Danes reach World Cup at Ireland’s expense

Christian Eriksen scored a hat trick as Denmark qualified for next year’s World Cup with a 5-1 victory against Ireland in their playoff at Dublin.

Eriksen put Denmark ahead 2-1 in the 32nd minute, then scored twice in the second half.

Next year’s tournament in Russia will be Denmark’s fifth World Cup appearance and first since 2010.

U.S. MEN: Weston McKennie scored in his U.S. debut, goalkeeper Ethan Horvath allowed a seemingly harmless cross to drop between his arms and into the net for an equalizer and the Americans tied Portugal 1-1 at Leiria in their first match since failing to qualify for next year’s World Cup.

The U.S. Soccer Federation is looking into the possibility of an event next year involving nations that did not qualify for the World Cup. Teams such as the United States, Italy, Chile and Ghana won’t be playing in Russia.

ENGLAND: An inexperienced England side stifled another of soccer’s leading teams, drawing 0-0 with Brazil at London after a scoreless draw with Germany last week.


ATP FINALS: Roger Federer, a 19-time Grand Slam champion, guaranteed his place in the semifinals Saturday by defeating Alexander Zverev, 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-1.

Zverev, who won his opening match against Marin Cilic, will face Jack Sock on Thursday to decide who will join Federer in the final four.

DAVIS CUP: Julien Benneteau’s deep run at the Paris Masters this month earned him a recall by France for the final against Belgium.


WNBA: James Doland, the New York Liberty owner, said he’s looking to sell the team, one of the original eight league franchises.

Dolan has owned the team that plays at Madison Square Garden for 21 years. He said in a statement he’s “proud of how far the league has come, and the role we have played in its growth.” He called this a “difficult decision” but is confident of “an even more successful future.”


PGA SITE: The PGA Championship is returning to Aronimink outside Philadelphia in 2027 for the first time since Gary Player won his first Wanamaker Trophy in 1962.

The club also will host the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in 2020. Aronimink will be the first course to stage each of the PGA of America’s rotating majors – the PGA Championship, Senior PGA and Women’s PGA.

PGA: Brandt Snedeker will make his return to the tour this week at the RSM Classic from a rib injury that caused him to withdraw from the British Open.


DEATH INVESTIGATION: The French Ski Federation said an early investigation into the death of David Poisson suggested the safety netting failed and he hit a tree.

Poisson, 35, died Monday while training at the Canadian resort of Nakiska, which staged Alpine skiing races at the 1988 Olympics.


XFINITY SERIES: Justin Allgaier will have a new crew chief in the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend.

Veteran car chief Billy Wilburn will call the shots as Allgaier drives for his first career NASCAR title. Jason Burdett was suspended for the final race because of an unattached brake cooling hose found during inspection after Phoenix.

– Staff and news services