Italy needs a victory in Poland to avoid relegation to League B of the UEFA Nations League. The Azzurri have not won a competitive match in more than a year. Also, Russia hosts Turkey and Romania plays Serbia. By Andrew Dampf. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. By 2100 GMT.



AMSTERDAM — Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman knows that however good a 3-0 victory over 2014 world champion Germany feels, it doesn't mean his young team is where he wants it to be. But with a crop of promising young players establishing themselves in the team, Saturday's defeat of long-time rival Germany underscored that the future of Dutch football is looking bright after four years in the doldrums. By Mike Corder. SENT: 578 words, photos.


BARCELONA, Spain — Close to seeing his career stagnate, Paco Alcacer is making the most of a second chance to become Spain's top striker. Alcacer scored twice in his first appearance for Spain in two-and-a-half years to lead a 4-1 away win at Wales in a friendly last week. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 631 words, photos.


SHANGHAI — Novak Djokovic wins a record fourth Shanghai Masters title with a 6-3, 6-4 win over 13th-seeded Borna Coric on Sunday. By Sandra Harwitt. SENT: 488 words, photos.


BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Patrick Baumann, the secretary general of basketball's world governing body who was seen as a potential IOC president, has died at the Youth Olympics. He was 51. SENT: 331 words, photos.



KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Marc Leishman shot a 7-under 65 in the final round to win the CIMB Classic Sunday by five strokes and equal the tournament course record. By Nicolas Anil. SENT: 378 words, photos.


HYDERABAD, India — Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja share seven wickets as West Indies crumpled to a ten-wicket loss in the second test against India on Sunday. SENT: 233 words, photos.


The moment felt surreal to Olympic 800-meter gold medalist Madeline Manning Mims as she stood on a track in North Carolina over the summer and performed a pitch-perfect rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner." By Pat Graham. SENT: 874 words, photos.


Olympic champion Simone Biles is upset about an anti-Nike tweet from USA Gymnastics interim president and CEO Mary Bono. Bono was appointed Friday to hold the position while USA Gymnastics searches for a permanent successor to Kerry Perry, who resigned under pressure from the United States Olympic Committee in September after spending nine months on the job. SENT: 215 words, photos.


OMAHA, Nebraska — Terence "Bud" Crawford had one last retort to all the insults Jose Benavidez hurled his way. His right hand delivered it. Crawford used an uppercut to Benavidez's chin to knock him down the first time in the 12th and final round and then consecutive rights to put him down a second, prompting referee Celestino Ruiz to stop the fight with 18 seconds left. By Eric Olson. SENT: 663 words, photos.


— BBA--ALCS — Verlander cools off Red Sox 7-2 in Game 1 of ALCS. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 1110 words, photos.

— GLF--KEB HANA BANK — In Gee Chun fires 66 to win KEB Hana Bank Championship. SENT: 320 words, photos.

— TEN--TIANJIN OPEN — Garcia beats Pliskova to win Tianjin Open title. SENT: 250 words.

— TEN--HONG KONG OPEN — Yastremska wins maiden WTA Title In Hong Kong. SENT: 222 words.

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