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Swofford on ACC division realignment – TigerNet

The ACC started their 2017 ACC Football Kickoff on Thursday, and commissioner John Swofford held his annual press conference in which he discussed various subjects about the conference.

Swofford answered a question about ACC division realignment and cross-rivalries such as Duke and North Carolina State that will only play each other now once every six years.

“I don’t know,” Swofford said. “I don’t have an answer to that really. I think that’s probably one of the — one of those challenges that any league that gets to 14 has. I mean, there’s no easy solution to that. And what’s right for one conference might not be right for another conference. But it’s pretty much — it’s very similar in every league of our size. I think that’s one of the — you know, in an ideal world you’d love for everybody to play everybody. The next thing you love is for everybody to play everybody as often as they can, since it can’t be every year. And then beyond that, you just keep, I think, turning over, is there a better way to do this? If you ever get to the point where you just say, you know, there’s not a better way to do it, that’s not a good place to be. I don’t care how well things are going, you need to be looking at is there a better way to do it? So far we haven’t come up with one that’s better than what we’re doing in the minds of the majority of our schools, and that’s how that works is a majority vote. Same thing with divisions.”

Swofford believes that the two ACC divisions are very balanced right now.

“We haven’t really talked about divisions in several years now,” Swofford said. “There for a while, we talked about it and how to schedule every meeting. So I think right now where we are, things have settled in both in terms of how we schedule and in terms of the divisions, and you know, divisions can change. We all know that. Right now — and if you look at — surprisingly, to some, if you look at over the years the head-to-head competition with the Atlantic and Coastal, it’s very close to 500. It’s not imbalanced. But you know, we’ll keep looking at it, but I wouldn’t anticipate any change in the near future.”

Honestly, with all due respect to Mr. Swofford, you got this one wrong as there is a severe imbalance in the ACC Atlantic with Clemson and Florida State. These two teams are top five type teams moving forward in the next decade and beyond and should be playing in the ACC Championship yearly in a must-see marquee national matchup, not in a knockout game in the middle of the regular season. College Football fans are smart and will turn the channel for better games if a 7-4 coastal team is playing in the ACC Championship.

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Apparent ‘Knockout Game’ Attack In Ohio Sends Man To Hospital – The Daily Caller

A random attack inEast Price Hill, Ohio last Saturday looks suspiciously like another incident of theknockout game.

Will Griffith, a 54-year-old man, was allegedly attacked byKeith Capell at random. Griffith was left with fractures in his skull, jaw, and eye.(RELATED:Texas Couple Brutally Attacked In Knockout-Game Style Incident)

Griffith reportedly said, All I know is I was walking home and I ended up in the hospital.

Capell has been charged with, felonious assault and possession of heroin, WKRC Cincinnati reports.

The knockout game, which went viral in 2013, is a trend where groups of people on the street, often African-American, sneak up on others and punch them in the head with the goal of knocking them out.

Many on the leftmock concern over the game, calling it over-covered, or a myth, despite the fact that people have been killed over it before.

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Impact look to fix defensive lapses in second half of MLS season – GuelphToday

MONTREAL It was a wild first half of the Major League Soccer season marked by last-minute goals at both ends of the field, but the bottom line forthe Montreal Impactis that they won only five of their 17 games.

So while the Impact (5-6-6) have rebounded from slow starts in the past, they have their work cut out for them to put wins together and pushto make the playoffsfor a third straight season.

That begins July 19, when play resumes after a two-week break in the MLS schedule.

“We can’t dwell on that,” defender Daniel Lovitz said after the Impact ended the first half of the 34-game regular season with a feeble 3-1 loss in Houston. “We need to use the timeto forget about it but also to look at ourselves and see what we could have done better.

“It’s not rocket science what we need to do. We’ll look at ourselves as a group and come back and turn it all around.”

It should help that they will play seven of their next nine games at home, starting July 19 against Philadelphia. Theyplayed 10 of 17 games on the road so far.

Montreal is 4-2-1 at home and 1-4-5 away.

And management will be looking for reinforcementswhen the transfer window opens Saturday. The top prioritybecame left back depth whenAmbroise Oyongo’s season ended with a knee injury sufferedon international duty for Cameroon last month. Lovitz took his place, but thenmissed time withaminor injury that forced right-footed Chris Duvall to play the left side.

The Impact entered the season with optimism after reaching the Eastern Conference final last fall, where they lost in extra time to rival Toronto FC after upsetting D.C. United in a knockout game and then toppling the New York Red Bulls in their semifinal.

Didier Drogba was gone, but the aging Ivorian star had become a bench player while newcomer Matteo Mancosu excelled up front late in the seasonand in the playoffs.

But things haven’t gone as planned. The Impact have let points slip away repeatedly thus far, often through weak defensive coverage and mental lapses.

In their second game of the season at Olympic Stadium, they wasted a 2-0 lead as Seattle scored twice in the second half. On April 29 at Saputo Stadium, they lost 2-1 to Vancouver on a late Cristian Techera goal and on May 13, Justin Meram completed a hat-trick in added time to give Columbus a 3-2 win on Montreal turf.

Theyled 3-2 in Orlando on June 17 only to concede the equalizer in stoppage time. A 1-0 win on May 6 against last-place D.C. was their only away victory.

But they’ve had thrilling moments of their own, including Anthony Jackson-Hamel’s added time goal for a 2-1 home win over Atlanta,a three-goal comeback for adraw in Chicagoand a late Mancosu goal to earn a 1-1tie in Kansas City.

Like most teams, they’ve also had to deal with injuries. Star winger Ignacio Piatti missed four games but still leads the club with eight goals. Defender Victor Cabrera has played only seven games, while midfielder Andres Romero, who they hoped to have back healthy after missing all of last season, has played only one league match.

Off-season signing Adrian Arregui proved ineffective and was released.

On the plus side was the in-season arrival of Swiss midfielder Blerim Dzemaili, a heady playmaker who has three goals and four assists in seven games and has become the leader of the attack. Jackson-Hamel emerged as a valid option at striker with five goals in only 10 games, with a team-leading 1.23 goals per 90 minutes played. Another academy product, 18-year-old Ballou Tabla, has shown dazzling skill.

Also, 2016 draft pick Kyle Fisher has earned regular minutes with his physical play alongside Laurent Ciman in the central defence.

With stronger team play and better focus, especially on set pieces and late in matches, the ninth-place Impact can still save their season. They are seven points behind Columbus for the sixth and final playoff spot with three games in hand.

In 2015, they were 5-7-3 at the mid-point, but rallied to make the playoffs andreach the conference semifinals.

Dzemaili will be given two weeks off to rest because he had no off-season between playing for Italian club Bologna FC and joining the Impact in May, but there will be no rest for Jackson-Hamel, captain Patrice Bernier and back-up goalie Max Crepeau, who are with the Canadian national teamat the Gold Cup tournament.

The Impact also have a friendly match July 12inOttawa against their USL affiliate, the Fury.

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Sucker punch from behind on city sidewalk knocks out man, 54: ‘This … – TheBlaze.com

William Griffith, Jr. said he was just minding his own business walking home last Saturday afternoon following his job cleaning elderly peoples apartments when he got a very unwelcome greeting from a fellow pedestrian on a Cincinnati sidewalk.

Surveillance video shows a man approaching Griffith from behind and sucker punching him in the head.

The blow crumpled the victim to the pavement and knocked him out, WCPO-TV reported, citing Hamilton County court documents.

I was stunned, Griffith told WXIX-TV. I couldnt believe it. I mean, the dude came right up from behind me

He told the station he doesnt know his attacker who is seen on video walking away right after the sucker punch or why he did it.

This generation, I dont know, Griffith told WXIX. Im old school. Im 54 years old I dont know their motives I mean, just to have fun?

After the surveillance video hit social media, it was identified as the infamous knockout game, WCPO said a scary pastime in which pedestrians are randomly punched and cellphone videos of the assaults are often posted online.

Griffith suffered facial cuts, a black eye and a broken jaw and said if the attack on him was a kind of game, he doesnt find it amusing.

I mean if you wanna get a thrill, do something positive, he told WXIX.

If theres any silver lining in this situation, 29-year-old Keith Capell was arrested Wednesday and was charged with felonious assault in connection to the incident, WCPO reported, citing a complaint filed in the case.

Capell was in court Thursday morning and given a $260,000 bond, WCPO noted, adding that the presiding judge said he was frustrated by the limitations given him in setting Capells bond.

