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    FIFA is expected to confirm next week that it is on track to introduce "robo linesmen" at the 2022 World Cup. World chiefs are keen to introduce the “semi automated offside” system for their global showpiece which starts in November.  1Fifa president Gianni Infantino expects to introduce 'robo linesmen'Credit: Getty Trials of the system took place in the Club World Cup won by Chelsea and the Arab Cup held in four of Doha’s eight World Cup stadiums. The system uses 10 cameras to track 29 body points of each player. And with all the signs that the technology does work, bringing far quicker offside calls than under the current VAR line-led system, world chiefs are due to give a positive update at Monday’s delayed annual general meeting of the Law-making International FA Board. The meeting is being held in Qatar, after the initial March date in Zurich was postponed as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Read More Sports NewsTY-ME TO SHINE 'Fury has right mentality and skills to beat Joshua', claims rival Usyk Fifa is understood to be...
    VIENNA (AP) — The 2024 European Championship final will be at Berlin’s Olympiastadion and the opening match will be at Bayern Munich’s stadium, UEFA’s executive committee decided on Tuesday. Matches will be played in Germany in three clusters of venues with groups split between only two of them. A northern cluster features Berlin, Hamburg and Leipzig. In the west there is Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen and Cologne. The south will see games in Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart. The 32-team tournament will open on June 14 and the final is on July 14. Germany hosted the World Cup in 2006, with the final held in the refurbished Olympiastadion. The stadium was originally built for the 1936 Olympic Games hosted by Nazi Germany. West Germany also hosted the World Cup in 1974 and the European Championship in 1988. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    ENGLAND will have less than 2,500 “official” fans at their opening World Cup match after Fifa confirmed their ticket allocation to the FA. But lucky supporters could follow Gareth Southgate’s men through all seven matches to the final - if they get there - for £1,221. 1A young England fan celebrating the Three Lions victory over Ivory Coast in their last international friendlyCredit: AFP Members of the England Supporters Travel Club had until yesterday to apply for the official Three Lions allocation. Fifa set aside 8 per cent of the “available seating capacity” for each team. It means that the FA were given just 2,489 seats for the opening game against Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium on November 21. Of those, 1,785 were in the lowest-priced “Category 3” seats, priced at £53 each, with 595 of the £126 “Category 2” tickets and just 100 of the highest priced seats, available at £168 each. READ MORE SUNSPORTKYL TIME PSG star Mbappe receives ten votes in French Presidential electionQAT OUT THE BAG Burnley eye Page for manager role while Wales stars...
    ENGLAND's 2022 Qatar World Cup opener against Iran will be shown on BBC One. Gareth Southgate's Three Lions came close to a World Cup final back in 2018 but came up short against Croatia in the semis. 1England were semi-finalists in 2018Credit: EPA But this time, England are looking to go all the way and win the winter tournament. England were drawn in a group with the USA, Iran and one of Wales, Scotland or Ukraine. It has been confirmed that England's group stage opener against Iran will be shown on BBC One. ITV will get to show England's second group game clash with the USA. And England's potential all-British clash with either Scotland or Wales will be shown on the BBC. More to follow... Most read in Premier LeagueMONEY MOVES $841 direct checks sent NOW in first of two huge payments this monthXXX-FILES UFOs had sexual encounters with people & left woman PREGNANT, says Pentagon docsFATAL VACATION Man, 38, 'kills wife, 29, by running her over at airport' at end of tripVANISHED ON HIKE Missing doctor's body found...
    IRAN boss Dragan Skocic has warned Gareth Southgate: “I know we can beat you.” And the Croatian, who will take inspiration from his homeland’s World Cup semi-final win over England in 2018, has told his players they will NOT be in the squad for Qatar if they do not believe it, too. 3Croat Dragan Skocic says his players must have as much confidence as him that they can defeat the Three LionsCredit: Rex 3Gareth Southgate's England side were eliminated in the semi-finals by Croatia four years agoCredit: AFP Asia’s leading team will meet Southgate’s Three Lions for the first time in the  second game of this winter’s World Cup, at the Khalifa International Stadium, with a 1pm UK kick-off. England have played, and lost, there before — a 1-0 friendly defeat to Brazil in 2009 when Wayne Rooney was captain for the first time. And Skocic insists: “There is no reason we should not think we can beat England. Why not? “Remember, I am Croatian, so I know we can beat England. Read more about EnglandTICKET WOE England fans...
