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SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP

MANCHESTER, England " Get ready for Jose Mourinho vs. Pep Guardiola, part II. Manchester United ends a run of three straight losses by capitalizing on two goalkeeper mistakes to beat third-tier Northampton 3-1 in the third round of the League Cup on Wednesday, and . By Steve Douglas. SENT: 560 words, photos.

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OLY--ROME-2024 BID

ROME " Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi rejected the city's bid for the 2024 Olympics on Wednesday, effectively dooming the capital's candidacy for the second time in four years. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 849 words, photos.

OLY--WADA-DOPING

LAUSANNE, Switzerland " After months of barbs and sparring between Olympic and anti-doping officials, World Anti-Doping Agency president Craig Reedie expects an end to public conflict. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 463 words.

UEFA-PLATINI PAYOFF

LONDON " Michel Platini is yet to discover whether he will receive a payoff from European soccer's governing body despite his UEFA presidential term being cut short by a FIFA ban. SENT: 341 words, photos.

SOC--FIFA-VIDEO REVIEW

ZURICH " FIFA's push to introduce video review help for referees at the 2018 World Cup in Russia takes a big step forward this week. Technology firms hoping to win the contract are testing their systems during a weeklong meeting of Europe's top referees at FIFA to prepare for the tournament. By Graham Dunbar. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 1300 GMT.

SOC--GERMAN ROUNDUP

FRANKFURT, Germany " Arjen Robben picked up the ball on the right flank, cut inside and curled in a left-foot shot into the upper corner of the far post. By Nesha Starcevic. SENT 488 words, photos.

SOC--SPANISH ROUNDUP

BARCELONA, Spain " Barcelona lost Lionel Messi to injury and a chance to beat a direct title rival on Wednesday, when it was held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Madrid in the Spanish league. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 478 words, photos.

SOC--ITALIAN ROUNDUP

MILAN " It might be just days before his 40th birthday but Roma forward Francesco Totti is showing no signs of slowing down. By Daniella Matar. SENT 689 words, photos.

SOC--FRENCH ROUNDUP

PARIS " Anyone who thinks Mario Balotelli is not committed to his new club Nice should watch a replay of Wednesday's 4-0 home win against Monaco, and listen to the fans chanting his name when he came off late in the second half after scoring twice. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 793 words, photos.

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TEN--ST PETERSBURG OPEN

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia " Stan Wawrinka is back on court after winning the U.S. Open, and he's kept up his winning ways. SENT: 126 words.

TEN--GUANGZHOU OPEN. Golubic reaches quarterfinals at Guangzhou Open. SENT: 61 words.

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GLF--TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

ATLANTA " Jhonattan Vegas doesn't have a realistic chance of claiming the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus even if he wins the Tour Championship. It's having any chance at all that makes this season so remarkable. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 798 words, photos.

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