Capells attorney said the victim threatened [Capell] with a knife, WCPO reported, but the prosecutor said that wasnt true.

Capell also had less than 1 ounce of heroin in small baggies when he was arrested and was charged with possession of drugs, WCPO added, citing the complaint.

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Experimental Mexico and USMNT squads make the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup wide open – The Comeback (blog)

Its not quite the Summer of Soccer of 2016 that featured a massive Copa America and Euro 2016, but 2017 is no slouch in producing international soccer tournaments. The Confederations Cup ended not long ago, with Germanys B-team preventing Chile from winning a third straight major tourney, and the newest addition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup is coming up this July. The latter tournament is what were here to talk about.

For the uninitiated, the biennial Gold Cup includes the national teams of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. 12 teams participate: the three North American nations (U.S., Canada, Mexico), four qualifying Central American teams from the 2017 Copa Centroamerica, four qualifying Caribbean sides from the 2017 Caribbean Cup, and another Central American team or Caribbean nation, determined through a playoff.

The United States is the host, and has hosted the large majority of Gold Cup matches since the founding of the current iteration in 1991. Canada got some games in 2015, and Mexico co-hosted in 2003 and 1993, but otherwise its always the U.S., and that is no different this year. 14 American cities will host games, the majority of which also house NFL teams.

Starting with the basics, well take you through everything you need to know about the 2017 Gold Cup:

With 12 participating teams, there are three groups of four squads each.

Group A:

Honduras, Costa Rica, Canada, French Guiana

Group B:

United States, Panama, Martinique, Nicaragua

Group C:

Mexico, Jamaica, El Salvador, Curacao

The top two teams from each group automatically are through to the quarterfinals, while the top two third-place sides also advance.

Notably absent squads include Trinidad and Tobago (who toppedMexico in the group stage two years ago), Guatemala (who werent allowed to participate due to FIFA sanctions), and Haiti, who were serious competitors in the 2015 competition. Trinidad and Haiti failed to qualify out of the Caribbean zone, with Haiti falling to Nicaragua in a final qualifying playoff.

Curacao and French Guiana will make their Gold Cup debuts.

As for the referees, MLS fans will recognize the names of Jair Marrufo, Mark Geiger, Armando Villareal, and Drew Fischer. MLS assistant refs include Corey Rockwell, Charles Morgante, and Frank Anderson.

Fox Sports has the rights to this tournament, and will have English-language broadcasts of every match in the US. Fox, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, and FXX all have games, and you can watch live on Fox Sports Go with TV provider authentication. Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com has the TV schedule here.

Many of you may not get FS2. If you dont, blame Fox and call your TV provider. You probably will get FXX, as noted in the article linked in Tannenwalds article. Even if you dont get either of those channels, you may still be able to watch the games on Univision and Unimas, who have the Spanish-language rights. In Canada, TSN (English) and RDS (French) broadcast the games.

Alberth Elis (Honduras): After a red-hot start to his MLS career for the Houston Dynamo he scored six goals and added three assists in 11 starts after signing in the winter Elis will lead a speedy Honduran team that will look to back up their Copa Centroamerica victory with a deep Gold Cup run.

Elis, alongside another Dynamo winger, Romell Quioto, will play every game with the intention of getting out on the counter and hurting opponents in transition. Another Houston player, Oscar Boniek Garcia, will distribute from central midfield, and Barcelona B forward Anthony Lozano will be the goal-scorer.

Los Catrachos are always a competitor in these tournaments, and if they are able to get out of their group and then beat (likely) one of Panama, El Salvador, or Jamaica in the quarterfinal, theyll need Elis to be in goal-scoring form.

Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Canada): The Canadians got stuck in a tough group. Theyll have to get results against Honduras and Costa Rica to have a chance of avoiding another major Gold Cup disappointment.

Their top player, Orlando City No. 9 Cyle Larin, will not be participating this year, a tough break for a team that is just now seeing a talented young MLS-based core emerge. Players like 21-year old Raheem Edwards, 16-year old Alphonso Davies, and, notably, the 23-year old Jackson-Hamel will enter the fray alongside Jonathan Osorio, Tosaint Ricketts, and others.

Montreals Jackson-Hamel has found a consistent role in MLS this season, playing consistently scoring and multiple goals, often as an attacking super-sub. Hell likely be Larins direct replacement, playing alongside the speedy channel-runner Ricketts up top. His ability to grab some goals be something close to the active No. 9 Larin is will be crucial to Canadas chances of scoring a quarterfinal spot.

Joel Campbell (Costa Rica): It was a disappointment for Costa Rica not to win the Copa Centroamerica, considering they are pretty clearly the best national team in the region, but its all too big of a deal, as they are safely into the Gold Cup and should have no problem scooting into the quarterfinals, even with a relatively tough group.

Real Madrid goalkeeper and international star Keylor Navas is not on their squad this year, but Arsenal sensation Joel Campbell is, and we can expect him to play a big role in Los Ticos quest to win a trophy this summer. He is a dynamic, fast attacker with more of an international pedigree than most other players participating in this tournament.

When you play for Arsenal, youre expected to be pretty good. Campbell should be note should be in contention for the Golden Boot. But other attacking stars are on Costa Ricas squad as well, like Johan Venegas and Rodney Wallace, that could steal his spotlight.

The success of the minnows: The Gold Cup is notorious for the opportunities it provides smaller CONCACAF nations, and with two newcomers and a couple more lesser-known entrants, the 2017 edition will be no different.

Curacao, a Dutch overseas territory in the Caribbean, have spent less than a decade as their own national team, playing as the Netherlands Antilles for years along with Bonaire and Aruba before the dissolution of the territory, allowing Curacao to compete on its own in sporting competitions. They are a talented baseball country producing a few MLB stars, like Andrelton Simmons and Jurickson Profar and are now growing into a potent soccer nation, winning the Caribbean Cup in June.

The other newcomers, French Guiana, feature a number of French-based and former French-international players, including former Chelsea star Florent Malouda. Martinique, another French overseas territory, saw their Francophone counterparts Guadeloupe make a run to the semifinals in 2007, and will be looking to emulate that in their fifth Gold Cup appearance.

Nicaragua are the other clear minnows. Baseball is the most popular sport in the impoverished Central American country, and this is only their second Gold Cup appearance, having dropped out in the group stage in 2009. They are grouped with Martinique in Group B, so its entirely possible that either of them could sneak out of the group stage.

A Mexico team in disarray: El Tri are led by their own (possibly worse) version of Jurgen Klinsmann: consistent tinkerer Juan Carlos Osorio. They managed a semifinal appearance at the Confederations Cup, but that mostly was thanks to the fact that they didnt have too much competition (Cameroon, New Zealand, Australia, Russia), and once they got to the semifinal, Germany flattened them. Make no mistake: this is not a team in an especially good place right now.

Because most of Mexicos big guns were in Russia in June, JCOs Gold Cup roster is a youth-oriented, experimental B team. Of course, the U.S. squad is far from a first team as well.

Their final 23-man roster includes 22 Mexico-based players. Only one, Houston Dynamo breakout goal-scorer Erick Cubo Torres, plays outside of Liga MX, and he was just recently added as an injury replacement for Chivas Guadalajara forward Alan Pulido.

In addition, Osorio isnt even going to be in the Gold Cup. An outburst with the fourth official at the Confederations Cup resulted in a six-match suspensionand will miss the Gold Cup. So this brings up an interesting catch-22. If Mexico loses, this may actually help Osorios case because it would show hes needed. If they now win, hes non-essential and Mexico may realize theyre better off without him.

Central American dark-horses: As is common in Gold Cups, the U.S. and Mexico enter as the clear favorites. Only once has a country other than those two rivals won this tournament, and that was 17 years ago, when Canada beat Colombia in the final.

The team with the best chance to buck the trend is Costa Rica, a team with plenty of world-class talent and enough stars to run a shorthanded Mexico or the US out of the water in a knockout game just look at what they did to the Americans last November in World Cup qualifying, in Klinsmanns final disaster.

But also look at Panama and Honduras, counter-attacking CONCACAF teams with a rough-and-tumble and skillful Central American pedigree. They both feature a number of MLS players, and each should have no trouble advancing out of their groups. From there, who knows what could happen?

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Pakistan face New Zealand in ICC World Cup – The Nation – The Nation

LAHORE – Pakistan women cricket team will take on New Zealand women in the ICC Womens World Cup match today (Saturday).

