GENEVA " Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter is now facing a bribery case. The FIFA ethics committee opened formal proceedings against Blatter, former secretary general Jerome Valcke, and former finance director Markus Kattner over million-dollar payments in their contracts " some of which were approved by other senior FIFA officials. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 400 words.


NEW YORK " Novak Djokovic has only had to win two full matches so far at the U.S. Open because of opponents' injuries, and he'll face Gael Monfils in the semifinals on Friday. Stan Wawrinka plays Kei Nishikori in the other semi. Singles play begins not before 1900 GMT. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.


CALPE, Spain " Nairo Quintana leads Chris Froome by over 3 minutes entering the 19th stage of the Spanish Vuelta, a 37-kilometer (23-mile) time trial between Javea and Calpe along the Mediterranean coast. Froome needs to close the gap before the last mountain stage decides the title. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1800 GMT.


MADRID " Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane calls FIFA's decision to uphold its one-year transfer ban against the club and rival Atletico Madrid "absurd." SENT: 330 words.


MADRID " Cristiano Ronaldo will play his first match of the season for Real Madrid on Saturday since the European Championship final, when he hurt his left knee. SENT: 130 words.


It's a new start for the Old Firm. One of the most iconic fixtures in world football returns on Saturday when Rangers and Celtic, bitter rivals from the Scottish city of Glasgow, meet for the first time in the country's top league in four years. And it is putting Scottish football back on the map. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 660 words, photo.


MANCHESTER, England " There's set to be an $800 million cast of globally acclaimed superstars taking the field for the Manchester derby on Saturday. The game, though, could be decided by two teenage academy graduates " Kelechi Iheanacho and Marcus Rashford " who have barely cost City and United a penny. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 1800 GMT.


PARIS " Striker Mario Balotelli may lose count when he adds up the number of people he has to prove wrong this season. It is nearly one year since he scored his last league goal and, if selected, he will look to end his worrying drought for new club Nice against bitter southern rival Marseille on Sunday. By Jerome Pugmire. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 1600 GMT.


BERLIN " Schalke faces a tough task to atone for losing its first Bundesliga game of the season with defending champion Bayern Munich visiting next. By Ciaran Fahey. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2130 GMT.


PARIS " French champion Paris Saint-Germain looks to bounce back from its 3-1 defeat to Monaco when it hosts Saint-Etienne in the French league. PSG coach Unai Emery has important selection choices to make ahead of next week's Champions League game against Arsenal. By Jerome Pugmire. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 2100 GMT.


DENVER " Denver's dominant defense comes up big against Cam Newton again and the Broncos escape with a 21-20 victory over the Carolina Panthers in the NFL season-opening game when Graham Gano misses a 50-yard field goal with four seconds remaining. By Arnei Stapleton. SENT: 400 words, photos.


" FBN--NFL PREVIEW " Tom Terrific out, Jimmy G in for Patriots at Arizona. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 650 words, photos.

" FBN--VIKINGS-PETERSON " Pressure's on Peterson again, story of his Vikings career. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 540 words, photos.


COLOMBO, Sri Lanka " Sri Lanka wins the toss and elects to bat first against Australia in the second and final Twenty20 at R. Premadasa Stadium. SENT: Will be updated.


RIO DE JANEIRO " Brazilian swimmer Daniel Dias tries to become the Michael Phelps of Paralymic swimming. He has 10 gold and five others and could pick up nine more in Rio. The color will be the only question. By Mauricio Savarese. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1900 GMT).

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