Venue selection for 2026 World Cup delayed by COVID-19: FIFA

first_imgThe workshop was originally set to be held in March in person but was delayed due to the virus. Canada and Mexico, who each have three candidate cities, held their workshops earlier this year before COVID-19 lockdowns.”The start date of the workshop is tomorrow but it’s not clear yet obviously when we will be able to come and conduct those inspection visits,” said Smith.”I would say we need a few more weeks yet to see how things develop and then I would say Q3, beginning of Q4 this year we would have a better idea as to the inspection visit schedule and then obviously the time needed for the selection.”The US candidate cities are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay area, Seattle and Washington. A final decision on the venues for the 2026 World Cup being jointly hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico has been significantly delayed by the COVID-19 outbreak, global soccer’s governing body FIFA said on Monday.FIFA’s chief tournaments and events officer Colin Smith said they had initially hoped to finalize venues by spring 2021 but that timeline was based on having started the process in March and conducting two rounds of inspection visits by year end.”Obviously now we have had to delay that,” Smith said on a conference call ahead of Tuesday’s virtual workshop with the 17 US cities under consideration. “It is very difficult to give a final date because we don’t know when the start date is.” FIFA will select up to 16 of the 23 venues put forward in the joint bid.Smith said the decision on which venues to pick will be made based on criteria like their location, time zones and weather conditions rather than simply try and showcase different parts of the country.”Nothing is set in stone from our point of view. We want to look at the whole picture,” said Smith.”We look at all those considerations and ultimately what we are looking to do is to come up together with US Soccer the best list of stadiums for hosting this tournament.”Topics :last_img read more

Maurizio Sarri takes swipe at three Chelsea stars including Eden Hazard

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri spoke to the media on Friday afternoon (Picture: Getty)Maurizio Sarri has taken a swipe at Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro by claiming the Chelsea stars do not make it easy for the team’s strikers to flourish.The Blues enjoyed an impressive run of form under Sarri at the start of the season but the wheels appear to be coming off at Stamford Bridge.Sarri blasted his team following the defeat to Arsenal last month and was shocked by Chelsea’s performance on Wednesday, when they were beaten 4-0 by Bournemouth.Speaking on Friday afternoon, Sarri said Hazard, Willian and Pedro need to offer the team’s strikers more support and claimed Hazard must ‘do more tactically’.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked about Hazard’s recent performances for the Blues, Sarri said: ‘I think that he is changing.‘He was used to playing as an individual player, but now he has to play in a cooperative way. It is not easy for him as he became Hazard in another way.‘It is not easy but I can see now he is more available to play in this way. He is fantastic from the technical view and I think he can do more tactically.‘It is not easy to play in a striker with this team, we have a lot of individual players, like Hazard, Pedro, Willian, so it is not easy for the striker to make the right movement at the right time.’ Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Feb 2019 1:39 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Advertisement Maurizio Sarri takes swipe at three Chelsea stars including Eden Hazard Comment Sarri says Eden Hazard needs to improve tactically (Picture: Getty) Maurizio Sarri wants answers after Bournemouth thrash ChelseaTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:30FullscreenMaurizio Sarri wants answers after Bournemouth thrash Chelsea is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Sarri also apologised to Chelsea’s fans for the performance at Bournemouth and called the result a ‘disaster’.He added: ‘First of all we have to say sorry for that, because the result was a disaster. I can understand them very well.‘They have to be patient with us as we are trying to do something great. We have to be patient, we will lose matches, but we are trying to do our best.’Chelsea welcome relegation-battlers Huddersfield Town to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisementlast_img read more

