CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE
PARIS -- Vincenzo Nibali is closing in on becoming the first Italian rider since Marco Pantani to claim victory in cycling's greatest race as the Tour de France heads into the final stretch on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday. Only a mishap of the highest order would deny Nibali victory in Paris, with his closest rival nearly 8 minutes behind, the biggest overall lead in 17 years. By Jamey Keaten. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 1830 GMT.
-- PARIS -- Tour de France-Nibali. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.
-- PARIS -- Tour de France-5 Things. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.
-- PARIS -- Tour de France-Womens' Race. UPCOMING. 300 words by 1400 GMT.
-- PARIS -- Tour de France-Nibali-Fact Box. UPCOMING.
-- PARIS -- Tour de France-Glance. UPCOMING.
BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Mercedes' Nico Rosberg is perfectly positioned to build on his 14-point lead over teammate Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One drivers' championship, starting from pole position in Sunday's race. Hamilton will start at the back of the race grid as an engine fire prevented him setting a qualifying time. By Pablo Gorondi. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 1700 GMT.
GLASGOW, Scotland -- The 5,000-meter race opens the track portion of athletics on Sunday while Commonwealth Games swimmers compete on their fourth night of their program and track cycling events conclude. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING, 550 words, photos. By 2000 GMT.
GLASGOW, Scotland -- New Zealand will attempt to win its fifth consecutive rugby sevens title at the Commonwealth Games -- and go into the 2016 Rio Games as big favorites when the sport is added to the Olympics -- when the Kiwis play in the medal round Sunday at Ibrox Stadium. By Dennis Passa. UPCOMING, 400 words, photos. By 2100 GMT.
GLASGOW, Scotland -- Michael Shelley did one better at these Commonwealth Games. The 30-year-old Australian, a silver medalist in New Delhi four years ago, ran a personal best of 2 hours, 11 minutes, 15 seconds to win the men's marathon. Flomena Daniel led a one-two finish for Kenya in the women's race. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 550 words, photos.
GLASGOW, Scotland -- The head of the Commonwealth Games says the event is using a "quality over quantity" drug-testing approach targeting specific sports based on intelligence received from anti-doping agencies. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 350 words, photos.
SOC--2018 WORLD CUP-CRITICISM
LONDON -- Britain's Deputy Prime Minister wants Russia stripped of the right to host the 2018 World Cup to punish President Vladimir Putin for "belligerent behavior" in the Ukraine crisis. SENT: 350 words, photos.
ROME -- A leading candidate for Italian football federation president is facing fierce criticism and calls to step aside following a racist comment. Amateur leagues president Carlo Tavecchio caused a stir on Friday when he discussed the presence of foreign players in Italy. SENT: 220 words.
-- MUNICH -- SOC--Bayern-Guardiola. SENT: 130 words.
-- LONDON -- SOC--Arsenal-Ospina. SENT: 130 words.
SRI LANKA-SOUTH AFRICA
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath picked up an early wicket to put South Africa under pressure as the visitors, chasing 369 to win the second test, finished day four on 38-1 Sunday. Opening the bowling, the left-arm spinner had opener Alviro Petersen caught by Kithruwan Vithanage without scoring with the total on four. SENT: 415 words, photos.
SOUTHAMPTON, England -- England captain Alastair Cook was dropped by Ravindra Jadeja on 15 before reaching lunch unbeaten on 48, with England 78-1 at the interval on day one of the third test against India at the Rose Bowl. By Jack Bezants. SENT: 200 words, photos. Will be updated.
LPGA INTERNATIONAL CROWN
OWINGS MILLS, Maryland -- Inbee Park and So Yeon Ryu both birdied the first playoff hole as South Korea eliminated the top-seeded United States and earned a wild-card berth in the final round of the International Crown. The Koreans will join Spain, Thailand, Japan and Sweden on Sunday in a duel for title. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 570 words, photos.
MONTREAL -- Jim Furyk moved into position for his third Canadian Open victory, shooting a 5-under 65 to take a three-stroke lead heading into the final round at Royal Montreal. SENT: 470 words, photos.
SENIOR BRITISH OPEN
BRIDGEND, Wales -- Bernhard Langer will try to close out his second Champions Tour major title of the year at the Senior British Open, where he held an eight-stroke lead after the third round. By Trevor Peake. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1800 GMT.
-- MOSCOW -- GLF--Russian Open. SENT: 130 words.
SYDNEY -- Manly extended its lead to four points atop Australia's National Rugby League table as it achieved a hard-fought 22-12 win over the New Zealand Warriors in the weekend's 20th round while its closest rivals suffered shock losses. SENT: 520 words.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- An air of unfinished business hangs over next weekend's Super Rugby final between the New South Wales Waratahs and Crusaders after both negotiated potentially difficult semifinals. SENT: 840 words.
NEW YORK -- Gennady Golovkin was a hit in his first appearance at Madison Square Garden. If Golovkin has his way, he will get another attempt at fighting in the big arena against another Madison Square Garden regular - Miguel Cotto. By Larry Fleisher. SENT: 670 words.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Kevin Harvick once again dominated a NASCAR qualifying session, setting a new Indianapolis Motor Speedway track record to win the pole for the Brickyard 400. Harvick, who had never before won more than two poles in a season, will try on Sunday to win the prestigious Brickyard for the second time in his career. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 500 words, photos.
BAKU, Azerbaijan -- Elena Svitolina of Ukraine successfully defended her title at the Baku Cup, defeating 2012 champion Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia in the final 6-1, 7-6 (2). SENT: 130 words.
ATLANTA -- Top seed and defending champion John Isner advanced to the Atlanta Open final for the fourth time in the tournament's five-year history by beating practice partner Jack Sock 7-5, 6-4. By Matt Winkeljohn. SENT: 200 words.
UMAG, Croatia -- Defending champion Tommy Robredo will face Uruguayan qualifier Pablo Cuevas in the final of the rain-delayed Croatia Open after both players won their semifinals Sunday. SENT: 200 words. Will be updated. By 2200 GMT.
-- EUGENE, Oregon -- ATH--World Juniors. US team claims 3 golds on Day 5 at world juniors. SENT: 340 words.
-- NEW YORK -- BBO--MLB Roundup. Toronto ends 17-game Bronx drought. SENT: 600 words, photos.
-- TORONTO -- SOC--MLS Roundup. 10-man Sporting Kansas City beats Toronto. SENT: 230 words, photos.
-- TOKYO -- SUM--Japan Roundup. Hakuho wins 30th title at Nagoya sumo tournament. SENT: 130 words.
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