25.11.2022
Aussie football fans say conditions at FIFA World Cup in Qatar are so bad they want to LEAVE EARLY

Fed-up Australian fans are considering returning home even though the Socceroos still have two matches left to play in the FIFA World Cup as accommodation issues, long lines and abusive supporters become too much.

There have been many reports of serious issues at the fan villages created for the multitude of football fans who have descended on Qatar for the World Cup.

While plenty of Australians are having the times of their lives as they enjoy the Qatari hospitality on offer, the experience has been a nightmare for others.

Qatar World Cup officials are offering full refunds and new accommodation for fans who have been left waiting through the night for their rooms to be made ready, only to experience leaking bathrooms, sewage and no hot water.

There have been reports of frustrating problems at the Free Zone Fan Village, Barwa Barahat Al Janoub Housing Unit, Fan Village Cabins Zafaran and Saffron Fan Village.

‘Anyone else in the fan villages having a horrible experience? Leakage in the bathroom causing flooding, no hot water, customer service have been overrun with people’s complaints,’ one Aussie fan posted.

‘Honestly don’t know what to do. We’re considering selling our tickets and leaving early but I think our chances for a refund on the accommodation are low.’

Another fan said their experience was even worse.

‘We are in the Baraw village and our apartment has been flooded with sewage 2 days in a row. That said, they reckon they have now fixed it and there are a team of cleaners here but they also said that yesterday,’ they posted.

‘We gave up and found accommodation elsewhere. If u need a number of a guy I can give it to u. He is a property manager and rents furnished apartments out by the month but just stay how long u need. Its the same price.’

Australian fans aren’t the only ones who have had enough.

International fans have also vented online, saying there were not enough buses, air-conditioning units were failing and accommodation booked and paid for was not being provided.

‘The fan village at #Zafaran is on par of being a refugee camp. The #SupremeCommittee have not thought this through, It puts an even tarnished view of why @FIFAWorldCup is being host by Qatar,’ one fan posted.

‘Half a population of a country staying for a month was never going to be achieved.’

Another posted in the early hours of the morning to reveal they were still unable to access their room, along with hundreds of others – and this was only in recent days, not in the lead-up to the tournament.

‘Management delegation in the village of Saffron fans. Hundreds of fans who have reservations have not received their rooms under the pretext that there are no available rooms and that there are no twin rooms?’ they posted.

‘And the situation is as it is today, Morocco, without a solution. Chaos after chaos and the staff is very bad.’

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  • 1 секунда назад 08.12.2022Sport
    News The Buckshee

    The Boston Celtics utterly embarrassed the Phoenix Suns 125-98 on Wednesday night.

    An expected showdown between two of the league´s top teams never materialized with the Celtics leading by 45 points at one juncture.

    Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown each scored 25 points, Malcolm Brodgon added 16 off the bench for Boston.

    The Celtics won for the eighth time in nine games, improving their NBA-best record to 21-5.

    Meanwhile, the Suns – who came into the game with the best record in a crowded Western Conference race – lost for the third time in four games.

    RAPTORS 126, LAKERS 113

    A short-handed Lakers team playing without LeBron James and Anthony Davis were no match for Pascal Siakam and his Toronto Raptors in Canada.

    Siakam had 25 points and 10 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors routed Los Angeles 126-113.

    James sat out because of a sore left ankle, one night after playing 36 minutes in a 116-102 loss at Cleveland.

    Meanwhile, Davis missed after finishing up after one quarter Tuesday night because of an illness.

    Guard Patrick Beverley (right knee) and forward Wenyen Gabriel (left shoulder) also were out for the Lakers, who came in having won six of eight.

    Fred VanVleet scored 25 points and O.G. Anunoby had 23 as Toronto led from wire-to-wire, improving to 10-3 at home.

    NETS 122, HORNETS 116

    Kyrie Irving scored 33 points – 12 in the fourth – while Kevin Durant had 29 as the Brooklyn Nets outlasted the Charlotte Hornets 122-116 at the Barclays Center.

