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USA vs. Honduras live score, updates, highlights from CONCACAF Nations League semifinal

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USA vs. Honduras live score, updates, highlights from CONCACAF Nations League semifinal

The U.S. men’s national team is finally playing in a game that counts. For the first time since November 2019, the USA will play in an official competition. And it’s do-or-die.

The Americans face Honduras in a CONCACAF Nations League semifinal at Denver’s Empower Field, and the winner will advance to face the winner of the Mexico-Costa Rica semifinal in Sunday’s championship match. The loser will take part in the third-place match, also to be played on Sunday.

WATCH: USA vs. Honduras streamed live on fuboTV (7-day free trial)

The USMNT enter the semifinal having completed a week of high-altitude training in the Swiss Alps. While they were there, they dropped a 2-1 result to Switzerland in a tuneup match without stars Christian Pulisic and Zack Steffen, who were busy competing for the UEFA Champions League. Both are back in a full-strength lineup against Honduras.

USA vs. Honduras live score

  1H 2H Final
USA 0
Honduras 0

USA vs. Honduras live updates, highlights

8th min.: Pretty even start to the match. Honduras right back Kevin Alvarez gets a header that finishes high and wide.

7th min.: Gio Reyna wins the ball back on the right side of the box and fires wide. Decisive play from Reyna.

5th min.: Honduras responds. Good spell in the USA’s half for Los Catrachos.

3rd min.: USA are on the front foot to start the match.

7:30 p.m. ET: As we get set for kickoff, a glimpse at the scene in Denver:

7:20 p.m. ET: Meet the star of the Paramount+ pregame show, Clint Dempsey:

6:25 p.m. ET: No surprises in the U.S. lineup. It’s McKenzie-Brooks paired up in central defense and a midfield trio of Yueill-McKennie-Lletget. Sargent back up top.

USA vs. Honduras starting lineups

The starting lineups are out. Christian Pulisic starts for the USA. Zack Steffen is captain:

USA

Starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 1 Zack Steffen-GK (captain) — 5 Antonee Robinson, 6 John Brooks, 15 Mark McKenzie, 2 Sergino Dest — 17 Sebastian Lletget, 14 Jackson Yueill, 8 Weston McKennie — 10 Christian Pulisic, 9 Josh Sargent, 7 Gio Reyna.

Available subs: 12 Ethan Horvath-GK, 19 David Ochoa-GK, 3 Matt Miazga, 4 Tyler Adams, 11 Brenden Aaronson, 13 Tim Ream, 16 Jordan Siebatcheu, 18 Yunus Musah, 20 Reggie Cannon, 21 Tim Weah, 22 DeAndre Yedlin, 23 Kellyn Acosta.

Honduras

Starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): Luis Lopez-GK — 23 Diego Rodriguez, 3 Maynor Figueroa (captain), 4 Marcelo Pereira, 2 Kevin Alvarez — 10 Alex Lopez, 20 Deybi Flores — 11 Rigoberto Rivas, 17 Jonathan Rubio, 7 Alberth Elis — 9 Antony Lozano.

Available subs: 1 Edrick Menjivar-GK, 18 Alex Barrios-GK, 5 Ever Alvarado, 6 Bryan Acosta, 8 Edwin Rodriguez, 12 Jorge Benguche, 13 Kevin Arriaga, 14 Boniek Garcia, 15 Elvin Casildo, 16 Johnny Leveron, 19 Walter Martinez, 21 Jhow Benavidez.

How to watch USA vs. Honduras in USA

  • TV channel: CBS Sports Network (CBSSN)
  • Spanish-language TV: Univision, TUDN Deportes
  • Live stream: Paramount+, fuboTV (7-day free trial)

CBS Sports Network will carry the USA vs. Honduras match and it will be streamed on Paramount+ and fuboTV (7-day free trial). The match will be available with Spanish-language commentary on Univision and TUDN.

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Chris Paul, NBA Twitter react to Deandre Ayton’s game-winning dunk in Suns vs. Clippers

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Chris Paul, NBA Twitter react to Deandre Ayton's game-winning dunk in Suns vs. Clippers

Deandre Ayton was the hero for the Suns in their Game 2 win over the Clippers.

