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WORLD SPORTS at 0000 GMT

WORLD SPORTS at 0000 GMT

TOP STORY:

CYC--WIGGINS RETIRES

Bradley Wiggins announced his retirement from cycling on Wednesday, ending an illustrious career in which he won a British-record eight Olympic medals and became his country's first winner of the Tour de France. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 675 words, photo.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

TEN--IVANOVIC RETIRES

LONDON — Ana Ivanovic is retiring from tennis at age 29, ending a career in which she was ranked No. 1 in 2008 but can no longer play at the highest level because of injuries. SENT: 323 words, photos.

SOC--FIFA-INFANTINO

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Russia will face any "necessary actions and sanctions" after investigators alleged that soccer players had suspicious drug-test samples covered up as part of a wider doping scandal in the 2018 World Cup host nation, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Wednesday. SENT: 648 words, photo.

SKI--WCUP-WOMEN'S GS

SEMMERING, Austria — After waiting 26 months for her second career World Cup giant slalom win, Mikaela Shiffrin needed just one more day to add the third. SENT: 588 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--SOUTHAMPTON-TOTTENHAM

SOUTHAMPTON, England — Tottenham recovered from conceding a goal after 69 seconds to beat 10-man Southampton 4-1 and claim a third straight win in the English Premier League on Wednesday. SENT: 413 words, photos.

SOC--SWANSEA-BRADLEY'S DEMISE

It's easy to look back on Bob Bradley's 85 days as the first American coach in the English Premier League and say he got things wrong at Swansea. Yet the seeds of turmoil had already been planted at the Welsh club before he arrived. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 767 words, photos.

SOC--MALAGA-RAMOS OUT

BARCELONA, Spain — Despite its midtable position in the Spanish league, Malaga has changed its coach almost halfway through the season with former Real Madrid boss Juande Ramos leaving the club. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 399 words, photos.

Also:

— SOC--AUGSBURG-COACH. Augsburg places its faith in interim coach Manuel Baum. SENT: 128 words.

CRICKET:

CRI--NEW ZEALAND-BANGLADESH

NELSON, New Zealand — Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bowl Thursday in the second one-day international against New Zealand at Saxton Oval. While New Zealand retained the lineup that won the first match at Christchurch by 77 runs, Bangladesh made three changes and named three players to make one-day international debuts. Will be updated.

CRI--SOUTH AFRICA-SRI LANKA

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa — Opener Stephen Cook made his second century in two tests and South Africa built a hefty 432-run lead over Sri Lanka by the end of Day 3 of the first test on Wednesday. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 653 words, photos.

Other stories:

— FBN--NFL-CHINA STREAMING. NFL streaming games in China through Sina Weibo. SENT: 151 words.

— RGU--NEW ZEALAND-FAUMUINA. All Black Charlie Faumuina signs with Toulouse. SENT: 133 words.

— BOX--WILDER-WAWRZYK. WBC heavyweight champ Wilder to meet Wawrzyk in February. SENT: 120 words.

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