    BULGARIA'S Kiril Despodov was sent off for a Cristiano Ronaldo-style celebration seconds after scoring against Croatia. The winger went from so right to so Ron with his over-the-top response to firing the opener in a 2-1  friendly defeat. 2Bulgaria wideman Kiril Despodov saw red for this exuberant CR7-type celebrationCredit: Getty 2Kiril Despodov turned and jumped with joy after briefly leaving Croatia in a spinCredit: Getty Having punished Croatia's dozy defending, he was then penalised for his own dozy thinking. Whipping off his top to salute his goal with a jump and a spin - ala Manchester United legend Ronaldo -  - earned him his second booking. Why Despodov got quite so excited is quite a mystery. But it was actually a red-card 'equaliser - as Croatia centre-back Duje Ćaleta-Car had been dismissed shortly before for two yellows. Perhaps Despodov was delighted to have stunned the hosts after Bulgaria missed out World Cup qualification, whereas 2018 finalists Croatia made it through. Read more football storiesMan Utd news live Ten Hag needs 'football club not commercial club' - transfer news latestRON TIME Rangnick claims he has not...
    KIEFFER MOORE was Wales' hero after booking a home World Cup play-off semi-final. The Cardiff striker fired home his eighth goal for the Dragons to clinch second spot in Group E behind leaders Belgium. 7Kieffer Moore can barely hide his delight after scoring the equaliserCredit: Rex 7Moore guaranteed Wales home comforts for the World Cup semi-final qualifierCredit: Reuters Moore’s leveller after Kevin de Bruyne’s opener means Robert Page’s side are seeded in next Friday’s play-off draw and will avoid Euro big guns Portugal and Italy in the semis. Wales were without talisman Gareth Bale through injury but former lifeguard Moore came to their rescue. Dragons fans may have feared the worst on the morning of this crunch World Cup qualifier when record goalscorer Bale was ruled out. But the Dragons’ dreams of reaching Qatar remain alive thanks to Bale’s replacement - cult hero Moore. Since Moore’s debut for Wales in September 2019, he has scored more goals - eight - in all competitions than any other player. And the giant forward always seems to come up with big goals for...
    SOUTH AFRICA star Quinton de Kock pulled out of the match against West Indies today after he apparently refused to take a knee. De Kock, 28, made himself unavailable “for personal reasons” just hours after Cricket South Africa ordered all players to make the gesture against racism. 1Quinton de Kock made himself unavailable to face West Indies in the T20 World Cup clashCredit: Getty He could be risking his future as an international player. CSA vowed to come up with a consistent stance on taking a knee because players had adopted different poses in previous matches.  Before their first game of the Twenty20 World Cup against Australia, some players stood with their arms behind their backs, some knelt and others raised a fist. It was deemed particularly important to have an agreement among the players because of South Africa’s ugly history with apartheid. A statement said: “The CSA Board unanimously agreed to issue a directive requiring all Proteas players to adopt a consistent and united stance against racism by ‘taking the knee’ prior to the start of their remaining World...
    SÖLDEN, Austria (AP) — Austrian skier Roland Leitinger surprised the pre-race favorites by posting the fastest time in the first run of the season-opening men’s World Cup giant slalom on Sunday. Leitinger, who started 19th, had a clean run to lead world champion Matthieu Faivre of France by 0.19 of a second, followed by Swiss skier Marco Odermatt two hundredths further back in third. Defending overall and GS World Cup champion Alexis Pinturault had 0.57 to make up in the second leg, while American racer River Radamus impressed with an acrobatic recovery during his run before posting the ninth-fastest time. While the top-ranked skiers raced on a track that was still partly in the shade, the sun emerged by the time Leitinger started. “I found the right balance between aggression and control. You cannot go full risk in all those twenty gates in the steep,” Leitinger said. Leitinger was runner-up to Marcel Hirscher to win silver at the 2017 world championships but has not finished better than sixth in a World Cup giant slalom. However, he got one podium result...
