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From the editor’s notebook …

kyrie irving 55It was Kyrie Irving’s world on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena, and we were all just witnesses.

Irving set an arena record by scoring 55 points in the Cavs win against Portland. In addition, Irving now holds the franchise record for 3-pointers made (11) and attempted (19). He joins LeBron James and (bonus points if you remember) Walt Wesley as the only Cavs players to break the 50-point mark in franchise history.

Irving’s 55 points are the fourth-most by a player whose team did not score 100 points in a game in NBA history. He joins George Mikan, Michael Jordan and James on that list. He becomes the first former Duke player to break the 50-point barrier in an NBA, and joins Wesley as the only other Cavs player with a  50-point game at home. Wesley’s 50-point game came against Cincinnati on Feb. 19, 1971, while James’ eight 50-point games as a Cav have all come on the road. (All according to ESPN Stats & Information.)

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USMNT starts the party early in opening win against Ghana

usa beats ghanaIt was a start that the U.S. Men’s National Team dreamed of.

More importantly, it was a finish that the team so desperately needed.

John Brooks’ goal at the 86-minute mark gave the U.S. a 2-1 win over World Cup nemesis Ghana on Monday at the Arena das Dunas and the all-important three points.

“We have a great spirit and (we) fight until the last second,” Klinsmann said. “There is undoubtedly things that we need to improve. At the end of the day we got the three points.”

There was much to like from the game, starting with Clint Dempsey’s opening goal, which made him the first U.S. player to score in three different World Cups and allowed the U.S. to play from in front. It was the fifth-fastest goal scored in a World Cup match, which seems pretty amazing given that it only took 29 seconds for Dempsey to find the back of the net.

But it was the goal by Brooks that stands out the most, and not just because it was the game winner.

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As the World Cup nears, USMNT searching for answers

Kyle BeckermanIt’s time to get to work for the U.S. Men’s National Team, as training is underway at Stanford University as Jurgen Klinsmann starts his final preparation for the team he will take to Brazil this summer for the 2014 World Cup.

Klinsmann has until June 2 to select the 23 players who will make up the American team that will take the pitch against Ghana on June 16 in the opening match of group play.

And with just nine players in camp who were on the World Cup team in 2010, Klinsmann needs to figure out if he can hold a spot for an experienced player who knows the demands of the World Cup but may be on the downside of their career, Landon Donovan, for example; or should he rely on some talented new blood that may or may not be ready for the pressure of facing Ghana, Portugal and Germany? (Julian Green).

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Liverpool may just be able to pull off the title quest

liverpool title hopesThings could not have gone better last week for Liverpool, who now sit alone atop the Premier League table for the first time since Christmas Day.

After a week that saw the Reds take nine points from three matches, while Chelsea lost to Crystal Palace and Manchester City drew with Arsenal, the league title is waiting to come home to Anfield for the first time in 24 years.

All Liverpool has to do is reach out and take it  – which is easier said than done.

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Liverpool need to take three points off Spurs on Sunday

brendan-rodgers_2333533bThe heat is on Liverpool on Sunday when they take the pitch at White Heart Lane against Tottenham Hotspur.

Thanks to Manchester City’s win against Arsenal on Saturday, Liverpool has a chance to cut the Gunners lead to just two points. But with Chelsea and Everton also winning on Saturday, the Reds need to come home with three points against Spurs or run the risk of falling out of the top four.

That may be easier said than done for a squad that has taken just nine points in seven away matches this season. And Liverpool has lost six consecutive matches at White Hart Lane. However, Spurs have won just one of their last five league matches at home and have scored just seven goals in their past seven home games.

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USMNT earns Gold Cup championship

damarcus-beasley-goldcup-single-image-cutExcellent job by the U.S. Men’s National Team in winning Sunday’s Gold Cup final, 1-0, over Panama.

Brek Shea’s goal in the 68th minute game the U.S. team its first trophy under coach Jürgen Klinsmann, even though Klinsmann was forced to watch the game from a luxury box after being suspended for the match because CONCACAF is a joke.

This is the fifth time the U.S. has won the Gold Cup, but the first since 2007.They also did it with a roster filled with several younger players seeing playing time and gaining valuable experience on the international level.

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Will Jurgen Klinsmann be on the bench for Gold Cup final?

Soccer: Gold Cup-USA vs HondurasThe U.S. Men’s National Team will be in Chicago on Sunday for the final of the 2013 Gold Cup, having earned a spot Wednesday night by beating Honduras.

What’s not clear is whether or not coach Jurgen Klinsmann will be joining him as he faces a suspension after being ejected near the end of Wednesday’s semifinal for arguing a call.

We have the details in our latest post at World Soccer Talk.

(Photo by USA Today)

From the editor’s notebook …

Michael Brantley, Nick SwisherA look at a few items that warrant attention but not necessarily a full post …

The Indians still have some fight in them

They made it a lot harder than it had to be, but the Cleveland Indians finally hit back against Detroit on Sunday.

After losing the opening two games of the series in rather unpleasant fashion, the Tribe bounced back on Sunday to beat the Tigers, 9-6, thanks to Michael Brantley’s two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Brantley had two home runs and five RBI on the day, the fifth anniversary of the C.C. Sabathia trade that brought Brantley to Cleveland.

The win was just the Tribe’s sixth against Detroit in their last 20 games dating back to last season and it was made harder by the Tribe’s increasingly ineffective bullpen.

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Liverpool’s new kits? Thumbs down! USMNT? Thumbs up!

liverpool new kitsWhile we tend to be a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to uniforms, we admit to having a certain affinity for the off-beat.

The Oakland A’s uniforms of the early 1970s and the Houston Astros’ tequila sunrise uniforms of the 1980s, while garish to some, are ones that we particularly like. We wouldn’t even mind it if the Cleveland Browns experimented with wearing a chrome helmet from time to time, as long as it was orange.

But we just can’t get behind two of the kits that Liverpool will wear for the 2013-14 Premier League season.

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