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Canada’s World Cup qualifying quest resumes this weekend
The Canadian males’s soccer workforce obtained off to a robust begin in regional qualifying for the 2022 World Cup again in late March, routing overmatched Bermuda and the Cayman Islands 5-1 and 11-0, respectively. Canada returns to motion Saturday and Tuesday for its closing two matches of the opening spherical. Here is what you must learn about them, and Canada’s path to advancing:
Canada is in management. Solely the winner of the five-team group advances to the second spherical. If Canada beats Aruba on Saturday (8 p.m. ET) and Suriname on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET), it’s going to win the group. That should not be an issue. Canada is ranked seventieth on this planet — nicely above Aruba (a group-worst 205th) and Suriname (136th). And the Canadians need not fear about going right into a hostile setting. As a consequence of journey restrictions, each matches are happening on impartial turf in the US. A attract both of those matches might make issues messy, however Canada is well-positioned proper now to win a tiebreaker with its group-best purpose differential of plus-15. The largest fear is a loss to Suriname, which might hand them the group if Suriname beats Bermuda at residence tonight. So Tuesday’s match, simply outdoors Chicago, might be an enormous one.
Jonathan David is again. The 21-year-old striker is not practically as well-known as Canada’s largest soccer star, however he had an Alphonso Davies-like season. Taking part in for Lille in France’s Ligue 1, David scoring 13 targets to interrupt the single-season report for a Canadian participant in certainly one of European soccer’s “huge 5” leagues. David’s distinctive two-way recreation (he is additionally superb defensively) helped Lille steal the league championship from deep-pocketed powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain. He was unavailable for Canada’s March qualifying matches as a result of the French league would not launch its overseas gamers for national-team responsibility outdoors Europe. However David is nice to go now, and it will be enjoyable to see him on the market with Davies, who simply helped Bayern Munich to a different Bundesliga title. They need to be the core of the Canadian workforce for years to return.
The going will get harder. The winner of Canada’s group will face the winner of Group E — more than likely Haiti, which is ranked 83rd on this planet. This matchup is 2 legs — one in every nation. The winners of the three second-round matchups advance to the ultimate spherical, the place the highest 5 groups within the area (Mexico, the US, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Honduras) take part for an eight-team event that sees everybody play 14 matches (a home-and-away vs. one another nation), beginning within the fall. The groups with the three finest data qualify for the World Cup, and the fourth-place workforce earns one final shot by way of a two-leg intercontinental playoff matchup in June 2022. The World Cup kicks off Nov. 21, 2022 in Qatar. Learn extra about Canada’s roster for the following two qualifying matches right here.
The Jets-Habs collection is heating up. Actually. The temperature in Winnipeg, which hosts Recreation 2 tonight, reached a really un-hockey-like 38 levels C right now. Feelings are additionally working sizzling after Jets star Mark Scheifele despatched Montreal’s Jake Evans off on a stretcher with a violent hit close to the tip of the Canadiens’ Recreation 1 win. The NHL threw the guide at Scheifele final evening, suspending him for the following 4 video games. Scheifele referred to as the punishment “extreme,” however stated he would not attraction. Learn extra concerning the temper heading into Recreation 2 right here. Watch the sport at 7:30 p.m. ET on the CBC TV community, or stream it without spending a dime on CBCSports.ca and the CBC Sports activities app.
Brooke Henderson fell again on the U.S. Girls’s Open. The Canadian got here into right now one stroke behind the leaders after capturing 3-under for her opening spherical on the Olympic Membership in San Francisco. However, at our publish time, she was 5-over for her first 14 holes right now and had dropped out of the highest 30. American high-schooler Megha Ganne, who owned a share of the lead after spherical one, nonetheless had it when she accomplished an even-par spherical right now. Henderson, 23, is in search of her second main title and first because the 2016 Girls’s PGA Championship. See the up to date leaderboard right here.
