LEICESTER, England — There are nine Premier League matches before the two-day pause for Christmas and another round of fixtures. In the pick of the games, leader Manchester City hosts Bournemouth and second-place Manchester United ends the day at Leicester. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2200 GMT, photos. With separates on the 9 EPL games.
MADRID — Barcelona visits Real Madrid holding an 11-point lead atop the Spanish league. A win for Barca would deal a potential knockout blow to the stumbling title defense of its fiercest rival. By Jose Maria Garcia. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1400 GMT, photos.
SOC--ON SOCCER-FIFA TRIAL
When members of world soccer?s hierarchy were plucked from their bedrooms at dawn by Swiss police in May 2015, a corrupt culture that infected football?s governing body was set to be exposed. FIFA has been forced to enact governance changes under pressure from criminal authorities, but they haven't gone far enough. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1700 GMT, photos.
MELBOURNE, Australia — Fast bowler Pat Cummins says Australia will continue to bowl bouncers at England's tailenders during the last two tests of the Ashes cricket series despite concerns the tactic is intimidatory and potentially dangerous. Australia has already won the five-test series 3-0 and the fourth test begins at the MCG on Dec. 26. SENT: 490 words, photos.
CRI--NEW ZEALAND-WEST INDIES
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Trent Boult took a career-best 7-34 after Henry Nicholls had smashed an unbeaten 83 as New Zealand thrashed the West Indies by 204 runs on Saturday to win the second one-day international and clinch their three-match series with a game still to play. SENT: 600 words.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — England allrounder Ben Stokes was due to return home Saturday after a short spell playing for Canterbury province in New Zealand's domestic limited overs competitions. SENT: 350 words.
ISLAMABAD — Pakistan recalls opening batsman Azhar Ali to its squad for the five-match ODI series against New Zealand in January. SENT: 290 words.
OAKLAND, California — Kevin Durant had 33 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four blocks, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Los Angeles Lakers 113-106 for their 11th straight victory. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 860 words, photos.
HOUSTON — Austin Rivers scored a career-high 36 points and made six 3-pointers, and the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers withstood James Harden's second straight 51-point performance to beat the Houston Rockets 128-118 on Friday night. SENT: 960 words, photos.
GLENDALE, Arizona — Clayton Keller scored 4:33 into overtime, and the Arizona Coyotes rallied to beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Friday night. SENT: 440 words, photos.
BOISE, Idaho — Josh Allen threw three touchdown passes in his final game for Wyoming, and the Cowboys took advantage of Central Michigan's eight turnovers to cruise to a 37-14 victory Friday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. SENT: 350 words.
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