…(World Cup Soccer)…
Mexico-W-Saudi Arabia (2-1)…El Tri comes back from the dead with strong second half-scores first goals in Cup games-but does not get out of group play losing on tiebreaker to Poland…Harry Martin scored on 47′-Free Kick…Luis Chavez scores on free kick at 52′ mark…1st time Mexico fails to get out of group play since 1978
Argentina-W-Poland (2-0)…Argentina wins group-Poland qualifies on tie breaker
Tunisia-W-France (1-0)..French rested its star players having already qualified
Australia-W-Denmark (1-0)..G-Matt Ryan 4-clutch saves. qualify 1st time-16 years
Mexico…Tata Martino fired moments after El Tri fails to advance World Cup
Cristiano Ronaldo..Signing (3Y-517M) contract to move to Saudi-Al Nassar FC club..Will play final 2-and-half years then head up Saudi bid to secure future World Cup…Ronaldo released last week after two years of feuds with Manchester United.
Pele..Rehospitalized in Brazil for continuing treatment of Colon Cancer…3rd set of Chemo treatments for (82Y) icon.
Padres…Evaluating going over (233M) luxury tax and possibly signing FA-SS-Xander Bogaerts-ex Red Sox….Padres competing against Red Sox..Cubs..Phillies-Dodgers…Padres have gone over luxury tax threshold two years in a row…Exceeding tax level this year would involve bigger tax, plus loss of draft pick and International signing bonus money.
Dodgers…Sign FA-P-Shelby Miller…ex-Braves-Arizona-Giants-Pirates-Texas.
Angels..Sign FA-P-Jon Holder-ex Yankees..5th off season acquisition
Blue Jays..Hire Don Mattingly as bench coach-ex Dodgers-Miami manager
White Sox..Hire Jose Castro-hitting coach-ex Royals
White Sox..Hire Ed Rodrigugez-infield coach
Hall of Fame…7-Member Contemporary Committee will meet Sunday in San Diego to vote on 8-players up for election…Committee headed by Ryne Sandberg-Jack Morris-Frank Thomas, as well as 6-Execs, and 3-sportswriters…Will evaluate Barry Bonds-Roger Clemens as well as Fred McGriff-Curt Schilling and Don Mattingly for enshrinement.
Yankees…Have offered FA-OF-Aaron Judge (8Y-300M) extension
Phillies..Open FA-talks with SS-Trea Turner-ex Dodgers
Houston..Visits with FA-C-Will Contreras-ex Cubs
Tampa Bay..Visits with FA-P-Jacob deGrom-ex Mets
Washington..Sign FA-OF-Stone Garrett-ex Arizona
Chargers…Legendary AFL-QB-John Hadl-passes away (82Y)…Played 11Y-for Bolts..led them to AFL Title in 1983…and 3-times in AFL title game…Also played for Rams…and was head coach at his Alma Mater-Kansas University.
Chargers..S-Derwin James-hip…CB-Bryce Callahan-knee-missed workoutss on Wednesday-preparing for Raiders game.
Broncos..Deny reports that QB-Russell Wilson has lost the lockeroom in wake of (3-8) season.
Cleveland..QB-Deshaun Watson goes first full workout with Browns after 11-game suspension by NFL ends.
Terrell Owens..Ex-NFL star says he punched a man who was harassing him and another customer at a CVS drug store in Inglewood.
Bills-at-New England..Thursday Night Football
..Bills (8-3)..Patriots (6-5)
..Bills #2-offense (415YPG)
..Patriots #4 defense (307 YPG)..38%-3rd down defense
..Bills QB-Josh Allen (3,183P-561Y-rushing-28TD-14-turnovers
..Bills WR-Stefon Diggs (13YPC)..Gabe Davis (19YPC)
Ravens..QB-Lamar Jackson leaves practice-quad injury
Ravens..Activate RB-JK Dobbins from IR
Cowboys..Activate WR-James Washington from IR
Eagles..Activate DT-Jordan Davis from IR
Chargers..OC-Corey Linsley remains in concussion protocol
Chargers..OT-Trey Pipkens -misses workouts-3rd knee injury
Seattle..Sign FA-S-Jon Abram-released by Packers-ex Raiders #1 pick
Bears..Sign FA-QB-Tim Boyle-ex Lions
Washington..workout FA-RB-Jordan Howard-ex Eagles
Jets..will meet with FA-WR-Odell Beckham on Friday
Rose Bowl…Caves in and agrees to terms to join the College Football Playoffs…so the 12-team playoffs can begin in 2024…The Rose Bowl wanted guarantees to stay on January 1st in 2pm TV-time slot…CFP Board said they would drop Rose Bowl from playoff rotation unless they agreed to same terms of other Bowls…Rose Bowl will end its Pac 12-Big 10 matchup after this New Year’s Day
Alabama-Birmingham…Hire Trent Dilfer as head coach…Former NFL-QB-Tampa Bay…EzPN analyst…highly successful high school coach in Tennessee.
Stanford..Will interview Greg Roman-Off Coord-Baltimore Ravens
Georgia Tech..Promotes interim coach Brandodn Key to head job..was (4-4)
West Virginia..Hires Wren Baker-AD-was at North Texas State
Nebraska..Former interim coach Mickey Joseph-arrested-domestic abuse-strangulation incident in Lincoln-jailed
Florida..Police arrest QB-Jalen Kitna for Child Porn activity…son of ex NFL-QB-Jon Kitna
Aztecs…6-Players named 1st team All Mountain West Conference:
Lakers-Portland….LA led (107-94) over injury ravagedBlazers…LeBron James (25P) at press timeWednesday game
Clippers-L-Utah (125-112)…Jordan Clarkson (33P) in Jazz win..
Oklahoma City..#1-pick Chet Holmgren has 2nd surgery on broken foot
76ers..Activate G-James Harden-had foot issue
Bucks…Activate G-Khris Middleton-coming off wrist surgery
Portland..Activate G-Damian Lillard-been out with calf injury
Louisville..Off to (0-7) start-worst start since 1940…Coch Ken P;ayne not in jeopardy of losing job.
Gulls-Colorado Eagles…AHL action…San Diego (6-13)
Kings..Put G-Cal Peterson on waivers-to send him to AHL..Earns (5M)..has poor (.868) save percentage….Kings gave up 9-goals in ugly loss to Seattle on Tuesday
Penguins..G-Kris Letang suffers minor stroke…2nd incident in his career…Hospitalized-could be career ending incident at age (35Y)
Devils..D-John Mariono-shoulder injury
Columbus..Sign FA-D-Brandon Davidson-ex Sabres
Boston…Bruins NHL record 13-straight win at home to start the season