LONDON " Manchester United easily beats Leicester to avoid a third straight English Premier League defeat. Manchester City aims for a 10th straight win overall to open the season while Arsenal vs. Chelsea is the standout game in a packed league program. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2000 GMT, photos. With separates on all eight games.
KANPUR, India " Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara put India in firm control of the first test as the hosts reach 159-1 in their second innings at stumps on day three to lead New Zealand by 215 runs. SENT: 370 words, photos.
MOSCOW " Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko is staying in charge of football in the 2018 World Cup host nation. He faces down a revolt from coaches and officials critical of tight government control and poor national team performances. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 550 words, photos.
ATLANTA " Dustin Johnson is playing better than anyone in the world, and Kevin Chappell can't wait to watch him at the Tour Championship. Even if that means having to beat him. Johnson has a one-shot lead over Chappell, moving closer to the $10 million FedEx Cup prize. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 800 words, photos.
MANCHESTER, England " Dropping Wayne Rooney had the desired effect for Manchester United. With its out-of-form captain on the bench, United scores four goals in a sparkling first-half display and overwhelms champion Leicester 4-1 in the English Premier League. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 460 words, photos.
" SOC--MAN UNITED-ROONEY DROPPED " Man United captain Rooney dropped by Mourinho. SENT: 310 words, photos.
MADRID " Real Madrid plays at surprise team Las Palmas to try to maintain a three-point lead over third-place Barcelona, which is at Sporting Gijon. Second-place Sevilla faces Athletic in Bilbao. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1700 GMT, photos.
MILAN " Juventus visits Palermo looking to maintain its one-point advantage over Napoli, which hosts Chievo Verona in the later match. By Daniella Matar. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1800 GMT, photos.
BERLIN " Bayern Munich could deliver the final blow to Hamburger SV coach Bruno Labbadia?s time in charge after the home side?s poor start to the Bundesliga. By Ciaran Fahey. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. First copy expected by 1800 GMT.
PARIS " Looking to bounce back after a 4-0 defeat against Nice, Monaco won't be able to use Radamel Falaco against Angers in the French league. The Colombian striker has yet to recover from a concussion. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2200 GMT.
MANCHESTER, England " British fighter Anthony Crolla makes the third defence of his WBA lightweight title against Venezuela's Jorge Linares. UPCOMING: 130 words by 2330 GMT, photos.
BAD GRIESBACH, Germany " Morning fog again impacts the European Open with organizers cutting the event to three rounds. With the second round to be completed Saturday, Frenchman Alexander Levy held an overnight lead at 17 under. UPCOMING: 200 words by 1800 GMT.
GLF--WORLD AMATEUR TEAM
RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico " U.S. Amateur champion Curtis Luck shot a 9-under 63 on Friday to help Australia open a 16-stroke lead in the World Amateur Team Championship. SENT: 330 words.
GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
VICTORIA, British Columbia " Scott McCarron birdied five of the first six holes and finished with a course-record 8-under 62 to take the first-round lead Friday in the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship. SENT: 350 words.
COLUMBUS, Ohio " Tag Ridings shot a 6-under 65 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Martin Flores in the Web.com Tour Finals' Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship. SENT: 520 words.
TEN--ST PETERSBURG OPEN
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia " German teenager Alexander Zverev surprises third-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4 to reach the final of the St. Petersburg Open. SENT: 130 words.
PARIS " Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia can play for France in the Fed Cup final against the Czech Republic after the French tennis federation lifted their ban. SENT: 140 words.
TEN--PAN PACIFIC OPEN
TOKYO " Former champion Caroline Wozniacki continues her late season resurgence by beating second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland to advance to the final of the Pan Pacific Open. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 230 words, photos.
TORONTO " Pavel Datsyuk's North American magic show had one final act. By Stehen Whyno. SENT: 700 words, photos.
CORAL SPRINGS, Florida " Guy Lafleur turned 65 this week, which is notable in the sense that the Hockey Hall of Famer was still playing in the NHL during Jaromir Jagr's rookie season. That was 26 years ago. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 470 words, photo.
HKN--WILD CAMP BEGINS
ST. PAUL, Minnesota " The Bruce Boudreau era has begun for the Minnesota Wild. For the players, the demands will be many. The expectations will be as straightforward as can be. The experience also promises to be a lot of fun. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 490 words, photo.
OAKLAND, California " Texas became the first team to clinch an American League playoff spot by winning 3-0 at Oakland on Friday, with Adrian Beltre hitting a two-run homer in the seventh inning as the Rangers secured their second straight AL West title. SENT: 850 words, photos.
" FBO--AUSTRALIAN ROUNDUP " Sydney, Western Bulldogs to meet in AFL grand final. SENT: 130 words.
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