BERLIN -- Uli Hoeness won't appeal against his prison sentence for tax evasion, and says he's quitting as president of Bayern Munich to prevent damage to the European champions. By Geir Moulson. MOVED: 479 words, photos.
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Mercedes confirms its status as favorite to win the Formula One season-opening Australian Grand Prix by setting the fastest two times in practice sessions, with Lewis Hamilton edging his teammate Nico Rosberg. By Chris Lines. MOVED: 587 words, photos.
-- CAR--F1 New Sound. MOVED: 129 words.
SAO PAULO -- A sports tribunal has ordered a club in southern Brazil to play five matches away from its stadium because its fans racially abused a referee during a match. By Tales Azzoni. MOVED: 399 words, photo.
SYDNEY -- Alessandro Del Piero's time in the A-League will soon be over, with reports suggesting he will not be offered a new contract for next season by Sydney FC. MOVED: 132 words.
REIMS, France -- Marseille seeks a win at seventh-place Reims to keep alive its hopes of a European spot. Marseille has lost its last two games but will be able to rely on striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, who's returning from suspension. UPCOMING: 200 words by 2200 GMT.
-- MADRID -- SOC--Real Madrid-Arbeloa. MOVED: 387 words.
-- LONDON -- SOC--Arsenal-Ozil. MOVED: 116 words, photo.
TEN--BNP PARIBAS OPEN
INDIAN WELLS, California -- Roger Federer beat Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open, continuing his strong play at the tournament where he has yet to drop a set in four matches. By Beth Harris. MOVED: 680 words, photos.
AREZZO, Italy -- Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and the other overall favorites could spring into action in the third stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico, a 212-kilometer (132-mile) leg from Cascina to Arezzo ending with a circuit that has a brief uphill finish. UPCOMING: 250 words by 1600 GMT.
FAYENCE, France -- Geraint Thomas looks to retain his yellow jersey in the longest stage of the week-long race. Riders will have numerous opportunities to escape in a 221.5-kilometer trek featuring five climbs. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1600 GMT.
CENTURION, South Africa -- Some showers are forecast but the third Twenty20 looks a go between South Africa and Australia. Game starts at 1600 GMT.
CRI--WORLD T20 PREVIEW
NEW DELHI -- In the smash-and-bash spectacle of Twenty20 cricket, big-swinging batsmen like Chris Gayle, David Warner and Mahendra Singh Dhoni tend to be the focus of attention. When the fifth World Twenty20 begins in Bangladesh on Sunday, though, it's just as likely to showcase slow bowlers as match winners. By Rajshekhar Rao. MOVED: 552 words, photos.
CRI--WORLD T20-PRELIMINARY LEAGUE
MIRPUR, Bangladesh -- Bangladesh is under pressure to perform on home soil. The test-ranked country has been grouped with an up-and-coming team from Afghanistan, Nepal and Hong Kong in Group A. Bangladesh recently lost a limited-overs international to Afghanistan, so there will be some nervous moments. MOVED: 540 words, photos.
-- ISLAMABAD -- CRI--Pakistan-Australia. MOVED: 82 words.
PALM HARBOR, Florida -- Matt Every made the best of the worst conditions at Innisbrook. Danny Lee, finally, seems to be playing good golf in any weather. They were among a four-way tie for the lead after the opening round of the Valspar Championship. By Doug Ferguson. MOVED: 749 words., photos.
-- PALM HARBOR, Florida -- GLF--Valspar Championship-Lee. By Doug Ferguson. MOVED: 329 words, photos.
GLF--TROPHEE HASSAN II
AGADIR, Morocco -- Alejandro Canizares goes into the second round of the Trophee Hassan II with a one-stroke lead over Seve Benson. Magnus Carlsson, Connor Arendell and Tommy Fleetwood are also giving chase at the Golf du Palais Royal. UPCOMING: 250 words by 1900 GMT.
RGU--O'DRISCOLL'S FINAL FLING
Dublin farewelled Brian O'Driscoll in style last weekend. The great man sweetened the occasion with a magic effort against Italy, tarnished later only by his rendition of Barry Manilow's "Copacabana" in the changing room. While it was a fitting celebration of O'Driscoll, there's symmetry in him bowing out of international rugby on Saturday in a likely Six Nations title decider in Paris. By Foster Niumata. MOVED: 711 words, photos.
HAMILTON, New Zealand -- The defending champion Chiefs remain unbeaten in Super Rugby after a 36-20 win over the Cape Town-based Stormers. MOVED: 177 words.
MELBOURNE, Australia -- All Blacks flyhalf Tom Taylor kicks six penalties and hooker Ben Funnell scores the only try for the Crusaders as the New Zealand side labors past the Melbourne Rebels 25-19 in Super Rugby. MOVED: 421 words.
CHELTENHAM, England -- Favorite Bobs Worth seeks a Cheltenham Gold Cup double as the Nicky Henderson-trained steeplechaser bids to repeat last-year's victory on Day 4 of the festival. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 1600 GMT.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- For the youngest Paralympian in Sochi, competing was about more than fulfilling a personal target. Ben Tudhope, a 14-year-old Australian, felt a duty to honor the memory of a late teammate in finishing 10th out of 33 on his -- and snowboarding's -- Paralympics debut. By Rob Harris. MOVED: 308 words, photos.
-- BBN--Baseball Down Under. 2-game MLB series set to spur baseball Down Under. By Dennis Passa. MOVED: 1037 words, photos.
-- CHICAGO -- BKN--NBA Roundup. Dunleavy, Noah lead Bulls over Rockets. MOVED: 290 words, photos.
-- ST. LOUIS -- HKN--NHL Roundup. Schwartz scores twice as Blues beat Oilers. MOVED: 472 words, photos.
-- LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland -- SKI--WCup-Team Event. Swiss beat U.S. in final. MOVED: 105 words, photo.
-- LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- OLY--2022 Bids. 5 citiies submit bids. MOVED: 118 words, photo.
-- FBN--NFL Free Agency. Revis, Sproles, Smith, Harrison, Tuck on move. By Barry Wilner. MOVED: 397 words, photos.
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