LONDON -- Sepp Blatter has cast further doubt on the integrity of World Cup votes, blaming Michel Platini for backing out of a secret FIFA pact to award the 2022 tournament to the United States and suggesting Qatar gained from collusion. By Rob Harris. SENT: 800 words, photo.
LONDON -- South Africa finishes third in the Rugby World Cup after subduing Argentina 24-13 in a consolation playoff that only the players will remember. By Foster Niumata. SENT: 730 words, photos.
MEXICO CITY -- Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg posts the fastest practice time of the day ahead of this weekend's Mexican Grand Prix. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 420 words, photos.
MADRID -- Atletico Madrid squanders a chance to provisionally go top of the Spanish league after drawing with Deportivo La Coruna. SENT: 240 words.
BERLIN -- Eintracht Frankfurt ends Bayern Munich's record 10-game winning start to the Bundesliga by holding the German league leader to a 0-0 draw. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 300 words, photos.
PARIS -- Angel Di Maria strikes the winner as French league leader Paris Saint-Germain beats Rennes 1-0 to maintain its unbeaten start to the season. SENT: 350 words, photos.
LONDON -- New Zealand flyhalf Dan Carter speaks ahead of his last game for the All Blacks -- the Rugby World Cup final against Australia on Saturday. By Foster Niumata. SENT: 700 words, photos.
LONDON -- Two intense weeks of "fat club" at Australia's pre-tournament training camp in the United States have been the making of Drew Mitchell. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 500 words, photos.
LONDON -- A look at the best one-liners from Welsh referee Nigel Owens, the man in the middle for Saturday's Rugby World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand. SENT: 400 words, photos.
WATFORD, England -- After a 1-6 start, Jim Caldwell still thinks the Detroit Lions have a chance to salvage their season. By Chris Lehourites. SENT: 500 words, photos.
LONDON -- The Kansas City Chiefs, renowned for their high-decibel fans and enviable home-field advantage, are about to play their strangest "home" game in team history. By Shawn Pogatchnik. SENT: 640 words, photos.
CAR--F1-MEXICO GRAND PRIX
MEXICO CITY -- Sergio Perez is carrying the hopes of an entire host nation on his four wheels in Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 650 words, photos.
BASEL, Switzerland -- Roger Federer overcomes mid-match service problems to beat David Goffin and advance to the Swiss Indoors semifinals. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 310 words, photos.
VALENCIA, Spain -- Vasek Pospisil beats German qualifier Daniel Brands to set up a Valencia Open semifinal against Joao Sousa of Portugal. SENT: 350 words.
WASHINGTON -- Conspicuously absent the previous day, Vice President Joe Biden drops in on a global Olympic meeting and gives an impromptu plug for Los Angeles' bid for the 2024 Games. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 690 words, photos.
OLY--WORLD BEACH GAMES
WASHINGTON -- San Diego will host the inaugural World Beach Games in 2017. SENT: 230 words.
OLY--RIO 2016-EQUESTRIAN PROBLEMS
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil and the European Union reach a deal that removes the last big hurdle for equestrian events at the next Olympic Games. By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 390 words.
GLASGOW, Scotland -- Japan's Kohei Uchimura breezes to his record sixth world gymnastics championship title. By Will Graves. SENT: 490 words, photos.
RAC--BREEDERS' CUP-DAY 1
LEXINGTON, Kentucky -- Stopchargingmaria wins the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff by a neck. By Beth Harris. SENT: 780 words, photos.
NEW YORK -- One of the world's best marathoners trains among the weekend warriors and high school cross-country teams in New York City's parks. By Rachel Cohen. SENT: 600 words, photos.
GLF--TURKISH AIRLINES OPEN
ANTALYA, Turkey -- Jaco van Zyl held on to the lead at the Turkish Airlines Open by shooting a 3-under 69 in the second round Friday despite struggling on the back nine. SENT: 230 words.
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