Distraught forward Neymar is seen with his head in his hands after coming off with an ankle injury

It isn’t a World Cup without a Neymar injury to crack up anxiety levels in Brazil.

He damaged his back in 2014 and broke a foot ahead of 2018 and on Thursday night he limped out of Doha’s Lusail Stadium with a strapping applied to his right ankle following a collision in the second half of a 2-0 win against Serbia.

He tried to continue before he was replaced by Antony in the 80th minute, and was in tears as he received medical treatment on the bench, pulling his shirt over his head.

But the 30-yaer-old Paris Saint-Germain playmaker was able to make his way back to the team bus without the need for crutches or a protective boot.

‘Neymar has a right ankle trauma,’ said Brazil’s team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar. ‘Due to the impact that he had with the knee of the Serbia player we immediately started the treatment when he was on the bench.

‘With physiotherapy, we need to wait 24 to 48 hours. We have not scheduled an MRI and tomorrow we will have a new assessment. We need to wait. We can’t make any premature comments on his condition.

‘He stayed on the pitch and continued playing for 11 minutes, before he was substituted.’

Real Madrid forward Rodrygo, who came on as a second-half sub, told Brazil TV channel Globo after the match Neymar had hurt his ankle.

‘I talked to him on the field and he said he had an ankle sprain,’ said Rodrygo. ‘I don’t know what happened, but I hope it’s nothing serious’

Boss Tite added: ‘Neymar felt this pain throughout the game but he decided to stay on the pitch to help his team. So it’s remarkable he could stand this pain to continue playing for his team.’

Brazil won 2-0 thanks to two second half goals by RIcharlison, the second a fabulous, spectacular volley.

‘It was a beautiful goal,’ said Richarlison. ‘An acrobatic goal, one of the best in my career. It’s the World Cup, it was a very tough match for us, so I think it was one of the nicest goals I have ever scored.

‘It’s a wonderful night, we had a beautiful game and now it’s another six games until the final.’

On Neymar, Richarlison added: ‘It seems he has hurt his ankle. I told him to put a lot of ice on it for him to recover as quickly as possible to have him for the next match. This is the most important thing.

‘When I get to the team hotel, I’m going to see how he’s doing.’

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    A war of words has erupted between Aussie cricket legends over the treatment David Warner has faced over his life leadership ban stemming from the infamous ball-tampering scandal.

    Test veteran Ian Healy, Simon O’Donnell, Damien Fleming and former skipper Michael Clarke have all spoken out over Warner’s reaction to a saga that has never really gone away since Cameron Bancroft rubbed a bit of sandpaper on a cricket ball in 2018.

    Warner released an explosive statement on Instagram on Wednesday night, fearing a ‘public lynching’ if he was subjected to a public ‘trial’ over his appeal to have his leadership ban overturned.

    Warner and many other high-profile cricket figures like Clarke and Healy have heavily criticised Cricket Australia’s decision to effectively outsource the appeals process to an independent panel, which wants to revisit the ball-tampering affair and make the evidence public.

    Once that happened, it became clear to Warner that and his family with wife Candice would face yet another period of intense scrutiny if he went ahead with trying to get his leadership ban lifted.

    Healy, one of Australian cricket’s most popular and respected figures, was full of praise for the way Warner had criticised that decision with his carefully thought-out statement.

    ‘He’s (Warner) prepared this 800-word document quite well, very well actually. Now, I would like to see a similar style response by the independent panel,’ he told SEN Queensland on Wednesday morning.

    ‘He has saved cricket here. That panel was going to air cricket’s problems. Why?

    ‘Don’t air those negotiations, get the job done no matter what it takes behind closed doors. I agree with David Warner that it doesn’t need to be in public unless I get convinced by their response today,’ said Healy.

    Cricket Australia have already admitted they would have preferred it if the hearing was kept in house – though the question still remains as to why they would then entrust the process to a Counsel instead of conducting the review themselves.

    It is yet another case of Cricket Australia digging themselves further into a hole over their messy handling of an incident.

    ‘We are disappointed with this outcome as our intention was to give David the opportunity to demonstrate why his lifetime leadership ban should be varied at an independent hearing and we amended our Code of Conduct accordingly,’ a Cricket Australia spokesman said on Wednesday night.

    ‘We supported David’s wish for these discussions to be heard behind closed doors and respect his decision to withdraw his application.

