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WORLD SPORTS at 1330 GMT

WORLD SPORTS at 1330 GMT

A separate Olympic digest moves at 1500 GMT.

TOP STORY:

SOC--FIFA-BLATTER

SOCHI, Russia -- Sepp Blatter says he would seek re-election as FIFA president if the member federations ask him. Blatter says, if they asked, "I would not say no" to being a candidate in May 2015. He would be 79 then. By Graham Dunbar. MOVED: 322 words, photo.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

CRI--SRI LANKA-SANGAKKARA

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh -- Kumar Sangakkara has achieved the rare feat of scoring a triple century and a century in the same test, joining former England skipper Graham Gooch. Sangakkara hit 319 runs in the first innings for Sri Lanka and 105 in the second, in the second test against Bangladesh. MOVED: 118 words. Will be updated.

CAR--F1-ECCLESTONE TRIAL

BERLIN -- A German court says Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone's bribery trial will begin on April 24 through September. MOVED: 76 words.

CRICKET:

CRI--BANGLADESH-SRI LANKA

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh -- Kumar Sangakkara became only the second player to hit a triple century and a century in the same match as Sri Lanka remained on track to win the second test against Bangladesh with a day remaining. After Sri Lanka declared its second innings on 305-4, setting Bangladesh a winning target of 467, the hosts were 12 without loss at stumps. MOVED: 360 words.

CRI--NEW ZEALAND-INDIA

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Rohit Sharma made a composed half century to guide India out of early trouble and finish day two of the first test at 130-4 in reply to New Zealand's 503. Sharma was 67 not out and Ajinkya Rahane 23 not out when bad light at Eden Park ended play 19 overs early. Their partnership steered India to a respectable score after being 10-3. MOVED: 577 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--MAN UNITED-VIDIC

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic will leave the club after eight years at the end of the season. Manager David Moyes had previously indicated he wanted Vidic to stay, but the 32-year-old Serbian defender says, "I want to challenge myself again and try to make the best of myself in the coming years." By Rob Harris. MOVED: 385 words.

SOC--BAYERN-RIBERY

MUNICH -- Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has been ruled out of the Bundesliga derby at Nuremberg on Saturday after undergoing surgery on a burst blood vessel in his buttock. MOVED: 127 words, photo.

SOC--BRAZIL-PLAYERS STRIKE

SAO PAULO -- A players' strike to protest against fan violence in Brazil will not happen this weekend as proposed by some of the country's top clubs because players from smaller teams don't want to risk losing their jobs. UPCOMING: 150 words by 1800 GMT.

SOC--SAO PAULO-ALEXANDRE PATO

SAO PAULO -- Former Brazil and AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato hasn't played for Sao Paulo yet but is already being criticized by fans after a controversial trade from Brazilian rival Corinthians. UPCOMING: 200 words by 1800 GMT.

SOC--SPANISH ROUNDUP

BARCELONA, Spain -- Espanyol hosts Granada at Cornella-El Prat Stadium with both sides looking to end winless streaks and climb into the upper half of the Spanish league standings. UPCOMING: 250 words by 2200 GMT.

SOC--FRENCH ROUNDUP

PARIS -- Saint-Etienne can move provisionally into third place in the French league if it wins away to Toulouse, which is down in 13th place. UPCOMING: 150 words by 2000 GMT.

Also:

-- MADRID -- SOC--Marcelo-Racist Chants. MOVED: 121 words, photo.

-- SAO PAULO -- SOC--Brazil-League Turmoil. By Tales Azzoni. MOVED: 411 words.

-- MANILA, Philippines -- SOC--Philippines-New Coach. MOVED: 346 words.

GOLF:

GLF--PEBBLE BEACH

PEBBLE BEACH, California -- Andrew Loupe had to wait three hours to tee off at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am because of rain, and then he played bogey-free for an 8-under 63. Stuart Appleby, Jim Renner, Richard Lee and Scott Gardiner had 65s at Monterey Peninsula. Phil Mickelson, a four-time champion, was at 5-under par through 15 holes when the round was stopped because of darkness. By Doug Ferguson. MOVED: 445 words, photos.

Also:

-- GOLD COAST, Australia -- GLF--Australian Ladies Masters. MOVED: 336 words.

RUGBY:

RGU--IRELAND-WALES

DUBLIN -- Ireland and Wales have much in common. Their talismanic captains are back as starters, their coaches are Kiwis, they tend more to win in each other's backyards, and they share a grudge from the Lions victory in Australia that has been waiting to be settled in this Six Nations clash on Saturday at Lansdowne Road. MOVED: 592 words, photos.

RGU--SCOTLAND-ENGLAND

EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Bad weather would be good news for Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday. The Scots need all the help they can get when they kick off against England in an already desperate Six Nations second round for both rugby teams. MOVED: 617 words, photos.

RGU--FRANCE-ITALY

PARIS -- Having secured a dramatic late win against England in its opening Six Nations match, France looks to rebuild its fragile confidence with a home win against Italy. France lost to Italy in last year's championship, where it finished with the wooden spoon. By Jerome Pugmire. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1700 GMT.

Also:

-- WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- RGU--New Zealand Sevens. MOVED: 385 words.

TENNIS:

TEN--OPEN SUD DE FRANCE

MONTPELLIER, France -- Top-seeded Richard Gasquet of France plays countryman Albano Olivetti and third-seeded Jerzy Janowicz of Poland takes on Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the Open Sud de France quarterfinals. UPCOMING: 200 words by 1700 GMT.

Also:

-- ZAGREB, Croatia -- TEN--Zagreb Indoors. Qualifier Phau into semis. MOVED: 79 words. Will be updated.

-- BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- TEN--Slovakia-Germany. Cibulkova opens Fed Cup for Slovakia. MOVED: 131 words.

Other stories:

-- OKALHOMA CITY -- BC-BKN--NBA Roundup. Durant leads Thunder past Grizzlies 86-77. MOVED: 552 words, photos.

-- ST. LOUIS -- BC-HKN--NHL Roundup. Blues beat Bruins to close on Central lead. MOVED: 581 words, photos.

-- NEW YORK -- BKN--All-Star Triple. Lillard competing in 3 All-Star Saturday events. MOVED: 255 words, photo.

-- HATTA, United Arab Emirates -- CYC--Dubai Tour. Kittel wins 3rd stage, Phinney still leads Dubai. MOVED: 177 words, photos.

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Updated : 2021-10-27 06:47 GMT+08:00