Ronaldo becomes 1st male player to score at 5 World Cups
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first male player to score at five World Cups with a goal for Portugal against Ghana. The 37-year-old striker converted a penalty in the 65th minute to give Portugal a 1-0 lead. He has now scored in every World Cup since his first in 2006. He scored one goal at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, another at the 2014 tournament in Brazil and four in Russia in 2018. Ronaldo extended his men’s record tally of international goals to 118. Brazil forward Marta has scored in five Women’s World Cups.
World Cup Viewer’s Guide: US seeks repeat of 1950 upset
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The hastily assembled American squad was a ragtag group that included a mailman, a grave digger, a dishwasher and a school teacher the first time the United States faced England at the World Cup. The 1-0 upset in 1950 is often likened to the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” win over the Soviet Union at the Lake Placid Olympics as being among the biggest moments in American sports history. The disparity between the two national soccer teams isn’t nearly as wide 72 years later as England and the United States get set to play Friday in Group B. Wales plays Iran, Qatar faces Senegal and the Netherlands takes on Ecuador in other games.
Embolo scores, doesn’t celebrate as Swiss win at World Cup
AL WAKRAH, Qatar (AP) — Breel Embolo’s goal lifted Switzerland to a 1-0 victory over Cameroon at the World Cup. Embolo kept his promise not to celebrate scoring against the country of his birth. The Switzerland forward scored in the 48th minute of a low pass from Xherdan Shaqiri. Embolo raised his hands in a gesture of apology as teammates rushed toward him near the penalty spot. The 25-year-old forward left Cameroon with his family when he was 5. Cameroon coach Rigobert Song says “I would have liked him to be on my side but that’s not the way it went.”
South Korea holds Uruguay to 0-0 draw at 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 yet another early World Cup match with the favored team stumbling. Argentina and Germany both lost their opening matches in major upsets. South Korea forward Son Heung-min was wearing a mask to protect a broken left eye socket and his team always looked the more likely to score against the more experienced Uruguayans. But Uruguay had best chances in a match with few clear scoring chances. Diego Godin hit the post in the 43rd minute and Federico Valverde hit it in the 89th.
Inflation or not, price of pro sports teams keeps going up
Inflation isn’t going to hurt the bankrolls of sports team owners. In fact, it may help. While the uber-rich will have to pay a little more for their eggs at the grocery store – just like everyone else – inflation isn’t likely to affect the bottom lines at their sports properties. Sports business analysts say the added costs of running the teams is like a rounding error for the multibillion dollar teams. And when the stock market turns sour, sports teams can hold their value better than other investments. Several major pro teams are currently on the market, including English Premier League teams Manchester United and Liverpool. If the NFL’s Washington Commanders are sold, it could break the record for highest price ever for a sports team.
England wary of World Cup upset against US
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — England scored six goals in its opening World Cup game against Iran, but it was the two it conceded that concern coach Gareth Southgate and provide hope for the United States. The tournament has already produced some shocking results, including Saudi Arabia’s win against Argentina and Japan’s upset over Germany. A win for the U.S. over England would not be on the scale of Saudi Arabia’s win, but Gregg Berhalter’s team is undoubtedly the underdog against one of the tournament favorites.
England doesn’t scare US star Adams – but spiders do
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — United States midfielder Tyler Adams is more frightened of spiders than he is of England. Adams revealed what scares him most before the U.S. team’s World Cup clash with England on Friday. And it’s not the prospect of coming up against one of the tournament favorites. England beat Iran 6-2 in its opening game in Qatar on Monday while the U.S. tied 1-1 with Wales. Adams accepts coach Gregg Berhalter’s team is the underdog. But he says the game holds no fear for him.
Ohio State, Michigan get chance to add more lore to rivalry
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The highly anticipated matchup between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan with much at stake is almost here. The Buckeyes and Wolverines will play for the Big Ten East title and a spot in the conference championship game, where one of them will be big favorites and a win away from reaching the College Football Playoff. If The Game goes as expected on Saturday in the Horseshoe, it will join the long list of memorable moments in a series that dates to 1897.
Fordham’s potent offense brings taste of Rocky Top to Bronx
NEW YORK (AP) — Fordham has brought a taste of Tennessee to the Bronx this year. The Rams have the most prolific offense in Division I football heading into the FCS playoffs this weekend. Fordham is averaging 612 yards per game, a mark that would rank second in FCS history. It’s also running basically the same system that has fueled the ninth-ranked Volunteers’ resurgent season and turned quarterback Hendon Hooker into a Heisman Trophy contender. Rams quarterback Tim DeMorat is having his own monster season and has turned into a Vols fan as he enjoys watching the similarities between the two offenses.
FIFA tells Wales that fans can wear rainbow hats in stadiums
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Welsh soccer federation said FIFA has offered assurances that fans wearing rainbow symbols will be allowed at Friday’s World Cup game against Iran. The federation had asked FIFA for clarity on reports some Wales fans were stopped from taking rainbow bucket hats and flags into the team’s World Cup opener against the United States on Monday. The federation added that all World Cup venues have been contacted and instructed to follow the agreed rules and regulations, which included guarantees from the Qatari authorities that LGBTQ symbols would be allowed into the eight stadiums.