Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma after draining shot over Bol Bol: ‘Jesus could be in front of me and I’d still shoot’

first_imgLakers forward Kyle Kuzma said “Jesus could be in front of me and I’d probably still shoot” after nailing the game winner over the Denver Nuggets’ Bol Bol.Kuzma made a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining as the Lakers topped the Nuggets 124-121 in Orlando, Florida on Monday. Towering Nuggets center Bol Bol contested Kuzma as time expired at Walt Disney World Resort, where the latter was the hero.Speaking afterwards, the Lakers’ Kuzma – who finished with 25 points – was full of confidence as he joked. Started the game. Ended the game. #KuzControl for the win. pic.twitter.com/hxkvt2oWYE— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) August 11, 2020″I think Jesus could be in front of me and I’d probably still shoot. It don’t really matter to me,” Kuzma said.”I got an open look, it was a play that we kind of ran in practice a few times prior to the restart. Coach had faith in me, he just called my number and it paid off.”Kuzma added: “I’m starting on most teams in this league and everyone knows it. It just so happens I’m playing behind the two best players in the NBA [LeBron James and Anthony Davis].”last_img read more

Florida Asks Appeals Court to Place Ex-Felons’ Voting Ruling on Hold

first_imgThe state also asked the appellate court to expedite the case, which it did. However, the 11th Circuit has not responded to the request for an en banc hearing.Lawyers for DeSantis and Secretary of State Laurel Lee argue in the brief filed on Wednesday that the state law properly carries out the intent of what appeared as “Amendment 4” on Florida’s November 2018 ballot.Hinkle’s ruling “thwarts the people’s wishes, as it allows individuals to register and vote who are not eligible under Amendment 4,” the state’s lawyers wrote.The federal judge’s decision would allow “hundreds of thousands of felons who are ineligible to vote under Florida law” to cast ballots, they also argued.“Indeed, if the district court’s order is in place during the elections, but is later vacated, the integrity of the elections will have been corrupted and their results possibly opened to challenge,” DeSantis’ lawyers said.Last October, Hinkle issued a preliminary injunction in the dispute. A three-judge panel of the appeals court upheld that injunction in February, and the appeals court then declined to hold an en banc hearing.The state’s lawyers responded to the three-judge panel’s decision on Wednesday by writing, “A felon loses his right to vote as punishment for committing a felony, not for being unable to satisfy the financial terms imposed as part of that sentence.”They continued, “The financial terms, like any other terms of a sentence, are simply part of the debt that the felon owes to society, as measured by the judge and jury who imposed it on behalf of society.”On Sunday, Judge Hinkle refused to grant the state’s request to block his order from going into effect while the appeal is still pending.“No matter how many times the state asserts the contrary, a statute that punishes some individuals more harshly based only on wealth, or that irrationally conditions eligibility to vote on wealth, is unconstitutional,” wrote Hinkle, who has repeatedly referred to the state law as a “pay-to-vote” system. Gov. Ron DeSantis is asking a federal appeals court to put on hold a ruling that would potentially allow hundreds of thousands of ex-felons to register and vote this November, arguing that the decision could “corrupt” the integrity of the state’s elections.On Wednesday, the governor requested that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issue a stay as his administration continues to fight a lower-court ruling about a 2019 state law that is aimed at implementing a constitutional amendment that restored the voting rights of felons “who have completed all terms of their sentences, including parole and probation.”Voting rights and civil rights groups filed a lawsuit several months ago, challenging the constitutionality of part of last year’s law that requires felons to pay “legal financial obligations,” or fees, fines, costs and restitution, that are associated with their convictions in order to be eligible to vote.U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled last October that the state cannot deny the right to vote to someone who is “genuinely unable to pay.”He also established a process last month for the state to use in determining felons’ voting eligibility. In addition, Hinkle issued a ruling on Sunday that rejected a stay sought by DeSantis.In a 35-page brief filed on Wednesday, the state’s lawyers argued that the 2019 law should not be overturned.“Here, Florida’s interest in punishing a felony is not satisfied until all the terms of a felon’s sentence are completed in full,” the brief said.It further stated, “This is true whether the uncompleted term at issue is a period of incarceration or a fine and regardless of why the term remains unsatisfied.”Hinkle’s ruling last month established a path for most ex-felons to register and vote, based on their financial status at the time they were convicted.Soon thereafter, DeSantis asked the Atlanta-based appeals court to hold an “en banc,” or full court, hearing in the state’s challenge to Hinkle’s order. Three-judge panels are almost always used to initial appeals.last_img read more

