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    TEN--MONTE CARLO MASTERS

    MONACO __ Defending champion Rafael Nadal looks to take another step toward a record-extending 12th Monte Carlo Masters title when he faces unseeded Guido Pella in the quarterfinals. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is also in action at the clay-court tournament as he meets 10th-seeded Daniil Medvedev. By Jerome Pugmire. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

    NEW/DEVELOPING STORY

    SOC--OSTERSUND-CHAIRMAN ON TRIAL

    OSTERSUND, Sweden __ It was one of European soccer's most heartwarming stories, an unconventional club from a sleepy city in central Sweden making an eight-year journey from the amateur ranks to beating Arsenal in the Europa League. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

    OTHER STORIES

    SOC--SPANISH ROUNDUP

    MADRID __ Alaves hosts relegation-threatened Valladolid in the Spanish league looking to end a four-game winless streak and boost its bid for the final Champions League spot. UPCOMING: 200 words by 2200 GMT.

    SOC--FRENCH ROUNDUP

    PARIS __ Lyon looks to strengthen its attempt to finish third in the French league with a home win against Angers. French Cup finalist Rennes travels to relegation battler Dijon. UPCOMING: 200 words by 2030 GMT.

    TEN--FRANCE-ROMANIA

    ROUEN, France __ Kristina Mladenovic of France will face second-ranked Simona Halep of Romania in the opening singles of their Fed Cup semifinal Saturday. SENT: 143 words, photos.

    TEN--AUSTRALIA-BELARUS

    BRISBANE, Australia __ Samantha Stosur will open against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus when singles play begins in a Fed Cup semifinal Saturday on hard courts at Pat Rafter Arena. SENT: 228 words.

    RGU--SUPER RUGBY

    HAMILTON, New Zealand __ The Johannesburg-based Lions pulled out of a mid-season form slump to edge the Chiefs 23-17 in Super Rugby on Friday, repelling a Chiefs' three-try rally for their second consecutive win in Hamilton. SENT: 453 words.

    BKN--WARRIORS-CLIPPERS

    LOS ANGELES __ He's Kevin Durant, and the Los Angeles Clippers got reminded of it. Durant scored 38 points, Stephen Curry added 21 playing with five fouls, and the Golden State Warriors dominated from the opening tip to win 132-105 Thursday night and take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. By Beth Harris. SENT: 650 words, photos.

    HKN--BLUES-JETS

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba __ Jaden Schwartz called it a lucky goal for the St. Louis Blues. It was a dagger to the Winnipeg Jets. Schwartz scored with 15 seconds remaining to cap St. Louis' three-goal third period in a 3-2 win over the Jets, giving the Blues a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference playoff series. SENT: 960 words, photos.

    BKN--76ERS-NETS

    BBN--DODGERS-BREWERS

    MILWAUKEE __ Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich chatted in the outfield after batting practice ended. Once Thursday's game started, the bats of the National League home run co-leaders kept the exchange going. SENT: 690 words, photos.

    FBN--DRAFT-RAIDERS PREVIEW

    ALAMEDA, Calif. __ Oakland general manager Mike Mayock will be under heavy scrutiny in his first draft after a long career as a TV analyst. And with good reason _ the Raiders have three first-round picks. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 750 words, photos. With capsule.

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