NYON, Switzerland " There could be a major twist ahead for the Champions League final, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin tells The Associated Press in his first interview since taking charge of European soccer. Ceferin also discusses the impact on Europe of FIFA's plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1600 GMT, photos.
SOC--EUROPA LEAGUE ROUNDUP
MANCHESTER, England " Robin van Persie makes his return to Old Trafford with Fenerbahce for a Europa League match against former club Manchester United. Among other games in the third round of the group stage are Inter Milan vs. Southampton, and Roma vs. Austria Vienna. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2130 GMT, photos.
NEW DELHI " Kane Williamson scored his eighth ODI century as New Zealand finished on 242-9 against India on Thursday. By Chetan Narula. SENT: 250 words, photos.
MANCHESTER, England " Glance at the Champions League standings and it would seem all is just fine at Leicester City this season. Three matches. Three wins. No goals conceded. If only the defense of its English Premier League title was going so well. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 800 words, photos.
SOELDEN, Austria " The first overall World Cup champion from Switzerland in more than two decades, Lara Gut starts her title defense as one of the favorites again when the season gets underway on Saturday. American Mikaela Shiffrin could well become Gut's closest challenger. By Eric Willemsen. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1700 GMT.
BKN--EASTERN CONFERENCE PREVIEW
The Cleveland Cavaliers know what it feels like to enter the season as Eastern Conference favorites. They begin this one with an entirely unfamiliar label " defending champions. By Jon Krawczynski. SENT: 880 words, photos.
SOC--MAN CITY-BRAVO'S MISTAKE
MANCHESTER, England " With one of the world's best strikers bearing down on him, Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo had a quick decision to make as he received the ball five meters (yards) outside his penalty box. It didn't end well. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 580 words, photos.
SOC--AC MILAN-YOUTH MOVEMENT
ROME " At the age of 17, Gianluigi Donnarumma is already considered the heir apparent to Gianluigi Buffon. After only seven Serie A appearances, 18-year-old Manuel Locatelli is drawing comparisons to Andrea Pirlo. AC Milan is fully embracing a youth movement as it endures a third consecutive season out of European competition. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 570 words, photos.
FRANKFURT, Germany " Carlo Ancelotti wanted a reaction from his players " and he got it. By Nesha Starcevic. SENT: 530 words, photos.
MADRID " Several clubs and national teams were after Jorge Sampaoli when Sevilla made the surprise announcement in June that it was hiring the Argentine-born coach. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 490 words, photos.
BARCELONA, Spain " Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba will be sidelined for a few weeks because of injuries sustained in the Champions League match against Manchester City. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1500 GMT.
HONG KONG " An Asian consortium is looking to buy English Premier League club Hull for 130 million pounds ($160 million). SENT: 210 words, photo.
PARIS " Rudi Garcia has been appointed as Marseille's new coach ahead of Sunday's league game against bitter rival Paris Saint-Germain. SENT: 260 words.
SANDY, Utah " Lynn Williams scored 49 seconds into her national team debut, and Tobin Heath, Christen Press and Samantha Mewis added goals to lead the U.S. over Switzerland 4-0 in an exhibition game Wednesday night. By John Coon. SENT: 280 words, photos.
BEIJING " World Cup-winning manager Marcello Lippi is reportedly on the verge of returning to China as a coach, this time as head of the national team rather than the big-spending club where he spent three years. SENT: 340 words.
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh " Teenage offspinner Mehedi Hasan claimed five wickets on debut as Bangladesh restricted England to 258-7 on the opening day of the first test on Thursday. SENT: 360 words, photos.
SOELDEN, Austria " Olympic and world downhill champion Tina Maze of Slovenia talks about her career plans two days before the start of the World Cup season, having taken a full year off from ski racing last season. By Eric Willemsen. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1700 GMT.
BKN--NBA PRESEASON ROUNDUP
Derrick Rose will likely have no more than just a few practices to get ready for opening night with the New York Knicks. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 680 words, photos.
CAR--F1-US GRAND PRIX-HAMILTON
AUSTIN, Texas " Smile! Lewis Hamilton says he won't stop having fun and has no plans to put his phone down. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 290 words.
HAINAN, China " Minjee Lee birdied the final three holes for a 7-under 65 and a two-stroke lead Thursday in the Blue Bay LPGA, playing in perfect conditions two days after Typhoon Sarika hit the resort. SENT: 550 words.
VILAMOURA, Portugal " Alex Noren of Sweden starts his bid for a fourth win in the last nine European Tour events in the first round of the Portugal Masters. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1800 GMT.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia " Justin Thomas began his title defense with an 8-under 64 at the $7 million CIMB Classic on Thursday, making nine birdies and a bogey to move into a three-way tie with Keegan Bradley and Derek Fathauer for the first-round lead. SENT: 260 words.
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands " Controversial tennis player Nick Kyrgios will be free to participate in an NBA celebrity game in February after being released from his contract with an ATP event in the Netherlands. SENT: 450 words, photos.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand " Winger Julian Savea will return for the All Blacks in Saturday's Bledisloe Cup match against Australia in the only change to the lineup that started in the 57-15 win over South Africa two weeks ago. SENT: 500 words.
TOKYO " Seiji Hirao, who played in three rugby world cups for Japan and was coach in another, has died. He was 53. SENT: 120 words.
BBO--WORLD SERIES-BEST BULLPENS
TORONTO " By winning the American League Championship Series in five games, the Cleveland Indians not only captured a spot in the World Series, they also earned a break this team could sorely use. By Noah Trister. SENT: 620 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES " Julio Urias cruised through three hitless innings to begin Game 4 of the NL Championship Series. The Los Angeles Dodgers' 20-year-old rookie starter seemed to be thriving under the spotlight. Then the lights went out for Urias and the Dodgers. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 460 words, photos.
" BBN--NLCS-CELEBRITY FANS " Celebrities among those long-suffering Cubs fans. By Don Babwin and Caryn Rousseau. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
" OLY--WADA-NON-COMPLIANCE " Brazilian anti-doping agency facing possible WADA suspension. SENT: 110 words.
" FBN--ON FOOTBALL-LAS VEGAS " ON FOOTBALL: Will Vegas and Raiders be a match? By Barry Wilner. SENT: 620 words, photos.
" US--DARREN SHARPER RAPE CASE " Ex-NFL star's co-defendants face sentences in drug-rape case. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 300 words.
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