PERTH, Australia — Australia resumes on 203-3 and captain Steve Smith on 92 not out in reply to England's 403 on day three of the third Ashes test at the WACA. By Ihithisham Kamardeen. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Play starts at 0230 GMT.


RIO DE JANEIRO — The head of the Brazilian Football Confederation is suspended, a move that could bring him closer to facing trial in the U.S. on charges of racketeering and money laundering. Marco Polo del Nero repeatedly has denied any wrongdoing. By Stephen Wade and Maurico Savarese. SENT: 670 words, photo.

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— SOC--FIFA-SPANISH FEDERATION — FIFA worried about government interference in Spanish soccer. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 380 words.

— SOC--FIFA INVESTIGATION-FIGUEREDO — South American football ex-boss Figueredo is released. SENT: 130 words.

— SOC--FIFA INVESTIGATION-TRIAL — Jurors in bribery trial in New York head home for weekend. SENT: 110 words.


BARCELONA, Spain — Valencia has found the coach, the talent, and the ambition. But does it have the poise of a champion? By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 870 words, photo.

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— SOC--SPANISH ROUNDUP — Berizzo returns to coach Sevilla after treating tumor. SENT: 260 words.


HOUSTON — The Rockets, led by James Harden, go for their 12th straight victory when they play the Spurs in a game between two of the NBA's best. Houston has the top record in the league; San Antonio has the third-best record in the Western Conference. UPCOMING: 750 words. Game starts 0230 GMT.

Other Stories:

— SOC--GERMAN ROUNDUP — Raffael leads 'Gladbach to 4th place with win over Hamburg. SENT: 230 words.

— SOC--FRENCH ROUNDUP — Ligue 1 titleholder Monaco wins 4-0 at sorry Saint-Etienne. SENT: 140 words.

— SOC--AC MILAN-FINANCIAL FAIR PLAY — UEFA rejects AC Milan bid for deal. SENT: 150 words, photo.

— SKI--WCUP-MEN'S SUPER-G — German speed team's rise could boost skiing's TV ratings. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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