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USMNT can't keep up with Canada, who are pulling away in the World Cup qualifying standings

Canada, now more than a worthy rival, beat the Americans 2-0 in the qualifier. (Author: Gardener)

CanadaCanada's Cyle Larin scores his team's first goal on Sunday in Hamilton, Ontario. The United States and Canada have no real rivalry in men's soccer because while Americans have enjoyed modest international success for decades, their northern neighbors have struggled to keep up just regionally. In this World Cup qualifying cycle, however, the Canadians have not only won the two encounters, they are also closing in on their first place in 36 years, while the Americans find themselves in an increasingly treacherous situation. On Sunday, in the cold of Hamilton, Ontario, the Canadians scored early and late to secure a 2-0 win and deal a painful setback for the Americans. With four games to go, the United States (5-2-3) fell four points behind Canada (6-0-4) in the eight-team Concacaf finals, who will reward three nations with automatic spots at the World Cup later this year will Qatar. A fourth team advances to an intercontinental playoff. The Americans retained second place on goal difference after Mexico (5-2-3) were content with a 0-0 draw at home to Costa Rica. But both the United States and Mexico saw their lead dwindle to a point over fourth-placed Panama (5-3-2) after the Panamanians' 3-2 win over Jamaica. The United States will host little Honduras in St. Paul, Minnesota on Wednesday before preparing for the final window in late March. "We're still in good shape," said coach Gregg Berhalter, who apart from the outcome of Sunday's game could hardly complain. "It's hard for me to remember such a dominant performance away from home without a result," he said. The Americans dominated possession but were faded out for the third time in qualifying and kept a goal or no goal for the sixth time. They have scored only two goals in the last three qualifiers. In total, they scored two goals in the first half. "I don't think we created so many clear chances," said Berhalter. When we talked about what we need to do to win this game, we pretty much ticked all the boxes.” While Canada have two threatening goalscorers in Larin and Jonathan David, Berhalter continues to rotate forwards. Ricardo Pepi, who scored three goals in the autumn qualifiers, has been reduced to one substitute because, according to Berhalter, the 19-year-old is just getting back on track after moving from FC Dallas to Augsburg this winter. "We want to pick the best forward that we think can get the job done in this particular game," Berhalter said. "It's going to be a fixture-specific forward." Berhalter also conceded, "One thing that sets Canada apart from most other teams in the group is the quality of their forwards and their ability to capitalize on those small chances." The United States does have Christian Pulisic, but the Chelsea winger has struggled in the last two games. Winger Brenden Aaronson didn't convert his chances well on Sunday and Tim Weah was unavailable for failing to comply with Canada's pandemic entry protocols. "If we win the ball in good positions, can we go forward?" said Berhalter. "Certainly [the team] was sometimes in positions where we could have been more aggressive." Canada also had the advantage of scoring early and absorbing the pressure. Matt Turner's goal kick didn't reach midfield. Larin turned centre-back Miles Robinson at the top of the box and smashed Turner to the other side with a 12-yard shot to score his 23rd international goal. "The [passing] got over us," Robinson said, "but then he overwhelmed us for those few seconds." Berhalter added: "Other than the goal line, it didn't affect the game that much. S. First-half chance came in the 43rd minute when Milan Borjan brilliantly smashed Weston McKennie's six-yard header away from Pulisic's corner. The Americans had the same problems in the second half and didn't create any real chances despite a lot of possession. With five substitutions in seven minutes, the U. One of those substitutes, Paul Arriola, sent a spectacular overhead kick wide in the 87th minute. Deep in stoppage time, with the Americans down to 10 players after centre-back Chris Richards left with a foot injury, Samuel Adekugbe roared from midfield and past the distraught guests before defeating Turner from outside the box and sparking wild celebrations at Tim Horton's Field. Three of Canada's remaining four games are played, but they're done playing against the United States and Mexico after playing 2-0-2 together. "For these guys, for these fans, for this country," said coach John Herdman, "we are turning into a football country." S. captain Tyler Adams left the team in the 69th minute with a strained muscle, the staff believe . Centre-back Walker Zimmerman, who started Thursday's match against El Salvador, has been ruled out as a precaution with a hamstring injury. Weah will rejoin the Minnesota team and likely start.