Auction preview: top 3 Gold Coast homes going under the hammer

first_img38 Allambi Ave, Broadbeach Waters. 1027 & 1031 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley. 38 Allambi Ave, Broadbeach Waters.“It’s sort of like a mid-century Palm Springs inspired home,” she said.“We’ve had crazy interest — over 90 groups have been through the open home (and) we’ve had seven second inspections.”The four-bedroom, two bathroom home sits on a 551sq m block and has open living areas, a courtyard, study and tiled pool.Mrs Lenaghan expected a crowd at the auction on Saturday at 11am but said it was always difficult to determine whether a home would sell. 1027 & 1031 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley. 38 Allambi Ave, Broadbeach Waters. 61 George St, Burleigh Heads.“Perched in the prestigious, elevated Burleigh Hill enclave and boasting sweeping panoramic views, which encompass the iconic Gold Coast city skyline and (ocean), this highset home is simply without comparison,” it said.“Designed to maximise its superb views, the floorplan delivers five levels of indulgent living and entertaining in a secluded, luxury setting.” 1027 & 1031 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley.“It’s just one of those homes that are rarely on the market,” he said.“You’ve got two properties there on the one title (and) you’ve also got the creek running through.”It has a traditionally styled manor-like house with four bedrooms, separate family and lounge rooms and a deck overlooking the pool.The second residence — a luxury barn-style house — has a ground-floor rumpus room with a built-in bar as well as a flat with three bedrooms upstairs. 61 George St, Burleigh Heads. 61 George St, Burleigh Heads.It features an alfresco dining pavilion with built-in outdoor kitchen overlooking a heated pool, fully integrated CBUS system and keyless entry.In the Hinterland, a stunning Currumbin Valley estate will go under the hammer on Sunday at 10.30am.Marketing agent Richard Snowden, of McGrath Palm Beach, said last week the 2.3ha property at 1027 and 1031 Currumbin Creek Rd was a hidden gem. 38 Allambi Ave, Broadbeach Waters.HOUSE hunters are spoiled for choice this weekend with a variety of homes set to go under the hammer.A renovated Broadbeach Waters home is a standout, blending retro design with modern style.Harcourts Broadbeach — Mermaid Waters principal Wendy Lenaghan said prospective buyers were attracted to the property at 38 Allambi Ave because it was different. 61 George St, Burleigh Heads. 38 Allambi Ave, Broadbeach Waters.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“I think we’re going to have bidders there on the day but whether they’re going to pay the price, you never known with auctions,” she said.Later in the afternoon, a five-storey Burleigh Heads home with breathtaking views of the coastline will hit the auction block at 2pm.Marketing agent Eoghan Murphy, of Sotheby’s International Realty Queensland, described the property at 61 George St in his listing as a hilltop home that was sure to impress. 1027 & 1031 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley.last_img read more

Rising number of foreign sex workers alarming – de Lima

first_imgPolice also rescued six female Chinesenationals and their supposed handler during a raid of “prostitution den” inLapu-Lapu City last month following a tip from an informant who noticed thefrequent visits of foreigners in the area. The increasing number of foreign sex workers in the country has been alarming, according to Sen. Leila de Lima, as she urged authorities to intensify its crackdown against human trafficking syndicates. ABS-CBN NEWS MANILA – The increasing number of foreign sexworkers in the country has been alarming, according to Sen. Leila de Lima, asshe urged authorities to intensify its crackdown against human traffickingsyndicates. Two Chinese nationals were recently arrestedand six Vietnamese nationals were rescued during an anti-human traffickingentrapment and rescue operations in Makati City. Last month, elements of the Manila PoliceDistrict arrested nine Russian women and one Kazakh woman working as “bargirls” at a Malate nightclub for lack of work and health permits. “It is imperative for the authorities to stepup their campaign against syndicates trafficking foreign women into the countryand forcing them to work as sex workers. We cannot let this practice tocontinue,” de Lima said. “If not acted upon immediately, thePhilippines could become the next haven for trafficking and prostitution of foreignwomen,” said de Lima./PN De Lima raised the alarm following the recentrescue of several foreign women who were forced to work as sex workers innightclubs and bars in various parts of the country. De Lima said the Philippine National Police,the National Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Immigration must worktogether closely to put a stop to this illegal activity.last_img read more

