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storm nate: at least 20 dead in costa rica, nicaragua and honduras


image copyrightreutersimage caption heavy rain has swollen rivers and affected towns across costa rica tropical storm nate has killed at least 20 people in costa rica, nicaragua and honduras before it moves north towards the us.a state of emergency has been declared in the central american nations, where more than 20 people are missing. it has caused heavy rains, landslides and floods which are blocking roads, destroying bridges and damaging houses.in costa rica, nearly 400,000 people are without running water and thousands are sleeping in shelters. at least six people have died in the storm there, while another 11 were killed when it moved north and reached nicaragua. three people have been killed in honduras and several are reported missing. image copyrightreutersimage caption some 5,000






canada, costa rica tie 1-1; honduras may win by forfeit


alphonso davies and francisco calvo each scored first-half goals, and canada and costa rica tied 1-1 on tuesday night at houston.davies gave canada a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute and calvo drew costa rica even with a header three minutes before halftime.canada and costa rica are tied in group a with four points apiece, but canada is in first place because it has scored more goals.honduras 0, french guiana 0: although the teams tied in the group a game at houston, honduras appears likely to be awarded the three points for a victory because of a forfeit.a decision on disciplinary action against guiana for using an ineligible player is expected by wednesday. guiana elected to play florent malouda despite concacaf’s ruling that malouda, who played with france’s national team, was not eligible.i






costa rica advances to gold cup quarterfinals with 3-0 win


costa rica assured itself of a spot in the knockout rounds of the concacaf gold cup by posting a 3-0 win over french guiana on friday night at frisco, texas. ariel rodriguez scored in the fourth minute, and rodney wallace and david ramirez added insurance goals late in the second half.the result guaranteed that the costa ricans, with seven points, could finish no worse than second in group a. costa rica clinched first place in the group when honduras and canada played to a scoreless tie in the night’s second match. french guiana, which had to play with 10 men for the last 29 minutes, was eliminated with the loss.canada needed to defeat honduras by two goals to win the group, but it also clinched a spot in the quarterfinals, as did honduras, which hasn’t scored in three gold cup games.






after loss to costa rica, it's a harsh world cup qualifying reality for the u.s.


when u.s. soccer lured bruce arena away from the galaxy to coach the national team last fall, it gave him just one objective.“my goal is very clear,” arena said at the time. “it’s to qualify our team for russia 2018.”friday’s dismal 2-0 loss to costa rica has put that goal in peril. but if the road to russia has suddenly before steeper, there is still a way through, beginning tuesday in honduras.unbeaten mexico (5-0-2) has already punched its ticket to russia and costa rica (4-1-2) is close enough to begin pricing airfares. at the other end of the six-team qualifying table trinidad and tobago (1-6-0) is only mathematically alive.that leaves the u.s. (2-3-2), honduras (2-3-2) and panama (1-2-4) to fight for what’s left: concacaf’s third and final automatic world cup berth, plus a spot in a






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download download travelling to costa rica? be sure to understand what ticos really mean with this app. we include almost 500 costa rica idioms and phrases, along with definitions and examples. not sure you should use a certain idiom with your costa rican mother-in-law? this app lets you know which idioms are appropriate for these occasions, and which are not. also, add any word to your favorites list to keep them extra handy. you can use the search functionality to quickly find that word you just heard from your taxi driver. we include words that start with a to d for free. you can unlock the rest of the words for only $0.99. this app is a great companion to any costa rica map or costa rica guide. pura vida mop.






us needs at least a point on tuesday at honduras


new york (ap) — gaining at least a point on tuesday at honduras is critical for the united states’ chances to qualify for an eighth straight world cup.mexico clinched one of the three berths from north and central america and the caribbean on friday night, and costa rica is close to securing another.after its second home loss in the hexagonal, the u.s. is clinging to third place, ahead of honduras on goal difference. a draw or win against the catrachos would leave the u.s. in position to secure a berth with wins against panama on oct. 6 at orlando, florida, and at last-place trinidad and tobago four days later.“we’ll respond in a big way,” u.s. captain michael bradley said after the stunning 2-0 loss to costa rica at harrison, new jersey. “everything’s still to play for.”most read storiesu






