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USMNT begins preparations for the World Cup

The US men’s national team kicks off a friendly match against Japan at 8:25 ET this morning, if you’re near a TV. The match should be useful:

Manager Greg Berhalter needs to identify his favorite starts with two friendlies left before the World Cup starts. Of particular concern is who starts in the center of defence. Watch this morning’s appetizer here.

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Odoka suspended throughout the 2022-23 season

The Celtics announced the one-year ban of coach Aim Odoka on Thursday, a day after Athletic player Shams Charania announced that Odoka had an intimate relationship with a Celtics employee. It’s an earth-shattering event for a team that came through two games of the NBA title last season.

We may not have heard the last of this story. The situation remains a mystery, but details emerged late Thursday that while the relationship began consensual, the woman was recently accused of “make unsolicited comments” towards her, which led to an internal review.

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