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Trinity Rodman becomes youngest American NWSL goal scorer in Challenge Cup debut

Trinity Rodman became the youngest player to score in the National Women’s Soccer League with a goal in her professional debut for the Washington Spirit on Saturday night.

But the Spirit could not overcome the North Carolina Courage, falling 3-2 in the Challenge Cup match.

Rodman, the 18-year-old daughter of former NBA star Dennis Rodman, was the second overall pick in the NWSL draft earlier this year. A standout on the U.S. youth national teams, she decided to go pro before her freshman season at Washington State.

“My team has helped me a lot, obviously, being a really young player and very new, it’s definitely a lot faster, girls are a lot stronger, a lot more intelligent, at this level,” Rodman said. “I think just getting advice from my teammates in scrimmages and practices, I’ve been able to kind of think ahead. And I think that’s a huge part of what’s helped me in the game. “

WATCH | CBC Sports’ Signa Butler previews Canada’s upcoming U.K. friendlies:

Head coach Bev Priestman has a chance to determine her strongest 18-player roster as Canada come up against Wales and 6th-ranked England in back to back friendlies this month. 9:02

The NWSL’s Challenge Cup kicked off Friday. Each of the league’s 10 teams are divided in two divisions, with the title game set for May 8. The league’s regular season opens on May 15.

Kumi Yokoyama also scored for the Spirit in the game. Kristen Hamilton, Jessica McDonald and Merritt Mathias each scored for the Courage.

Rodman scored in the 60th minute after coming in off the bench. The only player younger than Rodman to score in the NWSL was Australian Ellie Carpenter, who had a goal for the Portland Thorns 22 days after her 18th birthday for against the Spirit.

“The kid is just brilliant. She’s a machine as an athlete, just unbelievable,” Burke said. “When you play against her, you train with her, you see how quickly she closes you down. She’s deceptively quick to close you down. But now she’s getting tactically better, too.”

Rodman has been vocal in the past about wanting to forge her own path in women’s soccer, separate from her Hall of Fame father’s legacy. Her brother DJ Rodman plays basketball for Washington State.

In Saturday’s other Challenge Cup match, Cece Kizer scored Racing Louisville’s first-ever goal in the expansion team’s 2-2 draw with the Orlando Pride. Racing’s Brooke Hendrix scored a stoppage time goal to deny the Pride the victory at Louisville’s Lynn Family Stadium.

Players from the Canadian and U.S. national team were not with their NWSL club teams because of a European trip during the FIFA competition window. On Friday, Canada defeated Wales 3-0. Canada’s next game will be against England on Tuesday. 

WATCH | Deanne Rose scores opening goal as Canada trumps Wales:

Deanne Rose opened the scoring in the first half, as Canada went on to beat Wales 3-0 in an international friendly in Cardiff in the United Kingdom. 1:07

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After blockbuster trade, ‘hectic’ quarantine, Pierre-Luc Dubois ready for his Jets’ debut

Over the weekend, Pierre-Luc Dubois emerged from a 14-day quarantine with his bulldogs Phillip and Georgia in a house provided by the Winnipeg Jets.

For two long weeks, Dubois immersed himself in game film provided by his new employer and worked out in his living room. In the morning, he savoured the coffee left on the front step by his mom and dad, who also live in the Manitoba capital.

“In a way, it’s been a slow two weeks because I haven’t done anything,” the 22-year-old said after his first practice Sunday with the Jets. “But in another way, it’s been a pretty crazy two weeks, with all the video, watching games, getting ready, meeting guys over text and FaceTime and Zoom, and stuff like that.

“It’s been a hectic, yet slow, two weeks.”

With the transition period over, it’s time for the 6-foot-2, 205-pound centre to author the next chapter of his hockey career on a Winnipeg club loaded with offensive prowess.

WATCH | Rob Pizzo takes a look at the blockbuster Jets-Blue Jackets trade:

Two disgruntled star forwards finally get their wish, and are heading out of town. 1:56

Main objectives

The Sainte-Agathe-des Monts, Que., product need not put pressure on himself to dominate the nightly highlights package. His main objectives are to fit into a new dressing room and play the role assigned by head coach Paul Maurice. Dubois is expected to make his debut for the Jets Tuesday against the Calgary Flames.

