Notre Dame vs. USC prediction: Fighting Irish will keep it close

USC is sitting at No. 6 in the latest CFP rankings, but the Trojans are in a good spot with games against Notre Dame on Saturday, with Oregon potentially still to come. Wins over those ranked teams could be enough to get the Trojans into the CFP. It won’t be easy, though. Notre Dame has … Read more

Brazil with plenty of options to replace Neymar at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar — With Neymar out for at least another match, Brazil coach Tite must now start thinking about a replacement – and this time he has plenty of options. Brazil is not as Neymar-dependent as it used to be, and Tite could go several different ways to replace the Paris Saint-Germain forward for Monday’s … Read more

Japan aims for World Cup knockout stage against Costa Rica

DOHA, Qatar — How big was Japan‘s 2-1 upset of Germany in the opening round of the World Cup? Newspapers in Japan used the term “Daikimboshi” from sumo wrestling to describe the magnitude of the surprise: when a low-ranked wrestler overpowers a grand champion. The victory has also been compared to Japan’s 34-32 upset of … Read more

Knicks’ RJ Barrett not letting shooting woes get him down: ‘I’m fine’

RJ Barrett isn’t letting his shooting struggles hurt his confidence. He still hoisted up 22 shots in the Knicks’ 132-129 overtime loss to the Trail Blazers on Friday night and insisted he isn’t questioning himself. “I’m fine,” he said. “Don’t worry about me. I’m fine.” After going 6 of 22 from the field, and 1 … Read more

Sober or bright? Europe faces holidays during energy crunch

VERONA, Italy — Early season merrymakers sipping mulled wine and shopping for holiday decorations packed the Verona Christmas market for its inaugural weekend. But beyond the wooden market stalls, the Italian city still has not decked out its granite-clad pedestrian streets with twinkling holiday lights as officials debate how bright to make the season during … Read more

Mets hope to bring back Adam Ottavino with bullpen decisions looming

Edwin Diaz’s record contract for a closer has settled the Mets’ most prominent bullpen need, but the team remains on the hunt for help ahead of him.  It’s an area the Mets will look to address heading into the winter meetings, which convene next weekend in San Diego.  Adam Ottavino was the Mets’ most dependable … Read more