SOC--FIFA-2022 WORLD CUP
DOHA, Qatar -- FIFA will not compensate European clubs for disrupting their season by rescheduling the 2022 World Cup, according to secretary general Jerome Valcke. He also rules out apologizing for a November-December tournament that avoids Qatar's summer heat and shuts down top national leagues for several weeks. By Abdullah Rebhy. SENT: 430 words, photos.
LONDON -- Arsenal hosts Monaco in the first leg of their round of 16 Champions League game. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2145 GMT.
LEVERKUSEN, Germany -- Bayer Leverkusen hosts 2014 finalist Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last 16. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2145 GMT.
SOC--MAN CITY-FAMILIAR FLAWS
MANCHESTER, England -- It was supposed to be the night when Manchester City finally announced itself as a major force in the Champions League after three years of underachievement. Instead, a 2-1 home loss to Barcelona in the last 16 exposes many of City's usual flaws in the big games in Europe: Tactical inflexibility, lack of composure and yet more indiscipline. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 590 words, photos.
SOC--EUROPA LEAGUE PREVIEW
ROME -- Riots in Rome last week have sparked extra anti-violence measures for several of Thursday's second-leg matches in the Europa League's last 32. Police are tightending security in Rotterdam, Florence, and Milan. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 720 words, photos.
DOHA, Qatar -- The 2023 African Cup of Nations in Guinea will move from January to June because of FIFA's plan to switch the 2022 World Cup dates to November-December. SENT: 340 words, photo.
-- SOC--GREECE-VIOLENCE -- SENT: 120 words, photos.
-- SOC--EGYPT-MATCHES RETURN -- SENT: 130 words.
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CRI--WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
BRISBANE, Australia -- A four-wicket victory over a more-fancied West Indies to open its Cricket World Cup campaign seemed relatively easy after Ireland's tight two-wicket win over a United Arab Emirates team it was expected to beat. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 690 words, photos.
BRISBANE, Australia -- Gary Wilson strikes 80 runs from 69 balls in a defiant late innings to help Ireland edge the United Arab Emirates by two wickets in a Cricket World Cup match that was finely balanced until the last over. By John Pye. SENT: 640 words.
-- CRI--SRI LANKA-BANGLADESH -- By Neil Frankland. SENT: 470 words, photo.
-- CRI--WCUP-AFGHANISTAN-SCOTLAND -- SENT: 350 words, photos.
MARCOUSSIS, France -- Morgan Parra will start at scrumhalf against Wales on Saturday in a backline overhaul by France to shake off its mediocre start in the Six Nations. Four of the five changes are in the backline. SENT: 420 words.
FALUN, Sweden -- The men's 15-kilometer freestyle race gives Dario Cologna of Switzerland another chance for a gold medal in Wednesday's only medal event at the Nordic skiing world championships. By Mattias Karen. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1600 GMT.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Olympic inspectors conclude a three-day tour to check Rio de Janeiro's readiness to hold the 2016 Games, which face problems with water pollution, security, and the late delivery of a new subway line. By Stephen Wade. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1800 EST.
-- BKN--NBA ROUNDUP -- Curry returns to lead Warriors to win at Washington. SENT: 350 words, photos.
-- HKN--NHL ROUNDUP -- Canadiens beat Blues to stay ahead in NHL East. SENT: 590 words, photos.
-- COM--2022 BIDS-DURBAN -- South African Commonwealth bid officials head to London. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 390 words.
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