Hosts Suffolk snatch a fairytale win

first_img Yorkshire coach Steve Robinson fine-tuned his team’s putting with a lunchtime session and they returned to the course to dominate the singles.  Alex Giles, 17 (pictured) and Caley McGinty, 16, each notched up 7/5 wins and were soon followed by 14-year-old Ffion Tynan, who took the team safely over the line with her 5/4 win. The result was further improved when Claudia Ovens, 19, squeezed a half out of her game.  Megan Lockett won the top game on the 18th, in a match where she birdied four out of five holes and her opponent Lauren Spray had three in five holes.  But this afternoon they hit top form as they settled into the event, where they’re making their first appearance for 22 years. County champion Alice Barlow got the ball rolling with four birdies and a 9/7 win. Lottie Whyman soon followed with a 6/4 win, helped by four consecutive birdies from the seventh. Then Abbie Symonds took them to within touching distance with her 5/4 win.  Meanwhile, Deeya Aggarwal and Georgina Bowers put points on the board for Buckinghamshire. The teams were tied with four points apiece and the players in the final game were all square after 15, but Amanda Norman won the 16th with a par and the 17th with a birdie to start Suffolk’s celebrations (pictured top).  “It was nerve-wracking,” said Norman, who was tempted out of a five-year retirement from county golf to play on her home course. “It’s a great feeling and I’m really pleased we have managed to get a win under our belt.”  Click here for full scores Suffolk’s 5-4 win over Buckinghamshire – secured with a 17th hole birdie from Amanda Norman – was a huge turnaround. Yesterday, they lost 8-1, this morning they trailed 2-1 after the foursomes.  Team captain Andra Knight commented: “We are delighted to have got our win. Hampshire came at us very strongly and the golf in the top match was amazing, really top class.”  Team captain Vanessa Bell added: “It is so exciting, we’re thrilled to get a win on the board and it’s the confidence boost we need.” The win moves them up to third in the table, behind Yorkshire and Gloucestershire, the defending champions.  They did concede a half point in the morning foursomes, when Rachel Boulton and Libby Kilbride found a chink in the Yorkshire armour. The Nottinghamshire pair were one down playing the last but, thanks to Kilbride’s mastery of the slopes on a daunting putt, they won the hole with a par. Yorkshire, who are seeking their 13th win at County Finals, continued their impressive progress through the championship.  Megan Garland got ahead early on with a birdie on the 7th and an eagle on the 8th, where she holed a putt the full length of the green. After 15 she was dormy three up, but her opponent Rachel Boulton took her to the last to earn her point.  Tags: competitions, English Women’s County Finals, Suffolk Gloucestershire took two points from the foursomes and then clinched their win over Hampshire with three big wins from young players.  Olivia Winning and Charlotte Heath (pictured) both produced comfortable 4/3 wins, but elsewhere the team was proving how good they are at finishing off. Hosts Suffolk were celebrating today after they pulled off a fairytale win on the second day of Women’s County Finals at Felixstowe Ferry.  In the day’s other matches, Gloucestershire’s teenagers pulled out the stops in the singles, beating Hampshire 5.5-3.5 for their second win; while Yorkshire continued to dominate their games, beat Nottinghamshire 8.5-0.5.  Melissa Wood won her game 3/1 while Hannah Holden fought back from one down after 15 to win on the 18th.  Team captain Fran Dickson said: “It was tight this morning and they had to improve their chipping and putting. But they had a lots of practice at lunchtime and they fought very hard this afternoon when they needed to.”  Tomorrow’s order of play: Match 1 Suffolk v Yorkshire  Match 2 Nottinghamshire v Hampshire  Match 3 Gloucestershire v Buckinghamshire   Match 1 Suffolk v Yorkshire  Match 2 Nottinghamshire v Hampshire  Match 3 Gloucestershire v Buckinghamshire   That game went Hampshire’s way when former Curtis Cup player Kerry Smith won on the last to secure her second point of the day.  19 Sep 2017 Hosts Suffolk snatch a fairytale win Images copyright Leaderboard Photography last_img read more

