Neymar injured his right ankle during Brazil’s World Cup win
LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Neymar sat crying on the bench and later left the stadium limping with a swollen right ankle after Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia at the World Cup. Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar says Neymar has sprained his ankle. Lasmar says: “No test is planned at the moment, but we will schedule it if necessary. He will be under surveillance. We’ll know more tomorrow.” Brazil coach Tite says he is “confident that Neymar will continue playing at the World Cup” but Lasmar says it’s too early to comment on the extent of the injury.
Prescott, TEs help cowboys defeat Giants on Thanksgiving
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott threw two touchdown passes to Dalton Schultz, Ezekiel Elliott ran for a goal and the Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants 28-20. The win ended a three-part losing streak over the holiday season (8-3) for the Cowboys. Dallas has overtaken the Giants by a game in the NFC East while winning the season series. Rookie Peyton Hendershot ran for a 2-yard TD before directing all three of his close friends into a giant Salvation Army red cauldron for a Whack-A-Mole celebration. The Giants have lost three of their last four games.
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.
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.
Neymar injured, Richarlison scores for Brazil at the World Cup
LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Neymar injured his right ankle but Richarlison scored twice to help Brazil beat Serbia 2-0 at the World Cup. The second came from a spectacular acrobatic kick just before an injured Neymar limped off the field. Richarlison used a touch to get the ball airborne, then spun around and lifted the ground before tossing the ball into the net with his right foot. Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said Neymar had sprained his right ankle but declined to speculate if he would play in the team’s next game against Switzerland on Monday.
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.
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