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    SOC--CHELSEA-BURNLEY

    LONDON _ Chelsea could move into third place in the Premier League when it hosts Burnley, which needs just one point in its final four games to escape relegation. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2200 GMT, photos.

    NEW/DEVELOPING

    SOC--ITALIAN ROUNDUP

    NAPLES, Italy _ Second-place Napoli looks to move on from its Europa League elimination when it hosts sixth-place Atalanta, which is hoping to move into the Champions League places. UPCOMING: 250 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

    SOC--GERMAN ROUNDUP

    WOLFSBURG, Germany _ Eintracht Frankfurt hopes to keep its hold on the Bundesliga's fourth and final Champions League spot when it visits Wolfsburg. UPCOMING: 200 words by 2200 GMT.

    SOCCER

    SOC--ITALY-WEEKEND WATCH

    ROME _ If ever there was a need to emphasize Cristiano Ronaldo's impact, he did it again this weekend by helping Juventus to the Serie A title in his first season in Italy. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 650 words, photos.

    SOC--SPAIN-WEEKEND WATCH

    BARCELONA, Spain _ Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho seems to have only himself to blame for the jeers that greeted him at Camp Nou. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 640 words, photos.

    RUGBY

    RGU--AUSTRALIA-FOLAU

    SYDNEY _ Rugby Australia has set May 4 as the date for a code of conduct hearing into anti-gay comments made by Wallabies fullback Israel Folau _ a hearing that could result in the termination of his test and Super Rugby contracts. SENT: 120 words.

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    _ RGU--SUPER RUGBY-WEEKEND WATCH _ The Hurricanes' 22-point rally to beat the Sunwolves in the weekend's ninth round of Super Rugby draws attention to increasingly common come-from-behind wins in the tournament this season. SENT: 570 words, photos.

    _ RGU--SUPER RUGBY-POCOCK _ Wallabies flanker David Pocock is returning from South Africa to Australia with an injured calf muscle that will keep him out of a sixth-straight Super Rugby match. SENT: 150 words.

    CRICKET

    CRI--PAKISTAN-WORLD CUP

    Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed likes that Pakistan is considered an underdog entering the World Cup beginning next month in England but insisted that despite the label, the 15-member squad is well prepared. By Rizwan Ali. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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    _ CRI--WCUP-AFGHANISTAN SQUAD _ After nearly three years, Afghanistan on Monday recalled 31-year-old fast bowler Hamid Hassan for next month's cricket World Cup in England. SENT: 240 words.

    TENNIS

    TEN--BARCELONA OPEN

    BARCELONA, Spain _ Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco meet in the first round of the Barcelona Open. UPCOMING: 250 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

    BASKETBALL

    BKN--CELTICS ADVANCE

    INDIANAPOLIS _ The Boston Celtics proved they could be every bit as physical as the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs. They may need to get even tougher for the rest of the postseason. By Michael Marot. SENT: 490 words, photos.

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    _ BKN--NBA PLAYOFF CAPSULES _ Gordon Hayward scored 20 points as the Boston Celtics claimed a series-clinching 110-106 victory at Indiana. SENT: 450 words, photos.

    OTHER STORIES

    _ HKN--NHL PLAYOFF CAPSULES _ Tomas Hertl scored a short-handed goal 11:17 into the second overtime to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. SENT: 280 words, photos.

    _ BBO--MLB CAPSULES _ The Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays with a 4-3 victory Sunday. SENT: 2,290 words, photos.

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