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SOC--PREMIER LEAGUE-SUAREZ

LONDON — Luis Suarez damaged the reputation of English football with his serial offending and his departure to the Spanish league is not being mourned, the head of the Premier League says. "He's done his time here ... I can't say I'm sorry to see him go," is the frank assessment of Richard Scudamore, chief executive of the league. SENT: 430 words, photos.

SOC--MAN UNITED-VAN GAAL'S VISION

MANCHESTER, England — "Welcome to Vanchester" reads the message on a giant billboard on one of Manchester's busy streets. Above the words, a picture of a smiling Louis van Gaal — his arms outstretched in a triumphant pose — dominates the red background. And it's not just the landscape of the city that is changing following Van Gaal's hiring as Manchester United manager. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 860 words, photos.

DEVELOPING/NEW:

ATH--EUROS

ZURICH — Mo Farah tries to match British teammate Jo Pavey by winning the men?s 10,000 at the European championships, one of eight finals on an action-packed second day. By Raf Casert. SENT: 120 words, photos. Will be updated.

SOC--GERMAN SUPER CUP

FRANKFURT, Germany — Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund battle for the first title of the German season when they clash in the lightly regarded Super Cup, with many World Cup stars on both sides still absent. By Nesha Starcevic. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 2000 GMT.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--COPA LIBERTADORES FINAL

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — San Lorenzo of Argentina and Nacional of Paraguay seek their first Copa Libertadores title on Wednesday. The teams drew 1-1 in the first leg of the final last week in Paraguay. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 0300 GMT.

SOC--EBOLA-AFRICA CUP

Sierra Leone and Liberia, two of the four football-mad West African countries affected by the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded, have stopped all games in their countries. They say there is a lethal risk in allowing people to gather in large groups. Togo says it won't travel to Guinea, another Ebola-affected country, next month, putting in doubt up to 18 games in the final qualifying comeptition to decide who plays in the African Cup in Morocco next year. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 730 words, photos.

With:

— CAIRO — SOC--African Cup-Ebola. SENT: 300 words, photo.

Also:

— LAUSANNE, Switzerland — SOC--CAS-Suarez Appeal. SENT: 130 words, photos.

— BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — SOC--Argentina-Martino. By Vicente Panetta. SENT: 400 words, photos.

CRICKET:

CRI--SRI LANKA-JAYAWARDENE

At age 37 and with hundreds of innings behind him, Mahela Jayawardene tried something new in his next-to-last test match — a move typical of his innovative attitude when it involves pursuing victories for Sri Lanka. He opened the innings for the first time in a test — his 148th — on the last day at Galle. He propelled Sri Lanka to a seven-wicket win over Pakistan, giving him the chance to clinch a series win on his home ground when he plays his last test from Thursday. By Rajshekhar Rao. SENT: 700 words, photos.

Also:

— COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — CRI--Sri Lanka-Pakistan. Sri Lanka aims for 2-0 series win. By Krishan Francis. SENT: 300 words, photos.

FEATURE:

ATHENS-OLYMPICS 10 YEARS LATER

ATHENS, Greece — In an obscure corner of a park sits a forlorn reminder that, 10 years ago, Athens hosted the 2004 Summer Olympics. The crumbling miniature theater is inscribed with the words "glory, wealth, wisdom, victory, triumph, hero, labor" — and it is where visiting Olympic officials planted an olive sapling to commemorate the Games. Once a symbol of pomp, the theater is now an emblem of pointless waste in a venture that left a mixed legacy. By Nicholas Paphitis and Theodora Tongas. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

RUGBY:

RGU--SOUTH AFRICA TEAM

PRETORIA, South Africa — Jean de Villiers returns to captain South Africa for its Rugby Championship opener against Argentina this weekend while youngsters Handre Pollard, Damian de Allende and Lood de Jager are all given a start by coach Heyneke Meyer. SENT: 350 words.

Also:

— BRISBANE, Australia — RGU--Australia-New Rules. SENT: 400 words, photo.

TENNIS:

TEN--WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN

MASON, Ohio — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic came back to beat Gilles Simon 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in his opening match at the Western & Southern Open. The Cincinnati tournament is the only Masters series event Djokovic has never won, finishing as the runner-up four times. If he wins this week, he'll become the first with titles at all nine ATP Masters events. By Joe Kay. SENT: 670 words, photos.

Other stories:

— KANSAS CITY, Missouri — BBO--MLB Roundup. Athletics win 11-3 at KC to end Royals 8 straight. SENT: 770 words, photos.

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