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A wrap-up of the week in sports news:
Italy whiffs World Cup bid: Italians, who consider a spot in the World Cup finals a virtual birthright, slumped into collective despair after the national team failed to win a place among soccer’s elite for the first time in 60 years. Click here for a list of the countries that did make the cut.
Elliott serving suspension: Dallas Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliott withdrew his appeal of a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Elliott’s agents said the decision was made “from a practical assessment of the current legal landscape” and a “desire for closure in this matter.”
Celtics hit a streak: The Boston Celtics extended their winning streak to 14 games on Thursday, after toppling the Warriors 92-88.
And finally, this week sports business marketing expert Rick Horrow sat down with baseball's Iron Man Cal Ripken Jr. Watch the interview here: