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WORLD SPORTS at 1345 GMT

WORLD SPORTS at 1345 GMT

TOP STORY:

TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Novak Djokovic reaches his fifth Australian Open final with a five-set win over defending champion Stan Wawrinka that falls flat compared with their previous encounters at Melbourne Park. By John Pye. SENT: 440 words, photos. Will be updated.

With:

-- TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-WOMEN'S DOUBLES FINAL -- By Justin Bergman. SENT: 350 words, photos.

-- TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-WHAT TO WATCH -- By Dennis Passa. SENT: 750 words, photos.

-- TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE -- SENT: 320 words.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

ATH--DOPING-JEPTOO

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Athletics Kenya says it has banned marathon champion Rita Jeptoo two years for doping. Jeptoo has won the Boston Marathon three times, and her second Chicago Marathon in October. SENT: 50 words. Will be updated.

CRI--ENGLAND-INDIA

PERTH, Australia -- James Taylor and Jos Buttler make half centuries in a 125-run partnership which steers England to a three-wicket win over India and into the final of cricket's one-day international tri-series. SENT: 750 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--CHELSEA-COSTA

LONDON -- Chelsea striker Diego Costa will miss Saturday's crucial English Premier League game against title rival Manchester City after being handed a three-match ban for stamping on an opponent's leg. SENT: 270 words, photos.

SOC--ASIAN CUP

NEWCASTLE, Australia -- Captain Ahmed Khalil scored on both sides of halftime and tournament scoring leader Ali Mabkhout converted a second-half penalty as the United Arab Emirates clinched third place in the Asian Cup with a 3-2 win over a 10-man Iraq. SENT: 120 words, photos.

SOC--ASIAN CUP LOOKAHEAD

SYDNEY -- The Asian Cup final between Australia and South Korea presents the familiar conundrum of the irresistible force meeting the immoveable object. Australia, the highest-scoring team with 12 in five games, takes on a South Korea that is yet to concede a goal in five games, including one that went to extra time. By Keiran Smith. SENT: 660 words, photos.

SOC--FIFA ELECTION-FIGO

LISBON, Portugal -- Luis Figo identifies the five national federations that formally nominated him to run for FIFA president against Sepp Blatter: Denmark, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Poland. SENT: 290 words, photo.

SOC--AFRICAN CUP LOOKAHEAD

BATA, Equatorial Guinea -- The African Cup of Nations readies for the first knockout games, back-to-back quarterfinals on the same day at the same stadium. Host Equatorial Guinea, Tunisia, Republic of Congo and Congo are all seeking a place in the semifinals. By Gerald Imray. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 1600 GMT.

With:

-- SOC--AFRICAN CUP-CAF -- SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated.

SOC--OLD FIRM-RIVALRY RESUMES

One of the most incendiary rivalries in world football will be renewed on Sunday when Glasgow foes Celtic and Rangers meet for the first time in almost three years in a Scottish League Cup semifinal. Their 400th match will be an "Old Firm" showdown like no other, however. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 560 words, photo.

Also:

-- SOC--SPANISH PREVIEW -- By Harold Heckle. SENT: 450 words, photos.

GOLF:

GLF--PHOENIX OPEN

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- In his first appearance at the Phoenix Open in 14 years -- and only his second tournament in six months -- Tiger Woods was near the bottom of the leaderboard until two key shots on the back nine salvaged a 2-over 73. He is nine shots behind Ryan Palmer, who opened with a 64 to build a one-shot lead when play was uspended by darkness. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 990 words, photos.

With:

-- GLF--PHOENIX OPEN-ALLENBY -- By John Nicholson. SENT: 440 words, photo.

GLF--DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Marc Warren of Scotland did his chances of making a first-ever appearance at the Masters no harm by taking the clubhouse lead in the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic. SENT: 190 words, photos. Will be updated.

FIGURE SKATING:

FIG--EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

STOCKHOLM -- Javier Fernandez of Spain aims for his third consecutive European figure skating gold medal, with a sizeable lead heading into the free skate. Russia<s Olympic silver medalists, Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, are the top pairs prospects. By Jim Heintz. Developing from pairs short program conclusion about 1530 GMT.

MOTORSPORT:

CAR--INDYCAR-BRAZIL RACE CANCELED

SAO PAULO -- Brazilian organizers say the decision to cancel the IndyCar Series opener scheduled for March came after public prosecutors warned the race would cost too much to the local government and would not be in the public's best interest. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 450 words by 1600 GMT.

SUPER BOWL:

FBN--SUPER BOWL PREVIEW

PHOENIX -- On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks go for a second straight NFL title, seeking to be the first team to repeat since the New England Patriots a decade ago. A victory, particularly a convincing one, would stamp the Seahawks as one of the great teams of the Super Bowl era. Meanwhile, New England's coach and quarterback chase a record-tying fourth Super Bowl ring. Yet, as has been the custom this season, major distractions have taken the focus away from the field. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 680 words, photos.

Other news:

-- BKN--NBA ROUNDUP -- Grizzlies crush Nuggets to open Southwest lead. SENT: 270 words, photos.

-- BKN--NBA ALL-STAR RESERVES -- 3 Hawks, Durant and Westbrook are NBA All-Star reserves. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 400 words, photos.

-- HKN--NHL ROUNDUP -- Blues beat Predators in shootout to trim Central lead. SENT: 590 words, photos.

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Updated : 2021-09-23 20:44 GMT+08:00