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: 1,300 words, photos. Moving shortly.
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: 110 words. Developing.
SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUNDUP
Titleholder Real Madrid and Juventus seek first place in their groups while Porto, Copenhagen, Lyon, and Sevilla are looking to secure spots in the knockout phase on the final night of the Champions League group stage. By Andrew Dampf. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2230 GMT.
— SOC--REAL MADRID-DORTMUND — The Group F decider. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2200 GMT.
— SOC--LYON-SEVILLA — Lyon needs home win by two-goal margin to advance. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 2200 GMT.
— SOC--PORTO-LEICESTER — Pride riding on this one. UPCOMING: 200 words, photos by 2200 GMT.
— SOC--TOTTENHAM-CSKA MOSCOW — Europa League spot at stake. UPCOMING: 200 words, photos by 2200 GMT.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The IOC sets out its position ahead of Friday's release of a new report on Russian doping and gives an update on the retesting of doping samples that has produced about 100 positive cases from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. By Stephen Wilson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos, video by 2000 GMT.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics report to the IOC executive board on their cost-cutting efforts and seek approval of venue locations for the five new sports on the program. By Stephen Wilson. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos, video by 1600 GMT.
DUBLIN — Warren Gatland has the staff he wants 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: 530 words, photo.
CRI--NEW CRICKET LAWS
MUMBAI, India — Cricketers will be at risk of being sent off for the first time after the game's lawmakers proposed giving umpires powers to punish unruly players. SENT: 420 words, photo.
— SOC--CLUB WORLD CUP PREVIEW — Real Madrid favorite to add Club World Cup title to honors. SENT: 430 words, photos.
— BKN--NBA ROUNDUP — Spurs make it 13 straight road wins, beat TWolves 105-91. SENT: 380 words, photos.
— HKN--NHL ROUNDUP — Double from Schwartz lifts Blues over Canadiens in overtime. SENT: 540 words, photos.
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