MELBOURNE, Australia — Defending champion Roger Federer has six-time champ Novak Djokovic in his half of the Australian Open draw. Top-ranked Rafael Nadal has No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov. Top-ranked Simona Halep is in the same half as Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza. By John Pye. SENT: 680 words, photos.
— TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-SEEDINGS — Nadal, Federer seeded 1-2. SENT: 230 words, photos.
SOC--JAPAN-MIURA'S 33RD SEASON
YOKOHAMA, Japan — One of the longest careers in soccer has been extended after 50-year-old striker Kazuyoshi Miura renews his contract with second-division J-League club Yokohama FC. SENT: 130 words, photo.
SOC--ENGLAND SPOTLIGHT-LIVERPOOL AFTER COUTINHO
MANCHESTER, England — Liverpool's first match since the departure of creative midfielder Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona is against Manchester City on Sunday. Liverpool may become a more solid unit without the flamboyant Coutinho. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 620 words, photos.
BERLIN — Bayern Munich is on course for the treble thanks to Jupp Heynckes, which is why the German football powerhouse wants its manager to stay on after the season. Heynckes maintains he's leaving but realizes he will keep having to field questions on his future until Bayern names a successor or states it is giving up the chase. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 480 words, photo.
MADRID — A few days after signing Philippe Coutinho to boost its offense, Barcelona strengthens its defense by adding young Colombian international Yerry Mina, known for his slick dance moves in goal celebrations. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 460 words, photo.
PARIS — Claudio Ranieri won't replicate with Nantes his historic triumph with Leicester in the English Premier League two years ago. Still, the Italian manager is enjoying a tremendous stint at the helm of the French side. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 580 words, photos.
SOC--EUROPEAN SOCCER WEEKEND
A look at what to watch out for in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 1500 GMT.
— TEN--SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL — Kerber reaches Sydney semis, Giorgi ousts Radwanska. SENT: 160 words, photos.
— TEN--HOBART INTERNATIONAL — Watson, Mertens, Tsurenko through to Hobart semis. SENT: 160 words.
— TEN--ASB CLASSIC — Ferrer, del Potro to meet in semi. SENT: 180 words.
— BKN--NBA CAPSULES — Markkanen, Dunn help Bulls outlast Knicks 122-119 in 2 OTs. SENT: 1500 words, photos.
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES — Ryan Suter, Devan Dubnyk help Wild beat Blackhawks 2-1. SENT: 260 words, photos.
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