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tropical storm nate to drench nicaragua, threaten gulf coast


mexico city (ap) — tropical storm nate formed off the coast of nicaragua on thursday and it was expected to drench parts of central america and mexico before potentially hitting the u.s. gulf coast as a hurricane over the weekend.the u.s. national hurricane center said the storm could cause dangerous flooding by dumping as much as 15 to 20 inches (38 to 50 centimeters) of rain on nicaragua, with higher accumulations in a few places.it had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) thursday morning and was likely to strengthen over the northwestern caribbean sea thursday night and friday.the storm was centered about 10 miles (15 kilometers) south puerto cabezas, nicaragua, and was moving northwest near 8 mph (13 kph).most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the forecast tra






u.s. soccer team to open gold cup against panama on july 8


the u.s. will open this summer’s gold cup tournament against panama before going on to meet martinique and the winner of a haiti-nicaragua playoff in group play of the biennial regional soccer championship.the first-round u.s. games will be played in nashville on july 8, tampa, fla., on july 12 and cleveland on july 15.group a is made up of honduras, costa rica, canada and french guiana. those teams will play in harrison, n.j.; houston; and frisco, texas, beginning july 7. mexico headlines group c and will open play july 9 against el salvador in san diego.also in that group is jamaica and curacao. the july 13 meeting between mexico and jamaica in denver will be a rematch of the last gold cup final, won by mexico. the final group c games will be played in san antonio, texas, on july 16.the






at least 8 dead as bus slips into river in nicaragua


mexico city — authorities in nicaragua say at least eight people have died after a bus rolled backward down a ramp and into a river.nicaragua's national disaster agency says eight victims were found inside the bus after it was hauled from the rio san juan in the southern part of the country near the costa rica border. a search continued for others.the agency said in a statement monday that witnesses described the bus taking on passengers, but rolling backward when the brakes failed. other local press accounts suggested a rock had been placed behind the bus tire, but gave way.photographs of the scene in boca de sabalos show people in the water around the partially submerged bus while dozens more watch from the bank.






another hurricane threat to southern us | news


a developing tropical depression has formed in the southwestern caribbean, and it has the potential to cause considerable disruption in both central america and the us states of florida and alabama.tropical depression 16 (td16), to give it its full name, was 120km to the southeast of puerto cabezas, at 06:00 gmt. it was heading northwest at 9 kilometres per hour. this track, and is expected to continue over the next 36 hours. this will result in td16 posing a threat to honduras and mexico's yucatan peninsula, before strengthening as it heads across the gulf of mexico.winds within the system are relatively light, with sustained winds of 55 km/h. the main threat from td16 will come from the warm, moist air within its circulation, which is generating huge amounts of rain.rainfall totals of 12






8.0 earthquake strikes off mexico coast; tsunami is possible in mexico, central


a magnitude 8.0 earthquake has occurred off the southern mexican coast, the u.s. geological survey said.widespread hazardous tsunami waves are possible within the next three hours on some coasts of mexico, guatemala, el salvador, costa rica, nicaragua, panama, honduras and ecuador.the earthquake ruptured at 9:49 p.m. pacific time thursday and was felt in the chiapas area, guatemala and el salvador. “there may be some damage closer to the epicenter, but it’s pretty far away from the mainland,” said usgs geophysicist jessica turner.a tsunami is not expected for california. widespread hazardous tsunami waves are possible within the next three hours on some coasts of mexico, guatemala, el salvador, costa rica, nicaragua, panama, honduras and ecuador.earthquake warning sirens sounded shortly be






u.s. loses to costa rica, 2-0, in danger of not qualifying for world cup


when it comes to world cup qualifying, costa rica has found a way to bring out the worst in the u.s.with marco urena scoring two goals and goalkeeper keylor navas making two splendid saves, costa rica dealt the u.s. a loss of historic proportions friday, winning 2-0 before a sellout crowd of more than 26,000 at red bull arena. and that leave the americans’ chances of qualifying for an eighth consecutive world cup very much in doubt.the loss was the first in a home qualifier with costa rica in 32 years. and combined with a loss to mexico last fall, it marks the first time the u.s. has dropped two home games in the same qualifying cycle since 1957.with costa rica having beaten the visiting u.s. 4-0 in a november qualifier, friday’s loss also marked the first time the u.s. has been swept in t






gov. scott urges panhandle residents to monitor nate


pensacola, fla. (ap) — gov. rick scott is urging residents in florida’s panhandle to keep an eye on tropical storm nate, which formed off the coast of nicaragua and is expected to approach the u.s. gulf coast.scott was in pensacola on thursday morning, meeting with city and emergency management officials.the national hurricane center in miami says strengthening is likely as the storm moves over the northwestern caribbean sea thursday night and friday.the storm is centered about 10 miles (15 kilometers) south puerto cabezas, nicaragua, and is moving northwest near 8 mph (13 kph). the storm’s current forecast track shows it possibly approaching the gulf coast over the weekend as a hurricane.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.scott tweeted that the storm has the potenti