“The Jets are one of the teams I hated playing against,” Dubois said. “They can play fast and physical. They can play offence. They can play D. They can bring everything to the table.

“I think there’s a lot of talent in the forward group and whoever you’re playing with, you’re playing with a really amazing player.”

In Sunday’s practice, Dubois skated on a line with veteran Trevor Lewis and Winnipeg’s leading goal scorer, Kyle Connor.

“Two amazing players,” Dubois said. “K.C. is one of the most underrated players in the NHL and Lewie brings that experience, just helping me with all the systems and everything. He can pass the puck, he works really hard, so it felt really great to be out there with those two.”

For Dubois, the expectations in Winnipeg are immense, given the Jets acquired him along with a third-round pick from Columbus for disgruntled left wing Patrik Laine and equally disgruntled forward Jack Roslovic.

A third overall pick in 2016, Dubois collected 159 points in his first 239 games. His relationship with Columbus head coach John Tortorella broke down in explosive fashion, and the youngster asked for a change in area code.

Fans in Winnipeg understandably mourned the departure of Laine, a second-overall pick in 2016. At age 22, Laine has the potential to win the Rocket Richard Trophy, as the league’s top goal scorer, for many years to come.

Impressive depth

But the Jets now possess arguably the most impressive depth up the middle in the entire NHL with Dubois, Mark Scheifele, Paul Stastny and Adam Lowry.

“That Patrik Laine trade is so tricky to do and the one thing that you can do [is] to make it right to get a centreman,” Maurice said, heaping praise on general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff. “That’s the one way that you can have a goal-scorer leave your team — and he’s going to score an awful lot of goals — but if you can bring in a centreman, you’ve put your team in really good shape for an awfully long time.”

With Mark Scheifele on board, the Jets have plenty of depth up the middle. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Under the more-relaxed quarantine rules in the U.S., Laine has already scored three goals in three games for Columbus (Roslovic has collected one goal and six points in six appearances with the Blue Jackets).

Dubois knows he must stay true to himself and not try to be someone he is not — despite the inevitable comparisons to Laine.

“I’m a two-way forward, a two-way centre,” he said. “I can play well defensively, play well offensively, I can block shots, I can hit, I can score, I can pass. I try to be the guy that does everything out there –  supports his wingers, supports his defencemen, talks…

“Ever since I was a kid, growing up with a dad as a coach, he tried to instil in me details of the game, stuff that doesn’t necessarily show up on the stats sheet, but at the end of the game matters.”

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A Lim Kim caps huge comeback with 3 straight birdies to win U.S. Women’s Open debut

The Bermuda grass of south Texas was unlike anything A Lim Kim had ever seen. The U.S. Women’s Open, with its reputation as the toughest test, was a major she had never played.

What didn’t change in a frigid final round at Champions Golf Club was how to keep score. And when the 25-year-old from South Korea saw she was trailing and running out of holes, she started attacking flags.

Kim birdied her final three holes and tied the record for the largest comeback in a U.S. Women’s Open, rallying from five shots behind with the a 4-under 67 to win the biggest event in women’s golf.

“Still can’t really soak in that I’m the champion,” she said, minutes after being soaked in champagne on a day with temperatures in the 40s.

WATCH | Kim crowned U.S. Open champion:

South Korea’s A Lim Kim closed with three straight birdies to win the U.S. Women’s Open by one stroke. 1:48

She won by one shot over Jin Young Ko, the top-ranked player in women’s golf, and Amy Olson, who played her heart out while coping with the grief of her father-in-law’s unexpected death Saturday night in South Dakota.

“I felt very weak and helpless the last couple days, and probably today on the golf course,” Olson said, fighting back tears after a 72. “I really believe the Lord just carried me through. It just makes you realize how much bigger life is than golf. But pleased with my finish overall and my performance.”

Kim’s spectacular finish made it tough for anyone to catch her. Two shots behind Olson, she hit 5-iron to 4 feet on the par-3 16th hole to get to 1-under. Then she hit 8-iron that rolled out to just inside 2 feet on the 17th for a tap-in birdie and a share of the lead. She capped it off with a pitching wedge to just inside 10 feet.

Behind her mask — fitting that the final major champion of this pandemic-disrupted year in golf was wearing one — the thrill was evident. So was the fist pump, a rare show of emotion for Kim.

