At their first ever FIFA World Cup in 2002, Senegal defeated defending champions France in their opening match andÂ went on to make the quarter-finals,before going down to a golden goal against Turkey.That team wrote footballing history for the country, and the new generation â€“ featuring Liverpoolâ€™sÂ Sadio ManeÂ â€“ will be looking to add another chapter as they confront Poland today. The captain 16 years ago â€“ Aliou Cisse â€“ has also gone on to become the coach.The Lions of Teranga will be eager to show their claws against a Poland team that was desperately unlucky to go out in the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2016 on penalties. Adam NawaÅ‚kaâ€™s charges are back at the World Cup after a 12-year absence and all eyes will be on Robert Lewandowski, who scored no fewer than 16 goals in the qualifying phase plus another three in two warm-up matches ahead of Russia 2018.His face appears on stamps back in his homeland, and he will be looking to shine on his World Cup debut in Moscowâ€™s Spartak StadiumÂ Tuesdayafternoon.Poland has always made it through the group stages of the World Cup when they get at least a point in their opening match (1974, 1978, 1982, 1986), but when they have lost their opener, they have gone no further (2002, 2006).No surprises then that the coach and the players are underlining the importance of this match against Senegal.With Lewandowski (and his 55 international goals) in the team, there is plenty of hope that NawaÅ‚kaâ€™s men will get to play more than three matches in Russia.The Teranga Lions on the other hand have history on their side.Sixteen years after their first and only appearance to date, the Lions of Teranga are back on the World Cup stage after finishing their qualifying group ahead of South Africa, Cape Verde Islands and Burkina Faso.Coach Cisse has put together a team with physical presence in the shape of Mame Diouf, Kalidou Koulibaly and Cheikhou Kouyate, and technical prowess with the likes of Idrissa Gueye and Keita Balde, as well as being strong down the flanks.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
(Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/8c/5d/paul-goldschmidt-072619-getty-ftrjpg_15lsarry23x3s14zp6ksxgumv9.jpg?t=753350428&w=500&quality=80 1. DodgersPrevious: 1 The Dodgers somewhat disappointingly standing pat at the deadline despite having some needs — namely bullpen — is confusing. Still, they’re the best team in baseball and not by much, especially now that the Astros acquired a former Dodger to reinforce their rotation.Max Muncy notched his first career walk-off hit on Sunday. Despite being 14-10 in July, the Dodgers still have the best record in baseball — tied with the No. 3 team on this list by winning percentage.MORE: Ranking the 5 most frustrated fan bases after trade deadline2. AstrosPrevious: 3The Astros pulling off the shocker of the deadline, because what else is new?This is a team that got Justin Verlander at the waiver deadline in 2017, got Gerrit Cole before the 2018 season and got Zack Greinke, a third ace for a third straight season. Not to mention, they also traded for Aaron Sanchez, who responded by pitching six no-hit innings for Houston in their combined no-hitter vs. Seattle on Saturday.I don’t know about you guys, but there’s something exceptionally frightening about the Astros trading for Greinke and Sanchez, knowing their track record for improving pitching over the last four years or so.3. YankeesPrevious: 2The Yankees stood pat at the deadline, which they are totally within their right to do. But all the reports leading up to the deadline — ones like these — were proven to be entirely false.They’re still a deep team with a lot of good players seemingly, maybe, potentially one day returning from the IL — Luis Severino, Dellin Betances, Jordan Montgomery (maybe?) — so it’s not surprising to see them not make a move. But, at one point, the Yankees have to make a move, right? Passing on Dallas Keuchel, Patrick Corbin and others this offseason is more telling than passing on guys at the deadline.With more pitching available this offseason — headlined by Gerrit Cole — what the Yankees do in October will directly influence what they do this December.RIVERA: A pressing post-deadline question: Are the Yankees trying to win?4. BravesPrevious: 5The Braves did well to not sit on their hands and make some moves for bullpen help, something they really needed. None of the three guys they traded for are slouches, either — Shane Greene is in the middle of a career year (early results with Atlanta notwithstanding), Mark Melancon is a proven bullpen arm and Chris Martin is a 10 K/9 guy. Atlanta could have used some more veteran pitching help, but shoring up the bullpen was priority 1A, and it was a job well done.5. TwinsPrevious: 4The Twins really needed to be in the market for another starting pitcher especially given the recent struggles of Jake Odorizzi. They did well to add some arms to a bullpen that sorely needed them, acquiring Sergio Romo and Sam Dyson prior to Wednesday’s deadline.Minnesota can still bop, but their recent average-ness is concerning. In their last 30 games they’re just 16-14 and 12-9 since the All-Star break. 