Arsenal deny Gabriel favoured No4 shirt

first_img Bukayo Saka’s reward for a breakthrough season has been a new long-term contract, but the young winger also moves from No77 to No7 to reflect his key role in Arteta’s squad. read also:Arsenal chief not excited Ljungberg is leaving The futures of a number of players remains uncertain, though Mesut Ozil retains his No10 jersey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is still No14. Dani Ceballos is another player whose fate is unclear given his loan move from Real Madrid expires at the end of the season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Gabriel Magalhaes will be denied his favoured No4 shirt at Arsenal as he closes in on a move to Emirates Stadium. Gabriel has reportedly opted for a move to north London and is set to complete a €30million move next week. The Gunners have beaten off competition from Manchester United and Napoli, and will tie the Lille defender to a five-year deal. But new arrival William Saliba has already snapped up the No4 shirt which Gabriel has worn at Lille since the 2018-19 season. Saliba signed for Arsenal last summer before being loaned back to St Etienne, but the centre-back was back at London Colney earlier this month and has taken Mohamed Elneny’s No4 shirt for the 2020/21 campaign. Egypt international Elneny is contracted to Arsenal until 2022, but his change to squad number 25 suggests Mikel Arteta may look to move him on if possible.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become IconicWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemArchaeologists Still Have No Explanation For These Discoveries12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Origin Story Of The Best Chocolate Thing Ever Createdlast_img read more

Male, female football in the Pomeroon

first_imgFOR the first time in its three-year history, female teams will be competing in the ThirdThe children in the area are exposed to an activity-filled football clinic which is undertaken annually.Edition of the Wakapoa Premier League, a football tournament which has provided much entertainment and excitement for the Pomeroon River community.The tournament, which boasts four male teams competing for the coveted crown of football champions in the Region Two area, commenced over the past weekend. Three female teams will also challenge one another and the top units in both the male and female categories will walk away with bragging rights as well as the cash prize of $200 000.The tournament, which commenced in 2013, is sponsored by the Wakapoa United Football Club. “This year we will be hosting our 3rd Annual Premier League,” chairman of the club, Djeon Cornelius told Chronicle Sport recently. This year’s tournament commenced on Christmas Eve Day and continued on Christmas Day. The finals will be played on January 7.”Several teams from outside the community, including squads from Moruca were expected toThe female players as they prepared for the tournament this year.feature in the tournament. The male teams this year are Yarashirima Pride, Myrie Blazers, Massarie Rangers and Curemeru Jaguars while the female players will compete against villages within the area. The women are expected to play their matches on January 6.Over the two days of action, the Curemeru Jaguars registered wins and have proved to be the top team in the competition.“Participation by our female players is just one of many accomplishments that our club is extremely proud of. Beyond soccer leagues, the club also sponsors soccer camps to improve the skills of our players. We also are in the process of developing an aggressive children’s programme,” the overseas-based Cornelius said.He stated that in addition to the cash prizes, other prizes will be up for grabs by the teams competing in this year’s format.last_img read more

MBB : Jardine held scoreless in final home game; Syracuse turns focus to Big East tournament

