Nov 24, 2022

Sports Headlines for Thursday

Posted Nov 24, 2022 12:12 PM

AP Sports SummaryBrief at 6:58 a.m. EST

World Cup Viewer's Guide: Ronaldo and Neymar seek history

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Two of the best players in soccer start World Cup competition Thursday as Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar both seek history in Qatar. Ronaldo is attempting to become the first male soccer player to score in five different World Cups when he leads Portugal against Ghana. Neymar is the leader of a Brazil team seeking a record-extending sixth World Cup title. South Korea plays Uruguay and Switzerland faces Cameroon in other games. South Korea forward Son Heung-min will likely be wearing a Batman-style mask to protect the left eye socket he fractured earlier this month.

Embolo scores, Switzerland beat Cameroon 1-0 at World Cup

AL WAKRAH, Qatar (AP) — Breel Embolo's goal has lifted Switzerland to a 1-0 win over Cameroon at the World Cup. He kept his promise not to celebrate scoring against the country where he was born. The Swiss forward from Yaounde struck with a right-foot shot in the 48th minute Thursday. He was standing all alone eight meters (yards) out in the middle of the goalmouth to take Xherdan Shaqiri's low pass. Embolo raised his hands in a gesture of apology as teammates rushed to him near the penalty spot. The 25-year-old forward left Cameroon with his family when he was five.

Aaron Rodgers says he's been playing with broken thumb

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he's been playing with a broken thumb for the past six weeks. Rodgers hurt his thumb on Oct. 9 during a foiled Hail Mary attempt on the final play of the Packers' 27-22 loss to the New York Giants in London. The Packers have listed Rodgers with a thumb injury each week since. But the four-time MVP didn't acknowledge publicly until Wednesday that it was broken. Rodgers says he's played through worse injuries. And he says the thumb now feels the best it has since the Giants game.

Phillies' Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery. The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia's lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team. Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost to Houston in six games. The two-time NL MVP hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

Empty streets, cranes: the city built for Qatar's World Cup

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Less than a month before it is set to host the World Cup final, Lusail City is oddly quiet. The sleek district 20 kilometers north of Doha was built to accommodate World Cup fans and hundreds of thousands of host nation Qatar's residents. It is home to the golden, bowl-shaped stadium where the World Cup's final match will take place, but its empty streets are raising questions about how much use it will get once more than a million soccer fans leave the small Gulf Arab nation after the tournament.

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.

Promising Spain brings back the 'tiki-taka' at the World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — King Felipe VI was among those congratulating Spain after its 7-0 rout of Costa Rica in the World Cup opener as "La Roja" put on a masterclass of ball possession and efficient attacking to get off to a good start in its quest to win a second world title. The historic victory raised expectations about "La Roja's" chances of succeeding in Qatar and winning soccer's most coveted trophy for the first time since 2010. Spain plays Germany in their second Group E match on Sunday.

Jets bench Zach Wilson, Mike White to start vs. Bears

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Zach Wilson has been benched by the New York Jets. The underachieving quarterback will be replaced by Mike White as the starter Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Coach Robert Saleh announced the decision after evaluating and discussing the situation with his assistants. Saleh said the benching is a reset for the second-year quarterback. Wilson had a dismal performance last Sunday in the Jets' 10-3 loss to the Patriots in New England. The No. 2 overall pick in the draft last year was 9 of 22 for a measly 77 yards. Joe Flacco will be White's backup.

Japan gets 2 late goals to upset Germany 2-1 at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano scored late goals to give Japan a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Germany at the World Cup. Ilkay Gündogan had given four-time champion Germany the lead with a first-half penalty. But Doan pounced on a rebound to equalize in the 76th minute after Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer blocked a shot from Takumi Minamino. Then Asano sprinted clear of Nico Schlotterbeck and beat Neuer from a narrow angle in the 83rd. Both Doan and Asano play for German clubs. It was the first competitive meeting between the two nations.

