LAUSANNE, Switzerland " Olympic leaders have asked the World Anti-Doping Agency to oversee a global system for tackling drug cheats with an independent body testing athletes, and more powers to punish failing organizations. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated shortly.
After its Iceland nightmare at Euro 2016, England won't be taking Malta for granted in the World Cup Group F qualifier on Saturday, the first match since the sudden departure of manager Sam Allardyce. Defending champion Germany hosts the Czech Republic in Group C. By Ciaran Fahey. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2200 GMT, photos.
SUZUKA, Japan " Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg put himself in the best possible position to widen his lead over Formula One title rival and teammate Lewis Hamilton by securing pole position on Saturday for the Japanese Grand Prix. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 300 words, photos.
RGU--SOUTH AFRICA-NEW ZEALAND
DURBAN, South Africa " Amid the furore over Aaron Smith's suspension for misconduct, the All Blacks attempt to round out another unbeaten southern hemisphere season and equal the record for consecutive wins by a top-tier team when they play South Africa in the final round of the Rugby Championship. By Gerald Imray. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 1800 GMT.
Two weeks after the PGA Tour season ended, the next one starts Thursday and for some fans it can't get here soon enough: Tiger Woods is returning to golf. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 500 words.
INDORE, India " Virat Kohli hit his 13th test century as India reached 267-3 at stumps on the opening day to take control of the third test against New Zealand on Saturday. By Chetan Narula. SENT: 410 words, photos.
SOC--WCUP-EUROPEAN QUALIFYING-GROUP F
LONDON " For the second time in a month, England is under new management for a World Cup qualifier. Starting with the home match against Malta, interim manager Gareth Southgate has four games to prove himself. Also in Group F, Scotland hosts Lithuania and Slovenia takes on Slovakia. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1830 GMT, photos.
SOC--WCUP--EUROPEAN QUALIFYING-GROUP C
HAMBURG, Germany " Germany?s World Cup defense continues against the Czech Republic in Hamburg, where home supporters expect the second win from two games in Group C qualifying. Azerbaijan hosts Norway and San Marino visits Northern Ireland in the other group games. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. First copy expected by 2100 GMT.
Anti-discrimination group Fare Network says there is "a very high risk" of crowd trouble when Ukraine plays Kosovo in a World Cup qualifier Sunday in Poland. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 430 words.
When the U.S. arrived in Cuba for its first exhibition game in 69 years at the Caribbean island nation, the Americans were surprised by the conditions at Havana's Estadio Pedro Marrero. The surface was bumpy and filled with brown patches. SENT: 740 words, photos.
" SOC--WCUP-EUROPEAN QUALIFYING-GROUP E " UPCOMING: 300 words by 2100 GMT.
LONDON " Almost a year after playing out a tense Rugby World Cup semifinal, Argentina and Australia are back at Twickenham on Saturday in the first Rugby Championship match outside the southern hemisphere. UPCOMING: 350 words. Match starts 1830 GMT.
BEIJING " Johanna Konta became the first British woman to make the top 10 world rankings in 32 years after defeating Madison Keys in three sets Saturday in the China Open semifinals. In the men's event, top-seeded Andy Murray dismissed David Ferrer in straight sets and plays Grigor Dimitrov in Sunday's final. SENT: 200 words, photos.
TOKYO " David Goffin booked his place in the final of the Japan Open with a straight-sets victory over Marin Cilic on Saturday. By David Hulmes. SENT: 220 words, photos.
NATADOLA, Fiji " Brandt Snedeker took a three-stroke lead Saturday in the wind-swept Fiji International, shooting a 2-under 70 in difficult conditions at Natadola Bay. SENT: 360 words.
GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
NEWPORT BEACH, California " John Daly birdied the final five holes Friday in the Toshiba Classic, leaving him three strokes behind fellow senior newcomer Billy Mayfair and 62-year-old Jay Haas. SENT: 530 words.
TAIPEI, Taiwan " Ha Na Jang shot a 10-under 62 in calmer conditions Saturday at rainy Miramar to take a six-stroke lead in the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. SENT: 530 words, photos.
INCHEON, South Korea " Brett Coletta shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over Cameron Davis in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, setting up an Australian duel for the spot in the Masters that goes to the winner Sunday. SENT: 200 words.
" GLF--DUNHILL LINKS " UPCOMING: 400 words by 1800 GMT, photos.
GLASGOW, Scotland " Ricky Burns earned a unanimous decision against the unbeaten Kiryl Relikh in his first defense of the WBA super-lightweight belt on Friday. SENT: 170 words.
ARLINGTON, Texas " Toronto and Cleveland both won on Friday to take 2-0 series leads in their respective American League Division Series, putting Texas and Boston on the brink of swift eliminations. SENT: 840 words, photos.
All season long the Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks have been the best two teams in the WNBA. Thanks to the new playoff format, the pair of Western Conference teams will meet in the WNBA Finals that begin Sunday in Minnesota. SENT: 450 words.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia " Few professional sports teams had grander beginnings than Kunlun Red Star. With Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping looking on, China's biggest venture in hockey to date joined the Kontinental Hockey League in June at a lavish ceremony in Beijing. For the Russia-based KHL, Kunlun is a chance to beat the NHL to the Chinese market. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 900 words, photos.
BUFFALO, New York " The National Women's Hockey League's first transgender player scored a goal in his debut, and finally got an opportunity to hear his name announced over the PA system how he always felt it should. By John Wawrow. SENT: 590 words, photos.
" BKN--DERRICK ROSE LAWSUIT " Derrick Rose says he assumed ex-girlfriend consented to sex. By Brian Melley. SENT: 750 words, photos.
" FBC--COLLEGE ROUNDUP " Watson and No. 3 Clemson take of care business at BC, 56-10. SENT: 220 words, photos.
" US--TAJ MAHAL-POKER LEGACY " Shuffled up: Once a destination, Taj Mahal poker room folds. By Josh Cornfield. SENT: 610 words, photo.
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