SANT JOAN DESPI, Spain — Neymar has told Barcelona that he plans to leave the club, with a blockbuster move to Paris Saint-Germain seemingly imminent. By Manu Fernandez and Joseph Wilson. SENT: 753 words, photos.
LONDON — If world soccer's transfer record is obliterated by Neymar's move to Paris Saint-Germain, it will be a coup for the French club — and the tiny energy-rich emirate of Qatar.
By signing the Brazilian star for its flagship sporting asset, Qatar would be projecting a business-as-usual image to foreign allies and investors after two months locked in a bitter diplomatic dispute with its neighbors. By Rob Harris and Adam Schreck. SENT: 905 words, photos.
SAO PAULO — Neymar's journey to a record-breaking transfer fee of $262 million started in a poor district of southern Brazil, a few blocks from the local dump. By Mauricio Savaraese. SENT: 628 words, photos.
ATH--WORLDS-DE GRASSE OUT
LONDON — Olympic medalist Andre De Grasse has withdrawn from the track and field world championships after failing to overcome a hamstring injury. Athletics Canada issued a statement late Wednesday saying the 22-year-old sprinter hurt his hamstring in training on Monday. SENT: 134 words. Will be Updated.
AKRON, Ohio — Rory McIlroy says he got rid of a caddie so that he could keep a friend. McIlroy parted ways with J.P. Fitzgerald after the British Open and will use his best friend, Harry Diamond, as his caddie in the Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship next week. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 751 words, photos.
AKRON, Ohio — Jordan Spieth is one week away from a shot at the career Grand Slam. He's more interested in looking behind him. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 788 words, photos.
GLF--WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Kingsbarns is not the Old Course at St. Andrews, though it is close — at least as the sea gulls fly. By John Huggan. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP-KAYMER. Kaymer withdraws from PGA Championship with shoulder injury. SENT: 113 words.
KITZBUEHEL, Austria — Defending champion Paolo Lorenzi and top-seeded Pablo Cuevas both lost in the second round of the Generali Open on Wednesday. SENT: 247 words.
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