MANCHESTER, England " Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been many things for Manchester United this season: A leader, a guaranteed source of goals, an inspiration to the club's youngsters on and off the field. But, in one way, has he been holding the team back? By Steve Douglas. SENT: 790 words, photos.




UNDATED " Sam Warburton will captain the British and Irish Lions on their 10-match tour of New Zealand, leading a 41-man squad that contains only two Scottish players and does not include England forwards Dylan Hartley and Joe Launchbury. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 600 words, photos.


UNDATED " At the age of 83, Kenneth Jones is the oldest runner in this year?s London Marathon and one of 12 so-called "Ever Presents" who have run the race every year since the first in 1981. Jones puts his longevity and enthusiasm for running down to his love of the fresh air and nature, his longstanding passion for Tai Chi, and his wife?s vegetable stews. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 520 words, photos.


MOSCOW " Five Russian athletes have been given two-year doping bans for offenses at the 2012 Olympics and 2013 track and field world championships, the All-Russian Athletics Federation said Wednesday. SENT: 290 words, photos.



MONACO " Leading 3-2 from the away leg in Germany, Monaco will be confident of reaching the Champions League semifinals when it faces Borussia Dortmund at home. Borussia's coach insisted before the game that his players are fully focused despite the attack on the team bus before last week's first leg. By Jerome Pugmire. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2130 GMT, photos.


BARCELONA, Spain " Barcelona attempts another major comeback when it hosts Juventus having to overturn a 3-0 first-leg loss in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. By Joseph Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2045 GMT, photos.


MADRID " Madrid clubs are making a habit of succeeding in European soccer. For the third time in four seasons, both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have made it to Champions League semifinals. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 620 words, photos.


LEICESTER, England " The weariest Leicester players collapsed to the ground as their teammates received the consoling embraces of their rivals from Atletico Madrid. By Rob Harris. SENT: 700 words, photos.


MUNICH " Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a fracture to his left foot in Bayern Munich's Champions League quarterfinal defeat at Real Madrid on Tuesday. SENT: 130 words, photos.


MADRID " It had been a quiet season so far, but Cristiano Ronaldo knew things were about to go his way. The Madrid forward shined with five goals in the two quarterfinal games against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, keeping Madrid on track to repeating as European champion. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 530 words, photos.


UNDATED " Bayern Munich has singled out Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai as the decisive factor for its Champions League quarterfinal exit to Real Madrid. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 500 words, photos.


MUNICH " Bayern Munich has lodged a complaint with UEFA against Spanish police over the halftime incidents in its Champions League quarterfinal at Real Madrid. SENT: 90 words, photos.



MONACO " Top-ranked Andy Murray returned from an elbow injury to beat Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 7-5, 7-5 in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 480 words, photos. Will be updated.


BKN--JAZZ-CLIPPERSLOS ANGELES " Buoyed by a newfound sense of urgency, the Clippers took it to the Utah Jazz from the opening tip. The patch of real estate under the basket was all theirs, all game. By Beth Harris. SENT: 680 words, photos.


BOSTON " The Chicago Bulls spoke often during the regular season about believing they had the personnel to play as a physically imposing team. Their output has caught up to those desires so far during the postseason. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 720 words, photos.


TORONTO " Kyle Lowry shrugged off his Game 1 struggles in style, and got the Raptors back on level terms. By Ian Harrison. SENT: 670 words, photos.



COLUMBUS, Ohio " Markus Nutivaara, William Karlsson and Boone Jenner each had a goal and an assist as the Columbus Blue Jackets held on to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 on Tuesday, avoiding a sweep in the best-of-seven playoff series. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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