Altidore scores in first start for US in 20 months, Americans top Panama

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Jozy Altidore made an impression in his first return to the United States’ starting lineup.

Altidore scored on an overhead kick in his first start for the national team in 20 months, lifting the U.S. over Panama 1-0 Wednesday night as the Americans finished first in their CONCACAF Gold Cup group.

Altidore got the goal from 2 yards following a corner kick in the 66th minute that was redirected by Matt Miazga. Coming back from a hamstring injury that slowed him at the start of training camp, the 29-year-old Altidore scored his 42nd goal in 113 international appearances.

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After the match, he walked by reporters and did not stop to respond to questions.

The defending champion United States went 3-0 in group play and outscored opponents 11-0. The 30th-ranked Americans play No. 79 Curacao in the quarterfinals at Philadelphia on Sunday, and the winner faces Jamaica or Panama in the semifinals.

“This is a team we can’t take lightly,” U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter said. “We’re going to go in fully prepared. They have talent. They can score goals.”

The plus-11 goal difference was the best in the Gold Cup for the Americans, topping plus-nine in 2013. The Americans did not allow a goal in a three-match group stage for the second time, the first since 2007, and improved to 36 wins, one loss and four draws in the Gold Cup group stage.

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5 key takeaways from the first Democratic debate

Wednesday night brought the first debate of the 2020 presidential cycle, with 10 Democrats gathering in Miami. (On Thursday night, 10 more Democrats — including the polling frontrunners, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont — will hit the same stage.)

1. The field is divided on health care2. Castro had a strong night3. Tres candidates showed off their Spanish skills4. NBC had a hot-mic fail5) It was a historic night for women

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Huawei employees reportedly worked with China’s military on multiple research projects, strengthening concerns over state ties

FILE PHOTO: A Huawei company logo is seen at a shopping mall in Shanghai, China June 3, 2019. Picture taken June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

Huawei Technologies Co employees worked on at least 10 research projects with Chinese armed forces personnel over the past decade, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.
According to the report, Huawei workers teamed up with members of various organs of China’s People’s Liberation Army in projects spanning artificial intelligence to radio communications.
“Huawei is not aware of its employees publishing research papers in their individual capacity,” Huawei spokesman Joe Kelly told Reuters.
Concerns have been raised over the Huawei’s suspected ties to the Chinese government as the company works on supplying technology for 5G services overseas. The US has said that Huawei technology could be used as a “back door” for the Chinese government to spy, an allegation the company has repeatedly denied.

Huawei Technologies Co employees worked on at least 10 research projects with Chinese armed forces personnel over the past decade, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, collaborations the Chinese company said it was not aware of.

Huawei workers teamed up with members of various organs of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in projects spanning artificial intelligence to radio communications, Bloomberg said.

“Huawei is not aware of its employees publishing research papers in their individual capacity,” Huawei spokesman Joe Kelly told Reuters, adding that the company does not have any research and development collaboration or partnerships with PLA-affiliated institutions.

“Huawei only develops and produces communications products that conform to civil standards worldwide, and does not customise R&D products for the military.”

Huawei has come under mounting scrutiny for over a year, led by U.S. allegations that “back doors” in its routers, switches and other gear could allow China to spy on U.S. communications.

The company has denied its products pose a security threat.

The U.S. government last month effectively banned its agencies from buying Huawei telecommunications equipment and put severe restrictions on U.S. companies doing business with Huawei.

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Qazaishvili scores twice as Earthquakes beat Dynamo

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Valeri Qazaishvili scored a goal in each half and the San Jose Earthquakes beat the Houston Dynamo 2-0 on Wednesday night.

Qazaishvili opened the scoring in the 22nd minute. After San Jose played a quick corner kick, he flicked it over goalkeeper Joe Willis. In the 75th minute, Tommy Thompson sent a cross through traffic and Qazaishvili created space to slot it past Willis for his third goal of the season.

San Jose (6-6-4) extended its unbeaten streak to five games. Houston (7-5-3) is winless in four games.

Chris Wondolowski nearly made it 2-0 in the 62nd minute, but Willis knocked the header wide. Magnus Eriksson sailed an open shot over the crossbar three minutes later.

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