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ATH--IAAF-CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION

PARIS " French and German media say emails seized by French authorities investigating suspected blackmail and cover-ups in athletics speak of a corrupt system dubbed the "total protection project" that shielded Russian medal winners at the 2012 London Olympics, allowing them to compete when they should have been banned for suspected doping. SENT: 130 words, photo.

SOC--ENGLAND-SOCCER ABUSE SCANDAL

LONDON " Former English soccer players who were subjected to years of sexual abuse by youth team coaches entrusted with their care are breaking cover to expose the game's dark secrets. By Rob Harris. SENT: 740 words, photo.

CAR--F1-ABU DHABI GP

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates " Lewis Hamilton overcomes a minor scare to post the fastest time in the first practice for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 300 words, photos. Will be updated with second practice.

CAR--F1-GERMAN GP

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates " The German Grand Prix is expected to be dropped from the Formula One calendar for financial reasons. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 250 words, photo.

SOC--BARCELONA'S NEMESIS

BARCELONA, Spain " Barcelona's next two matches will go a long way to making or breaking its Spanish league title defense, including trying to break its peculiar curse at Real Sociedad. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 500 words.

CRI--AUSTRALIA-SOUTH AFRICA

ADELAIDE, Australia " Batting with three newcomers, Usman Khawaja needed to make a sudden career transition from unfulfilled talent to disciplined mentor in order for Australia to avoid the kind of batting collapse against South Africa in the previous test that forced an overhaul of the team. By John Pye. SENT: 660 words, photos.

TEN--DAVIS CUP FINAL

ZAGREB, Croatia " Croatia, aiming for its second Davis Cup title, plays Argentina, seeking its first. Tie starts shortly.

SOC--REAL MADRID-BALE INJURY

Real Madrid will begin its long spell without Gareth Bale on Saturday when it faces Sporting Gijon just a week before the clasico at Barcelona. Bale is scheduled to undergo surgery on his injured right ankle on Tuesday in London, and is expected to be out for at least two months. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 440 words, photos.

GLF--WORLD CUP

MELBOURNE, Australia " Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen launch an astonishing sub-par blitz to power into the lead after the second round of the World Cup of Golf. By Bruce Matthews. SENT: 700 words, photos.

CRI--NEW ZEALAND-PAKISTAN

HAMILTON, New Zealand " Rookie opener Jeet Raval keeps his wicket in tough conditions against Pakistan on the heavily rain-affected first day of the second test to steer New Zealand to 77-2 when play was abandoned near tea. SENT: 550 words.

RGU--INTERNATIONAL PREVIEW

PARIS " It's time for France to find out how much it has improved under Guy Noves. The French conclude their autumn rugby tests against the All Blacks at the Stade de France on Saturday. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

Also:

" RGU--IRELAND-AUSTRALIA " Lighter mood after All Blacks tests as Ireland face Wallabies. By Foster Niumata. SENT: 570 words.

Other Stories:

" FIG--NHK TROPHY " Hanyu dominates men's short program. SENT: 330 words, photos.

" SOC--ASIAN CUP-KUWAIT " Kuwait faces exclusion from Asian Cup if FIFA ban remains. SENT: 130 words.

" FBN--NFL ROUNDUP " Cowboys notch 10th straight win. SENT: 450 words, photos.

" BKN--NBA ROUNDUP " Warriors set record for assists in big win over Lakers. SENT: 840 words, photos.

" HKN--NHL ROUNDUP "Canadiens downs Hurricanes to boost Atlantic lead. SENT: 170 words, photos.

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