PARIS -- Former IAAF President Lamine Diack has been placed under criminal investigation on corruption and money-laundering charges, suspecting of taking at least $220,000 from Russia to cover up positive doping tests, French authorities said Wednesday. By John Leicester. SENT: 550 words, photos.
PARIS -- France striker Karim Benzema was arrested Wednesday as part of an investigation into a blackmail case over a sex tape involving another player. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 300 words.
SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUNDUP
MADRID -- Chelsea hosts Dynamo Kiev and Arsenal plays at Bayern Munich needing victories to improve their chances of advancing to the knockout stage of the Champions League. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2300 GMT, photos.
SHANGHAI -- One year after Anirban Lahiri made his debut in the World Golf Championships, progress is measured by how much is at stake in the HSBC Champions. He no longer is simply happy to be at Sheshan International alongside the world's top players. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 900 words, photos.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- South African rugby great Bryan Habana is in contention to play at the Olympics after being included Wednesday in the national sevens squad for the 2015-16 season. SENT: 215 words, photos.
BARCELONA, Spain -- Neymar and Luis Suarez will look to keep up their scoring run as Barcelona hosts BATE Borisov in the Champions League. By Joseph Wilson. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2145 GMT, photos.
GHENT, Belgium -- Spanish club Valencia has a chance to advance to the knockout round of the Champions League with a win at Gent. UPCOMING: 200 words by 2145 GMT, photos.
-- SOC--BLATTER EFFIGY -- An effigy of suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter is going to go up in flames this weekend. SENT: 120 words, photos.
-- SOC--FIFA-PALESTINIANS -- The Palestinian soccer association will not host two World Cup qualifying matches this month for security reasons. SENT: 130 words.
TEN--WTA ELITE TROPHY
ZHUHAI, China -- U.S. Open finalist Roberta Vinci won her first match at the WTA Elite Trophy, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday. SENT: 200 words.
SHANGHAI -- Jordan Spieth's description of his trophy collection from an amazing season brings to mind a scene in "Caddyshack" when Lacy Underall is at Ty Webb's house and keeps finding uncashed checks littered about the living room. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 880 words, photos.
BRISBANE, Australia -- Agro Aussies against cordial Kiwis. The first trans-Tasman test cricket series in four years has been pitched in a way that earned Brendon McCullum's New Zealand lineup the tag of the "politest" team in the international game. By John Pye. SENT: 750 words, photos.
BRISBANE, Australia -- Richard Hadlee used subtle variations in his bowling to unsettle Australia's batsmen and drive New Zealand's historic test series win 30 years ago. His subtle approach extends to trash talk, too. By John Pye. SENT: 550 words.
MOHALI, India -- South Africa captain Hashim Amla expects the first test against India to favor spin bowlers and said he is not surprised that the hosts are likely to go for pitches aiding turn during the four-test series. By C. Rajshekhar Rao. SENT: 500 words, photos.
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates -- Pakistan offpsinner Shoaib Malik struck twice in his farewell test and left England struggling at 46-2 Wednesday on the fourth day of the third and final test. SENT: 400 words.
FBC--COLLEGE PLAYOFF RANKINGS
NEW YORK -- Clemson, LSU, Ohio State and Alabama are the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff selection committee rankings of the season. SENT: 120 words, photos.
-- CAR--F1-WOLFF RETIRING -- Susie Wolff, the first female driver to take part in a Formula One race weekend in 22 years, is retiring from racing at the end of the season. SENT: 120 words, photos.
-- OLY--BEIJING 2022-HIGH-SPEED TRAIN -- China has approved the budget for a $9.22 billion high-speed rail project for the 2022 Winter Olympics. SENT: 280 words.
-- BKN--NBA ROUNDUP -- Kyle Lowry scores 27 points as the Toronto Raptors beat Dallas Mavericks 102-91. SENT: 420 words, photos.
-- HKN--NHL ROUNDUP -- Kevin Hayes breaks a deadlock as the Rangers beat the Capitals 5-2. SENT: 380 words, photos.?L
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