Pakistan women, beaten by India and Australia, again face an uphill task while playing against Kiwis. Pakistan is still in search of the first victory in the tournament. A big win over the West Indies pushed New Zealand back into the top four after four games at the ICC Women’s World Cup, but captain Suzie Bates knows that every game is crucial ahead of Saturday’s clash with Pakistan. “This whole tournament, we have understood that every game was going to be a big match, and having the rain-affected match has made that even more important. Every game is almost a knockout game so we have to bring our A class game, and play as well as we can against any opposition.”

Although not mathematically eliminated, Pakistan’s chances of progressing are slim, but captain Sana Mir feels the team has learnt a lot so far, and needs to build on that experience. Sana Mir said: “We may not have had the best tournament so far but we need to enjoy it; we only qualified for the tournament a few months ago so just being here is an achievement in itself and I think we are better than we have shown so far.

PAKISTAN: Sana Mir (capt), Asmavia Iqbal, Ayesha Zafar, Diana Baig, Ghulam Fatima, Iram Javed, Javeria Wadood, Kainat Imtiaz, Marina Iqbal, Bibi Nahida, Nain Abidi, Nashra Sundhu, Sadia Yousaf, Sidra Nawaz and Waheeda Akhter.

NEW ZEALAND: Suzie Bates (capt), Erin Bermingham, Sophie Devine, Maddie Green, Holly Huddleston, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Thamsyn Newton, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Rachel Priest, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite and Lea Tahuhu.

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Mickelson thinks Mackay will caddie again soon – Akron Legal News

JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer Published: July 3, 2017

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) Phil Mickelson isn’t sure what’s next for Jim “Bones” Mackay. He is sure there are going to be plenty of options for his longtime caddie.

Mickelson and Mackay announced recently they had decided to split up after 25 years and more than 600 tournaments around the world, ending one of golf’s most successful relationships.

Mickelson’s brother Tim is going to caddie for him for the rest of the year, and Lefty thinks there will be no shortage of potential suitors for Mackay.

“He’s going to have some incredible opportunities,” Mickelson said in his first public comments since the split. “There’s going to be a great player a lot of great players, but one great player’s going to be lucky enough to have him and he’s going to bring a lot to his game and they’re going to be a great team. And then it gives me an opportunity to spend time with my brother for the rest of this year, which I’m looking forward to.”

Tim Mickelson was the golf coach at Arizona State before he left the position to become Jon Rahm’s agent, and Phil Mickelson thanked Rahm for approving his brother’s new schedule. Tim Mickelson also carried his big brother’s bag during the Mexico Championship when Mackay went down with a stomach virus.

Asked if Mackay will start working for Rahm, Phil Mickelson said he had no idea and didn’t want to speculate on Mackay’s next job.

“He’s not told me anything and I think that he’s going to have a lot of players call him and inquire about his services,” Mickelson said. “That would be what I would anticipate. But I don’t know.”

Mickelson, who celebrated his 47th birthday on June 16, and Mackay started working together at a U.S. Open qualifier in Memphis, Tennessee in 1992. Mickelson was hoping to have their final round together at this year’s U.S. Open, but he skipped the tournament to attend his oldest daughter’s high school graduation in California.

Mackay went to Erin Hills in Wisconsin to scout the course in case a weather delay would have allowed Mickelson to make his tee time, but it didn’t work out. Instead, their last round was in the St. Jude Classic in Memphis.

“We knew that final round in Memphis that that was our last round together or most likely,” Mickelson said. “We were holding out hope that it wasn’t, that we had one more week, and it was an emotional day. But we both know it’s time.”

Mickelson joined LPGA stars Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis for a skills challenge at Olympia Fields on Monday ahead of this weekend’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Mickelson and KPMG also announced a donation by the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation to the company’s future leaders program, which awards college scholarships to young women and brings them to Stanford University for a leadership development retreat.

Mickelson signed autographs for about a half-hour after winning the skills competition, which included a couple different chipping contests and a knockout game involving images of each player behind plates of glass.

“I was nervous because I know how good they are,” he said, “and it was fun because it gave me an opportunity to be around some of the best players in the world, best athletes in the world.”

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Union-Revolution 5 things: Back to MLS grind after Open Cup exit – Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

Union-Revolution 5 things: Back to MLS grind after Open Cup exit

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Union vs. New England Revolution 5 p.m. on FS1

Fresh off a gut-wrenching end to their 2017 U.S. Open Cup, the Union (5-7-4) return to MLS play to host a team in the Revolution (5-7-5) they could end up battling for one of the final Eastern Conference playoff spots.

Here are five things to know:

1. Bruised but not beaten Recovering from games four days apart is always a difficult task; recovering from a grueling 120-minute knockout game that ended with a brutal shootout loss to the nemesis New York Red Bulls is even tougher.

But although head coach Jim Curtin said he felt like he and the players let down the fans, hes confident that theyll be up for a quick turnaround.

We will have some fresh legs, Curtin said. With the competitive roster, we have guys we plug in and dont really miss a beat. Thats a strong thing to have. Were a real balanced team and its a group Im confident will be fresh. Even the 120-minute guys are feeling pretty strong and ready to turn it around and go again.

Indeed, four regular starters goalkeeper Andre Blake, defenders Oguchi Onyewu and Ray Gaddis, and midfielder Ilsinho didnt play at all vs. the Red Bulls on Wednesday and another (Chris Pontius) only played 15 minutes.

And as for the guys who went the full 120 minutes, Curtin is feeling good about their effort and recovery, specifically pointing to attacking midfielder Roland Alberg.

It was his best game in a Philadelphia Union uniform, the Union coach said.

2. Gold Cup absences Theres good news and bad news on the international absence front.

The bad news? The Union will be without captain Alejandro Bedoya, whos currently with the U.S. national team leading up to start of the Gold Cup next weekend. And the Union are 5-1 in the last six games Bedoya has started.

The good news is Blake, who was dealing with a minor rib injury, is set to make one final start in Philly before joining Jamaica for the CONCACAF tournament. And hes coming off a monster performance in the Unions 1-0 win over D.C. United last weekend.

The Revs, meanwhile, will be without striker Juan Agudelo (U.S.) and midfielders Kelyn Rowe (U.S.) and Gershon Koffie (Ghana). All three were part of Saturdays U.S.-Ghana friendly, though only Rowe got into the game, earning his first USMNT cap.

3. All eyes on Jones With Bedoya gone and Warren Creavalle hurt, 20-year-old midfielder Derrick Jones has a big opportunity in front of him as a starter for Sundays game and potentially a few more after that.

In Jones last start, he was shown a red card that led to a 2-0 loss to the Red Bulls on June 18. But he said hes learned from that experience and is eager to temporarily take the spot of a player like Bedoya.

I look up to him every day in training, on the field, in games, Jones said of the Union captain. He tells me to play my game, keep doing what Im doing.

Curtin said the first half of the season has gone well for Jones, who began the year of a starter before transitioning to a reserve role. But he expects more from the promising young homegrown.

This is a big time for him now with Ale being out for these next two games, the Union coach said. Hell have his hands full. But his fearlessness is what [sporting director Earnie Stewart] and I love in him and its what we see every day in training. We know hell be up to the challenge.

4. Players to watch Revolution: New England is missing some key players with Diego Fagundez suspended and others injured on top of the Agudelo, Rowe and Koffie international absences. But in striker Kei Kamara, the Revs still have a marquee veteran striker who can turn a game on its head.

Union: This could be an important game for Ilsinho, whos dealing with a calf issue but figures to start at the No. 10 attacking midfield role. And he may need to have a big game to keep that spot, considering Alberg is coming off such a good game and Adam Najem an up-and-comer at the No. 10 spot had an excellent performance vs. the Red Bulls four days ago, according to Curtin.

5. This and that In their Open Cup game Wednesday, the Union finished with 27 shots but only scored once, leading Curtin to have the players work on finishing during practice this week.

Maurice Edu, who hasnt played an MLS game since Sept. 20, 2015, participated in training this week but still has no timetable to return.

The Revs have yet to win on the road this season, going 0-6-3 in nine matches.

The Union are 2-0-1 in their last three meetings with the Revs, outscoring them 8-1.

With seven assists, Revs midfielder Lee Nguyen is tied for third in the league.

Goalkeeper Ryan Meara stopped Fafa Picaultand Felipe did the rest, catapulting the New York Red Bulls over the Union in the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16, 1-1 (5-3), in added extra time penalty kicks on Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena.

Its devastating for the guys, Union manager Jim Curtin said to reporters. I couldnt be prouder of the group in terms of the effort we put in. I thought we showed a lot more fight, a lot more heart, a lot of grit, balls, guts, whatever your adjective is, we had more of it.

