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Tunisia’s Wahbi Khazri and Mathew Leckie scored for Tunisia and Australia respectively in the pool D matches that concluded this evening at the Fifa World Cup in Doha, Qatar.

The French-born Khazri scored the only goal when Tunisia claimed defeated defending champions France in their last pool match at the Education City stadium.

Despite winning 1-0, Tunisia failed to progress to the next round after Leckie’s goal sealed the second position for Australia to seal the last 16.

France coach Didier Deschamps topped the pool with 6 points and Khazri punished them in the 58th minute at Education City Stadium.

At Ali Janoub stadium, Leckie was on target as the Australia’s 1-0 victory against Denmark earned them a slot in the best of 16 for the second time in their history.

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Dolphins (8-3) at 49ers (7-4), Sunday, 4 p.m., FOX, Levi’s Stadium

Latest line: 49ers are favored by 4 points.

Dave Hyde, Sports Columnist (Season record: 8-3): 49ers 28, Dolphins 24

Two of the league’s hottest teams meet and the result shouldn’t disappoint either in the big picture. Ultimately playing at home means something and, in this case, that’s an edge for the 49ers and their vaunted defense. Tua Tagovailoa arguably will face his toughest challenge of the season.

Chris Perkins, Dolphins Columnist (Season record: 7-4): Dolphins 17, 49ers 14

Yeah, I know it seems unlikely the Dolphins could go to San Francisco, face one of the league’s best defenses without left tackle Terron Armstead, and come away with a victory. But that’s what I’m picking. Both defenses rule, and the game is decided in the closing minutes.

David Furones, Dolphins Writer (Season record: 9-2): 49ers 23, Dolphins 17

Something’s got to give with Miami entering on a five-game winning streak and San Francisco winning four straight. The Dolphins’ loss of left tackle Terron Armstead comes at a bad time as the 49ers own the league’s top-ranked defense and have star St. Thomas Aquinas product Nick Bosa. It’s also going to be tough to get the run game going against the No. 1 run defense in the NFL. Facing the long travel, it seems like a lot to overcome against a very solid team.

Kathy Laughlin, Sports Editor (Season record: 9-2): 49ers 20, Dolphins 16

On the road against a tough San Francisco defense without Terron Armstead. Miami’s exciting offense can’t get them out of this one. Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is 14-2 in his last 16 starts and has the NFL’s best passer rating (115.7), but will be hard-pressed to move the ball against the NFL’s top defense.

Keven Lerner, Assistant Sports Editor (Season record: 7-4): 49ers 27, Dolphins 23

The surging Dolphins have won five straight games, tying them for the longest current winning streak in the NFL with the Chiefs. The 49ers also are on a roll, winning four straight and are 4-1 at home. The 49ers defense is playing at a Super Bowl level, not allowing a point in the second half during their four-game winning streak. It also leads the NFL in points allowed (15.7 per game), yards per play allowed (4.69 per play) and yards per game allowed (281.7).

Steve Svekis, Assistant Sports Editor (Season record: 8-3): 49ers 27, Dolphins 20

The Dolphins, luckily already leading by 30, stalled from seemingly the moment Terron Armstead left the field in the second quarter on Sunday against the Texans. Now, Miami takes the long road trip out west to play the 49ers and their vaunted defense without their star left tackle. In the two and a half games Armstead has missed, Dolphins quarterbacks (all three of them), have gotten hammered, getting sacked 14 times. San Francisco hasn’t allowed a point in the second half of its last four games, but they also haven’t beaten a team who is more than one game over .500 (the 6-5 Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Chargers).

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It was a relief for Kenya after World Athletics president Sebastien Coe confirmed that the nation will not receive a global suspension from the sport despite an alarming drugs positives tests.

Speculation that Athletics Kenya will be barred from international competition was proved unfounded today when Coe said the country has escaped a ban but will continue to sit on an anti-doping ‘watch list’.

Speaking at a World Athletics council press conference in Rome, Coe said the large number of top Kenyan athletes to test positive for drugs was “concerning” but the nation will not receive a Russian-style suspension due to, among other things, a pledge by the Kenyan government to plough $5 million per year into anti-doping efforts over the next five years.

“In one year 40% of all the positive tests in global athletics have been in Kenya and this is not a situation that World Athletics was prepared to sit and watch develop.”

Coe added that there has been “a lot of recent reportage, some of which has been correct and some not. But we have made real progress.”