21. RockiesPrevious: 20The Charlie Blackmon trade rumors resulted in nothing, as Colorado gets to gaze upon Chuck Nazty’s beard for at least another two seasons.22. RedsPrevious: 22Trevor Bauer being traded isn’t all that surprising. Bauer being traded to Cincinnati is. Bauer helps round out a rotation that features Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray, both having great seasons.23. PiratesPrevious: 23Holding onto Felipe Vazquez is the right move despite Pittsburgh’s tailspin, and not budging off their price is admirable business, too. That said, recent trade history isn’t exactly glowing for the Pirates’ front office.24. Blue JaysPrevious: 27The return for Marcus Stroman was light, and giving up Aaron Sanchez and two others for Derek Fisher means the Blue Jays had a really questionable trade deadline.25. White SoxCloser Alex Colomé stays put — somewhat surprisingly — despite Chicago being reportedly wooed by Philadelphia for his services.26. MarlinsPrevious: 26Trading Zac Gallen was the most intriguing deal of the deadline. Maybe Gallen turns out not to be as good as his early success indicates, but trading a young, controllable middle-of-the-rotation type guy for a Double-A lottery ticket, is strange — not bad — even for a rebuilding Marlins squad.27. MarinersPrevious: 28The Mariners traded Mike Leake, Roenis Elias and Hunter Strickland. Jerry Dipoto must have been doing backflips.28. RoyalsPrevious: 25The Royals did good not to ship off Whit Merrifield — KC need something to look forward to, after all.29. OriolesPrevious: 29It’s surprising that the Orioles didn’t make any moves at the deadline, but it’s hard to sell to a fanbase that you’re waving the white flag on a season where many white flags have already been waved. 30. TigersPrevious: 30The Tigers asking the moon for Matthew Boyd is … something else, especially when you consider how average he’s been of a starter his entire career. 6. CubsPrevious: 6The Cubs picked up arguably the best available bat on the market in Nicholas Castellanos, who should fit seamlessly into the Cubs lineup. The Albert Almora era is (seemingly) over in Chicago.Chicago North can’t seem to win on the road: they dominate at home (39-18 record at Wrigley) but are 12 games under .500 on the road (21-33). 7. AthleticsPrevious: 8The A’s continue their second-half surge and get reinforcements by way of Tanner Roark. While Roark’s numbers won’t blow anyone away, there’s something to be said about Athletics sorcery and witchcraft that will someone turn Roark into a 2.30 ERA, 0.900 WHIP, 12 K/9 pitcher.With Sean Manaea suffering another potentially minor setback in his rehab, the deal for Roark was probably an insurance measure. In any case, they’ll need Manaea back at some point to help with their wild-card push.8. IndiansPrevious: 7The end of the Trevor Bauer Era in Cleveland isn’t as detrimental as some might believe. In fact, the Indians made out like bandits in that deal, securing oft-traded Logan Allen, young slugger Franmil Reyes and more, all moves that help now and in the future.It’s always a bit irresponsible to rely on injured players to come back and be effective, but even with Corey Kluber’s early season struggles, his track record is safe to lean on a bit. With Justi- uh, Shane Bieber pitching as well as he has, Cleveland has making Beliebers out of some.MORE: It’s on Trevor Bauer to become attraction — not a distraction9. NationalsPrevious: 10The Nats brought in Roenis Elias, Hunter Strickland and Daniel Hudson to reinforce their bullpen. Elias is already on the IL with a hamstring injury, Hunter Strickland has only appeared in a handful of games in 2019 and Daniel Hudson was having an OK year with Toronto. Someone check the water in the Nats bullpen.If the Nationals are gonna go anywhere, it’s going to be on the strength of their top three starters, Max Scherzer, Patrick Corbin and Stephen Strasburg. All three have been very good to excellent this year, with little disparity between them. While they’re 3-7 in their last 10, Washington’s production should be more good — like they were for a month — than bad, like we’ve seen recently.10. RaysPrevious: 11The Rays have turned it back on again. It’s going to be very difficult for them to navigate their way to a wild-card spot without the likes of Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow (both injured), with uncertainty surrounding Glasnow’s return this season.Bringing in Jesús Aguilar is a very, very Rays move. Let’s not forget Aguilar was an All-Star last year and one of the key cogs to the Brewers offense, and he’s already making his presence known with Tampa Bay.A little surprising to see the Rays not make the effort to find a quick, cheap rotation fix to ease the bullpen burden. But with reinforcements still in line via farm system, maybe it’s not yet time to hit the panic button.Middle of the pack (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/18/2e/dave-roberts-073119-getty-ftrjpg_9xqpp33p33j3zq3doh17yzy9.jpg?t=1244448900&w=500&quality=80 