Thursday sports in summary | AP News

FOOTBALL

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo became the first men’s player to score in five World Cups with his 65th-minute penalty in Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana on Thursday.

Days after his contract was terminated at Manchester United following a revealing interview, he let his football do the talking at the start of what is likely to be his last World Cup.

After the ball hit the back of the net to give Portugal a 1-0 lead, a grinning Ronaldo performed his customary midair flip and spin – the crowd roaring his trademark “SI-UUU” as he did the pirouette. , before. being harassed by teammates.

He has now scored in every World Cup since the first in 2006, when a penalty against Iran started his run of goals in the tournament that now total eight in 18 matches. He has a men’s record with 118 international goals.

In other games, Brazil beat Serbia 2-0, Switzerland beat Cameroon 1-0 and Uruguay and South Korea drew 0-0. Brazilian striker Neymar sprained his right ankle in the second half and was substituted in the 79th minute. He was crying on the bench when doctors began treating him in the final minutes of the game.

COLLEAGUE

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is defending itself against the NCAA’s Level I charge of failing to oversee the football program, saying former coach Jeremy Pruitt and nine others have fired administrators and staff. “repeatedly misled” compliance officers overseeing the program.

“The University respectfully affirms that it is unrealistic to expect an institution to immediately prevent or detect the hidden and intentional misconduct that occurred in this case,” Tennessee wrote in the 108-page response dated Monday and first obtained by Knox. News on Thursday. .

Tennessee launched an internal investigation following a notice in November 2020 and found what the university’s chancellor called “serious violations of NCAA rules.” Pruitt and nine others were fired for cause in January 2021, negating the $12.6 million buyout of Pruitt after he went 16-19 in three seasons.

HOCKEY

TORONTO (AP) — Borje Salming, Toronto’s star defenseman who was the first Swedish player inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, has died after battling Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 71 years old.

The Maple Leafs confirmed the death of the Swede in a statement.

Toronto signed Salming as a free agent before the 1973-74 season. He then went on to play 1,099 regular season games with the Maple Leafs, setting team records for assists (620) and goals (148), points (768) and playoff points (49) by a defenseman. He played his 17th and final NHL season with Detroit.

Salming was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996.

BASKETBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverley has been suspended three games without pay by the NBA for shoving Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton from behind.

Beverley was ejected with 3:55 remaining in the Lakers’ 115-1-5 loss at Phoenix on Tuesday night. The suspension will cost Beverley $268,966.

This is the second time Beverley has been suspended for pushing someone from behind; the other came in the final game of the Los Angeles Clippers’ playoff streak in 2021, when he hit Suns guard Chris Paul from behind and sat out the first game of the 2021-22 season.

GOLF

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — Dan Bradbury matched Houghton’s court record with an 8-under 63 to take the lead in the suspended first round of the Joburg Open.

The Englishman, playing at a sponsor’s invitation in only his second DP World Tour event, had two eagles over a three-hole stretch. Play was interrupted by storms during the afternoon and then halted for the day with about half the field still to finish the round.

Nick Bachem from Germany was a backstroke. Clement Berardo of France was 6 under par after 11 holes.

The event opens the 2023 season of the European tour.

TENNIS

MÁLAGA, Spain (AP) — Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini defeated Tommy Paul and Jack Sock 6-4, 6-4 to give Italy a 2-1 victory over the United States in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

Italy will face Canada on Saturday. Canada edged out Germany 2-1.

In singles, Lorenzo Sonego edged past Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 7-6 (7) to give the Italians a 1-0 lead. Taylor Fritz evened the Americans by beating Lorenzo Musetti 7-6 (8), 6-3.

Croatia will face Australia in the other semi-final on Friday.

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