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World Cup 2022: Croatia eliminates Brazil in penalty shootout, advancing to semifinals

Croatia has advanced to the World Cup semifinals after eliminating tournament favorite Brazil in a thrilling penalty shootout on Friday.  Croatia had a perfect showing in the shootout, going four-for-four while goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic made a save on Brazil's first attempt made by forward Rodrygo. Marquinhos would hope to keep Brazil's chances alive on the fourth attempt, but he hit the post, ending the five-time World Cup champions' journey.  PORTUGAL ROLLS WITH CRISTIANO RONALDO ON BENCH - WILL HE STAY THERE? The match ended in a 0-0 draw by the end of regulation time, but Brazilian superstar Neymar would score his 77th goal for his country in the first half of extra time, seemingly crushing Croatia's chances of advancing to the semifinals for the first time since 2014 - when they hosted the tournament. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM However, Croatian striker Bruno Petkovic evened the score at the 117th mark, forcing a penalty shootout.  Croatia has repeatedly taken the long way to reach the finals in this tournament - they defeated Japan in the Round of 16 to advance to Friday's match, and five of their last six World Cup matches have gone into extra time.  Croatia will face the winner of the Argentina vs. Netherlands match on Friday, starting at 2 p.m. ET.  The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Warriors forward Anthony Lamb accused of rape in civil lawsuit against the University of Vermont: report

Golden State Warriors forward Anthony Lamb was accused of raping another student while attending the University of Vermont in 2019 in a civil lawsuit filed against the university on Tuesday, which claims that school officials showed "deliberate indifference" and mishandling of sexual assault complaints, according to multiple reports. Lamb, who is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, was alleged to have raped the woman at an off-campus party in 2019 - an incident, along with two others, that she reported to the school's Title IX office, SF Gate reported Thursday.  In a statement to the outlet, the Warriors said the organization did its "due diligence" prior to signing Lamb but added that it would "evaluate" any new information.  FAMILY OF EX-NFL PLAYER GLENN FOSTER JR SUES FUNERAL HOME FOR 'MISHANDLING' AND 'DESTRUCTION' OF HIS REMAINS "Anthony is not a defendant in this recent lawsuit and, to our knowledge, he has never been charged with any wrongdoing in any legal case," the statement read. "Prior to signing Anthony in September, we did our due diligence with the NBA and his prior teams, as we do with all players. If any new information comes to light, we will certainly evaluate it and act accordingly." The woman, who was a student-athlete at the time, detailed the graphic nature of the alleged assault in her lawsuit that was filed in the U.S. District Court in Burlington on Tuesday. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Lamb also denied the accusations in a statement the Warriors provided to the outlet.  "The allegations made against me in 2019 that have recently resurfaced are patently false," the statement read. "I have always been fully cooperative regarding the alleged incident, and have welcomed any investigation into the matter. Simply put, I have never committed sexual assault." The women and two other plaintiffs named in the lawsuit - all students at the University of Vermont, claim the "deliberate indifference to student-on-student harassment, sexual assault, and drugging" by the school, the board of trustees and several other defendants "created a discriminatory and sexually hostile environment in which female students faced a heightened risk of sexual assault and, once assaulted, lacked any meaningful avenue of redress."  "Defendants contributed to and ignored known and obvious conditions that substantially increased Plaintiffs' risk of campus sexual assault by fellow students," the lawsuit read, in part, via the SF Gate.  "Despite repeated demands to better protect students from sexual violence and hold perpetrators accountable, Defendants failed to promptly investigate credible reports that assailants, particularly within fraternity and athletic groups, drugged and assaulted women on campus. Even when appropriate individuals had actual notice of rapes and assaults, Defendants ignored official Title IX procedures and failed to offer appropriate accommodations, explain survivors' options to them, or sanction their assailants."  Lamb played for the University of Vermont from 2016-2020, when he was named America East Player of the Year as a junior and senior. After brief stints with the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs, he signed a two-way contract with the Warriors in October. 

