World Cup host Qatar eliminated from the tournament
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — World Cup host Qatar has been eliminated after just six days and two matches into the tournament. Qatar can’t finish in the top two of its group after losing to Ecuador in the opener and to Senegal on Friday. It was the earliest exit by a host nation in the World Cup’s 92-year history. Qatar’s fate was sealed after the Netherlands and Ecuador drew 1-1 in the other Group A match.
Injured Neymar to miss Brazil’s second World Cup match
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Brazil says Neymar will miss Brazil’s second World Cup match but will remain with the squad undergoing treatment for his ankle injury. Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar says tests conducted on his right ankle showed that Neymar has a ligament injury and will not be fit to play against Switzerland on Monday. He says “the goal is to have him recover” in time to still play in the tournament. Lasmar did not give a timetable on Neymar’s recovery.
Messi, Argentina under pressure for Mexico game at World Cup
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — There has been a chant doing the rounds among Saudi Arabia supporters and even some from Brazil in the fan parks and the streets of Doha at the World Cup. It goes, “Where is Messi? We We broke his eye!” It is a slang expression in Arabic meaning to bring shame on a person. Messi and his Argentina team are being mocked after their humbling 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia that has left their presence at the World Cup in big danger. Argentina needs to bounce back against Mexico on Saturday otherwise an embarrassing early exit awaits. Mexico opened with a 0-0 draw against Poland and has lost all three of its previous games against Argentina at World Cups.
Cousins, Vikings rebound from blowout to beat Patriots 33-26
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kirk Cousins threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns, the last a go-ahead score to Adam Thielen in the fourth quarter to push the Minnesota Vikings past the New England Patriots 33-26. Justin Jefferson had 139 yards and one of the touchdown passes from Cousins in a clutch performance the Vikings needed against a formidable defense to bounce back from a blowout loss against Dallas. The Vikings are 9-2. The Patriots are 6-5. Rookie Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell got a win over Bill Belichick, who drafted him with the Patriots in 2008.
Analysis: Winning isn’t always most important stat for QBs
Zach Wilson found out wins and losses aren’t the only stat that matters. The New York Jets benched Wilson this week despite his 5-2 record as a starter. Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick in 2021, has struggled in his sophomore year. The Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans are also switching QBs but they have nothing to lose. Both teams are heading nowhere. Sam Darnold replaces Baker Mayfield in Carolina. Kyle Allen is expected to take over for Davis Mills in Houston. The Panthers and Texans should be in a prime spot to draft a potential franchise QB next April. The Jets are in a different position. Wilson is supposed to be their guy after Darnold wasn’t.
Lamb sets table on Thanksgiving as Cowboys beat Giants 28-20
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott threw two touchdown passes to tight end Dalton Schultz, Ezekiel Elliott ran for a score and the Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants 28-20. The victory ended a three-game losing streak on the holiday for the Cowboys. Dallas moved a game ahead of the Giants in the NFC East while sweeping the season series. Rookie Peyton Hendershot ran for a 2-yard TD before directing all three of his fellow tight ends into a giant Salvation Army red kettle for a Whac-A-Mole celebration. The Giants have lost three of their past four games.
Cowboys TEs play live Whac-A-Mole to celebrate vs. Giants
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys tight ends played their own live version of Whac-A-Mole. The unique celebration followed a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 28-20 win over the New York Giants. After rookie Peyton Hendershot scored on a 2-yard sweep, he immediately motioned to the other three tight ends on the field for the play toward one of the oversized Salvation Army red kettles in the back of the end zone. Those three all hopped in and started popping up and down before Hendershot used the football to whack Ferguson on top of the head. Ferguson was the one who came up with the idea.
Bills overcome deficit, chaotic week; rally to beat Lions
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Quarterback Josh Allen and receiver Stefon Diggs were much like the rest of their Buffalo Bills teammates — exhausted and relieved while sharing a hug on the sideline after rallying to beat the Detroit Lions. In overcoming a 22-19 deficit for a 28-25 win, the Bills showed their mettle during one of the more chaotic weeks in team history. Buffalo won at Detroit’s Ford Field for a second time in five days after being the “home” team least Sunday while beating Cleveland. Allen put aside the pain he’s experiencing in a hurt throwing elbow by overseeing two scoring drives in the final nine minutes.
Tiger Woods to return to PNC Championship with son, Charlie
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods is returning with 13-year-old son Charlie to compete in the PNC Championship. The 36-hole event is Dec. 17-18 in Orlando. It’s for players who have won majors or The Players Championship with a family member as their partner. Woods and his son finished one shot behind John Daly and his son last year. This will be the third time Woods and his son play the PNC. It’s the last event of a busy December for Woods. He’s also playing the Hero World Challenge next week in the Bahamas and a made-for-TV exhibition on Dec. 10.
Differing paths of QBs Stroud, McCarthy led them to The Game
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud and Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy took differing paths that are now crossing in this year’s edition of The Game. McCarthy was just a bit player during last year’s 42-27 Michigan victory but won the starting QB job early in the season. Stroud is as weathered as a two-year starter could be. He is a Heisman Trophy candidate and one of the most prolific passers in the nation. He also remembers the agony of losing to the Wolverines a year ago despite throwing for nearly 400 yards and two touchdowns.