first_imgWith about seven minutes left in his Senior Day game, Scoop Jardine had to deal with former Syracuse star Derrick Coleman poking fun at him.Coleman playfully let Jardine know he still had yet to score on a day that was supposed to celebrate the senior point guard’s career at SU.Jardine gave him a simple response: ‘But we’re winning.’‘That’s how I am,’ Jardine said. ‘It doesn’t matter. We won. At the end of the day, I’m the starting point guard and I’m a leader, and I’m the heart and soul of the No. 2 team in the country that 17-1 (in the Big East) and 30-1 overall.’Jardine failed to score in his final game at the Carrier Dome but No. 2 Syracuse (30-1, 17-1 Big East) still knocked off No. 19 Louisville (22-9, 10-8 Big East) on Senior Day on Saturday. The point guard played just 18 minutes and finished with three assists, three turnovers, a rebound and a block. But for Jardine, the game was about more than just statistics.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I don’t care about scoring,’ he said. ‘I never did. But when they need me to make plays, I’m there. Everybody knows that. Through my career, you’ve seen that. Today wasn’t my day. But the most important part was we got the win.’It was the second time this year Jardine has failed to score against the Cardinals. Head coach Jim Boeheim said Saturday’s lack of scoring may have been a result of the Senior Day hype.‘Seniors sometimes put a little bit too much pressure on themselves in their last game,’ he said. ‘I think that’s what happened tonight.’Jardine missed two 3s and turned the ball over before subbing out just six minutes in. Fellow guards Brandon Triche and Dion Waiters sparked the Orange on the offensive end, making Jardine a spectator for much of the game.His three assists, however, all came on 3-pointers — two by Triche at the start of the second half and one by Waiters that started a 12-0 run in the first.It was the ninth time this year Jardine has scored five points or less in a game, but his teammates agreed that their point guard’s contributions don’t always show up in the box score.‘People will remember him as a leader,’ Triche said. ‘He’s a guy who matured over (five) years. He’s been through a lot of ups and downs.’And for Jardine, even though he failed to score, he will still look back and know he got a win in his final game at the Dome.‘I’ll always remember these moments and cherish this because you only get this once,’ he said. ‘And I’m happy for it, and I’m going to cherish every moment.’Tournament talkWith the win over Louisville on Saturday, Syracuse capped off the best regular season in program history. The Orange is the Big East’s No. 1 seed for the conference tournament and has a double-bye before playing in the quarterfinals Thursday.As Dion Waiters put it, there’s no reason the Orange shouldn’t be looking to win the Big East tournament title, too.‘That’s the biggest thing for us is to try and win everything,’ Waiters said. ‘We didn’t come this far to come up short. We might as well try to win everything now.’Syracuse will play West Virginia, Connecticut or DePaul depending on who wins the first- and second-round games Tuesday and Wednesday. Head coach Jim Boeheim said earlier this year that he does not like the double-bye, but his point guard Jardine said the extra two days off shouldn’t affect the Orange.‘We just have to play basketball,’ Jardine said. ‘When the lights go on and the ball goes in the air, we still have to play basketball. It doesn’t matter if we have a double-bye or if we’re playing every day. We just have to play Syracuse basketball, play the right way and it shouldn’t matter.’Waiters echoed those sentiments and said the Big East tournament should prepare SU for the NCAA Tournament in two weeks. If the Orange can pull out the championship, he said it would set Syracuse up nicely for the following week.‘It’s the momentum going into the NCAA Tournament,’ Waiters said. ‘You win that, you’re confidence is at an all-time high. If we win the Big East tournament, it’d give us a huge boost.’ Published on March 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

