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THE Golden Jaguars, Guyana’s senior men’s national football team, will know their 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary round opponents on September 28, after the Victor Montagliani-led Confederation announced on Wednesday, their attempt to deliver a football-first philosophy, and to add more anticipation for fans across the region.Golden Jaguars had finished second in Group C of League B of the CONCACAF Nations League and will be joined by The Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cuba, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Haiti, Montserrat, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago in the Gold Cup preliminary tournament.The tournament will be played as a direct elimination format from July 2 to 6 in 2021, in a centralised location in the United States.After a knockout format, the remaining three teams at the end of the Preliminary Round will qualify for the Gold Cup Group Stage.By virtue of winning the CONCACAF Nations League, League A and League B, Canada, Costa Rica, Curacao, El Salvador, Grenada, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Suriname and the USA gained automatic qualification to next year’s Gold Cup.Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup Champions, Qatar, will compete as a guest in next year’s Gold Cup as part of a major collaboration between CONCACAF and the host country of FIFA World Cup 2022.CONCACAF and the Asian Football Confederation’s longstanding relationship, which was formalised through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in May 2017, has resulted in various joint initiatives which have served to greatly develop football in both regions. The MOU established a framework for strong collaboration between both Confederations and paved the way for a strategic partnership between CONCACAF, Qatar Football Association (QFA) and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the organisation charged with delivering the infrastructure and operations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.The partnership includes Qatar National Team competing as a guest in the 2021 and 2023 Gold Cups.The Qatar team are the current regional champions, having won the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Additionally, the team participated in the 2019 Copa America in Brazil, providing strong opposition for South American national teams in the group stage.Qatar will be the second AFC national team to compete as guest in the Gold Cup, following South Korea who played in the 2000 and 2002 editions.Montagliani, who sits as FIFA’s vice-president, said “the CONCACAF Gold Cup continues to grow as a competition and we are hugely excited at the prospect of the 2021 edition, particularly as it falls in the Confederation’s 60th anniversary year.” Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the Asian Football Confederation president and Senior FIFA vice-president, on behalf of the AFC and the entire Asian football family, thanked Montagliani and his members for the invitation that they have extended for the AFC Asian Champions, Qatar, to play in what he has called a “a prestigious tournament as the Gold Cup”.“When AFC and CONCACAF signed their Memorandum of Understanding in May 2017 we saw the obvious opportunities for both Confederations to help and improve each other both in terms of performances on the field – of teams, players and match officials as well as operations staff – and, just as importantly, the continued development of the game across our continents,” Al Khalifa said.
History is on USC’s side. Recent history, that is.If anyone has learned anything from the trend of losses to inferior, unranked opponents, it’s this: One loss does not end a season. Usually.Somehow, some way, a strange brew of events over the last three years seems to give one-loss USC a shot at getting back in the national title picture.Last year was an odd case. The voters and computers and everything else determined that USC’s one loss was worse than Florida’s one loss.That is, a loss on the road on a Thursday night against a good Oregon State team after a blowout win over another BCS contender was worse than a loss at home to a good Mississippi team.Scheduling Virginia, Ohio State and Notre Dame in non-conference games apparently carries less weight than Hawaii, Miami, the Citadel and Florida State.But I digress.So, two out of the last three years, one loss didn’t end the Trojans’ season.Three years ago, the 6-0 Trojans were teetering on the edge with each passing week. They beat three straight conference opponents by an average of 6.3 points before the wheels fell off in Corvallis with a 33-31 loss to Oregon State.But that didn’t end USC’s title hopes.No, the Trojans were back in the national title picture a few weeks later, and all they had to do was beat UCLA at their place.13-9, and that was done. But it was the second loss — not the first — that did USC in.What about the next year, 2007? A 4-0 USC team falls 24-23 at home to Stanford.But with the rallying cry that one loss doesn’t decide USC’s fate, the Trojans rebound with a 20-13 victory over Arizona and a 38-0 drubbing