As well as the Kenyan government funding, Coe said the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) will continue to work closely with Kenya to implement the plan. 

He added: “All stakeholders internationally and domestically are now aligned to resolve this situation and I am pleased we have a united response. But my instinct tells me it will be a long journey.

“This has to be collectively driven through all the stakeholders, internationally and domestically, who have a role and responsibility to solve this as quickly as possible.”

Coe said money would be spent on anti-doping education and “a deeper dive into the entourage of some of the people who surround the athletes”. 

This, he said, “allows us more horsepower to challenge some of these issues”.

Kenya aside, an update on the ongoing Russian ban was tackled by Coe and Rune Andersen, head of the World Athletics taskforce on restoring Russia to global competition.

Coe emphasised that two separate sanctions exist – the anti-doping related ban and the sanction relating to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

With regards to anti-doping, good progress and cultural change has been made and Russia’s possible reinstatement into competition will be discussed again in March 2023

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For the Chicago Bears, all eyes remain on the injury status of quarterback Justin Fields, who is still dealing with a separated left shoulder and has yet to be cleared for full participation in practice. Fellow quarterback Trevor Siemian, who started Sunday against the New York Jets, is sitting out Wednesday’s practice with the oblique injury he suffered in pre-game warmups last weekend. That leaves practice squad quarterback Nathan Peterman as the emergency option to start this week against the Green Bay Packers with the Bears also signing Tim Boyle off the Detroit Lions’ practice squad as a precautionary measure.

Still, the Bears’ injury issues and roster churn go well beyond the quarterback position.

Coach Matt Eberflus said before Wednesday afternoon’s practice that both safety Jaquan Brisker and cornerback Kyler Gordon remain in concussion protocol for the second consecutive week, still awaiting clearance to return to the field.

“They are in it until they come out,” Eberflus said.

In addition, the Bears placed safety Dane Cruikshank on injured reserve Wednesday with a hamstring issue and confirmed that Eddie Jackson’s foot injury includes damage to his Lisfranc joint and will be season-ending.

Eberflus said the team was still seeking additional information to determine whether Jackson will need surgery on his left foot.

“We’ll have to wait and see,” Eberflus said.

On the offensive line, meanwhile, with uncertainty surrounding the availability of Riley Reiff (shoulder) and Larry Borom (ankle), the Bears may be looking at using Alex Leatherwood as this weekend’s starter at right tackle. The team claimed Leatherwood off waivers in early September but he has yet to see game action.

Leatherwood was a top-20 pick by the Raiders in the 2021 draft but was cut by the team before the regular season began.

“We are excited and intrigued to see where it goes,” Eberflus said. “Because he’s a heck of an athlete at that position. And we’ll see where it goes from there.”

At 3-9, the Bears’ injury issues and ongoing roster churn remain notable. The team elevated undrafted rookie safety A.J. Thomas to the active roster on Tuesday, and signed veteran defensive back Adrian Colbert to the practice squad. The Bears also signed defensive lineman Andrew Brown off the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad for added depth.

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Bethenny Frankel Insists She and Andy Are Still "Friends" Amid Podcast Diss, Denies Trashing RHONY and Says She Has a "Right" to Talk About It

Bethenny Frankel is insisting there’s “no conflict” between her and Andy Cohen despite comments he recently made in regard to her new podcast, ReWives.

After the Watch What Happens Live host admitted he was “a little surprised,” pointing out that the Real Housewives of New York City alum had been “trashing the show for the last three years” and describing it as “toxic,” Bethenny said that while Andy is “probably a little annoyed” by her show, they are still “friends.”

“We totally are pals and we take beach walks and most of what we talk about on those walks is the Housewives, of this city, that city, this person, that person,” Bethenny said on the November 29 episode of Today with Hoda & Jenna, via Page Six.

According to Bethenny, Andy had a positive reaction to her podcast news, telling her, via text, “Oh fun, I’m glad to see you embracing the Housewives.”

As for his claims about her trashing the Real Housewives, Bethenny said Andy wasn’t completely correct.

“I didn’t really trash the Housewives. I said that it was toxic for me at that point,” she clarified. “I think it is a different show than what it was in the beginning. It’s evolved into something different, more big, more shiny, more dramatic than what we started with… more conflict.”

“I’ve said that I’m glad that I’m not there — which I am, but they’re not mutually exclusive,” Bethenny continued. “I’m glad that I’m not there [but] I also do get the right to talk about it because I did it for a quarter of my life.”

