PARIS -- Furious over a government tax plan to impose a super-tax on players' salaries, French football clubs have unanimously agreed to scrap matches over one weekend at the end of November as a protest. SENT. By Jerome Pugmire. 800 words.
BOSTON -- Given a bit of help by the umpires and a lot more by the Cardinals, the Boston Red Sox turned this World Series opener into a rout. Mike Napoli hit a three-run double right after the umps reversed a blown call, Jon Lester made an early lead stand up and the Red Sox romped past sloppy St. Louis 8-1 Wednesday night for their ninth straight win in a World Series game. SENT. By Ben Walker. 1,100 words.
GREATER NOIDA, India -- Sebastian Vettel can afford to downplay the importance of winning Sunday's Indian Grand Prix. He doesn't need to win the race to claim a bigger prize. With a massive 90-point lead over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in the drivers' standings, the German needs only to finish fifth or better to claim a fourth successive world championship title. SENT. By Neil Frankland. 600 words, photos.
SHANGHAI -- The only three Americans in the 78-man field were easy to find Thursday in the BMW Masters. Just look at the top of the leaderboard. Luke Guthrie flew halfway around the world for one week, hopeful he would at least broaden his experience by playing golf on foreign soil. He got more than he expected. The 23-year-old American took 19 putts -- one short of the European Tour record -- chipped in twice and had a 7-under 65. SENT. By Doug Ferguson. 900 words.
LONDON -- The Premier League season is barely two months old, and Manchester United has left itself with little margin for further errors if the title is to be successfully defended. By 1430 GMT. By Rob Harris. 600 words.
MILAN -- Rome heads to Udinese in search of a record-breaking ninth victory, while Juventus hopes to kick-start its season against Genoa. Napoli hosts Torino on Sunday, looking to bounce back after its first defeat of the season. SENT. By Daniella Matar.
BERLIN -- Schalke's Ruhr derby with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday is undoubtedly the highlight of the Bundesliga's 10th round of games. SENT. By Ciaran Fahey. 750 words.
MADRID -- The Spanish league will be dominated by the Barcelona vs. Real Madrid "Clasico." In other matches, Atletico Madrid hosts 15th-place Real Betis and fourth-place Villarreal plays eighth-place Valencia. SENT. By Harold Heckle.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says he will pick Diego Costa for Brazil's national team next week, leaving it up to the player to decide whether he will play for his native country or world champion Spain. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING. By 1500.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- South Africa captain Graeme Smith notched his fifth test double century and AB de Villiers made a chancy century as the Proteas amassed a lead of 361 in the second test against Pakistan on Thursday. SENT. By Rizwan Ali. 600 words.
MIRPUR, Bangladesh -- Mominul Haque smashed his second test century to help Bangladesh cruise to 269-3 and took a 114-run lead over New Zealand at stumps on the fourth day of the second cricket test on Thursday. SENT. By Julhas Alam.
SYDNEY -- Troubled test batsman David Warner gave the England players something to read about when they arrive for the Ashes series by plundering a record 197 in the semifinals of Australia's domestic limited-overs competition. SENT. 600 words.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Ryan Moore is glad the PGA Tour season is starting a little earlier this year at two tournaments where he loves to play. Phil Mickelson, on the other hand, is at a loss to explain what the problem with his game is at the moment. Moore had 10 birdies to shoot a 9-under 63 and take a two-shot lead Thursday after the opening round of the CIMB Classic, the third event on the PGA Tour's new wraparound season this year. SENT. By Justin Bergman.
-- YANGMEI, Taiwan -- BC-GLF--LPGA TAIWAN. SENT. 200 words.
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GREATER NOIDA, India -- After scheduling difficulties forced organizers and F1 to call off the 2014 race, many are concerned Sunday's Indian Grand Prix could be the last. SENT. By C. Rajshekhar Rao.
SOELDEN, Austria -- Ted Ligety will be the overwhelming favorite when the World Cup season opens with a giant slalom on the Rettenbach glacier Sunday. The American has won this race the past two years and finished on the podium each of the past five seasons. UPCOMING. 650 words, by 1700 GMT. By Andrew Dampf.
SOELDEN, Austria -- Tina Maze started her run to her first overall World Cup title and record point total with a win in Soelden a year ago. Can the Slovenian do it again this season? Maze won't have to face four-time overall winner Lindsey Vonn in the opening race, as the American has gone home to continue her recovery from right knee surgery. UPCOMING. 650 words, by 1700 GMT. By Eric Willemsen.
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