Poll

How much of the World Cup are you watching?

Leading Off: Opening World Cup win was huge for U.S.

Published: Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014 - 6:12 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014 - 12:40 pm

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• After the United States beat Ghana 2-1 in its opening match at the World Cup on Monday, there’s a reasonable chance that Clint Dempsey and company can advance out of Group G to the knockout round, especially after Portugal was crushed by Germany 4-0. But the United States, tied with Germany with three points, can’t play not to lose against Portugal on Sunday, as it did throughout most of the second half against Ghana. It likely will need a victory over Portugal, or draws with Portugal and Germany, to finish second in Group G. If the U.S. team takes another early lead, let’s hope coach Jurgen Klinsmann allows his team to play to win.

• When you’re the third-best (maybe) player on your team and you just got thrashed in the NBA Finals, the last thing fans want to hear is how the season “seemed like work. It was a job the whole year.” Come on, Chris Bosh, why can’t you keep your mouth shut? Work? A job? How about working for a roofing company or on a highway construction crew when it’s 100 degrees? It’s not the first time the Miami Heat forward has said something dumb; remember this gem in 2013: “I’ve been a Hall of Famer like four years ago.”

• Pete Rose, baseball’s all-time hits leader, served as guest manager for the Bridgeport (Conn.) Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League on Monday night. The Ballpark at Harbor Yard was packed beyond its 5,300 capacity for Rose’s first managing job since 1989, when he agreed to a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball for betting on baseball. (The Bluefish aren’t affiliated with a major-league team.) Said Rose, 73, after the 2-0 victory over the Lancaster (Pa.) Barnstormers: “If I’m ever reinstated, I won’t need a third chance. Believe me.” After 25 years, hasn’t “Charlie Hustle” paid his debt?

– Tom Couzens

tcouzens@sacbee.com


Today’s poll

How much of the World Cup are you watching ?

• Every match

• Only U.S. matches

• Only weekend matches; I have a job

• What’s the World Cup?

Vote above, or go to sacbee.com/sports


Tuesday’s results

Should the major leagues ban smokeless tobacco ?

• Yes: 75%

• No: 25%

Total votes: 103

Read more articles by Tom Couzens



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