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ATH--BRAZIL-BOLT

RIO DE JANEIRO —Usain Bolt expects to run under 10 seconds in a 100-meter race set up on a Rio de Janeiro beach this weekend. Bolt says Sunday's race is "going to be a test" to see where he's at with his preparations this season. SENT: 137 words, photos.

SOC--BARCELONA-SUAREZ

BARCELONA, Spain — Luis Suarez says he's ready to put his latest episode of gross misconduct behind him after his first practice with Barcelona, a day after his suspension for biting an opponent was softened. Suarez says he was "very happy to feel like a football player again" after training with Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and the rest of his new teammates at Barcelona's practice grounds outside the Catalan capital. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 280 words, photos.

DEVELOPING/NEW:

TEN--WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN

OHIO — Serena Williams advanced to the semifinals of a tournament she has never won. Given her history in Cincinnati, she'll avoid thinking about the long-awaited title. Updates to follow. SENT: 574 words, photos.

ATH--EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

ZURICH —Suddenly, Europe again has a star sprinter who can compete with the best of the Americans and Jamaicans. Her name is Dafne Schippers. She ran the fastest 200 meters this year by far to clinch a sprint double at the European Championships. By Raf Casert. SENT: 698 words, photos.

BKO--USA-BASKETBALL-SENEGAL

The U.S. national team has canceled a trip to Senegal after the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Americans were scheduled to interrupt their World Cup of Basketball preparations to travel to the African continent for the first time. SENT: 355 words.

SOC--CAS-LEGIA APPEAL

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Legia Warsaw has filed an urgent appeal with sport's highest court to be reinstated in the Champions League playoff round next week. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it set a 1600 GMT Monday deadline to decide if Legia gets an interim ruling to replace Celtic as Maribor's opponent on Wednesday. SENT: 139 words.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--CRYSTAL PALACE-PULIS OUT

LONDON — Tony Pulis has left his position as Crystal Palace manager, plunging the club into turmoil just a day before it starts the English Premier League season. Pulis walked away late Thursday, but Palace wouldn't confirm it until Friday, and said it was by "mutual consent." Keith Millen, the assistant manager, will take temporary charge of the team for the match at Arsenal on Saturday. SENT: 422 words, photo.

SOC--FRENCH ROUNDUP

LE MANS, France — Lille earned its first win of the season in the French league on Friday after beating newly-promoted Caen 1-0 courtesy of a controversial penalty. SENT: 279 words.

SOC--GERMAN CUP

BERLIN —Bundesliga side Mainz were knocked out of the first round of the German Cup on Friday losing on penalties to third-division Chemnitzer FC. Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen advanced to the next round following a 6-0 rout of sixth-tier side Alemannia Waldalgesheim, with striker Stefan Kiessling scoring five. SENT: 145 words.

SOC--GERMANY-MERTESACKER

BERLIN —Germany defender Per Mertesacker is retiring from the national team, becoming the third member of the World Cup-winning squad to quit.

Mertesacker announced his decision in interviews with ZDF television and the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper Friday. SENT: 310 words, photos.

Also:

— GENEVA— SOC--WCup-Technical Report. SENT: 717 words.

—ISTANBUL_SOC--Besiktas-Funeral. SENT: 113 words.

— NYON, Switzerland — SOC--UEFA-Racism. SENT: 130 words.

— WOLFSBURG, Germany — SOC--Wolfsburg-Bendtner. SENT: 100 words.

— MADRID — SOC--Spain-Second Division Delay. SENT: 120 words.

CRICKET:

CRI--ENGLAND-INDIA

LONDON — England finished on 62-0 at stumps on day one to seize advantage of the fifth test after bowling India out for 148, as it looks to secure a series win at the Oval. England captain Alastair Cook finished unbeaten on 24 on Friday, alongside Sam Robson on 33. Cook's side leads the five-match contest 2-1 and needs to avoid defeat to confirm victory. SENT: 698 words, photos.

CRI--SRI LANKA-PAKISTAN

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Rangana Herath snared five wickets to limit Pakistan to 244-6 at stumps on day two of the second test after Sri Lanka posted 320 in the first innings on Friday. By Krishan Francis. SENT: 555 words, photos.

TENNIS:

TEN--ISRAEL-ARGENTINA

LONDON —Israel's Davis Cup tie against Argentina next month has been moved to Sunrise, Florida, because of the conflict in Gaza. The International Tennis Federation says on Friday the neutral venue was proposed by the Israel Tennis Association. SENT: 107 words.

RUGBY:

RGU--WOMEN'S RWC FINAL

PARIS — England has the superior experience, power, and pedigree in the Women's Rugby World Cup final on Sunday. There's another reason the English are favored at Stade Jean-Bouin to win their first title in 20 years: They aren't playing New Zealand.

RGU--AUSTRALIA-NEW ZEALAND

SYDNEY — Australia plans to test out New Zealand rookie center Malakai Fekitoa, who is likely to replace an absent Conrad Smith in the Rugby Championship opener on Saturday. The All Blacks are all but resigned to being without 77-test veteran Smith, who's wife is expecting. SENT: 400 words, photos.

OLYMPICS:

OLY--YOUTH OLYMPICS-EBOLA

NANJING, China — Three teenage athletes from the Ebola-affected region of Africa will not be allowed to compete at the Youth Olympics in China because of the risk of possible infection. All athletes and officials from the four West African nations affected by the deadly virus will be "subject to regular temperature and physical assessment" for the duration of the games, which open on Saturday. SENT: 660 words, photos.

FEATURE:

KABADDI-GRABBING OPPORTUNITIES

NEW DELHI — For centuries, shirtless and shoeless young warriors gathered and grappled on patches of muddy ground near the foot of the Himalayas, practicing the ancient contact sport of Kabaddi. For the most part it was unchanged, and uncomplicated. Like other popular sports in India, though, the modern transformation has been rapid, driven by commercial opportunities and with the intention of going global. Now there's two professional international leagues — one in India and another which recently kicked off in London. Backers of the pro leagues are marketing slick new versions of kabaddi that they hope will compete with the mushrooming franchise-based sports leagues in India, particularly cricket. By C. Rajshekahr Rao. SENT: 980 words, photos.

Other stories:

— BRNO, Czech Republic — MOT--Czech GP. Marc Marquez sets pace. SENT: 90 words, photos.

— KANSAS CITY, Missouri — BBO--MLB Roundup. Royals surge past A's to stay top of AL Central. SENT: 680 words, photos.

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