As RHONY fans will recall, Bethenny appeared in the first three seasons of the show before moving on to her spinoff, Bethenny Getting Married (later renamed Bethenny Ever After). Then, after three seasons of her own show, Bethenny return to RHONY for season seven before her second exit after season 11.

While Bethenny and Andy may have differing views on her podcast, with Bethenny saying she’s “allowed to talk about my former life” and refusing to be “silenced in talking about the Housewives,” Bethenny said their complicated friendship is the result of them both being in the business of entertainment and sharing a history.

“It’s just also that we are both also in this business and we are also friends and we also share Housewives stuff where he was producing the show that I was on. So there’s all these different dynamics where I guess they overlap,” she explained.

In addition to Andy voicing his thoughts on Bethenny’s podcast, Luann de Lesseps also spoke out, slamming her former castmate on the Everything Iconic Podcast with Danny Pellegrino.

It’s pretty sad and pathetic that she has to resort to Housewives because of all of her failed pivots since the Housewives,” Luann stated. “She’s tried everything other than Housewives, and it doesn’t seem to work so… And now she’s going back to Housewives. So it’s a pretty desperate scenario.”

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This is the final 2022 edition of the Best of the West — the final football edition.

Starting next week, the Hotline will publish a basketball version that includes teams from every conference in the western third of the country: Not only the Pac-12 and the Mountain West but the WCC, Big West, Big Sky and WAC, as well.

Any team good enough will be included in the weekly rankings.

Here’s our final football assessment …

1. USC (11-1/ 8-1 Pac-12)
Result: beat Notre Dame 38-27
Next up: vs. Utah (Friday, 5 p.m. on Fox)
Line: USC -3 (total: 68)
Comment: Should the Trojans make the College Football Playoff even if they lose Friday night? We compared their resume to those of Ohio State and Alabama and yes, you can make the case.

2. Washington (10-2/7-2 Pac-12)
Result: won at Washington State 51-33
Comment: We would have loved to see the Huskies and USC duel in Las Vegas. Final score: 60-55, somebody.

3. Utah (9-3/7-2 Pac-12)
Result: won at Colorado 63-21
Next up: vs. USC (Friday, 5 p.m. on Fox)
Line: Utah +3 (total: 68)
Comment: Had the Utes beaten Florida, which finished 3-5 in the SEC East, they would be a lock for the Rose Bowl regardless of the result against USC.

4. Oregon State (9-3/6-3 Pac-12)
Result: beat Oregon 38-34
Comment: If there’s a better assistant in the Pac-12 than Jim Michalczik, who coaches Oregon State’s offensive line, we haven’t found him.

5. Oregon (9-3/7-2 Pac-12)
Result: lost at Oregon State 38-34
Comment: Meanwhile, a defense loaded with blue-chip recruits, coveted transfers and future pros should not rank 98th in the country in yards-per-play allowed.

6. Boise State (9-3/8-0 MW)
Result: beat Utah State 42-23
Next up: vs. Fresno State (1 p.m. on Fox)
Line: Boise State -3.5 (total: 54)
Comment: If Andy Avalos had changed offensive coordinators one week earlier, the Broncos might be in position for a New Year’s Six bowl berth.

7. UCLA (9-3/6-3 Pac-12)
Result: won at Cal 35-28
Comment: Zach Charbonnet had 195 carries this season — that’s too few by 50, in our opinion.



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The Aaron Judge watch is expected to kick into high gear with the start of the MLB Winter Meetings on Sunday.

And the Bombers don’t plan to go down without a fight.

The Yankees have an offer to Judge on the table that is around eight years and $300 million, according to ESPN. This would make him the highest-paid position player in the history of baseball in terms of average annual value. Reports have also indicated that No. 99 seems likely to sign by the end of the four-day gathering in San Diego.

The other known suitor for Judge is the San Francisco Giants and their offer — or if they have even made an offer — is unknown at this time. The Giants has long been rumored to be a potential suitor for Judge. The current AL MVP grew up in Linden, Calif., which is about two and a half hours away from San Francisco, as a fan of the Giants.

Judge, 30, a homegrown Yankee, is a free agent and was named AL MVP after he slashed .311/.425/.686 with an AL single-season record 62 homers and 131 RBI, adding to his resume as he remains on the open market.

