North American qualifying for 2022 World Cup delayed

ZURICH (AP) — The start of World Cup qualifying for lower-ranked teams in North and Central America and the Caribbean was postponed Tuesday until next year, which means there aren’t enough remaining dates in the current FIFA calendar to complete the program.

America’s Cup: Rating the teams as buildup intensifies

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CONMEBOL clears Messi to play in opening World Cup qualifier

BUENOS AIRES, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) — Lionel Messi will be free to play in Argentina’s opening 2022 World Cup qualifier against Ecuador next month after the forward’s suspension was deemed to be no longer valid, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said on Thursday.

USA men and women knocked out of Rugby World Cup Sevens

Before meeting the US in the last four the Black Ferns had not conceded a point. They duly went ahead with a slashing try from Michaela Blyde, who ended the tournament the leading scorer with nine. Two tries by Tapper turned the scoreboard around, the second involving a neat step past Portia Woodman, one of […]

A cup of joe, a lot of joy

Over the years, my irresistible devotion inspired me to search for the untold story of the origins of the world of coffee. I learnt that consumers of coffee woke up to the bliss of Arabica rather late in the 20th century. Among the wild groves of the Kafa Region between the Great Rift Valley and […]

Rugby Championship moved from New Zealand to Australia

Several hurdles remain before the tournament can go ahead. An outbreak of COVID-19 within Argentina’s national squad reportedly has seen 10 players and coach Mario Ledesma infected. Those players and Ledesma likely will have to test negative before being allowed to travel to Australia. It’s possible the tournament will go ahead without the Pumas.

Lionel Messi ban over, can play against Ecuador: AFA president

Lionel Messi can play in Argentina’s opening World Cup qualifier next month because the statute of limitations has run out on the ban he was given during last year’s Copa America, the president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said on Thursday.

Lionel Messi’s Argentina ban over; can play against Ecuador, says AFA president

 Lionel Messi can play in Argentina`s opening World Cup qualifier next month because the statute of limitations has run out on the ban he was given during last year`s Copa America, the president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said on Thursday.

At 82, My Grandmother Has Lost Her Husband — And The World As She Knows It

On a humid August day during my last visit home, I rolled out of bed to see Bà carrying a large spiky fruit the size of a beach ball. She smiled, putting the 28-pound jackfruit on an outside table so that my mom could break it down using a meat cleaver and a hammer. They […]

Ecuador boss Alfaro setting sights on Qatar 2022

“We are already working hard to achieve our goal of going to Qatar. It’s a challenge that affects all of Ecuador. We know it’s not going to be easy and we’re focused on giving everything we’ve got.”