Yesterday, while Americans celebrated the 238th anniversary of our independence, hundreds of millions of people elsewhere in the world (and here too) celebrated the beginning of quarterfinal play at the FIFA World Cup. After a three-day break the world’s biggest sporting event resumed at Noon Eastern with the national anthems of France and Germany.
After two World Cup matches the USA is in second place in Group G and is tied with first place Germany on points. The Americans are in a better place than most experts expected them to be in at this point, and they control their own destiny going forward. But the US is not yet guaranteed passage into the knockout rounds. With that in mind, here is a look at all of the scenarios that could put the United States into the Round of 16.
Tuesday the New York Knicks hired Derek Fisher as their head coach. Less than two weeks ago Fisher was the backup point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder. By hiring Fisher the Knicks became the second New York City basketball team in as many years to hire a player in his first year of retirement as a head coach. The Brooklyn Nets tapped 19-year pro Jason Kidd a year ago.
Last week Krakow, Poland withdrew its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics after its residents overwhelmingly rejected the prospect of hosting the games in a citywide referendum. Earlier this year Stockholm, Sweden, like Krakow a finalist to host the 2022 games, canceled its bid after political leaders there determined that lobbying for, and potentially hosting, the Olympics was a poor use of taxpayer money.
Yesterday Shelly Sterling, Donald Sterling’s wife of 59 years, agreed to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. Ballmer, who resides in Washington, was part of a group that bid for the Sacramento Kings last year in hopes of moving the team to Seattle. Ballmer is also an investor in Seattle’s Sonics Arena, an NBA-ready sports venue currently in development.