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ROME — Sevilla and FC Porto grabbed the final two spots in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday, while Juventus and Borussia Dortmund finished up with the debatable advantage of being group winners. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 725 words, photos. With separates.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Two days before the release of a new report into Russian doping, the IOC on Wednesday extended the provisional sanctions imposed on the country over allegations of systematic cheating and cover-ups. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 905 words, photos.
LONDON — Referees will be allowed to get help from video replays at the Club World Cup in Japan in the first full live in-game trial of the technology that could transform soccer. By Rob Harris. SENT: 574 words, photos.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A caddie dies after he collapses at the Dubai Ladies Masters, forcing the suspension of the first round and shortening the Ladies European Tour event to 54 holes. SENT: 298 words, photos.
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MARSEILLE, France — Bidding to win the Grand Prix Final for the fourth straight year, Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan faces stiff competition as two-time defending world champion Javier Fernandez of Spain looks to upstage him again. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 588 words.
MADRID — With a late equalizer by substitute Marco Reus, Borussia Dortmund drew 2-2 with defending champion Real Madrid on Wednesday to win Group F and set a scoring record of 21 goals in the group stage of the Champions League By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 548 words, photos.
LYON, France — Lyon paid the price for missed chances in a 0-0 draw against Sevilla on Wednesday that saw the Spanish side advance in the Champions League and the home side drop into the Europa League. SENT: 425 words, photos.
PORTO, Portugal — FC Porto breezed into the Champions League knockout phase Wednesday with a 5-0 rout of Leicester, which had already secured top spot in Group G on its debut in European soccer's elite competition.
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LONDON — Tottenham won at Wembley Stadium at the third attempt in the Champions League, beating CSKA Moscow 3-1 on Wednesday to secure third place in Group E and a consolation place in the Europa League. SENT: 285 words, photos.
GENEVA — UEFA is preparing to impose another Champions League ban on Albanian club Skenderbeu in an ongoing match-fixing investigation. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 332 words, photos.
LONDON — FIFA President Gianni Infantino has suggested having 16 three-team groups if the World Cup expands to 48 countries. Members of the FIFA Council received a recommendation from world soccer's governing body setting out five proposed formats for its showpiece event from 2026 — two 48-team team options, two 40-team options and sticking at 32. By Rob Harris. SENT: 396 words, photos.
LEIPZIG, Germany — Leipzig's rapid ascent through the ranks of German soccer is stoking heated debate on the roles of tradition, pride and commercialism in the nation's favorite sport. By Ciaran Fahey. UPCOMING: 1,337 words, photos.
— SOC--UEFA-CELTIC CHARGED. UEFA disciplinary case against Celtic over crowd trouble. SENT: 120 words.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Former Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has been chosen to chair the new supervisory board of the Russian anti-doping agency, which is struggling to recover its reputation after repeated doping scandals. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 543 words, photos.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Yokohama Stadium will host the baseball and softball competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 350 words, photos.
DUBLIN — Warren Gatland has the staff he wanted as the British and Irish Lions coach for the toughest assignment in world rugby: Beating the world champion All Blacks in New Zealand next year. SENT: 534 words, photos.
DUBLIN — South African referee Craig Joubert has retired from test rugby to help develop more refs. He said on Wednesday he will continue to referee in the sevens world series. SENT: 257 words, photos.
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