PARIS — Serena Williams' return to Grand Slam tennis from maternity leave just got even tougher. French Open organizers announce they will not give Williams a seeding. By Andrew Dampf and Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 700 words, photo.



LIVERPOOL, England — There were times this season when it felt like Dejan Lovren's days at Liverpool were numbered. Much has changed. He will finish the season on Saturday as the man entrusted with marking Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 630 words, photos.


BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Serie A co-top-scorer Mauro Icardi is left out of Argentina's World Cup squad. Icardi, also the Inter Milan captain, is the most notable absentee from coach Jorge Sampaoli's 23-man list. By Debora Rey. SENT: 630 words, photos, video.


RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil wants to reduce the expectations on Neymar. The world's most expensive footballer is at the end of his recovery from a foot operation, and Brazil coach Tite wants him to know they don't expect him to dazzle. By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 400 words, photos.


SARANSK, Russia — Saransk is the home of one of the most successful doping programs in history. Russian government officials hope World Cup games there erase memories of its Olympic training center which produced a blizzard of doping scandals in race walking. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 820 words, photos.


SEATTLE — Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith has sued USA Swimming, alleging the sport's national governing body knew her former coach sexually abused her as a minor and covered it up. By Phuong Le. SENT: 700 words, photo.


CLEVELAND — Romping to a 30-point win in Game 3 and looking like an altogether different team, the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James try to even the Eastern Conference finals against the Celtics. Boston is just 1-5 on the road this postseason. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 0030 GMT.

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— SOC--LECH POZNAN-FAN TROUBLE — Polish soccer club ordered to play 8 games without fans. SENT: 230 words, photos.

— SOC--SPANISH ROUNDUP — Huesca promoted to Spanish league for first time. SENT: 130 words.

— SOC--GERMAN ROUNDUP — Wolfsburg sees off Kiel's challenge. SENT: 130 words.

— RUSSIA-BRITAIN-ABRAMOVICH — Russian billionaire Abramovich runs into UK visa issues. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 290 words, photos.

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