Colombia Coach Lorenzo Reluctant to Be Labeled Favorites 

Nestor Lorenzo, coach of Colombia speaks during a press conference ahead of the CONMEBOL Copa America group stage match against Paraguay at NRG Stadium on June 23, 2024 in Houston, Texas. (Getty Images/AFP)
Nestor Lorenzo, coach of Colombia speaks during a press conference ahead of the CONMEBOL Copa America group stage match against Paraguay at NRG Stadium on June 23, 2024 in Houston, Texas. (Getty Images/AFP)
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Colombia Coach Lorenzo Reluctant to Be Labeled Favorites 

Nestor Lorenzo, coach of Colombia speaks during a press conference ahead of the CONMEBOL Copa America group stage match against Paraguay at NRG Stadium on June 23, 2024 in Houston, Texas. (Getty Images/AFP)
Nestor Lorenzo, coach of Colombia speaks during a press conference ahead of the CONMEBOL Copa America group stage match against Paraguay at NRG Stadium on June 23, 2024 in Houston, Texas. (Getty Images/AFP)

Colombia coach Nestor Lorenzo is looking forward to his side's Copa America opener against Paraguay on Monday and insists he does not like being labeled one of the favorites to claim the continental showpiece.

Lorenzo, who was keen to avoid being tipped as one of the heavy weights, said there is a lot of expectation surrounding his team, given their 23-match unbeaten run.

"We are taking it one game at a time and not thinking about the unbeaten record. The processes are different, comparisons are disgusting," the coach told a press conference on Sunday.

"I hope we bring joy to the people, we see them excited, that motivates us. It makes us happy to know that we are transmitting something good from the pitch," he added.

Lorenzo, who took over as Colombia boss in July 2022, has been at his best in the build-up to the tournament, leading his side to a 5-1 victory over the United States and a 3-0 win over Bolivia earlier this month.

But with Colombia also facing Brazil and Costa Rica in Group D, he said there was no guarantee of going further in the competition and that the key was to focus on each game.

"It's not that we're not excited - we are. It's just that the favorites almost never win. We're not going to get carried away, we're going to take it game by game, ball by ball, and that's how you win.

"We're going to try to attack, to be protagonists, even if our opponents sometimes don't let us. Hopefully we'll be able to turn ourselves into a versatile team that can be in the game when we're not dominating," he added.



South Sudan Give US Huge Scare in Olympic Basketball Warm-up

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Basketball - USA Basketball Showcase - United States v Serbia - Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - July 17, 2024 LeBron James of the U.S. in action REUTERS/Rula Rouhana/File Photo Purchase Licensing Rights
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South Sudan Give US Huge Scare in Olympic Basketball Warm-up

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Basketball - USA Basketball Showcase - United States v Serbia - Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - July 17, 2024 LeBron James of the U.S. in action REUTERS/Rula Rouhana/File Photo Purchase Licensing Rights

South Sudan's basketball team came close to stunning the United States' collection of NBA superstars on Saturday before losing 101-100 in an Olympic Games warm-up in London.

The US trailed by 14 points at half-time before LeBron James came to the rescue with 23 points, including the key score with just 20 seconds left.

Anthony Davis added 15 points with 11 rebounds for the US, according to AFP.

For South Sudan, who are ranked 33 in the world, Marial Shayok scored 25 points while Carlik Jones had 15 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

Both sides will meet again in the pool stages of the Paris Olympics which get underway on Friday.