The United States moved into the CONCACAF Nations League semi-finals after a 4-0 win over Cuba on Tuesday.

USA were ahead inside a minute in the Cayman Islands through Josh Sargent and never looked back, Jordan Morris adding a first-half brace.

Morris continued his fine run of form for USA before Sargent sealed his side's victory during a quieter second half.

The win ensured Gregg Berhalter's side of top spot in Group A of League A and a spot in the semi-finals on goal difference.

USA opened the scoring inside 40 seconds through Sargent.

Paul Arriola did the hard work down the right before crossing for Sargent, who scored from close range as he put Cuba goalkeeper Sandy Sanchez under pressure.

USA dominated the first half and Weston McKennie had a goal-bound effort cleared off the line by Erick Rizo in the eighth minute.

However, the visitors doubled their lead through Morris, who made no mistake in a one-on-one with Sanchez after a great flick-on header by McKennie.

Morris struck again six minutes before half-time, although the forward seemed apologetic to Aaron Long.

Long's ball from the left side of the area went over Sanchez and Morris tapped in on the goal-line to make it 3-0.

After a quieter start to the second half, USA added to their lead through Sargent's second.

Tyler Boyd flicked Reggie Cannon's back-post cross into the path of Sargent, who converted from inside the area in the 66th minute.

USA cruised late on, easing to an important victory and seeing Cuba finish without a point in the group.

 

What does it mean? USA put Canada hiccup aside

A 2-0 loss to Canada in Toronto in October had Berhalter under enormous pressure at the helm, but USA have responded. Wins over Canada (4-1) and Cuba this international break – and a spot in the semi-finals – have surely been enough to ease the pressure on Berhalter.

USA developing fast-start habit

For the second game in a row, USA scored inside two minutes. They also netted three times in the opening nine minutes against Cuba in October and Berhalter will be hoping they can continue their fast starts going forward.

Morris caps off stellar 2019

Morris' brace meant he has scored in four of his past five appearances for USA. The Seattle Sounders forward has netted five of his 10 international goals since September in a fine run of form.

What's next?

Both countries have played their final games of the year, but USA can look forward to the Nations League semi-finals in June 2020.

The United States suffered another defeat in this season’s Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup, failing to chase down a low total from the Windward Islands Hurricanes to lose by 44 runs at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba on Wednesday.

Facing the music first, the Volcanoes struggled in a start-stop innings to end on 225-9 but then turned in a workmanlike shift with the ball to dismiss the United States for 182 in 45.5 overs.

In their at-bat, the Volcanoes found themselves on the back foot with Devon Smith and Kirk Edwards going for nought and number three batsman, Emmanuel Stewart, splitting the wickets with just four to leave the side at 17-3.

At the other end of the crease, Desron Maloney put together 42 from 59 deliveries and was joined by Kaveem Hodge, who scored the same number of runs from 56 deliveries in a 55-run partnership.

Alick Athanaze also got a start for the Volcanoes, scoring 25, but failed to carry on, while Kerron Cottoy top-scored with a run-a-ball 43, while Shane Shillingford got to 31 before meeting his demise.

The starts with nobody really going on to score heavily meant a sub-par score, with Elmore Hutchinson, 2-37, Jessy Singh, 2-24, and Cameron Stevenson, 2-49, sharing the bulk of the wicket-taking work.

There was also a wicket apiece for Ian Holland (1-36) and Timil Patel (1-36).

When the US batted, they were thwarted by a five-fer from Kerron Cottoy, his 5-37, putting an end to any real challenge the visitors could have put forward. Cottoy got good support from Athinaze, whose 3-24 was invaluable to the win.  Shermon Lewis, 1-26, and Larry Edward, 1-47, were the other wicket-takers for the Volcanoes against the solo effort of Steven Taylor, who scored 62.

Christian Taylor, a seven-time Diamond League champion, has announced the formation of The Athletics Association, an association for all professional athletes from across the globe and has encouraged athletes worldwide to join and take back power from the IAAF.

Lewis Hamilton claimed his sixth Formula One world title after finishing second at the United States Grand Prix as team-mate Valtteri Bottas topped the podium.

Needing a top-eight finish to guarantee a third championship in a row, the Mercedes driver climbed from fifth on the grid to wrap up the championship with two races to spare.

It is the Briton's fifth win in six seasons and moves him second on the all-time list, clear of Juan Manuel Fangio and one behind Michael Schumacher. 

He has won 10 grands prix this year and sits 67 points clear of Bottas with a maximum 50 left to claim.

Max Verstappen took third for Red Bull in his 100th grand prix to complete the podium at the Circuit of the Americas, while Sebastian Vettel endured a day to forget as he was forced into an early retirement. 

Hamilton made an excellent start and quickly climbed from fifth to third, with Ferrari duo Vettel and Charles Leclerc dropping two places each before the former was halted by a suspension failure.

As drivers started to implement differing pit-stop strategies, Hamilton – aiming to stop just once – found himself leading the way inside 20 laps.

Indeed, he was the last of the frontrunners to pit and when he did, Hamilton emerged in third and safe in the knowledge his rivals would need to come in again.

That left him in prime position again coming into the final third of the race, although Bottas was clocking a series of impressive lap times to underline his threat.

