PRAGUE — Petra Kvitova's spokesman says the surgery on the two-time Wimbledon champion's left hand was successful and she is recovering. By Karel Janicek. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1600 GMT, photos.
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MANCHESTER, England — Amid the likely rotation during the busy festive program in the Premier League, there's one player Manchester United fans won't want to see out of the team. Forget Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Forget Paul Pogba. The most crucial member of Jose Mourinho's in-form side might be a 35-year-old defensive midfielder whose best days were supposedly behind him. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 610 words, photos.
TOKYO — Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics estimate the total cost to host the 2020 Games will be between 1.6 and 1.8 trillion yen ($13-$15 billion). By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 550 words, photos.
LONDON — Children as young as 4 years old are potential victims in the sex abuse scandal in British soccer that might be spreading to other sports. SENT: 125 words.
UNDATED — The NBA will open an academy in Africa next year, its latest move to unearth talent from outside the United States and extend the league's reach into new territories. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 460 words, photos.
BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona will be without Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar when it hosts third-division club Hercules in the Copa del Rey. The teams drew 1-1 in the first leg. UPCOMING: 250 words by 2330 GMT.
BERLIN — Bayern Munich hosts promoted Leipzig for a top-of-the-table clash that few foresaw for the Bundesliga's unofficial title of "autumn champion" before its winter break. Also Wednesday, Hertha Berlin hosts Darmstadt, Cologne welcomes Bayer Leverkusen for the Rhine derby, Ingolstadt plays Freiburg and Werder Bremen visits Hoffenheim. By Ciaran Fahey. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2100 GMT.
MILAN — Lazio can move up to second place in Serie A with a win at Inter Milan, ahead of the rest of the final round before the winter break. By Daniella Matar. UPCOMING: 250 words by 2145 GMT, photos.
PARIS — The pressure is mounting on Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery after four league defeats and he needs a home win against Lorient in the last round of games before the winter break. Nice, which is four points clear at the top, is missing several defenders for its trip to Bordeaux, while second-place Monaco hosts struggling Caen. By Jerome Pugmire. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2230 GMT, photos.
— SOC--MOENCHENGLADBACH-COACH — Struggling Gladbach parts ways with coach Andre Schubert. SENT: 220 words.
SANTA CLARA, California — The reactions to Colin Kaepernick in road venues have been all over the place this season. The 49ers quarterback, who kneels during the national anthem before games, said Tuesday he's received both support and harsh criticism for protesting racial injustice and police brutality. SENT: 530 words.
— TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-PRIZE MONEY — Australian Open increases overall purse to $36.2 million. SENT: 120 words.
— BKN--NBA CAPSULES — LeBron James leads Cleveland Cavaliers over Milwaukee 114-108. SENT: 1,270 words, photos.
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES — Jaromir Jagr had three assists as Florida beat Buffalo 4-3. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.
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