Rarely has a loss felt this good. Despite a 2-0 defeat to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Wales reached its first international tournament since the 1958 World Cup on Saturday thanks to Cyprus beating Israel 2-1. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 750 words.
CAR--F1-RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX
SOCHI, Russia -- Mercedes' Nico Rosberg took pole position for the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday ahead of his teammate and title rival Lewis Hamilton. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 700 words.
Michel Platini lodged an appeal Saturday with FIFA against his 90-day suspension and was backed by the South American confederation, which called for the European soccer leader to be allowed to stand in the presidential election to succeed Sepp Blatter. By Rob Harris. SENT: 550 words.
INCHEON, South Korea -- Whether it was the South African juggernaut of Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen, the inspired play of Bae Sang-moon in front of his home crowd or a format change that reduced the number of matches, the Presidents Cup is truly up for grabs for the first time in 10 years. That's all the International team ever wanted. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 800 words.
Despite a 2-0 defeat against Bosnia-Herzegovina, Wales reached its first international tournament since 1958 on Saturday thanks to Cyprus beating Israel 2-1 in European Championship qualifying. By Jack Bezants. SENT: 500 words.
ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- The Netherlands kept alive its hopes of qualifying for next year's European Championship by beating Kazakhstan 2-1 on Saturday. SENT: 400 words.
Stephan El Shaarawy ended a three-year drought by scoring the winning goal as Italy beat Azerbaijan 3-1 Saturday to qualify for next year's European Championship. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 700 words.
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MANCHESTER, England -- England thrashed Uruguay 60-3 in its last Rugby World Cup pool match on Saturday, ending an otherwise miserable campaign that raised questions about its ability to compete at the highest level. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 700 words.
LONDON -- As he trudged off Twickenham, the home of English rugby, it occurred to Wales captain Sam Warburton that something good could come out of yet another loss to Australia. Wales is still contention at the Rugby World Cup. By John Pye. SENT: 600 words.
LONDON -- In describing Australia's success in shutting out Wales while playing with 13 men, the Wales captain and coach didn't hold back. They used words such as "courageous" and "heroic." Asked for his assessment, Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore said: "Guys just did their job." By John Pye. SENT: 750 words.
NEWCASTLE, England -- Scotland reached the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals by beating Samoa 36-33 in a thrilling Pool B game on Saturday, denying Japan a last-gasp shot at advancing to the knockout stage for the first time. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 600 words.
BEIJING -- Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will renew their long rivalry in the China Open final on Sunday after both won their semifinals in straight sets. SENT: 500 words.
TOKYO -- Unseeded Benoit Paire of France beat defending champion Kei Nishikori 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 Saturday to advance to the Japan Open final where he faces top-seeded Stan Wawrinka. SENT: 300 words.
WOBURN, England -- England's Matthew Fitzpatrick shot a 3-under 68 Saturday to maintain his place atop the British Masters leaderboard after the third round, but was joined in the lead by Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat. SENT: 400 words.
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