MONACO — Free-scoring Monaco's attack faces its toughest test when it comes up against the steely defense of Juventus in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals at Stade Louis II. By Jerome Pugmire. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2200 GMT, photos.
SOC--REAL MADRID-THRIVING RONALDO
MADRID — All that rest has paid off for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid forward has been pacing himself, skipping games that he would have normally played in previous years, and is peaking at just the right time. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 570 words, photos.
LONDON — Maria Sharapova may have to wait until June 20 to see if she will be welcomed back to this year's tournament at Wimbledon. Sharapova, the 2004 champion at the All England Club, returned to the WTA Tour last week after serving a 15-month ban for doping and reached the semifinals in Stuttgart, leaving her ranked No. 262. SENT: 430 words, photos.
UNDATED — When Red Sox fans hurled the N-word toward Orioles outfielder Adam Jones in Fenway Park, it was a reminder of Boston's racial legacy — particularly around its sports teams. Boston's reputation as a racist sports town developed through decades of barriers broken and maintained, intertwined with broader struggles for progress along with today's climate of racial tension that sports can't avoid. By Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.
MILAN — Nairo Quintana is attempting to do what Alberto Contador couldn't. The Colombian is bidding to become the first rider since Marco Pantani in 1998 to win the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 810 words, photos.
UNDATED — The International Olympic Committee could lose one of its most influential officials when vice president John Coates faces the first challenge in almost three decades to his leadership in Australia. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 650 words, photos.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — World swimming body FINA has pledged to "take all measures deemed necessary" after its vice president was implicated in a FIFA bribery case in an American court. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 430 words.
SOC--FIFA-WORLD CUP BIDS
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — China's hopes of hosting the 2030 World Cup got a boost from FIFA. The governing body of soccer proposes giving its ruling council the power to decide that a continent could skip just one World Cup before hosting again. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 390 words, photos.
SOC--ATLETICO MADRID-FAULTY DEFENSE
MADRID — Diego Simeone?s much-hyped defense faltered when it was needed the most, likely costing Atletico Madrid a chance of returning to the Champions League final. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1700 GMT, photos.
— SOC--EVERTON-LENNON — Everton says Lennon being treated for stress-related illness. SENT: 100 words.
— SOC--CZECH-FEDERATION RAIDED — Czech police raid headquarters of soccer federation. SENT: 80 words, photos.
MUNICH — Alexander Zverev faces Jeremy Chardy and veteran Tommy Haas plays Jan-Lennard Struff in the second round of the BMW Open. Also Wednesday, second-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut plays Marius Copil and Thomaz Bellucci faces German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2100 GMT, photos.
ESTORIL, Portugal — Top-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta plays Tommy Robredo in the second round of the Estoril Open. UPCOMING: 200 words by 1800 GMT.
RGU--SUPER RUGBY-COLES CONCUSSION
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Symptoms of concussion are complicating the Super Rugby return of All Blacks hooker Dane Coles following knee and calf injuries. SENT: 130 words.
— BKN--NBA CAPSULES — Isaiah Thomas scores 53 to lead Celtics over Wizards. SENT: 320 words, photos.
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES — Predators beat Blues for 3-1 lead; Rangers cut Ottawa's lead. SENT: 265 words, photos.
— BBO--MLB CAPSULES — Jones applauded at Fenway before Boston beat Baltimore. SENT: 1,460 words, photos.
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