LONDON -- Gonzalo Higuain and Ever Banega scored as Argentina extended its unbeaten record against Italy to four matches with a 2-1 win over the Azzurri, while Brazil was handed a 1-0 loss by Switzerland in another friendly on Wednesday. In other high-profile matches, Rickie Lambert celebrated his England debut in style at the age of 31, scoring the winner in a 3-2 win over Scotland, Germany salvaged a 3-3 draw at home against Paraguay and France ended a three-game losing streak by drawing 0-0 with Belgium. Moved. By Samuel Petrequin.
LONDON -- Rickie Lambert made a goal-scoring England debut at the age of 31 on Wednesday, clinching a 3-2 victory over Scotland as international football's oldest rivals met for the first time in 14 years. Moved. By Rob Harris.
BASEL, Switzerland -- Brazil's 11-match unbeaten run ended Wednesday as Dani Alves' headed own goal gifted Switzerland a 1-0 victory in a friendly. Moved.
ROME -- An Argentina side without Lionel Messi beat Italy 2-1 Wednesday in a friendly match honoring Pope Francis. Gonzalo Higuain put Argentina in front in the 20th minute and substitute Ever Banega doubled its lead four minutes into the second half before Lorenzo Insigne pulled one back with his first goal for Italy in the 76th minute. Moved.
SOC--WCUP 2014-AIRPORT DOUBTS
SAO PAULO -- Brazil faces a last-minute scramble to get its notoriously crowded and shabby airports into shape for a huge influx of World Cup fans next June, as delays have left planners with barely any time to spare. Moved. By Tales Azzoni.
GENEVA -- UEFA disqualified Metalist Kharkiv from the Champions League on Wednesday for links to match-fixing in Ukraine and reinstated its previous opponent, PAOK Thessaloniki. Moved. By Graham Dunbar.
-- FARO, Portugal -- BC-SOC--PORTUGAL-NETHERLANDS. Moved.
-- KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- BC-SOC--GERMANY-PARAGUAY. Moved.
-- DURBAN, South Africa -- BC-SOC--SOUTH AFRICA-NIGERIA. Moved.
-- BRUSSELS -- BC-SOC--BELGIUM-FRANCE. Moved.
-- UNDATED -- BC-SOC--AFRICAN ROUNDUP. Moved. By Gerald Imray.
TEN--WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN
MASON, Ohio -- Serena Williams overcame what she described as one of her worst sets before beating qualifier Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday in her opening match at the Western & Southern Open. Moved. By Joe Kay.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- The head of the public body coordinating planning for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro has resigned, raising concerns about the city's ability to stage the first games in South America. Moved. By Stephen Wade.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Shunned veteran Ma'a Nonu has been passed fit to start at inside center for New Zealand in Saturday's opening Rugby Championship test against Australia at Sydney. Moved.
RGU--SOUTH AFRICA-RACIAL QUOTAS
JOHANNESBURG -- The South African Rugby Union said Wednesday it was reintroducing contentious racial quotas in one of its domestic competitions next year, when teams in the Vodacom Cup will have to pick at least seven black players in their matchday squads and at least five in the starting 15. Moved. By Gerald Imray.
JOHANNESBURG -- Scrumhalf Fourie du Preez returned for the Springboks after a two-year absence on Wednesday as coach Heyneke Meyer named him to the bench for the Rugby Championship test against Argentina. Moved. By Gerald Imray.
PARKER, Colorado -- Few other golfers have received so much attention for winning so little than Michelle Wie. That doesn't figure to change this week at the Solheim Cup. Even though Wie hasn't won in three years, she was a captain's pick for the second time. It stands out even more because one of the players left off the team won on the LPGA Tour this year. Moved. By Doug Ferguson.
GREENSBORO, North Carolina -- For Padraig Harrington and the rest of the players on the bubble, the PGA Tour's postseason starts this week at the Wyndham Championship. A strong showing in the tournament that starts Thursday could propel them into the FedEx Cup playoffs. Moved.
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