Rams' Baker Mayfield gives electric reaction to receiving game ball after Thursday night comeback

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Baker Mayfield has been on one heck of a bumpy ride through five NFL seasons.  After being selected as the first overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft , Mayfield had an up-and-down time in Cleveland before being traded to the Carolina Panthers in the offseason.  The change of scenery was supposed to do Mayfield good as he hoped to resurrect his career.  BAKER MAYFIELD HEADBUTTS TEAMMATE AFTER LEADING RAMS ON GO-AHEAD TD DRIVE It didn't pan out, with Mayfield going 1-5 as a starter in Carolina before being released by the organization on Monday.  Mayfield was signed off of waivers by the Rams on Tuesday, and just two days later, led LA on a 98-yard game-winning drive against the Las Vegas Raiders with under two minutes to play.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Mayfield, who entered the game on LA's second series , was given the game ball by head coach Sean McVay, and his reaction says it all.  Mayfield completed the comeback by connecting with wide receiver Van Jefferson on a 23-yard touchdown pass with just ten seconds remaining in the game.  "I don't know if you can write it any better than that," Mayfield said after the game. "Obviously we'd like to be a little bit more stress-free, but it's a pretty damn good story, I'll be honest with you." Mayfield ended the game with 230 yards and a touchdown, completing 22 of 35 passes.  "You can't say enough about Baker Mayfield and the leadership, the resilience, the competitiveness," McVay said postgame, according to NBC Sports. "And what a quick study - I mean, he just got here five minutes ago. He figured out a way to be able to do some special things tonight." The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Rams, who will face the Green Bay Packers in Week 15.

Cowboys legend Jason Witten thinks Odell Beckham Jr. signing would be 'icing on the cake' for Dallas

The hottest topic down in Jerry's World isn't the fact that the Dallas Cowboys are hitting on all cylinders and looking like a true Super Bowl contender again.  It's whether or not Odell Beckham Jr. will wear a helmet with a star on it. After the Cowboys picked up their third win in a row this past Sunday in a dominating performance against the Indianapolis Colts, the polarizing free agent visited the facility and even attended a Dallas Mavericks game with Cowboys defensive end Micah Parsons and cornerback Trevon Diggs. Social media has also been used by Cowboys players to recruit Beckham, who is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in this past Super Bowl. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM It's a spectacle to some like Cowboys legend Jason Witten, who couldn't remember a player getting this much attention in the middle of a season.  "The recruiting of a player in the middle of a season, I don't know if we've seen it kinda transpire this way in the NFL. I think it's pretty neat. It's good for the fans to see," Witten told Fox News Digital while promoting USAA, the official sponsor for the Army-Navy game this Saturday, which will be gifting vehicles to military families ahead of "America's Game." "There's no denying Odell's skill level," Witten added. "I think what's really neat about that is there's not just the defensive guys recruiting him. It's CeeDee Lamb , Michael Gallup and Dak [Prescott]. I've liked how it's evolved. I certainly think he can help them." COWBOYS STARS, ODELL BECKHAM JR. ATTEND MAVS' GAME; JERRY JONES 'NOT CONFIDENT' IN SIGNING WITHOUT A WORKOUT Witten did, however, hear the report that Beckham's Cowboys visit didn't go too well. Dallas reportedly has doubts about Beckham's physical, with ESPN saying he "has not progressed enough to ensure he would play before mid-January." Some speculated that it's gamesmanship from owner Jerry Jones to get other teams off Beckham's trail, but the New York Giants said that his visit in East Rutherford, N.J., had gone well and that nothing of the sort had come out of the Buffalo Bills' camp.  An ACL tear is a grueling injury for any athlete, and battling back from it is something Beckham knew prior to the tear in his left knee in February.  But Witten Is confident that if there's anyone who can do what it takes to get back on the field after such an injury, it's Beckham.  "He's a dynamic player," Witten explained. "I think he's worked himself in this position to get back. I think they're at a good place. I'm anxious to see how it plays out, but it's almost icing on the cake if he's able to come in and perform." FREE AGENT ODELL BECKHAM JR. HAS 'GOOD VISIT' WITH GIANTS, BRIAN DABOLL SAYS The other side of the equation is whether adding Beckham to this current group would ruin the chemistry right now.  The Cowboys are averaging just over 37 points per game in their last six, losing just one of them to the Green Bay Packers on the road. And there's no telling what kind of offensive onslaught will ensue at AT&T Stadium on Sunday when the Houston Texans, the team with the NFL's worst record, come to visit.  Witten, though, doesn't think Beckham's addition will hurt anything the Cowboys have going for right now. "Those guys are not waiting for somebody to come in there," he said. "They're taking advantage of the opportunity they have, and they got it rolling right now. Scoring a lot of points, playing good defense. It's a winning formula." COWBOYS STAR RIPS BIDEN OVER BRITTNEY GRINER RELEASE, WALKS BACK SCATHING TWEETS In the coming days, and maybe weeks, we will learn more about whether Beckham can play for a team as he desires this season. And though he may have been a rival at one point in his career, a now-retired Witten won't mind seeing Beckham in a different shade of blue and white if he so chooses.  "I was on that other side a lot where he made big catches and some heartbreaking experiences because of his ability," Witten said. "I think it will look a little different, but I don't think he'll have a problem looking good in that star.  Witten and Philadelphia Eagles legend Brian Dawkins are teaming up to honor America's heroes with USAA, which has been celebrating its 100th anniversary by gifting 100 vehicles to military families through the "Recycled Rides" program this year. 