“I’ve been eyeing the leaderboard throughout the round and I knew how many shots I was back,” she said through a translator. “That’s probably the reason why I tried to hit more aggressive, tried to attack the pins.”

Kim started the final round, delayed to Monday because of rain, in a tie for ninth. No one had ever started in a position that far back and won the U.S. Women’s Open. She became the seventh player to rally from five shots behind in the final round, and the first since Annika Sorenstam at The Broadmoor in 1995.

Olson held her own amid her heavy heart. Winless in seven years on the LPGA Tour, she had a two-shot lead on the back nine after 54-hole leader Hinako Shibuno faltered. But she couldn’t do anything about Kim’s late charge, and Olson fell back when her hybrid on the par-3 16th bounded over the green and into thick, brown rough, leading to bogey.

She birdied the final hole for a 72 after Kim had already secured the title.

WATCH | Amy Olson gets an ace in 1st round:

American Amy Olson had a hole in one during her opening round of the U.S. Women’s Open in Houston Thursday, on the 16th hole at the Cypress Course. 0:58

Olson was singing Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up” to keep her in the right frame of mind. She couldn’t think of many shots she wanted back after three early bogeys. The cold weather, the mud-splotched golf balls and the U.S. Women’s Open test helped keep her mind from wandering.

“I knew I had to stay very mentally disciplined just to get through the day,” Olson said. “I allowed myself to think about what I’m grateful for, and I’ve got a long list.”

Ko, the No. 1 player who only recently returned from South Korea where she rode out the COVID-19 pandemic, also birdied the 18th when it was too late to catch Kim.

Ko closed with a 68, one of only six players to break par in the final round.

South Korean dominance

Kim finished at 3-under 281 and won $ 1 million. She added to South Korean dominance of this major, the ninth winner in the last 13 years.

Shibuno was trying to win in her first try at a second major, having won the Women’s British Open last year in her first tournament outside Japan. Her short game only carried her for so long, however, and she fell out of the lead by starting the back nine with consecutive bogeys.

Shibuno birdied the 18th hole for a 74 and finished two behind. Only four players finished under par.

Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., shot a fourth round of 72 to finish tied for 44th at 10 over.

A two-time winner on the Korean LPGA, Kim got into the U.S. Women’s Open off the world ranking when the pandemic kept the USGA from conducting open qualifying. She had slipped to No. 94, the lowest-ranked player to win the Open since the women’s world ranking began in 2006.

She is the second non-LPGA member to win a major this year, joining Sophia Popov at the Women’s British Open. She also is the third South Korean to win a major. Second-ranked Sei Young Kim won the Women’s PGA and Mirim Lee won the ANA Inspiration — also at No. 94 in the world.

Texas senior Kaitlyn Papp birdied the 18th for a 74 to finish at 3-over 287, six shots behind in a tie for ninth, to be the low amateur.

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Every CPU, GPU, and Console Debut This Fall Was Effectively a Paper Launch

When AMD launched its new Radeon 6900 XT yesterday, it didn’t just re-enter the high-end GPU market. It also put the final, beautiful paper crown on a fall season filled with a virtual blizzard of it, from multiple manufacturers.

Nvidia kicked off this unwelcome trend when stocks of new consumer Ampere cards ran dry seconds after launch and haven’t refilled since. Both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are nearly impossible to source. There was some hope that AMD might have better availability on the Radeon RX 6000 series than Nvidia did with Ampere, since it uses TSMC instead of Samsung, but early stocks of these cards are only being replenished slowly, if at all. The Ryzen 5000 series of CPUs are not easy to find, either. The Nintendo Switch has been scarce since the pandemic began, and it’s not even new hardware. This last is not a paper launch, obviously, but it’s another example of a tech product that’s very difficult to find.

The companies behind these products would undoubtedly quibble with the phrase “paper launch” since 1). They hate it and 2). You can technically buy some of these products, if you’re very quick, very lucky, or willing to pay a monthly fee for an automated bot for a somewhat higher chance of scoring one. I’m willing to grant that the situation isn’t a paper launch in the strictest sense, but if you’re an ordinary person hoping to snap up some of today’s hottest tech, the distinction isn’t a particularly meaningful one. Either way, hardware that’s supposed to be readily for sale at MSRP is not, and the companies that have spoken about a public timeline for changing that have all indicated it won’t happen until several months from now.

