Wednesday’s Sports In Brief | AP News


DOHA, Qatar (AP) – In 1958, a young man like Peléde Gavi did not score at the World Cup.

The 18-year-old midfielder led Spain to the biggest World Cup in their history with a 7-0 win over Costa Rica.

In the 1958 final, Pele scored twice as Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 to win their first World Cup.

DOHA, Qatar (AP) – Another day, another World Cup wonderland.

Subs Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano scored late goals to help Japan come from behind to upset Germany 2-1. Both Doan and Asano play for German clubs.

Ilkay Gundogan put four-time champions Germany ahead from the penalty spot in the first half. But Freiburg’s Doan equalized in the 76th minute after Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer blocked Takumi Minamino’s shot.

Bochum’s Asano then outjumped Nico Schlotterback and beat Neuer from a narrow angle in the 83rd minute.

AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Thibaut Courtois saved an early penalty and Michy Batshuayi scored in a 1-0 win over Belgium that ended Canada’s return to the World Cup after 36 years.

The Canadians have yet to score or even score in four World Cup games, including three in their 1986 debut.

However, they beat second-placed Belgium at times at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, with Canada star Alphonso Davies wasting his best chance when his penalty was blocked by Courtois.

AL KHOR, Qatar (AP) – Morocco held 2018 finalists Croatia to a 0-0 draw in another strong performance by the Arab nation at the World Cup.

LONDON (AP) – Former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for two games and fined $60,000 for punching a phone out of a fan’s hand at Everton after a Premier League game last season.

The ban will be lifted when Ronaldo joins a new club in any country. It has nothing to do with the World Cup.

The 37-year-old Portuguese star, a free agent after being released by Manchester United on Tuesday, was embroiled in a row after the 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park on April 9, for which Ronaldo received a police caution from Merseyside Police.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Seven Michigan State football players have been charged for their actions during a postgame brawl in the Michigan Stadium tunnel last month, according to a statement from the Washtenaw County District Attorney’s Office.

The most serious charge was against cornerback Hari Crump, who had one count of aggravated assault. The remaining six were charged with misdemeanors. Linebacker Itayvion “Tank” Brown, safety Angelo Grose, linebacker Justin White, defensive end Brandon Wright and defensive end Zion Young are each charged with one count of aggravated assault, while linebacker Jacoby Windmon faces one count of assault and battery.

No Michigan players have been charged.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Phillies shortstop Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his right elbow.

The surgery was performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Neil Elattrache.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia as the designated hitter at the All-Star break. According to the team, he could return to right field by the end of the season.

Harper, 30, suffered a minor cruciate ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field on April 16 at Miami. He received an injection of platelet-rich plasma in May and switched to a prescribed shot.

Even with an elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, when they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers admitted he’s been playing with a broken right thumb for the past six weeks.

Rodgers injured his thumb on a botched Hail Mary attempt in Green Bay’s 27-22 Finals loss to the New York Giants on Oct. 9 in London. Despite the Packers’ injury to Rodgers’ thumb, the four-time MVP hasn’t publicly said it’s broken.

Rodgers said his thumb now feels the best it has since the Giants game.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) – Quarterback Matthew Stafford will miss his second game in three weeks for the Los Angeles Rams after returning to the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Sean McVay confirmed that Stafford will sit out when the Rams (3-7) visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, but the coach said his Super Bowl-winning quarterback shouldn’t necessarily have a concussion.

Instead, McVay described Stafford’s injury as a “neck problem.”

The Rams’ woeful season of injury news continued with Stafford’s latest setback and the loss of key defensive tackle A’Shaun Robinson, who is out for the season after tearing the meniscus in his knee.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) – Zach Wilson has been traded by the New York Jets and will be replaced by Mike White as the starter for Sunday’s game against Chicago. Joe Flacco will be White’s backup, and Wilson will be inactive against the Bears.


BRISBANE, Australia (AP) – Adam Scott shot a 5-under 66 just after 6 a.m. after the first round of the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Queensland.

Three other Australians in the afternoon group – Min Woo Lee, Jason Scrivener and John Lairas – had 65s to share the first-round lead.

Brad Kennedy, Anthony Quayle and South Korean Junhoon Wang matched Scott’s 66 to tie for fourth.


MALAGA, Spain (AP) — Marin Cilic rallied to beat Pablo Carreno Busta in a three-hour match to send Croatia into the Davis Cup semifinals.

Cilic trailed 4-1 in the deciding tiebreak before winning 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (5) to power Croatia to a 2-0 win over Spain.

Borna Coric upset Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the first singles match. Croatia’s first Davis Cup win since three straight defeats to Spain sets up a semi-final against Australia.


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The New York Rangers have traded Ryan Reaves to the Minnesota Wild for a 2025 fifth-round pick.

Reaves has been a healthy scratch in eight of the last 12 games for the Rangers. He gives struggling Minnesota some extra muscle and a veteran presence.


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