4-time champ Italy out of World Cup

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Four-time cham­pion Italy failed to qual­ify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades af­ter los­ing its play­off to Swe­den 1-0 on ag­gre­gate. They played to a goal­less draw Mon­day in San Siro. Swe­den ad­vanced to its first World Cup since 2006.

This will be only the sec­ond World Cup missed by Italy. The first was in 1958. The last ma­jor com­pe­ti­tions Italy failed to qual­ify for were the 1984 and 1992 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.

■ Julie Ertz, Alex Mor­gan and Carli Lloyd scored as the U.S. women’s na­tional team closed out play this year with a 3-1 win over Canada in San Jose, Calif., on Sun­day.

ODDS AND ENDS

Ski­ing: French skier David Pois­son, who won the down­hill bronze medal at the 2013 world cham­pi­onships, died Mon­day fol­low­ing a train­ing crash in Canada. He was 35.

Ten­nis: For­mer star Je­lena Do­kic said from a young age her fa­ther would pull her hair, spit in her face and yell vile in­sults. Do­kic, now 34 but once ranked No. 4 in the world, writes of her or­deal with Damir Do­kic, also her coach, in an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy to be re­leased this week. Damir Do­kic is liv­ing in Ser­bia and had no com­ment . ... Grigor Dim­itrov beat Do­minic Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 in his de­but at the ATP Fi­nals in London.

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