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2013-07-25 09:01 AM

TOP STORY:

CYC--DOPING-FRANCE

PARIS -- A French inquiry into sports doping has uncovered proof that 1998 Tour de France champion Marco Pantani and runner-up Jan Ullrich used a banned blood booster to fuel their performances. Moved. By Greg Keller.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

SOC--BAYERN-BARCELONA

MUNICH -- Bayern Munich defeated Barcelona 2-0 on Wednesday in a preseason friendly that pitted Pep Guardiola's new side against his former team. Moved.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--BARCELONA-MARTINO'S SURPRISE

BARCELONA, Spain -- Barcelona fans were not the only ones surprised by the club's decision to appoint Gerardo Martino as coach. Even the little known Argentine, who will replace Tito Vilanova, said he was caught off-guard when the club came calling. Moved.

SOC--ITALY-MATCH-FIXING

ROME -- Lazio is facing the possibility of a six-point deduction, and captain Stefano Mauri could be suspended for 4? years following the start of their match-fixing trial on Wednesday. Moved.

SOC--BROADCASTER'S FINAL RESULT

LONDON -- The broadcaster who has delivered British football results to global radio listeners for 40 years in a distinctive style has announced his final score. James Alexander Gordon is retiring from the BBC because his voice is no longer strong enough following surgery to treat throat cancer, the broadcaster said Wednesday. Moved. By Rob Harris.

SOC--NAPOLI-HIGUAIN

ROME -- Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain and Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina both passed medicals with Napoli on Wednesday, clearing the way for the duo to join the Serie A runner-up. Moved.

ALSO:

-- MEDELLIN, Colombia -- BC-SOC--SEVILLA-ROBBERY. Moved.

SWIMMING:

SWM--SWIM WORLDS-BOWMAN'S BACK

BARCELONA, Spain -- After the London Olympics, Bob Bowman thought it was time to try something new. He was feeling just like his most famous pupil, Michael Phelps. Yet there he was, ready to take up his familiar position on deck, as the U.S. swimming team arrived in Barcelona on Wednesday for the world championships. Moved. By Paul Newberry.

SWM--SWIM WORLDS-LE CLOS

BARCELONA, Spain -- A year ago, Chad le Clos beat his idol Michael Phelps in the 200 butterfly at the London Olympics. Now, with Phelps retired, the South African has to find new inspiration at the world championships, where the traditional pool events begin Sunday. Moved. By Andrew Dampf.

CRICKET:

CRI--WEST INDIES-PAKISTAN

GROS ISLET, St. Lucia -- Captain Misbah-ul-Haq led Pakistan to a four-wicket victory over West Indies with yet another calm and composed half century in the fifth and final one-day international on Wednesday to clinch the series 3-1. Moved.

CRI--ZIMBABWE-INDIA

HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Stand-in skipper Virat Kohli played a captain's innings and Ambati Rayudu made a half-century on debut as India cruised to a six-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the first one-day international on Wednesday. Moved.

TENNIS:

TEN--CROATIA OPEN

UMAG, Croatia-- Albert Montanes of Spain upset top-seeded Richard Gasquet of France 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Croatia Open. Moved.

TEN--SWISS OPEN

GSTAAD, Switzerland -- Stanislas Wawrinka advanced to the Swiss Open quarterfinals on Wednesday by beating Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain, 7-5, 7-6 (4). Moved.

GOLF:

GLF--BRITISH SENIORS

SOUTHPORT, England -- Fifteen years after winning the British Open at Royal Birkdale, Mark O'Meara will be making a return to the course for the Senior British Open. O'Meara won the British Open in 1998, and on Tuesday he was extended an "honorary membership" to the club in recognition of his achievement. Moved.

FORMULA ONE:

CAR--F1-HUNGARIAN GP

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Sebastian Vettel is looking to end the first half of the Formula One season with something the three-time defending world champion and current points leader has never accomplished before -- a victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Moved. By Pablo Gorondi.

CYCLING:

CYC--O'GRADY DOPING

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Only a day after retiring from professional cycling, Stuart O'Grady admitted to using a blood-booster during the scandal-plagued 1998 Tour de France.

BASEBALL:

BBA--A-ROD'S SEASON

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez certainly leads the New York Yankees in headlines this season even though he hasn't played a single major league game.

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