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OLY--BKO-US-CHINA

RIO DE JANEIRO " The U.S. men's basketball team opens the Olympics against China, the Asian champion it beat twice by an average of nearly 50 points in exhibition play. By Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 2200 GMT.

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" OLY--RIO OLYMPICS-THE LATEST " Real-time updates through the day.

" OLY--RIO OLYMPICS-WHAT TO WATCH " SENT.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

OLY--SWM-SWIMMING

RIO DE JANEIRO " The opening day of swimming at the Rio Games features Australia going for another gold medal in the women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay, while the men's 400 individual medley will be missing two of its biggest names. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Finals begins at 0100 GMT.

OLY--RIO OPENING CEREMONY

RIO DE JANEIRO " What it lacked in flash, Rio made up for with feeling. With a limited budget, the consequence of a biting recession that roiled preparations for South America's first Olympics, Brazil laced its high-energy opening party for the games of the 31st Olympiad with a sobering message of the dangers of global warming. By Mauricio Savarese and John Leicester. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

RGU--SUPER RUGBY FINAL

WELLINGTON, New Zealand " A year after a painful defeat in the final and after 21 years of unrewarded effort, the Hurricanes win the Super Rugby title for the first time, beating South Africa's Lions 20-3. By Steve McMorran. SENT: 600 words, photos.

CRI--SRI LANKA-AUSTRALIA

GALLE, Sri Lanka " Dilruwan Perera takes a career-best 10-wicket haul to hand Sri Lanka a crushing 229-run win over Australia in the second test and an unassailable 2-0 series lead over the world's top-ranked team. By Krishan Francis. SENT: 560 words, photos.

FBN--OLYMPIANS VS NFL PLAYERS

RIO DE JANEIRO " A decade ago, when Olympic sprinter Justin Gatlin was banned from his sport for a doping violation, he thought about spending his time playing professional football. Gatlin quickly learned that it takes more than just world-class speed to make it in the NFL. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 860 words, photos.

OLYMPICS:

OLY--TEN-VENUS' 5TH GAMES

RIO DE JANEIRO " At age 36, Venus Williams is playing her best tennis in years, and on Saturday she becomes the first player to compete in singles at five Olympics. By Howard Fendrich. Williams' match scheduled to begin no earlier than 2145 GMT. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos

OLY--SOC-SOLO'S MILESTONE

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil " For Hope Solo, the firsts keep coming. On Saturday, barring anything unusual, Solo will appear in her 200th game for the U.S. women's national team in a group stage match against France at the Rio Olympics. She'll be the first goalkeeper in history to reach the milestone in international play " no small feat. By Anne M. Petersen. SENT: 580 words, photos.

OLY--BKL-TURKEY-FRANCE UNITED

RIO DE JANEIRO " It's been a difficult few months for the Olympic women's basketball teams from Turkey and France. Both countries have been victimized by deadly extremist attacks, and Turkey is struggling with the aftermath of a bloody attempted coup. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 500 words, photos.

OLY--SPECTACLE FROM A SLUM

RIO DE JANEIRO " In the hills that hug Maracana Stadium, many Brazilians saw the flash and glitz of the opening ceremony for the Olympics from rooftops with exposed wiring and water pipes, amid trash-filled streets separated from the spectacle by a highway and train tracks. By Adriana Gomez Licon. SENT: 710 words, photos.

OLY--RGU-RUGBY RETURNS

RIO DE JANEIRO " It'll be a first for women, and the first time in 92 years for the sport when the Olympic rugby sevens tournament kicks off with a match between France and Spain on Saturday. By John Pye. SENT: 690 words, photos.

OLY--ARMCHAIR OLYMPICS

NBC is proud of showing every Olympics competition live online, and many on TV. So, it makes the decision to air Friday's opening ceremony via tape delay a seemingly unnecessary provocation to followers accustomed to a see-it-immediately world. By David Bauder. SENT: 570 words, photo.

SOCCER:

SOC--MAN CITY-MORENO

MANCHESTER, England " Manchester City has signed another young South American forward, bringing in Colombia international Marlos Moreno on a five-year deal. SENT: 110 words.

SOC--JAPANESE ROUNDUP

TOKYO " Kawasaki Frontale beats Ventforet Kofu 4-0 to remain top of the J-League and extend its unbeaten run to 16 games. SENT: 120 words.

CRICKET:

CRI--ENGLAND-PAKISTAN

BIRMINGHAM, England " Joe Root and James Vince stretch England's lead to 80 runs in the third test on Saturday after Pakistan's seamers quickly dismissed both openers on the fourth day. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated at tea.

CRI--ZIMBABWE-NEW ZEALAND

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe " New Zealand takes control of the second test after reaching 206-1 against Zimbabwe at tea on the first day at Queens Sports Club. SENT: 150 words, photos. Will be updated at stumps.

TENNIS:

TEN--ATLANTA

ATLANTA " Three-time defending champion John Isner beat Taylor Fritz 7-5, 6-4 on Friday night in an all-American match to advance to the BB&T Atlanta Open semifinals. The 6-foot-10 Isner set up a match with the man who replaced him as the tallest player on the ATP World Tour, 6-foot-11 American teen Reilly Opelka. SENT: 310 words.

TEN--JIANGXI OPEN

NANCHANG, China " Duan Yingying beats Misa Eguchi 6-4, 7-6 at the Jiangxi Open semifinals to set up a title match against sixth-seeded Vania King of the United States. Moving shortly. 130 words.

GOLF:

GLF--TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP

CROMWELL, Connecticut " Daniel Berger says he's healthy again and hoping to regain the form that helped him to his first PGA Tour title two months ago. Last year's rookie of the year followed his first-round 66 with a 67 on Friday for a share of the lead in the Travelers Championship. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 750 words.

GLF--PAUL LAWRIE MATCH PLAY

NORTH BERWICK, Scotland " Alex Noren edges closer to his second European Tour win in Scotland in the space of a month after beating compatriot Johan Carlsson in the quarterfinals of the Paul Lawrie Match Play. SENT: 150 words. Will be updated.

BASEBALL:

BBO--MLB ROUNDUP

NEW YORK " Starlin Castro hit a third-inning grand slam off Josh Tomlin that gave the Yankees a six-run lead and Mark Teixeira got two hits after tearfully announcing his retirement as New York beat Cleveland 13-7 in Major League Baseball on Friday night. SENT: 670 words, photos.

BBA--YANKEES-TEIXEIRA

NEW YORK " Mark Teixeira knew this would be difficult. A three-time All-Star first baseman whose career has been interrupted by injuries for much of the last five years, Teixeira announced during a tear-filled news conference Friday at Yankee Stadium that he plans to retire at the end of this season. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 570 words, photos.

ALSO:

" BBA--MARINERS-GRIFFEY " Hall of Fame done, now Griffey preps for number retirement. By Tim Booth. SENT: 600 words, photos.

RUGBY:

RGU--LEALI'IFANO-LEUKEMIA

CANBERRA, Australia " Christian Leali'ifano, who has played 19 tests for Australia and is a co-captain of the ACT Brumbies in Super Rugby, has been diagnosed with leukemia. SENT: 220 words.

RGL--AUSTRALIAN ROUNDUP

SYDNEY " Melbourne captain Cameron Smith helps move the Storm to the top of the National Rugby League standings with a 15-14 golden-point victory over South Sydney. SENT: 480 words.

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