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World Cup 2022: Portugal ‘don’t understand how’ Danilo Pereira broke ribs

Host nation: Qatar Dates: 20 November-18 December Coverage: Live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Sounds and the BBC Sport website and app. Day-by-day TV listings - Full coverage detailsPortugal manager Fernando Santos said the team "do not understand how" midfielder Danilo Pereira fractured his ribs in training this week.The Paris St-Germain star, 31, is expected to sit out the rest of the group stage at the World Cup, including Monday's match against Uruguay.Pereira was in the starting line-up for the 3-2 win against Ghana on Thursday. "It is a type of injury that no one can explain. We don't understand how that could have happened," said Santos."It's normal these injuries happen but we didn't see how it happened exactly. Initially we did not think it was a very serious one. "We had a few exams to see if he was breathing properly and apparently that was the case, but afterwards we saw it was more serious. We are following it up. "I am not a doctor so can't talk about it in detail but as far as I know he is evolving positively. We are expecting to have him [back] soon but if not we have three other midfielders who can replace him. "We do not need to have any drama or cry over it. We are very sad for him. We have to think of him as a human being beyond being a player. "He is someone with very positive energy and I'm sure he will be sending good vibes our way."TEAM NEWSPortugal have no other fresh injury concerns besides Pereira. Uruguay centre-back Ronald Araujo, who underwent thigh surgery at the end of September, is still not expected to feature on Monday. MATCH FACTSPortugal have won just one of their last nine meetings with South American nations in all competitions (D3 L5), beating Argentina 1-0 in a friendly in November 2014.Uruguay have failed to score in their last two World Cup games - only once have they done so in three consecutive games at the tournament (between 1986 and 1990). Uruguay have kept a clean sheet in each of their last five group stage games at the World Cup - no side has ever done so in six consecutive group games in the competition's history.Portugal have lost just one of their last 13 group stage games at the World Cup (W7 D5).Get your daily dose of Fifa World Cup reaction, debate & analysis with World Cup Daily on BBC Sounds

World Cup 2022: Fouling Neymar ‘has to stop’, Brazil coach Tite says

Host nation: Qatar Dates: 20 November-18 December Coverage: Live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Sounds and the BBC Sport website and app. Day-by-day TV listings - Full coverage detailsBrazil head coach Tite says the high number of fouls on Neymar "has to be stopped" after the forward was injured in their group-stage win over Serbia. Neymar appeared to be in tears on the bench after being substituted in the 80th minute with a sprained ankle.The 30-year-old was on the receiving end of a heavy tackle from Nikola Milenkovic in the 2-0 win on Thursday."If you want to celebrate the football, you have to pay attention to the fouls," said Tite."They focus on specific players. This is the effect. This has to be stopped."Since his first World Cup in 2014, Neymar has been fouled 53 times in the competition, at least 11 more than any other player. He was fouled nine times against Serbia, more than any other player in their opening match in Qatar.Neymar will not play in Brazil's remaining group stages matches, but Tite said he remained confident the Paris St-Germain forward would feature again at the World Cup."I believe Neymar and [injured defender] Danilo will play in the World Cup. I'm not in a position to speak about [medical information]," said Tite."I can say that, not only about Neymar, but also about Danilo, both of their situations have evolved, but we believe both will be available to play at the World Cup."TEAM NEWSBrazil are still without Juventus defender Danilo, who also suffered an ankle injury against Serbia, as well as Paris St-Germain forward Neymar.Switzerland forward Renato Steffen remains a doubt with a muscle injury. MATCH FACTSBoth previous meetings between Brazil and Switzerland at the World Cup have ended in draws (2-2 in 1950, 1-1 in 2018).Brazil are unbeaten in their last 16 group-stage games at the World Cup - no side has ever gone 17 without defeat in the group stages of the competition.Switzerland are looking to win their opening two games at a World Cup for the first time.Richarlison has scored nine goals in his last seven appearances in all competitions for Brazil.Breel Embolo has scored in three of his last four matches for Switzerland.Get your daily dose of Fifa World Cup reaction, debate & analysis with World Cup Daily on BBC Sounds