updated concacaf standings - la times


                          gp                gd              pts1. mexico            6                   7                  142. costa rica      5                  4                    83. united states  6                  3                    84. panama          5                   0                    65. honduras        5                 -8                   46. trinidad           5                 -6                  3






updated concacaf standings - la times


                          gp                gd              pts1. mexico            6                   7                  142. costa rica      5                  4                    83. united states  6                  3                    84. panama          5                  0                    65. honduras        5                 -8                   46. trinidad           5                 -6                  3






tropical storm nate blamed for 17 deaths in central america, threatens u.s. gulf


newly formed tropical storm nate was blamed thursday for at least 17 deaths across central america as it dumped rain across the region on a path that would carry it toward a potential landfall on the u.s. gulf coast as a hurricane over the weekend. louisiana officials ordered some people there to evacuate.the u.s. national hurricane center said the storm could cause dangerous flooding by dumping as much as 15 to 20 inches of rain on nicaragua, with higher accumulations in a few places.it had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph at midday thursday and was likely to strengthen over the northwestern caribbean sea thursday night and friday before a possible strike on the cancun region at the tip of mexico's yucatan peninsula.in nicaragua, nate's arrival followed two weeks of near-constant rain th






ariana grande's costa rica concert gets threatened with attack


a costa rican man was arrested for online threats made in regards to his plans to stage an attack at ariana grande’s concert in alajuela, costa rica on sunday (jul. 9).read: ariana grande reportedly offers to cover funeral costs of manchester attack victimsaccording to the associated press, “head investigator walter espinoza told local media the threats were written in arabic. he identified the suspect only by his family names, caicedo lopez.” police raided the suspects home after tracing the threats, and he was arrested. grande’s concert went on as planned, and she performed for a reported 14,000 fans.i love you, costa rica






man threatens to attack ariana grande concert in costa rica


a costa rican man was arrested for online threats made in regards to his plans to stage an attack at ariana grande’s concert in alajuela, costa rica on sunday (jul. 9).read: ariana grande reportedly offers to cover funeral costs of manchester attack victimsaccording to the associated press, “head investigator walter espinoza told local media the threats were written in arabic. he identified the suspect only by his family names, caicedo lopez.” police raided the suspects home after tracing the threats, and he was arrested. grande’s concert went on as planned, and she performed for a reported 14,000 fans.i love you, costa rica






costa rica arrests suspect in threats at ariana grande show


mexico city — authorities in costa rica arrested a 22-year-old colombian man suspected of threatening to stage an attack at a concert by pop singer ariana grande.the threat comes on the heels of a may 22 bombing at a grande performance in manchester, england, that killed 22 people and injured dozens more.the costa rica concert went ahead as scheduled sunday in the city of alajuela.costa rican prosecutors said in a statement that the suspect is a colombian citizen who made the threats online.head investigator walter espinoza told local media the threats were written in arabic. he identified the suspect only by his family names, caicedo lopez.






u.s. ties panama, 1-1, to earn one point in concacaf world cup qualifier


the u.s. national team’s once-rocky road to next summer’s world cup in russia has smoothed out considerably in the last five days, with tuesday’s 1-1 draw with panama giving the americans both added confidence and a hard-earned point, keeping them in the middle of the concacaf standings four games into the 10-match tournament.clint dempsey scored the u.s. goal, converting a brilliant feed from christian pulisic in the 39th minute, then gabriel gomez scored for panama off a loose ball in the u.s. penalty area four minutes later.given the difficultly of playing of playing on the road in concacaf, a draw was a welcome result for the u.s., whose world cup hopes appeared to be on the ropes just five days ago. but after blistering honduras at home and playing panama even on the road, the america






us world cup hopes in jeopardy after 2-0 loss to costa rica


harrison, n.j. — with another stunning home loss, the united states' hopes of reaching an eighth straight world cup berth are in peril.marco urena took advantage of defensive mistakes to score in the 30th and 82nd minutes , giving costa rica a 2-0 win on friday night that brought the americans' resurgence under coach bruce arena to a crashing thud."there's no time to feel sorry for ourselves, and we're not," u.s. captain michael bradley said. "we've got three games to play like our lives depend on it, and we will."urena dribbled around defender tim ream, then caught tim howard leaning and beat the goalkeeper to the far post for the opening goal. the lone forward in a 5-4-1 formation, urena doubled the lead with a shot from 18 yards after david guzman intercepted a poor pass by geoff camero