COVID-19 has driven this situation in two different ways. First, it’s slowed or halted the movement and production of goods in various countries at various times. Second, consumer and corporate demand for computers has exploded, and console demand may have surged as well. Last-gen console hardware sales actually rose early in the pandemic, which is virtually unheard of in a new console launch year. Lockdowns have driven a great deal of additional interest in video gaming on every platform.

Past COVID-19, there have been rumors that yields on Samsung’s 8nm node were poor, while allocations for TSMC’s 7nm are said to be tight overall. These factors remain relevant, even in the face of the pandemic, because we have historical proof that low yields at the foundry can make GPUs hard to find on the ground all on their own. Back in 2016, it took Nvidia and AMD months to meaningfully supply GPUs to the consumer market. TSMC builds most of AMD’s product stack in CPUs (and all recent chips), its Radeon RX 5000 and 6000 GPUs, the Xbox Series X SoC, and the PlayStation 5 SoC — plus all of the contract manufacturing it handles for other companies.

Finally, there’s the unknown impact of bots. The use of bots has surged this year and while it’s impossible to estimate the exact impact of these automated scalping tools, the one place where you can find all of the hardware above is on eBay, at vastly inflated prices. There have also been a number of reports claiming that the number of bots being deployed to score desired hardware like the RTX 3080 has skyrocketed.

It is impossible to put the blame for this on any single company or foundry — there are just too many variables in play — but the situation still sucks. Corporate promises of stocked shelves have given way to admissions that supply and demand may not meet until late Q1 2021. AMD, Microsoft, Nvidia, and Sony may have felt they had little choice but to launch their new hardware, for various reasons, but it’s hard to argue the decision constituted an advantage for consumers when the only way to guarantee you’ll get cutting-edge hardware before Christmas is to pay a scalper 1.5x – 2.5x over retail for the privilege. I won’t say that’s the only way you’ll land a hot-ticket item this year, but it appears to be the only way to guarantee it.

I’m also not sure we should think about the GPU market the same way we talk about CPUs or consoles. Microsoft and Sony’s unusual decision to launch the next-generation with games so far away is an interesting way to approach the market, but we know almost nothing about shipments or sales thus far to predict the impact. Nintendo’s Switch has been hot for eight months now, so limited availability is, at least, not new. But the current situation in GPUs isn’t just bad — it’s bad, stacked on top of earlier bad, which stacks on top of still-earlier bad stretching all the way back to Pascal’s launch in 2016.

The GPU Market Has Never Run This Hot For This Long

Consider the GPU market since Nvidia launched Pascal in May 2016. All of the links in the paragraphs below point to stories written during the relevant period, allowing you to verify the pricing shifts I’m going to describe.

It took AMD and Nvidia most of 2016 to work out the kinks with shipping Polaris and Pascal in adequate volume. From late 2016 – May 2017, availability improved and prices fell towards where they were supposed to be, according to GPU MSRP’s. Then, the cryptocurrency market exploded again. From June 2017 – February 2018, GPU prices were ludicrously high, and they didn’t approach normality until May of that year. Pascal spent most of its first two years’ priced well above where the GPU was supposed to be — and so did AMD’s equivalents.

Pascal went out on a high note late in 2018, because a flood of GPUs hit the market at the same time Nvidia raised prices with Turing. By February 2019, the Pascal cards were vanishing from the market and prices on the new Turing GPUs and AMD’s Radeon VII were high enough that we called the new generation “the least-appealing upgrade in GPU history.” Price, as opposed to performance, was the overwhelming reason why.

Nvidia kept prices high until AMD re-entered the market with the 5700 and 5700 XT. From mid-2019 through mid-2020, GPU prices generally conformed to expected MSRPs,

Image of current RTX 2080 prices on Amazon.com. You can see them surge in late summer, when NV stopped production.

There’s some variation, here: Nvidia Turing GPU prices started to jump in the summer, along with rumors that the company had halted production. AMD cards seem to have started to rise only recently, but anything upper-range — 5700 and up — is also currently selling for inflated prices.

In the 55 months since Nvidia launched Pascal, GPUs from AMD, Nvidia, or both have sold at dramatically inflated prices in roughly 23 of them, with some allowance for slippage and some variance between AMD and Nvidia at any particular time. Based on predictions from multiple semiconductor firms, we shouldn’t expect easy availability or normal pricing much before ~March 2021. By Pascal’s 5th birthday, the GPU market will have run hot to red-hot for 26 months out of 60. Another way of saying that is, “For 43 percent of the time over five years, you haven’t been able to buy a GPU for anything like what AMD or Nvidia claim you can.”

