WORLD SPORTS AT 1330 GMT

TOP STORIES: OLY--RUSSIAN DOPING MOSCOW — Should Russia be reinstated without publicly admitting wrongdoing for its state-sponsored doping scheme? That question has...

Kashima ends China interest in Asian Champs League quarters

Kashima Antlers cruised into their first Asian Champions League semifinals and ended Chinese participation by ousting Tianjin Quanjian 5-0 on aggregate on Tuesday. Kashima, up 2-0 fr...

Spanish legend Xavi moving closer to history and Asian title

Spanish legend Xavi Hernandez can take a significant step on Monday towards becoming the first player to win both the UEFA Champions League and its Asian equivalent. After four conti...

Chile international Valdes apologizes for derogatory gesture

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Chile international Diego Valdes has apologized for creating a racism controversy in South Korea ahead of the friendly game between the teams on Tuesday. Th...

China appoints Hiddink in hope of Olympic success

China's soccer federation announced Monday it has appointed Dutch coach Guus Hiddink to lead the country's under-21 team to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The 71 year-old, who took the ...

Korean boy bands, soccer stars march to different beats

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Boy band BTS hit the top of the charts not long after Son Heung-min and his South Korean soccer team stepped atop the Asian Games podium. The performers and...

Queiroz ready for new Iran deal if conditions are met

Carlos Queiroz is ready to sign a new contract with Iran until the end of the 2019 Asian Cup, providing he receives an assurance of full support from the country's soccer federation. ...

Son and co faced Vietnam and 'Korean Hiddink' at Asian Games

If South Korea's national team is to reach the final of the Asian Games and win an exemption from military service for its players, then it will have to get past Vietnam and the "Korean Hiddink." ...

Struggling Tianjin relying on Pato for Asian glory

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Tianjin Quanjian will be looking to Alexandre Pato in the quarterfinal of the 2018 Asian Champions League against Kashima Antlers of Japan on Tuesday as the Chinese Super Lea...

New South Korea coach targets Asian title

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — New South Korea coach Paulo Bento wants to bring the Asian Cup back to Seoul for the first time since 1960. The former Portugal and Sporting Lisbon boss was...

WORLD SPORTS at 2300 GMT

TOP STORY: SOC--MAN UNITED-WOMEN'S TEAM DEBUTS MANCHESTER, England — Within a few weeks, Casey Stoney assembles a squad completely from scratch. Now, 13 years after...

With game in London, Saudis use soccer to reshape reputation

With high expectations that border on shamelessly over-optimistic, Saudi Arabia is bringing its soccer league to London this weekend in a bid to compete with the Premier League and other top European ...

Paulo Bento appointed as South Korea head coach

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has appointed ex-Portugal manager Paulo Bento as head coach of the national team. The 49 year-old Bento is charged with leading the team to the ...

Ki joins Newcastle, hints at Korea retirement

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After joining Newcastle United on Friday, South Korea captain Ki Sung-yueng returned home to suggest that he may step down from the national team. The 29 ye...

WORLD CUP: Sudden coaching change shakes Japan preparations

Akira Nishino was given only two months to prepare Japan for the World Cup after the sudden dismissal of Vahid Halilhodzic. The hastily-appointed coach had the task of addressing the...