bruce arena promises plenty of changes for usmnt in gold cup


more: 2017 gold cupbruce arena promises plenty of changes for usmntusmnt-martinique preview: win with style, nowcanada 1-1 costa rica: mls scorers lead to drawhonduras defeated french guiana the moment tuesday’s gold cup match kicked off, as les yana dòkòs sacrificed at least a 3-0 score line in order to use an ineligible star.concacaf ruled before the tournament that former french international florent malouda was ineligible to play in the gold cup, and french guiana played along for its opening 4-2 loss to canada.but with its best chance for a win coming tuesday against honduras — costa rica is next — french guiana decided to use longtime chelsea and lyon man malouda and take the 3-0 loss on the table. honduras wants to play the game because it can keep a better score line than 3-0 if th






man arrested for threatening to attack ariana grande concert in costa rica


san jose (dpa) – a 22-year-old man suspected of making threats against an ariana grande concert in costa rica was detained sunday, local media reported. the man of colombian origin was detained in the costa rican capital san jose for allegedly making threats against the concert by the 24-year-old american singer on the organizer’s website, la…






united plane lands after engine-overheat warning


houston — united airlines says a flight from costa rica to houston was cut short by an engine-overheating warning.airline spokeswoman erin benson says the two-engine boeing 737 circled to burn fuel, then returned monday to the airport in liberia, costa rica. she says the plane was over normal landing weight, so fire crews stood by at the airport.a reporter among the 165 passengers tweeted that it was a frightening experience.aviation-safety consultant john cox says boeing 737s can't dump fuel but are designed to land slightly overweight. he says it sounds like the united crew did everything right, including throttling back and returning to costa rica on one engine.benson says the passengers will get compensation and fly to houston on tuesday.






uncertainty abounds as u.s. men enter world cup qualifying matches


2017 opened with such promise for the u.s. men’s national soccer team. after a rollercoaster 2016, one that included an admirable copa america tournament and a disastrous world cup qualifying start, the team looked settled again.national team and world cup qualifying veteran bruce arena replaced jurgen klinsmann and brought a winning mentality back to a despondent side. the united states won the gold cup. most importantly, the team clawed back up the table in the concacaf hexagonal thanks largely to a 6-0 drubbing of honduras in march and a 1-1 draw in mexico in june. a once-questionable trip to russia in 2018 seemed certain.september’s performances burst that bubble. the united states only earned one point in their two matches, with a 2-0 loss at home to costa rica and a 1-1 draw away in






amazon invests in costa rica as tiny nation carves out profitable niche in world


amazon’s investment in the tiny central american country and the infusion of money from other multinational companies have helped make costa rica an important provider of a broad suite of corporate services for global firms.san josé, costa rica — in the 19th century, the customs house here brimmed with the imported wares that first helped this tiny spanish-speaking nation become part of the wider world economy.during a balmy weekend last month, the old brick and iron warehouse was packed again, this time with multilingual financial analysts and software developers attending a job fair organized by costa rica’s foreign-investment promotion agency.among the opportunities that lured some of the 8,300 job-seekers was the possibility of a job with amazon.com — a company that, since 2008, has mo






arena thinks u.s. immigration debate fires up opposing players


san pedro sula, honduras — american coach bruce arena thinks the divisive debate over immigration policy in the united states is firing up opposing players and fans."our immigration policies are impacting people in central america, right, and there's probably a little bit of anger over that," arena said ahead of tuesday's world cup qualifier at honduras. "and then your national sport gets a chance to play the u.s. i'm sure it becomes very meaningful."arena also criticized the u.s. soccer federation's decision to play last week's world cup qualifier against costa rica at red bull arena in harrison, new jersey. while ticket priority was given to season-ticket holders of the new york red bulls and people affiliated with the ussf, supporters of the visitors were a sizeable portion of the sello






arena thinks us immigration debate fires up opposing players


san pedro sula, honduras (ap) — american coach bruce arena thinks the divisive debate over immigration policy in the united states is firing up opposing players and fans.“our immigration policies are impacting people in central america, right, and there’s probably a little bit of anger over that,” arena said ahead of tuesday’s world cup qualifier at honduras. “and then your national sport gets a chance to play the u.s. i’m sure it becomes very meaningful.”arena also criticized the u.s. soccer federation’s decision to play last week’s world cup qualifier against costa rica at red bull arena in harrison, new jersey. while ticket priority was given to season-ticket holders of the new york red bulls and people affiliated with the ussf, supporters of the visitors were a sizeable portion of the