    ‘David is a very senior and highly regarded member of the Australian team who has been a great ambassador for the game as a whole since his return from a year-long ban.’

    Fleming and Clarke were both flummoxed by Cricket Australia’s handling of the situation, with the former saying he was ‘disappointed’ they didn’t make the decision themselves.

    ‘It is disappointing. We want to talk about the play and the Test match, (but) four and a half years later Cape Town is still lingering, isn’t it,’ Fleming said on Channel 7’s pre-match coverage of day one of the second Test match against the West Indies at Adelaide Oval.

    ‘The win-win for me would have been once the door got opened, to open it wide, (and) give him the chance to have a leadership role in Australian cricket.

    ‘At 36, that is unlikely in the Australian team, but certainly likely in the BBL. If he was captaining the Sydney Thunder, that is great for the tournament,’ said Fleming.

    Clarke, who faced a similar amount of public scrutiny to Warner when he was skipper due to his profile off the field, explained why his former teammate might be even more aggrieved than he was previously.

    ‘You can tell he’s (Warner) disappointed and frustrated. I think the other thing that probably hurts a little bit more is the fact Steve Smith is going to captain this Test match,’ he said on Sky Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast.

    ‘I don’t know if it’s fair to make David Warner the complete scapegoat and say everyone else can go back to normal.

    ‘We’ll forgive you but we won’t forgive Davey. I’m not sure any of them should be involved in a leadership role.

    ‘It’s a tough one for Davey to swallow, rules in place for him and not for the others.’

    When ‘Sandpapergate’ rocked cricket in 2018 after the incident at Newlands in Cape Town during the third Test of a spiteful series, Warner was found to be the ringleader who encouraged Cameron Bancroft to rub sandpaper on the ball.

    Warner was banned from international and domestic cricket involving Australia for a year, and banned from ever holding a leadership position again while Bancroft was suspended for nine months.

    Smith was found to know of the plan but failed to prevent it, and as a result faced a two-year leadership ban in addition to one year out from the game at the top-level.

    He’s since captained multiple times since, despite initial hesitancy, and O’Donnell, one of Australia’s best ODI all-rounders, said all three players were responsible for the continuing mess, not Cricket Australia or the culture of cricket in the country.

    ‘David Warner copped his right whack for what he did. The bit that I wonder where he’s at with it, is one of his statements was for cricket to air its dirty laundry.’ O’Donnell questioned on SEN Breakfast.

    ‘It’s not cricket’s dirty laundry, it’s David Warner’s dirty laundry. The situation was caused by David Warner and his co-conspirators (Steve Smith and Cam Bancroft), not cricket.

    ‘It’s David Warner’s problem. He was playing the game of cricket, the individual isn’t bigger than the game of cricket,’ said O’Donnell, who had previously made the same comment about Justin Langer whingeing about his treatment in recent weeks.

    O’Donnell probably won’t like what Warner’s wife Candice had to say on Thursday morning, with the former ironwoman slamming Cricket Australia the hardest of anyone to make a comment.

    ‘It’s just unnecessary … this (trial) was all about David talking about how he has reformed and the good that he’s done; but this (the trial) is just not what its about,’ she said on her Triple M breakfast show.

    ‘The fact there was a lack of player welfare, and no welfare about David and our family, speaks volumes.

    ‘It has affected us for so long and I’m pretty sure that everyone doesn’t want to continue talking about this … David has had enough,’ said a teary Candice Warner.

    While Warner’s pursuit to overturn the lifetime leadership ban has ended, no doubt this is a saga that will continue to keep bubbling until the typical post-retirement biographies are released, and press for them is sought.

  • 4 минуты назад 08.12.2022Sport
    USMNT midfielder Kellyn Acosta and Knicks forward Obi Toppin exchange jerseys before New York win

    USA soccer star Kellyn Acosta and Knicks forward Obi Toppin exchanged jerseys before the NBA player’s game against the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night.

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    A US Soccer spokesman declined to comment on the report to DailyMail.com.

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  • 4 минуты назад 08.12.2022Sport
    David Warner’s manager claims cricket officials TOLD stars to tamper with ball before Sandpapergate

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    Then-captain Steve Smith, Warner and bowler Cameron Bancroft were all hit with heavy sanctions over the episode during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town, which saw Bancroft rough up one side of the ball with sandpaper.