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Canada removed a page from the USMNT's playbook in Worlds Qualifiers' role reversal

While Gregg Berhalter's side somewhat dominated the Canadians, the final result clouded the overall picture of how to handle World Cup qualifying. (Author: Gardener)

CanadaThere was a time in the not too distant past when the United States won games by defending aggressively, being great goaltenders and being opportunistic in attack. It was an approach that tended to exasperate opponents - especially Mexico - and the grievances afterwards became entirely predictable. "We played better football," was the standard response, to which the US responded with a massive shrug, referring to the result and the three points in the table/tournament group that the Americans continued to lead, basically saying, "Who cares that?" - ESPN+ Viewer's Guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more - World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: How it Works Around the World So Sunday's World Cup qualifier was a bit of a role reversal. It was Canada that bit, clawed and clawed their way through the game, taking their chances with ruthless efficiency. And when it was over and Canada clinched a 2-0 win that all but secured the Reds' qualification for Qatar, US manager Gregg Berhalter had to lament the USA's loss of a game his side sort of respect dominated . "I think it was an excellent team effort," he said. “We asked them to be dominant. We asked them to embrace the terms, embrace the physicality, and I think we did that and more. It's hard for me to remember such a dominant performance away from home without scoring a result. So the result hurts. I'm proud of the boys, proud of the way they lined up." Berhalter then insisted that while the narrow width of the field - 70 yards officially - was no excuse, he did bring it up on several occasions. " Don't take that the wrong way," he said. At the end of the day, only results count in World Cup qualifying. This mindset also overlooks a long-standing truism about sport that goals - especially early ones - make games. Matt Turner's goal kick hung in the air and was headed forward by defender Kamal Miller without a challenge from Gyasi Zardes.With Miles Robinson and Chris Richards slow to see the danger, Larin played a one-two with Jonathan David and Richards' slip gave him a clear view of the goal and shot his shot past Turner.After Canada jumped to the top, the game was played on his terms.Canada could physically play and move on concentrate the defense. When Christian Pulisic has found some daylight, foul him and then challenge another to hit you. S. was effective with his pressing and dominated possession by almost 63-37%, at a certain level it didn't really matter. Once the USA got close to the Canadian goal, the hosts could foul the game, aesthetics be damned. Effectiveness was all that counted for Canada and even when a player or two got beaten there was always someone to mark and stop the game. Canada could control the game by not having the ball. We thank Canada for playing to their strengths, not least forwards Larin and Jonathan David, both of whom can win a game alone. Canada are deservedly at the top of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying table, having picked up eight points from a possible 12 against the USA. It's safe to say that the duopoly is now a triopoly. Canada's approach was aided by the US team's biggest pain point: the US attack is stale and lacking in aggression. The times when the US got behind Canadian defenses were rare. Here's what happens when a team sets up in a low block. But there were opportunities in transition, and too often the US seemed content to play it safe. Instead of attacking the Canadian defenses, the US was content to pass directly or backwards. Given the ferocity with which Canada defended, that opportunity would quickly disappear if the home side settled into their base defense. "One of the conversations at half-time was, if we win the ball in good positions, can we go forward?" said Berhalter. But we're certainly sometimes in positions where we could have been more aggressive in the offensive transition and we didn't take advantage of that. Weston McKennie had a Weston McKennie header in the 43rd minute after a set piece was set off by Canada keeper Milan Borjan at the crossbar was touched but that was as close as the U. Things improved when Berhalter brought in players like Ricardo Pepi and Paul Arriola, the US attack finally instilled a sense of urgency. It wasn't enough and Canada put the game wide in added time with Sam Adekugbe's dart. But the substitute's play should steer Berhalter's mind ahead of Wednesday's home game against a struggling Honduras. His mobility and power in his runs were a notable improvement over Gyasi Zardes. Arriola should at least be in the running to get onto the field sooner than the 14 minutes he accumulated on Sunday. He is clearly the best, most talented and dynamic attacker on the team. There's a strong impulse to let him try to play his way out of the mess he's in right now. But is there a point where he should be pulled if he keeps fighting? That's exactly what Berhalter did against El Salvador, although the US side are also beginning to fray in other ways. Defender Chris Richards picked up a foot injury although Walker Zimmerman, who is also suffering from a hamstring injury, is ready to return to the starting XI. It's a less-than-ideal run-in to World Cup qualifiers. The final game window consists of away games in Mexico and Costa Rica, centered around a home game against Panama. S. is struggling at both away venues hoping to wrap things up before then. Panama's 3-2 win over Jamaica on Sunday dashed those hopes. The loss to Canada means the U. It makes Wednesday's game a must.

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'This is the new Canada': Concacaf WCQ leaders bask in paradigm shift after defeating USMNT

HAMILTON, Ontario — It was a clear, chilly afternoon for the Canada men's national team after 36 years. (Author: Gardener)