u.s. ties panama, 1-1, to earn one point in concacaf world cup qualifier


the u.s. national team’s once-rocky road to next summer’s world cup in russia has smoothed out considerably in the last five days, with tuesday’s 1-1 draw with panama giving the americans added confidence and a hard-earned point, keeping them in the middle of the concacaf standings four games into the 10-match tournament.clint dempsey scored the u.s. goal, converting a brilliant feed from christian pulisic in the 39th minute. gab-riel gomez scored for panama off a loose ball in the u.s. penalty area four minutes later.yet, given the difficulty of playing of playing on the road in concacaf, a draw was a welcome result for the u.s., whose world cup hopes appeared to be on the ropes just a week ago. but after blistering honduras at home and playing panama even away, the americans have risen f






pulisic scores twice, us beats trinidad 2-0 in qualifying


commerce city, colo. — christian pulisic rescued the united states with a pair of second-half goals, and the americans beat trinidad and tobago 2-0 on thursday night to move into third place at the halfway point in the final round of world cup qualifying.pulisic, an 18-year-old phenom from hershey, pennsylvania, ended a frustrating start for the u.s. offense with a goal in the 52nd minute, then added another in the 62nd."it just took us a little while to get going," pulisic said.pulisic made his international debut 15 months ago and has seven goals and five assists in 15 appearances, including four goals and three assists in his last four contests."he's having fun," u.s. coach bruce arena said. "he's a natural for the game. he sees the game very well."after crashing to an 0-2 start in the






clint dempsey's hat trick leads u.s. to dominating 6-0 win over honduras in worl


with its world cup qualifying campaign in peril, the u.s. national team had no margin for error friday.so it didn’t make any, with veteran clint dempsey scoring three times and newcomer christian pulisic getting a goal and two assists in an inspired 6-0 demolition of honduras in a wet and chilly avaya stadium. in friday’s two other concacaf qualifiers, javier “chicharito” hernandez scored his 46th international goal, matching jared borgetti’s national record, in mexico’s 2-0 victory over costa rica, while trinidad & tobago surprised panama, 1-0, on a first-half goal by minnesota united’s kevin molino.that lifted mexico over costa rica to the top of the six-team table after three games. but the americans, with their win, gained both ground and momentum after dropping their first two qualifi






minnesota united fc's kevin molino carded in trinidad and tobago match


(fernando llano, ap)while midfielder johan venegas returned early from costa rican national team duty, three loons were still away from minnesota united fc with matches tuesday. (click here to check out how they all faired in their first matches this past friday).midfielder kevin molino again had the best(-ish) outing of all, starting and playing all 90 minutes for trinidad and tobago in its 1-0 loss to mexico. molino earned a yellow card in the 54th minute for taking down carlos salcedo. the incident sparked a shouting match between molino and chicharito. (nsfw, pretty easy to deduce from lip reading what molino was saying.)center-back francisco calvo was an unused substitute in costa rica’s 1-1 draw with honduras in a world cup qualifier. check out where t&t and costa rica stand in the q






clint dempsey's hat trick leads u.s. to dominating 6-0 win over honduras in worl


with its world cup qualifying campaign in peril, the u.s. national team had no margin for error friday.so it didn’t make any, with veteran clint dempsey scoring three times and newcomer christian pulisic getting a goal and two assists in an inspired 6-0 demolition of honduras in a wet and chilly avaya stadium. in friday’s two other concacaf qualifiers, javier “chicharito” hernandez scored his 46th international goal, matching jared borgetti’s national record, in mexico’s 2-0 victory over costa rica while trinidad & tobago surprised panama, 1-0, on a first-half goal by minnesota united’s kevin molino.that lifted mexico over costa rica to the top of the six-team table after three games. but the americans, with their impressive win, gained both ground and momentum after dropping their first t






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gordon joins exclusive club with rolex 24 victory


daytona beach, fla. — jeff gordon's latest racing accomplishment won't take up much room in his expansive trophy case.but it's sure to get a prime spot.the retired nascar star joined an exclusive club sunday by becoming the fourth driver to win the rolex 24 at daytona and the daytona 500. racing legends a.j. foyt and mario andretti, as well as nascar regular jamie mcmurray are the only others to accomplish the feat."not bad company," said gordon, who has three daytona 500 victories (1997, '99, 2005). "it was the thrill of a lifetime. i'm just so honored to be sitting here and to be part of this experience."gordon was the fourth driver for wayne taylor racing in the endurance race, and although he didn't play a significant role in getting the no. 10 cadillac to victory lane, he was a welcom