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December 16, 2017

WORLD SPORTS AT 1330 GMT

TOP STORY:

CRI--AUSTRALIA-ENGLAND

PERTH, Australia — Career-best knocks by skipper Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh gave Australia a stranglehold of the third Ashes test against England at the WACA on Saturday, leaving it well-placed to push for a 3-0 lead in the five-match series and wrest the Ashes for captain Joe Root’s team. By Ihithisham Kamardeen. SENT: 800 words, photos.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

SKI--WCUP-MEN’S DOWNHILL

SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy — The struggling Italian team is under pressure to produce a podium result on home snow in the Saslong Classic, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. By Andrew Dampf. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1400 GMT, photos.

SKI--WCUP-WOMEN’S SUPER-G

VAL D’ISERE, France — Lindsey Vonn powered down a shortened course to win a World Cup super-G race on Saturday and clinch her first victory of the season. It was the 33-year-old American skier’s 78th World Cup race win, but her first since winning a downhill at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in January. By Jerome Pugmire. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1500 GMT, photos.

FOOTBALL:

— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP

MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City faces a Tottenham side that has finished above the unbeaten leaders for last two seasons. Now, after less than half of the Premier League season, Tottenham is 18 points behind City. Among the day’s earlier six games, third-place Chelsea plays Southampton and Arsenal takes on Newcastle. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1945 GMT, photos.

— SOC--SPANISH ROUNDUP

BARCELONA, Spain — Second-place Valencia visits Eibar looking to close the five-point gap with Spanish leader Barcelona. Third-place Atletico Madrid hosts Alaves, while Athletic Bilbao welcomes Real Sociedad in a Basque Country derby and Getafe is at Girona. By Joseph Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1715 GMT.

— SOC--GERMAN ROUNDUP

BERLIN — Hoffenheim visits Borussia Dortmund, which is aiming for its second win from two games under new coach Peter Stoeger. Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich travels to Stuttgart and second-place Schalke visits Eintracht Frankfurt. By Ciaran Fahey. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2100 GMT, photos.

— SOC--ITALIAN ROUNDUP

MILAN, Italy — Inter Milan will try to remain atop the Serie A table when they host Udinese, with Napoli, one point back in second, and Roma also in action. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2200 GMT, photos.

— SOC--FRENCH ROUNDUP

PARIS — Paris Saint-Germain looks to restore its nine-point lead at the top of the French league with a win away to fifth-place Rennes. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2130 GMT, photos.

— SOC--CLUB WORLD CUP

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Real Madrid plays Brazilian side Gremio in the final of the Club World Cup. 400 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

Also:

— SOC-- FIFA-DEL NERO SUSPENDED — Marco Polo del Nero was suspended as president of Brazil’s soccer confederation on Friday, two years after he was indicted in the United States on charges of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy. By Stephen Wade and Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— SOC--FIFA INVESTIGATION-FIGUEREDO — Eugenio Figueredo, a former head of the South American football confederation, was released after more than 2 1/2 years in either jail or house arrest. SENT: 125 words.

— SOC--JAPAN-SOUTH KOREA — South Korea beat Japan 4-1 on Saturday to win the East Asian Championship after Kim Shin-wook scored two goals. SENT: 130 words, photos.

GOLF:

GLF--INDONESIAN MASTERS

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters. SENT: 125 words.

CRICKET:

CRI--NEW ZEALAND XI-WEST INDIES

WHANGAREI, New Zealand — Test opener Jeet Raval made 169 to bat a New Zealand XI to a six-wicket win over the West Indies on Saturday in a one-day tour match. SENT: 125 words.

OTHER STORIES:

— BOB--WORLD CUP — Stephanie Schneider won her second consecutive bobsled World Cup race Saturday, leading a German sweep of the European Championship podium. SENT: 130 words, photos.

— JUM--WORLD CUP — The first women’s World Cup team event takes place in Hinterzarten, Germany. UPCOMING: 100 words by 1800 GMT.

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES — Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 17 rebounds and 15 assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in a three-overtime thriller. SENT: 1,350 words, photos.

— BBO--MLB CAPSULES — Rick Nash scored with 3:27 remaining to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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