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Cuba demolish Honduras in Group C Women’s U-20 battle

first_imgSANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CMC) – Cuba secured a 6-1 victory against Honduras as action in Group C of the Women’s Under-20 Championship (CUW) continued on Monday at the Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez here.Maristania Mengana opened the scoring for the Spanish side in the 21st minute before Analia Cespedes doubled the margin in the 44th.A Giselle Guzman own goal in the 53th minute stretched the lead to 3-0, but Honduras would pull a goal back a minute later, through Maylin Menjivar.However, any thoughts of a Honduras comeback fell by the wayside as a second goal from Cespedes, followed by goals from Katheryn Rodriguez and Cecil Aldana sealed the win for the Cubans.Earlier, in a battle of the opening match victors, the United States came away with a 4-0 win over the Dominican Republic.The U.S. was aided by a quick start, as a pair of Mia Fishel goals in the third and twelfth minutes sandwiched a score from Rebecca Jarrett in the eighth.The four-time CUW champions then capped the day with a goal in the 65th minute from Brianna Pint.last_img read more

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When will the MLB season start in 2020? Key dates, schedule & more to know for Opening Day

first_imgMLB playoffs 2020With MLB imposing a season, expanded playoffs are off the table for 2020 and 2021. For now, the normal 10-team format will continue.MLB rule changesSo-called purists are sure to hate these two: There will be a DH in the National League, and all extra innings will begin with a runner on second base and no outs. The change in DH rules was included in the safety protocols, and the extra-inning change is meant to prevent marathon games that would keep team personnel at the park longer than preferred.MLB roster limits, trade deadlineUSA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported June 23 that teams will be able to carry 30 players on their active roster for the first 15 days of the season, 28 players until the 28th day and then 26 through the end of the season. There will be no expansion of rosters in September. The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reported that the trade deadline this year will be Aug. 31. Manfred’s mandate caps off a months-long “will-they-won’t-they” storyline fit for a terrible TV sitcom, featuring lots of public bitterness from both sides. With Manfred imposing a season, we’ll have Major League Baseball in 2020, unless something insane happens between now and July 23. Which, well, is a major possibility this year.There are many logistical hurdles that remain, including travel, lodging and travel restrictions still taking hold of different states and two neighboring countries. MORE: What’s next while we wait for an MLBPA voteWhen does the MLB season start in 2020?Spring (summer) training report date: July 1Regular season start date: July 23 or 24MLB Opening Day 2020 is slated for around July 24. Players are expected to report to spring (summer) training by July 1/MLB schedule 2020: How many games will they play?As implemented by Rob Manfred, the 2020 MLB season will be 60 games long, barring any kind of stoppage for any reason. Full details of the schedule are unknown at this time, but MLB offered some information on June 23.”The proposed schedule will largely feature divisional play, with the remaining portion of each Club’s games against their opposite league’s corresponding geographical division (i.e., East vs. East, Central vs. Central and West vs. West), in order to mitigate travel,” MLB said in a press release. Media reports said teams will play 40 intradivision games and 20 interleague games.That would seem to eliminate the idea of having just three divisions (combining Easts, Centrals and Wests) instead of six this year.MLB health and safety protocolsMLB sent a 67-page proposal to the MLBPA in May, and a revised 107-page pamphlet in June. Some of the known facts from the proposal:Social distancing (six feet) encouraged between players not in the game. As in, players and personnel will have to sit far from each other in the stands.No spitting, no chewing tobacco, no seeds, no general grossness that are player trademarks.Balls used in-game and touched by multiple players will be removed from the game.Players will be tested for the coronavirus during the week and temperatures will be taken once a day. Should a positive test occur, the player will be quarantined and will need two negative tests to return to the field.It seems pie-in-the-sky to try to enforce some of these rules, but hey, at least they’re trying. (On paper.)Will fans be allowed at MLB games?Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported June 4 that MLB would defer to local governments as to whether fans would be allowed at games. That would bode well for a state like Texas, which is reopening despite rising numbers of coronavirus cases and is currently allowing up to 50 percent stadium capacity.It’s difficult to imagine fans in MLB stadiums this season on a large scale, considering the coronavirus pandemic is not contained in most states.What happened between MLB and the MLBPA?Take a deep breath. Saying both sides were arguing over money is accurate, but simply blaming the players for the lack of a long season is inaccurate.Here’s how the situation broke down:In March, MLB and the MLBPA agreed to a deal that would pay the players their full prorated salaries over the course of the season, no matter the length of games that would be played. Reportedly, the agreement to pay the players those salaries hinged upon whether there would be fans in the stands. Once it was apparent that it would be unsafe to play games with crowds, the fighting between the sides began.With owners standing to lose revenue from not having ticket and concession sales, MLB front offices wanted players to take bigger pay cuts for however long the season was played: MLB owners wanted players to take less than fully prorated salaries for the amount of games played. While they increased the number of games in different offers, they kept requesting that the players play for less than their full prorated salaries. The MLBPA scoffed at that.After lots of back-and-forth and MLB ownership not meeting the players’ salary requests, the MLBPA eventually threw down the gauntlet: After one of the last failed attempts at a deal, the players gave Manfred their now-famous “When and Where” ultimatum, essentially asking for the commissioner to impose a season. If you’re going to place most of the blame on the players in not getting a deal done, in the words of Lee Corso, “Not so fast, my friend.”The reason for the ultimatum was twofold; First, the players were ready to play. After all, they were the ones asking for as long a season as possible, including a 114-game proposal at one point.The second reason: Players were tired of being shortchanged by ownership, which the players believe was negotiating in bad faith. Asking Manfred to impose a season was one way to gain leverage in whatever grievance they may file (which they will) with an arbiter after a season gets underway. The fact that ownership balked at the idea of wanting a longer season should be proof enough for anyone following along that the players weren’t in the wrong. Further proof should be the fact MLB, in its last proposal, was asking for the players to waive their right to file a grievance.In the end, the owners got exactly what they wanted after a month of dribbling out the clock: The players look like the villains, MLB only has to pay 37 percent salaries of the players’ 2020 salaries, and the owners get to keep their books closed to the MLBPA.All of this is a precursor to the impending labor dispute when the current collective bargaining agreement expires following the 2021 season. Here’s hoping a deal gets done so we have a 2022 season. Baseball is (almost) back.It has been a messy, gross, disgusting three months of negotiating between the MLBPA and MLB, with both sides agreeing to disagree over prorated salaries and commissioner Rob Manfred ultimately imposing a 60-game schedule for the 2020 season.last_img read more

