Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Canada vs. Uruguay Articles + Fred Nykamp Update

Puerto Rico's 97-75 upset victory over Brazil makes things even more interesting in the battle for the 4 semi-final spots. Brazil now drops to 2-2, creating a three-way tie for the final 2 semi-final spots with Canada (2-2) and Uruguay (2-2). Uruguay and Brazil are due to play on Thursday. Puerto Rico (1-3) still has to play the USA however with two other victories including a defeat of Canada Thursday, the Puerto Ricans could conceivably squeeze into a fourth-place tie breaker depending upon how things shake out. But there is plenty of basketball remaining and if Canada wins out including beating Argentina today, they now could finish as high as second because Argentina still has to play the USA. It appears that only Mexico and Venezuela are in trouble although the Mexicans had a decent result against the USA last night.

USA 4-0
Argentina 4-0
Brazil 2-2
Canada 2-2
Uruguay 2-2
Puerto Rico 1-3
Mexico 1-3
Venezuela 0-4

(Top 4 teams advance to semi-finals)

The National Post's Matt Sekeres again comes up with a solid piece on yesterday's Canadian victory over Uruguay including some of the finer details about the chippy play and European-style flopping that highlighted yesterday's intense affair. Canadians Tough it Out

Mike Ganter's article in this morning's Toronto Sun again chronicling very well yesterday's game and as well talking about the hard road back for yesterday's hero Jesse Young after injury Getting Down and Dirty and here's another piece by Ganter that touches on the Uruguains Head Coach allegedly trying to rest some of his stars Trying to keep its stars fresh proves costly for Uruguay

Canadian Press article which appeared in the Toronto Star Canada downs Uruguay at FIBA Americas

Another article from this morning's Globe and Mail Young leads win in foul-filled game

Here is an interesting article from Sun Sports Media that provides an update on Fred Nykamp, who resigned as Executive Director of Canada Basketball earlier this year to apparently head up Soccer Canada. According to this article, there is some uncertainty as to what will finally transpire with respect to the leadership of soccer's governing body in Canada Canadian Soccer Association without president after Linford quits

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