What a weird trade deadline.There was a lot of smoke but not as much fire, probably as a direct result of the sole trade deadline this year. It’s a simple equation: One trade deadline plus two wild cards equals more teams staying in it. There were many arms reportedly available — Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Matthew Boyd, Mike Minor, Madison Bumgarner chief among them — but the one that did move, no one expected to be moved.MORE: Here’s how to watch “ChangeUp,” an MLB whiparound show, for free on DAZNWe had a three-team trade. We had a buzzer-beater deal. The other trade that the Astros made has already paid dividends.Now, without further delay, the latest MLB Power Rankings with a trade deadline recap twist, brought to you by the good folks at Sporting News. As always, do not @ me. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/6e/e7/charlieblackmon-getty-ftr-042518jpg_1d70d9a273tt11fnd4jynfjlxu.jpg?t=-42527790&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ba/39/nicholas-castellanos-080519-getty-ftrjpg_1slgrud6kl39k1dxw3imp61yvg.jpg?t=1644965916&w=500&quality=80 11. CardinalsPrevious: 13The biggest trade St. Louis made actually came before the season. Since July 2, Paul Goldschmidt is slashing .301/.354/.680. The Cardinals are 17-11 in those games and have turned around their season.12. PhilliesPrevious: 14Jason Vargas was the big Phillies trade acquisition. The Mets must have known something to send Vargas to a team in front of them in the standings, right?13. GiantsPrevious: 16Are the Giants legit? They certainly think so, keeping Madison Bumgarner around and shipping off some smaller pieces (Drew Pomeranz and Sam Dyson) before the deadline.14. Red SoxPrevious: 12The Red Sox stood pat at the deadline. You get real 1997-into-1998 Marlins vibes from a team that just won the World Series last year.15. BrewersPrevious: 9Another year, another deadline passes with the Brewers doing seemingly nothing — except getting lefty starter/bullpen guy Drew Pomeranz. Uh … woohoo?MORE: Five World Series champions who had quiet deadline days16. RangersPrevious: 15Trading Chris Martin was fine, so was not trading Mike Minor. The Rangers are opening a new stadium in 2020, so they’d likely want to compete, and Minor will be a part of that.17. MetsPrevious: 21In: Marcus Stroman. Out: Jason Vargas. I’d say that’s an upgrade. The Mets are hot and with an improved rotation and a performing bullpen, watch out NL wild card.18. DiamondbacksPrevious: 17The D-Backs pulled off the stunner of the deadline, shipping Zack Greinke to the Astros. They also pulled off another surprise deal, acquiring Zac Gallen from the Marlins.19. PadresPrevious: 18The Padres getting MLB Pipeline No. 30 overall prospect Taylor Trammell from the Reds in the three-team trade for Trevor Bauer is surely exciting for San Diego — they must see superstar potential with Trammell.20. AngelsPrevious: 19Unsurprising to see the Angels make no trade deadline moves, even with the Jonathan Lucroy trade rumors (he’s on the open market now). They did trade for Max Stassi from the Astros, so, that’s a thing.MORE: Examining post-trade deadline MLB divisional and World Series oddsBottom third
Two top-ranking Democrats in the U.S. Senate are asking the U.S. Department of Labor to investigate Florida’s CONNECT unemployment website.Many Floridians still have not received a pay out on their unemployment claims.In a letter to the department’s inspector general sent Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, wrote that Florida’s failures stand out even among other states that have struggled to pay their out-of-work residents.“While all states have seen record increases in the number of its residents applying for unemployment,” their letter states, “the state of Florida’s performance has proved uniquely poor in its abject inability to assist millions of Florida residents who have applied for and continue to await unemployment benefits.Accordingly, we ask that you immediately begin an audit and investigation into the Department of Labor’s oversight of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (FLDEO) failure to efficiently process unemployment insurance claims and deliver benefit payments during an economic crisis and the persistent, critical flaws in the state’s unemployment systems. While all states have seen record increases in the number of its residents applying for unemployment, the state of Florida’s performance has proved uniquely poor in its abject inability to assist millions of Florida residents who have applied for and continue to await unemployment benefits”Read the letter here.The letter goes on to read: “Drastic improvements are needed, and it is unclear what steps are being taken immediately to mitigate the possibility of future failures in (Florida’s) unemployment processing system.”The inspector general does not have to honor the senators’ request.Since all the problems with the CONNECT website a virtual “waiting room” has been added to alleviate the frustrations and to service up to 80,000 people at a time rather than 1,000.