World Cup 2022: Wales’ Allen backs Bale and Ramsey to shine in England game

Host nation: Qatar Dates: 20 November-18 December Coverage: Live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Sounds and the BBC Sport website and app. Day-by-day TV listings - Full coverage detailsWales' Joe Allen says team-mates Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey can rise to the occasion when they face England needing a victory for any chance of improbable progress to the World Cup last 16.Wales must now beat England on Tuesday and hope the USA draw with Iran."Two incredible players - they are and have been for our country," said Allen, who is fit to start against England."I don't think there's anyone else in the squad who's reached the heights they're capable of."It's a huge game coming up. They're big-game players and always have been and hopefully, if any criticism has come their way, then they'll be able to answer a few of those critics with a top performance."This is Wales' first appearance at a World Cup for 64 years but, after months of build-up, their performances in Qatar have been disappointing.Fortunate to get away with a draw in their opening match against the United States, Robert Page's men were dire against Iran, repeating the mistakes they made against the States and getting thoroughly outplayed by their opponents.Bale and Ramsey are two greats of Welsh football. Bale, Wales' captain and all-time leading scorer in men's football, is widely regarded as the greatest player to come from the country, while Ramsey is not far behind in the rankings.Against Iran, however, they produced two of their worst displays in international football and ended the game with the lowest ratings of all Wales players by BBC Sport readers.If there was the slightest semblance of positive news to take from the Iran defeat, it was Allen's return in midfield as a late substitute, after a hamstring injury had kept him out since September."[It is] mixed feelings in terms of the pride of playing for my country in a World Cup but a very disappointing performance and result," said Allen, who confirmed he is now "good to go" against England."We're not where we hoped to be two games into the group stage. In terms of what went wrong, I don't think there's any one thing you could put your finger on."We've gone through everywhere we can improve and, so far, it's not been a fair reflection of what we're capable of."That's been a real disappointment because we can offer so much more and we will certainly will have to do that in the next game."Wales face a daunting task as they aim to get out of their group, a feat achieved in the nation's three previous major tournaments.In their only other World Cup appearance, in 1958, Wales reached the quarter-finals, and at Euro 2016 and Euro 2020 they got to the semi-finals and last 16 respectively.If Page's side are to reach the knockout rounds in Qatar, they must first beat England and then hope the United States and Iran cannot be separated - or if that draw does not materialise, Wales must beat England by four goals to qualify at their neighbours' expense.Either way, Wales need to win against England, something they have not managed since 1984."It's not impossible," said Allen. "It's a tough task."It's always uncomfortable when it's not in your hands and you're relying on certain things to unfold but, while there's still a chance, it's really simple for us."We're fully motivated, fully incentivised into throwing absolutely everything into getting the win. Then, who knows? Hopefully, there's a chance we can still get us out of this group."Get the latest results and goal notifications for any team at the Fifa World Cup by downloading the BBC Sport app: Appleexternal-link - Androidexternal-link - Amazonexternal-linkGet your daily dose of Fifa World Cup reaction, debate & analysis with World Cup Daily on BBC Sounds