    Speaking a day after Warner withdrew his push to have his lifetime captaincy ban lifted, his manager James Erskine accused cricket officials of ordering players to break one of the sport’s cardinal rules.

    He claimed the shocking development occurred after the Aussies suffered a heavy loss to South Africa in a Test match in Hobart in 2016.

    Erskine alleged the officials were ‘berating the team for losing against South Africa’ after the Test.

    ‘Warner said, “We’ve got to reverse-swing the ball. The only way we can reverse-swing the ball is by tampering with it” – and they were told to do it,’ Erskine told SEN radio on Thursday.

    At no stage did Erskine state the officials allegedly involved were from Cricket Australia.

    The manager also slammed the governing body’s handling of the scandal when it first broke, alleging the investigation was rushed and his client was made a scapegoat for the affair.

    ‘When the truth comes out, everyone’s going to turn around and say, well, why was David Warner picked upon?’ he said.

    ‘Cricket Australia had the whole process, the [Iain] Roy report was done in four days.

    ‘You’d have to be a blind black labrador, there was far more than three people involved in this thing. They all got a caning and David Warner was completely villainised.

    ‘He has shut up, he has protected Cricket Australia, he protected his fellow players on my advice, because at the end of the day no one wanted to hear any more of it and he’s got on playing cricket.’

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    Cricket Australia has since confirmed they supported the 36-year-old’s push to have that process changed, but both were on Wednesday told by the independent panel of code-of-conduct commissioners they were holding firm on the matter.

    Warner’s wife Candice broke down crying on live radio on Thursday as she revealed the toll the Sandpapergate saga and lifetime leadership ban has taken on their family.

    ‘We live it day to day, that pain doesn’t go away. It’s still raw,’ she said on Triple M’s Summer Breakfast Show.

    ‘We go to the cricket so often and there’s always people yelling things out and my daughters proudly wear their father’s name on their backs.

    ‘The fact that my daughters have to cop abuse from incidents that have happened in the past is not fair.

    ‘David always puts family first, and he is fiercely protective of me and the three girls … cricket is not everything. It’s what he does, but it doesn’t define him.

    ‘The fact there was a lack of player welfare, and no welfare about David and our family speaks volumes.

    ‘It has affected us for so long and I’m pretty sure that everyone doesn’t want to continue talking about this … David has had enough and the team has had enough.’

  • 4 минуты назад 08.12.2022Sport
    NRL star Brian To’o breaks down in tears of joy as he livestreams wedding with Penrith teammates

    NRL star Brian To’o warmed footy fans’ hearts by live streaming his wedding with a host of premiership-winning Penrith teammates on hand for the traditional Samoan ceremony.

    To’o married partner Moesha Crichton-Ropati in romantic scenes on Thursday that were broadcast on the internet so friends and loved ones could watch on from around the world.

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    Moesha admitted that she wasn’t expecting a proposal after To’o came over to her post-match.

    ‘I thought he was just coming to give me a hug like he usually does,’ she told Channel Nine at the time.

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    ‘I want to thank my beautiful partner for saying yes. I’m very grateful to be here, I’m so lucky.

    ‘It’s a really special moment to have, not only with my partner but for my family back home in lockdown.’

    The NSW representative also admitted he would have still popped the question if the Panthers had lost to Souths.

    ‘It was actually Origin I was planning it, but obviously due to Covid-19 that didn’t happen, so I made it the next step to push for the Grand Final [to propose], and then we got the win,’ To’o explained.

    ‘It made it so much better. I’m really happy I’ve got a ring and she’s got a ring as well, I’m really glad she said yes. Win or lose, I was still going to propose to her.

    ‘I knew she was going to say yes. I just told her she was the best thing that ever happened to me, went down on one knee and asked her to make me the happiest man, and will you marry me?’

  • 4 минуты назад 08.12.2022Sport
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    Bogaerts enjoyed one his best seasons this year, posting a 5.8 bWAR and finishing ninth in American League MVP voting in 2022.

    However, he became a free agent in the offseason after opting out of a six-year, $132 million contract extension he signed with the Red Sox ahead of the 2019 season.

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    But the offer was seen as below market for a player of his stature and he instead joined a talented class of free agent shortstops, including Trea Turner, who has since signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, Carlos Correa and Dansby Swanson.

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