    ENGLAND strolled to an incredible and one-sided victory over West Indies in their Twenty20 World Cup opener. You needed to pinch yourself when looking at the scoreboard - the mighty Windies, the reigning champions, were dismissed for just 55 all out. 8Adil Rashid took four wickets as England blasted past West Indies in their T20 World Cup openerCredit: Getty 8The spinner ended with figures of 2.2-0-2-4 in a remarkable displayCredit: Getty Talk about a change of emotions from the last time the teams met in a T20 global event, that memorable evening in Kolkata in 2016 when Carlos Brathwaite whacked Ben Stokes for four successive sixes in the final over of the final. Under Eoin Morgan’s astute captaincy here, England bowled and fielded well. But the Windies produced a batting performance of staggering ineptitude. Their innings lasted just 14.2 overs and they did little more than offer catching practice. There appeared no willingness to try to re-build their wreckage of an innings with virtues such as patience, care, strike rotation and maybe some ones or twos. It was almost as...
    SÖLDEN, Austria (AP) — Lara Gut-Behrami edged Mikaela Shiffrin by two-hundredths of a second as the pair built a big lead in the first run of the season-opening women’s World Cup giant slalom on Saturday. Austrian skier Stephanie Brunner was the fastest of the rest of the field but trailed by more than half a second in third. Defending overall champion Petra Vlhova sat .81 behind in sixth, while Marta Bassino skied out. The Italian, who won the race a year ago and dominated the discipline with four wins last season, lost control of her right outside ski halfway through her run, when she was already .57 behind then-leader Shiffrin. Gut-Behrami, who is the GS world champion, had an aggressive run in perfect sunny conditions on the Rettenbach glacier as the Swiss star led Shiffrin’s time by a few hundredths throughout her run. Gut-Behrami had the faster start and was .09 ahead at the first split but lost a fraction of her lead over Shiffrin at each of the following check points. The American three-time overall champion opened the race...
    ENGLAND’S cricketers will take a knee for the first time in more than a year when they play West Indies on Saturday. Captain Eoin Morgan revealed his players will make the anti-racism gesture for their tournament opener. 3Rory Burns and Dom Sibley take a knee in the First Test against the West Indies in JulyCredit: Getty 3Captain Eoin Morgan has confirmed England will repeat the gesture on SaturdayCredit: Getty However, it has yet to be decided whether England will do it regularly in the T20 World Cup. Morgan said: “We’ve heard from the West Indies that they will be taking a knee and we’ll be joining them for the first game. “We’ve been speaking to the ICC about the ‘Moment of Unity’ that we’ve been doing before games at home. It hasn’t been cleared up yet whether that’s a possibility.” England took a knee before the three Tests against West Indies at home in 2020. They then stopped for subsequent matches against Pakistan and Australia. They were accused by former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding, a prominent anti-racism voice,...
    Everything We Know So Far About Season 18 of Greys Anatomy The First Jobs of Billionaires Like Warren Buffett and Jeff Bezos In the days leading up to Thursday's World Cup qualifying opener, Tyler Adams set a goal for the U.S. men's national team this international break. He called for nine points from the opening three games to help kickstart the road to Qatar. But, if he thought this would be easy, let Thursday's match serve as a reminder: nothing comes easy in CONCACAF. The U.S. men's national team received a harsh introduction to the difficulties that may await. Featuring a lineup that includes players that regularly suit up for Barcelona, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Marseille, the U.S. began qualifying with a 0-0 draw against underdog El Salvador, starting its 14-game spring with an underwhelming result. MORE: CONCACAF World Cup qualifying schedule & standings And so, after just 90 minutes, Adams' ambition for this month went up in smoke. Let it be a lesson to this young group: the USMNT may be champions with two summer trophies to their name, they may have all...
    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — American players and the entire U.S. soccer community waited 1,424 days for this moment. Neither a triumph nor another tumble, the night showed problems mixed among promise. “First reaction is disappointed,” defender Tim Ream said after a 0-0 draw at El Salvador on Thursday night in the opener of pandemic-delayed World Cup qualifying. READ MORE: Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher Both High On Patriots After Teams Switch To Mac Jones At the type of Central American stadium that repeatedly has stymied the Americans, fireworks started during El Salvador’s national anthem and lasted into the fifth minute. That energized an already boisterous crowd of about 29,000 that started filling Monumental Estadio Cuscatlán, Central America’s largest stadium, about 8 1/2 hours before kickoff. American starters averaged 23 years, 282 days, the fourth-youngest in a qualifier in the modern era. Twelve Americans, included nine starters, made their qualifying debuts. Right back DeAndre Yedlin, who started in the infamous 2-1 loss at Trinidad and Tobago in October 2017 that ended a streak of seven straight World Cup appearances, and...
