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SOC--WCUP--EUROPEAN QUALIFYING ROUNDUP

GENEVA " The fastest goal in World Cup history capped a night of 6-0 routs and the Netherlands' further fall in European qualifying on Monday. Seven seconds ticked by when Belgium forward Christian Benteke's shot finished his surging run through the Gibraltar defense which kicked off but coughed up the ball. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 750 words, photos.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

SOC--WCUP-FASTEST GOAL

BRUSSELS " Belgium scores the fastest goal in World Cup qualifying history when Christian Benteke slotted home against Gibraltar after only seven seconds. SENT: 200 words.

GLF--SAFEWAY OPEN-WOODS

The comeback of Tiger Woods is going to have to wait at least two more months. Three days before he was to return at the Safeway Open, Woods said he wasn't ready to return against PGA Tour competition. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--WCUP-EUROPEAN QUALIFYING-GROUP A

AMSTERDAM " France lives up to its billing as favorite in World Cup qualifying Group A by beating the Netherlands 1-0, thanks to a long-range strike by midfielder Paul Pogba and a late save by Hugo Lloris. By Mike Corder. SENT: 600 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-EUROPEAN QUALIFYING-GROUP B

GENEVA " Cristiano Ronaldo may have finally found a worthy goalscoring partner in Portugal's 6-0 rout of the Faeroe Islands. Andre Silva, the 20-year-old Porto prospect, scored a first-half hat-trick before Ronaldo added a fourth midway through the second half. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 500 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-EUROPEAN QUALIFYING-GROUP H

BRUSSELS " Belgium needs only a World Cup-record seven seconds on to prove the gap between No. 2 in the FIFA rankings and Gibraltar, which is dead last and bound to stay there after a 6-0 loss. By Raf Casert. SENT: 500 words, photos.

SOC--ENGLAND-ROONEY

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia " England captain Wayne Rooney has been dropped from the starting lineup for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Slovenia. SENT: 300 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-SOUTH AMERICAN QUALIFYING

RIO DE JANEIRO " Brazil and Uruguay each play away on Tuesday in a round of South American World Cup qualifiers that could see first place in the table change hands. By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 600 words.

ALSO:

" SOC--NAPOLI-MILIK " Napoli eyes January return for injured Poland forward Milik. SENT: 100 words, photos.

" SOC--REAL MADRID-RAMOS " Sergio Ramos has knee sprain, likely to miss 6 weeks. SENT: 100 words, photo.

TENNIS:

TEN--SHANGHAI MASTERS

SHANGHAI " Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wins for the first time since retiring from his quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open, beating Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round of the Shanghai Masters. SENT: 200 words.

ALSO:

" TEN--GENERALI LADIES " In Linz, Kiki Bertens slumps to 6th straight opening-round defeat. SENT: 100 words.

CRICKET:

CRI--INDIA-NEW ZEALAND

INDORE, India " Ravichandran Ashwin takes his 20th five-wicket haul on Monday as New Zealand was bowled out for 299 runs on day three of the third test in Indore. India then reached 18-0 in six overs at stumps, taking an overall lead of 276 runs. By Chetan Narula. SENT: 500 words, photos.

ICE HOCKEY:

HKN--PENGUINS-CROSBY

Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby has been diagnosed with another concussion and there is no timetable for his return. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 200 words, photos.

ALSO:

" HKN--SEASON PREVIEW-PLAYERS TO WATCH " Crosby, McDavid top list of NHL players to watch this season. By Larry Lage. SENT: 500 words, photos.

OTHER STORIES:

" GYM--SMITH-VIDEO APOLOGY " Two-time Olympic silver medalist Louis Smith apologizes for a video in which he and a fellow gymnast appear to mock Islam. SENT: 300 words, photo.

" GLF--BRITISH MASTERS-OLAZABAL RETURN " After 18 months away, Olazabal to return at British Masters. SENT: 100 words.

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