Teen Gavi leads Spain to 7-0 rout of Costa Rica at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Spain's young squad got off to a high-scoring start at the World Cup by routing Costa Rica 7-0. Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio and Ferran Torres scored a goal each in the first 31 minutes. Torres, Gavi, Carlos Soler and Álvaro Morata added to the lead in the second half. Olmo's goal was the 100th at World Cups for Spain. The country became the sixth nation to score more than 100 times in the tournament. It was the first time Spain has scored seven goals in a World Cup match.

College Basketball Scores

Wednesday, Nov. 23


American 74, Georgetown 70

Babson 66, Amherst 54

Binghamton 81, Columbia 79

California (Pa.) 90, Chestnut Hill 64

Dist. of Columbia 91, Bowie St. 88

Duquesne 75, Alabama St. 57

Indiana St. 85, Drexel 81

Maine 66, CCSU 58

Mass.-Lowell 73, Brown 62

N. Illinois 86, LIU 61

Niagara 91, D'Youville 53

Providence 71, Merrimack 57

Queens (NY) 88, Nyack 73

Rhode Island 57, Illinois St. 44

St. Francis (Pa.) 120, Franciscan 53

St. Peter's 98, Old Westbury 51


Appalachian St. 74, ETSU 70

Carson-Newman 92, Clayton St. 89

Coll. of Charleston 74, Kent St. 72

E. Kentucky 122, Brescia 84

Eckerd 89, Puerto Rico-Bayamon 69

Emory & Henry 86, Bluefield College Ramblin Rams 71

FIU 83, Stony Brook 50

Florida Gulf Coast 73, UMKC 59

Greensboro 62, Ferrum 59

High Point 77, Tennessee St. 72

Jacksonville 64, Campbell 43

Kansas 80, NC State 74

Kentucky 96, North Florida 56

Liberty 55, Bradley 44

Lincoln Memorial 61, Georgia College 54

Lipscomb 72, Chattanooga 66

Louisiana Tech 80, Alabama A&M 75

Miami 79, St. Francis (NY) 56

Mississippi St. 52, Utah 49

Mount Olive 70, Lenoir-Rhyne 63

Queens (NC) 107, Lynchburg 72

Rollins 94, Southeastern 59

SC-Aiken 86, Limestone 62

Samford 79, Valparaiso 49

Southern Miss. 70, Fort Wayne 58

Texas A&M-CC 98, Alcorn St. 67

The Citadel 72, New Orleans 65

Toledo 82, N. Kentucky 69

UCF 76, Evansville 56

W. Kentucky 71, Tulane 65

Wake Forest 105, SC State 74

William & Mary 62, Radford 51

Winthrop 101, E. Michigan 87

Wofford 70, North Greenville 59


Arkansas Tech 68, Drury 61

Auburn 43, Northwestern 42

Cent. Michigan 82, CS Northridge 66

Cincinnati 81, Louisville 62

Cleveland St. 77, Chicago St. 63

Detroit 70, Charlotte 49

Ferris St. 75, Ashland 69

Illinois College 62, Illinois Tech 50

Indiana 87, UALR 68

John Carroll 78, Fredonia St. 68

Kansas St. 61, LSU 59

Lindenwood (Mo.) 77, Idaho St. 76, OT

Marquette 84, Georgia Tech 60

Michigan 78, Jackson St. 68

Missouri 89, Coastal Carolina 51

Missouri S&T 95, St. Louis 41

Missouri-St. Louis 75, Michigan Tech 57

Mount Union 94, Wooster 76

Ohio Dominican 78, Alderson-Broaddus 72

Ohio St. 80, Texas Tech 73

Ohio Wesleyan 67, Capital 65

Purdue-Northwest 101, Calumet College of St. Joseph 75

Saint Louis 96, Paul Quinn 53

Sam Houston St. 80, South Dakota 49

St. Thomas (MN) 76, Milwaukee 72

Tennessee 71, Butler 45

Walsh 115, Carlow 44

Wis.-River Falls 78, Finlandia 68

Wisconsin 43, Dayton 42

Wright St. 87, Weber St. 65


Baylor 89, McNeese St. 60

Dallas Baptist 74, S. Nazarene 71

East Carolina 79, Texas-Arlington 65

Hamilton 85, Texas Lutheran 83

St. Thomas (Texas) 58, Texas-Dallas 53