A look at Syracuse’s incoming Class of 2013 as National Signing Day looms

first_imgKendall MooreOT 6-5 250Simeon Vocational High SchoolChicago, Ill.***Moore flipped his commitment from Western Michigan. He runs a 4.9-second 40-yard dash, according to BrownDE 6-3 253William T. Dwyer High SchoolPalm Beach Gardens, Fla.**Brown originally committed when Doug Marrone was still at Syracuse, but has weakened to a soft verbal with the coaching changes and interest from other schools.Brisly EstimeWR/DB 5-9 185Atlantic Community High SchoolDelray Beach, Fla.**Estime starred as a defensive back, wide receiver and return man for Atlantic with his 4.4-second 40-yard dash speed.Mitch KimbleQB 6-2.5 190Jersey Community High SchoolJerseyville, Ill.**Kimble has a strong arm and played in an up-tempo system in high school that’s much like the one Syracuse runs. He’ll join the competition to be the Orange’s starting quarterback.Aaron BattenTE 6-4 220Dade Christian SchoolMiami, Fla.**Like many of Syracuse’s recent commits, Batten flipped his commitment from another school. The tight end was originally committed to Kent State.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCorey CooperWR 6-0 185Millbrook High SchoolRaleigh, N.C.***So far, Cooper is the prized recruit of George McDonald’s tenure as offensive coordinator. The talented receiver has good hands, and does a good job of making catches away from his body.Alex HayesG 6-4 275Tucker High SchoolTucker, Ga.**Former offensive line coach Greg Adkins originally recruited Hayes. After Adkins’ departure, wide receivers coach Rob Moore took over and locked up the offensive guard.Chauncey ScissumCB 6-1 195Rush–Henrietta Senior High SchoolHenrietta, N.Y.***A high school teammate of running back Ashton Broyld, Scissum shared the field with him during the Rush-Henrietta’s 2010 state championship season.Corey WinfieldWR 6-2 185Riverview Gardens High SchoolSt. Louis, Mo.***Another of offensive coordinator George McDonald’s early prized recruits, Winfield flipped his commitment from Missouri to Syracuse at the end of January.Jonathan BurtonT 6-8 310Fork Union Military AcademyFork Union, Va.**The massive Burton excelled as a run blocker when playing for Courtland (Va.) High School, a skill he continued to work on at Fork Union.Luke ArciniegaMLB 6-4 245Sierra CollegeRocklin, Calif.**Arciniega played at Sierra for two years after starring at Spanish Springs (Nev.) High School, where he was All-4A Defensive Player of the Year.Darius KellyS 5-11 190Pima Community CollegeTucson, Ariz.* * *Kelly’s been clocked as fast at 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash. When Doug Marrone left SU, assistant coaches from Missouri and Marshall called Pima head coach Pat Nugent in search of a Kelly defection.Josh KirklandOLB 6-3 211Butler County Community CollegeEl Dorado, Kan.* *Kirkland’s profile picture on Facebook featured Doug Marrone when the former Orange head coach left for the Buffalo Bills. He still remains firm to Syracuse, though.Trevon TrejoDE 6-5 240Golden West CollegeHuntington Beach, Calif.* * *Trejo recorded three sacks in nine games last season for JUCO Golden West.John MillerC 6-4 310Los Angeles Harbor Community CollegeWilmington, Calif.* *Miller is a strong candidate to directly replace NFL Draft entry Zack Chibane as left guard. He was the 10th player to commit in this class.Isaiah JohnsonDE 6-4 270Tri-State Christian AcademyElkton, Md.* *Johnson also received offers from Hawaii, Temple, Massachusetts and Marist.Marqez HodgeOLB 6-1 210Miami Central High SchoolMiami, Fla.* * *Hodge signed last June and is not part of the wave of Miami-area recruits that’s flowed in since George McDonald’s hiring as offensive coordinator.Austin WilsonQB 6-3 205East Pennsboro Area High SchoolEnola, Pa.* *Largely overshadowed by Zach Allen before Allen de-comitted, Wilson comes to SU as one of seven possible starting quarterbacks for next fall.Wayne WilliamsDT 6-6 335ASA College for ExcellenceBrooklyn, N.Y.* * *Williams is one of six JUCO recruits, five of whom play defense.Tyler ProvoTE 6-3 235American Heritage SchoolDelray Beach, Fla.* * *The first commit in the Class of 2013, he is the younger brother of Nick Provo, who finished his SU career in 2011 before signing with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent. Nick was cut last May. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Moving forward: Syracuse’s Class of 2013 set to sign Letters of Intent on National Signing Daycenter_img Published on February 6, 2013 at 1:42 amlast_img read more