LSU head coach Kim Mulkey on Brittney Griner's return: 'Prayers are powerful'

WNBA star Brittney Griner has returned home after spending nearly 10 months in a Russian prison following her arrest for bringing vape cartridges containing hashish oil through a Moscow airport.  Griner was freed from a Russian penal colony on Thursday in exchange for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout .  Griner's return to the U.S. sparked emotional reactions from many within the basketball community, including Griner's college coach COWBOYS STAR RIPS BIDEN OVER BRITTNEY GRINER RELEASE, WALKS BACK SCATHING TWEETS LSU head coach Kim Mulkey, who coached Griner at Baylor and won a national championship together in 2012, broke her silence on her former player.  "God is good. Prayers are powerful," Mulkey told ESPN. "Brittney is on her way home where she belongs. Our prayers remain with her and her family as they recover and heal together." Mulkey was asked about Griner's detainment in September as she had yet to speak on the situation.  "And you won't," Mulkey responded when a reporter said he had yet to see a comment on Griner from the LSU head coach.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Griner and Mulkey had a falling out in 2013 after Griner felt she was encouraged to keep quiet about her sexuality, according to ESPN. Griner pointed toward Baylor's policies as to why she did not feel encouraged to speak on her sexuality, and not toward Mulkey personally.  Griner was arrested at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow on Feb. 17 after Russian authorities said she had vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage.  Griner plead guilty and was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison.

Oregon's DJ Johnson declares for 2023 NFL Draft, weeks after punching Oregon State fan on the field

Oregon pass rusher DJ Johnson officially declared for the NFL Draft on Thursday, just weeks after he was caught on video punching an Oregon State fan on the field in what is now his final collegiate game.  Johnson, who led the Ducks with six sacks this season, took to Twitter to post his announcement and officially confirm that he would be opting out of Oregon's bowl game against North Carolina later this month to pursue his NFL career.  "Thank you to Oregon and everyone who's helped me get to where I am today," he wrote in a tweet. "I'll be entering my name into the NFL Draft. Truly Blessed for the opportunities coming." OREGON INVESTIGATING AFTER PLAYER PUNCHES OREGON STATE FAN FROM BEHIND FOLLOWING MAJOR UPSET   Johnson made headlines for his performance on the field this season but came under fire last month when a video surfaced on social media that appeared to show the senior linebacker striking a fan in an Oregon State jersey from behind. The altercation followed the Ducks losing their place in the Pac-12 Championship game after blowing a 21-point lead in the third quarter, losing 38-34 to the No. 21 ranked Beavers. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Oregon said it was investigating the situation. On Sunday, head coach Dan Lanning said Johnson's reaction was sparked by a "pretty extreme" comment that was made to him.  "Taking a deeper dive into that situation, doing some investigating on our end and really on the other side through a few avenues, you realize that DJ was in a moment there that he certainly wishes he would've acted different," Lanning said, via Oregon Live . "But something was said that was pretty extreme to him that some people might act in a similar fashion." He continued, "Certainly not condoning the behavior. I know DJ wishes he could have that moment back. It was an intense situation. But those things happen at times and I know that he would handle it different given the opportunity."  Oregon and North Carolina will meet in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28 at Petco Park, the first football game ever played at the downtown home of baseball's San Diego Padres. It will also be the first Holiday Bowl since 2019. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

