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SOC--PSG-NEYMAR

PARIS — Neymar insists that money was not a motivation in deciding to join Paris Saint-Germain and says that he will not be burdened by his 222 million-euro ($262-million) price tag. The Brazilian star flew in from Barcelona on a private jet for his official presentation, arriving in a city whose soccer fortunes he is expected to transform. By Rob Harris. SENT: 500 words, photos.

With:

— SOC--PSG-NEYMAR-THE LATEST — Running updates on Brazil soccer star Neymar's move from Barcelona to PSG. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— SOC--PSG-BRAZIL CONNECTION — There is one thing certain in Neymar's new life at PSG: he will not feel homesick. The Brazil forward will be welcomed by a strong contingent of Brazilian players at a club with a longtime relationship with the South-American country. By Samuel Petrequin. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1800 GMT.

ATH--WORLDS

LONDON — Usain Bolt kicks off his farewell championship in the first round of the 100 meters. It should be a stroll. Also, Mo Farah seeks gold in the 10,000 on the opening night of worlds. By Raf casert. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1900 GMT.

SOCCER:

SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW

NYON, Switzerland — Mario Balotelli will return home to Italy in the pick of the UEFA Champions League playoffs after his Nice side draws Napoli in the final qualification round before the competition's group stage. SENT: 200 words.

SOC--EUROPA LEAGUE-DRAW

NYON, Switzerland — AC Milan's return to European competition after a three-year absence continues with a Europa League playoff against Macedonian side Shkendija. SENT: 200 words, photos.

SOC--FRENCH ROUNDUP

MONACO — With his future with the French champions still unclear, France striker Kylian Mbappe has been included in the Monaco squad which starts the defense of its French league title against Toulouse on Friday. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2130 GMT.

OLYMPICS:

OLY--BRAZIL-THE DISPLACED

RIO DE JANEIRO — More than 70,000 people were displaced to make way for last year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Today some are satisfied in their new houses. Others had to start over and are struggling, bitter at the pressure from city officials and real estate speculators to relocate. By Liliana Michelena. SENT: 900 words, photos.

TENNIS:

TEN--DAVIS CUP-REFORMS

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — Davis Cup singles matches will remain best-of-five sets after a proposal for them to be played as best-of-three tiebreak sets is rejected at an annual general meeting of the International Tennis Federation. SENT: 100 words.

TEN--GENERALI OPEN

KITZBUEHEL, Austria — Philipp Kohlschreiber reaches his second ATP tour final of the season by beating second-seeded Fabio Fognini 7-5, 6-3 at the Generali Open. SENT: 100 words.

CRICKET:

CRI--ENGLAND-SOUTH AFRICA

MANCHESTER, England — England battles to 67-1 at lunch on Day 1 of the final test against South Africa, a morning when runs were hard to come by and the English batsmen had to toil. SENT: 300 words, photos.

CRI--SRI LANKA-INDIA

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Ravichandran Ashwin takes two wickets to punish Sri Lanka soon after India declared its first innings on 622 for nine on day two of the second cricket test. By Krishan Francis. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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Updated : 2021-01-19 11:20 GMT+08:00