International have best shot at rare win in Presidents Cup

first_img FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE WE RECOMMEND COMMENT 8 months ago Will Lewis Hamilton make his move to Ferrari at the end of F1 2020 season? Last Updated: 14th December, 2019 17:30 IST International Have Best Shot At Rare Win In Presidents Cup The International team took its first lead into Sunday singles since 2003, all because of two foursomes matches in which the players never led at any point until scratching out a half-point. Written By 8 months ago Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam visits Beijing to discuss city’s unrest LIVE TVcenter_img 8 months ago Boris Johnson heads north to celebrate crushing election win Associated Press Television News The final round of the Presidents Cup began with words from the captains, not singles matches.The International team took its first lead into Sunday singles since 2003, all because of two foursomes matches in which the players never led at any point until scratching out a half-point.That gave the Internationals a 10-8 lead and needing six points from 12 singles matches to win the Presidents Cup for only the second time in the event’s 25-year history, and not since Royal Melbourne in 1998.“For us to scratch and scramble for one point, the guys were very excited about that,” International captain Ernie Els said.Marc Leishman and rookie Abraham Ancer were 5 down with eight holes to play. The rookie duo of Joaquin Niemann and Byeong Hun An were 2 down with five to play. Both rallied to halve their matches.U.S. captain Tiger Woods — and that’s all he was on Saturday, a captain — saw it differently.Woods looked back to Friday, when the International team won two matches for a 6-1 lead, and was ahead briefly in the other three foursomes matches. The Americans won two matches and halved another to limited the damage.“At one point, it looked like we were going to be down 1-9,” Woods said. “And for the International team only to get one point from that point on, for us to fight back and get eight points was a huge, huge win for us today.”Els couldn’t stifle a laugh when he heard that. His team was ahead on Friday, but it never had more than a five-point lead at the conclusion of any match.“You’re the absolute optimist, aren’t you?” Els said to Woods without looking his way. “My God.”That’s what both were filled with — optimism — after a long day filled with big wins, a stunning comeback that left Justin Thomas seething, and more drama involving Patrick Reed at Royal Melbourne.Els has a record-tying seven rookies on his team from a record nine countries, and he has given them purpose with a new logo and a strong dose of analytics to find the right combinations. So far, it has worked.Woods is the first playing captain in 25 years, and he was questioned for taking himself out of both sessions, even though he has performed as well as anyone at Royal Melbourne. He said he had faith in his players, and they delivered their first winning session Saturday afternoon in foursomes, nearly sweeping it until the great comebacks by Leishman and Ancer, An and Niemann.Woods put himself in the leadoff position for singles. Els anticipated that’s where he would play so that Woods could quickly return to captain duties when his match was over. He sent out Ancer, the International star in these matches so far, unbeaten in all four matches.Woods has lost only once to an International player in singles away from home — Mike Weir in Canada in 2007, when the Americans were well on their way to winning again.Captains alternate turns filling out the lineup, and Woods offered up Reed in the third match to face C.T. Pan of Taiwan, who has wielded a hot putter this week. Along with getting Reed out early, placing him against Pan kept Reed from facing one of three Australians on the International team.It’s already been a rough week for Reed because of his rules violation last week in the Bahamas, when he brushed back sand behind his ball — twice — playing from a waste area. He was penalized two shots.The gallery has taunted him all week — Reed usually embraces that — by calling him “Patrick Cheat” or introducing him as “The Excavator.” But it was too much for his caddie, brother-in-law Kessler Karain. He confirmed in a statement to Barstool Sports podcast “Fore Play” that he shoved the spectator because he got too close as he cursed Reed.Karain cannot caddie on Sunday, and Reed said he supports the PGA Tour’s decision.“We all are focused on winning the Presidents Cup,” Reed said in a statement. He has declined interviews since Friday and is 0-3 in his matches this week with Webb Simpson.Singles has long been considered a strength of the Americans, but they have not won the singles session since 2009. They haven’t really needed to because of their dominance in the Presidents Cup.Now they do.Leishman and Ancer showed plenty of grit. Ancer made a 20-foot birdie putt to halve the 15th hole and extend the match. Leishman made an 18-footer on the next hole, and Rickie Fowler missed a 6-footer that would have won the match. Thomas missed a 10-footer after Fowler’s long putt raced by the hole, and then Thomas hit a tee shot under a tree on the 18th that left Fowler having to squat just to punch out. Leishman stiffed his approach, and the birdie putt — and halve — eventually was conceded.“It’s unacceptable for us to get a half a point,” Thomas said. “They made a couple long putts there on 15 and 16 to keep it going. We had our chances, and I mean, flat honest, just didn’t execute. … Our team is playing well today, and we’ve got to put it behind us and go get a point tomorrow.”After three days of team matches, that’s all that matters now. 8 months ago Sukhbir Singh Badal unanimously re-elected SAD chief SUBSCRIBE TO US 8 months ago Manipur CM’s brother kidnapped, rescued in Kolkata; five held First Published: 14th December, 2019 17:30 ISTlast_img read more