Forget about Raheem Sterling tripping himself up and still winning a penalty. He's no longer the fall-guy at Manchester City. In fact, the oft-criticized winger has become one of the most appreciated and important members of Pep Guardiola's record-breaking side and might be in the form of his career heading into the Manchester derby on Sunday. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 640 words, photos.



LONDON — The All Blacks' selectors resist pressure to drop out-of-form center Sonny Bill Williams while England gives winger Chris Ashton his first start in four years for their test on Saturday. SENT: 670 words, photos.


GALLE, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka faces the daunting task of batting out two days to save the first test against England after being set an improbable target of 462 and finishing day three on 15 without loss. Sri Lanka's record of never having lost a test in Galle is in jeopardy. By Rex Clementine. SENT: 530 words, photos.


BERLIN — Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness isn't used to talking down his side's chances. Bayern visits Borussia Dortmund on Saturday for the "Klassiker" — a highlight for Bundesliga fans at the start of the season. Few believed then, however, that Bayern would be four points behind and struggling after 10 matches. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 520 words, photos.


BARCELONA, Spain — When Real Madrid visits Celta Vigo on Sunday, interim coach Santiago Solari could have his last chance to convince the club that he should stay on as European champion's manager. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 680 words, photos.


PARIS — Djibril Sidibe stood totally still for several moments, staring blankly into the distance. Then his head dropped as he slipped deeper into self-reflection. The forlorn image perfectly summed up Monaco's current predicament. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 720 words, photos.


SUN CITY, South Africa — Sergio Garcia is the early leader at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, the penultimate event of the European Tour season and where Rory McIlroy can boost his chances of topping the Race to Dubai. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1700 GMT.


CARDIFF, Wales — Wales pick British Lions backs Dan Biggar and Liam Williams only in the reserves for the test against Australia in Cardiff on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Wallabies choose center Samu Kerevi and flanker Jack Dempsey as starters after long layoffs. SENT: 470 words, photos.


PARIS — No. 8 Louis Picamoles and flanker Arthur Iturria have come in from the cold to start for France against the Springboks on Saturday. The test will be their first since they were dropped in February following a night of drinking in Edinburgh during the Six Nations. South Africa recalled Faf de Klerk, Willie le Roux and Franco Mostert as starters. SENT: 570 words, photo.


Arsenal hosts Sporting Lisbon, while Chelsea travels to BATE Borisov. Also in action in the fourth round of 24 matches, Real Betis faces seven-time European champion AC Milan. By Karel Janicek. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2230 GMT.


ADELAIDE, Australia — South Africa captain Faf du Plessis says he takes no pleasure from the continuing turmoil in Australian cricket but is happy to take advantage of the situation while he can. SENT: 360 words, photos.


Lookahead to world cruiserweight title fight between unified champion Oleksandr Usyk and Tony Bellew. Usyk has one last job to finish off at cruiserweight level before making the likely step up to heavyweight. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 540 words, photos.


NYON, Switzerland — Aleksander Ceferin is set to be re-elected unopposed as UEFA president. SENT: 130 words.

Other Stories:

— SOC--FRANCE SQUAD — Anthony Martial back. SENT: 320 words, photos.

— SOC--SPAIN SQUAD — Barcelona left back Jordi Alba back. SENT: 420 words, photos.

— GLF--BLUE BAY LPGA — Ariya Jutanugarn leads by 4 shots. SENT: 270 words.

— BAD--MALAYSIA-LEE CHONG WEI — After battling cancer, Lee Chong Wei seeks Olympic gold. SENT: 300 words, photos.

— SOC--EQUATORIAL GUINEA-INELIGIBLE PLAYER — Kenya to appeal to CAS in saga over Equatorial Guinea player. SENT: 200 words.

— FIG--NHK TROPHY — Miyahara, Uno aim to shine on home ice. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 360 words, photo.

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES — Anthony Davis has 32 points, 15 rebounds; Pelicans end skid. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES — After shot to head from Malkin, Oshie lifts Caps over Pens. SENT: 440 words, photos.

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