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    Lionel Messi marked his 1,000th professional game with his first goal in the knockout stage of a World Cup to lead into the quarterfinals with a Argentina to a 2-1 win over Australia. Messi put Argentina ahead in the 34th minute with his third goal at this year's tournament and ninth in total at the World Cup. That's one more than Diego Maradona. Julián Álvarez pounced on a heavy touch by Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan to tap into an empty net for the second goal as Argentina set up a meeting with the Netherlands in the quarterfinals. Australia scored a 77th-minute consolation goal when Craig Goodwin’s shot deflected in.

      AL RAYYAN, Qatar — Memphis Depay and Daley Blind scored in the first half and Denzel Dumfries added a late goal as the Netherlands eliminated the United States from the World Cup with a 3-1 victory Saturday that advanced the Dutch to the quarterfinals.

        Memphis Depay and Daley Blind scored in the first half and Denzel Dumfries added a late goal as the Netherlands eliminated the United States from the World Cup with a 3-1 victory that advanced the Dutch to the quarterfinals. Second-half substitute Haji Wright cut the U.S. deficit to 2-1 in the 76th minute when Christian Pulisic’s cross hit his trailing foot and popped over goalkeeper Andries Noppert and into the net. Dumfries assisted on the first two goals and scored on a volley in the 81st. The Oranje extended their unbeaten streak to 19 games and face Argentina or Australia next.

        West Virginia quarterback JT Daniels is entering the transfer portal and could be headed to his fourth school, ESPN reported Tuesday. He started 10 games for the Mountaineers this season before being benched in favor of sophomore Garrett Greene. A five-star prospect in the Class of 2018, Daniels started his career at Southern California, then moved on to Georgia and, finally, West Virginia. He started the season opener in 2019 for the Trojans and sustained a season-ending injury, tearing multiple ligaments in his right knee. He transferred to Georgia in 2020 and spent two up-and-down seasons with the Bulldogs, despite a 7-0 mark as a starter. With Stetson Bennett returning as Georgia's incumbent starter in 2022, Daniels transferred to West Virginia. Greene replaced Daniels on Nov. 12 against Oklahoma and led the Mountaineers to a 23-20 win. In his one season at West Virginia, Daniels completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 2,107 yards with 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions. In 31 career games between the three programs, Daniels has thrown for 6,947 yards with 45 TDs and 25 interceptions. Daniels, 22, has one year of eligibility remaining but could have a second if he is granted a medical redshirt for 2019, ESPN reported. --Field Level Media

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