JOR, Qatar — Enner Valencia shines as a dominant Ecuador beat hosts Qatar 2-0 in the World Cup opener. The Ecuadorian captain scored both goals in the Group A match between the Netherlands and Senegal. In the tournament’s 92-year history, Ecuador became the first executioner by a host team in the opening match. By Teresa Medrano. 800 words. AP Photos. SEND.
JOR, Qatar — Famed actor Morgan Freeman extends a yellow-gloved hand to a soccer World Cup ambassador suffering from a rare spinal disorder, in an image meant to represent inclusion in a country facing criticism internationals for their human rights record. It was not the most important moment of the opening ceremony of the tournament before the match between the hosts Qatar and Ecuador. The biggest cheers are reserved for the leaders of the Middle East and Africa watching from their luxury suites at Al Bayt Stadium. By Jenna Fryer. 617 words. AP Photos. SEND.
EDITORS: The complete offer of World Cup information can be found in QATAR 2022 WORLD LIST
F1 ABU DHABI
ABU DHABI – Max Verstappen extends his record by winning his 15th race of the year, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, to conclude one of the most dominant seasons in Formula One history. A year after Verstappen’s tense and controversial victory on Lewis Hamilton to secure his first title, this time there was zero suspense at the Yas Marina Circuit. 201 words. AP Photos. SEND.
ABU DHABI – Logan Sargeant obtains the Superlicense he needed to run for the Williams team in Formula One, and will be the first American on the starting grid since 2015. Sargeant will debut next season. 325 words. AP Photos. SEND.
TURIN, Italy – Novak Djokovic tied a record with his sixth ATP Finals title by defeating Casper Ruud to close out the season in style. The Serbian prevails 7-5, 6-3 to secure the first title in this tournament since 2015. With his sixth trophy, he has equaled Roger Federer’s mark. 300 words. AP Photos. SEND.
NETS – IRVING
NEW YORK – Kyrie Irving rejoins the Brooklyn Nets and apologizes to anyone who felt threatened or hurt by a social media post by the player that led to an anti-Semitic documentary. Irving was suspended by the team on Nov. 3, hours after he refused to state emphatically that he had no anti-Semitic beliefs during a meeting with the media at the Nets’ practice facility. By Brian Mahoney. 368 words. AP Photos. SEND.
Today’s games in the NBA
US Eastern Time
New York (Knicks) at Phoenix, 3:30 p.m.
Charlotte in Washington, 6 p.m.
Detroit at Sacramento, 6 p.m.
Memphis at Brooklyn, 7 p.m.
Miami at Cleveland, 7 p.m.
Golden State at Houston, 7 p.m.
Denver at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
San Antonio at Los Angeles (Lakers), 9:30 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Vikings put their seven-game winning streak on display by hosting the Cowboys at US Bank Stadium, where Dallas has won on all three visits since the venue’s opening in 2016. By Dave Campbell. AP Photos. 250 words. EDITORS: The meeting begins at 4:25 pm ET.
Today’s games in the NFL
US Eastern Time
Carolina in Baltimore, 1 p.m.
Chicago in Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Cleveland vs. Buffalo in Detroit, 1 p.m.
Detroit at New York (Giants), 1 p.m.
Los Angeles (Rams) at New Orleans, 1 p.m.
New York (Jets) at New England, 1 p.m.
Philadelphia at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.
Washington in Houston, 1 p.m.
Las Vegas at Denver, 4:05 p.m.
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m.
Dallas at Minnesota, 4:25 p.m.
Kansas City at Los Angeles (Chargers), 8:20 p.m.
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