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Neymar shows swollen ankle, plans to return at World Cup

Neymar shows swollen ankle, plans to return at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar — Neymar is planning a World Cup comeback despite posting a photo of his ankle still looking very swollen on Saturday.Neymar is undergoing treatment for damaged ligaments in his right ankle after getting hurt in Brazil’s 2-0 opening win over Serbia on Thursday. Team doctors said Neymar will miss Monday’s match against Switzerland but did not elaborate on a timetable for his return — or say whether he will be able to return at all.Neymar wrote on Instagram he was enduring “one of the most difficult moments” of his career, but seemed optimistic about his chances of returning. He showed two photos of his swollen ankle in an Instagram story.“I’m injured, yes, and it’s a pain, and it will hurt,” he said. “But I’m sure that I’ll have the chance to return, because I’ll do anything possible to help my country, my teammates and myself.”He said he’s been waiting too long for this World Cup to go out like this.“Nothing in my life was easy or given to me,” Neymar said. “I’ve had always had to go after my dreams and my objectives.”Neymar also got hurt at the 2014 World Cup, when a back injury sustained in the quarterfinals against Colombia took him out of the tournament his country hosted. Brazil ended up losing to Germany 7-1 in the semifinals.The Paris Saint-Germain forward has been undergoing physiotherapy treatment since getting injured. He also had a small bone trauma in the same foot after being roughed up by the Serbia defense from the start. He was fouled nine times, the most by any player at the World Cup in the first set of matches in the group stage.The 30-year-old Neymar is second on Brazil’s scoring list with 75 goals, two behind Pelé’s record with the national team. He helped the “Seleção” win the 2013 Confederations Cup and its first Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, but has yet to win a major title with Brazil.Brazil coach Tite has yet to announce who will replace Neymar while he is unavailable. Tite also will miss right back Danilo, who hurt his ankle against Serbia.Brazil, seeking its first World Cup title in two decades, faces Cameroon in its last group match. It can reach the round of 16 with a win on Monday if Cameroon doesn’t defeat Serbia in the other group match.———Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoni———AP World Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/world-cup and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Michigan-Ohio State live updates: Wolverines, Buckeyes coming down to the wire

Michigan-Ohio State live updates: Wolverines, Buckeyes coming down to the wire

Week 13 of the college football season is in full swing Saturday, starting with a monster matchup between classic rivals No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan, which is underway at the ‘Shoe. Watch The Game live on FOX and the FOX Sports App! [Michigan vs. Ohio State: Watch live tailgate party with RJ […]

Hildreth triple-double leads Wake Forest in rout of Hampton

Hildreth triple-double leads Wake Forest in rout of Hampton

Cameron Hildreth had a triple-double, Damari Monsanto scored 20 points, and Wake Forest beat up on Hampton from the start in a 97-70 victoryWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Cameron Hildreth had a triple-double, Damari Monsanto scored 20 points, and Wake Forest beat up on Hampton from the start in a 97-70 victory on Saturday.Hildreth had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Andrew Carr and Tyree Appleby scored 17 points each for the Demon Deacons (6-1). Monsanto finished 6-of-8 from 3-point distance. Wake Forest led 24-3 through the first seven minutes of the game and led 53-24 at halftime. The Demon Deacons made nine 3-pointers in the first half and four players scored in double figures, led by Monsanto with 14.Monsanto, who made 4 of 7 3-pointers in the first half, hit a couple more and Wake Forest extended its lead to 37 points eight minutes into the second half. Soon after, a 3-pointer by Bobi Klintman stopped an eight-point run by the Pirates. The closest Hampton would get was 26 points with 3:38 remaining.Hampton’s Marquis Godwin scored 18 points and Russell Dean contributed 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Pirates (1-5).Wake Forest will face its first on-campus road game of the season on Tuesday when the Demon Deacons visit Wisconsin for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.———More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-college-basketball-poll and https://twitter.com/AP—Top25

Kiffin staying at Ole Miss with 'a lot of work left to do'

Kiffin staying at Ole Miss with 'a lot of work left to do'

Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin says he has informed school officials he will be staying at Ole Miss, putting an end to speculation that he was the leading candidate to fill the head coaching vacancy at Auburn.“Same as I said last week: I’m staying here and we have a lot of work left to do,” Kiffin told The Associated Press on Saturday in a voice message.Kiffin added he has not signed a contract extension with the school.The 47-year-old Kiffin is 23-12 in three seasons as Rebels coach. No. 20 Mississippi finished its regular season 8-4, losing four of its last five, including Thursday’s 24-22 loss to Mississippi State. Auburn was playing Saturday at No. 8 Alabama in the Iron Bowl, and its coaching search figured to heat up soon after its season concluded.Auburn fired coach Bryan Harsin earlier this month and has gone 2-1 since under interim coach Carnell Williams, the former star running back for the Tigers.With Kiffin off the market, Auburn is eyeing a former Mississippi coach to be its next coach.A person familiar with the search told the AP that Auburn is interested in Liberty coach Hugh Freeze. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Saturday because Auburn was not making details of its search public.Freeze coached at Ole Miss for five seasons before leaving in disgrace in 2017 after the school discovered he used a university cellphone to call an escort service.He landed at Liberty and has gone 34-14 in four seasons with the Flames.———Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at http://www.appodcasts.com———More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://twitter.com/AP—Top25. Sign up for the AP’s college football newsletter: https://bit.ly/3pqZVaF