WNBA star Angel McCoughtry won't return to Russia after Griner arrest despite making entire salary in a month

Five-time WNBA All-Star Angel McCoughtry says she has no plans to return to Russia in the offseason following Brittney Griner's arrest, despite the fact that she says she made her entire WNBA salary in one month playing there.  In an interview with TMZ Sports on Thursday, the two-time Olympic gold medalist said she played in Russia for three years, describing it as "probably the hardest place I had to play."  Like many WNBA players who go overseas to supplement their salary, McCoughtry says Griner's arrest complicates the situation with Russia being one of the countries that pays women's basketball the most.  WNBA LEARNED BRITTNEY GRINER NEGOTIATIONS WERE 'INTENSIFYING' DAYS BEFORE PRISONER SWAP, COMMISSIONER SAYS "It's tough on us because Russia was one of the places where we made the most money. I was making my WNBA salary in one month in Russia. My whole salary. I think girls are going to go elsewhere and play, probably."  When asked if she would return to Russia, McCoughtry told the outlet no.  "No, I would not go back. I would not go back. At this point, no." Griner was released from a Russian penal colony on Thursday after nearly 10-months in custody. Russian authorities said she had vape cartridges with cannabis oil inside her luggage. She was sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty, arguing that she had been prescribed cannabis for her pain and inadvertently packed it.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert addressed concerns about players going overseas in a press conference Thursday. She highlighted the league's development over the last few years aimed at providing more opportunities for players in the U.S. but noted that the decision to play internationally is ultimately at the players' discretion.  "I've been a big advocate for letting the players do what they want to do with their offseason," Engelbert said. "This is their time to figure out what they want to do. But we're also chipping away at the economic model and growing the league." "Our players are going to do what's best for them in consultation with their families and their agents. And we're certainly here to help them think through the security risks and things like that. But I think you're seeing players take advantage of other opportunities, and we're certainly going to provide them more opportunities to do things with the league in the offseason and keep the momentum going around the great play that they put on the court every year." McCoughtry echoed that sentiment, adding that she believes Griner will make her return to the WNBA in 2023.  "Our season doesn't start until May, so we have another five or six months. I think by that time she'll have herself together to be ready to play - because everyone's going to want to watch her play. It's going to be amazing." "The women's sport is growing so rapidly, we got more fans than ever before, more TV coverage so now's the time for us to see her dunking again and smiling on that court.

Family of ex-NFL player Glenn Foster Jr sues funeral home for 'mishandling' and 'destruction' of his remains

The family of former NFL player Glenn Foster Jr., who died last year while in police custody in Alabama, has sued a New Orleans funeral home for mishandling and wrongfully destroying his remains, according to a new lawsuit.  Attorneys representing the family of the former New Orleans Saints defensive end filed a lawsuit on behalf of Foster's widow, Anny Pamela Foster, claiming that Carriage Services Inc. "failed to properly embalm and care for the remains" of her husband and "destroyed his brain without consent or authorization."  "Mrs. Foster and her family have experienced so much tragedy already, and the mishandling of her beloved husband's remains and destruction of his brain add insult to injury," attorney Ken Abbarno said in a press release Thursday. "The defendants in this case had one job to do, and their gross negligence and incompetence are nothing short of horrific." FORMER SAINTS' PLAYER GLENN FOSTER JR INVOLVED IN POLICE CHASE, JAIL ALTERCATION BEFORE IN-CUSTODY DEATH: REPORTS "We are filing a lawsuit against Garden of Memories funeral home for failing to preserve Glenn Foster Jr.'s postmortem body following his death a year ago - destroying his family's opportunity for answers!" attorney Ben Crump added on Twitter. "Foster's family deserves to know the TRUTH about how he died!"  The 31-year-old former NFL player was taken into police custody on Dec. 4, 2021 after police in Reform said he was traveling nearly twice the speed limit and attempted to speed past law enforcement before eventually being stopped by a spike strip in the nearby town of Gordo.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Police said he was taken into custody without further incident, and he was taken to the Pickens County Jail. The following day, his bond was placed on hold by the Pickens County Sheriff's Office after Foster allegedly beat another prisoner, who ultimately required medical attention following the altercation.  He appeared in court where a judge said he was "non-compliant and refused to respond to answer any questions" and he was ordered to have a mental evaluation and be held without bail and  On Dec. 6, he was pronounced dead after arriving at the medical facility.  "A full year later, significant questions remain as to why Mr. Foster died in the back of that police car," Abbarno added. "Pickens County still owes Mrs. Foster and her family answers regarding her husband's death. That the family now must also contend with the mishandling of his body is truly heartbreaking." According to WGNO , Foster's initial autopsy report shows he died of Hypertensive Cardiovascular disease, listed as natural causes, while an independent autopsy done by the family revealed signs of strangulation. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Panthers' Henry Anderson reveals minor stroke, wants to keep playing football: 'I love what I do'

