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Associated Press
2013-09-20 10:01 PM

TOP STORY:

SOC--2022 WCUP-PLATINI

DUBROVNIK, Croatia -- Taking a cautious approach to the 2022 World Cup debate, UEFA President Michel Platini said Friday his member countries have not fully committed to moving the tournament in Qatar to winter. MOVED. By Graham Dunbar. 430 words.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

SOC--UEFA-EURO 2020

DUBROVNIK, Croatia -- A total of 32 countries have proposed 39 different cities to host matches at the 2020 European Championship, UEFA said Friday. MOVED. By Graham Dunbar. 340 words.

CAR--F1-SINGAPORE GP

SINGAPORE -- Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in Friday's opening practice for the Singapore Grand Prix. MOVED. By Chris Lines. 600 words.

FBN--NFL PREVIEW

UNDATED -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can't close out games, losing twice already on last-second field goals. The New England Patriots can't seem to find the magic on offense, yet have pulled out two close victories. When the Bucs visit the Patriots in the NFL on Sunday, it will be a study in contrasts. MOVED. By Barry Wilner. 620 words.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--FRENCH ROUNDUP

PARIS -- Despite selling top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the offseason, Saint-Etienne has made a bright start in the French league and can provisionally move into first place by beating struggling Toulouse at home. By 2100 GMT. 250 words.

SOC--SPANISH ROUNDUP

PAMPLONA, Spain -- The only team yet to earn a point in the Spanish league, last-place Osasuna can ill afford to waste its chance at getting a much-needed win when it hosts the promoted Elche at Reyno de Navarra Stadium. Expected by 2100 GMT. 300 words.

SOC--FLAMENGO-MENEZES

SAO PAULO -- Former Brazil coach Mano Menezes has resigned from Flamengo less than four months since joining the popular Brazilian club. His surprise announcement came after the team<s 4-2 loss to Atletico Paranaense in the Brazilian league. Expected by 1600 GMT. By Tales Azzoni. 400 words.

SOC--AUSTRALIA-MATCH-FIXING

MELBOURNE, Australia -- An Australian court has heard that some of the English players allegedly involved in match fixing in a provincial football league fear for their safety from associates of a Malaysian man accused of being the local ringleader of an illegal gambling syndicate. MOVED. By Neil Frankland. 660 words.

SOC--EURO 2020-AZERBAIJAN

DUBROVNIK, Croatia -- Azerbaijan hopes that bidding to host the 2020 European Championship matches will promote Baku after it was twice rejected by the IOC as a candidate city for the Olympics. MOVED. By Graham Dunbar. 600 words.

Also:

-- ROME -- SOC--ROMA-TOTTI. MOVED.

RUGBY UNION:

RGU--AUSTRALIA-O'CONNOR SUSPENDED

SYDNEY -- Winger James O'Connor has been suspended indefinitely by Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie and will not join the Australian team when it leaves for Rugby Championship tests in South Africa and Argentina. MOVED. 450 words.

RGU--SOUTH AFRICA-DU PLESSIS

JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa hooker Bismarck du Plessis says there are "no hard feelings" over the error by referee Romain Poite that led to his sending off against New Zealand last weekend. MOVED. 130 words.

RUGBY LEAGUE:

RGL--AUSTRALIAN ROUNDUP

SYDNEY -- Anthony Watmough scored Manly's first of four tries in the 14th minute and the Sea Eagles held on for a 24-18 win over Cronulla in a National Rugby League semifinal playoff match Friday. MOVED. 100 words.

TENNIS:

TEN--MOSELLE OPEN

METZ, France -- Two-time defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France takes on Germany's Tobias Kamke and 2010 champion Gilles Simon of France plays sixth-seeded Sam Querrey of the United States in the Moselle Open quarterfinals. Also, No. 8 Florian Mayer faces Carlos Berlocq and Benjamin Becker is up against Nicolas Mahut. By 1600 GMT. 300 words.

Also:

-- SEOUL, South Korea -- TEN--KOREA OPEN. MOVED.

-- GUANGZHOU, China -- TEN--GUANGZHOU OPEN. MOVED.

OLYMPICS:

OLY--SOCHI-TORCHBEARER

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- An 18-year-old Greek skier will be the first athlete to run with the Olympic flame in the torch relay for the Sochi Winter Games. MOVED. 120 words.

FORMULA ONE:

CAR--F1-MCLAREN

SINGAPORE -- McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh says he would be interested in luring Fernando Alonso away from Ferrari and bringing him back to McLaren. MOVED. By Chris Lines. 260 words.

CAR--F1-RAIKKONEN

SINGAPORE -- Kimi Raikkonen is hopeful his pay dispute with Lotus will be resolved and he will not skip any of the remaining Formula One races this season. MOVED. 120 words.

CAR--F1-ECCLESTONE-BRIBERY

MUNICH -- A German court says it has delayed until next year a decision on whether to try Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone on bribery charges. MOVED. 410 words.

CRICKET:

CRI--INDIA-BOARD ELECTIONS

NEW DELHI -- Narainswamy Srinivasan plans to seek an extension to his term as president of the Indian cricket board despite being sidelined while his son-in-law is under investigation in the wake of a spot-fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League. MOVED. 280 words.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL:

FBN--NFL ROUNDUP

PHILADELPHIA -- Andy Reid's homecoming was a smashing success for the new Kansas City coach thanks to a dynamic defense that forced five turnovers and sacked a harried Michael Vick five times in the Chiefs' 26-16 victory Thursday night. MOVED. By Barry Wilner. 650 words.

BASEBALL:

BBO--MLB ROUNDUP

PHOENIX -- Two of the most famous clubs in Major League Baseball - the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox - came from a long way back to earn spots in the post-season on Thursday. MOVED. 880 words.

AUSTRALIAN RULES FOOTBALL:

FBO--AUSTRALIAN RULES ROUNDUP

MELBOURNE, Australia -- The Hawthorn Hawks came back from 20 points down after three quarters to end an 11-game losing streak against Geelong and beat the Cats 14.18 (102) to 15.7 (97) Friday to advance to the Australian Football League's grand final. MOVED. 110 words.

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