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WORLD SPORTS at 1400 GMT

WORLD SPORTS at 1400 GMT

TOP STORY:

SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUNDUP

Real Madrid faces Juventus, defending champion Bayern Munich is expected to make short work of Viktoria Plzen, Manchester United tries to right itself against Real Sociedad, and Anderlecht could be the latest to fall under the PSG steamroller in Champions League action. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 2100 GMT. Separates on all eight matches.

With:

-- MUNICH -- SOC--Bayern-Plzen. Czech champion Plzen is chasing its first points in Group D. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2200 GMT.

-- SOC -- SOC--Leverkusen-Donetsk. Bayer Leverkusen has never been defeated at home by a Ukrainian side. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2200 GMT.

-- MANCHESTER, England -- SOC-Man United-Sociedad. United looks to maintain its strong start in the league. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2100 GMT.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

CRI--PAKISTAN-SOUTH AFRICA

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Top-ranked South Africa was eyeing a big first innings lead after legspinner Imran Tahir's five-wicket haul helped the Proteas bowl out Pakistan for 99 on the first day of the second and final test. Captain Graeme Smith led from the front and was unbeaten on 67 off 138 balls with four boundaries as South Africa finished day one at 128-3. By Rizwan Ali. MOVED: 614 words.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--EUROPA LEAGUE PREVIEW

Shrugging off the departure of star player Gareth Bale, Tottenham's new-look side could secure qualification to the Europa League's knockout round on Thursday after only three matches in the group stage. By Steve Douglas. MOVED: 947 words, photos.

Also:

-- BRUSSELS -- SOC--Anderlecht-PSG-Hooligans. Belgian police detain 76. MOVED: 114 words.

-- NYON, Switzerland -- SOC--UEFA-Lazio-Racism. UEFA reprieves Lazio of stadium closure for racism. MOVED: 114 words, photo.

-- SYDNEY -- SOC--Australia-Coach. Postecoglou hired to 2018. MOVED: 392 words.

TENNIS:

TEN--WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS

ISTANBUL -- On day two, Li Na plays Sara Errani, Victoria Azarenka meets Jelena Jankovic, and Serena Williams welcomes Agnieszka Radeanska. Play begins shortly.

CRICKET:

CRI--BANGLADESH-NEW ZEALAND

MIRPUR, Bangladesh -- Corey Anderson's maiden century and half centuries by tailenders BJ Watling and Ish Sodhi lift New Zealand to 419-8 and a 137-run lead over Bangladesh on the third day of the second cricket test. New Zealand, which has never lost a test to Bangladesh, was almost in position to win the test and two-match series after the first was drawn in Chittagong. By Julhas Alam. MOVED: 412 words, photos.

Also:

-- ADELAIDE, Australia -- CRI--Botha-Bowling Cleared. MOVED: 114 words.

-- WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- CRI--New Zealand-Chairman. MOVED: 119 words.

GOLF:

GLF--BMW MASTERS

SHANGHAI -- Henrik Stenson embarks on his bid at the BMW Masters to become the first player to win the FedEx Cup on the U.S. PGA Tour and the Race to Dubai on the European Tour. Thanks to his incredible run through two majors and a World Golf Championship, Stenson has a commanding lead -- 425,573 euros -- on the European Tour money list. By Doug Ferguson. MOVED: 719 words, photos.

GLF--KO TURNS PRO

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Top-ranked amateur Lydia Ko eschewed the usual news conference or press release to announce she's turning professional at 16 and after foregoing more than $1 million in potential prize money. Ko, ranked No. 4 in the world, released a short, scripted video in which she debates the merits of turning pro with All Blacks rugby player Israel Dagg. By Steve McMorran. MOVED: 508 words, photo.

Also:

-- TAIPEI, Taiwan -- GLF--Taiwan LPGA. Pettersen leads top field. MOVED: 245 words, photos.

CYCLING:

CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-2014 ROUTE

PARIS -- Tracing a route that limits the strengths of defending champion Chris Froome, the 2014 Tour de France will rattle over bone-jarring cobblestones, pay homage to World War I battlefields, climb unfamiliar mountains in the east of France and have only one time trial. By John Leicester. MOVED: 936 words.

With:

-- PARIS -- CYC--Tour de France-2014 Riders. By John Leicester. MOVED: 616 words.

SKIING:

SKI--VONN'S RETURN

Still recovering from right knee surgery, Lindsey Vonn has decided not to race in Saturday's Olympic ski season kickoff in Austria but says she will be back next month. By Andrew Dampf. MOVED: 490 words, photo.

RUGBY:

RGL--RLWC PREVIEW

Rugby league emerges from the shadow of its bigger, more popular rugby union brother for the next five weeks when 14 countries compete in a World Cup that has new teams, a new format but in all likelihood the same old script. Five years after New Zealand upset Australia in its own backyard to win the sport's biggest prize for the first time, the two southern hemisphere heavyweights have arrived in Europe ready to dominate the tournament once again. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 2000 GMT.

RGL--RLWC-US-TAGALOA

WIDNES, England -- If it wasn't for the rugby league World Cup, Loto Tagaloa would be back in his pretty hometown on the Hawaiian coast, educating tourists about the lifestyle of a typical Samoan man. He'd be there in the Polynesian Culture Center in Laie, performing dances to entertain visitors as they tucked into roast pig at a traditional Hawaiian feast, the luau. Instead, Tagaloa is thousands of kilometers away in the murky northwest of England, getting ready to impress scouts and help his adopted United States make a splash at its first World Cup. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 2000 GMT.

RGU--AUSTRALIA-O'CONNOR

PERTH, Australia -- Troubled Wallaby James O'Connor is set to join a British club on a short-term deal in a bid to revive his chances of playing for Australia at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. MOVED: 525 words.

Also:

-- SYDNEY -- RGU--Australia-Pay Cuts. MOVED: 356 words, photos.

-- BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- RGU--Argentina-Hourcade. MOVED: 162 words.

Other stories:

-- TORONTO -- HKN--NHL Roundup. Kessel's trick rallies Leafs to win over Ducks. MOVED: 417 words, photos.

-- BOSTON -- BBO--World Series-Boston Beards. Band of bearded brothers leads Red Sox to Series. By Jimmy Golen. MOVED: 913 words, photos.

-- ST. LOUIS -- BBO--World Series-Injured Players. Chris Carpenter again embraces role as cheerleader. By RB Fallstrom. MOVED: 649 words, photos.

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Updated : 2021-01-26 09:28 GMT+08:00