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The World Cup in Qatar takes place from Nov. 20-Dec. 18. It's one of the most eagerly anticipated World Cups in memory as much for off-the-field reasons as those on it. It likely represents the last chance for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to win the tournament. Kylian Mbappé and France are back to defend their title. Brazil is bidding for a record-extending sixth title. The first World Cup in the Middle East will contain 32 teams and 64 matches across 28 days. Iran against the United States and Spain facing Germany are some of the group-stage matches to watch out for.

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Kevin Harvick has surged into title contention with a two-race winning streak that has revived the 2014 NASCAR champion. He snapped a 65-race losing streak last week and Sunday's win at Richmond gave Harvick a pair of victories in eight days. He's the only winner of back-to-back Cup races this season. His resurgence came as Harvick and the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team were on the bubble of elimination from the playoff field. Now he's got all the momentum as NASCAR heads into the final two weeks of the regular season.

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Police in Texas have identified the brother of retired NFL cornerback Aqib Talib as a suspect in the shooting death of a coach at a youth football game. Police in the Dallas-area city of Lancaster say Yaqub Salik Talib is suspected in the Saturday night shooting that killed a man. Authorities have not yet identified the man, but family and friends say he was a coach. Yaqub Talib was not in custody as of late Sunday and a warrant was issued for his arrest. The Associated Press sent a message to police seeking updated information Monday on the search for him. Yaqub Talib is the brother of Aqib Talib, a five-time Pro Bowler who announced his retirement in 2020.

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FIFA has handed out four-year doping bans to two players who tested positive for banned substances during qualifying for this year’s World Cup. FIFA says El Salvador forward Erick Alejandro Rivera tested positive for the steroid clostebol after a 3-0 loss to Canada on Sept. 8 and Sabri Ali Mohamed of Djibouti tested positive for testosterone following a 4-0 loss to Algeria on Nov. 12. Both players had been provisionally suspended. FIFA says Rivera has been banned from all matches until Oct. 5, 2025. Mohamed is suspended until Jan. 11, 2026.

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Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has been described by prosecutors as a “predator” who could not take no for an answer as the trial began of the French soccer player accused of eight counts of rape. Mendy also has been accused of one count of attempted rape and one count of sexual assault. He is alleged to have committed the offenses against seven young women between October 2018 and August last year. He denies the charges. The lawyer for the prosecution is Timothy Cray and he opened the trial at Chester Crown Court in northwest England

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel can expect to receive more than just a suspension in the fallout from the latest feisty match with Tottenham in the Premier League. Tuchel might also find himself in trouble for some incendiary comments about the referee. Most of the post-match focus after Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge was on the angry exchanges between Tuchel and Tottenham manager Antonio Conte during and after the game. They were shown red cards after squaring up to each other following the hand shake after the final whistle. Tuchel also turned on referee Anthony Taylor in his post-match news conference. He said “maybe it would be better” if Taylor no longer officiated games involving Chelsea.