Sports Digest: Brazil’s World Cup squad includes 9 forwards and Dani Alves, 39

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Brazil’s wealth of attacking options was evident when nine forwards were called up to the World Cup squad on Monday.

Neymar led the group of forwards, including relatively young players Vinicius Jr, Gabriel Martinelli and Rodrygo. Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, capped since 2014, missed out.

Dani Alves, the 39-year-old former Barcelona right-back, was also on the 26-man list named by Coach Tite.

They were joined by eight defenders and six midfielders, not counting Philippe Coutinho, who sustained a quadriceps injury in training with West Ham at the weekend.

Tite narrowed down the list of 55 players he and his staff had been watching since 2018 to try and win a record-breaking sixth World Cup crown.

In Qatar, Brazil meet Serbia (24 Nov), Switzerland (28 Nov) and Cameroon (2 Dec) in Group G.

LIVERPOOL: The Liverpool owner confirmed he was ready to sell stake in the club amid speculation he was soliciting offers from potential buyers.

Fenway Sports Group said in a statement it remains committed to the club it bought in 2010 and has ushered in a new era of success.

When asked by the Associated Press about the potential for Liverpool to be put up for sale, FSG said it was considering new shareholders.

UEFA: Real Madrid plays Liverpool again. FC Bayern Munich plays again against Paris Saint-Germain.

The draw for the round of 16 featured two return legs from recent Champions League finals as some of Europe’s best heavyweights went head-to-head.

Madrid beat Liverpool in the 2018 and 2022 finals to extend their competitive record to 14 titles, and Bayern beat PSG in 2020 to become European champions for a sixth time.

BASKETBALL

WNBA: The Dallas Wings hired Los Angeles Sparks assistant Latricia Trammell as head coach and selected a defensive specialist for a franchise seeking its first deep playoff run since moving to Texas.

The move comes seven weeks after the Wings announced they would turn down the option on Vickie Johnson’s contract, despite the coach completing the postseason in each of their two seasons.

Trammell was in charge of a Sparks defense that put four players on WNBA All-Defensive teams, including 2020 Defensive Player of the Year Candace Parker.

Trammell was an assistant with the San Antonio Stars in 2017 after coaching smaller colleges in her native Oklahoma and Colorado. She won back-to-back NAIA national championships at Oklahoma City University in 2014 and 2015 and has also been a high school coach in Oklahoma and Texas.

TO BATHE

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Katie Ledecky swam a world record of 7 minutes, 57.42 seconds in the 800-meter freestyle in Indianapolis on Saturday night.

The previous record of 7:59.34 by Spaniard Mireia Belmonte had stood since 2013.

Indianapolis is one of three stations on the World Cup course organized by FINA, the world federation for water sports. The previous two were in Berlin and Toronto.

Ledecky, 25, won by nearly 10 seconds over silver medalist Summer McIntosh, a 16-year-old Canadian. The American earned a $10,000 bonus.

The world record was Ledecky’s 17th since 2013, her second in short track (25-meter pool) and her second set in Indianapolis. She set the world record in cross-country skiing (50m pool) in the 1,500m freestyle at this pool on May 16, 2018 with a time of 15:20.48.


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