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European teams drop plan to wear World Cup armbands

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — FIFA’s threat to punish players on the pitch has forced World Cup teams to back down and abandon an anti-discrimination campaign targeting host nation Qatar. The seven soccer federations say that “we cannot put our players in a position where they can face sporting sanctions.” The decision followed threats from FIFA just hours before Harry Kane of England, Virgil van Dijk of the Netherlands and Gareth Bale of Wales wore the One Love armbands in matches on Monday. The captains of Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark were also expected to wear the armbands in the coming days.

Kelce scores 3 touchdowns, Chiefs beat Chargers 30-27

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes connected with Travis Kelce for his third touchdown of the game with 31 seconds remaining, and the Kansas City Chiefs rallied over the Los Angeles Chargers 30-27 to stay atop the AFC. . Mahomes hit Kelce on a short cross route that Kelce drove into the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown, capping a six-play, 75-yard drive that took just 1:15. The Chargers had gone ahead 27-23 on Justin Herbert’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Palmer with 1:46 left. The Chiefs swept Los Angeles’ season series and took a three-game lead in the AFC West. Kansas City leads four teams by one game in the conference.

Cowboys crush Vikings’ 7-game winning streak at 40-3

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys sacked Kirk Cousins ​​a career-high seven times in a 40-3 win over Minnesota. That ended the Vikings’ seven-game winning streak. Tony Pollard had two touchdown receptions for Dallas with a career-high 189 yards from scrimmage. Dak Prescott was flawless at quarterback, Ezekiel Elliott rushed for two scores in his return from injury and Brett Maher made four field goals, including a 60-yarder to end the first half. The Cowboys improved to 7-3 with their biggest road victory in franchise history. The Vikings fell to 8-2.

Bills top Browns 31-23 after snow changes game at Motor City

DETROIT (AP) — Josh Allen threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to give Stefon Diggs the lead late in the first half and Buffalo beat the Cleveland Browns 31-23 after the NFL moved the home game from the Bills to Detroit due to several feet. of snow covering western New York. The Bills avoided blowing a third straight halftime lead by scoring on all five of their second-half possessions and doing a better job protecting the ball. Cleveland rallied within eight points, setting up an onside kick in the final seconds that Bills wide receiver Gabe Davis couldn’t catch and running back Taiwan Jones knocked out of bounds.

AP Top 25: USC moves into the top 5 for the first time in 5 years

Southern California was placed in the top five in The Associated Press College Football Poll for the first time in five years. Georgia received 62 of the 63 first-place votes in the AP Top 25, as the top four teams kept their spots after playing various degrees of close games on Saturday. No. 2 Ohio State received the other first-place vote. Michigan was No. 3 again, followed by TCU. The Trojans moved up two spots after a thrilling win against rival UCLA. The last time USC was ranked in the top five was in September 2017, when it started at No. 4 but spent most of the season ranked in the teens before finishing at No. 12.

Staley, VanDerveer back Griner in S Carolina-Stanford game

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley and Stanford Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer wore white long-sleeved T-shirts with Brittney’s name and likeness on them. Griner during the game on Sunday. Top-ranked South Carolina outscored No. 2 Stanford 76-71 in overtime in a matchup of the last two NCAA champions. Before South Carolina boarded the bus and left Maples Pavilion, Staley had her Gamecocks write letters to Griner. On the arena concourse, a “Dear BG” table with an invitation to “Write a Letter to Brittney Griner” collected hundreds of handwritten messages. Griner, 32, is serving a nine-year sentence for drug possession in a Russian penal colony.

World Cup consternation for Qatar: Ecuador wins the opening match

AL KHOR, Qatar (AP) — Qatar’s World Cup opener ended in dismay for an outmatched team and an unwanted place in soccer history. The controversy-filled tournament began with Qatar being outclassed in a 2-0 loss to Ecuador in front of 67,372 fans at Al Bayt Stadium. A host team had never lost its first game in 92 years of soccer’s biggest event. The first World Cup in the Middle East is a chance for Qatar to show itself to the rest of the world, but its soccer team couldn’t keep up with the moment. Ecuador’s captain, Enner Valencia, scored both of his team’s goals in the first half.

World Cup Viewer’s Guide: Qatar loses first game, USA leads on Day 2

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The first World Cup in the Middle East finally kicked off Sunday night with a flashy opening ceremony and a loss for host Qatar against Ecuador. Two of the best players in the world were left out of the tournament with injuries before it even started. French striker Karim Benzema is out after injuring his left thigh and Senegalese striker Sadio Mane has a leg injury. Monday’s matches consist of the United States against Wales, England against Iran and the Netherlands against Senegal. Eight of the 13 European nation team captains have planned to wear “One Love” armbands that promote inclusion, but could face penalties for breaking rules regarding FIFA-issued kits.

Patterson sets NFL record with ninth career kickoff return TD

ATLANTA (AP) — Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson returned a kickoff 103 yards to become his NFL career-leading nine touchdowns. Patterson, a 10-year veteran, caught the ball in the end zone and gathered a head of steam and blasted past coverage up the middle. Matthew Adams missed a tackle attempt as he dove at Patterson’s feet, and Patterson was too fast for Elijah Hicks to catch as he neared the end zone. Patterson broke the record he shared with Joshua Cribbs and Leon Washington, each with eight.

Late return of Marcus Jones punt lifts Patriots over Jets 10-3

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Marcus Jones returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown with five seconds remaining as the New England Patriots outscored the New York Jets 10-3. The rookie’s score was the first on a punt return in the NFL this season. He was also the game’s only TD and broke a deadlock on a day when both offenses struggled to move the ball. It was the Patriots’ third straight win and their 14th straight win over New York. He denied the Jets a chance to move into first place in the AFC East. Instead, New York fell last. The Jets haven’t won in Foxborough since the 2010 playoffs.

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