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Couch Slouch: What was FIFA thinking? Cha-ching!

In November 2022 – just a scant three years from now – comes the next World Cup, in Qatar. This will set up one of the extraordinary, epic collisions in recorded human history: The global game meets global warming.

U.S. has its David in prop David Ainu’u vs. rugby Goliath England

David Ainu’u is, um, David. Dan Cole is Goliath. That’s one battle that encapsulates the United States. vs. England game at the Rugby World Cup: 19-year-old American prop Ainu’u, with eight test caps and even less top-level club games, vs. the grizzled, vastly experienced Cole, who has played international rugby for nearly a decade and has 90 test appearances for England.

U.S. keeps top spot in FIBA men’s world rankings; Spain No. 2

USA Basketball has kept its No. 1 spot in the FIBA world men’s rankings, even after a disappointing seventh-place showing in the World Cup that ended earlier this week. It’s now nine-years-and-counting in the top spot for the U.S., which has held the No. 1 ranking since winning the 2010 world championship.

Analysis: USA Basketball’s World Cup plan went awry long ago

USA Basketball’s plan for a third consecutive World Cup title started going off the rails long before this tournament even began, after just about everyone who was originally asked to play for this team turned down the opportunity. As such, this outcome was not exactly unexpected.