ZURICH -- Michel Platini's fading chances of becoming FIFA president are tested at an ethics hearing over a payment of about $2 million from Sepp Blatter. Verdicts for both men are due Monday morning. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 830 words, photos.
-- SOC--FIFA INVESTIGATION-BLATTER -- Blatter calls Monday news conference after FIFA verdicts. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 130 words, photo.
BKN--LEBRON JAMES-FAN INJURED
CLEVELAND -- The wife of PGA champion Jason Day is suffering from concussion symptoms after NBA star LeBron James crashed into her during a Cavaliers game. By Tom Withers. SENT: 650 words, photos.
CRI--NEW ZEALAND-SRI LANKA
HAMILTON, New Zealand -- New Zealand quickly wraps up Sri Lanka's first innings on the second day of the second cricket test, dismissing the tourists for 292, and responding with 61-0 at lunch. SENT: 360 words, photos.
PARIS -- The Russian doping scandal takes a new twist Friday when a French newspaper reported that former IAAF President Lamine Diack asked Russia for more than $1 million to fund the political opposition in his native Senegal. By John Leicester. SENT: 560 words, photos.
LONDON -- Through all the ups and through all the downs, Jose Mourinho has never really been this low before. By Jack Bezants. SENT: 600 words, photos.
SOC--CLUB WORLD CUP-BARCELONA
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Lionel Messi could still play for Barcelona in Sunday's Club World Cup final despite missing Friday's training. By David Hulmes. SENT: 200 words, photos.
ZURICH -- Former FIFA vice president Eugenio Figueredo will be extradited to his native Uruguay instead of the United States, though he won't avoid prosecution for allegedly getting American citizenship through fraud. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 540 words, photos.
MUNICH -- Amid speculation on the future of coach Pep Guardiola, Bayern Munich extended the contracts of four players, including Germany forward Thomas Mueller and veteran Xabi Alonso. SENT: 370 words, photos.
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Hoffenheim will spend the Christmas break in the relegation zone of the Bundesliga after losing 1-0 at Schalke on Friday. SENT: 130 words, photos.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Stadium closures, disqualification, match replay, and stripping of titles and prize money are new sanctions adopted by the Asian Football Confederation in an update of its disciplinary code. SENT: 150 words.
-- SOC--NICE-MONTPELLIER -- Teenager Boscagli gives Nice 1-0 win over Montpellier. SENT: 120 words, photos.
CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-DISPUTE
PARIS -- The Tour de France and other major races are being pulled from the International Cycling Union's elite calendar in 2017 in a renewed fight for control of the sport. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 420 words, photo.
Juli Inkster said being the U.S. Solheim Cup captain was one of the biggest thrills of her career. And now she gets to do it again. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 590 words, photos
VAL GARDENA, Italy -- In a memorable race for Norway, Aksel Lund Svindal wins a World Cup super-G ahead of Kjetil Jansrud and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde for an "Attacking Vikings" podium sweep on Friday. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 700 words, photos.
VAL D'ISERE, France -- Slalom racing might be Lindsey Vonn's "weakest link" but the American surprises herself by finishing a very close second to winner Lara Gut in a World Cup super-combined race. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 680 words. photos.
VAL GARDENA, Italy -- Delays in gondola construction for the 2018 Olympic Alpine skiing test event in South Korea are starting to worry the International Ski Federation. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 600 words, photo.
BKN--LEBRON JAMES-FAN SAFETY
CLEVELAND -- For years, NBA fans have been willing to pay thousands to sit courtside and watch some of the world's most powerful athletes run and jump. Up close, there is nothing quite like the experience. On Thursday night, that thrill came with a heavy price. SENT: 630 words, photos.
ROME -- At 7-foot-6 (2.29 meters), 15-year-old Robert Bobroczkyi is already taller than New York Knicks sensation Kristaps Porzingis -- or any other current NBA player. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 950 words, photos.
NEW YORK -- If anyone can halt the Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive rampage, it might be the Denver Broncos defense. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 540 words, photos.
-- PAUL NEWBERRY-121815 -- Column: Recognizing the best -- and worst -- of sports in 2015. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 860 words, photos.
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