The limitations of World Cup hosts and debutants Qatar have been exposed in a 2-0 defeat by Ecuador in the tournament’s opening match.
Canadian Adam Svensson has scored his first PGA Tour victory, finishing two shots clear of a trio in the final event of the season in Georgia.
Australia upheld its domination of the Rugby League World Cup by putting away Samoa 30-10 in the final at Old Trafford on Saturday.
With several stars injured France may turn to fringe players against Australia but such is the depth of Didier Deschamps’ squad they have plenty of pedigree.
Lydia Ko never won more in one day than on Sunday in the CME Group Tour Championship, where she claimed the richest prize in women’s golf at $2 million with a victory that allowed her to win LPGA player of the year.
Philadelphia, New England and Atlanta have sealed late fourth-quarter victories, while the Saints, Bills and Ravens also recorded Week 11 NFL wins.
Spaniard Fernando Alonso sufffered a disappointing end to his time with French Formula One team Alpine after failing to finish Sunday’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Wallabies’ loss to Ireland has ended in carnage with six injured players sent home from the spring tour, missing their final Test against Wales.