Canada"It used to be, you play USA, and they said, 'Oh, we're playing Canada, it's just, yeah, blah, blah, blah' and this and that. "It used to be, you play against the USA, and they said, 'Oh, we're playing Canada, it's just, yeah, blah, blah, blah' and this and that. But now when they come to us or we go there, they're scared. But now when they come to us or we go there, they are afraid. They've been scared against us for the last four or five games. They've been scared against us for the last four or five games. Because we have a great team," he added, comparing this rivalry to the bitter Red Star Partizan derby in his birthplace and current club home. Because we have a great team," he added, comparing this rivalry to the bitter Red Star Partizan derby in his birthplace and current club home. “This is the new Canada. “This is the new Canada. This is the new Soccer Canada and we will just carry on and fight for the generations to come. This is the new Soccer Canada and we will just carry on and fight for the generations to come. And we're going to change football here in Canada.” And we're going to change football here in Canada.” “Whenever we've been to [the United States], they've got 50 to 60,000 people yelling at us and everything, and we've got it tired of not respecting us,” explained goalkeeper and Hamilton-born Milan Borjan, whose outright rejection of a Weston McKennie header just before half-time was as crucial as goals from Cyle Larin and Sam Adekugbe. "Whenever we've been to [the United States], they've got 50-60,000 people yelling at us and everything, and we're sick of disrespecting each other," explained goalkeeper and Hamilton-born Milan Borjan, whose outright disapproval of one Weston McKennie's header just before half-time was as crucial as goals from Cyle Larin and Sam Adekugbe. "So whenever we play them, it's special and we do our best just to make our country proud and not be humiliated [like] before. "So whenever we play them, it's special and we do our best just to make our country proud and not be humiliated [like] before. With suitably high temperatures, snow mountains around the edges and a spirited crowd flocking to Tim Hortons Field while the chimneys of this lakeside industrial powerhouse left a dismal backdrop, Les Rouges beat their haughty southern neighbors in a deserved 2-0 win into the sword who extend their lead over the Concacaf Octagonal standings. With suitably high temperatures, snow mountains around the edges and a spirited crowd flocking to Tim Hortons Field while the chimneys of this lakeside industrial powerhouse left a dismal backdrop, Les Rouges beat their haughty southern neighbors in a deserved 2-0 win into the sword who extend their lead over the Concacaf Octagonal standings. “Twelve, 13 years with the program, that's a long time. “Twelve, 13 years with the program, that's a long time. That was a long time ago and we deserve it. That was a long time ago and we deserve it. Canada deserves this. Canada deserves this. "These guys don't know how to quit, man," Borjan said with a grin. "These guys don't know how to quit, man," Borjan said with a grin. “This team is something special. “This team is something special. But what we fought for, we got one step closer to writing the history of Canada. But what we fought for, we got one step closer to writing the history of Canada. As much as their burgeoning youngsters have bolstered the talent pool, many members of this CanMNT squad have witnessed successive cycles of disappointment in qualifying firsthand and are euphoric at their sudden development into Concacaf heavyweights. “When we have guys like Tajon [Buchanan], like Cyle, like Jonathan David, playing for top European clubs, there's no reason for us not to have that confidence. “When we have guys like Tajon [Buchanan], like Cyle, like Jonathan David, playing for top European clubs, there's no reason for us not to have that confidence. When we have a good coach like John behind us, who gives us the organization and tactics, there is nothing we can't do.” When we have a good coach like John, who gives us the organization and tactics there's nothing we can't do.” “I think the pride comes from our brotherhood,” Adekugbe said. "I think the pride comes from our brotherhood," Adekugbe said. “We have so much trust in each other, we all grew up together and we all grew up through John Herdman in this last cycle and I think if we see each other we go to the US and get a result if we go on an equal footing with Mexico, our self-confidence is growing. “We have so much trust in each other, we all grew up together and we all grew up through John Herdman in this last cycle and I think if we see each other we go to the US and get a result if we go on an equal footing with Mexico, our self-confidence is growing. And with every confident step towards Qatar 2022, the pain of all the failure and suffering since their first and only World Cup appearance in 1986 draws further into the mists of history. And with every confident step towards Qatar 2022, the pain of all the failure and suffering since their first and only World Cup appearance in 1986 draws further into the mists of history. Borjan opened up by wishing his dad happy birthday, and joked that he and his teammates gave dad "a perfect gift." Born in the former Yugoslavia, his family and those of many of his teammates were immigrants to Canada, a legacy the CanMNT proudly embraces, as does the eternal pain of its long-suffering supporters. "You all know I came when I was 13 years old," Borjan said. "It's my way of coming back to Canada. We are one country and Canada is a multicultural country and we fight for what we have been given. And that's exactly the way for us to bring it back to Canada and take them to the World Cup after 30+ years. ... when someone gives you so much love and everything, you have to give it back. And we are doing our best to return that love to this amazing country. "It's everything we dreamed of," said head coach John Herdman, comparing the matchday color that greeted his team in Hamilton to Newcastle United's games in his youth in England. "The atmosphere of the fans, it's the first time I really feel like I'm living in a football country. “I'm an immigrant here in Canada, we have a high immigrant population, many of whom are from football countries. And the national team has been beaten up for so long. I think there's a lot of people now who can rally around the sport they love and don a red jersey at the same time," he added, hinting that wins like this can even help recruit dual nationals like Canadians and Mexicans Child prodigy Marcelo Flores can contribute. “And be proud, just be proud that in this country we talk about football the way we have stars now. We have young star players who will be around for a long generation to come."