Roland Alberg and Chris Pontius kept pace with the Red Bulls early in penalties, but a heroic diving stop by Meara on Picault was the difference. Red Bulls veteran Sacha Kljestan gave his club the 4-2 lead but was matched by rookie Marcus Epps, opening the door for Felipe to finish the contest.

I missed, Picault said to reporters. I shot it and he made a good save. It hit the post and thats it.

Despite guessing correctly on nearly all of the Red Bulls attempts, Union backup keeper John McCarthy was unable to make a stop. Meara finished with one.

After qualifying but losing in the tournaments title game in 2014 and 2015, the Union failed to make it out of the quarterfinals last season. This year, the club, which defeated the Harrisburg City Islanders in its first match, wasnt able to survive the Round of 16.

Meanwhile, the Red Bulls advance to face the New England Revolution on July 13 at Harvard Universitys Jordan Field. The Revolution defeated D.C. United, 2-1, on Wednesday.

Trailing by one and after nearly 90 minutes of futility, Alberg and the Union hit gold in the 86th. Launching a long-ball pass into the box, Jack Elliot stunned the Red Bulls back line as the volley landed at the feet of a nearly offside Alberg. The Union No. 10 turned and fired off a shot that beat Meara far side to lock the match at 1-1.

Roland Alberg put in an incredible shift in terms of work rate and effort, Curtin said. Character to come back, this group has that.

But that wasnt the only scoring chance for the Union. Despite shaky defense early, the Union owned the games first great opportunity, when Picault, whose finish was suspect all game, broke free on a breakaway in the 18th minute. His low shot was sloppy and body-stopped by Meara to keep the game scoreless.

We had them on the ropes in their building and we didnt quite finish them off, Curtin said.

It was one of 27 attempts on goal throughout the contest for the Union.

We created enough to win, Curtin said. We should have won tonight.

While the Union missed chances, the hosts took control. In the 41st minute, Bradley Wright-Phillips pounced on a Josh Yaro turnover and slid a centering pass to Kljestan, who easily placed his shot through McCarthy and in for the 1-0 advantage at the half.

We have to regroup and refresh, said Curtin, whose club is set to face the New England Revolution on Sunday at Talen Energy Stadium. This is why our sports science department gets the big bucks. Well be ready to go.

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CHESTER, Pa. — Sportsmanship isnt dead. In the 74th minute of Saturdays 1-0 Union win over D.C. United at Talen Energy Stadium, Luciano Acosta knocked midfielder Haris Medunjanin out of bounds. Trekking in from midfield, referee Sorin Stoica immediately threw up the red card to eject the United’s Acosta from the match. Moments later, play restarted with Acosta still in the game. “All I know is I saw the red card, turned around and next thing I know is hes still on the field,” Union center back Oguchi Onyewu said. The red card was pulled for what Stoica believed was Acosta kicking Medunjanin. Unaware that the referee could even rescind the card, the Union man honorably disputed the kick and Stoica pulled the ejection. “I rescinded the card because [Medunjanin] stated that he was not kicked after the play, which was the initial decision I made,” Stoica told a pool reporter. Medunjanin explained his side. “I saw the red card and spoke with Acosta and he was saying that he didnt kick me,” he said. “I said I didnt feel it also. I went to the referee and he said, ‘did he kick you?’ and I said, ‘no he didnt kick me, I think it was just a push.’ Thats why it was no red card for me.” He then took a shot at New York Red Bulls player Felipe, who drew a red on the Unions Derrick Jones last Sunday in what the club believed was a dive. “I hope Felipe was watching from last week,” Medunjanin said. “I wish he could say the same. I think you need to be honest and I felt like it was just a push.”

Union manager Jim Curtin, who admitted he may not have been so honorable in Medunjanin’s position, was proud of his player.

“Its not a red card, and I have to give a lot of credit to Haris,” he said. “Hes a person that I respect a great deal. Its an incredible act. I think its something you could show to not just young kids but also a lot of the adults that play in professional soccer because what he did is very honorable. Its the right thing to do.” While fair play Medunjanin gained respect from Curtin and United coach Ben Olsen, who called him a classy player and classy human being, he was grilled by his teammates, who found the scenario humorous. “I dont know whose team Haris is on, I really dont,” Onyewu said jokingly. “I dont know if Haris and the referee or Haris and Acosta are actually best friends, I dont know. Maybe they are going out later tonight and they didnt want any bad tension?” They also found it perplexing.

“I didnt think that was possible, Medunjanin said, a sentiment echoed by Onyewu. The referee chose to do it so you need to respect that. I can talk now and be honest. Maybe if it was a draw, it wouldve been a little different.” But it happened and Medunjanin can walk away with three points and an unofficial award for being a class act.

“Everybody said thanks for the fair play, Medunjanin said. Nice gesture of you and thats it. The coach came over to speak with me and I said, ‘no problem this is football. We fight for the three points, but we need to be honest.'”

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DEL STONE JR.: Social skills for the new millenium – The Northwest Florida Daily News

DEL STONE JR. @DelSnwfdn

Social skills for the modern age we all need to work on:

1. The queenly wave (the hand moves side to side from the wrist, the arm does not move as the muscle action is discreetly concealed by arm-length white satin gloves).

2. The recovery from the discovery of not being invited (suppress the widening of the eyes, the doleful down-register of the voice, that momentary ache in your gut when you realize you were not cool enough to be invited to a,b,c. … whatever event/party/witch burning).

3. The silent belch (a hitch in the breath followed by a peristolic contraction of the diaphragm and the subtle release of Cheeto-scented breath).

4. Like envy (So-and-so likes everything whatitz posts but rarely likes anything you post and do you really care – OF COURSE you care, at least enough to start plotting vengeance).

5. Work on your selfie mug expression the eyes widened in surprise and the mouth an excited I found Waldo O, or the eyes half-lidded, a Marilyn Monroe smile as you peek over a pair of Ray Ban Aviators. Maybe you could pencil in a mole beneath your eye. You think?

6. Learn how to use Photoshops teeth-whitening feature. Either that or stop chewing tobacco.

7. The fear you will traumatize young children by posting photographs of yourself online. Get over it. You are beautiful, even if youre ugly. I know this.

8. Demand the first right of refusal. You dont really want to go to that school play, but you do want to be asked. See Item 2.

9. Work on your general knowledge. Of course you know everything there is to know about 13 Reasons Why, but do you know what year the Magna Carta was issued by Jay-Z?

10. Learn how to properly grip your mobile phone. NO, you do not pick it up with your thumb and forefinger as if it were a dead rat (it is very much alive, unless youve depleted your battery). Nor do you hold it with your fingers touching the screen leaving a crime scene smear of fingerprints. You should hold it with the back of the phone in the palm of your hand and the screen facing forward, as if it were your personal force field against the world. And this is most important: DO NOT PUT IT DOWN, EVER. Not even when youre in the bathroom. Have a bowl of rice handy for when you drop it in the commode.

11. Communicate the fact that you dont actually want to receive telephone calls. Sure, you own a mobile phone. But that doesnt mean you want people calling you. They can text, email, Instagram, Snapcrap or use any number of vacuous social media platforms to communicate with you short of calling, because you are a proud sociopath of the Digital Age and the words interpersonal communication are NOT in your lexicon.

12. Work on your righteous wrath. Everyone online is consumed by righteous wrath, whether theyre sincerely angry or not. You see, its all an act and you are expected to play along. You must be angry about various causes, which leads me to

14. Yes, I skipped 13. Thirteen is bad news. But not this: Pick your causes. Here are some correct causes: reforestation, fighting hunger, saving animals, late-night comedy. Here are some incorrect causes: National Socialism, anything fried, movie cigarettes, the knockout game.

15. Work on buying local. If you can find a T-shirt, or a car, thats made locally, be sure to let us know. Then go on social media and crow about it.

16. The road rage mobile phone fake-out. Somebody does something crazy in traffic. In the past you would have simply returned the favor, resulting in a multi-county high-speed chase ending in a roadside beating and possible structural damage to surrounding fences/road signs/store fronts. Theres an easier way. Hold up your phone, as if youre taking a photo of the offenders vehicle. Then pretend to dial 911 and talk to an imaginary dispatcher as youre gesturing at the offenders vehicle. Then, put down the phone and give an evil smile to the offender. They will drive away and leave you alone.