Carolina Panthers defensive end Henry Anderson revealed Wednesday he suffered a minor stroke in October, which has caused him to miss most of the 2022 season. Anderson last played for the Panthers in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Rams . He told reporters for the first time he suffered a minor stroke before he was set to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 31-year-old said he was at home with his wife when his legs and arms went numb and his speech slurred. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The defender said he had surgery to remove the blood clot. "I mean, I didn't really know much about strokes before it happened," he said, via the team's website. "And then after the fact that I definitely found out a lot more about them and realize that I got pretty lucky avoiding anything serious. ... I mean, I feel totally fine. Like I said, it's not like an injury like a knee or shoulder or something that you've got to rehab and get the strength back and everything. This was just something that like, I felt pretty much back to normal as soon as they got the thing out." BAKER MAYFIELD ENTERS GAME FOR RAMS JUST DAYS AFTER BEING PICKED UP OFF WAIVERS He added that he is ready to play football again. "I'm a football player," he said, via ESPN. "I'm cleared to play, I want to be out there and play football because that's what I love to do. I've been injured several times throughout my career, and it's always kind of overwhelming when you're injured and not with the team, so if the doctors say I'm good to go, and I've got clearance I want to be out there with my guys and playing with my brothers." Anderson said tests about what caused the stroke were inconclusive. He said he "just kind of got unlucky, honestly." He could return to play the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

World Cup 2022: What to know about the first slate of quarterfinal matches

The World Cup is about to enter the home stretch with the quarterfinals set to begin Friday and fans can tune into FOX to watch all the coverage, starting at 9 a.m. ET. The first two matches will take place in Lusail and Al Rayyan in Qatar and both are expected to be terrific matches. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Fans will get to see Croatia take on Brazil first and then Argentina faces off against the Netherlands in the first slate of quarterfinal matchups. Holland topped the U.S. in the Round of 16, 3-1, to make it to the quarterfinals, and Argentina got past Australia, 2-1, in their Round of 16 matchup. For Croatia, they were able to skirt by Japan in penalties while Brazil showed why they were the favorites to win the tournament with a 4-1 showing against South Korea. Here's what you need to know about the matches. -- The quarterfinals match between Croatia and Brazil can be seen on FOX. The coverage begins at 9 a.m. ET, with the match starting at 10 a.m. ET. Fans can also rget=_new href="https://foxsports.onelink.me/SY6x/CROvsBRA12092022" target="_blank"> tune in here for the action. The quarterfinals match between the Netherlands and Argentina can be seen on FOX. The match begins at 2 p.m. ET after the Croatia-Brazil match. Fans can also rget=_new href="https://foxsports.onelink.me/SY6x/NETvsARG12092022" target="_blank"> tune in here for the action . Cody Gakpo has been a goal-scoring machine for the Dutch and is second in goals behind France's Kylian Mbappe. Goalkeeper Andries Noppert has only allowed two goals in the entire tournament. Lionel Messi is obviously the one the Netherlands has to keep an eye on. He also has three goals in the tournament. Julian Alvarez has put two in the back of the net for Argentina as well. Croatia needed clutch goals to get into the quarterfinals. Andrej Kramaric has two goals to his credit so far in the tournament. Luka Modric is still looking for his first but don't sleep on him in clutch time. Brazil looked like the favorite in their match against South Korea and are sure to try and put on a showcase against Croatia. Just when you think you have Neymar stopped, Richarlison can strike. If you have both of them stopped, there's Vinicius Junior to stop. Oh, and good luck getting one past Alisson.

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