GENEVA " After declaring four months ago that FIFA's image crisis was over, questions are still being raised about Gianni Infantino as he heads to world soccer's next big election. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 760 words, photos.
" SOC--UEFA ELECTION " Banned Platini to give speech before successor elected. By Rob Harris. SENT: 400 words, photos.
GLF--RYDER CUP-LOVE'S PICKS
CHASKA, Minnesota " When Davis Love III and the U.S. Ryder Cup team come to Hazeltine at the end of the month, they will be looking to avoid an unprecedented fourth straight defeat to the Europeans. The U.S. has spent two years planning and strategizing in hopes of turning the tide, and Love's first three captain's picks lean heavily on experience as they try to end the skid. By Jon Krawczynski. SENT: 760 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO " Three weeks ago, organizers and event fans were worried that the 2016 Paralympics would not be well-attended. But when Sao Paulo resident Marco Fumis arrived at a lively Olympic Park on Saturday, he was blown away with what he saw. By Kennington Lloyd Smith III. SENT: 790 words, photos.
PARIS " One is a veteran of 20 years at his club, the other started his new job only months ago. Their teams meet Tuesday and both Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery share the same goal: delivering European glory with teams lacking a Champions League title. SENT: 960 words, photos.
NEW YORK " For years, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were known as the "Big 3" of men's tennis. Then Andy Murray elbowed his way in, creating what some referred to as a "Big 4." So now where does Stan Wawrinka fit in after his U.S. Open title gave him a trio of major trophies? Should the discussion shift to a Big 5? By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 720 words, photos.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland " Ryan Lochte will not receive separate punishment from the International Olympic Committee for lying about being robbed at gunpoint during the Rio de Janeiro Games. SENT: 140 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO " Tatyana McFadden wanted to go to Russia, where she was born and lived until age 6. So she took up Nordic skiing, qualified for the 2014 U.S. Paralympic team, traveled to Sochi and won a silver medal in the 1-kilometer sit ski sprint. She then returned to her record-breaking wheelchair racing career. By Emily Greenwood. SENT: 820 words, photos.
OLY--PARALYMPICS-GETTING AN EDGE
RIO DE JANEIRO " There's more money in the Paralympics, younger athletes and better training and equipment. Paralympic officials believe the sport is largely clean, but there are ways athletes try for an edge: gaming a complicated classification system, doping and something called boosting. By Stephen Wade. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1700 GMT.
" OLY--HOMELESS PARALYMPIAN " Table tennis gave a once-homeless teen a path to Paralympics. By Emily Giambalvo. SENT: 750 words, photos.
SUNDERLAND, England " Romelu Lukaku fires an 11-minute hat trick to end his 11-game Premier League scoring drought in style as high-flying Everton beats Sunderland 3-0. SENT: 200 words, photos.
PARIS " Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he stayed at the club despite offers from Paris Saint-Germain's wealthy Qatari owners. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 350 words, photos.
LONDON " Tottenham will open its Champions League campaign against Monaco in London, just not at White Hart Lane. By Andy Datson. SENT: 300 words, photos.
Abby Wambach says she abused alcohol and prescription drugs for years until her arrest for driving under the influence in April. "I was stubborn and I was in denial," soccer's most prolific international goal scorer told The Associated Press in a phone interview. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 840 words, photos.
ROME " All three goals are scored by defenders with headers as Tuscan club Empoli beats promoted Crotone 2-1 to gain its first Serie A points this season. SENT: 150 words.
US-MED--SOARING SOCCER INJURIES
CHICAGO " Soccer injuries are sending soaring numbers of U.S. kids to emergency rooms, a trend driven in part by young players with concussions seeking urgent medical care, a study has found. By Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 600 words, photos.
NEW YORK " U.S. Open champion Angelique Kerber officially became the oldest woman to debut at No. 1 in the WTA rankings, ending Serena Williams' record-tying run of 186 consecutive weeks in the top spot. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 400 words, photos.
" US--NY FASHION WEEK-SERENA WILLIAMS " Serena Williams pens female-power poem for fashion show. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 470 words, photos.
WASHINGTON " Two hard-fought exhibition games against Canada showed the United States exactly what it needs to work on before the World Cup of Hockey begins this weekend. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 520 words, photos.
ARLINGTON, Virginia " Even as one of the best defensemen in the NHL, Victor Hedman is in awe of Sweden's blue line for the World Cup of Hockey. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 720 words, photos.
" US--COACH CHARGED " Prosecutor: Video shows ex-coach stalking boy who was slain. SENT: 380 words, photos.
" FBN--RAMS-ST LOUIS BLUES " Bad breakup still stings for one-time Rams fans in St. Louis. SENT: 400 words, photos. Will be updated after 0220 GMT kick-off.
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