Now, after nearly 40 years, like his late father, Holbrook is carrying on the tradition and trying to introduce the game once again to the inner city and the students of the Hill District through the “Kickin’ It On the Hill” three-day youth soccer clinic held June 26-28 at the Milliones U-Prep Field for participants of the Hill District Association’s Kassi Leadership Academy and Schenley Heights Community Development Program’s summer camps.“The clinic was excellent, one of the best parts was that the kids were interested throughout. The kids at the Hill House have already asked if we can do another clinic,” said Holbrook, a coordinator at the Kassi Leadership Academy.The intensive three-day clinic, which was sponsored by the Pittsburgh Football Club (PFC), a local soccer club of 14 teams with more than 225 players; Pittsburgh Riverhounds, a local professional soccer team; the Hill House Association; and the Schenley Heights Community Development Program, offered approximately 90 kids, ages 6-13, an up close look into the skills of the game.Holbrook said the response was overwhelming and that coaches from the PFC informed him that they saw some “real raw talent.”The idea for the clinic, Holbrook said, came after students from the Hill House’s afterschool program had been learning about different countries, their cultures and the games they play. Through their studies, the kids began discussing soccer and once he noticed the kid’s interests had been peaked, the kids began playing games and Holbrook put together a five-week mini clinic, which was held in May with 30 kids, all while planning the intensive clinic with Marc Bellora and Shari Rich of the PFC.“It’s always good to expose kids to foreign stimuli and it broadens their horizons,” Holbrook said of why he wanted to introduce students to the game of soccer. “It’s a global sport played by kids of all nationalities and it helps them see themselves on a global scale. (The game) lends itself to teaching cooperation, teamwork and positive interaction, it builds life skills. “The clinic was staffed and equipped by volunteers from the PFC and kids who participated received cleats, a t-shirt, a soccer ball, tickets to a Pittsburgh Riverhounds game and Rita’s Italian Ice also donated treats to participants.Rich, president of the board of the PFC, said, “It was an awesome time for everyone. A great experience with the kids and my players that went and volunteered enjoyed it too. It was a positive experience all the way around.”But the clinic was just a catalyst to a larger initiative that Holbrook would like to see—an inner city soccer league. Holbrook said he, along with a commitment from the PFC, are in the early stages of developing an inner city soccer league. He said they are currently working on putting together a planning team and acquiring more sponsorship to get more equipment. Also, the PFC has committed to assisting them with coaching services and becoming a nationally recognized league.Holbrook said he expects the league to begin by the spring of 2013, but plans to hold some activities in the fall.Rich said the PFC was glad to join the partnership and felt bringing it to the Hill District was important because it is giving kids the opportunity to experience a sport they might not otherwise have a chance to. “Everywhere else there are opportunities for kids to play, whether through school or community leagues, but not in the inner city of Pittsburgh. It’s an organized sport and it does not cost a lot to play. You just need a ball and shoes,” she saidHolbrook said he looks forward to continuing the partnership with the PFC because they are great and this is unique for their organization.As of now, the league will initially be open to Hill District students, but Holbrook said, “The potential is limitless. I see this as something that can go far.” KICKIN’ IT— Summer camp participants of the Hill House’s Kassi Leadership and Schenley Heights Community Development program and staff at the “Kickin’ It On The Hill” youth soccer clinic at the Milliones University Prep Field. (Courier Photos/William McBride) Soccer was a game that Kirk Holbrook enjoyed while growing up. He remembered playing the game with his family and having the opportunity to play in leagues through his mid teens. It was, what some would say, in his blood, especially since his father was a soccer coach and responsible for starting one of the first inner city leagues through the Hazelwood YMCA in the ’70s.