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Messi carries the load of Argentina into World Cup closing

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — As Lionel Messi approaches his second and certain final World Cup closing the stakes might hardly be greater. The identical goes for Argentina after greater than 30 years of disappointment because it final received soccer’s final prize. For Messi victory in opposition to France at Lusail Stadium on Sunday is an opportunity to lastly get his arms on the one main trophy that has eluded him in his storied profession. In doing so he would push forward of Cristiano Ronaldo who has additionally by no means received a World Cup within the long-running rivalry between the 2 biggest gamers of their technology.

Purdy, 49ers topple Seahawks 21-13, win NFC West

SEATTLE (AP) — Rookie Brock Purdy a pair of landing passes to George Kittle, and the San Francisco 49ers received their first NFC West title since 2019, beating the Seattle Seahawks 21-13. Regardless of utilizing their third beginning quarterback this season, the 49ers continued to point out they is perhaps the category of the NFC alongside Philadelphia. San Francisco received its seventh straight, utilizing its stifling protection to frustrate Seattle into numerous errors. Enjoying on the street for the primary time in his profession, Purdy related on his first 11 go makes an attempt. He completed 17 of 26 for 217 yards. Seattle misplaced for the fourth time in 5 video games and its playoff hopes took one other hit.

AP supply: Yankees, Rodón comply with $162 million, 6-year deal

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have added Carlos Rodón to their rotation, agreeing to a $162 million, six-year contract with the left-hander. An individual aware of the negotiations confirmed the contract to The Related Press on situation of anonymity as a result of it was pending a bodily. New York took care of its most urgent query when it satisfied AL MVP Aaron Choose to remain within the Bronx with a $360 million, nine-year contract — baseball’s greatest free agent deal ever. However the contract for Rodón is an addition for the reigning AL East champions. Rodón went 14-8 this yr with a 2.88 ERA in his lone season with the San Francisco Giants.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to be subsequent NCAA president

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker would be the subsequent president of the NCAA, changing Mark Emmert as the top of the most important school sports activities governing physique within the nation. Baker, a Republican, has been governor of Massachusetts since 2015. He introduced earlier this yr he wouldn’t search re-election. He’ll begin the job in March 2023. Emmert introduced he would step down earlier this yr after 12 years of main the NCAA. Battered by losses within the courtroom and assaults by politicians, the NCAA goes by way of a sweeping reform, attempting to decentralize the way in which school sports activities is ruled.

Cowboys star LB Parsons stokes Eagles rivalry every week early

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas linebacker Micah Parsons is not losing time getting individuals speaking in regards to the Philadelphia rivalry once more. The groups do not meet for the second time in 2022 till subsequent week. However Parsons’ change with Von Miller on “The Voncast” grabbed nationwide consideration. Parsons posed the query of whether or not quarterback Jalen Hurts or the workforce was extra chargeable for the Eagles’ NFL-leading 12-1 file. Parsons and Miller each mentioned it was the QB and the workforce. Parsons says he wasn’t disrespecting Hurts. Parsons has mentioned earlier than he believes defensive gamers ought to be an even bigger a part of MVP conversations.

France struck by chilly virus forward of World Cup closing

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — A chilly virus has run by way of the France squad although coach Didier Deschamps expects all his gamers to be wholesome for the World Cup closing in opposition to Argentina on Sunday. Defender Dayot Upamecano and midfielder Adrien Rabiot have been remoted this week and rested for the 2-0 win over Morocco within the semifinals. Deschamps says “it’s flu season now, and in that sense, now we have to watch out.” The coach says the gamers’ immune methods are run down by the bodily toll of World Cup video games. He says air con that is routine in Qatar and at stadiums may be having an have an effect on.

World Cup historical past beckons for France, Mbappé, Deschamps

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — World Cup historical past is beckoning for France, star participant Kylian Mbappé and coach Didier Deschamps. Soccer lore is ready to be written for the workforce when France walks on the sector Sunday for the event closing in opposition to Argentina and Lionel Messi. Les Bleus may very well be the primary winner of back-to-back titles for 60 years. The 23-year-old Mbappé would develop into the youngest participant with two World Cup wins since Pelé did it at age 21 when Brazil retained its title in 1962. Deschamps can be the primary man to teach two world champion groups since Vittorio Pozzo did it with Italy in 1934 and 1938.

Stephen Curry’s shoulder harm newest concern for Warriors

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Eight-time All-Star and two-time MVP Stephen Curry is anticipated to bear an MRI on Thursday after injuring his left shoulder in a 125-119 loss at Indiana. Coach Steve Kerr mentioned trainers knowledgeable him halfway by way of the fourth quarter that Curry could not return to the sport. Curry did not take questions afterward and is not anticipated to talk once more till Friday. However Kerr acknowledged any potential absence of the league’s profession chief in 3-pointers would make an already difficult stretch much more troublesome. Curry scored 27 of his 38 factors within the first half for the defending champions earlier than leaving with 2:04 remaining within the third quarter.

Purple Sox signal Japanese batting champ Masataka Yoshida

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Purple Sox have agreed to phrases with Japanese outfielder Masataka Yoshida. Yoshida received a gold medal on the Tokyo Olympics and twice led Japan’s Pacific League in batting. The deal can pay him $90 million over 5 years. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Purple Sox designated infielder Jeter Downs for task. Downs had been acquired within the commerce for Mookie Betts. Yoshida led Orix to a victory within the Japan Sequence in October, homering twice in Sport 5 — together with a walk-off to assist Buffaloes rally from a ninth-inning deficit.

Mets’ Cohen, dubbed MLB’s new `Goliath,’ will get Nimmo to remain

NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Nimmo mentioned the promise of trying to contend yearly with the Mets is how proprietor Steve Cohen persuaded him to re-sign with New York. Nimmo gushed about remaining with the workforce Thursday on the information convention for his new deal. His agent Scott Boras talked in regards to the distinction of coping with new proprietor Steve Cohen relatively than the outdated Wilpon regime, saying “our recreation wants Goliaths.” Nimmo says with the ability to begin and end a profession with the identical workforce is “actually, actually particular, and never many gamers get to try this.”

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