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CRI--SOUTH AFRICA-INDIA TOUR

CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- South Africa's cricket board suspended new chief executive Haroon Lorgat pending an ICC inquiry into his conduct, and agreed to a shortened home series against India, with the decisions both taken under pressure from Indian cricket bosses. By Gerald Imray. MOVED: 743 words.

SOC--FERGUSON-AUTOBIOGRAPHY

LONDON -- A decade after kicking a boot at David Beckham's head, Alex Ferguson uses his autobiography to criticize the star's apparent pre-occupation with fame. He also criticizes Wayne Rooney for trying to bail from Manchester United, and says he was approached twice to coach England, but refused because he's a Scot. By Rob Harris. MOVED: 766 words, photos.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

SOC--AP GLOBAL FOOTBALL 10

LONDON -- Giuseppe Rossi's hat trick for Fiorentina against Serie A champion Juventus earned him the top player vote in The Associated Press global football poll this week, while Roma remained first in the club rankings. By Jack Bezants. MOVED: 82 words, photoos, will be updated.

SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUNDUP

Barcelona and Arsenal look to make it three wins from three games in the Champions League group stage when they play high-profile matches against AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund, respectively. Chelsea travels to Schalke and Atletico Madrid visits Austria Vienna in two of the other six games on the first night of matchday three. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 2100 GMT. Separates on all eight matches.

With:

-- MARSEILLE, France -- SOC--Marseille-Napoli. Marseille needs a victory after losing two. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2100 GMT.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE-GROUP D

BERLIN -- Group D leader Bayern Munich is expected to make short work of last-place Viktoria Plzen at home on Wednesday. The defending champion is arguably even better under new coach Pep Guardiola than while claiming an unprecedented treble under Jupp Heynckes last season. Here are five things to know ahead of Wednesday's matches. By Ciaran Fahey. MOVED: 700 words, photo.

SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE-GROUP B

How good is Cristiano Ronaldo at scoring goals? Good enough to ask for forgiveness for not scoring even more of them. On Saturday, Ronaldo clasped his hands together in a penitent pose after he drilled home a late spot kick home to seal Madrid's 2-0 win over Malaga, offering an apology to the Santiago Bernabeu crowd for taking so long to find the net. So Juventus beware: Ronaldo will surely be seeking redemption on Wednesday. By Joseph Wilson. MOVED: 639 words, photo.

SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE-GROUP C

PARIS -- The bad news for Anderlecht is that French leader Paris Saint-Germain is unbeaten in its past 28 games. Worse still for Anderlecht: Strikers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani are in top form after scoring twice each in Saturday's 4-0 rout of Bastia. They each managed one spectacular goal. Here are five things to know about Group C. By Jerome Pugmire. MOVED: 718 words, photos.

SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE-GROUP A

MANCHESTER, England -- As Manchester United tries to reach the knockout round of the Champions League, there are already signs that the team might not be back in the competition next season. The Premier League is only eight rounds in, and the champions are eight points adrift of leader Arsenal in eighth place. MOVED: 548 words, photos.

SOC--MADRID-RONALDO ON BALE

MADRID -- Cristiano Ronaldo says the best medicine for ailing teammate Gareth Bale is to leave him alone. MOVED: 129 words, photos.

Also:

-- SION, Switzerland -- SOC--Sion-New Coach. MOVED: 125 words.

-- NYON, Switzerland -- SOC--UEFA-Racist Abuse. MOVED: 129 words.

-- NUREMBERG, Germany -- SOC--Nuremberg-Coach. MOVED: 376 words.

-- BARCELONA, Spain -- SOC--Barcelona-Iniesta. MOVED: 73 words.

-- SYDNEY -- SOC--Australia-Postecoglou. MOVED: 115 words.

TENNIS:

TEN--WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS

ISTANBUL -- The first-day schedule has Victoria Azarenka vs. Sara Errani, Serena Williams vs. Angelique Kerber, followed by Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Petra Kvitova. Play starts at 1400 GMT.

