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TOP STORY:

SOC--LEICESTER-SEVILLA

LEICESTER, England " First, the Premier League title. Now, the Champions League quarterfinals. Is there no end to Leicester?s soccer fairytale? By Steve Douglas. SENT: 730 words, photos.

SOC--JUVENTUS-PORTO

TURIN, Italy " Paulo Dybala's penalty set Juventus on its way to a 1-0 win over 10-man Porto on Tuesday and a place in the Champions League quarterfinals. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 560 words, photos.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

GLF--MUIRFIELD-FEMALE MEMBERS

Muirfield has voted to admit female members for the first time in its 273-year history, paving the way for the Scottish golf club to again host the British Open. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 598 words, photos.

SOC--AFRICAN ELECTION

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia " Issa Hayatou's reign could end this week after nearly 30 years as the head of the African soccer confederation and a top FIFA executive. By Elias Meseret and Gerald Imray. SENT: 810 words, photos.

RGU--FRANCE-RUGBY MERGER

PARIS " The planned merger between French rugby clubs Racing 92 and Stade Francais has caused division within the sport's authorities, with the French league welcoming it and the French Rugby Federation strongly rebuking it. SENT: 622 words.

RAC--CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL

CHELTENHAM, England " Buveur D'Air won the Champion Hurdle on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday in a landmark victory for trainer Nicky Henderson and owner J.P. McManus. SENT: 123 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--MONACO-MANCHESTER CITY

MONACO " Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola sees no way to stop Monaco?s prolific attack, warning his players it would be a "huge mistake" to try and protect their lead in the return leg of their Champions League last-16 match on Wednesday. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 584 words, photos.

SOC--GERMAN ROUNDUP

OSNABRUECK, Germany " Christian Pulisic scored for the second time in a week as Borussia Dortmund defeated third-division Sportfreunde Lotte 3-0 on Tuesday to line up a German Cup semifinal at defending champion Bayern Munich. SENT: 406 words, photos.

SOC--MONACO-GERMAIN

MONACO " While the return to form of striker Radamel Falcao and the rise of teenage forward Kylian Mbappe have grabbed headlines, another Monaco player has quietly emerged. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 687 words, photos.

SOC--MONACO-FALCAO

MONACO " Monaco top scorer Radamel Falcao has not fully recovered from a hip injury and is doubtful for the Champions League game against Manchester City on Wednesday. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 589 words, photos.

SOC--ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

SEOUL, South Korea " Big-spending Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande was held to a 1-1 draw in the Asian Champions League on Tuesday after conceding an injury-time penalty against Japanese team Kawasaki Frontale. SENT: 314 words, photos.

SOC--FIFA-PAY REVIEW

GENEVA " FIFA is reviewing payment and pension deals for FIFA Council members, who could see their $300,000 annual stipends cut. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 484 words, photos.

Also:

" SOC--TOTTENHAM-KANE. Kane has damaged ankle ligaments, says Tottenham. SENT: 94 words.

" SOC--MAN UNITED CHARGED. Man United charged with 'failing to control players'. SENT: 99 words, photos.

" SOC--BRAZIL-CONVICTED GOALKEEPER. Brazil club signs goalkeeper convicted in girlfriend's death. By Peter Prengaman. SENT: 513 words, photos.

GOLF:

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-BAY HILL

ORLANDO, Florida " The photo was never published out of respect for Arnold Palmer. He was walking his dog early one morning when he turned down Marina Drive across from the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, a tiny lane next to the tennis courts where sunlight filtered through a canopy of trees. He was 85, moving slower than anyone was used to seeing, his shoulders slightly drooped. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 806 words, photos.

RUGBY:

RGU--FRANCE-RUGBY MERGER

PARIS " Stade Francais players are going on strike in protest at a planned merger with Racing 92, their long-standing rivals from Paris. SENT: 716 words, photos.

RGU--ITALY TEAM

ROME " Italy coach Conor O'Shea has made four changes to his team for Saturday's final Six Nations match against Scotland at Murrayfield. SENT: 231 words, photos.

SKIING:

SKI--WORLD CUP FINALS-PREVIEW

ASPEN, Colorado " Mikaela Shiffrin and Marcel Hirscher have taken a chunk of the suspense out of World Cup Finals. Not their fault, obviously. They've been that dominant this season. By Pat Graham. SENT: 752 words, photos

Other Stories:

" BBO--AGENT-CUBAN SMUGGLING. Prosecutors: Florida men smuggled Cuban players to get rich. By Curt Anderson. SENT: 607 words, photos.

" JUM--SKI JUMPING WORLD CUP. Strong winds force cancellation of ski jump World Cup event. SENT: 78 words.

" SBD--PODLADTCHIKOV SURGERY. Olympic halfpipe champion I-Pod to have knee surgery. SENT: 113 words, photo.

" BBI--WBC-ASIA. Yamada hits 2 home runs to lead Japan over Cuba in WBC. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 313 words, photos.

" CYC--TIRRENO-ADRIATICO. Quintana wins Tirreno-Adriatico for 2nd time in 3 years. SENT: 114 words.

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