Messi, Argentina under pressure for Mexico game at World Cup
DOHA, Qatar (AP) – The World Cup saw a chant going around the fan parks and streets of Doha among fans from Saudi Arabia and even some from Brazil. It reads: ‘Where’s Messi? We broke his eye!” It is a slang term in Arabic and means to shame a person. Messi and his Argentinian team are being ridiculed after their humiliating 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia which has put their World Cup presence in grave jeopardy. Argentina need to recover against Mexico on Saturday or face an embarrassing early exit. Mexico opened with a 0-0 draw with Poland and have lost all three previous matches against Argentina at World Cups.
Cousins, Vikings recover from a blowout and beat Patriots 33-26
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kirk Cousins threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns, the last a green goal for Adam Thielen in the fourth quarter to push the Minnesota Vikings 33-26 past the New England Patriots. Justin Jefferson had 139 yards and one of Cousins’ touchdown passes in a clutch performance the Vikings needed against an impressive defense to recover from a blowout loss to Dallas. The Vikings are 9-2. The Patriots are 6-5. Rookie Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell beat Bill Belichick, who drafted him to the Patriots in 2008.
Lamm sets the table on Thanksgiving as the Cowboys beat the Giants 28-20
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott threw two touchdown passes to Dalton Schultz, Ezekiel Elliott ran for a goal and the Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants 28-20. The win ended a three-part losing streak on the holiday for the Cowboys. Dallas has overtaken the Giants by a game in the NFC East while winning the season series. Rookie Peyton Hendershot ran for a 2-yard TD before directing all three of his close friends into a giant Salvation Army red cauldron for a whac-a-mole celebration. The Giants have lost three of their last four games.
Cowboys TEs play whac-a-mole live to celebrate against Giants
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – The Dallas Cowboys tight ends performed 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 waved to the other three tight ends on the field to play for one of the Salvation Army’s oversized red kettles in the back of the endzone. These three all jumped in and started banging up and down before Hendershot used the football to hit Ferguson in the head. Ferguson was the one who came up with the idea.
Bills beat Lions 28-25 for their second win in 5 days at Ford Field
DETROIT (AP) — Tyler Bass scored a tie 45-yard field goal with 2 seconds left and propelled the Buffalo Bills to a 28-25 win over the Detroit Lions Thursday for their second win in five days at Ford Field. Josh Allen set up the crucial kick by starting the drive with a 36-yard pass to Stefon Diggs and running twice for 12 yards. Buffalo has back-to-back victories, a half game ahead of Miami in the AFC East. Buffalo was back in Detroit after the NFL moved its previous home game against Cleveland to Ford Field due to a winter storm.
Kiffin plans to return; No. 20 Ole Miss falls to Bulldogs
OXFORD, Mississippi (AP) — Will Rogers has passed two touchdowns and Mississippi State stopped a potential game-defining 2-point conversion 1:25 to preserve a 24-22 Egg Bowl win over No. 20 Mississippi . Mississippi State rebounded from a 16-7 deficit in the second quarter with a 10-point breakout in the fourth quarter. Massimo Biscardi hit a 34-yard field goal before Rogers connected with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Rara Thomas to extend the 24-16 lead with 7:58 remaining. Ole Miss responded when Jaxson Dart threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Dayton Wade with 1:25 left, completing a 99-yard drive and closing within 24-22. But the 2-point attempt failed. Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin said after the game he plans to return next season.
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.
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.
Ronaldo makes World Cup history, Portugal beats Ghana 3-2
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo made World Cup history by becoming the first male player in five World Cups to score with his 65th-minute penalty in a 3-2 win over Ghana. Andre Ayew equalized for Ghana eight minutes later but Joao Felix restored Portugal’s lead in the 78th minute and Rafael Leao added a third. Osman Bukari reduced Ghana’s deficit in the 89th round. The 37-year-old Ronaldo has now scored at every World Cup since his first World Cup in 2006. After ending his contract with Manchester United this week, he was keen to show potential new clubs his talent.
Neymar injured his right ankle during Brazil’s World Cup win
LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Neymar sat crying on the bench and later left the stadium limping with a swollen right ankle after Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia at the World Cup. Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar says Neymar has sprained his ankle. Lasmar says: “No test is planned at the moment, but we will schedule it if necessary. He will be under surveillance. We’ll know more tomorrow.” Brazil coach Tite says he is “confident that Neymar will continue playing at the World Cup” but Lasmar says it’s too early to comment on the extent of the injury.
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