    Seth Curry added 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting to help the Nets win for the fifth time in six games.

    For the struggling Hornets, Terry Rozier scored 29 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 28 for Charlotte.

    The defeat in New York means Charlotte have lost three straight, and seven of the last 10.

    JAZZ 124, WARRIORS 123

    Rookie Simone Fontecchio made a last-second, game-winning dunk just after Malik Beasley hit a 3-pointer as the Utah Jazz scored five points in the final 7.8 seconds to earn an improbable 124-123 victory.

    Jordan Poole led all scorers with 36 points in a game in which both teams were missing key players.

    The late rally began with the 3-pointer from Beasley with 7.8 seconds to go. Nickeil Alexander-Walker then gave the Jazz life with 4.3 seconds remaining by stealing the ball from Poole in a frantic moment.

    The ball was advanced to Beasley, who connected with Fontecchio for the game-winning bucket with 1.4 seconds left.

    KNICKS 113, HAWKS 89

    New York rolled to a win over undermanned Atlanta behind Julius Randle, who posted a double-double and scored 19 points in the third quarter for the hosts.

    Randle finished with 34 points, two shy of his season high, and pulled down a season-best 17 rebounds.

    RJ Barrett added 15 points while Mitchell Robinson put up eight points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks.

    Quentin Grimes contributed a season-high 23 points and shot 5-for-7 from 3-point range for the Knicks, who have won two straight.

    MAGIC 116, CLIPPERS 111

    Orlando snapped a long losing skid with a shock overtime defeat of the visiting Los Angeles Clippers.

    Moritz Wagner went for a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds, Bol Bol scored another 20 points, and Paolo Banchero sank six free throws down the stretch to cap his game-high 23-point effort.

    Ivica Zubac and Nicolas Batum each scored 16 points in the Clipper loss, with Zubac also grabbing 13 rebounds. Leonard finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.

    Prior to Wednesday night, the Magic’s last win was on November 18.

    BUCKS 126, KINGS 113

    Milwaukee beat Sacramento 126-113 on Wednesday night for the Bucks´ 13th consecutive victory over the Kings.

    The streak is Milwaukee´s longest active streak against an opponent. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 35 points while Jrue Holiday added 31 for the home squad.

    Brook Lopez had 17 points and nine rebounds and Khris Middleton added 14 points for the Bucks. They won their third straight to improve to 18-6.

    Sacramento, which scored 61 points in the first half, managed just 19 in the fourth quarter.

    Domantas Sabonis had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings, who had won their last three. Harrison Barnes had 20 points, and Malik Monk added 16.

    BULLS 115, WIZARDS 111

    DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic and Zach LaVine carried the load for host Chicago, which ended a three-game losing streak by beating Washington.

    DeRozan scored 27 points – 21 of them in the second half – to go with seven rebounds and four assists.

    Vucevic and LaVine tallied 25 points apiece, with the former adding 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Kristaps Porzingis carried Washington with 28 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Kyle Kuzma added 21 points and five boards, and Monte Morris contributed 17 points and eight assists.

    TIMBERWOLVES 121, PACERS 115

    D´Angelo Russell had 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, Anthony Edwards scored 26 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves staved off the Indiana Pacers 121-115.

    Rudy Gobert added 16 points and 20 rebounds for the T-Wolves, who blew a 23-point lead and had to overcome an eight-point deficit to win.

    Minnesota – who had 23 turnovers – won for just the second time in six games.

    Buddy Hield scored 26 points and hit 7/11 from 3-point territory for Indiana, who have now lost four of five, unable to back up a victory Monday night in Golden State.

    PELICANS 104, PISTONS 98

    Zion Williamson had 29 points and 10 rebounds as New Orleans held off the Pistons 104-98 for their fifth straight victory.

    2021 first-round draft choice Trey Murphy III hit four 3s and finished with 20 points for New Orleans.

    The victory continued a hot streak for the Louisiana franchise, who have now won for the 10th time in 12 games.

    Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Pels. Naji Marshall added 17 points, including a put-back that made it 100-94 with 29 seconds left.

    CJ McCollum and Murphy each hit free two throws in the last 18 seconds to help seal the victory.

    Saddiq Bey scored 25 points for Detroit, who sit second-from-bottom in the Eastern Conference.

    GRIZZLIES 123, THUNDER 102

    A second-half flurry was central to the Memphis Grizzlies’ 123-102 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Naturally, Ja Morant had a big game, with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Morant´s triple-double was his second this season and the seventh of his career, while his 13 rebounds tied a career high.

    Dillon Brooks added 24 points and Brandon Clarke finished with 17 points and eight rebounds as the Grizzlies won their season-best fourth straight. Morant surpassed Marc Gasol for the most triple-doubles in franchise history.

    Memphis pulled ahead in the second half, outscoring the Thunder 66-50, including 29-15 in the fourth quarter.

    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 26 points but was 4 of 14 from the field and 1 of 4 from outside the arc.

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  • 1 час, 59 минут назад 08.12.2022Sport
    LIV Golf rebel Pat Perez’s wife takes a vicious shot at Tiger Woods and his horror car crash

    LIV Golf rebel Pat Perez’s wife, Ashley, took a vicious shot at Tiger Woods and the star’s 2021 horror car crash.

    The 15-time major champion broke his leg in multiple places in a single-car accident in February 2021 that almost led to the limb being amputated.

    Woods completed a miraculous recovery by making his sensational return to the course at The Masters in April, he went on to make the cut at Augusta and the PGA Championship, and took what was likely his final stroll around the Old Course at St Andrews during The Open in July.

    However, despite returning, the icon struggled with walking at times and withdrew from the Hero World Challenge, an event he was hoisting, last week, citing plantar fasciitis.

    An Instagram account called Golf Balling shared a video of Woods describing his limitations and Ashley Perez took to the comments with little sympathy.

    ‘I can hit golf balls. It’s the walking that just hurts,’ Woods said in the clip taken from a press conference prior to the tournament.

    ‘The goal is to play just the major championships and maybe one or two more. I mean, that’s physically all I can do … I don’t have much left in this leg, so gear up for the biggest ones and hopefully lightning catches in a bottle, and hopefully I’m up there with a chance to win, and hopefully I remember how to that.’

    In the comments, Ashley wrote: ‘Literally why driving under the influence is ILLEGAL,’ she wrote. ‘I don’t feel bad for him. Thank god he didn’t kill anyone. See ya.’

    The comment was since deleted, but it was preserved by Bro Bible and by the Nuclr Golf Twitter account.

    Woods was not accused of DUI in the wake of his car wreck. While investigators discovered an empty pill bottle in his backpack and said he was ‘somewhat combative’ and disoriented in the aftermath, police said Woods did not have bloodshot or watery eyes and did not smell like alcohol.

    LA County sheriff Alex Villanueva said Woods had no ‘obvious’ signs of impairment, and denied that the golf legend received special treatment.

    Her husband, professional golfer Perez, previously blasted Woods for his criticism of LIV Golf.

    Perez defected to the Saudi-backed breakaway earlier this year, while Woods, alongside pal Rory McIlroy has been one of the strongest voices against the series, in loyalty to the PGA Tour.

    Woods reportedly turned down the megabucks of the Saudi-backed series, rejecting a $700-$800million deal as he challenged the motives behind players switching from the traditional circuit.

    He said in July: ‘I don’t understand it. What these players are doing for guaranteed money, what is the incentive to practice? What is the incentive to go out there and earn it in the dirt?

    ‘You are just getting paid a lot of money up front and playing a few events and playing 54 holes.

    ‘They are playing blaring music. I can understand 54 holes for the Senior Tour. The guys are older and a little more banged up. When you are young, 72-hole tests are part of it. We used to have 36-hole play-offs for majors.

    ‘I just don’t see how this is positive in the long term. It would be sad to see some of these young kids never get a chance to walk these hallowed grounds and play in these majors.’

