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SOC--WCUP-EUROPEAN QUALIFYING ROUNDUP

BERLIN " Germany, England and Poland all took another step toward qualification for the 2018 World Cup with victories in European qualifiers on Sunday. Defending champion Germany stayed perfect in a 4-1 win against Azerbaijan. Jermain Defoe led England out with a terminally ill five-year-old mascot by his side and then scored in a 2-0 win over Lithuania. Poland beat Montenegro 2-1. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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SOC--WCUP-EUROPEAN QUALIFYING-GROUP F

LONDON " Jermain Defoe was struggling to contain his emotions even before scoring on his return from England exile in a 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Lithuania as England moved four points clear at the top of Group F. The race for second place and a playoff spot opened up after Scotland beat Slovenia 1-0. By Rob Harris. SENT: 570 words, photos.

TEN--KEY BISCAYNE

KEY BISCAYNE, Florida (AP) " Rafael Nadal recovered from a dismal start Sunday to beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 0-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the third round at the Miami Open.Sent: 130 words.

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KEY BISCAYNE, Florida " Venus Williams made the most of her home-court advantage Sunday at the Miami Open. Playing for the 18th time in a tournament she considers her hometown event, Williams reached the fourth round by beating qualifier Patricia Maria Tig 6-3, 6-0. By Steven Wine. SENT: 220 words, photos. Will be updated.

CRI--INDIA-AUSTRALIA

DHARAMSALA, India " India starts day three on 248-6 in its first innings, still 52 runs behind Australia in the fourth and final test with the series pegged at 1-1. By Chetan Narula. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1400 GMT, photos. Lunch copy by 0700 GMT.

SOC--NETHERLANDS-BLIND

THE HAGUE, Netherlands " The Dutch football association fired national coach Danny Blind on Sunday, a day after his team's humiliating 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifier in Sofia. By Mike Corder. SENT: 270 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--WCUP-EUROPEAN QUALIFYING-GROUP C

BERLIN " Defending champion Germany stayed perfect in World Cup qualifying despite conceding its first goal in Group C. Germany beat Azerbaijan 4-1 on Sunday to lead by five points from Northern Ireland, which defeated Norway 2-0. The Czech Republic racked up a 6-0 win in San Marino. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 480 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-EUROPEAN QUALIFYING-GROUP E

PODGORICA, Montenegro " Robert Lewandowski scored his eighth goal in qualifying as Poland won 2-1 at second-placed Montenegro. Poland opened a comfortable 6-point lead midway through the campaign. SENT: 360 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-SOUTH AMERICAN PREVIEW

SAO PAULO " Argentina was the runner-up in the last World Cup. This time it's under rising pressure just to qualify. By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 710 words, photo.

SOC--US INJURIES

SAN JOSE, California " An already depleted U.S. soccer team lost four more players heading into Tuesday's World Cup qualifier at Panama, including two starters from Friday night's 6-0 victory against Honduras. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 400 words, photo.

SOC--SERBIA-FAN STABBING

BELGRADE, Serbia " Two Russian fans have been hospitalized with serious injuries after being stabbed following a friendly soccer match between Red Star Belgrade and Lokomotiv Moscow. SENT: 140 words.

GOLF:

GLF--MATCH PLAY-SEMIFINALS

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Dustin Johnson won the Dell Technologies Match Play with more drama than he needed to cap off an otherwise dominant week that made him the first player to sweep the four World Golf Championships. SENT: 705 words, photos.

GLF--PUERTO RICO OPEN

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico " D.A. Points started with five straight birdies and closed with a 6-under 66 to win the Puerto Rico Open on Sunday for his third PGA Tour title. SENT: 500 words, photos.

GLF--KIA CLASSIC

CARLSBAD, California " Mirim Lee takes a one-shot lead over Mi Jung Hur into the final round of the Kia Classic at Aviara. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words by 0300 GMT, photos.

CYCLING:

CYC--TOUR OF CATALONIA

BARCELONA, Spain " Not even a one-minute time penalty could stop a dominant Alejandro Valverde from winning his second Tour of Catalonia SENT: 350 words.

CYC--GENT-WEVELGEM

GENT, Belgium " Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet won his second race in three days Sunday, beating fellow Belgian Jens Keukeleire in a two-man sprint finish to take the Gent-Wevelgem classic. SENT: 110 words, photos.

CRICKET:

CRI--NEW ZEALAND-SOUTH AFRICA

HAMILTON, New Zealand " A damp outfield delayed the start of play on the third day of the third cricket test between New Zealand and South Africa at Seddon Park. New Zealand was due to resume Monday at 67-0, replying to South Africa's first innings of 314 in a match which has already been severely affected by rain. SENT: 110 words. Will be updated.

Other stories:

" US--TV-MIKE TYSON " Mike Tyson suffers rare loss in noisy Latin America bout. By Mark Kennedy. SENT: 340 words, photo.

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