MANCHESTER, England — Jose Mourinho has noted a weakness in the Manchester City team that has swatted aside all-comers in the Premier League this season. "If you ask me one thing that I don't like a lot, it's that they lose the balance very easily," the Manchester United manager says. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 400 words, photos.
MANCHESTER, England — On a snowy day in Manchester, Pep Guardiola offered further evidence that his often-tempestuous relationship with Jose Mourinho has thawed ahead of the latest United-City derby in the English Premier League. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 650 words, photos.
The leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee says the plan is to take a team to the Pyeongchang Games "unless it's legally or physically impossible." The remark comes a day after members of the Trump administration cast doubt over whether the U.S. would field a team. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 600 words, photos.
BERLIN — More famous for snow sports like cross-country skiing and biathlon, the "Winter City" of Ostersund is making quite a name for itself on the soccer field. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 900 words, photos.
NYON, Switzerland — UEFA has punished Zenit St. Petersburg for fans honoring war criminal Ratko Mladic with an order to close part of its stadium in the Europa League Round of 32. UEFA says the Russian club is guilty of "racist behavior" and must pay a 10,000 euros ($11,750) fine. SENT: 100 words.
STUTTGART, Germany — Leon Bailey sets up both goals for Bayer Leverkusen to move fourth in the Bundesliga with a 2-0 win at promoted Stuttgart. SENT: 200 words.
MADRID — Alaves defeats Las Palmas 2-0 for its second consecutive victory in the Spanish league, moving a step closer to escaping the relegation zone. SENT: 200 words.
CROTONE, Italy — Former Italy goalkeeper Walter Zenga has been named coach of relegation-threatened Crotone. SENT: 125 words, photo.
PARIS — Lewis Hamilton credits improved reliability from Mercedes and a better relationship with his teammate as key factors behind his fourth Formula One championship. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 700 words, photos.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Japanese star Shohei Ohtani is bringing his arm and bat to the Los Angeles Angels, pairing him with two-time MVP Mike Trout. Ohtani's agent put out a statement Friday saying the prized two-way player had decided to sign with the Angels, a surprise winner over Seattle, Texas and several other teams. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 600 words, photos.
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — Lindsey Vonn says she won't stop expressing her political views, though her main goal is regaining her Olympic downhill title. The ski star told CNN in an interview that aired Thursday she would "absolutely not" visit the White House if the United States Olympic team gets a traditional post-games invitation. "I was asked my opinion and I gave it," Vonn tells reporters Friday. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— TEN--ITF AWARDS — Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza have won the International Tennis Federation's player of the year awards. SENT: 100 words, photos.
— RGU--WALES-WARBURTON — Wales captain Sam Warburton will miss the entire northern rugby season following knee surgery. SENT: 200 words, photo.
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