Davis Cup: Great Britain drawn away to Colombia in 2023 qualifiers

Great Britain have been drawn away to Colombia in the qualifying round of the 2023 Davis Cup.Britain had a wildcard into this year's Finals but will have to win February's tie in South America to qualify for next September's group stage.The tie will take place the week after the Australian Open.Britain have far greater strength in depth in singles, with Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans, Jack Draper and Andy Murray all in the top 50.Colombia's highest ranked singles player is the world number 69 Daniel Elahi Galan, and their number two player is likely to be the world number 300 Nicolas Mejia.But the Colombians do have the former world number one doubles pair of Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal, who won both Wimbledon and the US Open in 2019.The best-of-five match series will be played on a surface of Colombia's choosing, and it will be a challenging journey for anyone involved in the latter stages of the Australian Open, which runs from 16-29 January.Colombia is 16 hours behind Melbourne, with the tie likely to start on Friday, 3 February.The LTA will be in the second of a five year deal to host one of the four groups contested in September - but that is dependent on Britain successfully qualifying.Glasgow's Emirates Arena hosted the group stage in September, but Britain failed to qualify for this week's knockout stage after finishing third behind the Netherlands and the United States.Australia face Canada in the 2022 Final in Malaga on Sunday.Both finalists qualify automatically for next year's Finals, along with Italy and Spain who have been awarded wildcards.The other 12 places in the Finals will be determined by February's qualifiers, with the tie between Serbia and Norway potentially pitting Novak Djokovic against the world number three Casper Ruud.

Bournemouth make Gary O’Neil manager on permanent basis

Bournemouth have appointed Gary O'Neil as their manager on a permanent basis following his spell as interim boss.O'Neil has signed a one-and-a-half year contract, which has the option to be extended for a further 12 months.Bournemouth have earned 13 points from 11 top-flight games with O'Neil in interim charge, and are 14th in the Premier League.He has also guided the Cherries to the fourth round in the Carabao Cup courtesy of a 4-1 win against Everton. That was followed by a 3-0 league win over the Toffees in their final game before the World Cup break."We have been impressed with the way he has conducted himself from the moment he joined the club and feel he has earned this opportunity to continue to take the team and the club forward," Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake said."Gary has worked tirelessly and diligently on the training pitch and the players have responded by producing some excellent performances and results."It was evident from the reception he received from our supporters following the Premier League win against Everton that they have also appreciated his efforts and we are all looking forward to continuing our working relationship with him."The decision has been made amid the prospect of the Cherries being taken over by a Las Vegas-based consortium.Former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa held talks about becoming the new manager, but O'Neil will now have the chance to build on his interim spell.As a player, he made more than 450 appearances for clubs including Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, West Ham, QPR and Norwich.He took up his first coaching role in August 2020, when he became assistant manager with Liverpool's Under-23s. O'Neil joined the coaching set-up at Bournemouth under former manager Jonathan Woodgate in February 2021, and took over the first team after Parker's departure following a 9-0 defeat by Liverpool.The Cherries' first game after the World Cup will be their Carabao Cup tie away to Newcastle on 21 December, followed by a visit to Chelsea in the league on 27 December.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst: Dutchman breaks silence on his Rangers sacking

Sacked Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst says he faced "unique challenges" and "very difficult circumstances" in the job this season.The Dutchman has broken his silence six days after his year-long tenure was ended with the club nine points adrift of Premiership leaders Celtic.Rangers won the Scottish Cup and were Europa League runners-up last season."This season, like every year at Rangers, the first priority is domestic success," Van Bronckhorst said.He added on Instagram: "I understand the hurt when wins become draws, and worse, when we experience defeat. That isn't acceptable at a club of Rangers' standing, no one understood that and felt that more than I did."I faced unique challenges and some very difficult circumstances to operate in."Rangers FC will always be in my heart and I wish the club all the success for the future. Once a Ranger, always a Ranger."Rangers sold two of the pillars of last season's success, with Calvin Bassey moving to Ajax for a club-record £19.6m and Joe Aribo joining Southampton in a £6m deal.Of the seven new arrivals brought in during the summer, only striker Antonio Colak has proved an immediate success.Van Bronckhorst ended Rangers' 12-year absence from the Champions League group stage this season, steering the club through two qualifying rounds, but they ended with six defeats from six and the worst record in the competition's history.Rangers were thrashed 4-0 by derby rivals Celtic in September and Van Bronckhorst was sacked after his side won just two of their five league fixtures heading into the World Cup break.The 47-year-old, a former Rangers midfielder, says it was a "privilege" to manage the club and that he leaves with some "wonderful memories"."My backroom team and I worked with energy, passion and were driven with a belief that we could achieve amazing things," he added. "We treated our roles with respect, optimism and determination."We experienced some incredible highs, especially on our European journey to Seville. Winning the Scottish Cup for the first time in over a decade and qualifying for the group stage of the Champions League is something I am very proud of."The passion of our support drove us on to achieve those wonderful memories. For that, I am forever grateful to every single one of you who travelled near and far, spent your hard earned money, and never gave up supporting our team."