Two Who Left Shrewsbury A Better Place

first_imgBy John Burton SHREWSBURY –  With the planting of a tree and placing of a bench plaque, the borough honored two citizens whose efforts contributed to the borough’s quality of life over the course of their lifetimes.On Friday morning, Mayor Donald Burden joinedMonmouth County Freeholder John Curley, community and family members, as well as members of the borough police department as they offered their tributes to Hermann A. Allen and John J. McGuire Jr. These two longtime borough residents, now both deceased, gave of themselves for many years to the town they called home.The mayor looked around at the group and reflected on the small-town sentiment in the two-mile square community, “It really gives me a sense of what Shrewsbury is all about,” he said.“This is a community that is so tightly knit,” observed Curley, who grew up here. He compared it to the fictional Mayberry of “The Andy Griffith Show.”“It really is neighbor helping neighbor,” Curley said.Burden unveiled a bench located in front of borough hall at 419 Sycamore Ave. with a plaque recognizing McGuire’s contributions.Janet McGuire, widow of former Shrewsbury Borough Police Chief John J. McGuire Jr., attends a ceremony last week honoring her late husband.McGuire, who died in August at age 72, had lived in the borough since he was 12. He had been a member of the borough police for 27 years, retiring as chief in 1993. Afterwards McGuire worked as a Monmouth County undersheriff and served on the Borough Council for a number of years.“He was always a good mentor,” said Burden, referencing the days when he had first been elected to the borough council. And Curley recalled his time as an 18-year-old police dispatcher and how McGuire offered guidance to him.“He was an amazing individual and certainly gave a lot to this community,” said Police Chief Louis Ferraro, who also worked with McGuire.A short distance away, borough employees planted a red oak tree in memory of Allen, made possible through donations by the borough Environmental Commission and borough employees. Allen, who died in October 2010 at 91, was a lifetime honorary member of the borough Historical Society and member of the environmental commission. Burden and Shade Tree Chairman Bill Gerth told how Allen became a fixture at council and Planning Board meetings, offering his input on the government’s actions. He worked tirelessly in many ways, volunteering for numerous projects, Burden added.“When Mr. Allen stepped forward we all listened,” the mayor noted. Burden added, “For me personally, he was my buddy,” as the two regularly worked on those projects together.“In many ways Hermann was a de facto member of the borough council,” given the extent of his involvement, Gerth said.The red oak, which is also New Jersey’s state tree, will grow upward of 75 to 100 feet and will be a lasting tribute to Allen, Gerth added.last_img read more

DeMarcus Cousins’ debut with Warriors: 10 things to watch

first_imgIt may not be surprising Green boasted to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Warriors sideloine … * * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *LOS ANGELES – Is all hell about to break loose?Draymond Green believes so. After all, the Warriors (31-14) will add a fifth All-Star in DeMarcus Cousins against the Clippers (24-20) on Friday after spending nearly the past year rehabbing his left Achilles tendon.last_img

Bucks re-sign 40-year-old guard Jason Terry

first_imgThe 40-year-old Terry is beginning his 19th season in the NBA. He appeared in 74 games with the Bucks last year and averaged 4.1 points in 18.4 minutes per game. He also made 73 3-pointers in 171 attempts from beyond the arc.The 6-foot-2 Terry, who was selected by Atlanta with the 10th overall pick in the 1999 draft, has career averages of 13.8 points and 3.9 assists in 1,359 games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary APMILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks have re-signed Jason Terry after the veteran guard shot 42.7 percent from 3-point range last season.The Bucks announced the contract Monday night. There was no word on the length or value of the deal.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES MOST READ PBA teams not obliged to lend players to PH squad for Champs Cup, says Reyes Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

Sharapova gets red-hot Garcia in tough Tianjin opener

first_imgMaria Sharapova of Russia reacts during her women’s singles match against Simona Halep of Romania in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Maria Sharapova’s stop-start comeback from a 15-month doping ban takes her to the Chinese city of Tianjin this week and a tough draw against France’s on-form Caroline Garcia.The five-time Grand Slam champion and former number one from Russia has been paired with top seed Garcia in her opener at the Tianjin Open, where she was granted a wildcard.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES But as usual, most focus will be on the 30-year-old Sharapova, who has struggled for top form and fitness since returning to tennis in April following her suspension for taking the banned substance meldonium.She fell in the third round at the China Open to Halep, who will be confirmed as number one for the first time on Monday. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Ronaldinho plays soccer exhibition with Chechnya leader MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  However, 15th-ranked Garcia has been carrying a thigh injury and combined with her reaching Sunday’s final of the China Open, she could yet choose to skip Tianjin.Sharapova, now ranked a lowly 104 in the world, could hardly have a harder opponent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGarcia is in the form of her life, winning the Wuhan Open last weekend and later Sunday playing new number one Simona Halep in the final in Beijing.Also taking part in Tianjin, which is near the Chinese capital, is the two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.last_img read more

