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    SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUNDUP

    AMSTERDAM _ Last season's Champions League semifinalist Ajax came close to crashing out in qualifying Tuesday, coming from behind to beat PAOK Thessaloniki 5-4 on aggregate. SENT: 470 words, photos.

    SOC--FIFA-MAN CITY

    ZURICH _ Manchester City has been fined for improperly signing young soccer players but avoided a ban on transfers. SENT: 330 words, photo.

    WEI--RUSSIAN DOPING

    MOSCOW _ Five Russian weightlifters, all of them world or European championship medalists, face doping charges which could herald a new wave of cases across a range of Russian sports. SENT: 470 words, photos.

    SOC--SUPER CUP-PREVIEW

    Liverpool returns to the scene of its most dramatic European triumph when it faces Chelsea in Istanbul for the Super Cup, which is also the first major men's European final to be refereed by a woman. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 780 words, photos.

    SOC--FIFA INVESTIGATION-ZWANZIGER

    DIEZ, Germany _ Former German soccer federation president Theo Zwanziger has again declared his innocence over his involvement in a 6.7 million euros ($7.5 million) payment made before the 2006 World Cup. SENT: 220 words.

    SOC--BAYERN-PERISIC

    MUNICH _ Bayern Munich has signed Croatian winger Ivan Perisic on loan from Inter Milan for one season. The Bundesliga champion says it has secured an option to sign the 30-year-old Perisic to a permanent deal once his loan ends on June 30, 2020. SENT: 155 words.

    SOC--GERMANY PREVIEW

    BERLIN _ Borussia Dortmund has declared a challenge to end Bayern Munich’s seven-year domination of the Bundesliga, encouraged by signs of disharmony and unrest from the defending champion. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 635 words, photos.

    CRI--SRI LANKA-NEW ZEALAND-PREVIEW

    A month after a painfully close defeat in the World Cup final, New Zealand will finally be able to move on when it starts a two-match test series against Sri Lanka. By Krishan Francis. SENT: 500 words, photos.

    CRI--ENGLAND-AUSTRALIA

    LONDON _ Australia leaves fast bowler James Pattinson out of its 12-man squad for the second Ashes test against England, giving Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood the chance of a recall at Lord's. SENT: 146 words, photos.

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