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OLY--BUDAPEST-2024 BID

BUDAPEST, Hungary " Budapest will withdraw its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, leaving only Los Angeles and Paris in the race. Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs confirmed the withdrawal to The Associated Press on Wednesday. By Pablo Gorondi. SENT: 450 words, photos.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

SOC--PORTO-JUVENTUS

PORTO, Portugal " Two second-half substitutes came on and quickly scored as Juventus beat 10-man FC Porto 2-0 Wednesday in the Champions League Round-of-16 first leg. SENT: 500 words, photos.

SOC--SEVILLA-LEICESTER

SEVILLE, Spain " Sevilla was unable to capitalize on its dominant performance in a 2-1 Champions League win over Leicester on Wednesday as Jamie Vardy scored a crucial goal " his first of the year " to keep the English champions alive in the Round of 16. SENT: 500 words, photos.

CRI--INDIA-AUSTRALIA

PUNE, India " Australia was swept 4-0 on its last test tour to India, when it was embarrassed by the "homework gate" scandal which cost some players their spots in the lineup and ultimately cost the coach his job. India is hosting the Border-Gavaskar series again, starting Thursday, and confident that another 4-0 sweep could be on the way. By Chetan Narula. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1300 GMT. Lunch and tea reports.

SOC--EUROPA LEAGUE

PARIS " Criticized by manager Jose Mourinho for being over-confident in the first leg at Old Trafford, Manchester United's players put on a fine display of focus and discipline on Wednesday to beat Saint-Etienne 1-0 and reach the last 16 of the Europa League with a 4-0 aggregate win. SENT: 520 words, photos.

GYM--DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT

LANSING, Michigan " A Michigan sports doctor who treated elite female U.S. gymnasts was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting nine girls, including some too reluctant to speak up about the alleged abuse years ago because he was considered a "god." By Mike Householder and Ed White. SENT: 690 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--SPANISH ROUNDUP

MADRID " Real Madrid failed to recover from the shock of conceding two goals in the first 10 minutes on Wednesday, losing 2-1 to Valencia and wasting a chance to increase its Spanish league lead. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 440 words, photos.

SOC--CHINA-FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT

BEIJING " China plans to have 50,000 football academies by 2025 as part of an ambitious blueprint to grow into a soccer superpower. SENT: 300 words, photo.

SOC--ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

GUANGZHOU, China " Her Eastern SC team lost 7-0 to Guangzhou Evergrande in Wednesday's Asian Champions League match but it was historic nonetheless as 28-year-old coach Chan Yuen-ting became the first woman to lead a professional men's soccer team in a continental competition. SENT: 260 words.

TENNIS:

TEN--DUBAI TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates " American teen Catherine "CiCi" Bellis captured her first career Top 10 win on Wednesday when she upset sixth-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in the third round at the Dubai Tennis Championships. By Sandra Harwitt. SENT: 480 words, photos.

TEN--OPEN 13

MARSEILLE, France " Daniil Medvedev upset eighth-seeded Benoit Paire 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (4) in the first round of the Open 13 on Wednesday, and defending champion Nick Kyrgios advanced to the quarterfinals. SENT: 150 words.

GOLF:

GLF--HONDA CLASSIC

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida " Justin Thomas is walking a little taller this year at the Honda Classic. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 750 words, photos.

RUGBY:

RGU--ITALY-TEAM

ROME " Italy coach Conor O'Shea has made four changes to his team for Sunday's Six Nations match against England at Twickenham. SENT: 290 words.

FIGURE SKATING:

FIG--DAVIS-WHITE-NO OLYMPICS

NEW YORK " Meryl Davis and Charlie White won't be defending their Olympic ice dance gold medal in South Korea. They're confident they are leaving U.S. chances in good hands. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 760 words, photo.

BASEBALL:

BBN--GIANTS-NUNEZ

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona " Eduardo Nunez finally got his chance to play regularly in 2016 and made the most of it. By Jose M. Romero. SENT: 490 words, photos.

BBO--PITCHLESS INTENTIONAL WALKS

NEW YORK " There won't be any wild pitches on intentional walks this season. The players' association has agreed to Major League Baseball's proposal to have intentional walks without pitches this year. SENT: 400 words, photos.

BBA--INDIANS-MONITORING MILLER

GOODYEAR, Arizona " The Indians are supporting elite reliever Andrew Miller's decision to pitch in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, but that doesn't mean the team isn't nervous about it. By Tom Withers. SENT: 760 words, photos.

AUTO RACING:

CAR--NASCAR-DAYTONA 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida " Upon further review, hoisting a championship trophy is exactly how Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants to end his career. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

Other Stories:

" US--WRESTLER'S DAD BANNED " Wrestler's dad sues to attend matches at rival school. SENT: 250 words.

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