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MILAN — Inter Milan's interim coach Stefano Vecchi faces Southampton in the Europa League just two days after stepping in for Frank de Boer. Elsewhere, Manchester United visits Fenerbahce, which it beat 4-1 at Old Trafford two weeks ago. By Daniella Matar. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2000 GMT, photos.
CLEVELAND — Ending more than a century of flops, futility and frustration, the Cubs won their first title since 1908, outlasting the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings of a Game 7 thriller early Thursday. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.
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MADRID — It's been hard to know what to expect from Real Madrid these days. Zinedine Zidane, always great as a player but increasingly unpredictable as a coach, has been making all sorts of changes to his squad recently, and it has led to inconsistent performances and disappointing results. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1700 GMT, photos.
LONDON — With Chelsea leaking goals too easily, Antonio Conte didn't have to search far for the solution. He just implemented the tactics that served him so well with Italy and Juventus. Since Conte removed a defender to make it a three-man back-line, Chelsea hasn't looked back — or conceded a goal in the Premier League. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1400 GMT, photos.
FRANKFURT, Germany — One quarter into the Bundesliga season, the Champions League slots have a very surprising look. Bayern Munich tops the standings, of course. But the next three slots are taken by a newcomer, a team that barely escaped relegation last season and the unfancied Cologne. By Nesha Starcevic. SENT: 580 words, photos.
TURIN, Italy — Exhaustion is starting to set in at Juventus as the season continues, with cracks starting to appear in the five-time reigning champion. By Daniella Matar. UPCOMING: 660 words by 1400 GMT, photos
LONDON — West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says Andy Carroll was targeted by armed motorcyclists as the striker left the Premier League club's training ground. SENT: 100 words.
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MOSCOW — The deputy governor of St. Petersburg says FIFA has found problems with the retractable field at the stadium in the World Cup host city. SENT: 300 words, photos.
— SOC--KLINSMANN HONORED — U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann has been named an honorary captain of the German national team. SENT: 127 words, photos.
— SOC--DORTMUND-AUBAMEYANG — Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang suspended for reporting late after private trip to Milan. SENT: 130 words, photos.
— SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUNDUP — Real Madrid squandered a two-goal lead for a 3-3 draw against Legia Warsaw. By Karel Janicek. SENT: 930 words, photos.
— SOC--JAPANESE ROUNDUP — Urawa Reds secure a place in J-League championship final. SENT: 140 words.
PARIS — Marin Cilic ended a three-match losing streak against David Goffin and earned a spot at the ATP finals. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1800 GMT, photos.
ZHUHAI, China — Zhang Shuai became the first player to secure a semifinal spot at the WTA Elite Trophy tournament, beating Timea Babos on Thursday to secure the top spot in her group. SENT: 150 words.
CLEVELAND — Ben Zobrist finished off his homecoming with an MVP performance in the World Series, doubling in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning to help the Chicago Cubs to their first championship in 108 years. By Will Graves. SENT: 700 words, photos.
CLEVELAND — Theo Epstein has become baseball's drought-buster, ending long runs of failure for Boston Red Sox and now the Chicago Cubs. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 630 words, photos.
— BBO--WORLD SERIES-COLUMN — The Cubs needed a little help from above to pull off their first World Series championship since 1908. By AP Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 940 words.
— BBO--POSTSEASON WRAPUP — Baseball's storybook postseason offered almost everything. By Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 780 words, photos.
IOC executive director Christophe Dubi says all options remain after a group set up to review costs of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics met for the first time. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 290 words.
The Russian Parliament has voted in favor of a bill that outlines new sanctions including prison terms for coaches found guilty of coercing athletes into doping. SENT: 260 words.
— OLY--SWITZERLAND-TURKEY-SECURITY — Switzerland has decided not to send athletes to the European Olympic Youth Festival in Turkey because of security concerns. SENT: 140 words.
The International Cricket Council has moved to reassure reluctant India officials about the benefits of the Decision Review System by pushing for consistency in the adoption of technology across the international arena. By Chetan Narula. SENT: 650 words, photos.
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates — Kraigg Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich guided West Indies to a five-wicket win over Pakistan in the third and final test on Thursday, completing a rare test victory away from home for the tourists. SENT: 420 words.
PERTH, Australia — Led by swing bowler Mitchell Starc, Australia dismissed South Africa for 242 and took control of the first test at the WACA on Thursday. By Ihithisam Kamardeen. SENT: 200 words, photos.
— CAR--F1-WILLIAMS_STROLL — Canadian teenager Lance Stroll, who turned 18 last week, is set to be the youngest driver in Formula One next season. SENT: 150 words.
— BKN--NBA ROUNDUP — Oklahoma City remains unbeaten with victory over Los Angeles Clippers. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— HKN--NHL ROUNDUP — Carey Price's 42 saves help Montreal beat Vancouver. SENT: 430 words.
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