    American players and the entire U.S. soccer community waited 1,424 days for this moment. Neither a triumph nor another tumble, the night showed problems mixed among promise. "First reaction is disappointed," defender Tim Ream said after a 0-0 draw at El Salvador on Thursday night in the opener of pandemic-delayed World Cup qualifying. At the type of Central American stadium that repeatedly has stymied the Americans, fireworks started during El Salvador’s national anthem and lasted into the fifth minute. That energized an already boisterous crowd of about 29,000 that started filling Monumental Estadio Cuscatlán, Central America’s largest stadium, about 8 1/2 hours before kickoff. American starters averaged 23 years, 282 days, the fourth-youngest in a qualifier in the modern era. Twelve Americans, included nine starters, made their qualifying debuts. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Right back DeAndre Yedlin, who started in the infamous 2-1 loss at Trinidad and Tobago in October 2017 that ended a streak of seven straight World Cup appearances, and Ream, a central defender who was on the bench in Couva that night, were...
    Salma Hayek and more stars with milestone birthdays in September 2021 Best free checking accounts in September 2021 U.S. men's national team star Christian Pulisic has not traveled to El Salvador ahead of Thursday's World Cup qualifier, head coach Gregg Berhalter has confirmed. Pulisic tested positive for COVID-19 last month, setting up a race against time for him to be ready for the USMNT's opening three World Cup qualifiers. The Chelsea attacker won't be able to face El Salvador but could still play against Canada on Sunday or Honduras next Wednesday. Pulisic looks to make quick return After his diagnosis was confirmed, Pulisic took to social media to confirm he was fully vaccinated and not experiencing any symptoms. Pulisic was forced to isolate in London, though he was still named to the USMNT roster for its three qualifying matches. DeCOURCY: USMNT under more pressure than ever to reach World Cup The 22-year-old was able to travel to meet up with his teammates in Nashville, Tenn., this week, where he participated in team workouts.  But he was left back in Nashville as...
    RAHEEM STERLING went back to his Wembley roots and was the matchwinner for England in their Euro 2020 opener against Croatia. The Manchester City winger was expertly picked out by Kalvin Phillips and he slammed the ball past Dominik Livakovic in the visitors' goal. 7Raheem Sterling fired England ahead in the 57th minuteCredit: Getty 7Sterling was played in brilliantly by man of the match Kalvin PhillipsCredit: AFP 7The Manchester City is mobbed after firing England aheadCredit: Getty It means Gareth Southgate's diminutive Lions got their revenge on the Croatians for their World Cup semi-final defeat three years ago. England made a scintillating start to the game on their home turf, penning Croatia back instantly. And Phil Foden almost made the dream start to his Euro adventure when he cut inside on five minutes and rattled the post. Foden, Sterling and Mount seemed well up for it in the early stages, but even they were upstaged by a relative newcomer. Kalvin Phillips, perhaps surprisingly playing well ahead of central midfield partner Declan Rice, looked like he firmly belongs on the world...
    SLAVEN BILIC has questioned England's mentality ahead of their Euro 2020 opener against Croatia. The Three Lions led Sunday's opponents in the World Cup semi-final three years ago. WIN £50,000! Play Dream Team Euros – our FREE fantasy football game 6Slaven Bilic reckons England could be mentally scarred from the 2018 World Cup exit to CroatiaCredit: Getty - Contributor But despite taking an early lead, goals from Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic turned the game on its head. And Bilic reckons the scarring from that result could come back to haunt Gareth Southgate's men at Wembley this weekend. The former Croatia manager, who took charge between 2006 and 2012, was asked where the game will be won and lost. He told The Telegraph: "Mentality. Remember the World Cup semi-final? "In the first-half England dominated, were 1-0 up and it should have been 2-0. But as soon as we scored an equaliser it was game over for you. "There was nobody on the pitch who said, ‘Wait, wait, we have time’. It was gone." Bilic added: "In 2018 only...
