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2014-02-25 10:01 PM

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SOC--OLYMPIAKOS-MAN UNITED

Despite struggling in the English Premier League, Manchester United has been strong in the Champions League. United visits Olympiakos, which has been a monster at home, and unbeaten in 26 Greek league games, with nine goals conceded. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2145 GMT.

SOC--ZENIT-DORTMUND

Borussia Dortmund, last season's runner-up, travels to Zenit St Petersburg without injured stars. Sven Bender, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Neven Subotic. Defender Mats Hummels is doubtful with a foot strain and striker Robert Lewandowski has a cold. Zenit qualified with a record low six points, and drew all three of its home matches in the group stage. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2145 GMT.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--SCHALKE-REAL MADRID

FRANKFURT, Germany -- Real Madrid rides a big wave into Schalke for their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday having just shot to the top of the Spanish league for the first time since 2012, unbeaten in 26 straight games. By Nesha Starcevic. MOVED: 642 words, photos.

SOC--GALATASARAY-CHELSEA

Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba faces his former club Chelsea, for which he won its first Champions League title in 2012 with the winning penalty in a shootout. Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini, who led Manchester City to the English title in 2012, says his side needs another miracle to get past Chelsea in the Champions League last 16. MOVED: 538 words, photos.

SOC--FRENCH ROUNDUP

BORDEAUX, France -- Bordeaux needs a victory over Lorient to stay in the race for a European spot. Bordeaux is eighth in the French league while Lorient sits in 12th place. UPCOMING: 150 words by 2000 GMT.

Also:

-- PRAGUE -- SOC--Czech Squad. MOVED: 97 words, photo.

-- VIENNA -- SOC--Austria Squad. MOVED: 199 words, photo.

CRICKET:

CRI--PAKISTAN-SRI LANKA

FATULLAH, Bangladesh -- Lahiru Thirimanne smashes his second one-day international century in Sri Lanka's healthy total of 296-6 against defending champion Pakistan in the Asia Cup opening match. MOVED: 363 words, photos. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 1500 GMT.

FIGURE SKATING:

FIG--ASADA'S FUTURE

TOKYO -- Japanese figure skater Mao Asada says there is a 50-50 chance she will continue after the worlds in Saitama next month. Asada fell on her trademark triple axel and finished 16th after the short program in Sochi but came back strongly in the free skate, recording a career best of 142.71 that lifted her to sixth. She will compete in the worlds in Saitama next month. By Jim Armstrong. MOVED: 306 words, photos.

TENNIS:

TEN--DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIPS

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Defending champion Novak Djokovic heads the schedule, which also features Juan Martin del Potro, Tomas Berdych, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. By Sandra Harwitt. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1600 GMT.

Also:

-- ACAPULCO, Mexico -- TEN--Mexican Open. Chardy, Sela advance. MOVED: 224 words.

-- SAO PAULO -- TEN--Brazil Open. Souza upsets Haase. MOVED: 130 words.

Other stories:

-- NEW ORLEANS -- BKN--NBA Roundup. Clippers extend winning run by beating Pelicans. MOVED: 367 words, photos.

YOUR QUERIES: Questions and story requests are welcome. Contact your local AP bureau or the AP International Sports Desk in London by telephone at 44-207-427-4105 or email lonsports@ap.org.

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