The right-fielder turned down a seven-year, $213.5 offer from the Yankees prior to the start of the ‘22 campaign. At the time, it was seen by many as a fair offer, however, the right fielder’s remarkable season surely upped the price tag.

Judge seemingly was unhappy with the fact that GM Brian Cashman announced the exact figures that he turned down.

With their franchise player being courted, Cashman wasted no time in trying to put the AL home run king back in pinstripes and confirmed that they have indeed made an offer.

“Yeah, [we’ve made an offer] we’re in real-time,” said Cashman at Covenant House Sleep Out at Silverstein Family Park on Nov. 19. “We’re on the clock. We’re certainly not going to mess around. Of course, we’ve made another offer, we’ve made offers since spring training.

“In the early stages of free agency, our first conversations with Aaron Judge started the day after our season ended. So we’re serious, we’ve always said we were.”

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Vanderpump Rules' Lala Kent Talks Fears for Daughter Ocean, Calls Randall “Not a Good Person,” Plus Having Sober Sex

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Lala Kent hopes her daughter, one-year-old Ocean, won’t end up with a man like her dad, Randall Emmett.

Before opening up about “sober sex” with a recent flame on Meghan King‘s podcast, the Vanderpump Rules star was featured on Scheana Shay‘s podcast, where she spoke about her fears for her child and told her co-star that Randall is not “a good person.”

“I think my biggest fears are future based — just with everything that has gone on,” Lala admitted on the November 29 episode of Scheananigans, via Page Six. “What I’m going to say to Ocean when she has questions, like, if I’ve shared anything that she may look at me and be like, ‘Why did you share that?’”

Since their split in October 2021, Lala has spoken frequently about her former fiancé, regularly discussing his alleged cheating and even accusing him of abuse, which he’s denied.

“I never want my child to end up with someone like who I was with. … And then I also feel like I have a duty to other women. … I just hope that when she gets older, she looks at me and feels inspired and isn’t embarrassed,” Lala continued as Scheana applauded her for speaking about her “toxic” relationship with Randall.

“You may be saving [Ocean] from getting into a future relationship like that,” she reasoned.

“That is my biggest hope in the world. I want her around men who represent what they should,” Lala replied.

According to Lala, she hasn’t seen Randall “since [she] left,” and  she only speaks to her ex about Ocean on an app so “everything’s documented properly.”

“My situation would be different if I was dealing with someone who was a good person and I just, like, got cheated on,” Lala explained. “Like, I could definitely co-parent, we could spend holidays together, like, no big [deal]. [But] because — we’ll put it kindly — that person and I are not in alignment morally, I feel like it’s best for myself and just what I need to do in business to not be associated with him.”

Lala went on to say that she’s “so scarred” from welcoming a child with Randall that she’s planning to use a sperm donor for her second child.

“I also need to teach my child, when she gets older, to have boundaries and have a voice and not be afraid and not be in toxic situations,” Lala added.

Meanwhile, while appearing on Meghan’s podcast, Lala told the Real Housewives of Orange County alum that after striking up a romance with a man over the summer, she had sober sex for the very first time.

“I got into a relationship when I was in my alcoholism, and then I got sober with this person, so I was already comfortable. But as far as being out there in the world sexually with nothing to like numb what’s happening — not like I wanna be numb — but at least you got some liquid courage,” Lala explained on Intimate Knowledge, via PEOPLE. “I was so terrified to have sex sober because I had never done it before.”

Luckily, it went well and they both “were coming back for more, a lot.”

“Whoever taught him needs some sort of award because it was mind-blowing,” she added.

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Inside his newly built 2,100-square-foot metal building just outside Valdosta, Georgia, DL Hall has everything he needs. There’s the studio apartment he lives in. There’s a full weight room and even a mound.

Hall hardly needs to leave during the offseason. It’s in that new facility the young left-handed Orioles pitcher is working to force his way into the Baltimore rotation, learning from the experiences of his one start and a longer stint in the bullpen last season as he pushes for an even larger role next year.

On the other side of the country, right-hander Kyle Bradish is in Arizona at Push Performance. It’s in that training center that Bradish studies what worked and what didn’t from his rookie season, tinkers with his sinker and changeup and aims to carryover the success of his debut season into the next.

As the Orioles look to add starting pitching this offseason to bolster their rotation, there are young internal options who are preparing to prove the rotational help required is already in Baltimore.

