LONDON -- A World Cup bidding whistleblower fears her treatment by FIFA will prevent people from coming forward with evidence as world football's governing body grapples with allegations of corruption. By Rob Harris. SENT: 477 words.
GENEVA -- The judge and prosecutor behind FIFA's World Cup bid corruption investigation will meet Thursday in an effort to repair their relations and restore the reputation of a case seemingly in disarray. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 597 words
ROME -- With a struggling national team and Serie A clubs failing to compete in Europe, it's of little surprise that the Italian football federation is planning to vote on Thursday on proposed reforms, such as limiting first squads to 25 players and stipulating that at least four members of first teams come from youth systems. But Italian Players' Association president Damiano Tommasi is concerned: "If these are the reforms that are going to be voted on then we still have some work to do." By Andrew Dampf. UPCOMING: 711 words, photos.
SOC--AFRICAN CUP QUALIFYING
Nigeria won't get the chance to defend its title at the African Cup of Nations next year after drawing 2-2 at home to South Africa on Wednesday to miss out on the finals on the last day of qualifying. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 630 words, photos.
-- BOGOTA, Colombia -- BC-LT--COLOMBIA-COCAINE SOCCER. Popular Colombia soccer team sanctioned by US government for alleged ties to drug cartel. BC-LT--Colombia-Cocaine Soccer. SENT: 129 words.
-- ZURICH -- BC-SOC--FIFA-BLATTER. Blatter warns English FA over legal consequences of publishing World Cup corruption report. SENT: 140 words, photo.
-- WIGAN, England -- BC-SOC--WIGAN-MACKAY. In hiring Mackay, Wigan expects criticism for picking manager who sent 'unacceptable' messages. SENT: 336 words.
-- NYON, Switzerland -- BC-SOC--UEFA-CROWD DISORDER. UEFA punishes Galatasaray, Dortmund, BATE for fan incidents at Champions League matches. SENT: 130 words.
-- BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- BC-SOC--BOCA JUNIORS-RIVER PLATE. Buenos Aires Derby: River Plate vs. Boca Juniors again -- this time in Copa Sudamericana semis. SENT: 106 words.
NICE, France -- The parents of Formula One driver Jules Bianchi say he has been taken out of an artificial coma and repatriated from Japan to a French hospital. Bianchi, who crashed during last month's Japanese Grand Prix, remains in a critical condition with severe head injuries, his parents said in a statement. SENT: words.
-- ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- BC-CAR--F1-LOTUS-GROSJEAN. Frenchman Romain Grosjean to continue racing for struggling Lotus in 2015 F1 championship. SENT: 106 words, photos.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Azhar Ali and Younis Khan score half centuries as Pakistan reaches 281-6 against New Zealand at stumps on day three of the second test. Ali makes 75 and Khan 72, missing out on his fifth test century in the last four matches. Pakistan trails by 122 runs. SENT: 505 words.
PARIS -- France has handed starts to prop Xavier Chiocci, hooker Benjamin Kayser and lock Sebastien Vahaamahina for the rugby test against Argentina at Stade de France on Saturday. All three made replacement appearances in the 29-26 win over Australia in Paris last weekend. By Trung Latieule. SENT: 349 words, photos.
LONDON -- Flyhalf George Ford will make his first start for England with Owen Farrell beside him at inside center for the rugby test against Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday. SENT: 373 words, photos.
CME GROUP TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
NAPLES, Florida -- Nearly 10 months after the LPGA Tour season began, nothing is settled. Inbee Park is No. 1 in the world, but not by much. Stacy Lewis is leading the race for player of the year by three points. Her lead in the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average is even thinner -- just under one-hundredth of a point. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: words.
-- CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- BC-BKN--Hornets-Taylor.NBA suspends Hornets' Taylor 24 games after he pleaded guilty to domestic violence assault. By Steve Reed. SENT: 551 words.
-- CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- BC-SAI--VOLVO OCEAN RACE. Threat of tropical storms as Volvo Ocean Race heads for Indian Ocean. SENT: 451 words, photos.
-- PHILADELPHIA -- BC-US--NFL CONCUSSION LAWSUIT. Lawyer asks judge to approve NFL concussion deal, predicts 'scorched-earth' trial otherwise. By Maryclaire Dale. SENT: 773 words.
-- MIAMI -- BC-BBN--MARLINS-$325M CONTRACT. Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton signs $325 million, 13-year deal, MLB record for cash and length. By Steven Wine. SENT: 454 words.
-- NEW YORK -- BC-BKN--COLLINS RETIRES. Jason Collins, NBA's first openly gay player, announces his retirement. SENT: 413 words.
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