GENEVA -- FIFA dismisses ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia's appeal challenging how his World Cup bid investigation was handled. The ruling is published less than one hour after FIFA announces a disciplinary committee judgment dismissing complaints by two whistleblowers who were interviewed during the probe. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 450 words.
SOC--QATAR-POWER OF SPORT
DOHA, Qatar -- Leaders of Qatar seem to have a simple formula for their plans over the next decade: Money + sports (equals) global fame. Never in sporting history has a country invested so massively, quickly, broadly, internationally and ostentatiously as the small oil-and-gas rich Gulf emirate that is using the world's thirst for energy and for sporting entertainment to realize its giant "look at me!" ambitions. By John Leicester and Rob Harris. SENT: 970 words, photos.
SOC--QATAR-WORLD CUP EXPERIENCE
DOHA, Qatar -- The 2022 World Cup in Qatar offers cooled, modern stadiums to fans traveling from the Middle East and beyond, to a region anxious to prove it can put on a show and have its own brand of fun. All against doubts about whether women, gays and beer-drinkers will feel comfortable. By John Leicester and Rob Harris. SENT: 990 words, photos.
-- SOC--QATAR-GLANCE -- SENT: 200 words.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Tillakaratne Dilshan strikes his 18th century in his 300th one-day international and Thisara Perera smashes 54 off 26 balls to steer Sri Lanka to 302-6 against England in the seventh and final match. SENT: 240 words, photos. Will be updated with result.
PARIS -- Former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry announces his retirement to become a TV analyst, ending a 20-year career in which he earned a place in the pantheon of modern greats. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 560 words, photos.
-- SOC--HENRY RETIRES-QUOTEBOX -- SENT: 450 words, photos.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- The Asian Football Confederation urges Australia to provide extra security for next month's Asian Cup following the siege at a Sydney cafe that left two hostages dead. SENT: 200 words, photos.
SOC--CLUB WORLD CUP
MARRAKECH, Morocco -- Real Madrid plays Cruz Azul of Mexico for a place in the final of the Club World Cup. By John Leicester. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 2200 GMT.
MANCHESTER, England -- English Premier League leader Chelsea is at second-tier club Derby and Southampton plays at Sheffield United of the third tier in the quarterfinals of the League Cup. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2200 GMT.
Barcelona will look to ease into the Copa del Rey round of 16 when it hosts third-division Huesca after winning their opening leg 4-0. Also, Celta Vigo needs to overturn a 2-1 loss to advance past Las Palmas, and Valencia will defend its 2-1 advantage over visiting Rayo Vallecano. By Joseph Wilson. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 2100 GMT.
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Bayern Munich seeks to extend its unbeaten run when it hosts Freiburg in the Bundesliga. By Nesha Starcevic. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 2200 GMT.
BRISBANE, Australia -- Australia has unveiled a replacement captain and a new-look pace attack in the three days since clinching an emotional series-opener against India with eight wickets in the last session of an Adelaide test dedicated to the late Phillip Hughes. Steve Smith takes over the leadership from an injured Michael Clarke, while Mahendra Singh Dhoni returns to lead India. By John Pye. SENT: 730 words, photo.
-- CRI --AUSTRALIA-MARSH BROTHERS -- SENT: 280 words.
CHICAGO -- Drew Brees throws for three touchdowns as the New Orleans Saints beat the Chicago Bears 31-15 to take the NFC South lead from Carolina and Atlanta. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 440 words, photos.
-- BKN--NBA ROUNDUP -- James, Love lead Cavaliers over Hornets 97-88. SENT: 400 words, photo.
-- HKN--NHL ROUNDUP -- Penguins use rookies, Fleury to top Lightning 4-2. SENT: 300 words, photo.
-- HKN--KINGS-VOYNOV CHARGED -- Judge: Kings' Voynov can be tried on felony charge. By Anthony McCartney. SENT: 300 words, photos.
-- GLF--MCILROY-AWARD -- Rory McIlroy is European Tour golfer of the year. SENT: 250 words, photo.
-- RGU--NEW ZEALAND-HANSEN -- All Blacks coach receives extended contract to Lions tour in 2017. SENT: 270 words.
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