WORLD SPORTS at 0000 GMT

TOP STORIES:

TEN--US OPEN

NEW YORK " Facing an opponent who occasionally played as if he had somewhere better to be, Novak Djokovic reached his 21st Grand Slam final and seventh at the U.S. Open with a bizarre 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Gael Monfils. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 1080 words, photos.

With:

" TEN--US OPEN-THE LATEST. Real-time updates.

" TEN--US OPEN-WHAT TO WATCH " New No. 1 Kerber faces Pliskova. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 700 words, photos.

SOCCER:

SOC--GERMAN ROUNDUP

BERLIN " Bayern Munich salvaged a late 2-0 win at Schalke in the Bundesliga, maintaining new coach Carlo Ancelotti's winning start when it seemed the side was about to drop points. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 400 words, photos.

SOC--FRENCH ROUNDUP

PARIS " Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain warmed up for its Champions League match against Arsenal next week with a tepid 1-1 home draw against Saint-Etienne. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 400 words, photos.

SOC--FIFA INVESTIGATION

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: 700 words.

ALSO:

" SOC--MONACO-FABINHO. Brazilian Fabinho signs new contract with Monaco until 2021. SENT: 68 words.

" SOC--MONACO-FALCAO. Falcao named in Monaco squad after recovering from injury. SENT: 128 words.

" SOC--ITALIAN SUPER CUP-QATAR. Italian Super Cup to be played in Doha, Qatar in December. SENT: 130 words. photo.

" SOC--DOPING JIN. Jin Jingdao of Shandong Luneng has been provisionally suspended following a positive doping test. SENT: 120 words.

OLYMPICS:

OLY--ATH-BEIJING MEDALS

BRUSSELS " The Belgian 2008 women's Olympic 4x100 relay team was officially handed its gold medals on Friday " eight years after crossing the line at the Beijing Games in second place behind Russia. SENT: 120 words.

OLY--BUDAPEST-2024 BID

BUDAPEST, Hungary " A proposed national referendum on Budapest's bid to host the 2024 Olympics meets the initial, formal legal requirements, Hungarian election authorities said Friday. By Pablo Gorondi. SENT: 200 words.

OLY--TICKET SCALPING

RIO DE JANEIRO " The International Olympic Committee says it has not received any request from Brazilian police for information concerning an investigation into a ticket-scalping scheme during the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. SENT: 130 words.

OLY--PARALYMPICS-DIAS

RIO DE JANEIRO " Daniel Dias likes being mentioned in the same sentence as Michael Phelps. Some Paralympians may feel diminished " even offended " by using an Olympian as a reference to help illustrate their excellence. Not Dias. By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 500 words, photos.

ATHLETICS:

ATH--VAN DAMME

BRUSSELS " Elaine Thompson extended her sprinting dominance through her last race of the season, with the double Olympic champion beating rival Dafne Schippers in the 100 meters at the Van Damme Memorial on Friday. By Raf Casert. SENT: 300 words, photos.

CYCLING:

CYC--SPANISH VUELTA

CALPE, Spain " Chris Froome took a big bite into Nairo Quintana's lead of the Spanish Vuelta by winning an individual time trial Friday with two days remaining in the race. SENT: 250 words.

RUGBY:

NEW ZEALAND-ARGENTINA

HAMILTON, New Zealand " New Zealand plays Argentina in a Rugby Championship match on Saturday, with the All Blacks looking to maintain their perfect record atop the four-nation competition. UPCOMING, 550 words, photos. Match begins at 0735 GMT.

AUSTRALIA-SOUTH AFRICA

BRISBANE, Australia " Australia, mired in a six-match losing streak, hopes to turn around its Rugby Championship fortunes with a win Saturday over South Africa. UPCOMING, 450 words, photos. Match begins at 1000 GMT.

RGU--WALES-SELECTION POLICY

CARDIFF, Wales " George North, Jamie Roberts and Taulupe Faletau are on a seven-man list of overseas-based Wales rugby players who will require wild-card selections to play for the country this season. SENT: 130 words.

CRICKET:

CRI--SRI LANKA-AUSTRALIA

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka " Glenn Maxwell smashed four sixes and seven boundaries to score 66 off 29 balls to set up a close four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second Twenty20 international and a 2-0 series win on Friday. SENT: 300 words.

OTHER STORIES:

" GLF--KLM OPEN. Wiesberger takes 1-stroke lead after 2nd round of KLM Open. SENT: 130 words.

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