They experienced the highs and lows of their first season in the major leagues — they got hit around at times, cut through batting orders at others — and are now on the other side. That leaves Hall and Bradish in a position to take their next steps as key pieces for an organization preparing to take its own next steps.

“I ended with a high-4 [ERA]. I thought that was somewhat impossible at the All-Star break when I had a 7.50,” Bradish said. “But just being able to build off that, I know that I can do this and it’s what I want to do.”

When Hall arrived in the big leagues in August, he featured once as a starter against the Tampa Bay Rays and then was immediately sent back to the minors to learn how to pitch out of the bullpen. He returned a month later and had his moments, such as earning a save at Yankee Stadium.

But on top of his outing against the Rays, there were other occasions when Hall learned that big league opposition could time up his high-powered fastball. He gave up five runs in his debut, and he still looks back on it with a tinge of regret.

“I know it’s hard to do that in your debut, to keep that same mindset, but just not letting myself float off too much and trying to be something that I’m not,” Hall said. “Trying to be a little bit more passive on the mound, whether it’s to keep my pitch count low or to not walk guys, things like that, it’s just keeping that mindset out of my head and just being aggressive.”

Hall learned the necessity of maintaining his same mound presence with time, just as Bradish used a stint on the injured list after his first 10 starts as a chance to reset. He had “two or three good outings when I first got called up” out of those first 10, and “that definitely takes a toll on you,” Bradish said.

But when he returned, Bradish observed how Milwaukee Brewers ace Corbin Burnes set up on the first base side of the rubber. Bradish followed suit, and the results soon followed. His ERA plummeted. And before facing the Toronto Blue Jays for the final time, pitching coach Chris Holt and Bradish employed a modified one-seam sinker.

He threw it regularly throughout his last four starts of the season, and he liked the results. He forced Vladimir Guerrero Jr. into two soft groundouts with it, and Alejandro Kirk rolled over on one. Most importantly, it pairs well with his slider and gives him another dimension heading into his second year.

“I was probably close to 50% slider in my last handful of outings, and nobody really hit them,” Bradish said. “It just opens up that part of the game, my strength.”

As the Orioles approach the winter meetings with starting pitching in mind, Hall and Bradish could be poised to play key roles. Baltimore declined right-hander Jordan Lyles’ 2023 option. Left-hander John Means should return from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery midway through next season. Right-handers Tyler Wells, Dean Kremer and Grayson Rodriguez should all be in the rotation mix. Bradish proved capable during his first major league action.

But Hall has a starting role in mind for 2023 and beyond.

Hall was under an innings limit after suffering a stress reaction in his left elbow in 2021, playing a part in his use out of the bullpen. But between his rehab starts, time in the minors and 13 2/3 innings with Baltimore, Hall threw roughly 110 innings, a benchmark he feels he can build on this offseason.

“For me to last a whole season and to get 110 innings I think is a great step in the right direction for me to be a starter next year,” Hall said.

So in Arizona, Bradish works. And in Georgia, there’s Hall in his newly built pitching lab and studio apartment. When it comes time for the Orioles to report to Florida for spring training, the pair can expect to be in the running for the rotation, no matter who else Baltimore’s front office brings in.

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The progress for Miami Dolphins left tackle Terron Armstead continues to look more encouraging as the days pass since he suffered a pectoral strain in Sunday’s win over the Houston Texans.

Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel called Armstead “game to game” on Wednesday, noted the three-time Pro Bowler won’t require surgery and sounded like he wasn’t immediately ruling Armstead for the three consecutive road games to come — or even this Sunday’s game at the San Francisco 49ers.

“He’ll do everything possible,” said McDaniel, who added Armstead continues to impress him as a professional with the way he recovers. “If there’s a way that he can be on the field in December and play against a playoff team, he lives for that moment.”

This update came after McDaniel initially said it at least won’t be a season-ending ailment for Armstead, who had previously been playing through a nagging toe injury through the first half of the year. The Dolphins appear like they won’t need to put Armstead on injured reserve, which would put him out at least four weeks.

McDaniel indicated right tackle Austin Jackson is further from a return after re-injuring the right ankle that caused him to sit since initially hurting it in the opener against the New England Patriots.

Running back Raheem Mostert is in a good spot to return to action against his former team after missing the game against the Texans.

“He should be ready to go,” McDaniel said Wednesday.

He said Mostert was close to playing against Houston, but McDaniel called it “too risky to what he means to the team.”

This story will be updated.

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