OLY--RIO 2016-FILTHY WATER
RIO DE JANEIRO -- A new round of testing by The Associated Press shows Olympic waterways in Rio are as rife with pathogens far offshore as they are nearer land, where raw sewage flows into them from fetid rivers and storm drains. By Brad Brooks. SENT: 2,033 words, photos, video. Abridged version is 950 words.
LONDON -- During a three-hour grilling at a British parliamentary hearing, IAAF President Sebastian Coe said Wednesday he is unsure whether Qatar's successful bid to host the 2019 world athletics championships was clean. By Rob Harris. SENT: 754 words, photos.
ROME -- The Italian Olympic Committee has requested two-year doping bans for 26 track and field athletes -- several of whom are slated to compete at next year's Rio de Janeiro Games. SENT: 263 words.
PARIS -- Speaking publicly for the first time since becoming embroiled in a blackmail scandal, Karim Benzema said Wednesday he wants to play again for France and win the 2016 European Championship with teammate Mathieu Valbuena. By Samuel Petrequin and Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 970 words, photos.
SOUTHAMPTON, England -- Liverpool recovered from conceding inside the first minute to thrash Southampton 6-1 away in the League Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday as Juergen Klopp's impressive start as manager continued. SENT: 316 words, photos.
MADRID -- Real Madrid risks being disqualified from the Copa del Rey after fielding an ineligible player on Wednesday in a 3-1 victory over Cadiz, its opening match in the competition. SENT: 510 words.
PARIS -- Second-place Caen failed to narrow the gap on runaway league leader Paris Saint-Germain after drawing 1-1 at Monaco on Wednesday. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 507 words, photos.
SOC--WCUP VOTES-5 YEARS LATER
ZURICH -- The date Dec. 2, 2010, will forever mark a turning point in the scandalous story of FIFA. Five years ago, a widely discredited FIFA executive committee chose Russia to host the 2018 World Cup and gave the 2022 tournament to Qatar. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 1,146 words, photos.
-- MADRID -- BC-SOC--VALENCIA-COACH -- Valencia appoints England assistant Gary Neville as coach until end of season. SENT: 220 words.
-- MUNICH -- BC-SOC--BAYERN-RIBERY. Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery returns to training after 9-month ankle injury layoff. SENT: 110 words.
CAR--F1-US GRAND PRIX
AUSTIN, Texas -- The future of the struggling U.S. Grand Prix was thrown into further doubt Wednesday when the 2016 Formula One calendar listed the race as "subject to agreement" with the promotor. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 410 words, photo.
NASSAU, Bahamas -- One year ago, Jordan Spieth had doubts that his game was good enough to close out tournaments. That's no longer the case. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 129 words. Will be updated.
-- DAYTONA BEACH, Florida -- BC-GLF--LPGA TOUR QUALIFYING. Christine Song, Simin Feng lead LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament. SENT: 161 words.
BEAVER CREEK, Colorado -- Bode Miller glided around a turn at a high rate of speed, caught some air and nearly lost one of his skis. Somehow, as he always seems to do, he avoided a crash and kept right on attacking the course. By Pat Graham. SENT: 718 words, photos.
-- JERUSALEM -- BC-ML--ISRAEL-MUNICH MASSACRE. Palestinians mutilated Israeli athlete in 1972 Olympics attack in Munich, says athlete's widow. By Ian Deitch. SENT: 624 words, photo.
-- FRANKFURT, Germany -- BC-BOX--Klitschko-Fury Rematch. Wladimir Klitschko set for rematch with Tyson Fury to attempt to regain heavyweight title. SENT: 292 words, photos.
-- LONDON -- BC-RGU--2016 FIXTURES. England to play Wales twice at Twickenham in 2016, 2nd time before June tours Down Under. SENT: 244 words.
-- BUDAPEST, Hungary -- BC-OLY--BUDAPEST-2024 BID. Budapest city council rejects proposal to hold referendum on 2024 Olympic bid. SENT: 267 words, photo.
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