CRI--SOUTH AFRICA-SRI LANKA
DURBAN, South Africa — Sri Lanka pulls off an astounding against-the-odds run chase with 153 not out by Kusal Perera and a record last-wicket partnership of 78 to beat South Africa by one wicket in the first cricket test. SENT: 650 words.
GLF--TIM DAHLBERG-CADDIE FLAP
Like many of golf's entitled multimillionaires, Matt Kuchar didn't have a clue when his stiffed his caddie after he won in Mexico a few months ago. Caddies usually receive 10 percent of the winner's purse, which meant David Ortiz should have got $130,000 instead of the $5,000 Kuchar paid him. After feeling the heat on social media and from on-course hecklers, Kuchar opened his wallet again. By Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 860 words, photos.
Manchester City broke through Newport's stubborn defense in the second half to beat the fourth-tier side 4-1 in the FA Cup, although the result wasn't as straightforward as the scoreline suggested. By Mattias Karen. SENT: 750 words, photos.
BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi had a penalty saved after scoring from the spot as Barcelona struggled to end a run of poor results before it turns to the Champions League knockout rounds. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 620 words, photos.
— SOC--GERMAN ROUNDUP — Pizarro nets late to become Bundesliga's oldest goal-scorer. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— SOC--ITALIAN ROUNDUP — Piatek scores 2 as Milan beats Atalanta 3-1. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— SOC--FRENCH ROUNDUP — Balotelli scores again as Marseille rises to fourth. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 340 words.
LOS ANGELES — Justin Thomas and Adam Scott each completed rounds of 6-under 65 and shared the lead when the second round finally ended in the rain-delayed Genesis Open. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 890 words, photos.
TEN--ABN AMRO WORLD
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka reached his first final since his comeback a year ago from left knee surgeries. The unseeded Wawrinka beat top-seeded Kei Nishikori to face Gael Monfils for the title on Sunday. SENT: 240 words, photos.
— TEN--QATAR OPEN — Mertens upsets Halep in final for biggest title. SENT: 140 words, photos.
— TEN--ARGENTINA OPEN — Schwartzman overcomes Thiem to reach home final. SENT: 110 words.
ATH--BIRMINGHAM INDOORS-WORLD RECORD
BIRMINGHAM, England — Ethiopian teenager Samuel Tefera broke a 22-year-old indoor world record in the 1,500 meters, clocking 3 minutes, 31.04 seconds at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix. SENT: 230 words, photo.
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — A 12-team Basketball Africa League, a new collaboration between the NBA and FIBA, is to begin play in January, and former President Barack Obama is among those who are expected to have direct involvement with the league's operations. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 690 words, photo.
— SKI--WORLDS-WOMEN'S SLALOM — Shiffrin skis through sickness to 'sweetest' win of career. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 850 words, photos.
— RGU--SUPER RUGBY — Crusaders start search for third straight title with comeback win. SENT: 660 words, photos. Will be updated with Jaguares.
— BBA--MARINERS-ICHIRO — Ichiro back in M's camp at 45 with chance to play at home. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 740 words, photos.
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES — Blues beat Avalanche 3-0 for 9th straight victory. SENT: 350 words, photos. Will be updated.
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