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Rodrygo scores twice as Real Madrid beats Cadiz 3-0 to provisionally go top in Spain

Rodrygo made the most of his last-minute addition to the Real Madrid lineup, scoring two beautiful goals and setting up another by Jude Bellingham in a 3-0 win against Cadiz that put Madrid at the top of the Spanish league on Sunday.

Rodrygo swiftly went past the Cadiz defenders before hitting the top corner with goals in the 14th and 64th minutes, and then provided the assist in Bellingham's 74th-minute goal.

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Bucks roar back to beat Blazers, Suns and Magic roll on

The Milwaukee Bucks erased a 26-point deficit to beat Portland 108-102 on Sunday as Phoenix and Orlando stretched their NBA winning streaks to seven games.

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US qualifies for Copa América despite 2-1 loss at Trinidad

Sergiño Dest lost his composure in a needless dispute with the referee, getting a pair of yellow cards for dissent in a 30-second span that endangered the United States' berth in next year's Copa América.

Trinidad won 2-1 on Monday night in Port-of-Spain, overcoming a deficit by scoring twice after Dest's 39th-minute ejection left the U.S. a man short. The Americans held on to win the total-goals series 4-2 and earn spots in the 16-nation Copa América and the CONCACAF Nations League semifinals.

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Italy qualifies for Euro 2024, avoids playoffs

Italy earned some redemption by qualifying for next year's European Championship on Monday, while Slovenia and the Czech Republic also secured their spots.

Czech coach Jaroslav Šilhavý resigned shortly after the final whistle against Moldova.

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Busy 2024 looms for Messi and Inter Miami, club is figuring out how to make it work

Inter Miami is putting together its preseason schedule, one that will likely have somewhere between four and six games early next year. There's a 34-game Major League football season. There'll be appearances in the Leagues Cup, the U.S. Open Cup and the CONCACAF Champions Cup.

Oh, and there's national team duties for some players, too.

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Messi seeks 1st goal against Brazil in World Cup qualifying

Lionel Messi has few barriers yet to break in football. One of them will be in reach Tuesday, when Argentina visits Brazil in a South American World Cup qualifying match.

The 36-year-old Messi has scored 31 goals for Argentina in World Cup qualifying encounters, but none of those came against Brazil, home or away. He has five goals against the archrival, all in friendly matches.

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Mbappé reaches 300 career goals faster than Messi or Ronaldo

Kylian Mbappé has scored 300 career goals faster than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Former France great Thierry Henry has nothing but admiration.

Mbappé achieved the feat over the weekend in a 14-0 rout of Gibraltar at the age of 24 years and 333 days. Both Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the game's two biggest stars in the 21st century, were older when they reached the milestone.

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Emotional Palestinian team plays Australia at Kuwait in World Cup soccer qualifying

An emotional Palestinian team will play Australia on Tuesday at the neutral venue of Kuwait after its World Cup qualifier was moved from the West Bank due to continuing conflict in the region.

Authorities in Kuwait are expecting a big crowd at the Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium with passionate support for the Palestinians, a team that has never appeared at the World Cup.

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Nadal to reveal comeback plans soon after missing nearly all of 2023

Rafael Nadal is sure he'll be returning to competition after missing nearly all of 2023 with a hip injury that required surgery. And now he says he'll be revealing his comeback plans soon.

Nadal wrote Thursday on social media: "I confirmed yesterday I'll be back" and punctuated that message with a smiling emoji.

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Messi's Argentina loses 1st match since World Cup title, falling to Uruguay

Lionel Messi could not help Argentina extend its unbeaten streak since its World Cup title.

Uruguay beat Argentina 2-0 at La Bombonera Stadium in Buenos Aires on Thursday in a World Cup qualifying match, its biggest victory so far under new coach Marcelo Bielsa.

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