Tuesday’s Sports in Brief – The Washington Post


LUSAIL, Qatar – Saudi Arabia scored one of its biggest ever World Cup victories by beating Lionel Messi’s Argentina 2-1 on Tuesday.

Messi’s quest for the one major title that eluded him got off to a shock start, bringing back memories of Cameroon’s 1-0 victory over an Argentina team led by Diego Maradona in the opening game of the 1990 World Cup.

Goals from Saleh Alshehri and Salem Aldawsari in the space of five minutes in the second half gave the Saudis victory. Argentina took the lead early on through a penalty from Messi in the 10th minute.

Argentina’s loss rivals other World Cup upsets, such as Senegal’s 1–0 win over defending champions France 1–0 in the 2002 tournament opener and the United States beating England by the same scoreline in 1950.

Argentina’s 36-match unbeaten run ended at Lusail Stadium in Messi’s fifth – and likely last – World Cup.

DOHA, Qatar — The American owners of Manchester United confirmed on Tuesday that they would consider putting the iconic Premier League club up for sale.

United said the Glazer family was exploring outside financing to boost growth – a move that could pave the way for a potential buyout.

US investment bank Raine Group is engaged to handle any sale or new investment.

Raine earlier this year arranged the sale of Premier League club Chelsea to Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, successfully securing £2.5bn ($3bn) plus a £1.75bn ($2bn) commitment to further investments.

While there’s no guarantee that the Glazers will relinquish full control of United, the news will give hope to the team’s supporters who have long campaigned for the American family, which also owns the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to to expel.

LSU moved to fifth place and Southern California placed sixth in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night behind Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and TCU.

The top four remained the same for the third week in a row, but the chasing teams changed order after Tennessee lost to South Carolina last Saturday night.

Selection committee chairman Boo Corrigan, who is also the athletic director for the state of North Carolina, said there was a lot of discussion this week about LSU (9-2) and USC (10-1).

Two games this weekend could provide more clarity.

Michigan (11-0) is up against Ohio State (11-0) on Saturday and USC hosts Notre Dame (8-3), which came in at 15th in the selection committee rankings.

There are still two rankings left. The latter on December 4 will set the field for the College Football Playoff. The semi-finals will be played on December 31 in the Peach and Fiesta bowls. The national championship game will be played at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

LOS ANGELES — In a verdict that could affect countless claims from athletes suing sports organizations for head injuries, a Los Angeles jury Tuesday dismissed a $55 million lawsuit by the widow of a former USC football player who said the NCAA had not protected from repeated head trauma that led to his death.

Matthew Gee, a linebacker on the 1990 Rose Bowl-winning squad, took an estimated 6,000 hits as a college athlete, his widow’s lawyers said. They claimed those effects caused permanent brain damage and led to cocaine and alcohol abuse that eventually killed him at age 49.

The NCAA, the governing body of American college sports, said it had nothing to do with Gee’s death, saying it was sudden cardiac arrest caused by untreated hypertension and acute cocaine poisoning.

Hundreds of wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits have been filed by college football players against the NCAA over the past decade, but Gee’s was the first to reach a jury. The lawsuit alleged that blows to the head led to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease known by the abbreviation CTE.

Judge Terry Green told Los Angeles Superior Court jurors that they “made history” in the first case of its kind.

NEW YORK – Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander and St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols won the Comeback Player of the Year awards in baseball on Tuesday-evening.

American League receiver Verlander returned from Tommy John surgery to lead Houston to its second World Series championship. He had the lowest ERA in the majors and was a unanimous winner of his third Cy Young Award—becoming the first player to earn the award after not pitching in the previous season.

Honored in the National League, Pujols returned to St. Louis for his bye season and posted his biggest numbers in years at age 42. The three-time MVP compiled an .895 OPS for the NL Central champion to become the fourth major leaguer to reach 700 career home runs.

The winners were chosen by the 30 team reporters on MLB.com.

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Los Angeles Angels acquired powerful outfielder Hunter Renfroe on Tuesday-evening in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers for three young pitchers.

Milwaukee hosted right-handers Janson Junk and Elvis Peguero, and minor league lefty Adam Seminaris.

Renfroe hit .255 this season with 29 home runs, 72 RBIs and an .807 OPS in 125 games, his first with the Brewers. He led major league right fielders with 11 assists and ranked 10th in the National League with a .492 slugging percentage.

Renfroe, who turns 31 in January, is once again eligible for arbitration and is likely to receive a raise after earning a $7.65 million salary this year. He can become free after next season.

He joins an Angels team looking for offense to support superstars Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani in a top-heavy lineup that has struggled overall this year. Los Angeles went 73-89 and finished third in the AL West.

Milwaukee, on a tight budget, placed second in the NL Central 86-76, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2017 after four consecutive appearances.

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