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TEN--PARIS MASTERS-MURRAY'S MISSION

PARIS " By the end of the week, Andy Murray could become the top-ranked player in the world for the first time in his career. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 450 words, photos.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

SOC--PREMIER LEAGUE-STRIKER SHORTAGE

MANCHESTER, England " There?s a new craze sweeping through the English Premier League " and it spells bad news for the traditional center forward. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1030 GMT, photos.

RAC--AUSTRALIA-MELBOURNE CUP

MELBOURNE, Australia " Australia will come to a virtual standstill on Tuesday afternoon for the 156th running of the Melbourne Cup, the 2-mile classic that is often described as the race that stops the nation. UPCOMING: 350 words by 0700 GMT, photos.

OLY--RIO-LATE-PAYMENTS

RIO DE JANEIRO " Nearly 2 1/2 months after the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, hundreds of workers still haven't been paid and are planning to sue the local organizing committee to get their money.

By Stephen Wade. SENT: 740 words, photos.

SOC--STOKE-SWANSEA

STOKE, England " Stoke striker Wilfried Bony scored twice against his former club in a 3-1 victory over Swansea in the English Premier League on Monday, leaving American coach Bob Bradley still seeking his first win in charge of the Welsh club. SENT: 410 words.

TEN--PARIS MASTERS

PARIS " Gilles Simon rallied to beat Julien Benneteau 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in an all-French match in the first round of the Paris Masters on Monday. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 610 words, photos.

SOC--MADRID-BALE

MADRID " With his focus on winning more trophies, Gareth Bale signed a new deal Monday that ties him to Real Madrid until 2022. SENT: 300 words, photos.

CAR--F1-JOHN LEICESTER-FORMULA ONE'S BUFFOONERY

You wouldn't trust Formula One with a loaded gun, because it would be sure to shoot itself in the foot. The Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday could be Exhibit A in a business school class about how to turn a perfectly good product into unappealing gruel. Column by John Leicester. SENT: 770 words, photos.

SOC--OBIT-WORLD CUP TROPHY DESIGNER

MILAN " Silvio Gazzaniga, the sculptor who designed the World Cup trophy, has died. He was 95. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 450 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--GERMANY-LOEW

FRANKFURT, Germany " Germany coach Joachim Loew has extended his contract through the 2020 European Championship, giving him another chance to win the continental title. By Nesha Starcevic. SENT: 400 words, photos.

SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PREVIEW

MANCHESTER, England " There's no way Pep Guardiola will be leaving out Sergio Aguero against Barcelona this time. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 850 words, photos.

SOC--ITALIAN ROUNDUP

ROME " Despite the influence of England goalkeeper Joe Hart, Torino's chances of qualifying for Europe are slipping away match by match. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 480 words.

SOC--SPANISH ROUNDUP

LA CORUNA, Spain " Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia, two former champions fallen on hard times, drew 1-1 in the Spanish league on Monday. SENT: 210 words.

SOC--MAN CITY-DISCIPLINE

MANCHESTER, England " It's hard enough to compete with Barcelona with 11 men. With 10 players, it's pretty much impossible. Doesn't Manchester City know it. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 620 words, photos.

SOC--FIFA AWARDS

ZURICH " FIFA wants fans to vote in its rebranded "The Best" world player award. SENT: 260 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP 2018-DELAYS

MOSCOW " Two more stadiums for the 2018 World Cup in Russia have fallen behind schedule, this time in the cities of Volgograd and Nizhny Novgorod. SENT: 150 words.

SOC--SPARTAK-CARRERA

MOSCOW " When Antonio Conte took over at Chelsea, his longtime assistant Massimo Carrera seemed to have been cast aside. Four months later, however, Carrera is on the rise. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 660 words, photos.

HORSE RACING:

RAC--BRITAIN-JOCKEYS HOSPITALIZED

LONDON " Britain's champion jockey, Jim Crowley, and fellow rider Frederik Tylicki were taken to the hospital with suspected spinal injuries following a pile-up involving four horses at Kempton on Monday. SENT: 150 words.

CRICKET:

CRI--ENGLAND-SPINNING ISSUES

UNDATED " England demonstrated in the drawn test series in Bangladesh that its batsmen struggle against spin in the subcontinent and its bowling department lacks a top-class slow bowler. That's a major worry for the English considering their next assignment: A five-test series against top-ranked India - in India. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 520 words, photo.

CRI--PAKISTAN-WEST INDIES

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates " Opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite hit a resilient unbeaten 95 and anchored West Indies to 244-6 on the second day of the third and final test against Pakistan on Monday. SENT: 430 words, photos.

CRI--PAKISTAN-NEW ZEALAND SQUAD

ISLAMABAD " Uncapped left-handed opening batsman Sharjeel Khan has been included in the 16-man Pakistan squad for the two-test series against New Zealand next month. SENT: 225 words.

CRI--ZIMBABWE-SRI LANKA

HARARE, Zimbabwe " Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer's all-around performance couldn't stop Sri Lanka's dominance of the first test on Monday and the home team appeared headed for another defeat to mark its 100th match. SENT: 350 words, photos.

BASEBALL:

BBO--WORLD SERIES-INDIANS-ROBINSON

CLEVELAND " The Indians will have a personal piece of their past at Game 6. Eddie Robinson, the last living member from Cleveland's 1948 World Series title team, will be at Progressive Field on Tuesday night as the Indians try to win their first championship in 68 years. SENT: 130 words, photos.

AUTO RACING:

CAR--F1-MEXICAN GP-RACING FEUD

MEXICO CITY " The Mexican Grand Prix threw some more heat into an already spicy rivalry between Red Bull and Ferrari. Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were both engaged in late-race duels with Ferrari?s Sebastian Vettel that resulted in penalties, two drivers being bumped from the podium and plenty of cursing. By Jim Vertuno. 550 words, photos.

RUGBY UNION:

RGU--IRELAND SQUAD

DUBLIN " Ireland left behind flyhalf Paddy Jackson and flankers Sean O'Brien and Peter O'Mahony when it headed to Chicago on Monday for a test against New Zealand at Soldier Field this weekend. SENT: 260 words.

OLYMPICS:

OLY--RIO-IMPOUNDED EQUIPMENT

RIO DE JANEIRO " The official broadcaster for the Olympic Games said Monday that equipment held by Brazilian authorities for more than a month, as collateral for any salary claims by workers, is being released. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 310 words, photo.

ICE HOCKEY:

HKN--STARS-HEMSKY INJURY

DALLAS " Dallas Stars forward Ales Hemsky will miss five to six months after surgery for a hip injury that general manager Jim Nill said was sustained during the World Cup of Hockey. SENT: 140 words.

HKN--NINE GAME TRYOUTS

Dylan Strome is living his NHL dream playing for the Arizona Coyotes, staying in a hotel and avoiding the harsh Pennsylvania winter he endured the past three years playing for the Ontario Hockey League's Erie Otters. He just doesn't know how long it will last. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 780 words, photos.

Other Stories:

" BKC--NC STATE-YURTSEVEN " NCAA rules NC State freshman Yurtseven must sit 9 games. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 380 words, photo.

" US--SPORT INSTITUTE TRIAL " Sport institute trial put on hold after founder hospitalized. SENT: 120 words.

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