US earns important 1-1 draw vs. Panama

(AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

PANAMA CITY (AP) Christian Pulisic was sent tumbling to the ground early on. The 18-year-old phenom bounced back up, and so did the United States.

Pulisic made an outstanding individual move to spin a defender and feed Clint Dempsey for his 56th international goal, and the Americans hung on for an important 1-1 draw against Panama on Tuesday night that kept up their rebound in World Cup qualifying.

Dempsey's 39th-minute goal on a warm and humid night moved him within one of Landon Donovan's American scoring record, but Gabriel Gomez tied the score four minutes later when the U.S. allowed him a clear shot after a thrown-in bounced off a scrum.

Messi banned for 4 World Cup qualifiers

GENEVA (AP) Lionel Messi is banned from Argentina's next four World Cup qualifying games, dealing a blow to a campaign by the 2014 runner-up that has stuttered without him.

Messi's suspension for "having directed insulting words at an assistant referee" during a home qualifier last week against Chile started on Tuesday, shortly before his teammates played Bolivia in La Paz. (MORE)

KU's Mason named unanimous All-American

Frank Mason III was a last-minute recruit for Kansas. He turned into the Jayhawks' latest All-American.

The senior guard was the only unanimous selection to the 2016-17 AP All-America team Tuesday, receiving all first-team votes from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly AP Top 25. (MORE)

Cowboys, TE Witten agree to 4-year deal

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dallas tight end Jason Witten has signed a four-year contract extension that virtually guarantees the 14-year veteran will spend his entire career with the Cowboys.

The deal Witten signed Tuesday runs through 2021 and leaves the final year of the two-time All Pro's current contract intact. The extension has a maximum value of $29 million with no new guaranteed money and gives the Cowboys the flexibility to restructure and create about $4 million in salary cap space. (MORE)

Raiders not likely in Vegas until 2020

PHOENIX (AP) Sometime in the not distant future, they will become the Las Vegas Raiders.

Until then, likely in 2020, Mark Davis' team belongs to Oakland. Well, sort of. (MORE)

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