World Cup
By Sarah Ravani Updated 7:19 am, Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Photo: Mark J. Rebilas / Reuters Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Apr 2, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; USA forward Chris Wondolowski (17) celebrates after scoring a goal in the first half against Mexico during a friendly match at University of Phoenix Stadium. On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, U.S. Soccer officials announed that North America would host the 2026 World Cup. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) less Apr 2, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; USA forward Chris Wondolowski (17) celebrates after scoring a goal in the first half against Mexico during a friendly match at University of Phoenix Stadium. On Wednesday, June ... more Photo: Mark J. Rebilas / Reuters North America wins bid for World Cup 2026 — could Bay Area host games? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery … [Read more...] about North America wins bid for World Cup 2026 — could Bay Area host games?
Holding onto the trophy Germany are the reigning world champions, having beaten Argentina in the 2014 final after humiliating hosts Brazil 7-1 in the previous round. Many of Germany’s stars from that tournament are still around, including key midfielder Toni Kroos and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Germany has also had the same coach since 2006, the cool-headed Joachim (Jogi) Löw. However, that feat won’t be easy to repeat as champions. No country has done so since Brazil followed up victory in 1958 by lifting the trophy in 1962, and talented rivals like France, Spain, and Lionel Messi’s Argentina will be desperate to come out on top. Will Germany have enough to go all the way again? The team's indifferent form in pre-tournament friendlies has dampened expectations. In recent days Germany has lost 2-1 to neighbours Austria and struggled to a 2-1 victory over lowly Saudi Arabia. They are a heavy favourite to make it out of a group including South Korea, Mexico, and … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018: A casual fan’s guide to the German team
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off in Russia on June 14 in Russia. Thirty-two teams from around the world will compete in the month-long tournament that concludes on July 15. The FIFA World Cup, often just called The World Cup, is considered the biggest sporting competition in the world. Like the Olympics, it is held every four years at a different host nation selected by the FIFA Executive Committee. For 2018, Russia is the host nation. Qatar will be the next host nation in 2022, a highly contested choice. Watch the World Cup - Watch Online stream and on TV Dates: June 14 through July 15 TV (English): Fox and Fox Sports 1 TV (Spanish): Telemundo and NBC Universo Online streaming: FoxSports.com, TelemundoDeportes.com, Fubo, iPhone / Android Apps: CBS Sports, Fox Sports, Fox Soccer Match Pass, Telemundo Deportes en Vivo 2018 World Cup Standings After the opening two days of play, the standings are as follows. Teams are awarded three … [Read more...] about 2018 FIFA World Cup: How to watch every team, every game