LeBron James and the Lakers had been dethroned. Phoenix rising star Devin Booker scored 47 factors final evening to assist remove the defending NBA champs in six video games and deal LeBron the primary opening-round defeat of his profession. The Suns will now face presumptive MVP Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets. Regardless of lacking star Canadian guard Jamal Murray (torn ACL in April), Denver completed off Portland in six final evening. The Lakers’ title defence was doomed by shaky well being. Star huge man Anthony Davis’ Recreation 4 groin damage successfully ended his collection, and LeBron by no means appeared totally recovered from the excessive ankle sprain he suffered in late March. Some are blaming this on the Lakers’ traditionally brief low season (the pandemic pushed the 2020 NBA Finals into mid-October and this season began on Dec. 22) and the compressed 2020-21 schedule. However if you happen to assume that is powerful, contemplate what girls’s basketball gamers endure. Lots of them play within the WNBA from Could to October, then complement their revenue by becoming a member of an abroad league for the opposite half of the 12 months. This summer time is even busier with the Olympics and national-team coaching camps and exhibitions. Learn extra concerning the relentlessness of the ladies’s basketball schedule in this story by CBC Sports activities’ Myles Dichter.
A Canadian boxer positive-tested his approach off the Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul undercard. Saturday evening’s stunt battle between the 44-year-old former champ and the YouTube star is hardly on the extent. It pits one of many biggest boxers of all time vs. somebody who just isn’t knowledgeable boxer and misplaced his solely battle of report to a different YouTuber. Additionally, Paul has about 30 kilos on Mayweather — which might be extraordinarily harmful if not for the truth that Paul is, once more, not knowledgeable boxer. Oh, and there will likely be no judges scoring the battle. So the principles of conventional boxing are clearly being bent right here. However former mild heavyweight champ Jean Pascal could have taken the unfastened vibes a bit too far. He examined optimistic for 4 (4!) banned medicine forward of his scheduled bout with Badou Jack, which had been billed because the co-main occasion. The Canadian referred to as the optimistic checks “an remoted occasion” and claimed he “would by no means voluntarily take unlawful substances.”
This weekend on CBC Sports activities
Here is what you may stream on the web and watch on TV tonight and this weekend:
Olympic baseball qualifying: Canada has reached the ultimate 4 of its regional qualifier in Florida, the place the winner of the event will get a spot within the Tokyo Olympics and the second- and third-place finishers earn one other likelihood on the closing qualifier later this month. Within the so-called tremendous spherical of the present qualifier, every workforce performs two extra video games. Canada faces the US tonight at 7 p.m. ET, then Jose Bautista and the Dominican Republic on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. The Canadian workforce begins this spherical with an 0-1 report as a result of its group-stage loss to Venezuela (the opposite workforce within the closing 4) carries over. The workforce with the most effective report after the tremendous spherical wins the event. Stream each recreation stay right here and on CBC Gem.
Rowing: Watch a World Cup regatta in Italy on Saturday from 3:45-7 a.m. ET and Sunday from 2:30-6 a.m ET on CBCSports.ca and the CBC Sports activities app.
Seaside volleyball: Watch males’s and ladies’s playoff-round matches on the World Tour occasion within the Czech Republic Saturday from 4 a.m. ET to 1:20 p.m. ET and Sunday from 4-10:20 a.m. ET on CBCSports.ca and the CBC Sports activities app.
Indoor volleyball: Watch the Canadian males’s workforce play Italy on Saturday at 2:45 p.m. ET, and the Canadian girls’s workforce face Poland on Sunday at 11:45 a.m. ET right here.
Judo world championships: Watch girls’s and males’s bouts Sunday from 4 a.m. ET to 12:30 p.m. ET on CBCSports.ca and the CBC Sports activities app.
Highway to the Olympic Video games: This week’s present options each indoor and seaside volleyball. Watch it Saturday from 1-6 p.m. ET on the CBC TV community, CBCSports.ca and the CBC Sports activities app.
You are in control. Have a superb weekend.