With both quarterfinal spots from Group D up for grabs, Japan, Jordan and Iraq have plenty to play for Tuesday. Japan needs just a draw from its last group match against Jordan to advance, while Iraq will be looking for a big score over Palestine to boost its chances.
Yordano Ventura quit school at 14 and was working construction until his big break: a tryout that led to a spot in the Kansas City Royals’ academy in the Dominican Republic. But even after making the major leagues and pitching in the World Series, Ventura wouldn’t live anywhere else than Las Terrenas, his hometown, where he trained on the beach and swam in the ocean.
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan was diagnosed with malaria while at the African Cup of Nations and was admitted to the hospital in the remote eastern town of Mongomo in Equatorial Guinea, the Ghana Football Association said on Sunday.
A lingering foot injury has prevented the midfielder from amping up his usual fitness and strength conditioning this offseason, and it cost him a chance this month to join the United States national team’s camp with teammate Matt Besler.