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Canada's continued rise should sound familiar to USMNT

Canada sit undefeated at the top of Concacaf's World Cup qualifying table, acting like an older version of the USA, whose error rate has narrowed in the current group. (Author: Gardener)

CanadaConcacaf history could repeat itself, and Sunday afternoon's World Cup qualifier in Hamilton, Ontario offered a tongue-in-cheek glimpse into a power structure that appears to be re-evolving in real time. Forty years ago it was Mexico, the undisputed regional power, that faced a vigorous challenge from an upstart from the North. S. Men's national team made up for playing hard and defeating with panache, efficiency and an exhausting effort. Over time it worked and an American football culture took root. The two countries are now essentially equal, at least at national team level, and have traded blows and titles for decades. In many ways, Mexico is still coming to terms with losing its place at the Concacaf summit. Now Canada, a country that hadn't even made it to the finals of World Cup qualifiers since the late 1990s, is writing a similarly impressive script. S. has received praise, press and attention for its growing young core of talented athletes, its UEFA Champions League players, its high-profile transfers and its Gold Cup and Nations League winners. Canada has forged a steely collective identity. While US coach Gregg Berhalter seeks to instill an ambitious and proactive style of play, moving away from the reductive football that was once the program's hallmark, Canada's John Herdman focuses on consistency, cohesion and mastering the fundamentals – flawless football to play and compete game on his team's terms. Hamilton is the traditional home of Canadian steelmaking and on Sunday his national team reflected that solidity and strength. A team passed, moved and passed some more. The other refused to break, then made the plays that won the game. Canada's deserved 2-0 triumph reflected neither the ball's possession statistics nor the visitors' willingness to attack. Instead, it reflected the home team's old-school defensive discipline and mastery of crucial moments. Canada (6-0-4) picked up qualifying points in the US and Mexico and have now defeated both traditional powers on home soil. It has clearly earned its place at the top of the Octagonal standings and could all but seal its first World Cup invitation in 36 years when the qualifying window closes next Wednesday. (5-2-3), meanwhile, has a big game coming up against Honduras in cold St. Paul, Minnesota. The top three finishers from Octagonal qualify for this year's World Championship, and the fourth-place team meets a one-on-one match. Intercontinental playoff game "Our focus right now is to close the window by beating [Honduras], which is easier said than done," said Berhalter. "But that will be our goal. That will be our focus. And then it's all about going into the last window and getting results. And we're confident we have a team that can do that.” He wasn't shaken by Sunday's final result and was borderline defiant as he assessed the ups and downs of the game. "We asked them to be dominant and I think we did that and more," he said. "It's hard for me to remember such a dominant performance away from home without a result. That's why the result hurts. Berhalter played to win." At Tim Hortons Field, where the kick-off temperature was about 25 degrees. In the Octagonal's previous two three-game windows, he rotated his roster significantly for the second game on two full rest days. He traded six starters before the September tie off against Canada in Nashville and then rotated seven times before losing in Panama the following month. Right-wing forward Brenden Aaronson started in place of Tim Weah, who was unable to start due to his vaccination status. Forward Gyasi Zardes was used up front in place of Jesús Ferreira and Miles Robinson replaced Walker Zimmerman (hamstring) at centre-back. His top player and perhaps the brightest star in Concacaf, Bayern Munich left-back Alphonso Davies is out with post-COVID-19 myocarditis. It's also a team whose strikers are a strength. S. with young talent is yet to produce a reliable finisher (Ricardo Pepi is 19 and still in the works), Canadians Jonathan David and Cyle Larin lead the Octagonal in scoring and are as mature and ruthless as they come in the region. They changed the game in the seventh minute. Goalkeeper Matt Turner took a poor goal kick into the wind and a long Canadian header put the ball right back into the heart of an understated defence. A quick exchange between Larin and David sent the former past a thrashing Robinson and Turner was unable to reach Larin's shot at the left post. “I don't think they dominated much tonight to be honest but I have to give them credit for their resilience. And one thing that sets Canada apart from most other teams in the group is the quality of their forwards and their ability to convert really few chances," explained Berhalter. They were resilient throughout the qualifying window. Finishing the first is a great example," he added. S. had 64% possession and won the battle in midfield but, like their first clash in Nashville, had no answers for a Canadian side who were content to retreat and counterattack. Christian Pulisic often drifted down the middle rather than trying to stretch the Canadians in a tight field, and the USA had a meager three shots on target. Weston McKennie had the Americans' best scoring opportunity, but his first-half header from a Pulisic corner kick was brilliantly saved by Canada's Milan Borjan, who reached up with his right hand to knock the ball off the bar. Aaronson had the best look of the second half but he didn't capitalize on a nice feed from McKennie and sent his offer straight to the keeper. S. was willing to try anything, Canada was uncomplicated and productive. Sam Adekugbe, an English-born Vancouver Whitecaps player who now plays in Turkey, provided the exclamation point with a strong stoppage-time run through the US center and a spot-on finish to Turner. "I don't think we created as many clear chances that we should have converted. So, I don't think today was about a bad finish. … I think it was more the lack of creating chances that I think pulled us down a bit, a lack of precision in the last third,” said Berhalter. He added: "When we were talking about what we need to do to win this game, overall we ticked almost all the boxes. The Canadians were rarely threatened in Hamilton. They seemed to have the Americans right where they wanted them, even when the US was in the lead. Football has a habit of separating style from the bottom line and teams like Canada have a habit of amplifying this phenomenon. Through the hard work and effort, we are witnessing a great moment. This country feels it has our back and we're almost there. It feels like we're a football country," Herdman said. "It's about team spirit. We will never stop fighting and we have a footballing nation behind us now." Turner said: "I thank my teammates for fighting for over 90 minutes. I think we can take a lot of positives from this game. But at the same time, points count more than moral victories.” Berhalter will have no choice but to rotate his squad more against Honduras. McKennie, Pulisic, Yunus Musah, Sergiño Dest and Antonee Robinson are among the key figures who started in two qualifiers in four days. And Berhalter may be without Tyler Adams, who left Sunday's game with a hamstring problem, and central defender Chris Richards, who has picked up a foot injury, in midfield. Wednesday's game in Minnesota isn't a must mathematically - the US is still in shape to finish at least fourth - but in practical terms it is. Perhaps that desperation will help Americans rediscover the qualities that helped change the face of Concacaf years ago.