    Curaçao began its World Cup qualifying campaign under former Netherlands and Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink with a 5-0 victory over St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Thursday at Willemstad on the Caribbean island that is a constituent country of the Netherlands. Juninho Bacuna of Huddersfield scored in the first and 35th minutes, Anthony van den Hurk of Helsingborgs in the 17th, Jarchinio Antonia of Cambuur in the 45th and Elson Hooi of Qatar Muaither in the 87th. The 74-year-old Hiddink was hired last August by Curaçao, which is ranked 76th in the world and eighth among nations in the North and Central American and Caribbean region. St. Vincent is ranked 168th. Curaçao plays Cuba on Sunday at Guatemala City, then faces the British Virgin Islands on June 5 and Guatemala on June 8. The Group C winner meets Panama, Barbados, Anguilla, the Dominican Republic or Dominica in a two-game playoff for a berth in the eight-nation regional finals, which will produce three teams for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Hiddink coached the Netherlands to fourth place at the...
    JOHN McGINN'S spectacular overhead kick salvaged a crucial point for Steve Clarke's Scots. Just when it looked as if Austria's version of Peter Crouch was about to condemn Scotland to their first home defeat in a World Cup qualifier since 2013! A BEAUTY from McGinn. Scotland have pulled it back again!Follow #SCO vs #AUT in the #FIFAWorldCupQualifiers here: https://t.co/d1kYPuLSVJ pic.twitter.com/OYWbkzVSKC— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) March 25, 2021 1John McGinn's stunning bicycle kick salvaged a draw for Scotland against AustriaCredit: Reuters Stuttgart's 6ft7" striker Sasa Kalajdzic produced a towering performance at Hampden, helping himself to a double to open his international account in his third appearance for his country. But the giant striker was cut down to size by pint-sized John McGinn who saved his side with a stunning bicycle kick five minutes from full-time. It was the Aston Villa ace's first goal in nine games for his country and it couldn't have come at a more crucial time as the Scots were on the brink of a disastrous opening defeat. But yet again, Super John McGinn rode to the rescue...
    KEVIN DE BRUYNE inspired Belgium's comeback win in this World Cup qualifying opener after bogey side Wales threatened another huge shock. Harry Wilson swept the Dragons in front on 10 minutes as Connor Roberts and Gareth Bale led a brilliant counter-attack. 7Belgium key man Kevin De Bruyne hails the leveller that transformed the contestCredit: Rex 7Romelu Lukaku salutes his spot-kick that rounded off Belgium's victory after Wales had threatened an equaliserCredit: AFP 7Ex-Man Utd striker Romelu Lukaku tucks home his 73rd-minute penalty clincherCredit: Getty But De Bruyne's superb 25-yarder and  Thorgan Hazard's header put the hosts ahead by the 28th minute. And despite Wales pressing well in the second half, a soft penalty on 73 minutes killed them off. Chris Mepham was ruled to have fouled Dries Mertens, with Romelu Lukaku doubling Belgium's advantage. FULL REPORT TO FOLLOW 7Harry Wilson pounced early on to give Wales a shock but temporary leadCredit: PA 7Thorgan Hazard nods Belgium 2-1 up in the first-half of this World Cup qualifierCredit: AFP 7Playmaker Kevin De Bruyne rifles Belgium level after 22 minutesCredit: Rex 7Harry Wilson celebrates what he hoped would...
    PARIS (AP) — New Zealand and France will square off in a blockbuster opening match of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, organizers announced Friday. The nations have combined to deliver some of the most storied matches in the tournament’s history, including the 1987 and 2011 finals, both won by the All Blacks. Host France and three-time champion New Zealand will kick off the 10th edition on Sept. 8, 2023 at Paris’ Stade de France. The 20-team tournament — expanded to eight weeks for player welfare — will feature matches in nine cities across France. Defending champion South Africa will open against Scotland in Pool B. The 80,000-capacity Stade de France will host the final on Oct. 28, as well as the semifinals. The New Zealand-France game in Pool A evokes memories of the dramatic 1999 semifinals and 2007 quarterfinals, both won by Les Tricolores. New Zealand has never lost a pool match at a Rugby World Cup. France should benefit from playing at home, and is on the rise with one of the most talented young squads in the international...
