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Published: Wed, October 11, 2017 @ 12:06 a.m.

United States fails to qualify for World Cup

COUVA, TRINIDAD

The United States was eliminated from World Cup contention Tuesday night, a shocking loss at Trinidad ending the Americans’ streak of seven straight appearances at soccer’s showcase.

Twenty-eight years after a stunning victory here put the Americans back in the World Cup following a four-decade absence, their chances for next year’s tournament in Russia ended on this island nation off the coast of Venezuela.

Trinidad and Tobago scored a pair of first-half goals, and the United States was eliminated with a 2-1 defeat — its first time missing the World Cup since 1986.

Oregon State coach forfeits $12 million

Oregon State and coach Gary Andersen have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately, with the Beavers off to a 1-5 start.

The school announced the split in a news release Monday, two days after a 38-10 loss at Southern California.

Oregon State did not have a victory against an FBS team this season.

Cornerbacks coach Cory Hall was named interim coach.

Oregon State says Andersen, 53, and the school “agreed to release each other from all future contract obligations and payments.”

Andersen’s contract had been extended after last season and ran through the 2021 season.

He was due to make $2.65 million this season and had he been fired without cause he would have been due about $12 million.

Cardinals trade

for Adrian Peterson

PHOENIX

The Arizona Cardinals, with the worst rushing game in the NFL, have acquired running back Adrian Peterson from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for an undisclosed 2018 draft pick.

The 32-year-old Peterson has rushed for 11,828 yards and 97 touchdowns in his 10-plus pro seasons.

The four-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowl selection signed a two-year contract with the Saints during the offseason after spending his first 10 NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.

76ers offer max deal

to oft-injured Embiid

PHILADELPHIA

A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the Philadelphia 76ers and Joel Embiid have agreed on a maximum contract extension.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the contract has not been officially announced. The person said Embiid and the Sixers have agreed on a $148 million, five-year extension and it could reach even more if the 7-foot center reaches certain incentives.

Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, played only 31 games last season and had surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

Charged coaches

out on $100K bail

NEW YORK

Three college basketball coaches charged in a bribery scheme were each freed on $100,000 bail on Tuesday after initial appearances in a federal court.

Chuck Person, an assistant coach at Auburn, declined to comment as he left the Manhattan courtroom. Attorney David Axelrod, representing Arizona assistant coach Emanuel Richardson, said the impact of the case on his client was devastating. And Tony Bland, an assistant at Southern California, declined to comment, but his attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, called him a good man.

Those three coaches and Lamont Evans, an assistant coach at Oklahoma State, were arrested two weeks ago along with six other people in a massive college basketball scandal. Person and Evans have been suspended while Bland has been placed on administrative leave.

Federal authorities said the men helped to steer young athletes toward schools, shoe sponsors and agents using hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes.

Staff/wire report


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