ZURICH -- Complaining that he is being "dragged through the mud" in the FIFA corruption investigation, Michel Platini believes he is "bullet proof" and has not lost support in his bid to replace Sepp Blatter as the head of world soccer's governing body. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 600 words, photos.
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The German football federation president denied again Monday that German bidders used a slush fund to buy votes to secure the 2006 World Cup, while acknowledging that it remains unexplained what the money was used for. SENT: 440 words, photos.
MADRID -- Lionel Messi's injury might just be what Neymar needs. With Messi out of action, the Brazil striker has taken over the spotlight at Barcelona and has the room to prove he has what it takes to finally make the three-player shortlist for the player of the year award. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 550 words, photos.
LONDON -- World Anti-Doping Agency leaders will consider the IOC's proposal to take drug-testing out of the hands of sports bodies and put it under the control of WADA. SENT: 130 words.
SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE-GROUP E
BARCELONA, Spain -- On paper, Barcelona's star-studded side should ease to another win when it crosses the continent to play at BATE Borisov in the Champions League on Tuesday. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 650 words, photos.
SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE-GROUP G
KIEV, Ukraine -- Outside of the top 10 in the Premier League and outside of the qualifying spots in Champions League Group G. That's not how Chelsea's October was supposed to look. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 790 words, photos.
SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE-GROUP H
MOSCOW -- Depleted by injuries and struggling at home, Lyon and Zenit St. Petersburg get a respite from their domestic troubles by playing in the Champions League on Tuesday. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 630 words, photos.
LEEDS, England -- Leeds says that coach Uwe Rosler has left the Championship club, following a third consecutive defeat for the relegation strugglers. SENT: 130 words.
SOC--BALLON D'OR-WOMEN'S SHORTLIST
ZURICH -- Seattle Reign teammates Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe, along with Carli Lloyd of the Houston Dash, are among 10 players shortlisted for the 2015 Ballon D'Or award for the women's world player of the year. SENT: 230 words.
HARRISON, New Jersey -- Mike Grella took just 7 seconds to score the quickest ever Major League Soccer goal as the New York Red Bulls beat the Philadelphia Union 4-1 on Sunday to earn the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. SENT: 470 words.
SAO PAULO -- Renato Augusto and Vagner Love scored two goals each as Corinthians increased their Brazilian league lead to eight points with a crushing 4-1 win at Atletico Paranaense on Sunday. SENT: 250 words.
RUGBY WORLD CUP:
LONDON -- Australia coach Michael Cheika defended referee Craig Joubert's hasty exit following a contentious call that cost Scotland a win in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals, saying it was likely prompted by a bottle thrown onto to the pitch at Twickenham. SENT: 130 words, photos.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Stephen Betham has resigned his position as Samoa rugby coach after the team's disappointing performance at the Rugby World Cup. SENT: 400 words, photos.
LONDON -- The head of cricket's ruling body says that "greeny yellow" balls could be used in test matches when bad light threatens to end the day's play. SENT: 120 words.
NEW DELHI -- Ravindra Jadeja has been recalled to India's squad for the first two tests against against South Africa. By C.Rajshekhar Rao. SENT: 400 words, photos.
SYDNEY -- Test prospects Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges and Peter Siddle have been included in a Prime Minister's XI to play New Zealand in the first match of its Australian cricket tour at Canberra on Friday. SENT: 330 words.
GLF--GRILLO'S BIG WEEK
NAPA, California -- The two lasting images of Emiliano Grillo in his PGA Tour rookie debut were both misses. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 900 words, photos.
NEW YORK -- Daniel Murphy hit his fifth playoff homer and rookie Noah Syndergaard outpitched Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, sending the New York Mets to a 4-1 victory and a 2-0 lead in the National League Championship Series. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 510 words, photos.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Tom Brady threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns as New England took advantage of a botched fake punt in the Patriots' 34-27 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. SENT: 790 words, photos.
NEW YORK -- Lee Stempniak scored at 3:07 of overtime as the New Jersey Devils finally gave new coach John Hynes a victory with a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers on Sunday. SENT: 380 words, photos.
-- EQU--OLY-RIDER HOSPITALIZED -- British Olympic equestrian medalist in French hospital after fall during competition. SENT: 110 words.
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