It’s one thing when prices spike for a week or a month, but we’re talking about a situation in which GPU prices have been well above MSRP almost half the time, for half a decade. If these periods of time had occurred contiguously, you might have been stuck waiting to purchase an upgraded GPU or replace a dead one at a reasonable price for over two years. The total amount of time that GPU prices have spent inflated from Pascal’s launch in May 2016 to May 2021, assuming markets do cool off by March 2021, will be barely shorter than the entire period of time it ruled as Nvidia’s flagship architecture.

This raises questions about how much faith reviewers and readers should put in GPU MSRP pricing going forward. For now, no one has any choice but to ride out COVID-19, but this pattern of 4-6 month periods where GPU prices make a mockery of their supposed MSRPs needs to stop. The alternative is that we start quoting the launch price you should expect to pay from Amazon, Newegg, and Spankster69 over on eBay, with priority and emphasis given to the latter.

I’m not going to pretend there’s a simple, flawless solution to the problem, but whether it’s through adopting verified pre-order systems or simply through stockpiling far more hardware prior to launching a card, AMD and Nvidia need to address this. The pandemic will end. Low initial yields, periodic surges in demand, and automated scalping won’t. Gaming enthusiasts and professional users deserve better than an asterisk promising a launch in one month with actual availability arriving six months later.

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Obama rips into Trump’s record in 2020 campaign trail debut

Former U.S. president Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail on Wednesday, launching a blistering attack on Donald Trump with less than two weeks to go before the Republican president’s election day face-off with Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Speaking at a drive-in rally in Philadelphia on behalf of Biden, his former vice-president, Obama offered his fiercest critique yet of his successor, taking aim at Trump’s divisive rhetoric and his track record in the Oval Office.

“He hasn’t shown any interest in doing the work or helping anybody but himself,” Obama said.

Obama, who governed for two terms and remains one of the most popular figures in the Democratic Party, blasted Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, noting that the president himself had fallen victim to the virus.

“Donald Trump isn’t suddenly going to protect all of us,” he said. “He can’t even take the basic steps to protect himself.”

Former U.S. president Barack Obama speaks at a drive-in rally for Democratic nominee Joseph Biden on Wednesday in Philadelphia. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Obama’s appearance filled a gap left by Biden, who has stayed at home in Delaware since Monday for meetings and preparation ahead of his Thursday debate with Trump in Nashville, Tenn.

The drive-in rally was held in the parking lot of Citizens Bank Park, the baseball stadium in Philadelphia, with the city’s skyline visible in the distance. It was the largest event of its kind that the Biden campaign has staged amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Almost 280 vehicles were spread throughout the lot, with big screens placed to allow attendees to see the former president.

With a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll showing Biden with just a 4-percentage-point edge in Pennsylvania, Obama warned Democrats against complacency.

“We’ve got to turn out like never before,” he said. “We cannot leave any doubt in this election.”

Four years ago, Obama participated in a rally in Philadelphia with then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton the day before the election, only to see Trump narrowly take the state. The Biden campaign considers winning there a top priority.

Americans are voting early at a record pace this year, with 42 million ballots cast both via mail and in person ahead of the Nov. 3 election on concerns about the coronavirus and to make sure their votes are counted.

The record early vote so far represents about 30 per cent of the total ballots cast in 2016, according to the University of Florida’s U.S. Elections Project.

After Obama spoke, Trump held a rally in North Carolina, another battleground state where opinion polls show a tight race.

Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, was also in North Carolina to mobilize voters in Asheville and Charlotte.

Fundraising appearances

Even though Wednesday marked Obama’s 2020 campaign debut, his support has been essential for Biden. He has appeared at joint fundraisers with Biden and Harris, and his network of well-connected former aides has been instrumental in helping the campaign outpace Trump in bringing in donations.

The Biden campaign is hopeful that Obama will commit to more events before the election.

The last days of campaigning are taking place amid a surge in new cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations in battleground states, including North Carolina and Pennsylvania but also Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan.

