Getty Images The 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup is winding down, and only four teams remain ahead of Thursday's semifinal matchups. The United States is set to take on invited guest Qatar in the tournament's first semifinal pairing, and the Americans hold an edge against the Gold Cup's highest-scoring team. What will prevail between the Unites States' stout defense and Qatar's impressive attack? Kickoff from Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas, is set for 7:30 p.m ET. William Hill Sportsbook lists USA as the -105 favorite (risk $105 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in its latest USMNT vs. Qatar odds, while Qatar is the +275 underdog. The over-under for total goals scored is set at 2.5. Before making any Qatar vs. USMNT picks or Gold Cup 2021 predictions, you need to see what consummate soccer insider Martin Green has to say . After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. . . .
Speaking to ANI, Kamal opened up about his Olympic campaign and the challenges of taking part in the quadrennial event amidst the coronavirus pandemic. "I think this was my best performance in all the Olympics games I have played till now. Really happy that I could put myself in this place both physically and mentally. "Prepared a lot, complete planning went into it with my table tennis coach Rajat Kamal and Shrinivas Rao. Fitness coach, my mental trainer, and dietician planned with me on where and how do we get into preparation and make me peak at the right time. We worked really hard so I am really happy to be in this place currently. It also motivates me to continue," Kamal told ANI. Kamal, who went down to Ma Long in a 46-minute thrilling men's singles contest against Long, labelled it as one of the best matches he's ever played. "Yes, I think the match against Ma Long is one of the best that I have ever played. And the way, I carried myself and the way I had an attitude . . .
Getty Images The 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup semifinals are on Thursday and Mexico vs. Canada concludes the action as a traditional Concacaf power takes on an up-and-coming squad. Mexico is looking to defend its title and win the tournament for the 12th time ever. Canada, however, has played extremely well in this tournament and this resilient squad could spoil the party as it pursues its third-ever Gold Cup final appearance. Kickoff from NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, is set for 10 p.m ET. William Hill Sportsbook lists Mexico as the -187 favorite (risk $187 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in its latest Mexico vs. Canada odds, while Canada is the +550 underdog. The over-under for total goals scored is set at 2.5. Before making any Canada vs. Mexico picks or Gold Cup 2021 predictions, you need to see what consummate soccer insider Martin Green has to say . After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and . . .
Getty Images The best defender in this year's NBA Draft class did not pose for photos at the top of the Empire State Building this week. He will not stride onstage in a garish, custom-made suit to shake Adam Silver's hand at Barclays Center on Thursday. He has been "waiting, calling every day out, marking my days" in anticipation of this moment, he says, but he'll have to watch it from almost 7,000 miles away. When other prospects wake up on draft day, Usman Garuba will be in the middle of a game against Argentina, playing alongside the Gasol brothers and other Spanish national team legends. The time difference means it will be Friday morning in Tokyo when the draft begins. On the phone from his room in the Olympic Village in between practice and team dinner on Tuesday, Garuba says he expects his teammates to wake him up for the festivities. The plan is to "tune in as a team." Garuba says he could have done the normal draft-preparation thing, crisscrossing the United States to . . .
USATSI As swimming starts taking its final laps, Olympic track and field is breaking from the starting blocks in the coming days at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Team USA has plenty of medal hopefuls remaining in Olympics 2020 swimming. They include favorite Michael Andrew in Thursday night's men's 200 individual medley and sprinter Caeleb Dressel, who is the favorite in two more men's events after winning gold in Wednesday's 100-meter freestyle final. Meanwhile, heats for the women's 100 meters and men's 400-meter hurdles and high jump qualifications are among the track highlights. Team USA will be represented in sports all over Japan on Thursday night and Friday morning, with women's beach volleyball in action at 8 p.m. ET and the men playing on the beach Friday morning at 9 a.m. ET, USA Baseball (6 a.m. ET vs. Israel) and USWNT soccer (7 a.m. ET vs. Netherlands) also will draw plenty of attention. William Hill Sportsbook lists Andrew as the -137 favorite (risk $137 to win $100) . . .
