CRI--WCUP-SOUTH AFRICA-SRI LANKA
SYDNEY -- The choker tag no longer burdens AB de Villiers and South Africa after they end a winless streak in Cricket World Cup knockout matches with a nine-wicket quarterfinal victory over Sri Lanka. By John Pye. SENT: 700 words, photos.
CRI--WCUP-MAHELA & SANGA RETIRE
SYDNEY -- Kumar Sangakkara is asked if he'd consider changing his mind about retiring from ODIs. He put up his hand to indicate he'd had enough. By John Pye. SENT: 650 words, photos.
BARCELONA, Spain -- Barcelona hosts Manchester City holding a 2-1 advantage in their Champions League round-of-16 tie. Barcelona is seeking to reach a record eighth consecutive quarterfinal, while City needs a comeback to advance to the final eight for the first time. By Joseph Wilson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2145 GMT.
DORTMUND, Germany -- Borussia Dortmund hosts Juventus for the second leg of their Champions League tie trailing 2-1 from the first leg. The German side needs to correct its losing record at home to Juventus to advance to a third straight quarterfinal. By Ciaran Fahey. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2145 GMT.
LONDON -- Alex Ferguson's great frustration in retirement is that he only won two Champions League titles during an illustrious managerial career with Manchester United. Arsene Wenger, though, looks destined to end his Arsenal career without even a single European Cup success. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos shortly.
THIMPHU, Bhutan -- Soccer fans in tiny Bhutan celebrate after the national team -- ranked last in the world -- pulls off an unlikely win over Sri Lanka to advance to the next round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup alongside Asian giants like Japan and South Korea. SENT: 390 words, photo.
SOC--ASIAN CHAMPIONS ROUNDUP
OSAKA, Japan -- Thai club Buriram United stays atop Group F in the Asian Champions League after holding J-League champion Gamba Osaka to 1-1. SENT: 110 words, photo.
SOC--EUROPA LEAGUE PREVIEW
MILAN -- At least one Italian team will reach the Europa League quarterfinals on Thursday, with Roma hosting Fiorentina and looking for a distraction from its domestic woes. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 700 words, photos.
-- SOC--PARMA-OWNER ARRESTED -- SENT: 180 words, photo.
SKI--WCUP FINALS-MEN'S DOWNHILL
MERIBEL, France -- Kjetil Jansrud clinches the World Cup downhill title by winning the last race in the discipline at the season-ending finals. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 460 words, photos.
SKI--WCUP FINALS-WOMEN'S DOWNHILL
MERIBEL, France -- Lindsey Vonn wins the World Cup downhill title for the seventh time after winning the last race in the discipline at the season-ending finals. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 470 words, photos.
LONDON -- The head of the IOC medical commission says the Olympic body plans to retest hundreds of stored doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Games to catch any drug cheats who escaped detection at the time. By Stephen Wilson. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1700 GMT.
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Bangladesh says its under no pressure in its first Cricket World Cup quarterfinal, and is excited at facing unbeaten India. By Neil Frankland. SENT: 540 words, photos.
-- CRI--WCUP-WEST INDIES-GAYLE -- By Steve McMorran. SENT: 410 words, photos.
-- CRI--WCUP-CONFIDENT NEW ZEALAND -- By Steve McMorran. SENT: 410 words.
-- CRI--WCUP-AUSTRALIA-FINCH -- SENT: 340 words.
-- CRI--ENGLAND SQUAD -- SENT: 290 words.
The only thing that could keep Mercedes from running away with the Formula One title again this year lies off the track, not on it. Last weekend's season-opening race in Australia showed what everyone suspected; Mercedes' dominance from 2014 has not been eroded and may even have increased. By Chris Lines. SENT: 640 words, photos.
-- CAR--F1-SAUBER-VAN DER GARDE -- Sauber settles contract dispute with ex-driver Van der Garde. By Chris Lines. SENT: 490 words, photo.
-- BKN--NBA ROUNDUP -- Last-place Knicks surprise defending champion Spurs 104-100. SENT: 450 words, photos.
-- HKN--NHL ROUNDUP -- Chicago hands Islanders fourth straight loss. SENT: 530 words, photos.
-- RGU--SOUTH AFRICA-RESTING PLAYERS -- Springboks asking Super Rugby teams to rest top players. SENT: 400 words, photo.
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