Pennsylvania has averaged 1,500 new cases a day over the past week, a level it has not seen since April, according to a Reuters analysis. North Carolina is averaging 2,000 new cases a day over the past week, its highest level ever. The virus has claimed the lives of more than 221,000 people in the United States.

Polling shows a majority of voters are disappointed in the way Trump has handled the pandemic, which he has repeatedly said would disappear on its own.

Biden and Trump are scheduled to meet in their second and final debate on Thursday night, giving the Republican an opportunity to change the trajectory of a race that Biden is leading in national polls.

People listen as Obama speaks at Citizens Bank Park. (Matt Slocum/The Associated Press)

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Canadian teen Leylah Annie Fernandez’s French Open debut ends in 3rd round

Leylah Annie Fernandez’s run at the French Open has is over, ending Canadian hopes in the singles draws.

The 18-year-old from Laval, Que., lost to No. 7 seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 7-5, 6-3 in the third round on Saturday. Fernandez, ranked 100th in the world, was the last Canadian singles player left.

Fernandez took a 5-1 lead on the two-time Wimbledon champion in the first set, but Kvitova rallied to win 7-5.

Kvitova then won the first three games of the second set and held the lead the rest of the way.

Fernandez’s run to the third round was her best showing at a Grand Slam.

WATCH | Leylah Fernandez ousted in 4th round of French Open debut:

18-year-old Leylah Annie Fernandez of Laval, Que., drops a straight sets loss to 7th seed Petra Kvitova 7-5, 6-3. 1:31

She reached the second round of this year’s U.S. Open and lost in the opening round of this year’s Australian Open.

Last year, she won the girls’ title at the French Open.

Meanwhile, Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil and American Jack Sock lost 4-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4 to the French team of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert in a second-round men’s doubles match.

Next up for the seventh-seeded Kvitova is a match against Zhang Shuai, China’s first player in the fourth round in Paris since Li Na in 2012.

Kenin downs qualifier in 72 minutes

Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin returned to the French Open’s fourth round, blowing past Romanian qualifier Irina Bara 6-2, 6-0 in 72 minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Kenin, the No. 4 seed, has advanced to the second week of all three Grand Slams in this pandemic-hit season. She won the Australian Open and reached the fourth round at the U.S. Open.

Zhang ended the run of French wild-card entry Clara Burel with a hard-fought 7-6 (2), 7-5 win in two hours 12 minutes on Court Simonne Mathieu.

The 31-year-old Zhang is ranked 39th and had never made it beyond the third round in her nine previous French Opens.

Tsitsipas moves on when Bedene exits with injury

Fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the fourth round at the French Open for the second year in a row. He advanced when Aljaz Bedene stopped playing in the third set because of an injured right ankle.

Tsitsipas led 6-1, 6-2, 3-1 when Bedene retired.

Tsitsipas was dominating the match. He had more than twice as many winners as Bedene, 28-13, and about a third as many unforced errors.

Also into the fourth round on Saturday was No. 30 seed Ons Jabeur. She became the first Arab woman to get that far in Paris by eliminating No. 8 Aryna Sabalenka 7-6 (7), 2-6, 6-3.

Dimitrov to play in 4th round for 1st time

Grigor Dimitrov moved into the fourth round at Roland Garros for the first time in 10 appearances at the tournament when his opponent Roberto Carballes Baena quit after two sets because of what he said a doctor diagnosed as a stomach virus.

The 18th-seeded Dimitrov was ahead 6-1, 6-3 when Carballes Baena stopped.

Dimitrov has been to the semifinals once at each of the other three Grand Slam tournaments, including the U.S. Open last year.

WATCH | Eugenie Bouchard swept out of Franch Open in 3rd round:

In other matches Saturday:

  • German player Daniel Altmaier is proving to be a force that’s difficult to stop. He came through the qualifying tournament to reach the French Open main draw. The 22-year-old has now upset seventh-seeded Matteo Berrettini to storm into the fourth round with a 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4 win.

  • Andrey Rublev advanced to the French Open fourth round with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win against the unseeded South African Kevin Anderson. Rublev lost in the first round in his only previous appearance at Roland Garros in 2017. He was a quarter-finalist at the U.S. Open this year and in 2017.

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Whitecaps stunned by Earthquakes in stoppage time, drop tournament debut

Substitute Shea Salinas scored in the 98th minute as the San Jose Earthquakes rallied from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps in a wild 4-3 win Wednesday at the MLS is Back Tournament.

