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TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN

MELBOURNE, Australia " Rafael Nadal plays Grigor Dimitrov in the second men's semifinal at the Australian Open on Friday to determine who plays Roger Federer in the men's final on Sunday. By John Pye. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Men's semifinal begins at 0830 GMT.

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" TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-THE LATEST " Real-time updates.

" TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-FEDERER'S BACK " A fit-again Federer is back in an Australian Open final. By Justin Bergman. SENT: 520 words, photos.

" TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-NADAL V DIMITROV " Nadal says he needs to peak to beat Dimitrov in semifinals. By Bruce Matthews. SENT: 620 words, photos.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

GLF--FARMERS INSURANCE

SAN DIEGO " Tiger Woods returns to the PGA Tour for the first time in 17 months as the Farmers Insurance Open begins at Torrey Pines. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

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" GLF--FARMERS INSURANCE-THE LATEST " Real-time updates.

SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP

HULL, England " Manchester United reached the English League Cup final despite surrendering its 17-match unbeaten record with a 2-1 loss to Hull in the second leg of their semifinal on Thursday. United advanced with a 3-2 win on aggregate and will play Southampton in the final at Wembley Stadium on Feb. 26. SENT: 390 words, photos.

CRI--INDIA-ENGLAND

KANPUR, India " Eoin Morgan scored 51 as England chased down India with relative ease to win their first Twenty20 by seven wickets on Thursday. SENT: 420 words, photos.

HKN--BYE WEEK BLUES

NHL teams are adjusting on the fly this season to the new wrinkle of a five-day bye week. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 800 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--SPANISH ROUNDUP

MADRID " Lionel Messi continued his remarkable form by scoring one goal and playing a role in the other four as Barcelona routed Real Sociedad 5-2 Thursday to reach the Copa del Rey semifinals for the seventh straight season. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 490 words, photos.

SOC--ENGLISH PREVIEW

LIVERPOOL, England " Their attacking spark has gone. Their opponents seem to have figured them out. Their chances of silverware are reducing by the week. For Liverpool's players, there's concern that a season of high hopes is slipping away from them altogether. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 760 words, photos.

SOC--AFRICAN CUP-THINGS TO KNOW

PORT-GENTIL, Gabon " Ghana has serious injury concerns over captain Asamoah Gyan ahead of the African Cup of Nations quarterfinal against Congo in Oyem on Sunday. Senegal, with the goal-scoring form of Sadio Mane, plays Cameroon in Franceville on Saturday. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 670 words, photos.

SOC--BUNDESLIGA-REVENUE

BERLIN " The Bundesliga's economic strength keeps on growing. The 18 teams in Germany's top division broke the 3 billion euro mark in revenue for the first time last season. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 630 words, photos.

SOC--JUVENTUS-FORMATION

TURIN, Italy " Having four forwards seems to be the way forward for Juventus. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 450 words, photos.

SOC--SOUTHAMPTON-CHINESE INVESTMENT

SOUTHAMPTON, England " Southampton could be the latest English soccer club to secure investment from a Chinese company. SENT: 170 words, photo.

SOC--MARACANA-UNPAID BILLS

RIO DE JANEIRO " Rio de Janeiro's famed Maracana stadium is without power after a dispute over unpaid electricity bills. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 370 words, photo.

SKIING:

SKI--WCUP-SHIFFRIN-CORTINA

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy " Mikaela Shiffrin is making a rare start in a speed race this weekend to protect her overall World Cup lead. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 750 words, photos.

GOLF:

GLF--QATAR MASTERS

DOHA, Qatar " With the usual gusty winds absent from Doha Golf Club, Bradley Dredge fired a bogey-free 8-under 64 to open up a one-shot lead in the Qatar Masters on Thursday. SENT: 290 words.

GLF--LPGA TOUR

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas " Brittany Lincicome shot a tournament-record 9-under 64 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour's season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic. SENT: 330 words.

SAILING:

SAI--JULES VERNE TROPHY

PARIS " French skipper Francis Joyon smashed the record for the fastest sail around the world by more than four days when he won the Jules Verne Trophy on Thursday. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 270 words, photo.

BBN--CARDINALS-RESTING YADI

ST. LOUIS " The offseason discussion surrounding Yadier Molina has long centered on whether the St. Louis catcher should rest more during the season. By Kurt Voigt. SENT: 620 words, photos.

FIGURE SKATING:

FIG--EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic " Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov won gold in the pairs competition at the European championships on Thursday for their first continental title. SENT: 350 words, photos.

Other stories:

" LUG--WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS " Faster and bigger US lugers on track for worlds in Austria. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 410 words.

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