- Yahoo Sports Staff | Dr. Saturday – 1 hour 22 minutes ago
The United States and Mexico meet in the CONCACAF Cup to determine the region's representative in the 2017 Confederations Cup. Here is how the FC Yahoo crew sees Saturday's showdown at the Rose Bowl playing out.
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SHAHAN AHMED (FC Yahoo)
USA wins 2-1 – More than anywhere else, Jurgen Klinsmann has helped elevate the U.S. to the top of CONCACAF. A Mexico team still unsure of its direction or personnel under a new manager probably isn't ready to beat this U.S. – not yet anyway.
ALEX BAKER (FC Yahoo)
USA wins 2-1 in extra time – For all his ups and downs, Jurgen Klinsmann has never lost to Mexico. I think he'll find a way to motivate his team to victory. Clint Dempsey is still the player to look to for the big occasions and will be the Man of the Match.
ERIC FONG (Yahoo Deportes)
Mexico wins 6-5 on penalty kicks (1-1 after extra time) – It's going to be a close game, full of fouls and yellow cards, and there willRead More »from United States vs. Mexico predictions
- Yahoo Sports Staff | FC Yahoo – 12 hours ago
A spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup will be at stake when the United States and Mexico resume their rivlary in Saturday's CONCACAF Cup in Pasadena, Calif.
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Kickoff is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET. Follow the action from the Rose Bowl as it happens with the Scribble Live stream below.
coasting on defense in last spring's Western Conference Finals, Los Angeles Clippers head honcho Doc Rivers stated that the Warriors were lucky to avoid them and the San Antonio Spurs on their title run. The message was clear — things went very right for the reigning champs in 2014-15, but their rivals are now revamped and ready to put forth a more serious challenge in this upcoming season.The Golden State Warriors can be forgiven for feeling a little ornery this week. One week after new Houston Rockets point guard Ty Lawson accused MVP Stephen Curry of
Several Warriors players responded to these comments on Friday. Let's start with All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson, a player not especially well known for talking trash. He was not happy with Doc Rivers whatsoever. From Ethan Sherwood Strauss for ESPN.com:
When asked Friday about Rivers' comments, Thompson said, "That sounds pretty bitter to me."
Then he noted Golden State'sRead More »from Thompson, other Warriors snap back at criticism from Rockets, Clippers
Now we have ourselves a ballgame in South Korea.
The Internationals, desperate after losing Day 1 of the Presidents Cup to the U.S. by a 4-1 count, made a strong comeback in the Friday session of five fourball (best ball) matches, cutting the American lead to a point a 5.5-4.5 through 10 matches.
Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace, clearly the most potent beat world No. 1 Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson by a 4-and-3 count in the opening match to set the tone. In the second match, Korean Sangmoon Bae and Kiwi-by-way-of-Korea Danny Lee riled up the South Korean crowd and took home a point against Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker, the hard-luck duo that plays opponents close but cannot seem to finish off matches. Thongchai Jaidee and Charl Schwartzel took home the final full point for the Internationals in the anchor match of the session against Chris Kirk and Bill Haas, both who sat out on Thursday.
For the United States, J.B. Holmes and Bubba Watson earned their second full point in asRead More »from Inter-session: Setting the stage for Day 3 of the Presidents Cup
A lot of folks were confused when Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson somehow managed to lose the seventh hole twice during their Friday fourballs (best ball) match against Jason Day and Adam Scott at the Presidents Cup. So, let's put it into perspective.
Phil Mickelson hit his tee shot on the par 5 at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea using a model of golf ball different than what he had used in the prior six holes of the match. Mickelson was looking for extra distance, so he picked a ball that would spin less in the wind.
However, it came to Mickelson's attention before he hit his approach shot that he had violated what's called the One Ball Rule. The One Ball Rule requires players to use the same model of ball -- though not the original ball they started with -- through a round. The One Ball Rule isn't an official rule in golf's rulebook, but rather is called a Condition of Competition, an extra stipulation that's often added to high-level competitions. Since the One Ball Rule isn'tRead More »from Explaning Phil Mickelson's wrong ball blunder at the Presidents Cup
PASADENA, Calif. – On Friday morning, a banner already adorned the stage built for the fan fest U.S. Soccer will be putting on outside the Rose Bowl before Saturday night's blockbuster playoff against Mexico.
DOS A CERO, ONCE AGAIN, it read.
A none too subtle reference to the score line – 2-0 – of the last four World Cup qualifiers against Mexico on American soil, not to mention the only time the North American neighbors faced off in the World Cup itself, back in 2002.
To the Americans, Saturday's contest, their 65th game against El Tri since 1934, is a must-win. Hype has swollen steadily. And the federation has heaped yet more pressure on its team by inflating expectations with a somewhat incendiary piece of cloth suspended outside the stadium.
For Mexico, however, a spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup is just as much at stakeRead More »from How Mexico is handling the immense pressure to beat rival U.S.
- Eric Freeman | Ball Don't Lie – 17 hours ago
Young teams are expected to make a certain leap every season lest they end up as middling playoff teams rather than full-bodied contenders. By that standard, the Washington Wizards are still a ways off from challenging the Cleveland Cavaliers for Eastern supremacy, let alone a title. After handling the Chicago Bulls 4-1 in the 2014 first round and taking two games off the top-seeded Indiana Pacers, the Wizards added Paul Pierce and entered 2014-15 with an outsider's chance of nabbing a conference title. Naturally, they improved their record by just two wins to 46-36, moved from No. 6 to No. 5 in the East, swept the Toronto Raptors with ease, and ended their season by winning two games against the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks. It was a near-repeat of the previous season in terms of performance and finish, right down to head coach Randy Wittman potentially saving his job with a strong showing in the postseason.
At the same time, someRead More »from BDL's 2015-16 NBA Season Previews: Washington Wizards
- Kelly Dwyer | Ball Don't Lie – 18 hours ago
If you can recall a more combustible season from an otherwise anonymous team, at least from the modern era, I’d love to hear it. Anything to get my mind off of the 2014-15 Sacramento Kings.
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The team itself may have had playoff aspirations entering the season, but those outside Sacramento (figuring that it would take around 49 wins to make the playoffs in the West) would have settled for, at the very worst, competency. This was still a mismatched roster working off of a series of lottery draft pick whiffs, trying to settle on a rotation and a cogent philosophy.
Instead, the owner and the general manager fired the team’s highly-regarded coach (thought of well by observers and franchise players alike) just after an illness to DeMarcus Cousins sent the Kings on an early-season swoon. A season that began with a 9-5 start was sent reeling once the Kings ownership group promoted Tyrone Corbin to the We’re ObviouslyRead More »from BDL’s 2015-16 NBA Season Previews: Sacramento Kings
When Caron Butler calmly and adroitly relayed his account of the fight and eventual gun-brandishing staredown between Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton from 2009, it seemed like a reasonable and reliable re-telling. Butler refused to make either of his ex-teammates heroes, before lamenting the idea (and eventual fact) that the incident would encourage a teardown of the entire Wizards roster.
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Gilbert Arenas, because this is what he’s done for an unfunny decade and counting, had to chime in with his own recollection via Instagram. In a series of since-deleted posts, transcribed and cleaned up by Kevin Draper at Deadspin, Arenas claims differing sets of playing card values led to a fight between Arenas and Crittenton as they watched JaVale McGee and Earl Boykins argue over when, exactly, Boykins would receive the $200 McGee owed him.
When Arenas called out Crittenton for owing not only Gilbert but Butler scadsRead More »from Gilbert Arenas disputes Caron Butler's re-telling of the Javaris Crittenton gun incident