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WORLD SPORTS at 1330 GMT

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TOP STORY:

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.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--ARSENAL-MONACO

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.

SOC--LEVERKUSEN-ATLETICO

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.

SOC--AFRICAN CUP-2023

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.

Also:

-- SOC--GREECE-VIOLENCE -- SENT: 120 words, photos.

-- SOC--EGYPT-MATCHES RETURN -- SENT: 130 words.

CRICKET WORLD CUP:

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.

CRI--WCUP-IRELAND-UAE

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.

Also:

-- CRI--SRI LANKA-BANGLADESH -- By Neil Frankland. SENT: 470 words, photo.

-- CRI--WCUP-AFGHANISTAN-SCOTLAND -- SENT: 350 words, photos.

RUGBY:

RGU--FRANCE TEAM

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.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

SKI--NORDIC WORLDS

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.

OLY--RIO 2016-INSPECTORS

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.

Other news:

-- 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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Updated : 2021-09-18 15:50 GMT+08:00