SOC--MAN CITY-MAN UNITED
MANCHESTER, England — The third Manchester derby of the season sees fourth-place City and fifth-place United meet at Etihad Stadium with just a point separating them in the Premier League standings as they seek qualification for the Champions League. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2100 GMT, photos.
SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL-CARDIFF
LONDON — Supporters wanting to stay in the city hosting this season's Champions League final are in for a shock. Hotels in Cardiff are expected to be completely full for the night of June 3, even though the semifinals haven't even been played yet. The only likely space available for fans in the Welsh capital is tents, some of which can cost up to $2,300 for the Saturday night. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 550 words by 1500 GMT, photos.
SOC--ENGLISH SPOTLIGHT-NORTH LONDON DERBY
LONDON — For 22 years there has been one certainty in English soccer: Arsenal finishing above Tottenham. That looks about to change, and it could come as soon as Sunday if Tottenham wins the north London derby. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1600 GMT, photos.
ISTANBUL — If Eugenie Bouchard had her way, Maria Sharapova would have been banned from tennis for life. The 2014 Wimbledon finalist from Canada, who has been ranked as high as fifth in the world, called Sharapova a cheater upon the Russian's return from a 15-month doping suspension for using the banned substance meldonium. SENT: 400 words, photos.
BOSTON — The Celtics and Bulls found another thing to argue about after Game 5 of their spirited first-round playoff series: Was Avery Bradley more impressive on offense, or on defense? By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 790 words, photos.
SOC--EUROPEAN SOCCER WEEKEND
UNDATED — A look at the weekend's soccer in England, Spain, Germany, France and Italy. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1500 GMT, photos.
MILAN — Roma great Francesco Totti is out to "destroy" Lazio in what could be his last derby. Totti's contract runs out at the end of the season and the 40-year-old forward is likely to retire and move upstairs into a director's role at the club where he has spent his entire career. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 685 words, photos.
PARIS — After several unimpressive seasons in the French league, Bordeaux is on its way to its best result since winning the title in 2009. In many ways, it's because of the excellent play of Brazilian attacking midfielder Malcolm. Alongside 21-year-old midfielder Valentin Vada and 20-year-old forward Francois Kamano, the versatile Malcolm has been very much at the heart of Bordeaux's revival. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 520 words, photos.
SOC--SPAIN SPOTLIGHT-MADRID'S RESERVES
MADRID — A group of talented reserves who could be starters in most teams have been crucial for Real Madrid this season as it tries to stay in contention for titles in the Spanish league and the Champions League. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1700 GMT.
MADRID — Sevilla hosts Celta Vigo needing a victory to tie Atletico Madrid for third place in the Spanish league. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2200 GMT.
— SOC--ASIA-CLUBS CHARGED — Guangzhou Evergrande charged for fans' anti-Hong Kong banner. SENT: 130 words.
BARCELONA, Spain — Rafael Nadal faces Kevin Anderson and Andy Murray plays Feliciano Lopez in the third round of the Barcelona Open. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1600 GMT.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The International Cricket Council is revising its financial model to bring an end to a potential domination by its "Big Three" members — India, England and Australia. SENT: 320 words.
— BKN--NBA PLAYOFF CAPSULES — Larrson scores late as Oilers hold on to beat Ducks 5-3. SENT: 250 words, photos.
— BBO--MLB CAPSULES — Judge celebrates 25th birthday, helps Yankees beat Red Sox. SENT: 1,960 words, photos.
— CYC--TOUR OF ROMANDIE — Snow, cold brings Romandie stage start down from mountains. SENT: 110 words, photos.
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