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    Qatar's World Cup is the most compact in history, with all eight stadiums radiating from the capital city in a country smaller than the U.S. state of Connecticut and the two farthest stadiums barely 41 miles (66 kilometers) apart.

      The last World Cup clash between the United States and Iran 24 years ago is considered one of the most politically charged matches in soccer history. This time, the political overtones are just as strong and relations perhaps even more fraught as the U.S. and Iran face off once again on Tuesday in Qatar.

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      Give Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel credit for not making Sunday’s game against San Francisco about him and his friend, Kyle Shanahan, the 49ers head coach, in any way. Sometimes that’s a fine line to walk. McDaniel continuously insists this week’s game is about two of the NFL’s hottest teams — the Dolphins (8-3), who are riding a five-game winning streak, and the 49ers (7-4), who are riding a ...

      PHILADELPHIA — It has been 19 years since Lincoln Financial Field first opened, but Tony Leonard hasn’t forgotten the planning for the stadium’s first event. “We’re going to bring this team from Europe over, Manchester United,” the Eagles’ veteran director of grounds recalled in an interview with The Inquirer. “And you’re like, ‘Who?’” It didn’t take long for the people asking to get an ...

      LOS ANGELES — Former Dodgers star Yasiel Puig has withdrawn from an agreement to plead guilty to a charge of lying to federal investigators in a sports betting probe and has changed his plea to not guilty, his representatives said Wednesday. "I want to clear my name," Puig said in a statement. "I never should have agreed to plead guilty to a crime I did not commit." Under the plea agreement, ...

      Justin Fields felt better Wednesday than he did a week ago as he continues his recovery from a separated left shoulder. But the Chicago Bears quarterback said he won’t fully know if he’s ready to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field until he gets through more practices. Fields again was limited at the first Bears practice of the week, held inside the Walter Payton Center ...

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