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ATH--WORLDS

MOSCOW -- Never count out Yelena Isinbayeva, especially when she is performing before a rapturous home crowd at the world championships. Five years after her last major outdoor pole vault victory, the Russian turned back the clock with a vintage performance to beat Olympic champion Jenn Suhr with a leap of 4.89 meters, her best outdoor effort in four years. Moved. 900 words. By Raf Casert.

WITH:

-- MOSCOW -- BC-ATH--WORLDS-EATONS. Moved.

-- MOSCOW -- BC-ATH--WORLDS-SMALL CROWDS. Moved.

SOC--PREMIER LEAGUE PREVIEW

LONDON -- For English football, it has long seemed unthinkable: a league season starting without the finger-jabbing colossus of management on the touchlines. Alex Ferguson will be a bystander for the first time since 1986, watching from afar as Manchester United starts its pursuit of a record-extending 21st English title under successor David Moyes. Moved. 1,100 words. By Rob Harris.

WITH:

-- LONDON -- BC-SOC--MAN UNITED PREVIEW. Moved.

-- LONDON -- BC-SOC--MAN CITY PREVIEW. Moved.

-- LONDON -- BC-SOC--CHELSEA PREVIEW. Moved.

-- LONDON -- BC-SOC--ARSENAL PREVIEW. Moved.

-- LONDON -- BC-SOC--TOTTENHAM PREVIEW. Moved.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

SOC--FIFA-RUSSIA-GAYS

GENEVA -- FIFA has asked authorities in 2018 World Cup host Russia for "clarification and more details" about a new anti-gay law, joining the International Olympic Committee in seeking answers from Moscow.

SOC--WCUP 2014-STADIUMS

SAO PAULO -- Brazil<s sports minister is concerned about the pace of construction at the 2014 World Cup stadiums that need to be ready in December. Aldo Rebelo said Tuesday that work needs to be accelerated at five of the six stadiums that are under construction. Moved. 400 words. By Tales Azzoni.

OLY--PISTORIUS SHOOTING

JOHANNESBURG -- A South African police spokesman says Oscar Pistorius will be served with an indictment now that police have completed an investigation into the shooting death of his girlfriend. Moved.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--UEFA-METALIST-MATCH-FIXING

NYON, Switzerland -- Champions League contender Metalist Kharkiv should find out Wednesday if it will be expelled over a long-running match-fixing case. Moved. 250 words.

ALSO:

-- ROME -- BC-SOC--ITALY-ARGENTINA. Moved.

-- VATICAN CITY -- BC-EU--VATICAN-POPE-SOCCER. Moved.

-- PARIS -- BC-SOC--MONACO-APPEAL. Moved.

-- LONDON -- BC-SOC--WEST HAM-DOWNING. Moved.

-- RIO DE JANEIRO -- BC-SOC--BRAZIL-NAME GAME. Moved.

-- ZURICH -- BC-SOC--BOSNIA-HAJROVIC. Moved.

-- CHICAGO -- BC-US-SOC--US-JOHANSSON. Moved.

TENNIS:

TEN--WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN

MASON, Ohio -- Second-seeded Victoria Azarenka held off an upset bid by qualifier Vania King to pull out a 6-1, 7-6 (6) win and advance to the third round of the Western & Southern Open on Tuesday. Moved. By Mark Schmetzer.

CRICKET:

CRI--BANGLADESH-MATCH-FIXING

DHAKA, Bangladesh -- The International Cricket Council has charged nine Bangladesh cricketers and officials with match-fixing and other related offences allegedly committed during this year's Bangladesh Premier League. Moved. 300 words.

RUGBY:

RGU--ARGENTINA-TEAM

JOHANNESBURG -- Argentina will open its second Rugby Championship campaign without captain Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe after the No. 8 was ruled out of Saturday's test against South Africa with a left calf injury. Moved. By Gerald Imray.

ALSO:

-- WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- BC-RGU--NEW ZEALAND-LOMU. Moved.

-- JOHANNESBURG -- BC-RGU--SOUTH AFRICA-TREU. Moved.

GOLF:

GLF--DUFNER

NEW YORK -- The last time Jason Dufner was on a Manhattan rooftop, he was down on one knee proposing to his future wife. On Tuesday, Dufner was hoisting the PGA Championship trophy on top of the Empire State Building, two days after winning his first major. Moved. 350 words. By Melissa Murphy.

GLF--WOODS-TURNING POINT

PITTSFORD, New York -- Tiger Woods' quest for a major title this year could well have been very different if not for one perfect shot. The defining moment in another major-less season for Woods was his wedge on the 15th hole in the second round of the Masters. Moved. By Doug Ferguson.

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Updated : 2021-02-28 15:41 GMT+08:00