Sports news roundup: Poland’s soccer goalkeeper Szczesny says Qatar will be his last World Cup; Tennis-Nadal knocked out of ATP Finals, Alcaraz to end year at No. 1 and up

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Football-Poland goalkeeper Szczesny says Qatar will be his last World Cup

Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has said the World Cup in Qatar is likely to be his last, but added he is not yet ready to end his international career. “I can’t imagine being able to play football in 2026 with the same fire I feel today, and that means I won’t be playing football,” Szczesny, who plays for Juventus, told TVP Sport in a statement. interview to be aired. entirely on Saturday.

Tennis-Nadal knocked out of ATP Finals, Alcaraz to end year at No. 1

Rafa Nadal was knocked out of the ATP Finals as Casper Ruud beat American Taylor Fritz in their round robin match in Turin on Tuesday which also guaranteed teenager Carlos Alcaraz to complete the year as world number one. Spaniard Nadal was expected to win the tournament to take top spot in the standings from compatriot Alcaraz, but straight-set losses to Fritz on Sunday and Felix Auger-Aliassime earlier on Tuesday forced him to lose Ruud in straight sets to keep his hopes alive.

Football-Australia flies to Tilio for the World Cup, Boyle in doubt

Australia have flown Melbourne City winger Marco Tilio to Qatar as World Cup injury cover with Martin Boyle doubtful for the France opener with a knee problem. Scotland-based Boyle is one of Graham Arnold’s first-choice strikers but did not train with the squad on Tuesday.

Football-No January signings for Barca due to financial fair play, says Laporta

Barcelona president Joan Laporta said on Tuesday that the club may not be able to sign players in the January transfer window due to La Liga financial fair play rules. Barca’s accounts are “healthy” again, Laporta said, with an expected revenue this season of 1.23 billion euros ($1.27 billion) and a budgeted profit of 274 million.

Football-Iran players can protest at World Cup, says coach Queiroz

Iranian players are free to join protests sweeping their country against women’s rights as they play at the World Cup in Qatar, but must do so within tournament rules, the coach said on Tuesday. of the Carlos Queiroz national team. Human rights campaigner HRANA news agency said 344 people had been killed and 15,280 arrested in the past two months of nationwide protests sparked by the death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini under custody of the morality police.

Football-France striker Nkunku out of World Cup due to knee injury

French striker Christopher Nkunku will miss the World Cup after sustaining an injury in training on Tuesday, the French Federation (FFF) has announced. The RB Leipzig striker left Tuesday’s training session early with a left knee injury. A video circulating on social media showed a clash between Nkunku and teammate Eduardo Camavinga.

Football-New York reaches agreement to build football stadium – source

New York City officials have reached an agreement to build the city’s first professional soccer stadium in Queens, a person with knowledge of the deal told Reuters on Tuesday. The 25,000-seater stadium will host Major League Soccer’s New York City Football Club and is expected to be completed in 2027.

Soccer-Messi chooses Brazil, France and England as World Cup favorites

Argentina’s Lionel Messi names Brazil, France and England as the biggest threats to his dream of finally adding a World Cup winner’s medal to his bulging trophy cabinet. The 35-year-old Paris St Germain striker will again support Argentina’s hopes in Qatar as they bid to deliver the South American country’s third world title and first since 1986.

Basketball-Humphries becomes the first player to come out as gay in the Australian NBL

Melbourne United center Isaac Humphries on Wednesday became Australia’s first active male professional basketball player to come out as gay, expressing relief at having put “extremely dark times” behind him as he struggled with his sexuality. The 24-year-old, a former American college player at the University of Kentucky, broke the news to his teammates on Wednesday in a video posted to Melbourne United’s social media.

Football-World Cup 2022 betting odds: which team is favorite to win?

Here are the betting odds for the winners of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the top scorer of the tournament, which will be held in Qatar from November 20 to December 20. 18. WILLIAM HILL

(With agency contributions.)

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