World Cup Links: Could Boston Be One Of 16 Cities To Host The 2026 World Cup?

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The 2018 World Cup begins today in Moscow. (PHOTO CREDIT: CBS Sports)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The 2018 World Cup officially kicks-off today with excitement for the tournament to return to North America (Canada, Mexico and the United States) in 2026.

And while the new tournament is barely one day old, there is certainly some excitement for it here in Boston, especially because we are one of the cities being considered to host some games, specifically at Gillette Stadium.

Boston is one of 23 cities being considered – the list will be whittled down to 16 locations in a few years. Other locations throughout North America include New York/New JerseySan FranciscoLos AngelesDenverKansas CityMiamiEdmontonToronto and Mexico City.

Sure, it would be great to have Boston be one of the 16 cities hosting the 2026 World Cup, but most likely games would be played in Foxboro, not Boston, as noted in a piece on Boston.com by Hayden Bird.

In addition to games being held in Foxboro, Bird also noted in his piece that Harvard UniversityNobles and Greenough School, Wellesley College and the New England Revolution’s practice field would be potential training facilities for teams that would be housed in Boston.

WBZ-TV sports producer Joe Giza tweeted a video yesterday of Revs President Brian Bilello, who likes Boston’s chances of hosting the 2026 World Cup.

Again, we will have to wait a few years before FIFA announces the final 16 cities – we should know by 2020 or 2021 – but their goal is to make the 2026 World Cup a “North American event from coast to coast.”


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Noonan: The Celtics Exceeded Expectations, But Are On The Path To Contend For ‘Banner No. 18’

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Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics are close to becoming title contenders for the next few seasons. (PHOTO CREDIT: CSNNE.com)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

As we all know, the Boston Celtics overachieved this season, taking that ‘so-called’ next-step with an impressive Game 7 win earlier this week against the Washington Wizards to secure a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Players like Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, Avery Bradley and yes, Kelly Olynyk, have made impressive contributions for the Green and White over the past few weeks.

However, we all know this crew is not ready to contend with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Instead, we, the Celtics fans, have witnessed another brick being added to the foundation. Danny Ainge’s process is slowly coming to fruition, which means the Green and White are inching closer to their ultimate goal of ‘banner number 18.’

It will come, I promise, but it won’t be this season. Maybe it will be next season or the year after, but the Celtics, who certainly exceeded expectations this spring, have proven they deserve a spot at the ‘big boys’ table with Cleveland, Golden State and San Antonio.

And while the outcome of this current series certainly favors the Cavaliers – yes, Cleveland dominated the opening game last night, downing the Celtics, 117-104 – Boston must at-least show some fight to keep the excitement on Causeway Street going into next season.

What the Celtics do following the Cleveland series is an unknown. Yes, there have been speculation, thoughts, tweets and opinions about the Green and White dealing their number one pick or perhaps luring Paul George or Gordon Hayward to Boston, but nothing is official.

If I were Danny Ainge, I would consider trading the top pick or perhaps selecting Markelle Fultz (Washington) or Lonzo Ball (UCLA). I would also be open to welcoming drafting Josh Johnson (Kansas) or Jayson Tatum (Duke) to Boston, too.

For now, just like many of you, I am going to enjoy this current run by the C’s. Yes, it maybe painful at time – who doesn’t want to see Thomas and his teammates defeat ‘The King’ and last year’s champions, but in the back of my mind – like many – I know this is just the beginning of what should be an exciting few years of Celtics basketball.

The future is promising, Green and White fans, so enjoy the remainder of the series and get set for what should be an exciting offseason.

Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode 19 (Dan Libon | Patch.com)

noontime-sports-podcastBy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports

Ah, Noontime Sports the Podcast has officially returned. And for our 19th episode, Matt Noonan welcomes an old friend and colleague of the blog, Dan Libon, who is a reporter for Patch.com.

Noonan and Libon reminisce about their college radio show Get In The Game and their first few years of covering sports for NoontimeSports.com.

Additionally, the two discuss Libon’s current role with Patch, which includes covering the New England Patriots – what is that like, Dan?

Finally, both Noonan and Libon voice their thoughts on what Boston sports team will celebrate a title (hopefully) this year or next year.

Make sure to follow Dan on Twitter (@DLibon)!

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Sunday Column: It Is Time To Pump The Breaks On Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown was the third overall pick in this year's NBA Draft. (Photo Credit: Boston.com)
Jaylen Brown was the third overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. (Photo Credit: Boston.com)

By Matt Noonan 

I think it is time to pump the breaks on Jaylen Brown.

Seriously, let’s stop antagonizing this individual and see what happens when he competes for the Boston Celtics this season.

Since being selected third overall in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Green and White, Brown has been insulted by die-hard Green Teamers that are desperate for Banner 18.

I am a Celtics fan. I was born and raised in Boston – well, technically born in Boston, but grew up outside the city – and understand the immediate need for championships. And since the New England Patriots began winning Super Bowls, the need for additional hardware and celebrations on Boylston Street have increased.

As of today – Sunday, June 26 – we don’t know what Brown can do for the Celtics or what the Celtics can do for Brown – no play on UPS there, I promise! – but until he steps on the court and sprints up and down the parquet, there is no need to barrage this young man.

Following an introductory press conference last week, Brown exhibited his frustration by telling members of the media he is ready to ‘rip someone’s head off.’

Will he rip someone’s head off? Doubt it, but make sure you wear Celtics gear when walking around or near the Boston Garden.

According to NBADraft.net, Brown’s play should be identical to Jimmy Butler, which should excite Celtics fans – how many times have we heard Butler’s name when it comes to trade talks? We won’t know if this comparison is true until we see him compete for the Green and White.

In addition to the comparison of Butler, Brown has been touted as a strong, physical down-low player, as well as someone that can go toe-to-toe with ‘the best players.’

Maybe Brad Stevens will tell him to guard LeBron James or Steph Curry next season?

We can go round and round about the selection of Brown or what he will or won’t do for this organization. Yet, until he competes – or plays one or two series – there is no need to antagonize the former Cal Bear forward.

Brown could become a cornerstone of this organization – maybe he’ll join the Celtics Mount Rushmore of Paul Pierce, Bill Russell and Larry Bird – but again, until we see him compete, let’s slow down the criticism and focus our attention on perhaps luring Kevin Durant to Boston.

Could you imagine the tandem of Durant and Brown? Could become the greatest tandem in the league’s history.

Boston 13s Prepares For USA Rugby League Championship (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

BOSTON, Mass. – The Boston 13s rugby team clinched a spot in the upcoming USA Rugby League Championship, which will take place on Saturday, August 29 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Boston defeated Philadelphia, 20-12, en route to a North Conference championship, and will play Atlanta – a team that is currently in its second year of competition. Atlanta defeated the CFL Warriors, 32-28, to capture the South Championship.

According to Atlanta’s team page, this will be the initial meeting between the two teams. Last season, Atlanta earned a spot in the USARL Final, but fell to Philadelphia, 30-18.

Boston’s last appearance in the championship occurred in 2012, however, the squad was unable to capture the league crown.

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