    Perez, who was part of Dustin Johnson’s all-American team to win LIV Golf’s season-ending team championship at Trump National in Miami last month, has hit back at compatriot Woods.

    ‘That’s the stupidest s*** I have ever heard of in my life,’ Perez told the Son of a Butch podcast.

    ‘That’s one of the stupidest things I think he has said. The incentive is the fact that last place is 120,000, first place is four million. You cannot win four million on the PGA Tour.

    ‘Now, next year you might; they finally got the perks. But last time I checked, he signed a $40million deal right out of college, was flying on the Nike jet. He found incentive. He could have shut it down right then.’

    Perez signed a four-year deal to join LIV Golf prior to its Portland event at the end of June.

    Perez is a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, earning more than $28m throughout his career.

    Woods will make his first appearance since The Open in July at The Match this week, where he will partner Rory McIlroy against Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.

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  • 1 час, 59 минут назад 08.12.2022Sport
    Panthers defensive end Henry Anderson reveals he suffered a STROKE before Bucs game

    Carolina defensive-end Henry Anderson could return to action as soon as this Sunday despite having a stroke in October.

    The 31-year-old’s speech became fuzzy while his arms and legs went numb while at home with his wife the day before his team’s win over Tampa on October 23.

    His wife took him to a hospital, where he remained for several days receiving treatment.

    The Panthers placed Anderson on the non-football illness list the following week, but the team never provided an explanation.

    ‘It was a blood clot in the brain, that’s what the issue was,’ Anderson told reporters on Wednesday. ‘We got it resolved pretty quickly.’

    Anderson said he now realizes he’s fortunate it wasn’t any worse.

    ‘I didn´t know much about strokes but I found out more about them and realized I got pretty lucky avoiding anything serious and long term,’ Anderson said.

    ‘I am glad that I was kind of oblivious when it happened because I would have been a little more panicked had I realized what was going on. But like I said, I got pretty lucky.

    ‘Every test we looked at came negative,’ Anderson said. ‘I think it was something that I got unlucky because they ran a ton of tests and everything was good. There wasn’t anything that showed up or they could point to that they said could have caused it.’

    Carolina designated Anderson to return from the non-football injury list on Wednesday and interim coach Steve Wilks said he hopes Anderson will get back on the field Sunday.

    Anderson is in his eighth season in the league. He was a third-round draft pick in 2015 by the Indianapolis Colts.

    He also spent time with the New England Patriots and New York Jets before signing with the Panthers this offseason.

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  • 1 час, 59 минут назад 08.12.2022Sport
    Can you spot the Aussie superstar in his school photo from 27 years ago? Big name reveals nerdy past

    David Warner has provided his fans with a throwback to his school days – and one of his extra-curricular activities will shock many cricket diehards.

    The Aussie batter, 36, took to Instagram to post two photos: a class shot from when he was a primary school student at Matraville Primary in Sydney’s east back in 1995

    He also treated his followers to a photo of showing he was a member of the school’s senior chess team three years later – accompanied by the caption: ‘Yep you read it correctly (Chess team)’.

    Warner was also later named school captain after being voted in by his peers, which he highlighted to his 9.6 million followers in a telling caption considering he’s currently at war with the Aussie game’s governing body over his desire to lead the national side.

    Warner sensationally withdrew his bid to have his lifetime captaincy ban lifted from Cricket Australia on Wednesday, claiming the review panel wanted to put him and his family through an ordeal by making them re-live the events of the ball-tampering saga in South Africa back in 2018.

    After nine months of pushing for the leadership ban to be revoked, in the last fortnight Warner submitted an application to have his review undertaken.

    However, he now claims the Counsel assisting on the matter wanted a review of the 2018 Cape Town Test itself, which Warner claimed would go public.

    In a detailed statement, Warner declared ‘my family is more important to me than cricket’ and outlined the ‘crushing, unprecedented, penalty that has horribly impacted me and my family for the past nearly five years’.

    On Thursday, his wife Candice Warner broke down on live radio as she addressed the impact the ball-tampering scandal and subsequent leadership life ban has had on their close-knit family of five.