TEN--VALENCIA OPEN

VALENCIA, Spain -- Two-time former winner Nicolas Almagro plays fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar in the first round of the Valencia Open. Gilles Simon, Jerzy Janowicz, Feliciano Lopez and Fernandez Verdasco are also in action. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1700 GMT. 300 words.

CRICKET:

CRI--BANGLADESH-NEW ZEALAND

MIRPUR, Bangladesh -- Shakib Al Hasan claimed three wickets to restrict New Zealand to 107-3 in reply to Bangladesh's 282 on a rain-interrupted second day of the second cricket test. Before the downpour, Ross Taylor was on 37, and Kane Williamson, who returned to batting after a blow on the cheek off Rubel Hossain, was 28 not out. Left-arm spinner Shakib had 3-25. By Julhas Alam. MOVED: 321 words, photos.

CRI--PAKISTAN-SOUTH AFRICA

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Preserving a seven-year unbeaten away record in test series became harder for South Africa when top-ranked batsman Hashim Amla was ruled out of the second match against Pakistan starting on Wednesday. Then it became doubtful, when top-ranked bowler Dale Steyn was struggling with a tight right hamstring. By Rizwan Ali. MOVED: 774 words.

CRI--PAKISTAN-MISBAH

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq says his career would have ended long ago if he'd listened to his critics. By Rizwan Ali. MOVED: 328 words.

CRI--PONTING PONTIFICATES

ADELAIDE, Australia -- Former captain Ricky Ponting has urged Australia's cricket selectors to show faith in batsmen David Warner and Phil Hughes, saying he would pick both for next month's Ashes opener against England. MOVED: 528 words.

FEATURES:

TRI--AUSTRALIA-LOSE AND WIN SITUATION

NOOSA HEADS, Australia -- When Dominique Duhme dives into a river canal among the thousands of starters at the Noosa Triathlon, he'll achieve the first of two life-changing goals he set for himself when he decided to shed a significant amount of weight. The second won't come until early next year when he's able to donate one of his two healthy kidneys to his wife, Karina, whose been undergoing three five-hour dialysis sessions a week since an organ donated by her sister began to fail. By Dennis Passa. MOVED: 735 words, photo.

BBO--WORLD SERIES-CARDINAL WAY

ST. LOUIS -- Every team emphasizes fundamentals and preparedness, both physical and mental, in the hope it all becomes second nature as players climb through the farm system. One organization's philosophy always seems to stick out. Everyone knows about The Cardinal Way. Even before opening day this year, St. Louis was hit hard by season-ending injuries to longtime ace Chris Carpenter, closer Jason Motte and shortstop Rafael Furcal. As the summer wore on, the setbacks kept coming. But the Cardinals kept dipping into the minors for replacements who did more than their share for a team that's back in the World Series for the fourth time in 10 years. By RB Fallstrom. MOVED: 899 words, photos.

RUGBY:

RGU--WALES SQUAD

CARDIFF, Wales -- Injured British Lions backs Jamie Roberts and Alex Cuthbert are not in the Wales rugby squad for the four home autumn tests, while there are three new caps. James Hook is back, and Mike Phillips is retained, despite more disciplinary trouble. MOVED: 412 words.

Also:

-- BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- RGU--Argentina Coach. Phelan resigns. MOVED: 131 words, will be updated.

-- CARDIFF, Wales -- RGU--Wales-Rees. Hooker have testicular surgery. MOVED: 100 words.

Other stories:

-- PITTSBURGH -- HKN--NHL Roundup. MacKinnon, Avalanche top Crosby, Penguins 1-0. MOVED: 611 words, photos.

-- EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey -- FBN--NFL Roundup. Giants get 1st win, beat sloppy Vikings. By Barry Wilner. MOVED: 334 words, photos.

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Updated : 2021-03-06 04:21 GMT+08:00