Tag: World Cup

Italy miss out on World Cup spot for first time in over half a century

Image License MGN Image 13 NOV 17 21:49 ET By Euan McKirdy, CNN (CNN) — One of world football’s most storied — and successful — teams will not be heading to next year’s World Cup in Russia. Italy, who have appeared at the finals of every World Cup since missing out in 1958, were held to a goalless draw by Sweden in Milan. The Swedes advance to next summer’s tournament courtesy of an aggregate score of 1-0 for the playoff tie. Played in front of 70,000 at Milan’s San Siro stadium, the pace was frenetic as the four-time champions...

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Crosby, Pens cap amazing year with 2nd straight Stanley Cup

BY TERESA M. WALKER NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Even Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to be challenged trying to top this. Crosby was awarded his second consecutive Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and goalie Matt Murray made 27 saves for his second straight shutout as the Penguins became the first team to repeat as champion in nearly two decades with a 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 6. That doesn’t include Crosby also winning the World Cup of Hockey title before this season started, along with tournament MVP....

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Lindsey Vonn breaks arm in crash while training in Colorado

Lindsey Vonn broke her arm during a crash in training in Colorado and underwent surgery. The four-time overall World Cup champion has been battered by injuries in recent years and hopes to return to skiing "as soon as possible." She said on Facebook the wipeout happened on Copper Mountain on Thursday and she had surgery that night in Vail. She posted X-ray pictures of her right arm on her social media accounts. Vonn sustained three significant breaks near her knee joint during a super-G crash in Andorra late last February. She tried to keep skiing, only to end her...

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Penguins star Sidney Crosby diagnosed with concussion

Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby has been diagnosed with another concussion and there is no timetable for his return. General manager Jim Rutherford made the announcement Monday as the team prepared for its regular-season opener Thursday night at home against Washington. Coach Mike Sullivan told reporters that Crosby was concussed at practice Friday and said there is no timing for return of the two-time Stanley Cup champion and the reigning playoff MVP who led Team Canada to a World Cup of Hockey title two weeks ago. Crosby sat out a preseason game Saturday against Columbus because he wasn’t feeling...

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Chile wins Copa; Messi misses, says he’s quitting Argentina

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Lionel Messi put his penalty kick over the crossbar, grabbed his shirt, clenched his teeth and covered his face with both hands. A few minutes later he walked off the field, a dazed, pained look on his bearded face. The greatest player of his generation, perhaps soccer’s best ever, he was still without a title on Argentina’s national team — one he says may never come. “The national team is over for me,” he told the Argentine network TyC Sports after Chile beat the Albiceleste on Sunday night for the Copa America title. “It’s...

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