Liverpool defends the only unbeaten record in the Premier League in a home match against Manchester United in what is traditionally the biggest match in English soccer. A win will lift Liverpool back into first place. Also, Chelsea travels to Brighton and Arsenal is away to Southampton. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. By 1900 GMT. Plus separates.



BARCELONA, Spain — Sevilla pulled level on points with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid atop the Spanish league after beating Girona 2-0 at home on Sunday. Later, Barcelona visits Levante aiming to reestablish a three-point lead of the Spanish league. Real Betis also visits Espanyol and Villarreal is at Huesca. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 213 words - will be updated to 600 words by 2100 GMT, with photos.


After qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League, Lyon resumes its bid to finish second in the French league with a home game against struggling Monaco. Also, Nice looks for a seventh straight league game without conceding a goal when it hosts Saint-Etienne and second-place Lille travels to play Nimes. By Jerome Pugmire. UPCOMING: 500 words. By 2230 GMT.


BERLIN — Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt aim to keep pace with the Bundesliga's top teams with home wins over Mainz and Bayer Leverkusen, respectively. By Ciaran Fahey. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos. By 1900 GMT.


Egypt and South Africa are the countries bidding to replace Cameroon as host of next year's African Cup of Nations and the winner will have just five months to put preparations in place for the continent's top soccer tournament. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 793 words, photo.


PERTH, Australia — Australia spinner Nathan Lyon took 5-67 to overshadow India captain Virat Kohli scoring his sixth century in Australia on Sunday, leaving the second test evenly poised at stumps on day three. With cracks widening and the ball keeping low, batting is becoming increasing challenging as Australia reached 132-4 in its second innings, extending its lead to 175 runs. By Ihithisham Kamardeen. SENT: 789 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Canelo Alvarez threw a Garden party Saturday night. A short and powerful fiesta. Alvarez landed dozens of body punches, knocking down Rocky Fielding four times and stopping him in the third round to earn his third weight class title, taking the WBA super middleweight belt. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 796 words, photos.


LA VILLA, Italy — Marcel Hirscher dominated to extend his record by winning the Alta Badia giant slalom for a sixth straight year Sunday and reclaimed the overall World Cup lead. Adding to his first-run advantage, Hirscher finished a massive 2.53 seconds ahead of Thomas Fanara of France, who moved up from 14th after the opening leg. SENT: 151 words - will be updated.


— CRI--NEW ZEALAND-SRI LANKA — New Zealand 175-1 at tea on day 2, 1st test vs. Sri Lanka. By Steve McMorran. SENT: 724 words, photos.

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