    Khloe Kardashian angrily responds after fan asks Jordyn Woods question Inside Justin Biebers multimillion-dollar properties Marta scored her 109th international goal as Brazil cruised to a 4-1 victory over Argentina in their SheBelieves Cup opener in Orlando on Thursday. © Gregg Newton Brazil skipper Marta opens the scoring in her team's 4-1 rout of Argentina at the SheBelieves Cup in Orlando, Florida on Thursday The 34-year-old Brazilian captain squeezed a 29th-minute spot-kick beneath Argentina goakleeper Solana Pereyra to open the scoring at the Exploria Stadium. Argentina's preparations for the game had been rocked just hours before kick off after four of their players were ruled out due to a positive Covid-19 case in their squad. Brazil, ranked second in the world, were a class apart for long periods and had already gone close to scoring with chances from Tainara de Souza da Silva and Debinha before Marta's opener. Brazil were awarded a penalty after Argentinian defender Aldana Cometti bundled Adriana over in the box. Brazil doubled their lead two minutes after half-time, Beatriz tucking away a crisp finish after a...
    By ERIC WILLEMSEN, Associated Press CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Lara Gut-Behrami dashed to gold in the women’s super-G at the skiing world championships Thursday, and Mikaela Shiffrin took bronze in her first speed race in more than a year. Gut-Behrami mastered the sun-bathed Olympia delle Tofane course to finally win the only medal missing from her storied career. The 2016 overall World Cup champion beat Swiss teammate Corinne Suter by 0.34 seconds, living up to her billing as the main favorite after winning the last four super-Gs on the World Cup circuit. “I tried to put that aside. I just wanted to ski like I usually do,” said the Swiss skier, who had six medals from previous major events, including Olympic bronze in downhill from the 2014 Sochi Games. “The difference this time is that I didn’t dream about gold. I didn’t want to do that. “I never thought I was supposed to win a gold,” she added. "My career should not be judged by the fact whether I won one gold medal or not.” Shiffrin finished 0.47 behind...
    CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Lara Gut-Behrami dashed to gold in the women’s super-G at the skiing world championships Thursday, and Mikaela Shiffrin took bronze in her first speed race in more than a year. Gut-Behrami mastered the sun-bathed Olympia delle Tofane course to finally win the only medal missing from her storied career. The 2016 overall World Cup champion beat Swiss teammate Corinne Suter by 0.34 seconds, living up to her billing as the main favorite after winning the last four super-Gs on the World Cup circuit. “I tried to put that aside. I just wanted to ski like I usually do,” said the Swiss skier, who had six medals from previous major events, including Olympic bronze in downhill from the 2014 Sochi Games. “The difference this time is that I didn’t dream about gold. I didn’t want to do that. “I never thought I was supposed to win a gold,” she added. “My career should not be judged by the fact whether I won one gold medal or not.” Shiffrin finished 0.47 behind in third, edging Olympic super-G...
    SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — Gino Caviezel took a narrow lead in the first run of the season-opening men’s World Cup giant slalom Sunday as the top seven were separated by just three tenths of a second. In sunny conditions, the Swiss skier mastered the icy course on the Rettenbach glacier and timed 1 minute, 8.13 seconds. Zan Kranjec, Henrik Kristoffersen and Alexis Pinturault all finished within 0.15 seconds of Caviezel's time. Defending overall World Cup champion Aleksander Aamodt Kilde failed to finish. The Norwegian came wide on a left turn and lost his right ski when he caught a bump. Caviezel’s career best World Cup result is sixth, from a parallel GS in Italy two years ago. The GS has become a wide-open discipline since the retirement of Marcel Hirscher. The dominant Austrian won the GS season title six times in seven years before ending his career in 2019. Last season, Kristoffersen scooped the title, but Pinturault, Croatia’s Filip Zubcic and Kranjec all finished within 30 points of the Norwegian’s tally after seven races. The Russian team was excluded from...
    SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — Gino Caviezel took a narrow lead in the first run of the season-opening men’s World Cup giant slalom Sunday as the top seven were separated by just three tenths of a second. In sunny conditions, the Swiss skier mastered the icy course on the Rettenbach glacier and timed 1 minute, 8.13 seconds. Zan Kranjec, Henrik Kristoffersen and Alexis Pinturault all finished within 0.15 seconds of Caviezel’s time. Defending overall World Cup champion Aleksander Aamodt Kilde failed to finish. The Norwegian came wide on a left turn and lost his right ski when he caught a bump. Caviezel’s career best World Cup result is sixth, from a parallel GS in Italy two years ago. The GS has become a wide-open discipline since the retirement of Marcel Hirscher. The dominant Austrian won the GS season title six times in seven years before ending his career in 2019. Last season, Kristoffersen scooped the title, but Pinturault, Croatia’s Filip Zubcic and Kranjec all finished within 30 points of the Norwegian’s tally after seven races. The Russian team was excluded...
    The US reported the most Covid-19 cases in a day since July. Deaths may begin climbing, too, a leading expert says This Grocery Store Has the Best Customer Service Marta Bassino wins Alpine World Cup opener in Soelden; first top-10 for American Italian Marta Bassino earned her second career win in the Alpine skiing World Cup’s season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, on Saturday. © Getty Images Bassino, 24, prevailed by .14 of a second over countrywoman Federica Brignone, last season’s overall champion. “I was skiing very well in training, so I tried to ski as in training also today,” Bassino said in a finish area without ticketed spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic. “It came naturally, and that’s why I’m so proud.” Slovakian Petra Vlhova jumped from 10th after the opening run to take third. Full results are here. American Paula Moltzan had her best career World Cup finish of 10th, improving from 17th after the first run with the fourth-fastest second run on the Rettenbach glacier. Moltzan started her second career World Cup giant slalom. Her seven...
    A Michigan teacher was giving a virtual lesson when she heard a students grandma slur her words. What she did next saved a life These Adored Restaurants Are Planning to Shut Down This Winter Bassino leads Brignone as Italy sets pace in season opener SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — Marta Bassino and Federica Brignone posted the fastest times in the first run of a women’s World Cup giant slalom Saturday as the Italian team set the pace in the season-opening race. © Provided by Associated Press Italy's Marta Bassino speeds down the course during an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati) © Provided by Associated Press Italy's Federica Brignone speeds down the course during an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta) Bassino dealt best with flat light on the partly foggy Rettenbach glacier to time 1 minute, 9.54 seconds and lead her Italian teammate and defending overall World Cup champion by 0.58 seconds. © Provided by Associated Press...
    A timeline of Dolly Partons philanthropy 25 Experts’ Predictions on When We Will Bounce Back From COVID-19 Shiffrin skips season-opener with back issue, returns to US VIENNA (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin postponed her return to World Cup skiing for at least another month on Friday, pulling out of next week's season-opening giant slalom in Austria with a back issue. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2019, file photo, Mikaela Shiffrin races down the course during the women's World Cup downhill ski race, in Lake Louise, Alberta. The governing body for ski racing announced it will skip the traditional World Cup swing through North America to remain in Europe due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The women’s side will miss stops in Killington, Vermont, and Lake Louise, Alberta. The men’s tour won’t race in Beaver Creek, Colorado, or make a separate trip to Lake Louise. The venues are slated to be back on the calendar in 2021-22, according to the International Ski Federation. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File) The two-time Olympic gold medalist and...
    By ERIC WILLEMSEN, Associated Press VIENNA (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin postponed her return to World Cup skiing for at least another month on Friday, pulling out of next week's season-opening giant slalom in Austria with a back issue. The two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time overall World Cup champion, who hasn't raced in nearly nine months, said she tweaked her back while skiing last week. “I have been advised to sit Soelden out to let my back heal so I can race the rest of the season,” Shiffrin wrote on Instagram. The U.S. ski team added that ”Mikaela will plan to head back to the States to rest and recover, and her return to competition is TBD." The next races on the World Cup calendar are two parallel slaloms on Nov. 13-14 in another Austrian resort, Lech. Shiffrin has struggled with back issues before but never sat out a World Cup race for that reason. “Having started in Soelden for the last eight years straight, this feels... really frustrating and strange (for lack of better words). Luckily, this injury will...
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