Contact online editor Del Stone Jr. at (850) 315-4433 or dstone@nwfdailynews.com. Follow him on twitter at @delsnwfdn, and friend him on Facebook at dels nwfdn.

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Swofford on ACC division realignment – TigerNet

The ACC started their 2017 ACC Football Kickoff on Thursday, and commissioner John Swofford held his annual press conference in which he discussed various subjects about the conference. Swofford answered a question about ACC division realignment and cross-rivalries such as Duke and North Carolina State that will only play each other now once every six years. “I don’t know,” Swofford said. “I don’t have an answer to that really. I think that’s probably one of the — one of those challenges that any league that gets to 14 has. I mean, there’s no easy solution to that. And what’s right for one conference might not be right for another conference. But it’s pretty much — it’s very similar in every league of our size. I think that’s one of the — you know, in an ideal world you’d love for everybody to play everybody. The next thing you love is for everybody to play everybody as often as they can, since it can’t be every year. And then beyond that, you just keep, I think, turning over, is there a better way to do this? If you ever get to the point where you just say, you know, there’s not a better way to do it, that’s not a good place to be. I don’t care how well things are going, you need to be looking at is there a better way to do it? So far we haven’t come up with one that’s better than what we’re doing in the minds of the majority of our schools, and that’s how that works is a majority vote. Same thing with divisions.” Swofford believes that the two ACC divisions are very balanced right now. “We haven’t really talked about divisions in several years now,” Swofford said. “There for a while, we talked about it and how to schedule every meeting. So I think right now where we are, things have settled in both in terms of how we schedule and in terms of the divisions, and you know, divisions can change. We all know that. Right now — and if you look at — surprisingly, to some, if you look at over the years the head-to-head competition with the Atlantic and Coastal, it’s very close to 500. It’s not imbalanced. But you know, we’ll keep looking at it, but I wouldn’t anticipate any change in the near future.” Honestly, with all due respect to Mr. Swofford, you got this one wrong as there is a severe imbalance in the ACC Atlantic with Clemson and Florida State. These two teams are top five type teams moving forward in the next decade and beyond and should be playing in the ACC Championship yearly in a must-see marquee national matchup, not in a knockout game in the middle of the regular season. College Football fans are smart and will turn the channel for better games if a 7-4 coastal team is playing in the ACC Championship.

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Apparent ‘Knockout Game’ Attack In Ohio Sends Man To Hospital – The Daily Caller

A random attack inEast Price Hill, Ohio last Saturday looks suspiciously like another incident of theknockout game. Will Griffith, a 54-year-old man, was allegedly attacked byKeith Capell at random. Griffith was left with fractures in his skull, jaw, and eye.(RELATED:Texas Couple Brutally Attacked In Knockout-Game Style Incident) Griffith reportedly said, All I know is I was walking home and I ended up in the hospital. Capell has been charged with, felonious assault and possession of heroin, WKRC Cincinnati reports. The knockout game, which went viral in 2013, is a trend where groups of people on the street, often African-American, sneak up on others and punch them in the head with the goal of knocking them out. Many on the leftmock concern over the game, calling it over-covered, or a myth, despite the fact that people have been killed over it before. Follow Justin on Twitter

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Impact look to fix defensive lapses in second half of MLS season – GuelphToday

MONTREAL It was a wild first half of the Major League Soccer season marked by last-minute goals at both ends of the field, but the bottom line forthe Montreal Impactis that they won only five of their 17 games. So while the Impact (5-6-6) have rebounded from slow starts in the past, they have their work cut out for them to put wins together and pushto make the playoffsfor a third straight season. That begins July 19, when play resumes after a two-week break in the MLS schedule. “We can’t dwell on that,” defender Daniel Lovitz said after the Impact ended the first half of the 34-game regular season with a feeble 3-1 loss in Houston. “We need to use the timeto forget about it but also to look at ourselves and see what we could have done better. “It’s not rocket science what we need to do. We’ll look at ourselves as a group and come back and turn it all around.” It should help that they will play seven of their next nine games at home, starting July 19 against Philadelphia. Theyplayed 10 of 17 games on the road so far. Montreal is 4-2-1 at home and 1-4-5 away. And management will be looking for reinforcementswhen the transfer window opens Saturday. The top prioritybecame left back depth whenAmbroise Oyongo’s season ended with a knee injury sufferedon international duty for Cameroon last month. Lovitz took his place, but thenmissed time withaminor injury that forced right-footed Chris Duvall to play the left side. The Impact entered the season with optimism after reaching the Eastern Conference final last fall, where they lost in extra time to rival Toronto FC after upsetting D.C. United in a knockout game and then toppling the New York Red Bulls in their semifinal. Didier Drogba was gone, but the aging Ivorian star had become a bench player while newcomer Matteo Mancosu excelled up front late in the seasonand in the playoffs. But things haven’t gone as planned. The Impact have let points slip away repeatedly thus far, often through weak defensive coverage and mental lapses. In their second game of the season at Olympic Stadium, they wasted a 2-0 lead as Seattle scored twice in the second half. On April 29 at Saputo Stadium, they lost 2-1 to Vancouver on a late Cristian Techera goal and on May 13, Justin Meram completed a hat-trick in added time to give Columbus a 3-2 win on Montreal turf. Theyled 3-2 in Orlando on June 17 only to concede the equalizer in stoppage time. A 1-0 win on May 6 against last-place D.C. was their only away victory. But they’ve had thrilling moments of their own, including Anthony Jackson-Hamel’s added time goal for a 2-1 home win over Atlanta,a three-goal comeback for adraw in Chicagoand a late Mancosu goal to earn a 1-1tie in Kansas City. Like most teams, they’ve also had to deal with injuries. Star winger Ignacio Piatti missed four games but still leads the club with eight goals. Defender Victor Cabrera has played only seven games, while midfielder Andres Romero, who they hoped to have back healthy after missing all of last season, has played only one league match. Off-season signing Adrian Arregui proved ineffective and was released. On the plus side was the in-season arrival of Swiss midfielder Blerim Dzemaili, a heady playmaker who has three goals and four assists in seven games and has become the leader of the attack. Jackson-Hamel emerged as a valid option at striker with five goals in only 10 games, with a team-leading 1.23 goals per 90 minutes played. Another academy product, 18-year-old Ballou Tabla, has shown dazzling skill. Also, 2016 draft pick Kyle Fisher has earned regular minutes with his physical play alongside Laurent Ciman in the central defence. With stronger team play and better focus, especially on set pieces and late in matches, the ninth-place Impact can still save their season. They are seven points behind Columbus for the sixth and final playoff spot with three games in hand. In 2015, they were 5-7-3 at the mid-point, but rallied to make the playoffs andreach the conference semifinals. Dzemaili will be given two weeks off to rest because he had no off-season between playing for Italian club Bologna FC and joining the Impact in May, but there will be no rest for Jackson-Hamel, captain Patrice Bernier and back-up goalie Max Crepeau, who are with the Canadian national teamat the Gold Cup tournament. The Impact also have a friendly match July 12inOttawa against their USL affiliate, the Fury. Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

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Sucker punch from behind on city sidewalk knocks out man, 54: ‘This … – TheBlaze.com

William Griffith, Jr. said he was just minding his own business walking home last Saturday afternoon following his job cleaning elderly peoples apartments when he got a very unwelcome greeting from a fellow pedestrian on a Cincinnati sidewalk. Surveillance video shows a man approaching Griffith from behind and sucker punching him in the head. The blow crumpled the victim to the pavement and knocked him out, WCPO-TV reported, citing Hamilton County court documents. I was stunned, Griffith told WXIX-TV. I couldnt believe it. I mean, the dude came right up from behind me He told the station he doesnt know his attacker who is seen on video walking away right after the sucker punch or why he did it. This generation, I dont know, Griffith told WXIX. Im old school. Im 54 years old I dont know their motives I mean, just to have fun? After the surveillance video hit social media, it was identified as the infamous knockout game, WCPO said a scary pastime in which pedestrians are randomly punched and cellphone videos of the assaults are often posted online. Griffith suffered facial cuts, a black eye and a broken jaw and said if the attack on him was a kind of game, he doesnt find it amusing. I mean if you wanna get a thrill, do something positive, he told WXIX. If theres any silver lining in this situation, 29-year-old Keith Capell was arrested Wednesday and was charged with felonious assault in connection to the incident, WCPO reported, citing a complaint filed in the case. Capell was in court Thursday morning and given a $260,000 bond, WCPO noted, adding that the presiding judge said he was frustrated by the limitations given him in setting Capells bond. Capells attorney said the victim threatened [Capell] with a knife, WCPO reported, but the prosecutor said that wasnt true. Capell also had less than 1 ounce of heroin in small baggies when he was arrested and was charged with possession of drugs, WCPO added, citing the complaint. (H/T: Truth Revolt)

