Jan 092018
US opts for youth with no World Cup in sight

LOS ANGELES: Acting US national team coach Dave Sarachan opted for young prospects in calling upon 30 players on Monday for the Americans annual January training camp.The session is set to open Wednesday at Los Angeles with the culmination of workouts to be a January 28 friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina at the training camp in Carson, home of Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy.“It’s all about the future and opportunity. We clearly feel that we want to have a look at these players that have the chance to be a part of the National Team for a number of years to come,” Sarachan said.The US team failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup in Russia and has eight candidates fighting for the presidency of the US Soccer Federation, with Sunil Gulati to be replaced in voting next month. So the Americans have no chance at a World Cup until 2022 in Qatar even as they bid with Mexico and Canada to co-host the 2026 event.And the camp comes on the same day that reports emerged that one of their top teen prospects, Monterrey midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez, has opted to play for Mexico rather than the US senior-level squad after years on American junior teams.The most capped player in camp with 37 is Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Gyasi Zardes followed by New England forward Juan Agudelo with 27 and seattle forward Jordan Morris with 24. “It’s a long journey forward, but this is the first step starting in 2018 [Read More…]

Dec 092017
US declaration

US President Donald Trump has recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and decided to relocate the US Embassy there. The controversial decision has not only invited the wrath of Muslim-majority countries, but other countries like Britain and Russia have also condemned Trump’s move. Many political analysts have opined that the decision will act as a catalyst for wider violent confrontations between Israel forces and the Palestinian people. This will also pave the way for strong protests before the US’s and Israel’s embassies across the Muslim world. Trump’s credibility and competency have been challenged once again and this move will prove to be another nail in the coffin.The UN should immediately respond to this impartial, illegitimate, and inconclusive action. Besides, the OIC, Arab League, and a recently formed coalition of 39-Muslim countries should build pressure on the international communities, including the UN, the EU, the ICJ, and other human rights organisations so that they can help in reverting the gruesome move of the Trump administration. The Muslim countries should not hesitate to isolate Israel if it doesn’t give up its aggressive stance regarding the sacred city of Jerusalem.Syed Fakhar Imam ( Pakpattan ) Click for detailed story

Dec 072017
US gymnastics team doctor sentenced to 60 years for child pornography

Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar appears at Ingham County Circuit Court in Lansing, Michigan, US, November 22, 2017. AFP/Jeff Kowalsky/FilesA federal judge on Thursday sentenced Larry Nassar — the former USA Gymnastics team doctor accused of sexually assaulting gymnasts — to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges that grew out of a sex abuse investigation.US District Judge Janet Neff in Grand Rapids, Michigan, handed down the sentence sought by prosecutors, who said there was a link between Nassar’s child pornography and his “prolific molestation of children”, according to court documents.“He has demonstrated that he should never again have access to children,” Neff said according to the Lansing State Journal.Matt Newburg — Nassar’s attorney — said he was “devastated” and remorseful, according to a State Journal video.Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty in July to possessing thousands of images and videos of child pornography depicting children as young as infants between 2003 and 2016.Nassar is also set to be sentenced in January in two Michigan courts after pleading guilty to additional counts of criminal sexual conduct related to allegations he assaulted girls under the guise of medical treatment.At that hearing, all of the more than 120 victims or their parents will be allowed to give impact statements. Nassar is likely to spend the remainder of his life in prison.Nassar was the team physician for the Michigan State University gymnastics and women’s crew teams, as well as an associate professor at MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. [Read More…]

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