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Nor'easter lays up to 30 cm of snow on Delmarva. Winter Weather Warning still in effect

From Salisbury, Ocean City, Md. to Chincoteague to Rehoboth Beach, cities awoke to a thick blanket of snow, with more to come as the blizzard continues. (Author: Gardener)

30 cmDelmarva awoke on Saturday to a thick blanket of snow that is expected to fall later in the day. Blizzard conditions are expected on Saturday, with wind gusts up to 45mph inland but up to 50mph on the beaches. A snowstorm warning issued by the National Weather Service was lifted at 1 p.m. for the east coast of Maryland and Virginia and for southern Delaware. A winter weather warning remains in effect for the east coast until 1 a.m. Sunday. Total snowfall is estimated at 8 to 13 inches for Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties in Maryland and Accomack and Northampton counties in Virginia, according to the Weather Service. In addition to the snow and cold temperatures, Delmarva expects minor to locally moderate tidal flooding. A strong Nor'easter forecast for the Northeast from Friday night through Saturday expected to bring snowstorm conditions to coastal areas from Virginia to Maine. [This story is available to all as a public service and is made possible by our subscribers. Early Saturday, WMDT said at least 9 inches of snow had already accumulated in Ocean City and 8 inches in Salisbury, with more expected throughout the day. In Delaware, at 7 a.m., the state reported Dagsboro 8.7 inches and Bethany Beach 8 inches. SNOW TOTALS: How many centimeters did you get in your city? Most on Delmarva got a plan between 14 and 5 inches in slippery road conditions. If you must travel, the National Weather Service warned, be sure to bring a winter survival kit. Several jurisdictions declared states of emergency and snow emergency overnight, including Salisbury, which reminded motorists not to park or leave vehicles on snow emergency routes. Snow contractors were reminded not to push snow onto public roads. Some snow emergency declarations, including Wicomico County's, also require snow tires, all-weather tires, or chains when operating vehicles on all county roads. SNOW CREAM: How to Make the Coldest Dessert on the East Coast With travel restricted, many public services were closed on Saturday, from libraries to garbage dumps. Bus service in Ocean City was suspended on Saturday. The Monster Truck Show at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center has canceled their Saturday show, stating that these tickets are now valid for Sunday's performance. Virginia's Department of Transportation said Saturday morning progress was being made on the roads, with sections of the county's freeways and major routes in poor condition and state-maintained major routes on the east coast -- where the region's heaviest snowfall has been reported -- are in moderate condition with partial snow cover. Virginia DOT had moved another 22 trucks equipped with plows and spreaders to the East Coast, for a total of 45; six additional chargers; five crews of trees to help with fallen trees, branches and debris that may fall across the roads; a tiered, heavy-duty rotator wrecker for on-demand assistance; and an incident management coordinator to assist with incident cleanup and heavy equipment work. This article originally appeared in the Salisbury Daily Times: Snow in Maryland: Blizzard Continues in Salisbury to Ocean City

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Kyrie Irving hands his jersey to Jonathan Kuminga at meet with former Patrick School stars