Australian PGA Championship: Open champion Cameron Smith claims victory

-14 C Smith (Aus); -11 R Hisatsune (Jpn), J Scrivener (Aus); -9 M W Lee (Aus), J Parry (Eng); -8 D Micheluzzi (Aus); -7 C Davis (Aus), G Chalmers (Aus), T Kanaya (Jpn), S Brazel (Aus), M Kawamura (Jpn)Full leaderboardexternal-linkOpen champion Cameron Smith starred in his home town of Brisbane to win the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship by three strokes.Smith, 29, held a three-shot overnight lead and finished with a three-under round of 68 to finish on 14 under and secure the title for a third time.The world number three had four birdies and one bogey in his final round.It was enough to see off the challenge of Japan's Ryo Hisatsune and fellow Australian Jason Scrivener.Hisatsune shot a final-round 65 to rise from 11th overnight while England's John Parry matched the Japanese player's six-under-par final round to climb from joint 20th to finish tied in fourth with Australia's Min Woo Lee."It's awesome. I really didn't think I had it in me at the start of the week," said Smith, who won the tournament in 2017 and 2018 and was playing in his home country for the first time in three years."I was a bit scratchy and the game has got better and better as the week went on, other than the front nine today."He also paid tribute to his grandmother, who walked all 72 holes at the Royal Queensland course with him as a spectator despite having recently undergone chemotherapy."I can't believe she did it," he said. "Everyone at the start of the week was telling her to pace herself. It's pretty amazing and definitely inspiring."Smith announced in August that he has joined the Saudi Arabian-funded LIV Golf series.

Davis Cup: Canada to face Australia in final after beating Italy

Canada will face Australia in the Davis Cup final on Sunday after beating Italy in the semi-finals.Italy's Lorenzo Sonego defeated Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 in an opening singles rubber lasting three hours and 15 minutes in Malaga.World number six Felix Auger-Aliassime levelled the tie for Canada with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Lorenzo Musetti.He and Vasek Pospisil then won the deciding doubles 7-6 (7-2) 7-5 against Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini.Auger-Aliassime was a late swap into the doubles team, replacing compatriot Shapovalov after his singles defeat."We knew coming this week that we could make some changes depending on how singles went and I just feel like the whole team connected around this idea and there was no ego in the wrong places," said Auger-Aliassime."Everybody just has the clear idea of the main goal, which is lifting the cup tomorrow."Pospisil said: "Davis Cup is always a wild week and I would say the most fun, as a player. We got more to do."It is the second time Canada have reached the Davis Cup final, having first done so in 2019 when they lost to Rafael Nadal's Spain.Australia - the 28-time champions of the tournament - reached their first Davis Cup final since 2003 on Friday with victory over Croatia.

Davis Cup: Australia into first final since 2003 after beating Croatia

Australia are through to their first Davis Cup final since 2003 after a 2-1 win over Croatia.Max Purcell and Jordan Thompson beat Croatia's Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic 6-7 (3-7) 7-5 6-4 in the semi-final meeting in Malaga on Friday.Earlier, Australia's Alex de Minaur had cancelled out Borna Coric's opening-game victory with a 6-2 6-2 success over Marin Cilic to level the tie.Australia will face Italy or Canada in Sunday's final.Croatia took a 1-0 lead in the last-four encounter when Coric beat Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4 6-3.The 26-year-old Croatian, who hit 19 winners and committed just nine unforced errors, saved his career in 2022 and rose to 26th in the world rankings, having not played for 12 months after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder."I was watching the guys playing Davis Cup when I was injured and doing my rehab. To play for Croatia is an amazing feeling for me," said Coric.But Australia hit back when De Minaur, the world number 24, stunned former US Open champion Cilic with a straight-set win in just 44 minutes.Cilic, ranked 17th in the world, was undone by 23 unforced errors."Marin's a hell of a competitor, a veteran player of our sport that has accomplished amazing things." said De Minaur."I knew what to expect, so I knew it was never going to be easy."With the tie finely poised at 1-1, Purcell and Thompson - who was brought in minutes before the match by captain Lleyton Hewitt as a replacement for Matthew Ebden - fought from a set down to break in the second and then held serve to force a decisive third set.The pair broke for a 4-3 lead and then held their serve to deny Croatia a second successive final - and put Australia into their first since they won the trophy for a 28th time when they overcame Spain.

