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.
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.
England wary of USA over World Cup excitement
DOHA, Qatar (AP) – England scored six goals in their World Cup opener against Iran, but it was the two conceded that worried coach Gareth Southgate and gave hope to the United States. The tournament has already produced some shocking results, including Saudi Arabia’s win over Argentina and Japan’s excitement over Germany. While a USA win over England would not be on the same scale as Saudi Arabia, Gregg Berhalter’s side are undeniably underdogs against one of the tournament favourites.
England does not scare US star Adams – but spiders do
DOHA, Qatar (AP) – United States midfielder Tyler Adams is more afraid of spiders than he is of England. Adams reveals what scares him most ahead of the USA’s World Cup clash with England on Friday. And it’s not the prospect of facing one of the tournament favourites. England defeated Iran 6-2 in their opening game in Qatar on Monday, while the USA drew 1-1 with Wales. Adams accepts that coach Gregg Berhalter’s team is the underdog. But he says the game doesn’t scare him.
Ohio State, Michigan get a chance to add more lore to the rivalry
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The much-anticipated, high-stakes matchup between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan is looming. The Buckeyes and Wolverines will be playing for the Big Ten East title and a spot in the conference championship game, where one of them will be the big favorite and one win away from making the college football playoffs. If The Game goes as expected at the Horseshoe on Saturday, it will join the long list of memorable moments in a series dating back to 1897.
Fordham’s powerful offense brings a taste of Rocky Top to the Bronx
NEW YORK (AP) — Fordham brought a touch of Tennessee to the Bronx this year. The Rams have the most successful offense in Division I football going into the FCS playoffs this weekend. Fordham is averaging 612 yards per game, a mark that would put him second in FCS history. It’s also essentially the same system at work that fueled the Volunteers’ resurgent ninth-ranked season and made quarterback Hendon Hooker a contender for the Heisman Trophy. Rams quarterback Tim DeMorat is having his own monster season and has become a Vols fan as he enjoys watching the similarities between the two offenses.
Aaron Rodgers says he played with a broken thumb
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he’s been playing with a broken thumb for the past six weeks. Rodgers injured his thumb in a thwarted attempt to say Hail Mary in the final of the Packers’ 27-22 loss to the New York Giants in London on Oct. 9. The Packers have listed Rodgers with a thumb injury every week since. But the four-time MVP didn’t publicly admit it was broken until Wednesday. Rodgers says he’s endured worse injuries. And he says the thumb feels as good now as it has since the Giants game.
Davis Cup: Italy defeats USA in doubles and advances to semifinals
MÁLAGA, Spain (AP) — Italy beat the United States in a double playoff to reach the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time in eight years. Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini defeated Tommy Paul and Jack Sock 6-4, 6-4 to secure Italy a 2-1 win after the teams split singles matches. Bolelli and Fognini broke once in each set to form a semifinal match against the winner between Germany and Canada on Saturday. In the other semi-final, Croatia meets Australia.
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