After the Nets lost to the Warriors in San Francisco on Saturday night, Kyrie Irving gave his jersey to Jonathan Kuminga. Both played at the Patrick School. (Author: Gardener)

Kyrie IrvingJonathan Kuminga has called Kyrie Irving "one of my biggest mentors" and took home his mentor's Brooklyn Nets jersey on Saturday night. After the Golden State Warriors' 110-106 win over the Nets in San Francisco, Irving removed his No. 11 jersey and gave it to 20-year-old Kuminga while the two hugged. "Why you gave the tower your jersey!" Steph Curry teased Irving, who had 32 points, seven assists and seven boards in the loss. A West Orange native, Irving transferred to St. Patrick High School from Montclair Kimberley in 2008 and played under legendary coach Kevin Boyle, now at Montverde Academy (FL). A decade later, Kuminga moved to the Patrick School, St Pat's successor school, and played the 2019/20 season there alongside current UConn star Adama Sanogo and under Boyle's replacement, Chris Chavannes. Irving occasionally coached with the high school players and gave Kuminga general advice on life and his game. After a season there, the DRC native joined the NBA G League Ignite before being picked the No. 7 draft in last year's draft. He drew comparisons to a young Kawhi Leonard while averaging 6.6 points and 2.5 rebounds and playing on a team that had another NBA championship in its sights. When the Warriors visited the Nets in November, Irving was unable to play as he had not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and was effectively left off the team. "I mean, that's like one of my biggest mentors, so I'd like to be on the same floor as him, but I don't know, it's his choice not to play," Kuminga said ahead of that game in response to a question from NJ Advance Media. When it happened, Kuminga had just two points and four rebounds in 10 minutes as Curry, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins, who started the season as an unvaccinated holdout and is now a starter in the Feb. 20 All-Star game, led the way offensively . In December, the Nets reversed course and allowed Irving to participate in away games, and the Warriors' game was the first of five games away assists and 5.1 rebounds in eight games." Head coach Steve Nash said the team that Having had 25 different starting lineups this season, isn't swayed by all the uncertainty or the uniqueness of Irving's situation: "Even adding a player of his caliber when it's just on the road was badly needed and was great for our group p" , Nash said. "And fortunately for us the reality of the last 18 months is that we've never had a prolonged health condition so having a player who plays on the road and [not] at home isn't that different as we do face week for anyway." Week. “So it wasn't that strange for our group. It wasn't weird at all.

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The next Cascadia earthquake could be devastating. Start with your preparations

There are people and pets that depend on you. Be ready for the Cascadia earthquake. (Author: Gardener)

CascadiaJanuary 26th marked the 322nd anniversary of the last major earthquake in the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ). As a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) based in Salem, I have spent the past six years motivating community preparedness on this issue. You can see a tornado travel; You can watch it change direction. You can watch a volcano spewing and wildfires and storms approaching. Earthquakes are different. They are among the greatest ghost stories ever told—suddenly all around us at once, invisible except for the destruction they wreak. 46 of these megathrust CSZ earthquakes have occurred over the past 10,000 years, averaging one every 223 years. The next one will no doubt overwhelm the local emergency services. It will take time for responders to arrive from outside the disaster area - how much time depends on the area of ​​devastation. Cascadia megathrust earthquakes appear to have triggered San Andreas earthquakes about two-thirds of the time over the past 3,000 years. New research from UC Davis and San Diego State shows that about 20% of San Andreas earthquakes coincided with earthquakes on the San Jacinto Fault. Further research has shown that about 20% of CSZ earthquakes are followed within a relatively short time frame (days to months) by a volcanic eruption of the Cascade Range. There is no doubt that a CSZ earthquake will be followed by a large tsunami, much larger than the one that hit our shores on December 15 of this year. Prepare for Quakes: Build Your Preparedness Kit In 24 Weeks The likelihood of the CSZ, San Andreas, and San Jacinto collapsing (particularly to their full rupture length), followed by a volcanic eruption (or two) is highly unlikely. However, any combination of these disasters will further impact the country's available resources and response times. Having supplies on hand for you and your family will be crucial. You're smart and resourceful, but to be resourceful you need access to resources that are now plentiful (toilet paper, anyone?). They won't be when disaster strikes. The time to prepare is now. There is a ghost on our horizon. Salem resident Bridget Good serves as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer. She also manages the city's CERT Salem Facebook page and hosts the website SurvivingCascadia.com. You can reach her at [email protected] This article originally appeared in the Salem Statesman Journal: Prepare for the Next Cascadia Earthquake

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AJ Hoggard's composure helps lead Michigan State basketball to victory in the rivalry

In arguably his best game of the season, A.J. Hoggard had 11 points, 10 assists and a turnover while playing more than 23 minutes. (Author: Gardener)