Callum Tarren: English golfer heading in right direction on PGA Tour

Callum Tarren was one shot away from a possible golden ticket to the Masters.But the 32-year-old regards his tie for second at the PGA Tour's RSM Classic on Sunday as growing proof of his increasing confidence on golf's biggest circuit.And the Englishman is ready to push on even further in the new year."I'm still over the moon to end 2022 like that. It was a great way to cap off a very successful season," he said.A maiden victory in Georgia would have been enough for Tarren to gain a place at Augusta in April - but a couple of late birdies from Canada's Adam Svensson denied him.But in another sense, it was mission accomplished as the Darlington man becomes more established in the game's higher echelons.'Bigger and better than I expected' Tarren had finished 119th in his debut season on the PGA Tour, which was enough to keep his Tour card. But his tie for second has lifted him to 25th on the current FedEx Cup points list - enough to get him in all the tour's elevated events in 2023.In simple terms, that means teeing up in the tournaments with the biggest money (purses of $20 million, about £16,5m) against the biggest names - think world number one Rory McIlroy, Spain's Jon Rahm and leading Americans like Justin Thomas and Scottie Scheffler.While having been outside the world's top 500 as recently as March, his world ranking has climbed to 165th, with a good chance to improve further in the new year. "This time last year, I was basically playing the events I had to," he told the BBC. "Now I will have a bit more freedom."I have always wanted to play out here and everything has been even bigger and better than I expected."We go to some of the best courses in America and now I can go to all the events you want to play."When I made my birdie on 18 on Sunday, the first thing on my mind was 'will that get me to Augusta?'"It's golf's magic kingdom and it didn't quite happen. But it's still one of my goals and a good building block for 2023."One thing that has not changed despite his burgeoning career on the other side of the Atlantic is Tarren's north-east roots.He has no Florida base, unlike many of his contemporaries, and he still classes County Durham, where he lives with partner Ashleigh and young daughter Sofia Rose, as home.Flying back and forth has never been an issue for Tarren. An attendee of Radford University in Virginia, his golf has taken him to China and the secondary circuits in America before his recent elevation.For now, there are a couple of months off before he begins his 2023 season in California. It will allow Callum the chance to spend time and go on holiday with his family and then work on his game at Rockliffe Hall with coach Lee McCavanagh and fitness trainer Stuart Parnaby, the former Middlesbrough footballer.It is not a lifestyle for everyone, but Tarren's natural positivity makes it work. 'Playing golf is not a job' "The plan is to carry on living in the UK for now, but I'll probably assess that again at the end of next season," he said."But the family will come out a lot more next year. My partner's her own boss and my daughter is not in school yet so we'll try to take advantage of that."I've said to any of my friends and family that they are always welcome to come and see me. I'm lucky enough to go to some incredible places and it's nice to share those with the people around me."My dad Drew was out with me for the last two weeks. He was thrilled to see me play so well although he was so nervous. He was shaking on Sunday!"I'm lucky in that I don't really get homesick. Once I am set on how long I am going to be away, I am always ticking down the days and weeks."Obviously, I miss my family and we do a lot of stuff on FaceTime. But I love playing golf for a living."This is not a job, but something I love doing."

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