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TOP STORY:

SOC--RONALDO-FUTURE

MADRID -- Cristiano Ronaldo is really serious about keeping his options open for the future. Not even Barcelona or Manchester United's rivals in England are off limits. Ronaldo told The Associated Press on Thursday that he knows it would be "very complicated" to play for these clubs, but it's something that the Real Madrid star doesn't rule out either. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 940 words, photos.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

SOC--EUROPA LEAGUE ROUNDUP

PARIS -- Four-time European Cup winner Ajax fails to advance to the Europa League last-32 after drawing 1-1 at home to Norwegian side Molde, as the nine remaining qualifying places for the knockout stage are decided. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 600 words, photos.

SOC--FRANCE-BENZEMA

PARIS -- Karim Benzema was indefinitely suspended from the French national team on Thursday because of his involvement in an ongoing blackmail case, throwing his international career into doubt. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 585 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--BRAZIL'S NEXT COACH?

SAO PAULO -- Adenor Leonardo Bacchi would like to be Brazil's next coach. He was available when Dunga was named to replace Luiz Felipe Scolari after last year's disappointing World Cup. And he's still waiting for a chance. By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 499 words, photo.

SOC--ENGLISH PREVIEW

LONDON -- After another lackluster week in the short reign of Louis van Gaal, Manchester United will revisit the scene of one of the team's greatest embarrassments. By Rob Harris. SENT: 712 words, photos.

SOC--SPANISH PREVIEW

BARCELONA, Spain -- After back-to-back draws which cuts its lead of the Spainish league to two points, Barcelona is looking to get back on the winning track before it heads to Japan to play in the Club World Cup. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 650 words, photos.

SOC--REAL MADRID-COPA DEL REY

MADRID -- The Spanish soccer federation confirms Real Madrid's disqualification from the Copa del Rey because of an ineligible player. SENT: 250 words, photo.

SOC--FRENCH PREVIEW

PARIS -- Lyon's unexpected win at Valencia in the Champions League has lifted some of the pressure off coach Hubert Fournier. Earlier this week, it was reported that Fournier had two games to save his job, following a run of four losses and a draw and increasing friction inside the dressing room. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 601 words, photos.

SOC--UNION-STEWART

CHESTER, Pennsylvania -- Former U.S. national team star Earnie Stewart has fulfilled his dream of returning to the United States. By Dave Zeitlin. SENT: 400 words.

ALSO:

-- ASUNCION, Paraguay -- BC-SOC--CONMEBOL Meeting. South American soccer body CONMEBOL prepares to meet: last 3 presidents under arrest. By Pedro Servin. SENT: 267 words.

-- COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- BC-SOC--DENMARK-COACH. Former Malmo manager Age Hareide becomes new Denmark coach after Olsen's 15-year tenure. By Jan M. Olsen. SENT: 251 words.

FIGURE SKATING:

FIG--GRAND PRIX FINAL

BARCELONA, Spain -- Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan breaks his own points record for a men's short program to take a commanding lead of the Grand Prix Final. By Joe wilson. SENT: 400 words, photos.

OLYMPICS:

OLY--IOC MEETINGS

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The IOC will launch an independent auditing of the money it gives to sports organizations in a bid to prevent the type of corruption scandals that have engulfed the governing bodies of soccer and track and field. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 850 words, photos. Will be updated.

CRICKET:

NEW ZEALAND-SRI LANKA

DUNEDIN, New Zealand -- Trent Boult and Neil Wagner grab early wickets to send Sri Lanka to lunch at 38-2, replying to New Zealand's first innings of 431 on the second day of the first cricket test at the University Oval. SENT: 130 words, photos, will be updated shortly.

AUSTRALIA-WEST INDIES

HOBART, Australia -- Century makers Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh look to extend their 317-run partnership when Australia resumes Friday at 438-3 on the second day of the first test against the West Indies. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. First copy by 0200 GMT.

OTHER STORIES:

-- MOSCOW -- BC-OLY--DOPING-RUSSIA. Head of Russian anti-doping agency resigns after organization suspended in doping scandal. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 291 words.

-- LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- BC-OLY--IOC-BRAZIL TV RIGHTS. IOC lands another long-term TV deal, awarding Brazilian rights to Globo through 2032. SENT: 276 words, photo.

-- LONDON -- BC-BOX--FURY ROW. Tyson Fury summoned by British boxing board for criticizing homosexuals, women, abortion. SENT: 200 words, photos.

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Updated : 2021-09-18 06:16 GMT+08:00