Goals by substitute Chris Wondolowski, in the 72nd minute, and Oswaldo Alanis, in the 81st, tied the game at 3-3.

Vancouver was reeling during the nine minutes of stoppage time before Salinas administered the coup de grace. The former Whitecap dribbled through the Vancouver defence, got a fortunate bounce and knocked the ball past goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau.

The Earthquakes dominated possession and had eight corners in the first 30 minutes but found themselves down 2-0 to the opportunistic Whitecaps, who led by two despite having just one shot on target.

Ali Adnan and Cristian Dajome scored for Vancouver, which also benefited from an own goal.

Andy Rios also scored for San Jose, which had plenty of the ball but lacked clinical finishing most of the night against a depleted Whitecaps side. Still, Crepeau had a busy night.

Adnan, Vancouver’s Iraqi international left back, opened the scoring in the seventh minute, curling a shot past a diving Daniel Vega from just inside the penalty box.

WATCH | Salinas seals win for San Jose:

San Jose Earthquakes rally from a 3-1 deficit in the 2nd half to defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-3. 1:44

Vancouver made it 2-0 in the 22nd minute on an own goal when Dajome, after a San Jose corner went horribly awry, stole the ball from Brazil’s Judson and fed Yordy Reyna behind the Quakes defence. Reyna tried to slip the ball back to Dajome in the box but instead it bounced off Judson’s leg into the goal.

San Jose came on in waves and Rios cut the lead to 2-1 in first-half stoppage time off the Quakes’ 12th corner of the half, deflecting the ball in with a delightful flick of his foot with his back to goal.

Dajome capitalized in the 59th minute when a dreadful pass from Vega went straight to David Milinkovic, who found the Colombian alone in front for his first MLS goal.

The 37-year-old Wondolowski made an impact off the bench, flicking in a header to cut the lead to 3-2. The goal was the 160th of his career, adding to his MLS-record regular-season total, and his 14th against Vancouver.

Alanis then rose high to score off San Jose’s 19th corner, which tied a league record, to tie the game.

WATCH | Whitecaps benefit from Earthquakes’ own goal:

A counter-attack by the Vancouver Whitecaps after a San Jose corner kick sends Yordy Reyna in on a breakaway from midfield which results in an own goal for Judson. 1:17

Dangerous defending by Whitecaps

The Quakes outshot Vancouver 31-7 and also led the Whitecaps 11-2 in shots on target. San Jose also set a league mark with 22 corners and had 67.9 per cent possession. The Whitecaps lived dangerously on defence but made the most of their few chances at the other end, helped by San Jose blunders.

Vancouver was the last team to see action at the tournament, taking the field at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex after Orlando City and Philadelphia had already qualified for the knockout rounds.

The Whitecaps were originally slated to open July 9 against FC Dallas but the game was scrapped when Dallas withdrew due to a rash of COVID-19 positive tests.

San Jose opened the tournament last Friday with a 0-0 tie with the Seattle Sounders.

It was 26 C at the 9 p.m. ET kickoff after showers swept through the area.

After Vancouver went ahead, Crepeau made a fine save in the ninth minute to deny Jackson Yueill. Crepeau then had to deal with a powerful Cristian Espinoza shot.

Crepeau had to be sharp again in the 26th minute, clawing away a looping long ball from Espinoza that was destined for the top corner. The Whitecaps ‘keeper was fortunate in the 41st minute when a deflection off a defender following a corner went right at him.

San Jose outshot Vancouver 17-4 in the first half and had 73.4 percent possession.

Espinoza was yellow-carded in the 56th minute when he returned the ball for Vancouver throw-in head-high, hitting Adnan who tumbled theatrically to the turf. The card remained yellow after video review.

Key absences

The Whitecaps are missing some key pieces at the tournament.

Forwards Lucas Cavallini, Fredy Montero and Tosaint Ricketts, defender Andy Rose and defender/midfielder Georges Mukumbilwa did not make the trip to the Florida tournament for personal or medical reasons.

Cavallini, Ricketts and Rose all started in Vancouver’s last league outing — a 1-0 win at the Los Angeles Galaxy on March 7 — while Montero came off the bench.

Wednesday’s starting 11 came into the game with a combined 29 MLS regular-season goals with Reyna accounting for 19 of those.

