SOC--EUROPA LEAGUE ROUNDUP
MANCHESTER, England " Manchester United and Anderlecht are tied at 1-1 heading into the second leg of their Europa League quarterfinal at Old Trafford. Celta Vigo, Lyon and Ajax hold leads in the other last-eight matches. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2130 GMT, photos.
SOC--EUROPEAN SOCCER WEEKEND
UNDATED " A look at the key games in England, Spain, Germany, France and Italy this weekend. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1500 GMT, photos.
ATH--LONDON MARATHON-SOMALIAN'S STRUGGLE
LONDON " A Somalian athlete who sought asylum in London after competing in the 2012 Olympics will be back running in the British capital in Sunday?s marathon. Zamzam Farah tells The Associated Press how she started a new life in London after receiving online death threats from Islamist extremist group al-Shabab during the Olympics in August 2012. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1400 GMT, photos.
TEN--SERENA WILLIAMS PREGNANT
UNDATED " It's another love game for Serena Williams: She is pregnant " and, based on the timeline she offered, she already was when she won the Australian Open. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 330 words, photos.
MADRID " The last time Barcelona played at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium it gave Real Madrid a 4-0 thrashing that left the hosts in crisis. The teams meet again at the Bernabeu this weekend with Madrid thriving and close to winning the league for the first time since 2012. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 570 words, photos.
TEN--MONTE CARLO MASTERS
MONACO " Top-seeded Andy Murray threw away a 4-0 lead in the deciding set of his third-round match as 15th-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas won 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 at the Monte Carlo Masters. Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and defending champion Rafael Nadal are in action later Thursday. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 230 words. UPCOMING: 650 words by 1900 GMT.
MELBOURNE, Australia " Australia has picked four fast bowlers Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins in its 15-man Champions Trophy squad. SENT: 290 words, photo.
RGU--LIONS SQUAD-NEW ZEALAND REACTION
WELLINGTON, New Zealand " All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland may be "clutching at straws" by including 11 Ireland players in his 41-man squad for the June tour to New Zealand. By Steve McMorran. SENT: 590 words, photos.
MADRID " There were no boos or jeers at the Camp Nou after Barcelona?s elimination to Juventus in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Players and coach Luis Enrique also had more praise than criticism after the 0-0 draw that kept Barcelona from reaching the semifinals. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1700 GMT, photos.
MILAN " Juventus' BBC is better than Barcelona's MSN. Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar could find no way past the experienced defense of Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini as Barcelona failed to score in 180 minutes of its Champions League quarterfinal against Juventus. By Daniella Matar. UPCOMING: 650 words by 1400 GMT, photos.
BERLIN " Previously bottom of the Bundesliga, Werder Bremen is now even thinking of European qualification after a remarkable turnaround under new coach Alexander Nouri. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 450 words, photos.
MONACO " Perhaps the only thing stopping Monaco this season will be exhaustion. After scoring 141 goals, Leonardo Jardim's team tops the French league and remains on course for the treble after reaching the Champions League semifinals on Wednesday. It is also in the last four of the French Cup. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 760 words, photos.
LONDON " A day after being snubbed by the British and Irish Lions, Dylan Hartley was selected by England to lead a much-weakened 31-man squad to tour Argentina in June. SENT: 130 words.
INDORE, India " Fifth-placed King's XI Punjab takes on third-round Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League on Thursday. UPCOMING: 350 words by 2000 GMT.
SHENZHEN, China " Bubba Watson fired a 6-under 66 in the first round to take a one-stroke lead at the weather-delayed Shenzhen International on Thursday. SENT: 190 words.
HOUSTON " James Harden scored 35 points and the Houston Rockets overcame 51 points from Russell Westbrook in the highest-scoring triple-double in playoff history, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-111 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round Western Conference playoff series. SENT: 490 words, photo.
MILWAUKEE " A playoff berth for the Milwaukee Bucks will allow the rest of the NBA to get a glimpse at the team's future. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 710 words, photos.
SEATTLE " Miami's Ichiro Suzuki hit his first home run on the road in nearly four years but it came in a 10-5 loss to the Mariners. The 43-year-old Suzuki homered off Evan Marshall in possibly his final at-bat at Safeco Field, where he anchored right field and the top of Seattle's batting order for 11 seasons. SENT: 1,600 words, photos.
CALGARY, Alberta " Patrick Eaves, Nate Thompson and Ryan Getzlaf scored, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Calgary Flames 3-1 on Wednesday night for a sweep of their first-round playoff series. SENT; 500 words, photos.
UNDATED " MVP quarterback Matt Ryan admits he went to a "dark place'" after Atlanta's epic collapse in the Super Bowl. Now he's ready to move on, pointing to the start of offseason workouts this week as an important milestone to help the Falcons begin focusing on 2017 instead of dwelling on their last game. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 850 words, photos.
US--SAINTS-WILL SMITH SHOT
NEW ORLEANS " The defense will get a chance to make its case for leniency Thursday when a sentencing hearing resumes in the shooting death of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 550 words, photos.
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