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Experimental Mexico and USMNT squads make the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup wide open – The Comeback (blog)

Its not quite the Summer of Soccer of 2016 that featured a massive Copa America and Euro 2016, but 2017 is no slouch in producing international soccer tournaments. The Confederations Cup ended not long ago, with Germanys B-team preventing Chile from winning a third straight major tourney, and the newest addition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup is coming up this July. The latter tournament is what were here to talk about. For the uninitiated, the biennial Gold Cup includes the national teams of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. 12 teams participate: the three North American nations (U.S., Canada, Mexico), four qualifying Central American teams from the 2017 Copa Centroamerica, four qualifying Caribbean sides from the 2017 Caribbean Cup, and another Central American team or Caribbean nation, determined through a playoff. The United States is the host, and has hosted the large majority of Gold Cup matches since the founding of the current iteration in 1991. Canada got some games in 2015, and Mexico co-hosted in 2003 and 1993, but otherwise its always the U.S., and that is no different this year. 14 American cities will host games, the majority of which also house NFL teams. Starting with the basics, well take you through everything you need to know about the 2017 Gold Cup: With 12 participating teams, there are three groups of four squads each. Group A: Honduras, Costa Rica, Canada, French Guiana Group B: United States, Panama, Martinique, Nicaragua Group C: Mexico, Jamaica, El Salvador, Curacao The top two teams from each group automatically are through to the quarterfinals, while the top two third-place sides also advance. Notably absent squads include Trinidad and Tobago (who toppedMexico in the group stage two years ago), Guatemala (who werent allowed to participate due to FIFA sanctions), and Haiti, who were serious competitors in the 2015 competition. Trinidad and Haiti failed to qualify out of the Caribbean zone, with Haiti falling to Nicaragua in a final qualifying playoff. Curacao and French Guiana will make their Gold Cup debuts. As for the referees, MLS fans will recognize the names of Jair Marrufo, Mark Geiger, Armando Villareal, and Drew Fischer. MLS assistant refs include Corey Rockwell, Charles Morgante, and Frank Anderson. Fox Sports has the rights to this tournament, and will have English-language broadcasts of every match in the US. Fox, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, and FXX all have games, and you can watch live on Fox Sports Go with TV provider authentication. Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com has the TV schedule here. Many of you may not get FS2. If you dont, blame Fox and call your TV provider. You probably will get FXX, as noted in the article linked in Tannenwalds article. Even if you dont get either of those channels, you may still be able to watch the games on Univision and Unimas, who have the Spanish-language rights. In Canada, TSN (English) and RDS (French) broadcast the games. Alberth Elis (Honduras): After a red-hot start to his MLS career for the Houston Dynamo he scored six goals and added three assists in 11 starts after signing in the winter Elis will lead a speedy Honduran team that will look to back up their Copa Centroamerica victory with a deep Gold Cup run. Elis, alongside another Dynamo winger, Romell Quioto, will play every game with the intention of getting out on the counter and hurting opponents in transition. Another Houston player, Oscar Boniek Garcia, will distribute from central midfield, and Barcelona B forward Anthony Lozano will be the goal-scorer. Los Catrachos are always a competitor in these tournaments, and if they are able to get out of their group and then beat (likely) one of Panama, El Salvador, or Jamaica in the quarterfinal, theyll need Elis to be in goal-scoring form. Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Canada): The Canadians got stuck in a tough group. Theyll have to get results against Honduras and Costa Rica to have a chance of avoiding another major Gold Cup disappointment. Their top player, Orlando City No. 9 Cyle Larin, will not be participating this year, a tough break for a team that is just now seeing a talented young MLS-based core emerge. Players like 21-year old Raheem Edwards, 16-year old Alphonso Davies, and, notably, the 23-year old Jackson-Hamel will enter the fray alongside Jonathan Osorio, Tosaint Ricketts, and others. Montreals Jackson-Hamel has found a consistent role in MLS this season, playing consistently scoring and multiple goals, often as an attacking super-sub. Hell likely be Larins direct replacement, playing alongside the speedy channel-runner Ricketts up top. His ability to grab some goals be something close to the active No. 9 Larin is will be crucial to Canadas chances of scoring a quarterfinal spot. Joel Campbell (Costa Rica): It was a disappointment for Costa Rica not to win the Copa Centroamerica, considering they are pretty clearly the best national team in the region, but its all too big of a deal, as they are safely into the Gold Cup and should have no problem scooting into the quarterfinals, even with a relatively tough group. Real Madrid goalkeeper and international star Keylor Navas is not on their squad this year, but Arsenal sensation Joel Campbell is, and we can expect him to play a big role in Los Ticos quest to win a trophy this summer. He is a dynamic, fast attacker with more of an international pedigree than most other players participating in this tournament. When you play for Arsenal, youre expected to be pretty good. Campbell should be note should be in contention for the Golden Boot. But other attacking stars are on Costa Ricas squad as well, like Johan Venegas and Rodney Wallace, that could steal his spotlight. The success of the minnows: The Gold Cup is notorious for the opportunities it provides smaller CONCACAF nations, and with two newcomers and a couple more lesser-known entrants, the 2017 edition will be no different. Curacao, a Dutch overseas territory in the Caribbean, have spent less than a decade as their own national team, playing as the Netherlands Antilles for years along with Bonaire and Aruba before the dissolution of the territory, allowing Curacao to compete on its own in sporting competitions. They are a talented baseball country producing a few MLB stars, like Andrelton Simmons and Jurickson Profar and are now growing into a potent soccer nation, winning the Caribbean Cup in June. The other newcomers, French Guiana, feature a number of French-based and former French-international players, including former Chelsea star Florent Malouda. Martinique, another French overseas territory, saw their Francophone counterparts Guadeloupe make a run to the semifinals in 2007, and will be looking to emulate that in their fifth Gold Cup appearance. Nicaragua are the other clear minnows. Baseball is the most popular sport in the impoverished Central American country, and this is only their second Gold Cup appearance, having dropped out in the group stage in 2009. They are grouped with Martinique in Group B, so its entirely possible that either of them could sneak out of the group stage. A Mexico team in disarray: El Tri are led by their own (possibly worse) version of Jurgen Klinsmann: consistent tinkerer Juan Carlos Osorio. They managed a semifinal appearance at the Confederations Cup, but that mostly was thanks to the fact that they didnt have too much competition (Cameroon, New Zealand, Australia, Russia), and once they got to the semifinal, Germany flattened them. Make no mistake: this is not a team in an especially good place right now. Because most of Mexicos big guns were in Russia in June, JCOs Gold Cup roster is a youth-oriented, experimental B team. Of course, the U.S. squad is far from a first team as well. Their final 23-man roster includes 22 Mexico-based players. Only one, Houston Dynamo breakout goal-scorer Erick Cubo Torres, plays outside of Liga MX, and he was just recently added as an injury replacement for Chivas Guadalajara forward Alan Pulido. In addition, Osorio isnt even going to be in the Gold Cup. An outburst with the fourth official at the Confederations Cup resulted in a six-match suspensionand will miss the Gold Cup. So this brings up an interesting catch-22. If Mexico loses, this may actually help Osorios case because it would show hes needed. If they now win, hes non-essential and Mexico may realize theyre better off without him. Central American dark-horses: As is common in Gold Cups, the U.S. and Mexico enter as the clear favorites. Only once has a country other than those two rivals won this tournament, and that was 17 years ago, when Canada beat Colombia in the final. The team with the best chance to buck the trend is Costa Rica, a team with plenty of world-class talent and enough stars to run a shorthanded Mexico or the US out of the water in a knockout game just look at what they did to the Americans last November in World Cup qualifying, in Klinsmanns final disaster. But also look at Panama and Honduras, counter-attacking CONCACAF teams with a rough-and-tumble and skillful Central American pedigree. They both feature a number of MLS players, and each should have no trouble advancing out of their groups. 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Pakistan face New Zealand in ICC World Cup – The Nation – The Nation

