2013-10-19 11:01 PM
LONDON -- The Premier League resumes after a two-week break for internationals with Arsenal looking to stay top by beating Norwich at home. Liverpool, which is level on points with the leaders, travels to Newcastle while in-form Southampton visits champion Manchester United, which is languishing in mid-table. Chelsea and Manchester City are also in action on a busy day in the English top flight. UPCOMING, with photos. 750 words. First copy by 1630 GMT. By Sam Petrequin. Separates on all eight games.
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis advanced to its second World Series in three years by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-0 on Friday to seal a 4-2 win in the National League Championship Series. SENT. By R.B. Fallstrom. 600 words.
BARCELONA, Spain -- Barcelona and Atletico Madrid can both equal a Spanish league record with a ninth straight win to begin the season in their respective games at Osasuna and Espanyol. A fit Gareth Bale is expected to be back for Real Madrid's home game against Malaga, and slumping Real Sociedad visits Valencia. UPCOMING. By 1600 GMT. 800 words. By Joseph Wilson.
ROME -- Struggling AC Milan is still without Mario Balotelli, now due to injury, as the Rossoneri aim for just their third win of the season against an Udinese squad led by former Italy forward Antonio Di Natale. Also, Cagliari plays its first match at its home Sant'Elia stadium in a 1? years when it faces Catania. The stadium had been closed for safety problems. UPCOMING. 400 words. Expected by 2045 GMT.
BERLIN -- Bayern Munich can reclaim the Bundesliga lead with a win at home over Mainz, injury-hit Borussia Dortmund hosts Hannover and Schalke visits promoted Eintracht Braunschweig. Also Saturday, Werder Bremen hosts Freiburg and Nuremberg visits Eintracht Frankfurt, before Hertha Berlin entertains Borussia Moenchengladbach in the late game. 800 words. By 2000 GMT. By Ciaran Fahey.
PARIS -- Paris Saint-Germain looks to maintain its unbeaten start to the season when it hosts Bastia, which has not won in Paris in its past 25 visits to Parc des Princes. Also, third-place Lille travels to Montpellier as coach Rene Girard faces his former club. By 1700 GMT. By Jerome Pugmire.
SAO PAULO -- A second-division match in Brazil was suspended in the second half after fans disappointed with their team?s loss threw homemade explosives onto the field, marking the latest case of fan violence to affect World Cup host Brazil. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1600 GMT.
-- MANCHESTER, England -- BC-SOC--MAN UNITED-JANUZAJ. SENT. 300 words.
MOSCOW -- Samantha Stosur advanced to her second straight final by beating her doubles partner Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Kremlin Cup Saturday. SENT, will be updated. 500 words.
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VIENNA -- Top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga eyes his 19th career final and third of the season as he takes on Robin Haase, while No. 2 Tommy Haas faces No. 8 Lukas Rosol in the other semifinal at the Erste Bank Open. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1500 GMT.
DUNEDIN, New Zealand -- Flyhalf Aaron Cruden scored one try, made another and kicked 18 points as New Zealand beat Australia 41-33 in a Bledisloe Cup rugby test on Saturday. SENT. 900 words.
LAS VEGAS -- Webb Simpson opened a four-stroke lead Friday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, taking advantage of perfect scoring conditions at TPC Summerlin. SENT. By Keith Freeman. 500 words.
INCHEON, South Korea -- Anna Nordqvist of Sweden shot a 2-under 70 to remain tied for the lead with Katherine Hull-Kirk of Australia after the second round of the KEB HanaBank Championship on Saturday. SENT.
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