Sul Ross St. 90, Trinity (FL) 78

UC Riverside 76, Abilene Christian 65

UTEP 68, CS Bakersfield 67, OT


Air Force 64, MVSU 51

Arizona 81, Creighton 79

Arkansas 78, San Diego St. 74, OT

Biola 82, SAGU American Indian College 54

Black Hills St. 97, Montana St.-Billings 38

Cal Poly 82, Idaho 71

Cal St.-East Bay 75, Dominican (Cal.) 71, OT

Denver 86, IUPUI 64

E. New Mexico 74, Northern New Mexico 53

Loyola Marymount 81, Morgan St. 80, OT

Nevada 62, Akron 58

Santa Clara 64, Menlo 51

Seattle 89, Pacific Lutheran 53

Southern Cal 82, BYU 76

UC Santa Barbara 89, North Alabama 71

UCLA 100, Pepperdine 53

UNLV 71, Minnesota 62

Washington 62, Fresno St. 57

Willamette 86, La Verne 81



Tuesday's Games

Philadelphia 115, Brooklyn 106

Sacramento 113, Memphis 109

Detroit 110, Denver 108

Phoenix 115, L.A. Lakers 105

Wednesday's Games

Cleveland 114, Portland 96

Charlotte 107, Philadelphia 101

Minnesota 115, Indiana 101

Brooklyn 112, Toronto 98

Atlanta 115, Sacramento 106

Boston 125, Dallas 112

Miami 113, Washington 105

New Orleans 129, San Antonio 110

Chicago 118, Milwaukee 113

Denver 131, Oklahoma City 126, OT

Detroit 125, Utah 116

Golden State 124, L.A. Clippers 107

Thursday's Games

No games scheduled.

Friday's Games

Minnesota at Charlotte, 5 p.m.

Philadelphia at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Portland at New York, 7:30 p.m.

Atlanta at Houston, 8 p.m.

Brooklyn at Indiana, 8 p.m.

Chicago at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

Cleveland at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

New Orleans at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Sacramento at Boston, 8 p.m.

Washington at Miami, 8 p.m.

Detroit at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

Utah at Golden State, 10 p.m.

Denver at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

Saturday's Games

Dallas at Toronto, 5 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Houston, 8 p.m.

Utah at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

Thursday's Time Schedule

By The Associated Press

All Times EST

Thursday, Nov. 24


Buffalo at Detroit, 12:30 p.m.

New York Giants at Dallas, 4:30 p.m.

New England at Minnesota, 8:20 p.m.


Switzerland vs. Cameroon, 5 a.m.

Uruguay vs. South Korea, 8 a.m.

Portugal vs. Ghana, 11 a.m.

Brazil vs. Serbia, 2 p.m.


No. 20 Mississippi vs. Mississippi State, 7 p.m.


No. 1 North Carolina vs. Portland at Portland, Oregon, 1 p.m.

No. 3 Kansas vs. Wisconsin at Nassau, Bahamas, 11 a.m.

No. 6 Gonzaga vs. Portland St. at Portland, Oregon, 12:30 a.m.

No. 8 Duke vs. Oregon St. at Portland Oregon, 3 p.m.

No. 12 Michigan St. vs. No. 18 Alabama at Portland, Oregon, 10:30 p.m.

No. 20 UConn vs. Oregon at Portland, Oregon, 8 p.m.

No. 22 Tennesse vs. Southern California at Nassau, Bahamas, 1:30 p.m.

No. 24 Purdue vs. West Virginia at Portland, Oregon, 10 p.m.


No. 5 Iowa St. vs. Michigan St. at Portland, Oregon, 7:30 p.m.

No. 7 Notre Dame vs. American University at Nassau, Bahamas, 4:15 p.m.

No. 8 North Carolina vs. No. 18 Oregon at Portland, Oregon, 5 p.m.

No. 12 LSU vs. Geroge Mason at Nassau, Bahamas, 2 p.m.

No. 13 NC State vs. Vanderbilt at Cancun, Mexico, 4 p.m.

No. 25 Kansas St. vs. Clemson at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, 8 p.m.