No. 4 TCU still undefeated after game-ending FG at Baylor
WACO, Texas (AP) — Griffin Kell kicked a 40-yard field goal on the final play of the game, and fourth-ranked TCU remained undefeated with a 29-28 win at Baylor. The Horned Frogs scored nine points in the final 2:07 to avoid another potential playoff-busting loss on the banks of the Brazos River. Emari Demercardo scored on a 3-yard TD run to get the 11-0 Frogs within 28-26, but he was unable to pull in a pass on the 2-point conversion attempt. After kicking deep, TCU used all three of its timeouts while forcing a three-and-out, and it got the ball back with 1:34 left at its 31. Nine plays later, Kell made the game-ending kick.
Day before FIFA World Cup, Qatar faces overcrowding troubles
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Authorities have turned away thousands of fans from a concert celebrating the World Cup beginning the next day in Qatar. The move by officials Saturday night shows the challenges ahead for Doha as it tries to manage crowds in FIFA’s most compact tournament ever. Disappointed fans took being turned away largely in stride. Once away from the venue, Qatari police, security guards and others guided the thousands away with giant foam fingers, bullhorns and blinking traffic control wands. But the concert comes before the crush of the 1.2 million fans expect for the tournament fully arrive in this nation on the Arabian Peninsula.
VanDerveer hits pool, transcends women’s coaching eras
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Tara VanDerveer makes the two-minute walk from Maples Pavilion to the pool three times a week to get in her mile-long swims. Regular swimming is one more thing Stanford’s women’s basketball coach squeezes into her jam-packed days three times a week to keep mentally and physically ready as she begins her 37th season on The Farm. Her No. 2 Stanford team will take on top-ranked South Carolina on Sunday in a showdown of the past two NCAA champions.
Infantino scolds World Cup critics in extraordinary diatribe
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino has delivered a one-hour tirade on the eve of the World Cup’s opening match and then spent about 45 minutes answering questions from media about the Qatari government’s actions and a wide range of other topics. Infantino says he feels gay, feels like a woman and feels like a migrant worker. Infantino later defended the country’s immigration policy and praised the government for bringing in migrants to work. He called Europe’s criticism of Qatar’s policy on migrant workers “hypocrisy.” He says “give them some future. Give them some hope.”
Irving could return Sunday, Nets list him as questionable
NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving could return from his suspension and play for the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday after apologizing for hurting the Jewish community when he posted a link to a film with antisemitic material. The Nets listed Irving as questionable for the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on their injury report Saturday. He has missed the last eight games. The team suspended the point guard for a minimum of five games without pay on Nov. 3 after he refused to say he had no antisemitic beliefs. He apologized in an interview with SNY on Saturday.
Star striker Karim Benzema out of World Cup with thigh tear
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Defending champion France’s World Cup hopes have taken a huge blow with the news that star striker Karim Benzema is out of the tournament after tearing a muscle in his left thigh during training. The France team says “after hurting the quadriceps on his left thigh the Real Madrid striker is forced to give up on taking part in the World Cup.” Benzema was participating in his first full training session with Les Bleus when he had to come off after feeling some pain in his left thigh. The FFF says ”he went for an MRI scan in a hospital (clinic) in Doha, which unfortunately confirmed a tear” adding that he will need three weeks to recover.
World Cup opens with host country Qatar facing Ecuador
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar’s soccer team has slipped under the radar given the level of focus on the host country’s regime, its attitudes toward human rights, immigrant workers, the LGBTQ community and beer. Qatar opens the tournament against Ecuador on Sunday but the build up to that match has been overshadowed by the announcement that the sale of beer will be banned inside the stadium grounds. Qatar has never before appeared in a World Cup and faces a major challenge just to emerge from Group A. Sunday may be Qatar’s best hope for a victory against an Ecuador team that is only five places above it at No. 44 in the FIFA rankings.
Mikaela Shiffrin wins season-opening World Cup slalom
LEVI, Finland (AP) — World Cup champion champion Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States has claimed the season-opening women’s World Cup race for her 48th slalom victory. No other skier has won more titles in a single competition. Shiffrin moved to the top with the fastest second run after placing third in the opening run in foggy conditions in Finnish Lapland to beat Anna Swenn Larsson of Sweden by .16 of a second. Slalom Olympic champion and last season’s World Cup slalom winner Petra Vlhová of Slovakia was third, another four hundredths of a second back. Both Shiffrin and Vlhova have won five slalom events in the Finnish resort.
Bills dig themselves out of snow to make trip to Detroit
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills employed a massive operation to get all of their players and staff dug out of the snow to depart to Detroit for their relocated home game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Bills executive vice president Ron Raccuia told The Associated Press that the team had local snowmobile clubs on alert, and used snow-plow drivers and car pools to make sure everyone was able to gather at their facility. The team then boarded busses and followed a police escort to the airport for their flight, which left at around 4:45 p.m. The game was moved after a lake-effect storm dumped as much as 7 feet of snow across Western New York.
McIlroy, Fitzpatrick in mix for title as Rahm leads in Dubai
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rory McIlroy is well-placed for another Race to Dubai title after his 7-under 65 left him three shots off the lead heading into the final round at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship. Jon Rahm holds a one-stroke lead after a bogey-free 65 put the Spaniard at 15-under 201 overall at Jumeirah Golf Estates. The top-ranked McIlroy will battle U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick on Sunday for the Harry Vardon Trophy. McIlroy is trying to end the season as the European tour’s leading player for the fourth time in his career. Fitzpatrick can clinch what would be his first Race to Dubai title if he wins Sunday and McIlroy finishes below second.