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WORLD SPORTS at 1330 GMT

WORLD SPORTS at 1330 GMT

TOP STORIES:

SOC--UEFA ELECTION-CEFERIN

ATHENS, Greece -- UEFA and its top clubs have enraged the rest of the continent with an unacceptable, secret deal to guarantee more Champions League spots for the elite, according to the favorite to lead European football from Wednesday. UEFA presidential candidate Aleksander Ceferin expresses frustration that it caved into the demands of Spain, Germany, England, and Italy to allow them to seize 16 of the 32 Champions League group-stage places. By Rob Harris. SENT: 860 words, photos.

SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery and Arsenal begin a 19th consecutive Champions League on Arsene Wenger's watch at Paris Saint-Germain, five-time winner Barcelona hosts Celtic -- a team it inflicted six goals on the last time they played in the group stage -- and Bayern Munich takes on Russian newcomer Rostov. By Graham Dunbar. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

With:

-- SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE-GROUP A: Basel vs. Ludogorets, PSG vs. Arsenal.

-- SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE-GROUP B: Benfica vs, Besiktas, Dynamo Kiev vs. Napoli.

-- SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE-GROUP C: Barcelona vs. Celtic, Manchester City vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach.

-- SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE-GROUP D: Bayern Munich vs. Rostov, PSV Eindhoven vs. Atletico Madrid.

SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PREVIEW

ROME -- After bringing in the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Miralem Pjanic, Dani Alves and Medhi Benatia, the top priority for Juventus is clearly the Champions League. Juventus has finished runner-up four times since it last won the trophy 20 years ago, including to Barcelona in 2015. SENT: 680 words, photos.

FBN--NFL ROUNDUP

SANTA CLARA, California -- The San Francisco 49ers spoil the Rams' first game since moving back to Los Angeles with a 28-0 victory in the NFL. SENT: 410 words, photos.

OLY--PARALYMPICS-GETTING AN EDGE

RIO DE JANEIRO -- There's more money in the Paralympics, younger athletes, and better training and equipment. Paralympic officials believe the sport is largely clean, but there are ways athletes try for an edge: Gaming a complicated classification system, doping, and something called boosting. By Stephen Wade. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1700 GMT.

Other Stories:

-- SOC--ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE -- Shanghai SIPG eliminated after losing to Jeonbuk Motors 5-0. SENT: 240 words. Will be updated with another quarterfinal.

-- BBO--MLB ROUNDUP -- Hendricks loses no-hit bid in 9th, Cubs beat Cardinals 4-1. SENT: 670 words, photos.

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Updated : 2021-04-17 16:19 GMT+08:00