of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., led by backup quarterback Mark Sanchez.Only after the 24-17 loss in Eugene to Oregon were USC’s national title hopes officially laid to rest.So how was this made possible? Let’s just say that ESPN’s college football motto is, “Every week can change the season.”In 2006, being ranked in the top five was a curse. Texas, LSU, Notre Dame, Auburn (twice), Florida, USC (twice), West Virginia, Louisville, Michigan and Arkansas all lost in that position.In 2007, more of the same. Appalachian State delivered the keynote address with its stunning victory over Michigan in Ann Arbor.Florida, Oklahoma (twice), West Virginia (twice), USC, Wisconsin, LSU (twice), Cal, South Florida, Boston College, Arizona State, Ohio State, Oregon, Kansas and Missouri all lost while ranked in the top five.See where this is going? This year, the Trojans have already been joined by Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in the top-five-teams-that-get-upset category.Yes, the Sooners lost because quarterback Sam Bradford was injured. But the Trojans were without Matt Barkley and Taylor Mays (if you ask me, one of the more underreported reasons for losing the game) in Seattle.Injuries played a key role in 2007, when No. 2 Oregon went to Tucson in mid-November, only to see quarterback Dennis Dixon injure his knee and the Ducks’ national title hopes disappear.Injuries happen; they’re the great equalizer. They’re impossible to predict, and often devastating.That’s not to say that injuries will continue to play a significant role in this season’s title game chase, just that they might. They’ve happened before, and they can happen again.So recent history is on USC’s side. But the history being written right now? Not so much.The Trojans still have to run the gauntlet of ranked Pac-10 opponents on the road, which doesn’t even take into account the game in South Bend in a month.They have to do with inexperience at quarterback, youth on defense (although that has yet to be an issue) and problems on special teams (which is a topic for an entire story itself).So can it be done? Yes. The chips have been in place before. But will it be done? Let’s just say that a lot has to happen.Luckily for USC, a lot has happened in the past.“Thrilla on Manilla Paper” runs every other Thursday. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Grant at [email protected]
The Striker was taken off in the second half of their 2-0 defeat at Bournemouth a few minutes after colliding with defender Steve Cook.Harry Arter limped off the field for the hosts in the second half and his condition remains unknown.
One of the most successful car racers in BiH has attracted the attention of Red Bull scout which applied him for Red Bull F1 talents, confirmed Dino Čolaković, manager of communications for BiH and Croatia to PunGas.com and announced big Red Bull event in Banja Luka at Zalužani track, and confirmed that Red Bull is especially interested in Sarah Delić.‘After success of Vettel which was discovered in a similar program, Red Bull started investing in this program of search for F1 talents. So far we didn’t searched for talents in BiH, but after writing of PunGas.com on Sarah Delić and Boris Miljević we’ve seen that there are talents that need to be included in this program. If they show good results, they might have a career in one of Red Bull F1 teams’, said Dino Čolaković.He confirmed that the trainings will be held on Zalužani track this summer in Banjaluka, and after Sarah Delić and Boris Miljević go through the test, all interested will have the opportunity to drive GP 2 model if they pass the karting with good time.
“Unbeaten or not, it’s not necessary – we want to win the Premier League.”Liverpool could move a massive 30 points clear of United with victory on Sunday, but the Red Devils are the only side to take points off them this season after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in October.Salah missed that match through injury and is keen to make up for lost time in the clash between English football’s two most successful sides.“We need to win, we need to carry on in our way – the way we’ve been doing since the beginning of the season and since last year,” added the Egyptian.“Of course we know it’s big for the fans, for the city and for us. But at the end of the day, we play the game to win.” London, United Kingdom | AFP | Mohamed Salah says Liverpool’s focus is solely on ending a 30-year wait to win the Premier League title, rather than doing so by going the whole season unbeaten.Jurgen Klopp’s men have dropped just two points in 21 games to set a new record for Europe’s top five leagues of 61 points from a possible 63 to start the campaign.That has propelled the European champions into a 14-point lead over title holders Manchester City with a game in hand, but Salah insists the Reds are still taking their title challenge one game at a time ahead of Manchester United’s visit to Anfield on Sunday.“We don’t think about being unbeaten until the end of the season. If we do that, it would be great, but at the end of the day we just want to win the Premier League. That’s the most important thing,” Salah told Premier League Productions. Share on: WhatsApp