Backup goalkeeper Bryan Meredith left the team Tuesday to be with his family in New Jersey after the death of his mother Beth. Whitecaps player wore black armbands with B.M. on them with fullback Jake Nerwinski walking out holding Meredith’s jersey with Beth Meredith’s name written under the number.

Janio Bikel (adductor strain), who started at right back against the Galaxy, and defender Eric Godoy (quadricep strain) were injured in training Sunday.

Whitecaps midfielder Leonard Owusu, 23, made his first start while centre back Ranko Veselinovic, 21, made his MLS debut.

Captain Russell Teibert made his 200th first-team appearance. Whitecaps midfielder Patrick Metcalfe, a 21-year-old from Richmond, B.C., made his MLS debut off the bench.

Vancouver plays Seattle on Sunday before facing Chicago, which replaced Dallas in Group B, on July 23.

Group games at the tournament count in the regular-season standings, leaving Vancouver at 1-2-0 and San Jose at 1-1-2.

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TFC captain Michael Bradley not a fan of team’s early morning tournament debut

The 9 a.m. kickoff is daunting. So is the 5:30 a.m. pre-game meal.

Toronto FC gets one heck of an early start to the MLS is Back Tournament on Sunday when it faces D.C. United at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex in the Orlando area.

The league has scheduled games in the morning and evening to avoid the Florida heat.

Toronto and D.C. may not be getting much of a break Sunday. The forecast Sunday calls for a temperature of 30 C at kickoff, which will feel like 36 C. There’s a chance of a thunderstorm around the final whistle.

Toronto captain Michael Bradley is no fan of the morning kickoff.

“It’s a shame we’re playing games at that time,” he told a virtual media call Friday.

It’s a time that seems at odds with the league wanting to have as many people watching as possible, he suggested.

Not to mention that the conditions are hardly conducive to sterling play.

“When you think about what a 9 a.m. game in Orlando at this time of the year is going to means in terms of the weather and the humidity, I’m not sure it makes a ton of sense,” he said with a slight chuckle. “But obviously those decisions get made above our heads.

“We’re going to deal with it like we always do and make sure that it’s no excuse and make sure that we’re ready to go when that whistle blows.”

Toronto and D.C. were supposed to play Friday evening but the game was pushed back to Sunday morning due to Toronto’s late arrival in Florida, following the need for more COVID-19 testing before departure.

Experimenting with shorter warmup

Toronto coach Greg Vanney said he plans to delay his pre-game talk slightly, so the players can have a little more time after breakfast to wake up.

“I’ll do a team talk before we get on the bus because I feel like they’ll at least have been up for an hour, an hour and a half. Hopefully guys won’t go back to sleep. And they’ll be a little bit more awake and a little more engaged.”

The time spent in the locker-room is shorter than usual at this tournament, so teams arrive closer to kickoff. The bus ride to the playing field is only five to 10 minutes.

Vanney said the team has experimented with shortening its warmup to keep the players out of the heat.

Toronto has a quick turnaround after Sunday’s game, facing the Montreal Impact in a game Wednesday evening. Then it’s another early morning wake-up call for a July 21 contest with the New England Revolution.

WATCH | Revolution upend Impact in rusty start:

Revolution designated player Gustavo Bou scored the lone goal as New England beat the Montreal Impact 1-0 in both teams’ first game of the MLS is Back tournament. 1:17

One plus of the Florida heat is the hydration breaks during play, which allow Vanney and his coaches a chance to communicate directly with the players.

“I think the hydration breaks are mini-timeouts,” he said. “You get an opportunity to address your whole group … and try to put them back out in the best way possible.”

Training for adjusted routine

Vanney says he has been getting up by 6 a.m. in Florida with the staff taking the field an hour before the players to make sure everything is set up for training.

They have started training between 8 and 8:15 a.m., with players hitting the gym afterwards.

“I said to somebody today I accomplish more by 11 o’clock in the morning while I’m here than I have in a lifetime really,” said Vanney. “So a lot of things happen early but it’s been nice. And then at the end of that, there’s a lot of rest and recovery.”

Vanney said he and his players and staff are no strangers to spending time on the road in hotel rooms.

“It’s what we have to do to play and, for me, playing is why I’m here and it’s what my life is about. We’re here to try to win and to play and do the best we can. (And) stay safe obviously in the process.”

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