SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUNDUP
GENEVA " Cristiano Ronaldo goes home to where his career started when Sporting Lisbon hosts Real Madrid in the Champions League. Madrid needs only to draw to reach the last 16, and the other three other group leaders " Sevilla, Monaco and Leicester " can also advance. By Graham Dunbar. UPCOMING: 650 words by 2300 GMT, photos.
SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PREVIEW
FRANKFURT, Germany " Lionel Messi is back, and that's the best news Barcelona could have ahead of its Champions League match at Celtic. By Nesha Starcevic. SENT: 630 words, photos.
BBO--HALL OF FAME
NEW YORK " Steroids-tainted stars Manny Ramirez and Ivan Rodriguez are on baseball's Hall of Fame ballot for the first time along with Vladimir Guerrero. SENT: 510 words, photos.
SOC--MAN UNITED-HIDING FANS
MANCHESTER, England " Some people will do anything to watch Manchester United play at Old Trafford. Even sleep overnight in the stadium's bathroom. Two United supporters took an official tour of the English club's iconic ground on Friday, the day before United played Arsenal there in a high-profile Premier League game. SENT: 215 words, photos.
LEICESTER, England " English champion Leicester needs only a draw against Club Brugge to advance to the knockout stage in its first season in the Champions League. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2200 GMT, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO " The Brazilian soccer confederation, with its former president under house arrest in New York, is losing sponsors. The latest is Samsung. By Stephen Wade and Mauricio Savarese. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1800 GMT.
" SOC--SPAIN-FAN VIOLENCE " Fan stabbed in Spain ahead of Sevilla-Juventus match. SENT: 120 words.
CRI--DU PLESSIS-BALL TAMPERING
ADELAIDE, Australia " South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been found guilty and fined for ball tampering by the International Cricket Council but will be allowed to play against Australia this week. SENT: 650 words.
SYDNEY " Former test cricketers Shane Warne, Michael Slater and Kevin Pietersen have been fined $300 for failing to wear seatbelts by Tasmanian police who spotted the offense in a video on Warne's Facebook page. SENT: 120 words.
NAIROBI, Kenya " Prosecutors in Kenya withdrew doping charges against banned marathon runner Rita Jeptoo's former manager on Tuesday, saying they wanted to conduct more investigations. SENT: 330 words.
MEXICO CITY " Derek Carr made more big plays for Oakland, questionable calls by the officials peeved the Texans and an unexpected laser show from the stands took both teams off guard. The NFL's second regular season game in Mexico City featured a little bit of everything. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 750 words, photos.
" BKN--NBA ROUNDUP " Paul, Griffin lead Clippers over Raptors 123-115. SENT: 610 words, photos.
" HKN--NHL ROUNDUP " Rangers beat Penguins to widen gap atop Metropolitan. SENT: 350 words, photos.
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