With less than a second left on the clock, the Suns were down one point and had just 0.9 seconds to get a shot off. Jae Crowder inbounded the ball on the baseline under the Suns’ basket and found Ayton cutting to the hoop.

Ayton threw it down. The play took just 0.2 seconds off the clock and sealed the 104-103 win for the Suns.

Here’s a look at the amazing finish.

Ayton and Crowder deserve a bulk of the credit, but Devin Booker had an impact on the finish as well. His physical screen on Ivica Zubac — who is seven inches taller and 35 pounds heavier than Booker — gave Ayton just enough space to get open off the cut and throw down the dunk.

And Booker put his body on the line despite playing with a bloodied nose that required stitches after an inadvertent hit from Patrick Beverley earlier in the game.

The Suns’ finish thrilled Phoenix fans as well as the team’s star point guard Chris Paul, who missed his second straight game in the NBA’s health and safety protocols. He took time to celebrate the victory on Twitter and praised coach Monty Williams for his “big-time play call.”

Indeed, it was a nice play call, and Williams made sure Ayton was prepared to dunk immediately after catching the ball.

“DA — if he throws it, you gotta try to dunk it,” Williams said. “Okay?”

Ayton was ready and obliged. As a result of his make, NBA Twitter erupted and celebrated the exciting end to yet another tightly-contested playoff battle. 

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Clippers’ Paul George misses crucial free throws in stunning Game 2 loss to Suns

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Clippers' Paul George misses crucial free throws in stunning Game 2 loss to Suns

The box score from Tuesday’s Suns-Clippers game — a pivotal Game 2 win for Phoenix in the Western Conference finals — will show Paul George had a decent game.

Twenty-six points, on 10-of-23 shooting; six assists; six rebounds; and 5-of-10 shooting from the free throw line. He also scored his team’s last six points, all within the last minute, to help the Clippers to a 103-102 lead with just 8.2 seconds remaining.

The only stats that ultimately mattered in the Clippers’ 104-103 loss, however, were the final two free throws George — a career 84.7-percent free throw shooter — missed. They ultimately allowed Phoenix a chance at an unbelievable comeback victory, which may prove costly even as the series heads back to LA.

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Had George sunk both of those shots, the Suns would have needed a 3-pointer just to send the game to overtime. Had he sunk even one shot, they would have needed a 2-pointer. But he missed both, allowing the Suns to win on an inbound dunk with less than a second remaining:

Credit to Deandre Ayton, Jae Crowder and the Suns. That play will go down as one of the top plays in NBA playoffs history. But every heartbreaking loss needs a goat, and no one fits the bill better than “Playoff P,” who could have secured a win for his team with the simplest of basketball scoring plays.

Here’s the bright side for the Clippers, if there is one: They have already overcome 2-0 deficits in each of their first two series against the Mavericks and Jazz, respectively. That’s likely a cold comfort as George and Co. head back to LA, however. The scathing Twitter comments aimed at George likely won’t do anything to help, either:

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Athletics’ Sergio Romo pulls down pants during substance check

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Athletics' Sergio Romo pulls down pants during substance check

MLB pitchers aren’t taking kindly to the league’s new foreign substance rules.

Athletics pitcher Sergio Romo seemed particularly annoyed that the umpires performed a substance check on him Tuesday night.

After working a one-run seventh inning for Oakland, the umpire beckoned for Romo to come over for the check. Romo responded to the moment by tossing his hat and glove to the ground and whipping his belt off.

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Then came Romo’s final act. He pulled his pants halfway down to prove that he wasn’t harboring any illegal substances.

Romo certainly made his point, but Dan Iassogna, the umpire checking him, didn’t seem too bothered by his high jinks. In fact, the umpire flashed a smile at Romo, who the broadcast described as “heated.”

Romo wasn’t alone in being bothered by the substance check on Tuesday. Max Scherzer was checked for foreign substances three times in the first four innings of the Nationals-Phillies game and became increasingly irritable with each examination. He directed his rage at Phillies manager Joe Girardi, who was later ejected for jawing at Scherzer. The checks didn’t seem to faze the three-time Cy Young winner too much; he earned the win, pitching five innings while giving up just a run and striking out eight.

Needless to say, these antics will be fairly common as MLB attempts to implement these rule changes on the fly.

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