Five USMNT roster takeaways

first_imgUnited States Five takeaways from the USMNT World Cup qualifying roster Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 20:02 8/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Timmy Chandler USA Costa Rica WCQ 11152016 Ezequiel Becerra United States WC Qualification CONCACAF United States v Costa Rica Honduras v United States Honduras Costa Rica Timmy Chandler’s absence from the U.S. World Cup qualifying squad was the biggest head-turner from an otherwise predictable side, but it shouldn’t be There weren’t many real surprises when the U.S. national team’s World Cup qualifying roster dropped on Sunday, but if there was one, it was Timmy Chandler’s absence.The Eintracht Frankfurt fullback’s exclusion from the squad wasn’t exactly a shock, but given the state of the USA’s right-back position it raised some eyebrows.The inclusions of Omar Gonzalez and Fabian Johnson were clearly good news. Both are key options for Bruce Arena and just returned from injury this past weekend. How they factor into the U.S. coach’s lineup decisions will be a big storyline heading into the upcoming qualifiers against Costa Rica and Honduras. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Anyone hoping to see some new blood called in found little, though Cristian Roldan’s inclusion is a very good sign considering how well he has been playing for the Seattle Sounders. His Gold Cup showing may not have been memorable, but it’s tough to deny the fact he’s playing some of the best soccer in MLS.Arena stuck with veterans, even bringing in some older options who U.S. fans might have thought we had seen the last of. Nick Rimando, DaMarcus Beasley and Chris Wondolowski have been playing well in MLS, and Arena clearly appreciates what they bring to the table as positive locker room influences.Here is a closer look at five key takeaways from the U.S. World Cup qualifying roster:HAVE WE SEEN THE LAST OF CHANDLER?Timmy Chandler USA Mexico 11112016When DeAndre Yedlin went down injured earlier this month, and Eric Lichaj began his club season stuck on the Nottingham Forest bench, it seemed a given Timmy Chandler would make his return to the national team. After all, he was starting for German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt, and coming off a career year. A suspension helped keep him out of the March World Cup qualifiers, while a hamstring injury cost him a place in the June qualifiers. It seemed as good a time as any to bring Chandler in.Arena thought otherwise, choosing instead to call in Lichaj, who has managed zero starts and just 14 minutes in league play for Nottingham Forest this season. Clearly the U.S. manager liked what he saw from Lichaj at the Gold Cup, but without having yet seen Chandler in person, Arena decided now wasn’t the time to bring him in.Why wouldn’t Arena give Chandler a look now? It could have something to do with Chandler’s abysmal track record for the U.S. in past World Cup qualifiers, most recently in the USA’s 4-0 loss in Costa Rica last November – the game that cost Jurgen Klinsmann his job. Chandler was hardly the marquee scapegoat on that day – Klinsmann and John Brooks were tied for that distinction – but Chandler didn’t exactly instill confidence with his showing.Leaving Chandler out of September’s qualifiers due to past performances would be understandable, but it’s still curious why a coach wouldn’t want to bring in someone playing at the level Chandler is, especially given the weak right-back options available. Even if it simply came down to Arena preferring Lichaj, you have to wonder if we’ll ever see Chandler with the national team again. After all, if he can’t get a look when Yedlin is injured and Lichaj is stuck on the bench with his club, when can he?Chandler’s omission is sure to revive questions about his commitment to the national team, a long-standing question mark that has existed since he chose to skip some important national team matches early in Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure as coach. Arena met with Chandler in Germany shortly after taking over for Klinsmann, and even took the step of calling in the 27-year-old for the June qualifiers before a hamstring injury sidelined him. Might Arena already be feeling as though Chandler isn’t fully bought into representing the national team? That’s a bit more reasonable of an explanation for Chandler’s absence than believing Arena simply rates a Championship second stringer (at the moment) over a Bundesliga starter for a pair of crucial World Cup qualifiers.Only Arena knows for sure, but whatever the reason, Chandler’s absence from the September qualifiers does make you wonder if we’ll ever see him in a national team uniform again.CENTER BACK DECISION WON’T BE EASYOmar Gonzalez USA Gold CupOmar Gonzalez returned to action for Pachuca this past weekend, re-entering the starting lineup after having been sidelined by an injury. It was welcome news for Arena, who was already due to be without John Brooks for the September qualifiers.Does that mean Gonzalez steps in and starts alongside Geoff Cameron? Don’t be so sure. Though Arena hasn’t necessarily insisted on pairing a right-footer with a left-footer at center back, Tim Ream and Matt Besler