LAHORE – Pakistan women cricket team will take on New Zealand women in the ICC Womens World Cup match today (Saturday). Pakistan women, beaten by India and Australia, again face an uphill task while playing against Kiwis. Pakistan is still in search of the first victory in the tournament. A big win over the West Indies pushed New Zealand back into the top four after four games at the ICC Women’s World Cup, but captain Suzie Bates knows that every game is crucial ahead of Saturday’s clash with Pakistan. “This whole tournament, we have understood that every game was going to be a big match, and having the rain-affected match has made that even more important. Every game is almost a knockout game so we have to bring our A class game, and play as well as we can against any opposition.” Although not mathematically eliminated, Pakistan’s chances of progressing are slim, but captain Sana Mir feels the team has learnt a lot so far, and needs to build on that experience. Sana Mir said: “We may not have had the best tournament so far but we need to enjoy it; we only qualified for the tournament a few months ago so just being here is an achievement in itself and I think we are better than we have shown so far. PAKISTAN: Sana Mir (capt), Asmavia Iqbal, Ayesha Zafar, Diana Baig, Ghulam Fatima, Iram Javed, Javeria Wadood, Kainat Imtiaz, Marina Iqbal, Bibi Nahida, Nain Abidi, Nashra Sundhu, Sadia Yousaf, Sidra Nawaz and Waheeda Akhter. NEW ZEALAND: Suzie Bates (capt), Erin Bermingham, Sophie Devine, Maddie Green, Holly Huddleston, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Thamsyn Newton, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Rachel Priest, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite and Lea Tahuhu.

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Mickelson thinks Mackay will caddie again soon – Akron Legal News

JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer Published: July 3, 2017 OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) Phil Mickelson isn’t sure what’s next for Jim “Bones” Mackay. He is sure there are going to be plenty of options for his longtime caddie. Mickelson and Mackay announced recently they had decided to split up after 25 years and more than 600 tournaments around the world, ending one of golf’s most successful relationships. Mickelson’s brother Tim is going to caddie for him for the rest of the year, and Lefty thinks there will be no shortage of potential suitors for Mackay. “He’s going to have some incredible opportunities,” Mickelson said in his first public comments since the split. “There’s going to be a great player a lot of great players, but one great player’s going to be lucky enough to have him and he’s going to bring a lot to his game and they’re going to be a great team. And then it gives me an opportunity to spend time with my brother for the rest of this year, which I’m looking forward to.” Tim Mickelson was the golf coach at Arizona State before he left the position to become Jon Rahm’s agent, and Phil Mickelson thanked Rahm for approving his brother’s new schedule. Tim Mickelson also carried his big brother’s bag during the Mexico Championship when Mackay went down with a stomach virus. Asked if Mackay will start working for Rahm, Phil Mickelson said he had no idea and didn’t want to speculate on Mackay’s next job. “He’s not told me anything and I think that he’s going to have a lot of players call him and inquire about his services,” Mickelson said. “That would be what I would anticipate. But I don’t know.” Mickelson, who celebrated his 47th birthday on June 16, and Mackay started working together at a U.S. Open qualifier in Memphis, Tennessee in 1992. Mickelson was hoping to have their final round together at this year’s U.S. Open, but he skipped the tournament to attend his oldest daughter’s high school graduation in California. Mackay went to Erin Hills in Wisconsin to scout the course in case a weather delay would have allowed Mickelson to make his tee time, but it didn’t work out. Instead, their last round was in the St. Jude Classic in Memphis. “We knew that final round in Memphis that that was our last round together or most likely,” Mickelson said. “We were holding out hope that it wasn’t, that we had one more week, and it was an emotional day. But we both know it’s time.” Mickelson joined LPGA stars Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis for a skills challenge at Olympia Fields on Monday ahead of this weekend’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Mickelson and KPMG also announced a donation by the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation to the company’s future leaders program, which awards college scholarships to young women and brings them to Stanford University for a leadership development retreat. Mickelson signed autographs for about a half-hour after winning the skills competition, which included a couple different chipping contests and a knockout game involving images of each player behind plates of glass. “I was nervous because I know how good they are,” he said, “and it was fun because it gave me an opportunity to be around some of the best players in the world, best athletes in the world.” [Back]

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Union-Revolution 5 things: Back to MLS grind after Open Cup exit – Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

