Bills beat Lions 28-25 for their second win in 5 days at Ford Field
DETROIT (AP) — Tyler Bass scored a tie 45-yard field goal with 2 seconds left and propelled the Buffalo Bills to a 28-25 win over the Detroit Lions Thursday for their second win in five days at Ford Field. Josh Allen set up the crucial kick by starting the drive with a 36-yard pass to Stefon Diggs and running twice for 12 yards. Buffalo has back-to-back victories, a half game ahead of Miami in the AFC East. Buffalo was back in Detroit after the NFL moved its previous home game against Cleveland to Ford Field due to a winter storm.
Crying Neymar injures his ankle during Brazil’s World Cup win
LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) – Brazil forward Neymar had ice on his ankle and cried on the bench after being substituted in the team’s 2-0 win over Serbia at the World Cup. Neymar’s injury apparently came after he was tackled at a breakaway in the second half. He limped for a while but kept playing until he was substituted in the 79th minute. He lay on the bench in tears as doctors began treating him in the closing minutes of the game at Lusail Stadium.
Ronaldo makes World Cup history, Portugal beats Ghana 3-2
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo made World Cup history by becoming the first male player in five World Cups to score with his 65th-minute penalty in a 3-2 win over Ghana. Andre Ayew equalized for Ghana eight minutes later but Joao Felix restored Portugal’s lead in the 78th minute and Rafael Leao added a third. Osman Bukari reduced Ghana’s deficit in the 89th round. The 37-year-old Ronaldo has now scored at every World Cup since his first World Cup in 2006. After ending his contract with Manchester United this week, he was keen to show potential new clubs his talent.
Richarlison’s goals help Brazil beat Serbia 2-0 at the World Cup
LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Richarlison scored twice to help Brazil win 2-0 against Serbia at the World Cup. The second came from a spectacular acrobatic kick. The forward got the ball airborne with one touch, then spun around and lifted the ground before slamming the ball into the net with his right foot. Brazil struggled to get past the Serbian defense until Richarlison scored from close range in the 62nd round in a build-up that started with Neymar. Vinícius Júnior set up both goals.
World Cup Viewer’s Guide: The US aims for a repeat of the excitement of 1950
DOHA, Qatar (AP) – The hastily assembled American squad was a ragtag group that included a postman, a gravedigger, a dishwasher and a schoolteacher when the United States first faced England at the World Cup. The 1-0 win in 1950 is often compared to the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” win over the Soviet Union at the Lake Placid Olympics as one of the greatest moments in American sports history. The disparity between the two national soccer teams isn’t nearly as great 72 years later, as England and the United States line up in Group B on Friday. Wales play Iran, Qatar meet Senegal and the Netherlands meet Ecuador in other games.
Embolo hits, does not celebrate as a Swiss World Cup victory
AL WAKRAH, Qatar (AP) – Breel Embolo’s goal propelled Switzerland to a 1-0 win over Cameroon at the World Cup. Embolo kept his promise not to celebrate goals against his native country. The Swiss striker scored in the 48th minute through a low pass from Xherdan Shaqiri. Embolo raised his hands in a gesture of apology as teammates rushed towards him near the penalty spot. The 25-year-old forward left Cameroon with his family when he was 5 years old. Cameroon coach Rigobert Song says: “I would have liked to have had him on my side, but that’s not how it went.”
South Korea held Uruguay 0-0 at the World Cup
AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) – South Korea and Uruguay started their World Cup campaigns with a 0-0 draw. The draw at Education City Stadium was another early World Cup game that saw the favored team stumble. Argentina and Germany both lost their opening games in big upsets. South Korean striker Son Heung-min wore a mask to protect a fractured left eye socket and his team always looked ready to score against the more experienced Uruguayans. But Uruguay had the best chances in a game with few clear scoring chances. Diego Godin hit the post in the 43rd minute and Federico Valverde in the 89th.
World Cup records more than half of record goalless draws
DOHA, Qatar (AP) – The 0-0 draw between Uruguay and South Korea was the fourth goalless game of this year’s World Cup. That’s already more than half of the tournament record in the first matches. The record for a goalless draw at the World Cup is seven. This happened in 1982, 2006, 2010 and 2014. At the 2018 tournament in Russia there was only a 0-0 draw. The games Mexico-Poland, Denmark-Tunisia, Croatia-Morocco and South Korea-Uruguay have all been goalless in Qatar so far.
Inflation or not, pro sports team prices continue to rise
Inflation will not harm the bankrolls of sports team owners. In fact, it can help. While the super-rich have to pay a little more for their eggs at the grocery store — just like everyone else — inflation is unlikely to hurt their sports real estate bottom line. Sports business analysts say the added expense of running the teams is like a rounding error for the multi-billion dollar teams. And when the stock market turns sour, sports teams can hold their value better than other investments. There are currently several major professional teams on the market, including English Premier League sides Manchester United and Liverpool. If the NFL’s Washington Commanders are sold, it could break the record for the highest-ever price for a sports team.
Bills star Von Miller is out against the Lions with a knee injury
DETROIT (AP) — Buffalo Bills edge rusher Von Miller injured his right knee in the second quarter and was ruled out for the remainder of the game against the Detroit Lions. Miller was accidentally kicked on his right leg by Detroit center Frank Ragnow while blocking another player. Miller was assessed on the sidelines and taken to the dressing room on a trolley from the sidelines. He had one tackle and was credited with Rush quarterback Jared Goff before leaving Thursday’s game. Miller, 33, went into the game with eight sacks in 10th place in the NFL.
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