AJ Hoggard'sEast Lansing — When Michigan State finished Michigan Saturday afternoon, there were enough storylines to last before these rivals could meet again. There was Max Christie's bounce-back play, which overcame some recent shooting problems to spark Michigan State early in the game on the offensive end. There was Malik Hall, who did the same late in the first half and showed no ill effects from his free-throw error earlier in the week that could have saved the Spartans in Illinois. But there was another story of No. 10 Michigan State's 83-67 win over Michigan that was perhaps the most impressive, one perfectly summed up by Hauser. J. Hoggard game,” Hauser said. At least in the point guard position, Hauser was spot on. In arguably his best game of the season, Hoggard scored 11 points and dished out 10 assists while playing more than 23 minutes. But just as important as those numbers was the fact that Hoggard turned the ball over once and was close to placing a goose egg in the turnover column before playing a miss at 2:36 and firmly in control of the game. Afterward, Hoggard was asked if he was happier with 10 assists - a career high - or just one turnover. To say his game has been inconsistent this season would be an understatement. In the last three games alone, Hoggard had 12 points, eight assists and a turnover in the win in Wisconsin before going scoreless with two assists and two turnovers in Tuesday's loss to Illinois. That kind of ebb and flow has been going on all season - moments of standout play with spurts of out-of-control action that had Izzo biting her tongue and clenching her fists. It's the same type of play the Spartans got from Tyson Walker, which helped lead to Michigan State's offensive inconsistencies and turnover problems. In recent weeks, both Hoggard and Walker have met with Izzo and the coaching staff, namely assistant Mark Montgomery, to try and smooth things over. Walker had a couple of errors early on but he was aggressive coming to the basket and hit a big 3-pointer late in the first half. Only Hoggard's impressive second-half play - eight points and six assists in 14 minutes - kept Walker from getting more time on the ground. As much as the point guard game led to Michigan State's loss in Illinois, it was crucial in defeating Michigan, led by Hoggard. "I think the composure is the crucial part," Izzo said. “Play on two feet, come in and squirt the ball out. I think he played much more calmly with the little floater. "I was happy for him because it's been a tough week for those point guards, ask Monty, a week and a half." The key, of course, will be taking what Hoggard has done in two of the last three games and doing what he consistently offers. The Spartans, who head to Maryland on Tuesday and Rutgers on Saturday, are still waiting for Hoggard or Walker to take control of the position, but the truth is they could be just as good with the duo splitting the minutes could. Signs are beginning to appear that they are approaching, and Hoggard's play Saturday was further evidence of this. It's just what Michigan State needs if it expects to stay with the Big Ten chase and be a team that can hit a deep run in March. Offense was good enough and with Christie and Hall getting better every week, Gabe Brown is likely to start shooting as usual and Bingham's advancement, point guard, discovers the wild card. When the Spartans (16-4, 7-2 Big Ten) care about the ball and get it moving, it's easy to see a high ceiling for this team. On Saturday, Hoggard made another big move to prove he can offer that to the Spartans. "We know you have to limit turnover, but Coach is always telling us not to play scared, just play smart," Hoggard said. “Playing smart, playing with passion and energy will always be in a good flow. Playing hard will take care of itself. Play smart, don't play too nervous, but pay attention to the things we need to fix and improve to date.

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Smarter curtseys focus on fighting kings

Smarter curtseys focus on fighting kings (Author: Gardener)

New York Knicks' RJ Barrett said he and his teammates could learn from their straight loss to defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks in their final game. "They just had a different intensity in the fourth game that we couldn't match," said Barrett of the 123-108 loss on Friday in Milwaukee. "But it's good (for) a team like us to watch the defending champions to see how they've upped their levels, especially in the fourth quarter. They will face another team slipping out of the playoff picture on Monday night when New York hosts the Sacramento Kings. The Knicks have lost three straight games while the Kings are on a six-game losing streak and will be looking to salvage the finals of a five-game road trip in the Eastern Conference. Though the Knicks never led Friday, they had a chance to cause a stir in the fourth quarter when Alec Burks pocketed a 3-pointer after 16 seconds to draw the visitors to 93-91. New York's Immanuel Quickley answered two consecutive baskets by the Bucks with a jumper to cut Milwaukee's lead to 97-93 with 10:34 left, but the Knicks went off the field scoreless for the next 3:32, a span in which they only made three shot attempts , while the Bucks went on an 11-2 run never within eight points of the rest. The Knicks were unable to raise their level late in the games during an ominous three-game journey that saw them on a trio of Eastern Conference candidates fell. New York entered Sunday, a game behind the 10th-place Atlanta Hawks and a bid for the Play-In tournament. The Kings, ranked 13th in the Western Conference and starting Sunday four games behind the Portland Trail Blazers in 10th place, are in danger of slipping out of the playoff picture. On Saturday, the Kings led the red-hot Philadelphia 76ers by as much as 17 points and had a shot at the win. While Sacramento is 3-12 as of Dec. 31, six of those losses went to teams currently tied for a playoff or play-in berth with 10 points or fewer. Also, the Kings almost upset the 76ers without top scorer De'Aaron Fox, who has missed the last four games with a sore left ankle and is unlikely to play on Monday. "If we play like this with that intensity and togetherness, we'll be fine," said Alvin Gentry, interim Kings head coach.