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Are Saudi Arabia the worst team ever at a World Cup?

first_img 6 1st – ZAIRE 1974: Played 3, Lost 3, Goal Difference -14 It seems cruel to so brashly label the heroic 1974 Zaire side as the worst in World Cup history. They gave us so much – the entertainment, the kit, the hair, a creative interpretation of the rules surrounding free-kicks – and yet left without scoring a goal and picking 14 of them out of their net.The matches, losing 2-0 to Scotland, 9-0 to Yugoslavia and 3-0 to holders Brazil were of little consequence. No, the only moment that mattered, that truly mattered, was a free-kick on the edge of their box in the 78th minute against the Brazilians.Mwepu Ilunga, in perhaps the most played clip in World Cup history, realises he’s not got long left on the biggest stage of all and will be making the absolute most of it.The referee’s whistle goes for Brazil to strike at goal and out charges Ilunga with complete disregard for the conventions of the game. BOSH. Off goes the ball (no reports if it was on target at the other end of the field) and he cements his place in footballing immortality. And how many players can say that?Bonus points for the ‘what me, ref?’ reaction to being booked, too. 6 Ten goals in a game is a lot. A lot of goals. In 26 seasons of the Premier League, no team have ever had the time or the skill to score ten goals in a game.Crystal Palace took until December – their 16th game – to score their tenth goal in the Premier League in 2017/18.El Salvador are, then, lucky to escape top spot in this list purely for their 10-1 defeat to Hungary in 1982 alone.Five down inside 54 minutes, Ramirez Zapata then clawed a goal back (has there even been a goal more obviously a consolation) before the floodgates opened, with Hungary netting four times in eight minutes and hitting double figures for the only time in World Cup history with seven minutes to spare.Somehow, El Salvador then composed themselves quickly enough to only lose 1-0 to Belgium and 2-0 to a Diego Maradona-led Argentina, keeping themselves – statistically at least – off top spot in the list of the World Cup’s worst ever teams. The group stage draw did not welcome Haiti to their first (and so far only) World Cup with anything in the way of pleasantries. Italy, Argentina and Poland were drawn alongside the Caribbean islanders, who had qualified ahead at the expense of Mexico.Italy, not the most generous opponents at the best of times, had found their final catenaccio form in 1974, with legendary goalkeeper Dino Zoff not having conceded in a national team shirt for 12 games and almost two years of action. Brazil had been stifled in that time. England found no way through (twice).Step forward Haiti. Seconds after half-time in a goalless match in Munich’s Olympiastadion, Emmanuel Sanon broke clear of the Italians, rounded a helpless Zoff and slotted home. After a record 1,143 minutes without a goal conceded, Italy’s defence had been breached by a team given just six months to train for tournament.Their lead was short-lived, and after losing 3-1 to Italy they were thumped 7-0 by Poland and 4-1 against Argentina. But they would always be the team that finally beat Zoff. Saudi Arabia’s start to the 2018 World Cup could not have been any more disastrous, thumped 5-0 on opening night by hosts Russia in front three billion people watching across the globe.After pushing Germany close in their final warm-up match, there were hopes the Saudis could cause an upset in their first game, but instead capitulated and looked worryingly disorganised. 6 Zaire keeper Kazadi Mwamba beats Jairzinho to the ball 2nd – SOUTH KOREA 1954: Played 2, Lost 2, Goal Difference -16 South Korea’s 16 goals conceded remains a record for a single World Cup, despite only playing twice in the 1954 tournament Mohamed Al-Deayea came into the tournament on 159 international caps, but would play just 14 more times in four years after the 2002 debacle Saudi Arabia, unfortunately, have previous here. In South Korea and Japan in 2002 they fielded a similarly porous defence, and got off to an even worse start.Five headed goals, including three from Miroslav Klose, helped Germany to an 8-0 win in Sapporo, the joint-second-highest margin of victory in any World Cup game.Cameroon were more lenient five days later, with only a Samuel Eto’o goal separating the sides, but arguably the worst performance came against Ireland in the final group game.Mohamed Al-Deayea, the second-most-capped player of all time, spilled efforts from Robbie Keane and Damien Duff into his net in a performance that made Rob Green look like Lev Yashin.He even had time to concede to Coventry City’s Gary Breen, who appeared as embarrassed to be on the scoresheet as Al-Deayea was to concede to him.Saudi Arabia have no doubt improved since 2002, although the current side could still run them close in the esteemed battle for global shame.center_img 6 El Salvador have failed to qualify for all nine World Cups since their 1982 humiliation 6 6 4th – SAUDI ARABIA 2002: Played 3, Lost 3, Goal Difference -12 3rd – EL SALVADOR 1982: Played 3 Lost 3 Goal Difference -12 It is truly a special effort to play just twice in the group stage and still concede a record number of goals in a single World Cup tournament. The Koreans, in their debut tournament, had to wait 32 years before getting another shot at the World Cup, and the chance to bury their demons.Kicking off against Ferenc Puskas’ ‘Magnificent Magyars’ in Zurich, South Korea were hit for nine – itself no real shame, as eventual champions West Germany were whacked 8-3 in Hungary’s next group game. A 7-0 defeat to a mediocre Turkey side followed.Puskas, a gracious winner, summed the Koreans’ valiant efforts up with the words: “It was more inexplicable how the Korean team had been admitted. They were very weak and had had no training.” Quite. After the opening day catastrophe, Saudi Arabia still have the likes of Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez and Mohamed Salah to contend with in their remaining fixtures.They are by no means the first team to have a shocking tournament however, and many countries have endured horror shows on the biggest stage.But could this Saudi side become the worst World Cup team in history? Here, we rank the sides ‘competing’ for that title. Haiti’s Arsene Auguste fights with Luigi Riva in Haiti’s first ever World Cup match 5th – HAITI 1974: Played 3, Lost 3, Goal Difference -12 Saudi Arabia were humiliated by the hosts in the first game of the 2018 World Cup last_img read more

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