Getty Images Team USA women's basketball opened play at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with an 81-72 win over Nigeria in a game that was closer than oddsmakers expected. William Hill Sportsbook listed Team USA as a 29.5-point favorite in that game, and the Americans will look to pick up another win and perhaps put together a cleaner performance early Friday morning. The Americans take on Japan in their second game of Group B action. Japan won its opener 74-70 against France. Tip-off is set for 12:40 a.m. ET. Team USA is a 19.5-point favorite in the latest USA vs. Japan odds from William Hill, while the over-under for total points is set at 162. Before locking in any Japan vs. USA women's basketball picks or predictions, you need to see what SportsLine's Olympics expert, Mike Tierney, has to say . A national sportswriter whose work appears in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Tierney has covered nine Olympic Games in person. At Rio in 2016, Tierney profited big-time. He told . . .
Bellator MMA A battle of two of Bellator's best is set to go down on Saturday when Patricio Pitbull takes on AJ McKee in the main event of Bellator 263 from The Forum in Inglewood, California. Pitbull's featherweight title will be on the line when he and McKee meet in the final of the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix. McKee is currently a +105 underdog while Pitbull, the featherweight and lightweight champion, is a -125 favorite to remain a two-division champion. The main event is just one of many fights on the card with tight odds along with a host of intriguing prop bets, making for an enticing event for those interested in making a trip to the sportsbook window. William Hill Sportsbook has you covered with every angle of Bellator 263 to get in on the action. We're going to give you a few options to consider with this card from our favorite moneyline play, prop play and parlay play. Let's take a closer look at those picks now. Can't get enough boxing and MMA? Get . . .
Getty Images The United States women's soccer team will look to slow down the Netherlands' high-powered offense when they meet in a quarterfinals match at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Friday at International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. The Netherlands scored 21 goals in Group F competition, including an 8-2 win over China on Tuesday. After being stunned by Sweden 3-0 in its opening group stage match, the U.S. answered with a 6-1 thrashing of New Zealand on Saturday before settling for a 0-0 tie with Australia on Tuesday. The Americans posted a 2-0 win over the Netherlands in their last meeting in a friendly in November 2020. Kickoff is set for 7 a.m. ET. William Hill Sportsbook lists the United States as the +130 favorite (risk $100 to win $130) on the 90-minute money line in its latest Netherlands vs. United States odds, while the Netherlands is the +163 underdog. The over-under for total goals scored is set at 3.5. Before locking in any USWNT vs. Netherlands picks or Tokyo 2020 . . .
After failing to defend 201 against Dindigul Dragons, the Kovai Kings fielded and bowled with purpose to restrict Madurai to 153-8 in 20 overs. The win was doubly sweet as it catapulted Kovai Kings to the top of the table with five points from four matches. Ashwin Venkatraman who plucked a stunning catch off Abhishek Tanwar to dismiss the dangerous Jagatheesan Kousik (29 off 15 balls, 2 fours, 2 sixes) indicated the fielding standards set by the Kovai Kings in the match. 1 9919-nonopta-7502 Medium-pacer S Divakar (3-18) and left-arm spinner S Ajith Ram (3-24) did most of the damage to the Madurai innings with their economical strikes. Captain NS Chaturved (39 off 26 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) and opener KB Arun Kaarthick (21 off 12 balls, 4 fours) dominated when they were at the crease but they did not last long, both falling prey to Ajith Ram. Earlier, the bluster of captain M Shahrukh Khan (58 off 30 balls, 2 fours, 5 sixes) and the grit of young Bhardwaj Sai Sudharsan . . .
India started the match at a good pace as defenders gave no clear-cut chance to defending champion to find that rhythm in midfield. Dilpreet Singh had India's best chance in quarter one but it was kept out by the Argentine goalkeeper by a very good save. India's finishing was not clinical even in the second quarter and it remained scoreless after the end of the first half. In the third quarter, the pressure by India forwards finally delivered as Varun Kumar gave the team a much needed breakthrough after converting a very well worked penalty corner. In the dying minutes of the quarter, Graham Reid's men were close to double their lead but Argentina goalkeeper Juan Manuel Vivaldi came big for his team again by saving a nicely worked PC by India. In the fourth quarter, Argentina responded well by converting a PC and levelled the match against India as Casella stormed the ball past Sreejesh. With the match going for a draw, Vivek Sagar Prasad came with an absolute poacher . . .