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Bengals lead Chiefs 27-24 in OT to win Super Bowl trip

(AP) -- Evan McPherson blasted a 31-yard field goal at 9:22 into overtime after Joe Burrow kept his cool while leading a furious second-half comeback to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals for the first time since 33 into the Super Bowl with a 27-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday's AFC Championship game. The Bengals erased an 18-point deficit - tying an AFC title game record - to maintain a late 24-21 lead on McPherson's... (Author: Gardener)

Super Bowl(AP) -- Evan McPherson blasted a 31-yard field goal at 9:22 into overtime after Joe Burrow kept his cool while leading a furious second-half comeback to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals for the first time since 33 into the Super Bowl with a 27-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday's AFC Championship game. The Bengals erased an 18-point deficit - tying an AFC title game record - to take a late 24-21 lead on McPherson's 52-yarder. But Harrison Butker's 44-yard kick after regulation time sent him into overtime a week after his 49-yarder did the same in the last regulation game against Buffalo. A week after Buffalo's Josh Allen called tails and it was heads for the toss in overtime - giving Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs the ball -- Cincinnati backup quarterback Brandon Allen called heads and the coin came up tails . The Chiefs opened overtime again with the ball, but Vonn Bell intercepted Mahomes on the third play, and Burrow and the Bengals took over. Cincinnati Bengals kicker Evan McPherson (2) celebrates with Kevin Huber (10) after throwing a 52-yard shot in the second half of the AFC Championship NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, January 30, 2022 in Kansas field goal City, Mo. And now they're going to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1989 after winning their first playoff overtime game. “Our defense really strengthened and made plays in the second half. Cincinnati Bengals kicker Evan McPherson (2) shoots a 31-yard field goal during the second half of the AFC Championship NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday August 1, 2022 in Kansas City, Mo. The Bengals (13-7) will play the winner of the NFC Championship between San Francisco and the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl on February 13 in Los Angeles. Cincinnati lost to the 49ers on its two previous trips to the Super Bowl. Mahomes and the Chiefs (14-6) will have to lament that they missed their chance for a third straight Super Bowl appearance. The Chiefs scored a touchdown on their first three possessions, which Mahomes caught by Mecole Hardman for a 3-yard score that made it 21-3 - and that looked a lot like a run. Mahomes joined Tom Brady ( 2014), Joe Flacco (2012) and Aaron Rodgers (2010) as the only players with three games with three or more TD passes in a single postseason Cincinnati Bengals kicker Evan McPherson, center, celebrates with teammates after failing in the first half of the shot a 32-yard field goal in an AFC Championship NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, January 30, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel ) But Burrow kept the Bengals in. He threw a short pass to Samaje Perine, who avoided a tackle attempt from Charvarius Ward and raced into the end zone at 1:05 in the first half for a 41-yard touchdown. The Chiefs seemed on course for their fourth straight touchdown drive to open the game, especially after Byron Pringle's 10-yard catch put Kansas City on the 15 with 13 seconds left - prompting chants from the excited crowd at Arrowhead stage of “13 seconds! ” who celebrated the Chiefs' stunning comeback against Buffalo last week. A pass interference call on Eli Apple in the end zone put the ball on the 1, but the Chiefs failed to get into the end zone on two tries, with Mahomes' pass to Tyreek Hill losing a yard and ending the half. Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard (94) celebrates after defeating Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) during the second half of the AFC Championship NFL football game on Sunday, January 30, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. Cincinnati, fought Ball back to the Chiefs 27 moments later when B. Two games after Joe Mixon gained 2 yards on first-and-goal from the 5, Ja'Marr Chase went through Rashad Fenton in the end zone to throw Burrows for to catch a touchdown. Burrow then found a wide-open Trent Taylor for the 2-point conversion to tie him at 21 with 14 seconds left in the third quarter. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) fumbles with the ball as he is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard (94) during the second half of the AFC Championship NFL football game Sunday, January 30, 2022 in Kansas City will. Mo. Cincinnati Bengals safety Vonn Bell (24) intercepts a pass intended for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (center) during Bengals free safety Jessie Bates (30) during overtime in the AFC Championship NFL football game on Sunday, January 30, 2022, at Kansas City, Missouri. The Bengals won 27-24. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) reacts during the second half of the AFC Championship NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, 1 May 30, 2022 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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