LONDON -- Manchester United is languishing in sixth place ahead of Liverpool's visit on Sunday. In contrast, the Merseyside club is in the hunt for its first Premier League title in 24 years, trailing leader Chelsea by seven points with a game in hand. SENT. By Samuel Petrequin. 700 words.
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Prosecutors in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on Thursday displayed a sequence of photos showing the blood stains found on the floors, walls, stairs and chairs in the athlete's house after he fatally shot his girlfriend. SENT. By Gerald Imray and Christopher Torchia.
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland -- Anna Fenninger of Austria clinched her first overall World Cup title on Thursday by placing second in a super-G won by Lara Gut of Switzerland. SENT. By Graham Dunbar. 300 words.
KIEV -- The most hardcore football fans in Ukraine will work alongside police to ensure security at stadiums when the domestic league resumes Saturday. Ukraine is in the middle of a tense standoff between occupying Russian forces in Crimea and the besieged Ukrainian military bases. But the football league plans to belatedly resume its season, with both Crimean teams scheduled to play. UPCOMING. 400 words. By Mark Rachkevych.
MILAN -- Juventus visits Genoa on Sunday night looking to maintain its charge to a third successive Italian league title. It has a 14-point advantage over second-placed Roma, which has a game in hand. SENT. By Daniella Matar. 750 words.
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The tax evasion trial of club president Uli Hoeness is overshadowing Bayern Munich's upcoming home game against Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, while Borussia Dortmund hosts Borussia Moenchengladbach. SENT. By Nesha Starcevic. 500 words.
BARCELONA, Spain -- Real Madrid has to stay focused on its trip to Malaga in order to maintain its advantage over Barcelona one week before the Spanish league rivals meet in a "clasico" match that could have big implications in the title race. SENT. By Paul Logothetis. 550 words.
PARIS -- France will look to teen center Gael Fickou to provide the creative spark against an Ireland team desperate to give Brian O'Driscoll a perfect send-off in their final Six Nations match on Saturday, with both teams still in contention to win the tournament. SENT. By Jerome Pugmire. 800 words.
LONDON -- England named an unchanged team Thursday for its final Six Nations match against Italy, with Manu Tuilagi expected to make his first appearance in a year in Rome. SENT. 300 words.
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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Sebastian Vettel has a warning for those already writing off his chances of a fifth-consecutive Formula One title -- the season is long and the team's current engine problems won't last. SENT. By Chris Lines. 600 words.
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INDIAN WELLS, California -- Kevin Anderson upset Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-1 in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday, joining Milos Raonic in sending home two top-10 players. SENT. By Beth Harris. 700 words.
SOCHI, Russia -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has told Paralympic leaders that Russia was not "an instigator" of the Crimea crisis and thanked them for keeping politics out of the Winter Paralympics in Sochi. SENT. By Rob Harris.
CHELTENHAM, England -- Big Buck's goes for a fifth victory in the World Hurdle on day three of the Cheltenham Festival, with fierce competition set to come from the unbeaten Annie Power. UPCOMING, with photos. 400 words. By 1600 GMT.
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-- DENVER-- HKN--NHL Roundup. MOVED: 350 words, photos.
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