    ‘It is an intense statement because it has not only been an incredibly intense 12 months, but since March 2018. We live it day to day, that pain doesn’t go away. It’s still raw,’ she said on Triple M’s Summer Breakfast Show, which Candice hosts alongside Harley Breen and Tom Tilley.

    ‘We go to the cricket so often and there’s always people yelling things out and my (three) daughters proudly wear their father’s name on their backs.

    ‘The fact that my daughters have to cop abuse from incidents that have happened in the past is not fair.

    She then added: ‘My husband David always puts family first, and he is fiercely protective of me and the girls…cricket is not everything. It’s what he does, but it doesn’t define him.

    ‘The fact there was a lack of player welfare, and no welfare about David and our family speaks volumes.

    ‘It has affected us for so long and I’m pretty sure that everyone doesn’t want to continue talking about this…David has had enough and the team has had enough.’

    The former champion ironwoman wasn’t finished yet, stating a public trial was ‘just unnecessary.’

    ‘David before the Perth Test last week was told it was going to be a public trial, and that not just himself, but players and coaches would have to be cross examined – it’s just outrageous,’ Warner said, as she began to break down crying again.

    ‘It’s just unnecessary…this was all about David talking about how he has reformed and the good that he’s done; but this (the trial) is just not what its about.

    ‘It’s incredibly disappointing, but some things are more important than cricket and sport – and that’s family.

    ‘Our family has already suffered and endured so much pain. Why do it (trial) now, what is it going to achieve?

    ‘For the good of who? For the good of us? No. For the Australian cricket team? No.’

    The second Test between Australia and the West Indies starts at 3pm (AEDT) in Adelaide on Thursday.

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  • 1 час, 59 минут назад 08.12.2022Sport
    World Cup: After relative success in Qatar, USA must demand more than getting out of the group stage

    The USMNT could view holding England to a goalless stalemate and making it out of the group in Qatar a relative success but with a roster full of young, developing talent, that’s no longer good enough.

    Before the World Cup kicked off, Sportsmail looked at American soccer fans’ true evaluation of their expectations.

    ‘The United States should go into this tournament looking to get the team great experience on a much bigger stage than what CONCACAF provides,’ the piece read. ‘It’s the youngest team at the tournament, and playing them now in a high-pressure situation like this should pay off in the future.

    ‘In doing that, the USMNT will build momentum and team bonding towards a more likely scenario: domination at home in the 2026 World Cup.’

    With uncertainty in the group going into the tournament, it was hard to predict what would happen for the United States as they faced Wales, England, and Iran.

    What we saw was a team that dominated in the midfield, stayed relatively solid in defense, and despite a lack of quality attacking chances, managed to stay threatening.

    It led to advancement into the knockout stages – their third straight appearance in the Round of 16 in World Cups they’ve qualified for since 2006.

    But against Holland, that defensive wall fell apart, the attacking chances lacked quality, and the midfield seemed to be lagging behind.

    It was by far their worst performance of the tournament – with all three goals being contributed to poor marking from Tyler Adams, Sergino Dest, and Antonee ‘Jedi’ Robinson.

    For an American team that seemed to thrive on its defensive superiority across three matches, to have them lose because they were unraveled by Holland was a poor way to go out.

    It highlighted that the United States had no reliable options in the middle of their attack – at least, there weren’t any capable of putting decent shots on net through Nathan Ake, Virgil van Dijk, and Jurrien Timber.

    Even so, the USMNT finished that match with an xG rating of 1.49 – their highest of the whole tournament. They also had their highest number of shots (17) and shots on target (eight) of their time in Qatar.

    So now that this is over, it’s time to consider the good and the bad the USMNT showed us in Qatar and how they can improve in the future – through the defense, midfield, attack, and coaching.

    Starting at the backline, in the three games played in the group stage, Gregg Berhalter’s team never conceded a single goal from open play. That deserves a considerable amount of credit – considering they played against the likes of Gareth Bale, Harry Kane, and Mehdi Taremi.