give Arena some very good left-footed options to partner with Cameron. A Cameron-Gonzalez combo might lack for quickness, which could prove costly against teams like Costa Rica and Honduras.Might we see some lineup shuffling like in June? It’s a safe bet we won’t see the same two central defenders in both September qualifiers for the U.S., but we won’t necessarily see two completely different tandems. The upcoming qualifiers are three days apart, compared to the two-day span the June qualifiers had.There is also the possibility of Arena toying with the same three-man defense we saw against Mexico in June. Gonzalez, Cameron and Ream combined to play well at Estadio Azteca, and could be a good option against Honduras in San Pedro Sula. That could open the door for Arena to start Besler alongside Cameron against Costa Rica, a team the Sporting KC man has performed well against in the past. CENTRAL MIDFIELD UP FOR GRABSKellyn Acosta USA Gold CupBased on how the summer went for the USMNT, Kellyn Acosta seemed like a good bet to be working his way into a regular starting role once September rolled around. However, a dip in form from Acosta, coupled with some strong surges from competitors, could leave Arena with some interesting decisions to make.We know Michael Bradley is penciled in as a starter in a defensive midfield role, but the box-to-box midfield duties appear to be up for grabs a bit. Acosta hasn’t been playing his best in recent weeks, a stretch that has coincided with FC Dallas’ own struggles, while Dax McCarty has remained a consistent force even amid the Chicago Fire’s recent slump.Then you have Roldan, who has been lights out for the Sounders since returning from Gold Cup duty in July. The third-year pro has become a true box-to-box presence, increasing his attacking contributions while continuing to develop a real feel for the game. A lack of national team experience seems likely to keep Roldan from really mounting a challenge for a starting spot, but his time appears to be coming.Could Arena choose to go with a very attack-minded midfield, and eschew a box-to-box option in favor of Darlington Nagbe in a 4-4-2 diamond midfield, with Christian Pulisic deployed on the wing? Nagbe has shown himself to be so adept at getting and keeping possession that he can help control a game just as effectively, if not more than any true box-to-box option in the current pool could.And what about the 3-5-2? If Arena is going to consider bringing it back, will he have faith in Acosta or McCarty being able to handle the role alongside Bradley? Acosta has shown some promise there this summer, but he doesn’t quite have a hammer lock on the position.FORWARDS APLENTYlint Dempsey Jozy Altidore USA Gold Cup 07262017Who starts up front? Arena finds himself asking the same question he asked in June. Back then he went with a Jozy Altidore-Clint Dempsey pairing in the first qualifier, then Wood in place of Dempsey in Mexico City.A similar rotation seems likely this time around, especially given how well Dempsey has been playing. At his age, he isn’t someone who’ll be expected to manage two international starts three days apart, so Arena could be left with the decision of either starting Dempsey against Costa Rica’s tough defense, or saving him for the demanding environment in Honduras. Either way, Wood gives the U.S. an in-form option in his own right.And what about Jordan Morris? The Gold Cup hero makes for a perfect super-sub option, with his speed being a real threat late in matches.There were definitely some questions asked when Chris Wondolowski earned the call-up ahead of Dom Dwyer, who showed real promise at the Gold Cup. Wondolowski has been in good form in MLS play, and also has more international experience than Dwyer, though you could argue he hasn’t done much with the opportunities he has had while Dwyer impressed right out of the blocks.WHERE WILL FABIAN JOHNSON PLAY?Fabian Johnson USA Trinidad 06082017Fabian Johnson’s return from injury is a blessing for the U.S. for a variety of reasons. It isn’t just the kind of attacking weapon Johnson can be, but also what his presence could mean for other players.The U.S. is light in wing options, and Johnson gives the Americans a player who can play on either flank. His presence could give Arena the ability to play Pulisic in a central role, or he can choose to play Johnson and Pulisic across from each other, as interchangeable wingers. Without Johnson, Arena would almost certainly have had to play Pulisic wide, but with Johnson around, it makes Pulisic a bit tougher for opponents to pin down.By now we have figured out that Johnson is fragile, with the list of injuries he has endured over the past three years as long as that of any other player in the U.S. pool. Given that knowledge, will Arena really start Johnson in both qualifiers or try to focus him in on one match? Johnson has yet to play a full 90 minutes for his club this season due to injuries, and hasn’t actually started a match since the U.S. World Cup qualifying win against Trinidad & Tobago in June.With that in mind it’s probably unrealistic to think Johnson can start in both September qualifiers, and maybe even a bit ambitious to assume he can even start one of them.last_img read more