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LONDON — Arsenal hired Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger's successor on Wednesday in the Premier League club's first managerial appointment in 22 years. The 46-year-old Spaniard will not enjoy the same authority as Wenger built up at Arsenal, being handed the title of head coach rather than manager. By Rob Harris. SENT: 510 words, photos.

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FBO--JAPAN-DANGEROUS TACKLE

TOKYO — Japan has been absorbed for several weeks by a late hit during a college football game. The tackle earlier this month in a game between Japanese teams — Nihon University and Kwansei Gakuin University — has been repeatedly shown on television and social media sites and talked about by many who know almost nothing about the American sport. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 480 words, photos.

TEN--ON TENNIS-FRENCH OPEN

PARIS — Forget about trying to decipher whether a recent loss on red clay is better or worse for Rafael Nadal's mind-set as the French Open arrives. Did it alleviate a bit of pressure? Or did it make him feel more vulnerable? Did it make him aware things won't necessarily come as easily as they have been? Or did it let other players know the "King of Clay" actually can falter? The truth is that none of that matters. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 770 words, photos.

CYC--GIRO D'ITALIA

ISEO, Italy — Simon Yates will attempt to remain in the lead of the Giro d'Italia in the 17th stage, a hilly 155-kilometer ride from Riva del Garda to Iseo through the wine region of Franciacorta. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1600 GMT, photos.

AUSTRALIA-SPORTS BETTING

BRISBANE, Australia — A leading Australian gambling researcher says he hopes the U.S. entry into live sports betting might help his push for an international anti-corruption unit to monitor athletes, similar to the World Anti-Doping Agency for illegal drug-taking. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 685 words, photos.

WORLD CUP:

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So close yet so far. That pretty much explains the World Cup experience for the Netherlands, a three-time losing finalist. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 380 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-RUSSIA'S NEXT GENERATION

SARANSK, Russia — A large white banner hangs above a stand covered in peeled paint flakes and discarded sunflower seeds: "The Best Start Here." The Start Stadium in Saransk may not look like much, but it's the jumping-off point for hundreds of young Russians' dreams of football stardom. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 805 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL-ZIDANE

MADRID — Despite his successes as coach of Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane doesn't see himself as a great tactician. Instead, he prides himself on being a manager of egos. More a shrink than a coach, Zidane will be trying to win his third straight Champions League title as Madrid coach on Saturday against Liverpool. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 540 words, photos.

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