ISTANBUL With the promise of modern venues and the Olympics being staged on two continents, including marathon runners crossing a bridge over the Bosporus from Asia to Europe, Turkey insists Istanbul's 2020 bid "shines like a diamond." But the government's crackdown on anti-government protests in June, concerns over human rights, a slew of recent doping scandals and the country's inability to fill seats at football's Under-20 World Cup have taken away some of Istanbul's luster. Moved. By Suzan Fraser and Desmond Butler. AP Photo.
TOKYO Another foreign player is challenging Sadaharu Oh's single-season home run record in Japan and may get a fair chance to break it this time. With 30 games left in the season, Wladimir Balentien of the Yakult Swallows has 52 homers, just three shy of the record set by Oh in 1964. Knowing the problems faced by other foreign players in the past, Balentien who is from the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao expects a different approach from pitchers as he nears the record. Moved. By Jim Armstrong. AP Photo.
NEW YORK No. 2 Rafael Nadal and five-time champion Roger Federer are in action on day six of the U.S. Open, while No. 2 Victoria Azarenka takes on Alize Cornet in the women's draw. First copy expected by 1800 GMT.
OLY--RIO 2016 INSPECTORS
RIO DE JANEIRO IOC inspectors are sure to deliver a clear message to organizers of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics when they arrive for a two-day visit: end delays and speed up. For their part, Rio officials are expected to promise that games' preparations after a late start are on course. Expected by 1400 GMT. By Stephen Wade.
LONDON Manchester City hosts Hull looking to bounce back from a shock loss to another Premier League, newcomer Cardiff. Next up for the Welsh capital club is Everton, while West Ham takes on Stoke, Norwich faces Southampton and Crystal Palace seeks its first point against Sunderland. By 1600 GMT. By Rob Harris. With separates on each game.
BARCELONA, Spain Villarreal visits Osasuna looking for its third victory in as many games following its return to Spain's topflight, while Valladolid hosts Getafe and Granada plays at Celta Vigo. First copy expected by 2000 GMT. By Joseph Wilson.
BERLIN Freshly bolstered Schalke hosts Bayer Leverkusen, which aims to maintain its winning start to the Bundesliga. Also Saturday, Borussia Moenchengladbach hosts Werder Bremen, Hannover plays Mainz, Wolfsburg hosts Hertha Berlin, Augsburg visits Nuremberg, and slumping Hamburger SV needs a good result against promoted Eintracht Braunschweig. By 2000 GMT. By Ciaran Fahey
MILAN Chievo hosts last year's runner-up Napoli in the second round of Italian league matches. Later, Lazio travels to champion Juventus looking to avenge its 4-0 Super Cup defeat. By 1800 GMT. By Daniella Matar.
LISBON, Portugal Sporting Lisbon hosts Benfica in the Portuguese capital derby. Under new coach Leonardo Jardim, Sporting has made the best start to a season of any team in the past 40 years, scoring nine goals and conceding one in its opening two wins. Expected by 2100 GMT.
PARIS Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks for his first goal of the season when defending champion Paris Saint-Germain takes on Guingamp. Big spending PSG's season has got off to a stuttering start with one scrappy win and two hard-fought draws, and Laurent Blanc's team will hope for a confidence-boosting win against the newly promoted side. By 1700 GMT. By Jerome Pugmire.
BERLIN SOC--GERMANY-SCHWEINSTEIGER. Moved.
BARCELONA, Spain SOC--BARCELONA-XAVI. Moved.
STUTTGART, Germany SOC--SPARTAK MOSCOW-TASCI. Moved.
TOKYO SOC--JAPAN-ROUNDUP. Moved.
ESTEPONA, Spain After two transition stages, the Spanish Vuelta returns to the mountains with a 167-kilometer (104-mile) ride starting in Jerez de la Frontera and ending in a long climb to the category-one summit finish at Alto de Penas Blancas. Vincenzo Nibali of Italy leads the overall classification by 3 seconds. Expected by 1700 GMT.
CHUNGJU, South Korea Hamish Bond and Eric Murray of New Zealand win the men's pair at the world rowing championships to claim their fifth straight title in the event. Moved. AP Photos.
HARARE, Zimbabwe Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and opening batsman Ahmed Shezad scored steady half centuries to lift their team to 260-6 against Zimbabwe in the series-deciding third and final one-day international Saturday. Developing. AP Photos.
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