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    SOC--SUPER CUP

    ISTANBUL _ Champions League winner Liverpool takes on Europa League winner Chelsea in the first all-English Super Cup game. It's also the first major European men's final with a female referee. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2130 GMT, photos.

    SOC--FIFA-SAMOURA’S 2 JOBS

    LONDON _ A push by FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura for the world body to take control of the sale of TV rights for Africa’s 2022 and 2026 World Cup qualifiers has reinforced concerns over possible conflicts of interest as she is also now effectively running the African soccer confederation. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1400 GMT, photo.

    SOC--SPAIN PREVIEW-BARCELONA

    BARCELONA, Spain _Lionel Messi has the support of new signing Antoine Griezmann in attack as Barcelona starts the new season with one mission: to lift the Champions League trophy again and end a five-year drought. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 780 words, photos.

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    SOC--SPAIN-NEW SIGNINGS

    MADRID _ After several summers of no major offseason signings, both Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid have spent big to revamp their squads in an attempt to dethrone Spanish champion Barcelona. SENT: 732 words, photos.

    CRI--SRI LANKA-NEW ZEALAND

    GALLE, Sri Lanka _ Ross Taylor was approaching a 19th test century and holding New Zealand's innings together as the tourists ended a rain-shortened opening day of the first cricket test against Sri Lanka at 203-5. By Krishan Francis. SENT: 430 words, photos.

    CRI--ENGLAND-AUSTRALIA

    LONDON _ The start of play in the second Ashes test between England and Australia at Lord's has been delayed by rain. SENT: 160 words, photos. Will be updated.

    SOC--DYNAMO KYIV-COACH FIRED _ Dynamo Kyiv fires coach after Champions League failure. SENT: 140 words, photos.

    RGU--NEW ZEALAND-MAFI TRIAL _ Amanaki Mafi likely free to play for Japan at the Rugby World Cup next month after the date of his trial on a charge of assaulting a former teammate was set for next year. SENT: 260 words.

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