U.S. face uphill battle to qualify for World Cup … lose 4-0 to Costa Rica; Honduras beat T&T 3-1

first_img(REUTERS) – The United States face an uphill battle to qualify for their eighth consecutive World Cup Finals after being demolished 4-0 by a rampant Costa Rica in San Jose on Tuesday.Four days after losing at home to Mexico, the U.S. were beaten again, leaving Jurgen Klinsmann’s side anchored at the bottom of the qualifying table without a point from two matches.Costa Rica took the lead two minutes before halftime when Johan Venegas rose unchallenged to glance home a Christian Bolanos cross.The home side gunned for goals after the break and did not have to try too hard against a team that looked all at sea in an atrocious second half.Bolanos scored after 69 minutes when he got on the end of a lovely curling cross from Bryan Ruiz and five minutes later substitute Joel Campbell wrapped up the three points with a nice solo goal.The Arsenal striker on loan to Sporting Lisbon rubbed salt into the U.S. wound when he added a fourth three minutes later.The result leaves Klinsmann’s U.S. bottom of the six-team group alongside Trinidad and Tobago.Costa Rica, meanwhile, top the so-called Hexagonal, the only side to win both their opening games.The top three teams after the 10 home-and-away matches qualify automatically for Russia 2018, while the fourth-placed side will go into a play-off with a team from Asia.Mexico, who drew 0-0 with Panama in a dull match in the isthmus, have four points, the same as Panama.In the evening’s earlier game, Honduras got their first points with a comprehensive 3-1 win over Trinidad and Tobago.Romell Quioto and Emilio Izaguirre put Honduras in the driving seat with early goals and although Carlyle Mitchell pulled one back for the visitors after half-time, Eddie Hernandez scored a third for Honduras with 10 minutes remaining.last_img read more

Red Sox’s Chris Sale (3-8) sounds off on ‘absolutely embarrassing’ first half

first_img David Ortiz shooting was a hit gone wrong, police say “I know who I am and who I’m supposed to be for this team, and I haven’t been anything close,” Sale told reporters (via nesn.com). “I’m, like, 3-8. That’s absolutely embarrassing. … On a team like this, they need me to be better.“There’s nothing to look back on other than just being bad. I don’t know if it’s this or that, everything feels good. It’s just, I haven’t been getting it done. It’s been a tough go.” Related News DJ playing our favourite hit 🎧 #LetsGoBlueJays pic.twitter.com/FSnHo2Ie5U— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 4, 2019Red Sox manager Alex Cora agreed that Sale hasn’t lived up to expectations. Sale isn’t expected to pitch again until after the All-Star break, which will give him at least nine days off before he’s scheduled to face the Dodgers. Cora is hopeful Sale will come back stronger after having some time off, though Cora maintains Sale isn’t injured.“It wasn’t good,” Cora said (per the New York Post). “Just a lot of pitches in the zone. I know he’s disappointed. … Hopefully, when he comes back, we’ll get him back on track.” Struggling Red Sox ace Chris Sale said after his team’s 6-3 loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday that he has never felt more “frustrated” by his performance.Toronto’s Danny Jansen, Brandon Drury and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit home runs off Sale, and he gave up five runs and a season-high nine hits in 5 2/3 innings in Wednesday’s game.center_img After another rough outing, Sale’s ERA ballooned to 4.04 to go with his 3-8 mark in 18 starts. With the Red Sox sitting third in the American League East at 45-41 behind the Yankees and Rays, Sale admitted that he’s been holding back his team.“I’m supposed to be a big part of this team, a big part of this pitching staff, and I’ve probably been the biggest crutch,” Sale said. “I’m standing before you as frustrated as I’ve ever been.” Nathan Eovaldi to be Red Sox closer upon return from IL, report sayslast_img read more

Aubameyang scores Panenka penalty for Borussia Dortmund

first_imgBorussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put his side ahead in style against Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.After tucking away his Panenka penalty, he was also on hand to set up Shinji Kagawa to make it 2-0. Aubameyang scores Panenka penalty for Borussia Dortmund 1last_img