Manchester United will regain second place outright in the Premier League by avoiding defeat at West Bromwich Albion, while Liverpool looks to climb back into the top four with a win at Bournemouth. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. By 1930 GMT. Plus separate reports on both matches.



PERTH, Australia — England is facing an innings defeat to Australia in the third Ashes cricket test on the crumbling WACA pitch Sunday. Facing a deficit of 259 runs, England's day was saved by rain as it finished on 132-4 with Dawid Malan 28 not out and Jonny Bairstow 14 not out taking the game into the fifth and final day. By Ihithisham Kamardeen. SENT: 604 words, photos.


BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona can increase its lead of the Spanish league when it hosts Deportivo La Coruna hoping to capitalize on Valencia's loss the day before. Also, Villarreal visits Celta Vigo, Las Palmas hosts Espanyol, and Getafe is at Girona. By Joseph Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. By 1715.


BERLIN — Bayer Leverkusen visits Hannover and Leipzig hosts Hertha Berlin in the last Bundesliga games before the winter break. By Ciaran Fahey. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. By 1900 GMT.


LISBON, Portugal — Sporting Lisbon hosts Portimonense looking to take the lead of the Portuguese league, while Benfica visits Tondela hoping to stay close. UPCOMING: 130 words. By 2400 GMT.


VAL D'ISERE, France — Olympic champion Anna Veith wins a World Cup super-G race on Sunday, more than two years after her last win. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 527 words, photos.


— SKI--WCUP-WOMEN'S SUPER-G-VONN OUT — Vonn pulls out of women's super-G race to rest sore knee. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 169 words, photos.


LA VILLA, Italy — Marcel Hirscher dominates both runs to take a record fifth straight win in the Alta Badia giant slalom on Sunday. Hirscher finished a massive 1.70 seconds ahead of Norwegian rival Henrik Kristoffersen, with Zan Kranjec of Slovenia 1.82 behind in third. SENT: 130 words, photos.


Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. took a one-stroke lead into the final round of the PNC Father-Son Challenge. UPCOMING: 250 words. By 0100 GMT.


— CRI--INDIA-SRI LANKA — Sri Lanka collapses to 215 all out in third ODI vs India. SENT: 233 words, photos.

— GLF--INDONESIAN MASTERS — Justin Rose easy winner of Indonesian Masters. SENT: 127 words.

— VOL--DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP — Foecke powers No. 5 Nebraska to fifth national championship. By Jordan Wolf. Sent: 741 words, photos.

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