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  • Latest FIFA rankings: New No. 1 as Argentina slips, USA moves up seven spots

    Image result for argentina brazil portugal spainThe United States men’s national team is ranked No. 23 in the new FIFA world rankings, up seven spots from the last rankings thanks to a fine March which saw the team regain momentum in World Cup qualifying with a 6-0 win over Honduras and a 1-1 draw at Panama.

    Brazil returns to first as it continues to dominate in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, leading the table by nine points and jumping Argentina in the world rankings. 

    The highest rated team in CONCACAF is Mexico as No. 16. The U.S. is the third highest as Costa Rica is three spots ahead at No. 20. Other teams ahead of the U.S. include Egypt, Peru, Switzerland, Wales, Iceland and many world powers. 

    Here’s the top 10:

    1. Brazil
    2. Argentina
    3. Germany
    4. Chile
    5. Colombia
    6. France
    7. Belgium
    8. Portugal
    9. Switzerland
    10. Spain

    The seven-spot jump for the U.S. is the highest of any team in the top 25.

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  • Ethiopian Dejen Gebremeskel Wins Carlsbad 5000 for the Fifth Time

     

    By Don Norcross (The San Diego Union-Tribune) |

    Dejen Gebremeskel walked along the fence that separated spectators from runners along the Carlsbad Village Drive finishing chute, held his right hand aloft, spreading his fingers and thumb wide.

    Five.

    For the fifth time Sunday, the lithe Ethiopian won the Carlsbad 5000, this time in 13 minutes, 27 seconds, dusting second-place Paul Chelimo of the United States by 20 seconds.

    “I want the history of the Carlsbad 5000,” said Dejen Gebremeskel. “No one has won five times. (No one else has celebrated four victories.) This is not easy. They bring champions here.”

    On the women’s side, the race went to a runner with a famous family lineage. Kenyan Violah Lagat, the sister of American Bernard Lagat, the second-fastest 1,500-meter runner ever, hit the tape in 15:35, one second ahead of American Shannon Rowbury.

    For Dejen Gebremeskel, silver medalist in the 5,000 at the 2012 London Olympics, he owed his victory as much to intellect as speed. In his effort to set an American record, Chelimo requested a pacing rabbit. Problem was, the rabbit scooted too fast, busting from the start line like the race was a 400-meter sprint.

    After about 500 meters the rabbit was so far in front he turned his head, saw that he was too far in front of Chelimo and almost came to a walk.

    Dejen Gebremeskel, meanwhile, let Chelimo burn himself out.

    “No human being can hold that pace,” said the Ethiopian. 

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  • Ethiopian Dejen Gebremeskel Wins Carlsbad 5000 for the Fifth Time

     

    By Don Norcross (The San Diego Union-Tribune) |

    Dejen Gebremeskel walked along the fence that separated spectators from runners along the Carlsbad Village Drive finishing chute, held his right hand aloft, spreading his fingers and thumb wide.

    Five.

    For the fifth time Sunday, the lithe Ethiopian won the Carlsbad 5000, this time in 13 minutes, 27 seconds, dusting second-place Paul Chelimo of the United States by 20 seconds.

    “I want the history of the Carlsbad 5000,” said Dejen Gebremeskel. “No one has won five times. (No one else has celebrated four victories.) This is not easy. They bring champions here.”

    On the women’s side, the race went to a runner with a famous family lineage. Kenyan Violah Lagat, the sister of American Bernard Lagat, the second-fastest 1,500-meter runner ever, hit the tape in 15:35, one second ahead of American Shannon Rowbury.

    For Dejen Gebremeskel, silver medalist in the 5,000 at the 2012 London Olympics, he owed his victory as much to intellect as speed. In his effort to set an American record, Chelimo requested a pacing rabbit. Problem was, the rabbit scooted too fast, busting from the start line like the race was a 400-meter sprint.

    After about 500 meters the rabbit was so far in front he turned his head, saw that he was too far in front of Chelimo and almost came to a walk.

    Dejen Gebremeskel, meanwhile, let Chelimo burn himself out.

    “No human being can hold that pace,” said the Ethiopian. 

    Continue reading this story on The San Diego Union-Tribune

     

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  • Iyassu Bekele Moves to Bulgaria

     

     

    Bulgarian third division side FC Kaliakra Kavarna have signed Ethio-American midfielder Iyassu Bekele on a 6 months deal with an option for 1 more year extension.

    Steven Henning and David Beshah, who happens to represent Iyassu, broke the news on their Facebook handle stating their happiness on the move.

    Iyassu, 24, joined local side Dedebit during the summer window after he had a brief spell in United States. Born and raised in Addis Ababa, the midfielder started off some games for the Blues in the Addis Ababa City Cup and the Ethiopian Premier League coming as a substitute.

    Kaliakra Kavarna is a third division Bulgarian side. They play in North-Eastern V Group. They failed to win 4 of their last 5 games in all competitions recently. The club spent most of its history in amateur football before making a rapid ascent to the second flight of Bulgarian football in 1980.

    Henning stated his delight after the move is materialized as Iyassu traveled on Sunday night to join his new club. “We are very happy to announce that our client Iyassu Bekele signed with Bulgarian side Kaliakra Kavarna of till the end of the season. The young midfield all-rounder will be one of the first Ethiopian ever that moved directly from Ethiopia to Europe. We wish him the best of luck,” wrote Henning on his Facebook official handle.

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo Is The Fastest Earning Athlete In The World! Lionel Messi Follows In Second Place

    Cristian Ronaldo got the better of Lionel Messi as he beat his rival to become the fastest earning athlete in the world.

     

    Messi is in second spot.

     The figures released by Expert Market UK break down sports stars’ earnings based on the Forbes rich list and place them into context with the average 9-5 job of any working professional.

    The study shows that Ronaldo would need only 5.68 working days to earn 1 million pounds while Messi needed 5.96.

     

    American football quarterback Joe Flacco is third on this list.

    Sadly no Indians figure in the top 20.

    indiatimes.com

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