Vancouver Whitecaps agree to 2-year deal with head coach Vanni Sartini

Houston Dynamo forward Maximiliano Urruti (37) and Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Janio Bikel (19) vie for the ball during the first half during an MLS soccer match Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Sandy, Utah. (AP / Rick Bowmer) Houston Dynamo forward Maximiliano Urruti (37) and Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Janio Bikel (19) vie for the ball during the first half during an MLS soccer match Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Sandy, Utah. (AP / Rick Bowmer)

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World worse now due to COVID-19, climate, conflict: UN chief

As he starts his second term as UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres said Thursday the world is worse in many ways than it was five years ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and geopolitical tensions that have sparked conflicts everywhere -- but unlike U.S. President Joe Biden he thinks Russia will not invade Ukraine.