Neymar undergoing treatment to ankle injured at World Cup
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Brazil star Neymar has undergone tests and is receiving treatment at the team’s hotel after injuring his right ankle in the team’s 2-0 defeat of Serbia in their World Cup opener. The team did not give any detail on the extent of his injury on Friday. Neymar sprained his ankle in the second half of a bruising match against Serbia in Lusail on Thursday. He was in tears while sitting on the bench and after the match limped off the field on his way to the locker room. Neymar was also hurt at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, when his tournament ended with a back injury in the quarterfinals. Brazil ended up losing to Germany 7-1 in the semifinals.
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.
Laborers play sandlot cricket near World Cup soccer stadiums
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — As dawn broke on another day at the World Cup in Qatar, laborers who built this energy-rich country’s stadiums, roads and subway filled empty stretches of asphalt and sandlots to play cricket. Cricket, a sport that spread across the reaches of the former British empire, remains a favorite of the South Asian laborers who power economies across the Arabian Peninsula. It’s a moment of respite for workers, who typically just have Friday off in Qatar and much of the rest of the Gulf Arab nations. And it’s the day they look forward to all week, getting their matches in before the heat of the day fully takes hold.
Bills beat Lions 28-25 for 2nd win in 5 days at Ford Field
DETROIT (AP) — Tyler Bass made a tiebreaking 45-yard field goal with 2 seconds left, lifting the Buffalo Bills to a 28-25 win over the Detroit Lions on Thursday for their second victory in five days at Ford Field. Josh Allen set up the game-winning kick by starting the drive with a 36-yard pass to Stefon Diggs and running twice for 12 yards. Buffalo has won two straight to move a half-game ahead of Miami in the AFC East. Buffalo was back in Detroit after the NFL shifted its previous home game against Cleveland to Ford Field because of a winter storm.
Amazon Prime Video crew has made smooth transition to studio
Journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, three-time All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman and four-time Pro Bowl tackle Andrew Whitworth have made a smooth transition straight from the field to the studio this season, joining Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez and host Charissa Thompson on Amazon Prime Video’s “Thursday Night Football” crew. Veteran Al Michaels calls the games with Kirk Herbstreit in the booth and sideline reporter Kaylee Hartung. Fitzpatrick, Sherman, Whitworth, Gonzalez and Thompson are onsite for most games. They’ve developed on-air chemistry by spending a lot of time together off the set, including dinners on Wednesday night before the games.
Kiffin plans to return; No. 20 Ole Miss falls to Bulldogs
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Will Rogers passed for two touchdowns and Mississippi State stopped a potential game-tying 2-point conversion with 1:25 remaining to preserve a 24-22 Egg Bowl win over No. 20 Mississippi. Mississippi State rallied from a 16-7 deficit in the second quarter with a 10-point outburst in the fourth quarter. Massimo Biscardi hit a go-ahead 34-yard field goal before Rogers connected on a 22-yard touchdown pass to Rara Thomas to build the 24-16 lead with 7:58 remaining. Ole Miss answered when Jaxson Dart threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Dayton Wade with 1:25 left, capping a 99-yard drive and closing within 24-22. But, the 2-point try failed. Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin said after the game he plans on returning next season.