The challenge then for Hamilton was to get the best out of deteriorating tyres, just as he did to prevail in Mexico last time out.

Ultimately that proved a bridge too far, Bottas capitalising on his greater tyre performance to overtake on lap 52 and take his fourth win of the campaign despite a strong defence from his fellow Mercedes driver.

It was still Hamilton's day, though, as he secured the title Stateside for the second time, having also done so in 2015.

 

HAMILTON NOT JUST ALONG FOR THE RIDE

Given the relatively modest requirement of placing inside the top eight, Hamilton could have been forgiven for taking it easy.

However, that is clearly not the 34-year-old's style and he was there to race for the win, which would have been his seventh at this track.

That desire to be first is a core strength of Hamilton's and he will doubtless already be thinking about an assault on the 2020 world championship.

Hamilton aggressively defended his lead in the closing laps but could not quite hold off the surging challenge of Bottas.

He now has two races left to complete his most successful season - in terms of wins - having taken the chequered flag 11 times in 2014 and 2018.

SEBASTIAN VET-HELL

It has been a frustrating season for Ferrari and four-time world champion Vettel, whose race was halted after only nine laps.

The German appeared to suffer a suspension issue after going over the newly installed sausage kerbs.

Vettel had started second on the grid and will have fancied his chances of challenging for only a second race win of 2019.

But he was soon looking at the back of Hamilton's car after reporting damage within moments of the start.

And his day only got worse, with an early retirement dealing huge damage to any hopes of outperforming team-mate Leclerc. 

Alphonso Davies and Lucas Cavallini were the heroes as Canada outclassed and upstaged the United States 2-0 in their CONCACAF Nations League clash.

Bayern Munich sensation Davies broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute and Cavallini sealed the triumph in stoppage time in Toronto on Tuesday.

It was Canada's first goals against USA since the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the country's first victory over their rivals since 1985 as they stayed perfect in Group A.

USA produced a merciless performance to open their Nations League campaign with a 7-0 rout of Cuba last week, inspired by Weston McKennie's 13-minute hat-trick.

However, USA were second best and struggled to keep the ball throughout the first half in Canada, where the hosts hustled the United States out of their stride.

In a half lacking rhythm, Canada should have taken the lead in the 16th minute but teenager Jonathan David wasted two big chances.

A backpass went straight to the feet of David, who was initially denied by USA goalkeeper Zack Steffen at point-blank range before firing wide of the post.

Another chance went begging for David five minutes into the second half after the 19-year-old Canadian side-footed agonisingly wide of the near post.

USA went up the other end moments later and almost took the lead against the run of play, but Christian Pulisic's tame shot was easily dealt with by Milan Bojan after being played in by Jordan Morris.

Canada finally got their goal in the 63rd minute and it was fully deserved as Davies bundled the ball over the line after USA twice failed to clear the danger.

Only Steffen stood in between Canada and a second goal after he thwarted Junior Hoilett with 19 minutes remaining as USA's dire performance continued, but Cavallini's 91st-minute goal capped a great night for Canada.

 

What does it mean? Canada preserve perfect record

Canada created distance between themselves and USA after making it three wins from three games in Group A. Canada are yet to concede a goal, while USA are six points adrift having played a match less in the race for the semi-finals.

Pulisic's struggles continue

It was another disappointing outing for Pulisic, who was hauled off approaching the hour mark. Already struggling for game time at Chelsea following his arrival from Borussia Dortmund, the USA star cut a dejected figure after being substituted on the back of an uninspiring display.

Canada showcase potential

Much has been made about Canada with Davies and David ushering in a new era of hope for the country. And based on Tuesday's display, the future is bright for Canada, who never gave USA a sniff.

What's next?

USA and Canada will be back in action for next month's rematch in Orlando, Florida on November 15.

Tonga hooker Paula Ngauamo has been given a seven-week ban for kicking an opponent in the face during his country's Rugby World Cup victory over the United States.

The incident was not spotted during Tonga's 31-19 victory on Sunday, but Ngauamo was cited after the game for an act of foul play.

Ngauamo, who argued he had "acted recklessly, not deliberately", did not attend the hearing and was given a hefty ban by the judicial panel having already been suspended twice in the past four years.

With Tonga already eliminated from the World Cup, Ngauamo will miss seven weeks of the new Top 14 season for his club Agen.

Jamaica earned their second medal of the IAAF World Championship in Doha after finishing second in the 4x400m mixed relay.

Quarter mile specialist Javon Francis anchored a spirited chase of Justyna Święty-Ersetic on the final leg. The Europeans had interestingly chosen to alter their race tactics to hand their females who competed on the third and final legs. United States Michael Cherry, however, quickly made light of that big lead, blowing by Święty-Ersetic to claim the gold medal for the United States in 3:09.34. Francis who also passed the Polish athletes on the straight was next across the line in 3.11.78 but narrowly held off Bahrain’s Abbas Abubakar Abbas who led the team to bronze in 3.11.82.
Nathon Allen led off a strong effort for Jamaica before handing over to Roneisha Mcgregor, who then handed over to Tiffany James. The United States were led off by Wilbert London, who handed over to Allyson Felix with Courtney Okolo taking duties on the third leg.

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