MANCHESTER, England " The U.S. businessmen in part-control of Crystal Palace have been in situ for nearly a year and now have their own coaching decision to take. Is it time to get rid of Alan Pardew? By Steve Douglas. SENT: 760 words, photos.
MONACO " A crucial week for IAAF President Sebastian Coe's efforts to rebuild the governing body of track and field after doping cover-ups and corruption kicks off with the former Olympic great fielding questions at the end of a two-day governing council meeting. By John Leicester. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1900 GMT, photos.
NASSAU, Bahamas " Gone from the game for 15 months, Tiger Woods returns to competition at the Hero World Challenge at No. 898 in the world but with a game that shows promise. By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2000 GMT, photos.
MADRID " Spanish authorities say they have detained 34 people, including six tennis players, involved tennis match-fixing network that made more than half-a-million dollars in lower-tier tournaments in Spain and Portugal. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 310 words.
MOSCOW " Seven years after the race of her life at the 2009 world track and field championships, Olive Loughnane is still waiting for her prize money. That?s because the first woman across the finish line in the 20-kilometer walk in Berlin that day wasn?t the Irish athlete. It was Russia?s Olga Kaniskina, who was later banned for doping but hasn?t returned the gold medal or the $30,000 in cash owed to Loughnane. By James Ellingworth. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1500 GMT, photos.
BBO--MLB LABOR DEAL
IRVING, Texas " Baseball players and owners reached a tentative agreement Wednesday on a five-year labor contract that will extend the sport's industrial peace to 26 years. By Stephen Hawkins and Ronald Blum. SENT: 720 words, photos.
MADRID " Barcelona?s chances of winning the Spanish league could be determined by whether Andres Iniesta is fit to play Real Madrid on Saturday. Having Iniesta available could make the difference between clinching a third straight title or seeing Madrid snap a four-year winning drought. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1600 GMT, photos.
LONDON " English soccer authorities are investigating whether clubs paid off victims of sexual abuse in return for their silence. English Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn said Thursday the body will take action against any club found guilty of "hushing up" victims of a growing scandal in British soccer. SENT: 330 words.
SKI--MEN'S WCUP-DOWNHILL TRAINING
VAL D'ISERE, France " Former world champion Erik Guay was fastest in training on Thursday for the first men's World Cup downhill race of the season. SENT: 120 words, photos.
GOLD COAST, Australia " After slow starts in his past two tournaments, Adam Scott wanted to play the first round of the Australian PGA Championship like it was his last. The 2013 champion closed with three birdies for a 4-under 68 at Royal Pines Resort on Thursday and was three shots behind early leader Andrew Dodt, who opened with a 65. By John Pye. SENT: 465 words.
LONDON " Fiji-born No. 8 Nathan Hughes will start for England for the first time in the season-ending rugby test against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday. SENT: 175 words, photos.
" BKN--NBA ROUNDUP " Raptors halt Grizzlies road run and build Atlantic lead. SENT: 570 words, photos.
" HKN--NHL ROUNDUP " Sharks win in LA again, beat Kings 4-1. SENT: 240 words, photos.
" TEN--RAONIC-MOYA " Milos Raonic parts ways with coach Carlos Moya. SENT: 110 words, photos.
" TEN--KVITOVA-PLISKOVA-COACHES " Two-time Wimbledon champ Kvitova, Pliskova exchange coaches. SENT: 110 words.
" OLY--TOKYO 2020-COST " IOC: Tokyo's huge cost could give wrong message. SENT: 125 words, photos.
" OLY--WEI-DOPING-OZKAN " Turkish weightlifter Ozkan loses Olympic doping appeal. SENT: 160 words.
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