Ander Herrera doesn't wear the armband for Manchester United but he is its captain in every other way. And if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's rejuvenated team is going to get anything out of its traditionally massive game against Liverpool on Sunday, it surely will be Herrera leading the way. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 780 words, photos.
SOC--SPAIN SPOTLIGHT-BARCELONAS ATTACK
MADRID — Barcelonas usually prolific attack is going through a slump as the team enters the most difficult period of the season, with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez struggling to find their best form. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 1600 GMT.
CRI--SOUTH AFRICA-SRI LANKA
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa — Sri Lanka retained control on the opening day of the second test against South Africa by collecting three more wickets after lunch to have the host 185-7. SENT: 510 words, photos. Will be updated.
— CRI--AFGHANISTAN-IRELAND — Ireland wins toss, batting first against Afghanistan in T20. SENT: 180 words. Will be updated.
Cristiano Ronaldo was bought by Juventus to make it Champions League threat. But Ronaldo has scored only once in the league and Juventus trails Atletico Madrid 2-0 in the round of 16. By Daniella Matar. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.
Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund and six-time defending champion Bayern Munich could be tied for the lead by the end of the weekend. Only a few weeks ago, Bayern trailed by nine points. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 440 words, photo.
Arsenal goes into the second leg of the Europa League round of 32 trailing BATE Borisov 1-0, while Chelsea leads Malmo 2-1. Celtic, Benfica, Inter Milan, and Napoli are also in action. By Karel Janicek. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2230 GMT.
CARDIFF, Wales — Winger Jack Nowell and prop Ben Moon replace Chris Ashton and Mako Vunipola in injury-enforced changes by England for the Six Nations match at fierce rival Wales that could decide the destination of the title. Wales restore most of the team that beat France 24-19 from 16-0 down in the opening round. SENT: 380 words.
— RGU--SCOTLAND TEAM — Horne at flyhalf, Grigg at center for Scotland vs France. SENT: 280 words, photo.
PARIS — The organizers of the 2024 Paris Olympics want to add breakdancing to the games, which would be a first for the dance that came from the streets of New York. Also on Paris' wish-list are climbing, surfing and skateboarding. SENT: 90 words.
MOSCOW — Russia's officially neutral track and field team swells in size as the IAAF approves 21 more athletes to compete internationally before the European indoor championships next week in Glasgow. SENT: 330 words, photos.
MEXICO CITY — Tiger Woods makes his debut in Mexico against defending champion Phil Mickelson and a world-class field at the Mexico Championship. By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 0000 GMT.
CHONBURI, Thailand — Eun-Hee Ji of South Korea leads the LPGA Thailand by two shots after opening with a 9-under-par 63. SENT: 220 words.
MONTMELO, Spain — The first week of Formula One testing comes to an end with Mercedes trying to show it has the pace to compete with Ferrari. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 1800 GMT.
The danger of concussions and rugby's often muddled efforts to counter their threats were evident in the first round of Super Rugby and at the start of a World Cup year. By Steve McMorran. SENT: 590 words, photo.
BKN--ALL STAR-VAN GUNDY'S PLAN
MIAMI — Jeff Van Gundy has an idea on how to fix the NBA All-Star Game: Eliminate it. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 460 words, photo.
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES — Kane scores 2, Blackhawks beat Red Wings 5-4 in overtime. SENT: 480 words, photos.
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