LONDON " Thousands of Scotland soccer fans will travel south of the border to England on Friday anticipating a fiercely-contested meeting of the neighbors. As so often in the 21st century, Scotland fans are likely to be disappointed. As Scottish soccer has gone into decline, the oldest rivalry in international soccer has faded. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1600 GMT, photos.
SAO PAULO " Nico Rosberg can claim his first Formula One season title by winning the Brazilian Grand Prix. If teammate Lewis Hamilton wins the race, the season title will be decided at the last event in Abu Dhabi. By Stephen Wade. UPCOMINFG: 600 words by 1700 GMT, photos.
MILAN " Inter Milan coach Stefano Pioli, who replaced the sacked Frank de Boer this week, will be presented to the media. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1500 GMT, photos.
CLEVELAND " LeBron James and his Cavaliers teammates will be at the White House on Thursday. An unexpected guest will be there, too. The visit by the reigning NBA champions will coincide with President-elect Donald Trump's meeting with President Barack Obama. By Tom Withers. SENT: 450 words, photos.
SUN CITY, South Africa " European Tour money list leader Henrik Stenson and second-place Danny Willett both play in the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, the last event ahead of the season-ending World Tour Championship. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1700 GMT.
SOC--FRANCE-GIROUD OR GAMEIRO?
PARIS " Despite helping France reach the European Championship final, striker Olivier Giroud is fighting for his place in the national side. His place has come under serious threat from Kevin Gameiro, and coach Didier Deschamps must choose between them to play alongside Antoine Griezmann in Friday's World Cup qualifier against Sweden. By Jerome Pugmire. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1700 GMT, photos.
MADRID " Sergio Ramos' only contribution to Spain in a World Cup qualifier this weekend will be a pep talk to his teammates. Ramos visited the team's training camp this week ahead of Saturday's match against Macedonia, but the captain won't be on the field in the southern city of Granada because of an injury " one of the many players missing as Spain tries to defend its Group G lead in European qualifying. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 450 words.
" SOC--FRANCE-LEMAR " Monaco midfielder Lemar called up to replace Kingsley Coman. SENT: 90 words.
RAJKOT, India " India's openers Gautam Gambhir and Murali Vijay made a solid start to India's first innings on day two of the first test, reaching 63-0 at stumps in reply to England's 537. India trails by 474 runs with all their wickets intact on a wicket that offered little support to seam or spin. By Chetan Narula. SENT: 770 words, photos.
HARARE, Zimbabwe " Spinner Rangana Herath thrived as Sri Lanka's stand-in captain, taking 8-63 to seal a 257-run win over Zimbabwe in the second test on Thursday and a 2-0 series sweep. SENT: 280 words, photos.
UNDATED " A lookahead to a packed weekend of international rugby, headlined by South Africa's attempt to extend its decade-long dominance over England. Also, it's Scotland vs. Australia, Wales vs. Argentina, France vs. Samoa, and Ireland vs. Canada. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2300 GMT, photos.
ROME " New Zealand is aiming to bounce back from last weekend's 40-29 loss to Ireland " its first loss to the Irish in 111 years and its first test defeat in 19 matches " when it plays Italy in Rome on Saturday. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1800 GMT, photos.
UNDATED " England gave center Elliot Daly his first test start and recalled Tom Wood and Jonny May after international absences of more than a year for the rugby match against South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 460 words.
RGU--NEW ZEALAND TEAM
ROME " Flanker Sam Cane will captain a youthful All Blacks team against Italy at Stadio Olimpico on Saturday. Cane has led New Zealand only once before, against Namibia at last year's Rugby World Cup. SENT: 310 words.
" BKN--NBA ROUNDUP " Warriors beat Mavericks, Raptors defeat Thunder. SENT: 750 words, photos.
" HKN--NHL ROUNDUP " Blackhawks win seventh in a row. SENT: 470 words, photos.
" ATH--THIAM-BELGIAN TROPHY " Olympic heptathlon champion Thiam gets major Belgian trophy. SENT: 80 words.
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