Sports news roundup: Soccer-Costa Rica relies on Qatar World Cup veterans and experience; Soccer-FIFA pleads with World Cup nations to ‘focus on football’ in Qatar & more

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Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Soccer-Costa Rica counts on the veterans and the experience of the World Cup in Qatar

Costa Rica were the last team to qualify for the World Cup, but the Central American side will travel to Qatar hoping to avoid a quick exit like they did in Russia a while ago. four years. Playing in their sixth World Cup, Costa Rica are no longer minnows and Luis Fernando Suarez’s side should do more than just catch up with the numbers in the 32-team tournament.

Soccer-FIFA pleads with World Cup nations to ‘focus on football‘ in Qatar

FIFA has written to World Cup teams urging them to focus on football in Qatar and not let the sport be drawn into ideological or political “battles”. The letter from FIFA President Gianni Infantino and the governing body’s Secretary General Fatma Samoura follows a number of protests from World Cup teams, on issues ranging from LGBTIQ rights to concerns concerning the treatment of migrant workers.

Soccer-Veteran Navas remains Costa Rica’s number one despite limited playing time

Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas’ preparations for the World Cup have been less than ideal with no appearances for Paris St Germain so far this season, but the national team captain is the first name on the squad sheet. team of coach Luis Fernando Suarez. Navas fell down the pecking order at PSG after the arrival of Gianluigi Donnarumma as an injury kept him out of the squad as he was set to succeed Italy’s number one in the Champions League.

Beijing marathon runners prepare for historic race while keeping COVID at bay

Wearing only his running gear, cap and windproof goggles, Beijing’s Oscar Wu took advantage of the early morning chill to meet other members of his running club for training ahead of a historic marathon in the Chinese capital. More than 26,000 runners have registered to run the 42.195 km (26.2 mile) course on November 6, in what would be Beijing’s first marathon in two years after being canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID- 19.

Tennis-WTA launches program to increase number of female coaches

The WTA has launched a program to help female coaches move into professional tennis and promote “career paths for women”. None of the current top 10 players in the women’s ranking employ the services of a female coach.

NHL roundup: Bruins top Rangers for 7th straight win

Trent Frederic scored the game-clinching goal 6:04 into the third period as the visiting Boston Bruins continued their early-season push with a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night. The Bruins improved their best NHL record to 10-1-0 and won their seventh in a row. It is Boston’s first seven-game winning streak since winning eight in a row since the start of the 2019-20 season and the first time it has opened with 10 wins in 11 games.

NBA-Kyrie Irving apologizes after suspension, says he fights anti-Semitism

Brooklyn Nets star guard Kyrie Irving apologized Thursday night for promoting a film he said contained ‘false anti-Semitic statements’, just hours after his team suspended him for not disavowing anti-Semitism. Irving has come under heavy criticism since posting a link on Twitter last week to a comment from 2018 and defending the post over the weekend. The seven-time All-Star has since deleted the Twitter post.

Rugby-Fiji coach Cotter names three new squads to face Scotland

Fiji manager Vern Cotter is set to make his three-man debut in their autumn international against his former side Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday, including 2020 Olympic rugby sevens gold medalist Sireli Maqala. Lock Ratu Leone Rotuisolia will earn a first cap from the second row, while utility defender Maqala and prop Livai Native are expected to get a run from the bench.

Cricket-Little nets hat-trick for Ireland at T20 World Cup

Pacer Josh Little netted Ireland’s second hat-trick in the T20 internationals when he nabbed a trio of New Zealand victims at the World Cup on Friday. The left arm Little had Kane Williamson caught to the back square leg deep for 61 and then James Neesham lbw for a duck at the 19th at Adelaide Oval.

Baseball-Astros edge Phillies for 3-2 World Series lead

Houston ace Justin Verlander finally picked up his first World Series win and rookie Jeremy Pena delivered two RBIs as the Astros emerged with a 3-2 road win over the Phillies on Thursday to pull away a victory for a World Series Championship. After back-to-back wins in Philadelphia, the Astros now hold a 3-2 lead as the series returns to Houston for Game 6 on Saturday.

(With agency contributions.)

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