Mbappe scores 2, France reaches knockout stage of World Cup

Mbappe scores 2, France reaches knockout stage of World Cup

DOHA, Qatar — France advanced, and Kylian Mbappe got them there.The French became the first defending champions to reach the round of 16 at the World Cup since Brazil in 2006, beating Denmark 2-1 Saturday with Mbappe scoring both goals.“Kylian is an extraordinary player. He has the ability to make the difference at any time no matter what the other team plans to contain him,” France coach Didier Deschamps said. “In addition to his great ability he is totally invested in the team and he’s made it an objective of his to win the World Cup.”Mbappe put his team in front in the 61st minute and then scored the winner with his right thigh in the 86th as Les Bleus became the first team at this year’s tournament to advance from the group stage.The France forward swapped passes with Theo Hernandez down the left flank and poked the ball past Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel for the first goal. He then jumped acrobatically to guide in the second after a cross from Antoine Griezmann — who adapted well in a midfield role and provided his 26th assist for the national team.Denmark defender Andreas Christensen equalized for his team with a header in the 68th.Mbappe scored four goals when France won the World Cup four years ago, including one in the final. He now has 31 goals for France, moving him one ahead of Just Fontaine — the all-time leading scorer at a single World Cup with 13 goals at the 1958 tournament.He joined another France great, playmaker Zinedine Zidane, with 31 goals. Zidane scored twice in the final when France won its first World Cup against Brazil in 1998 and one goal when Les Bleus lost in the 2006 final to Italy on penalty kicks.“There are different types of leaders,” Deschamps said. “Mbappe’s a leader, he sets the example with what he shows on the field.”France beat Australia 4-1 in its opening game while the Danes drew 0-0 with Tunisia. The Aussies beat Tunisia 1-0 earlier Saturday.“We’re in an ideal position. It makes you feel very calm to be qualified after two games,” Deschamps said. “There’s a strong chance we’ll finish first in the group.”No other defending champion had made it out of the group stage since 2002 champion Brazil managed to advance four years later. Italy, Spain and Germany all were eliminated early four years after winning their titles.The first time the French won the World Cup, they also went out early four years later.With Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema missing from the tournament with a leg injury, Mbappe has taken charge. He has 14 goals in his past 12 games for France, including three so far in Qatar.“Mbappe played a great match,” Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand said. “He’s a fanastic player, that’s it.”The Danes beat France twice this year in the Nations League but looked tame in attack at Stadium 974 — on the rare occasions they even got near France’s penalty area.“We knew if would be a tough match. We had lost twice to them before,” Griezmann said. “We worked hard and we worked well together. So it was a great win for us.”VARANE’S RETURNCentral defender Raphael Varane returned to France’s defense for his first game since sustaining a hamstring injury playing for Manchester United on Oct. 11. The 2018 World Cup winner made his 88th international appearance and played 75 minutes before being replaced.THURAM’S LEGACYForward Marcus Thuram came on in the second half as his father, Lilian Thuram, watched from the stands. The elder Thuram was a standout defender who helped France win its first World Cup in 1998.WHAT’S NEXT?The final Group D games are scheduled for Wednesday, when France will play Tunisia and Australia will face Denmark.———AP World Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/world-cup and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Princeton earns 56-54 win over Northeastern

Princeton earns 56-54 win over Northeastern

LONDON — Ryan Langborg’s 17 points helped Princeton defeat Northeastern 56-54 on Saturday.Langborg also added six rebounds, five steals, and three blocks for the Tigers (4-2). Tosan Evbuomwan shot 5 of 18 from the field and 3 for 3 from the line to add 13 points. Xaivian Lee was 3 of 6 shooting and 5 of 6 from the free throw line to finish with 12 points.The Huskies (1-5) were led by Jahmyl Telfort, who posted 18 points and six rebounds. Alexander Nwagha added 10 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks.———The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

Freidel's 13 help James Madison take down South Dakota State

Freidel's 13 help James Madison take down South Dakota State

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Noah Freidel scored 13 points as James Madison beat South Dakota State 79-60 on Saturday.Freidel was 5 of 13 shooting (3 for 8 from distance) for the Dukes (6-1). Alonzo Sule scored 11 points and added seven rebounds. Mezie Offurum shot 4 of 8 from the field and 2 for 3 from the line to finish with 10 points.Zeke Mayo finished with 16 points for the Jackrabbits (3-4). William Kyle III added 15 points, seven rebounds and two blocks for South Dakota State. In addition, Charlie Easley finished with 11 points.———The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.