2014-05-21 09:01 AM
SOC--WORLD CUP STADIUMS
SAO PAULO --Brazilian organizers will test the stadium hosting the World Cup opener one more time after a request from FIFA. The local football federation has accepted to make changes to the Brazilian league schedule so another match can be played at the troubled Itaquerao, which remains unfinished three weeks before the World Cup begins in Sao Paulo. SENT: 451 words with photos.
SAO PAULO --The Brazilian federation of professional athletes is demanding FIFA changes the starting time of more than a third of World Cup matches because of the heat and humidity in Brazil. The federation said Tuesday it filed a lawsuit asking FIFA to change kickoff times of all 24 matches that are scheduled for 1 p.m. local time (1600 GMT). SENT: 304 words.
US--NFL DRUG LAWSUIT
WASHINGTON --Opening another legal attack on the NFL over the long-term health of its athletes, a group of retired players accused the league in a lawsuit Tuesday of cynically supplying them with powerful painkillers and other drugs that kept them in the game but led to serious complications later in life. SENT: 951 words with photos.
MEXICO CITY --Brazil football legend Pele criticized his country's organization of the World Cup, saying that billions have been spent unwisely. Speaking at Anahuac University in Mexico City, Pele said he sides with those protesting against the big spending, but also laments any violence. SENT: 344 words.
MADRID --Cristiano Ronaldo expects to be fit to play for Real Madrid in Saturday's Champions League final against Atletico Madrid. Ronaldo has been nursing various leg knocks since the beginning of April. SENT: 195 words.
SAO PAULO --Brazilian officials are going out of their way to try to convince World Cup tourists they won't face problems at airports even though not all upgrades will be completed in time. SENT 580 words with photos.
SOC--REAL MADRID-LA DECIMA
MADRID -- In four days, Real Madrid has the chance to satisfy an obsession that has eluded them for 12 years. Madrid plays city rival Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday, when a victory in Lisbon would provide the Spanish giant with its record 10th European Cup - or "La Decima" as it is known in Spanish. SENT: 529 words with photos.
MANCHESTER, England --Yaya Toure deflated Manchester City's Premier League title celebrations by complaining about the club's treatment of him and creating confusion about his future in a series of cryptic Twitter messages on Tuesday. SENT: 336 words with photos.
SOC--MAN CITY-YOKOHAMA STATE
MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester City expanded its global portfolio of clubs on Tuesday by buying a stake in Japanese team Yokohama F Marinos from Nissan Motor Co. SENT: 329 words with photos.
SANTIAGO, Chile --Chilean midfielder Matias Fernandez needs surgery on his right ankle and will miss the World Cup, another injury blow for the talented South Americans. SENT: 125 words with photos.
SOC--SOUTH AFRICA-PLAYERS WITHDRAW
JOHANNESBURG --Australia's last home game before the World Cup threatens to be undermined after 11 out of 18 players withdrew from South Africa's initial traveling squad for the friendly in Sydney next week. SENT: 296 words with photos.
LONDON --West Ham's owners told Sam Allardyce to ensure the team is more entertaining next season after backing the manager to continue in his job on Tuesday following talks on his future. SENT: 183 words.
-- ATLANTA -- FBN--Super Bowl-Minneapolis. SENT: 301 words.
-- MONACO -- SOC--Monaco-Ranieri Fired. SENT: 95 words.
-- VIENNA -- SOC--Austria-Alaba Injury. SENT: 129 words.
-- MADRID -- SOC--Madrid-Divided Fans. SENT: 265 words, photos.
-- JOHANNESBURG -- SOC--WCup-Giggs-South African TV. SENT: 129 words, photos.
-- VIENNA -- SOC--Austria-Alaba Injury. SENT: 129 words.
-- MADRID -- SOC--Real Madrid-Bale. SENT: 80 words, photos.
-- BARCELONA, Spain -- SOC--Barcelona-Pique. SENT: 80 words, photos.
SALSOMAGGIORE TERME, Italy --French rider Nacer Bouhanni timed another sprint to perfection to win his third stage in this year's Giro d'Italia, and Cadel Evans' overall lead remained unchanged after Tuesday's 10th leg. SENT: 351 words with photos.
STRASBOURG, France --Top-seeded Sloane Stephens of the United States and second-seeded Alize Cornet of France were knocked out in the first round of the Strasbourg International on Tuesday. SENT: 289 words.
TEN--OPEN DE NICE
NICE, France --Carlos Berlocq of Argentina and Martin Klizan of Slovakia won three-setters to reach the second round of the Open de Nice on Tuesday. SENT: 247 words.
NUREMBERG, Germany --Top-seeded Angelique Kerber broke Marina Erakovic of New Zealand at the start of each set, winning in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2 in her Nuremberg Cup opener on Tuesday. SENT: 96 words.
DUESSELDORF, Germany --Defending champion Juan Monaco eased past Benjamin Becker 6-2, 6-1 to reach the second round of the ATP Duesseldorf Open on Tuesday. But last year's runner-up Jarkko Nieminen crashed out despite winning the first set against Denis Istomin. SENT: 134 words with photos.
Dubai, UAE --The International Cricket Council says Brendon McCullum is not under suspicion of any corrupt activity after testimony given by the New Zealand international was leaked to a British newspaper while the governing body investigates allegations of fixing. SENT: 120 words.
LONDON -- Sri Lanka weathered a belligerent knock of 66 from Alex Hales to beat England by nine runs on Tuesday in its first Twenty20 international since winning the world title last month. SENT: 455 words with photos.
ISLAMABAD --The Pakistan government has appealed to the Supreme Court against a lower court's decision to recall Zaka Ashraf as the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman. The government in Tuesday's filing urged the Supreme Court to restore the management committee headed by Najam Sethi. SENT: 309 words.
GLF--US WOMEN'S OPEN-YOUNGEST QUALIFIER
CALIFORNIA --Lucy Li has become the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open by winning the sectional qualifier at Half Moon Bay in California. The 11-year-old Li shot rounds of 74-68 on the par-72 Old Course on Monday. SENT: By Doug Ferguson.707 words with photos.
NEW YORK -- NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says forcing Donald Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers is an "unprecedented proceeding" that is worth any obstacles that may arise. SENT: By Brian Mahoney. 447 words, photos.
-- NEW DEHLI -- BAD--Thomas and Uber Cups. SENT: 396 words.
-- EDINBURGH -- RGU--Scotland Squad. SENT: 147 words.
-- HELSINKI -- XXC--Doping Simila. SENT: 129 words.
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