    Goalkeeper Matt Turner deserves a lot of credit for his performance. He managed five saves across all three games he played in – tied for the most of all the keepers in Group B with Wales’ Wayne Hennessey.

    Looking ahead at 2026, the two starting center backs will likely be out of contention for the jobs. Walker Zimmerman will be 33 and Tim Ream will be 39. In their place, expect two players who missed this tournament due to injury to step in: Chris Richards of Crystal Palace and Miles Robinson of Atlanta United.

    In midfield, the opportunities provided to the three starters will help them develop further with both the national team and their respective club teams.

    Yunus Musah and Weston McKennie were both instrumental in their box-to-box roles for building up the attack, creating chances, and aiding in defensive recovery.

    That final point was the main role of the engine of the midfield: Tyler Adams, who consistently turned in stellar performances. He shut down opposing attacks by running like a wolf with a rocket strapped to its back before promptly becoming the initial facilitator of the US’s own scoring opportunities.

    Come 2026, the three of them should all still be in starting roles – and they all should still be as dominant and dynamic as they were in Qatar.

    The final two parts of the team are parts that arguably need the most improvement from this tournament.

    In attack, the United States had severe struggles – especially from their three choices for No. 9’s. In 360 combined minutes of play, Josh Sargent, Haji Wright, and Jesus Ferreira managed only ten total shots. Only two of those were on target. One of those two was Wright’s goal in the loss to Holland.

    That’s a problem. It’s one thing if you can prevent others from scoring on you, but you don’t advance if you can’t score. Those three players are tasked with being the ones most likely to put balls in the net – especially Wright and Sargent, who got most of the playing time.

    It makes the choice to leave Ricardo Pepi and Jordan Pefok at home more confusing. Both players are good through the air, which the USMNT could have used at times. Sargent and Wright are both better utilized as No. 10’s, so the continued reliance on crossing may not have been the best way to try and generate goals.

    Elsewhere on offense, Christian Pulisic finally broke his duck with the sole goal that sent the USMNT to the knockout stages. He’ll be important as well come 2026.

    On the opposite wing, Timothy Weah started all four matches and did pretty well for himself. He scored early against Wales, but couldn’t find the back of the net again this tournament. That being said, his importance in generating offense will carry over if he can be paired with a competent striker in the air.

    But the biggest offensive impact – or lack thereof – came from Giovanni Reyna. Against Wales, Berhalter sat the team back for the second half and an addition of the Dortmund winger probably wouldn’t have changed that plan. That aside, there were many opportunities and situations Reyna could have improved the game. Yet, he was constantly left out of the lineup – despite insistence that he was fully healthy.

    And that leaves us with the coach of the United States men’s national team: Gregg Berhalter. We’ve spoken before about our feelings towards him, but this World Cup brought up issues fans of the USMNT had brought up multiple times before.

    The good news was that the United States was set up well defensively by Berhalter. In fact, for the most part tactically, the USMNT would start out games hot on offense, strong on defense, and controlling through the midfield.

    But once the decisions needed to be made in-game, Berhalter’s lack of direction clearly showed. The USMNT almost never seemed to defer from the modus operandi given to them before kickoff. We weren’t the only ones to form that opinion, with Dutch manager Louis van Gaal saying, ‘Team USA didn’t adjust, they didn’t adapt. We based a tactical plan on [targeting the flanks] that probably allowed us to win.’

    Beyond that lack of tactical nuance, Berhalter’s personnel decisions were often questionable – especially mid-match.

    This includes the England match where Berhalter inexplicably waited to make a substitution until the 77th minute and didn’t bring on an attacking player until the 83rd in what became a 0-0 draw.

    If the claims that he was fully healthy are to be believed, then the consistent denial of chances given to Reyna – arguably the most creative player on this USMNT squad – is impeachable.

    At the end of the day, Berhalter did a passable job with the United States. But the question needs to be asked if the USA performed this well because of him or in spite of him.

