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SOC--WCUP-EUROPEAN QUALIFYING ROUNDUP

FRANKFURT, Germany " On a busy night across Europe, a player making his debut for Germany notched a hat trick in a 8-0 rout of tiny San Marino. The three biggest teams in action all won their qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. By Nesha Starcevic. SENT: 900 words, photos.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

TEN--FED CUP FINAL

STRASBOURG, France " France's Kristina Mladenovic will open play against world No. 6 Karolina Pliskova in the Fed Cup final, as the hosts look to break the Czech Republic's stranglehold on the event this weekend. SENT: 390 words, photos.

CRI--INDIA-ENGLAND

RAJKOT, India " India resumes day four on 319-4 in its first innings, still trailing England by 218 runs in the first test. By Chetan Narula. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1400 GMT, photos. Lunchtime and tea reports.

CAR--F1-BRAZILIAN GP

SAO PAULO " Lewis Hamilton has the recent edge on Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, winning the last two Formula One races in Mexico and the United States. The Englishman had it again Friday in both practices for the Brazilian Grand Prix, each time finding just a sliver of extra pace to nip Rosberg. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 400 words, photos.

SOC--STADE DE FRANCE-MINUTE'S SILENCE

SAINT-DENIS, France " Players linked arms as fans stood to observe a minute's silence at Stade de France one year after the Paris attacks. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 420 words, photos.

CRI--AUSTRALIA-SOUTH AFRICA

HOBART, Australia " South Africa won the toss and chose to bowl Saturday in the second cricket test against Australia at Bellerive Oval. SENT: 220 words.

SKI--VONN-TRAINING CRASH

Lindsey Vonn broke her arm during a crash in training in Colorado and underwent surgery. By Pat Graham. SENT: 340 words, photo.

WRE--GAMBIA-WRESTLER DIES

A popular Gambian wrestler has drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, the second high-profile athlete from the West African nation in recent weeks to die trying to get to Europe on a boat of migrants. By Abdoulie John. SENT: 240 words, photo.

FIG--TROPHEE DE FRANCE

PARIS " Two-time world champion Javier Fernandez recovered from a fall on his first jump to take the lead in the men's short program at the Trophee de France on Friday, while American teenager Nathan Chen enjoyed another skating first. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 500 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--WCUP-EUROPEAN QUALIFYING-GROUP A

SAINT-DENIS, France " Paul Pogba is finding his scoring touch, heading in a valuable equalizer in France's 2-1 win against Sweden in a World Cup qualifier on Friday. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 640 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-EUROPEAN QUALIFYING-GROUP C

FRANKFURT, Germany " Serge Gnabry scored a hat trick in his debut for Germany as the World Cup champion overwhelmed San Marino 8-0 on Friday in a qualifier for the 2018 tournament in Russia. By Nesha Starcevic. SENT: 440 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-EUROPEAN QUALIFYING-GROUP E

BUCHAREST, Romania " Poland took control of Group E with a 3-0 victory over Romania on Friday in a World Cup qualifier which was marred by crowd trouble at the National Arena Bucharest. SENT: 460 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-EUROPEAN QUALIFYING-GROUP F

LONDON " A trio of headers gave England a 3-0 victory over Scotland on Friday, consolidating the Group F lead while further imperiling its neighbor's hopes of making the 2018 World Cup. By Rob Harris. SENT: 600 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-MEXICO-US

COLUMBUS, Ohio " When the U.S. and Mexico meet in a World Cup qualifier Friday night, the rivals will play against a backdrop of amped-up political vitriol. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 630 words, photos.

SOC--ALBANIA-ISRAEL

TIRANA, Albania " Albanian police say they have taken extreme steps to secure the World Cup qualifier between Albania and Israel on Saturday. SENT: 250 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-ARGENTINA

BUENOS AIRES " Argentina needs to stop worrying. That's easier said than done. Not even the return of Lionel Messi from a three-game absence managed to save Argentina from its latest defeat in World Cup qualifying. By Vicente L. Panetta. SENT: 350 words, photo.

SOC--WCUP--BRAZIL-COUTINHO

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil " Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho had become used to watching Brazil either on TV or from the bench. But after new coach Tite took over the national team in September, that all changed. By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 450 words, photo.

SOC--FIFA-MEDICAL DIRECTOR

GENEVA " Long-time FIFA medical director Jiri Dvorak said his departure last week was abrupt, suggesting it could affect global health programs he started. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 350 words.

SOC--ENGLAND-BRIBERY

LONDON " London police is investigating a case of bribery in soccer after receiving details from a newspaper's undercover investigation. SENT: 130 words.

SOC--FIFA INVESTIGATION-HAWIT

ZURICH " FIFA ethics prosecutors want former FIFA vice president Alfredo Hawit banned for life for taking bribes.

SOC--ROMANIA-US

SAN JOSE, California " As the season winds down, coach Jill Ellis wants the Americans winging it and making adjustments on the fly to keep pressure on opponents from all angles and every spot on the field. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 500 words, photos.

RUGBY:

RGU--ARGENTINA

CARDIFF, Wales " Daniel Hourcade wishes his Pumas weren't playing Wales so soon after Australia left town. SENT: 250 words.

RGU--SOUTH AFRICA

LONDON " Springboks captain Adriaan Strauss brushed off comments by England coach Eddie Jones that South Africa's playing style was like "chess on steroids" and they "never change." SENT: 240 words.

RGU--FIJI-BARBARIANS

BELFAST, Northern Ireland " Fiji lost the opening match of its northern hemisphere rugby tour when it was out-Fijied by the Barbarians 40-7 on Friday. SENT: 200 words.

RGL--SCOTLAND-NEW ZEALAND

WORKINGTON, England " Scotland earned a surprising point against New Zealand by snatching an 18-18 draw in Four Nations rugby league in wet and windy northwest England on Friday. SENT: 470 words, photos.

GOLF:

GLF--NEDBANK CHALLENGE

SUN CITY, South Africa " There was a hole-in-one and an albatross two on a par-5 hole at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa on Friday, while Alex Noren collected five birdies over the back nine holes to take a 2-shot lead at the halfway mark. SENT: 380 words.

GLF--OHL CLASSIC

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico " Gary Woodland birdied three of the final four holes Friday for a 6-under 65 and a one-stroke lead in the PGA Tour's OHL Classic at Mayakoba. SENT: 400 words.

GLF--LPGA TOUR

MEXICO CITY " Sarah Jane Smith shot a 4-under 68 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead in the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Invitational. SENT: 210 words.

OTHER STORIES:

" MMA--UFC 205 " UFC loads 3 title fights under bright lights of NYC debut. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

" US--BIG WAVE SURFING-WOMEN " Women take on surf contest for 1st time. By Cathy Bussewitz. SENT: 470 words, photo.

" SAI--WORLD SAILING-ANDERSEN " Candidate to run World Sailing demands more transparency. By Bernie Wilson. SENT; 660 words.

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