WORLD SPORTS at 0000 GMT

TOP STORY:

SOC--FIFA-RACISM

MANCHESTER, England " FIFA's abolition of its anti-racism task force was denounced as a shameful betrayal on Monday as the governing body went on the defensive to reaffirm its commitment to tackling discrimination. By Rob Harris. SENT: 850 words, photos.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

GLF--ARNOLD PALMER-REACTION

UNDATED " Gary Player remembers the many traits of Arnold Palmer: A fiercely competitive golfer who had a "slashing, dashing" style and didn't know when he was beaten. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 640 words, photos.

CYC--TEAM SKY-WIGGINS

MANCHESTER, England " Team Sky is set to publish information about its riders' future Therapeutic Use Exemptions in light of the growing furor around former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins' use of a substance to treat his asthma. SENT: 400 words, photos.

OLY--ROME 2024 BID

ROME " Rome's city council will vote Thursday whether to support Mayor Virginia Raggi's rejection of the city's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

SENT: 130 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--ASIA-FIFA ELECTIONS

SEOUL, South Korea " The influence of China in world soccer could increase on Tuesday if high-ranking Chinese official Zhang Jian is elected onto the FIFA Council in elections to be held in Goa, India. By John Duerden. SENT: 550 words.

SOC--SPAIN-A NEW LOOK

MANCHESTER, England " The grass is getting greener in Spanish soccer. In an attempt to catch up with the financially dominant Premier League, Spain's top teams are coming up with new ways to promote soccer in their country and improve its global audience share. That includes having greener grass on the fields. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 450 words, photos.

SOC--RUSSIA-ENGLISH FANS

MOSCOW " CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutsky says Tottenham fans have nothing to fear in Russia despite the violence between English and Russian supporters at the European Championship. SENT: 90 words, photos.

SOC--PSG-AURIER

PARIS " Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier has been sentenced to two months in prison for assaulting a police officer. SENT: 130 words.

SOC--SPANISH ROUNDUP

MADRID " Promoted Alaves continued its surprising campaign back in the first division, beating Granada 3-1 on Monday to stay in the top half of the Spanish league standings. SENT: 130 words.

SOC--ITALIAN ROUNDUP

MILAN " Federico Melchiorri capped a remarkable comeback from brain surgery when he scored his first Serie A goal in Cagliari's 2-1 victory over Sampdoria on Monday. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 320 words.

SOC--BURNLEY-WATFORD

BURNLEY, England " Burnley earned a second win since being promoted back to the English Premier League, beating Watford 2-0 on Monday after another impressive performance by Steven Defour. SENT: 160 words, photos.

SOC--GETAFE-COACH FIRED

MADRID " Getafe has fired Argentine coach Juan Esnaider after the team has won only one match in its return to the Spanish second division. SENT: 110 words.

TENNIS:

TEN--DAVIS CUP-SLOVAKIA

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia " Slovakia's tennis federation has punished two players, Martin Klizan and Lukas Lacko, for refusing to play in a Davis Cup playoff series at Australia because of injuries. SENT: 130 words.

TEN--ITF-FAIRWEATHER

LONDON " Former International Olympic Committee sports director Kelly Fairweather has been hired as chief operating officer of the International Tennis Federation. SENT: 130 words.

OTHER STORIES

" FBA--Australia-Brownlow Medal " Geelong's Patrick Dangerfield wins the Brownlow Medal in the Australian Football League. SENT: 90 words.

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