    Going into the next cycle, it might be wise for US Soccer to hand the reins over to someone new. Not because Berhalter is a bad coach, but because the lack of scoring at this World Cup demands fresh eyes and new solutions.

    There are plenty of qualified candidates that have ties to the United States. If one wishes to look abroad, then Iran manager Carlos Quieroz has knowledge of what needs to be done and has been constantly linked with this job since the mid-1990s.

    If an American is desired, then names like former VfB Stuttgart boss Pellegrino Matarazzo, Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin, and even Leeds United coach Jesse Marsch deserve consideration.

    There were good and bad points to takeaway from this World Cup trip. It provided great experience for a team that was the second youngest in the tournament.

    But this shouldn’t be the time to rest on laurels or pat the team on the back – at least not that long.

    Instead, this tournament should serve as a strong, steady hand to continue pushing the team forward toward better things.

    Since breaking their long drought from 1954-1986 of missing World Cups, the United States has qualified for eight of nine possible tournaments beginning in 1990. Of those eight tournament appearances, five of them saw the USMNT advance to the knockouts. However, only once did the USA go beyond the Round of 16.

    If the United States will one day win a World Cup, like Berhalter thinks, it cannot continue to be a country that is happy with advancing out of the group stage. It must become a nation and a team that views such advancement as mandatory.

    There must be a change of mentality for this team – especially with as good an opportunity to win a World Cup as any staring them in the face in 2026. If they can manage that, then maybe they’ll stand a chance.

    The team proved they have the quality to compete among the world’s best. Maybe in four years, with more development and playing time under their belt, they can not only compete with them – but be better than them.

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  • 1 час, 59 минут назад 08.12.2022Sport
    Aussie boxing world champ Ebanie Bridges accused of deserting her country Shannon O’Connell

    Shannon O’Connell has accused boxing world champion Ebanie Bridges of deserting her country for opting to defend her title in the UK, ahead of the Aussie pair’s much-anticipated bout in the UK on Sunday.

    Bridges and O’Connell will clash in the biggest fight in the history of Australian women’s boxing as the co-main event for Josh Warrington’s IBF featherweight title bout against Luis Alberto Lopez.

    Queensland-based O’Connell believes Bridges – who lives and fights out of the UK – has turned her back on Australia.

    ‘Just the pure disrespect she’s had for Australian boxing. I’ve been told she was saying if we won the purse bid, she’d rather vacate than fight again in Australia,’ O’Connell told Fox Sports.

    ‘To me, most Aussies that leave Australia, they want to come back and defend their titles or fight in front of their home fans, especially when they think they’re as global and as big as she does.

    ‘So why wouldn’t she want to fight in front of her home crowd if she’s an Aussie?

    ‘I don’t condemn her at all for moving away and making her career better, but she had this opportunity to fight in Australia.

    ‘The money would have been the same for her as it would have been here because they (Matchroom Boxing) won the purse bid and (promoter) Eddie Hearn could have put it in Australia.

    ‘She’s really disrespected the country.’

    There has been no love lost between the pair in the lead-up to the bout, with O’Connell calling Bridges a ‘skanky stripper’ because of her lingerie clad weigh-ins and her cheeky public persona.

    Bridges returned fire by saying O’Connell should be thanking her for ‘the highest payday in her life’ – which is in part leveraged off the big social media presence Bridges has created while living in the UK.

    The reigning champ has also received support from adult movie star Kendra Lust, who took to Twitter to defend the ‘Blonde Bomber’ on Thursday morning.

    Lust accused O’Connell of ‘body shaming’ Bridges by calling her fat in a Tweet that has since been deleted.

    ‘… u have tweeted called her fat in a post when she running, body shaming her , u have called her skanky .. so really c’mon playing miss innocent to all of this,’ said the adult movie star.

    Bridges says O’Connell started the beef between them – but she’s ready to finish it in the ring on Sunday.

    ‘She’s going to find out what this little skanky stripper can do and how serious I take the sport,’ Bridges told Daily Mail Australia.

    ‘She will be in for a shock.’

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