Union-Revolution 5 things: Back to MLS grind after Open Cup exit CSN Union vs. New England Revolution 5 p.m. on FS1 Fresh off a gut-wrenching end to their 2017 U.S. Open Cup, the Union (5-7-4) return to MLS play to host a team in the Revolution (5-7-5) they could end up battling for one of the final Eastern Conference playoff spots. Here are five things to know: 1. Bruised but not beaten Recovering from games four days apart is always a difficult task; recovering from a grueling 120-minute knockout game that ended with a brutal shootout loss to the nemesis New York Red Bulls is even tougher. But although head coach Jim Curtin said he felt like he and the players let down the fans, hes confident that theyll be up for a quick turnaround. We will have some fresh legs, Curtin said. With the competitive roster, we have guys we plug in and dont really miss a beat. Thats a strong thing to have. Were a real balanced team and its a group Im confident will be fresh. Even the 120-minute guys are feeling pretty strong and ready to turn it around and go again. Indeed, four regular starters goalkeeper Andre Blake, defenders Oguchi Onyewu and Ray Gaddis, and midfielder Ilsinho didnt play at all vs. the Red Bulls on Wednesday and another (Chris Pontius) only played 15 minutes. And as for the guys who went the full 120 minutes, Curtin is feeling good about their effort and recovery, specifically pointing to attacking midfielder Roland Alberg. It was his best game in a Philadelphia Union uniform, the Union coach said. 2. Gold Cup absences Theres good news and bad news on the international absence front. The bad news? The Union will be without captain Alejandro Bedoya, whos currently with the U.S. national team leading up to start of the Gold Cup next weekend. And the Union are 5-1 in the last six games Bedoya has started. The good news is Blake, who was dealing with a minor rib injury, is set to make one final start in Philly before joining Jamaica for the CONCACAF tournament. And hes coming off a monster performance in the Unions 1-0 win over D.C. United last weekend. The Revs, meanwhile, will be without striker Juan Agudelo (U.S.) and midfielders Kelyn Rowe (U.S.) and Gershon Koffie (Ghana). All three were part of Saturdays U.S.-Ghana friendly, though only Rowe got into the game, earning his first USMNT cap. 3. All eyes on Jones With Bedoya gone and Warren Creavalle hurt, 20-year-old midfielder Derrick Jones has a big opportunity in front of him as a starter for Sundays game and potentially a few more after that. In Jones last start, he was shown a red card that led to a 2-0 loss to the Red Bulls on June 18. But he said hes learned from that experience and is eager to temporarily take the spot of a player like Bedoya. I look up to him every day in training, on the field, in games, Jones said of the Union captain. He tells me to play my game, keep doing what Im doing. Curtin said the first half of the season has gone well for Jones, who began the year of a starter before transitioning to a reserve role. But he expects more from the promising young homegrown. This is a big time for him now with Ale being out for these next two games, the Union coach said. Hell have his hands full. But his fearlessness is what [sporting director Earnie Stewart] and I love in him and its what we see every day in training. We know hell be up to the challenge. 4. Players to watch Revolution: New England is missing some key players with Diego Fagundez suspended and others injured on top of the Agudelo, Rowe and Koffie international absences. But in striker Kei Kamara, the Revs still have a marquee veteran striker who can turn a game on its head. Union: This could be an important game for Ilsinho, whos dealing with a calf issue but figures to start at the No. 10 attacking midfield role. And he may need to have a big game to keep that spot, considering Alberg is coming off such a good game and Adam Najem an up-and-comer at the No. 10 spot had an excellent performance vs. the Red Bulls four days ago, according to Curtin. 5. This and that In their Open Cup game Wednesday, the Union finished with 27 shots but only scored once, leading Curtin to have the players work on finishing during practice this week. Maurice Edu, who hasnt played an MLS game since Sept. 20, 2015, participated in training this week but still has no timetable to return. The Revs have yet to win on the road this season, going 0-6-3 in nine matches. The Union are 2-0-1 in their last three meetings with the Revs, outscoring them 8-1. With seven assists, Revs midfielder Lee Nguyen is tied for third in the league. Goalkeeper Ryan Meara stopped Fafa Picaultand Felipe did the rest, catapulting the New York Red Bulls over the Union in the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16, 1-1 (5-3), in added extra time penalty kicks on Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena. Its devastating for the guys, Union manager Jim Curtin said to reporters. I couldnt be prouder of the group in terms of the effort we put in. I thought we showed a lot more fight, a lot more heart, a lot of grit, balls, guts, whatever your adjective is, we had more of it. Roland Alberg and Chris Pontius kept pace with the Red Bulls early in penalties, but a heroic diving stop by Meara on Picault was the difference. Red Bulls veteran Sacha Kljestan gave his club the 4-2 lead but was matched by rookie Marcus Epps, opening the door for Felipe to finish the contest. I missed, Picault said to reporters. I shot it and he made a good save. It hit the post and thats it. Despite guessing correctly on nearly all of the Red Bulls attempts, Union backup keeper John McCarthy was unable to make a stop. Meara finished with one. After qualifying but losing in the tournaments title game in 2014 and 2015, the Union failed to make it out of the quarterfinals last season. This year, the club, which defeated the Harrisburg City Islanders in its first match, wasnt able to survive the Round of 16. Meanwhile, the Red Bulls advance to face the New England Revolution on July 13 at Harvard Universitys Jordan Field. The Revolution defeated D.C. United, 2-1, on Wednesday. Trailing by one and after nearly 90 minutes of futility, Alberg and the Union hit gold in the 86th. Launching a long-ball pass into the box, Jack Elliot stunned the Red Bulls back line as the volley landed at the feet of a nearly offside Alberg. The Union No. 10 turned and fired off a shot that beat Meara far side to lock the match at 1-1. Roland Alberg put in an incredible shift in terms of work rate and effort, Curtin said. Character to come back, this group has that. But that wasnt the only scoring chance for the Union. Despite shaky defense early, the Union owned the games first great opportunity, when Picault, whose finish was suspect all game, broke free on a breakaway in the 18th minute. His low shot was sloppy and body-stopped by Meara to keep the game scoreless. We had them on the ropes in their building and we didnt quite finish them off, Curtin said. It was one of 27 attempts on goal throughout the contest for the Union. We created enough to win, Curtin said. We should have won tonight. While the Union missed chances, the hosts took control. In the 41st minute, Bradley Wright-Phillips pounced on a Josh Yaro turnover and slid a centering pass to Kljestan, who easily placed his shot through McCarthy and in for the 1-0 advantage at the half. We have to regroup and refresh, said Curtin, whose club is set to face the New England Revolution on Sunday at Talen Energy Stadium. This is why our sports science department gets the big bucks. Well be ready to go. USA Today Images CHESTER, Pa. — Sportsmanship isnt dead. In the 74th minute of Saturdays 1-0 Union win over D.C. United at Talen Energy Stadium, Luciano Acosta knocked midfielder Haris Medunjanin out of bounds. Trekking in from midfield, referee Sorin Stoica immediately threw up the red card to eject the United’s Acosta from the match. Moments later, play restarted with Acosta still in the game. “All I know is I saw the red card, turned around and next thing I know is hes still on the field,” Union center back Oguchi Onyewu said. The red card was pulled for what Stoica believed was Acosta kicking Medunjanin. Unaware that the referee could even rescind the card, the Union man honorably disputed the kick and Stoica pulled the ejection. “I rescinded the card because [Medunjanin] stated that he was not kicked after the play, which was the initial decision I made,” Stoica told a pool reporter. Medunjanin explained his side. “I saw the red card and spoke with Acosta and he was saying that he didnt kick me,” he said. “I said I didnt feel it also. I went to the referee and he said, ‘did he kick you?’ and I said, ‘no he didnt kick me, I think it was just a push.’ Thats why it was no red card for me.” He then took a shot at New York Red Bulls player Felipe, who drew a red on the Unions Derrick Jones last Sunday in what the club believed was a dive. “I hope Felipe was watching from last week,” Medunjanin said. “I wish he could say the same. I think you need to be honest and I felt like it was just a push.” Union manager Jim Curtin, who admitted he may not have been so honorable in Medunjanin’s position, was proud of his player. “Its not a red card, and I have to give a lot of credit to Haris,” he said. “Hes a person that I respect a great deal. Its an incredible act. I think its something you could show to not just young kids but also a lot of the adults that play in professional soccer because what he did is very honorable. Its the right thing to do.” While fair play Medunjanin gained respect from Curtin and United coach Ben Olsen, who called him a classy player and classy human being, he was grilled by his teammates, who found the scenario humorous. “I dont know whose team Haris is on, I really dont,” Onyewu said jokingly. “I dont know if Haris and the referee or Haris and Acosta are actually best friends, I dont know. Maybe they are going out later tonight and they didnt want any bad tension?” They also found it perplexing. “I didnt think that was possible, Medunjanin said, a sentiment echoed by Onyewu. The referee chose to do it so you need to respect that. I can talk now and be honest. Maybe if it was a draw, it wouldve been a little different.” But it happened and Medunjanin can walk away with three points and an unofficial award for being a class act. “Everybody said thanks for the fair play, Medunjanin said. Nice gesture of you and thats it. The coach came over to speak with me and I said, ‘no problem this is football. We fight for the three points, but we need to be honest.'”

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DEL STONE JR.: Social skills for the new millenium – The Northwest Florida Daily News

DEL STONE JR. @DelSnwfdn Social skills for the modern age we all need to work on: 1. The queenly wave (the hand moves side to side from the wrist, the arm does not move as the muscle action is discreetly concealed by arm-length white satin gloves). 2. The recovery from the discovery of not being invited (suppress the widening of the eyes, the doleful down-register of the voice, that momentary ache in your gut when you realize you were not cool enough to be invited to a,b,c. … whatever event/party/witch burning). 3. The silent belch (a hitch in the breath followed by a peristolic contraction of the diaphragm and the subtle release of Cheeto-scented breath). 4. Like envy (So-and-so likes everything whatitz posts but rarely likes anything you post and do you really care – OF COURSE you care, at least enough to start plotting vengeance). 5. Work on your selfie mug expression the eyes widened in surprise and the mouth an excited I found Waldo O, or the eyes half-lidded, a Marilyn Monroe smile as you peek over a pair of Ray Ban Aviators. Maybe you could pencil in a mole beneath your eye. You think? 6. Learn how to use Photoshops teeth-whitening feature. Either that or stop chewing tobacco. 7. The fear you will traumatize young children by posting photographs of yourself online. Get over it. You are beautiful, even if youre ugly. I know this. 8. Demand the first right of refusal. You dont really want to go to that school play, but you do want to be asked. See Item 2. 9. Work on your general knowledge. Of course you know everything there is to know about 13 Reasons Why, but do you know what year the Magna Carta was issued by Jay-Z? 10. Learn how to properly grip your mobile phone. NO, you do not pick it up with your thumb and forefinger as if it were a dead rat (it is very much alive, unless youve depleted your battery). Nor do you hold it with your fingers touching the screen leaving a crime scene smear of fingerprints. You should hold it with the back of the phone in the palm of your hand and the screen facing forward, as if it were your personal force field against the world. And this is most important: DO NOT PUT IT DOWN, EVER. Not even when youre in the bathroom. Have a bowl of rice handy for when you drop it in the commode. 11. Communicate the fact that you dont actually want to receive telephone calls. Sure, you own a mobile phone. But that doesnt mean you want people calling you. They can text, email, Instagram, Snapcrap or use any number of vacuous social media platforms to communicate with you short of calling, because you are a proud sociopath of the Digital Age and the words interpersonal communication are NOT in your lexicon. 12. Work on your righteous wrath. Everyone online is consumed by righteous wrath, whether theyre sincerely angry or not. You see, its all an act and you are expected to play along. You must be angry about various causes, which leads me to 14. Yes, I skipped 13. Thirteen is bad news. But not this: Pick your causes. Here are some correct causes: reforestation, fighting hunger, saving animals, late-night comedy. Here are some incorrect causes: National Socialism, anything fried, movie cigarettes, the knockout game. 15. Work on buying local. If you can find a T-shirt, or a car, thats made locally, be sure to let us know. Then go on social media and crow about it. 16. The road rage mobile phone fake-out. Somebody does something crazy in traffic. In the past you would have simply returned the favor, resulting in a multi-county high-speed chase ending in a roadside beating and possible structural damage to surrounding fences/road signs/store fronts. Theres an easier way. Hold up your phone, as if youre taking a photo of the offenders vehicle. Then pretend to dial 911 and talk to an imaginary dispatcher as youre gesturing at the offenders vehicle. Then, put down the phone and give an evil smile to the offender. They will drive away and leave you alone. Contact online editor Del Stone Jr. at (850) 315-4433 or dstone@nwfdailynews.com. Follow him on twitter at @delsnwfdn, and friend him on Facebook at dels nwfdn.

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