Saturday, January 20, 2018

DREAMTEAM

Defenders

Richard Sherman: If you can smother NFL receivers, you can smother those bony Brazilians (assuming he can avoid red cards).

Yasiel Puig: I'm not sure if he's Cuban, or American, or from the planet Zingon, I want him as my stopper. Plus, I want to see him bat-flip Ronaldo.

Adrian Peterson: Will unhinge fragile, foreign-made forwards, then run the field to score.

Sweeper

Mike Trout: With his speed and athletic brio, could probably handle defense all by himself, allowing U.S. to run soccer's first 1-7-2 formation.

Bench

Darren Sproles: Like former German scoring sensation Gerd Mueller, but with faster spin moves.

Jameis Winston: Not only a threat to score, but a reliable purveyor of fresh seafood.

Jimmy Graham: Is he a tight end or a wide receiver? Nope, he's a center mid? Great backup to LeBron as well.

Giovani Bernard: Bengals' explosive running back with a name that sounds like an Italian striker. Or a line of expensive loafers.

Serena Williams: America's angriest athlete finally gets to hit something besides tennis balls.

Technical director

Kobe Bryant: Not sure what a technical director actually does, but Kobe can do anything.

Team physician

Dr. Phil: Will be dealing with lots of head cases.

How much better would the U.S. soccer team be if American kids were not spread among so many other sports? Well, check out my roster. Here's what our team might look like if there were no NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball to siphon away top talent. — Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times. Contributing: tbt*

Coach

Pete Carroll: Don't care if his motivational shtick borrows from John Wooden, he's the top coach in any sport.

Forwards

Reggie Bush: With his slashing, surgical moves, could be the second coming of George Best.

Andrew McCutchen: Baseball's best athlete would spread the field and make an aggressive, turbocharged scorer.

Midfielders

Colin Kaepernick: Ferocious open-field speed, lethal off Chris Paul's brilliant through passes.

Chris Paul: Sees the field like no one else, makes everyone around him better.

Landon Donovan: I don't care what that German idiot says, Donovan's still the best player on this highly athletic roster.

Calvin Johnson: Burner who will unbalance opposing defenses down the right side and create opportunities for this attacking midfield.

Flopping coach

Dwyane Wade: Though Reggie Evans might be the better choice.

Assistant coach

Mia Hamm: The guys would need to hear how to win at every level in the sport.

Keeper

LeBron James: Has the wingspan of an F-16 and can fly almost as high.

Coach

Pete Carroll: Don't care if his motivational shtick borrows from John Wooden, he's the top coach in any sport.

     
   
Comments
Russian police face the unexpected: crocodile in basement

Russian police face the unexpected: crocodile in basement

Russian police have had an unexpected encounter while searching a house in St. Petersburg _ a crocodile in the basement
Updated: 13 minutes ago

World moves closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease

World moves closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease; 30 cases last year in Ethiopia, Chad
Updated: 23 minutes ago
Talks open at Korean Olympic unity meeting in Switzerland

Talks open at Korean Olympic unity meeting in Switzerland

Olympic and government officials from North Korea and South Korea have begun a meeting at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Switzerland to confirm how they will unite for the Pyeongchang Winter Games next month
Updated: 1 hour ago

Myanmar soldiers sentenced for killing Kachin civilians

Myanmar military has sentenced six soldiers to 10 years in prison with hard labor for killing three civilians in war-torn Kachin state
Updated: 1 hour ago

Egypt presidential hopeful calls for neutrality in elections

Egypt's former military chief of staff, who announced he would run for president in March elections, has called on state institutions to maintain neutrality toward all candidates
Updated: 1 hour ago
India accuses Pakistan of fresh attacks on Kashmir frontier

India accuses Pakistan of fresh attacks on Kashmir frontier

Indian officials say a teenage boy and a soldier have been killed in firing by Pakistani troops along the volatile frontier in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
Updated: 1 hour ago
AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

PHOTO GALLERY: Amazonian indigenous man in traditional clothing awaits pope's visit in Peru; big-wave surfing in Portugal; Dakar Rally team drives through Argentina mountains.
Updated: 1 hour ago

Here is the latest Florida sports news from The Associated Press

Here is the latest Florida sports news from The Associated Press
Updated: 1 hour ago
Clarkson leads short-handed Lakers to 99-86 win over Pacers

Clarkson leads short-handed Lakers to 99-86 win over Pacers

Reserve guard Jordan Clarkson sparked an undermanned Lakers team with 33 points to lead Los Angeles to a 99-86 victory over the Indiana Pacers
Updated: 1 hour ago

AP Top News at 3:07 a.m. EST

AP Top News at 3:07 a.m. EST
Updated: 2 hours ago