DUBLIN — Christian Eriksen scored a superb hat trick as Denmark qualified for next year's World Cup with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Ireland in their playoff on Tuesday. By Nathaniel Cope. SENT: 462 words, photos. Will be updated.
LONDON — A day after the ATP Finals lost Rafael Nadal to injury, Roger Federer lifted spirits at the O2 Arena by extending his stay to the weekend. By Sam Johnston. SENT: 388 words, photos.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — As it edges closer to a ban from the Winter Olympics, the Russian sports world is a bitter place. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 631 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Fox Sports partnered with a South American marketing firm to make millions of dollars in bribes to high-ranking soccer officials in exchange for broadcasting rights to major tournaments, the marketing company's former CEO testified Tuesday at a U.S. corruption trial. By Tom Hays. SENT: 525 words, photos.
SYDNEY — After a 0-0 draw last week, Australia hosts Honduras with everything at stake in the return leg of an intercontinental playoff for a spot at the World Cup in Russia next year. By John Pye. Match scheduled to start at 0900 GMT. Expected: 500 words, photos.
COLOGNE, Germany — Germany substitute Lars Stindl scored in the last minute of injury time to salvage a 2-2 draw against France on Tuesday, preserving the world champions' 21-game unbeaten run. SENT: 297 words, photos.
LONDON — An inexperienced England side stifled another of soccer's leading teams on Tuesday, drawing 0-0 with Brazil after a scoreless draw with world champion Germany last week. By Rob Harris. SENT: 480 words, photos.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Sergio Ramos scored twice from the penalty spot as Spain drew 3-3 with Russia in a friendly on Tuesday. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 364 words, photos.
LIMA, Peru — Peru coach Ricardo Gareca is expecting New Zealand to think only of defending in the second leg of their playoff on Wednesday as the visitors try to reach next year's World Cup in Russia. SENT: 267 words.
ROME — Out with the old guard and in with the new. Italy's national soccer team needs a serious injection of youth to recover from its failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 736 words, photos.
SOC--ITALY-WHAT TO DO
MILAN — While most soccer-loving fans around the globe will be glued to their TV sets next year during the World Cup, restaurants and cinemas around Italy might find themselves a little extra busy during the summer. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 442 words, photos.
MILAN — Italy's failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades shouldn't come as a shock to those who believe in fate, destiny and jinxes. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 359 words, photos.
MADRID — The Spanish league expects to increase its revenues from television rights to 2.3 billion euros ($2.7 billion). By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 368 words.
— SOC--LAZIO-ANTI-SEMITISM. Lazio summoned to hearing over Anne Frank stickers. SENT: 131 words, photos.
— SOC--CAS-FIFA-CHUNG. Former FIFA VP Chung testifies in appeal against 5-year ban. SENT: 123 words.
— SOC--ARGENTINA-NIGERIA-FRIENDLY. Aguero taken to hospital after fainting in friendly match. SENT: 213 words, photos.
— SOC--BELGIUM-JAPAN. Lukaku gives Belgium 1-0 win over Japan in friendly. SENT: 123 words, photos.
— SOC--US-Portugal. McKennie scores in debut as US ties Portugal 1-1. SENT: 484 words, photos.
LONDON — South Africa says World Rugby councillors have a duty to confirm it on Wednesday as the host of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. A secret ballot of 39 votes by the council in London will give the 2023 tournament to South Africa, France, or Ireland. By Foster Niumata. SENT: 529 words, photos.
RGU--FRANCE XV-NEW ZEALAND
LYON, France — New Zealand continued its stranglehold over France with a hard-fought 28-23 away win on Tuesday. Although the match did not hold test match status, it was effectively a 12th straight success over the French and followed Saturday's 38-18 test win. France has not beaten the All Blacks since an away win in 2009 and not at home since 2000. SENT: 567 words.
GLF--ON THE FRINGE-LPGA
NAPLES, Florida — Even with five of the biggest prizes still up for grabs at the final LPGA Tour event of the year, So Yeon Ryu has set an ambitious goal. "I want to be a rock star for the future," Ryu said. SENT: 856 words, photos.
NAPLES, Florida — Matt Kuchar has what amounts to a home game this week in the RSM Classic at Sea Island, which must be awfully boring for his two sons. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,296 words, photos.
— BBO--OBIT-DOERR. Boston Red Sox great Bobby Doerr dies at 99. By Jeff Barnard. SENT: 995 words, photos.
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