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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUNDUP
BERN, Switzerland _ Olympiakos and Dinamo Zagreb took big steps toward returning to the Champions League group stage with convincing wins in the first leg of their playoff-round games on Wednesday. Olympiakos scored three late goals to beat Russian debutant Krasnodar 4-0, and Dinamo struck twice in the first half hour in a 2-0 win over Rosenborg. SENT: 250 words.
LISBON, Portugal _ Cristiano Ronaldo says the rape allegation against him was an attack on his honor and led to one of the worst years of his life. Ronaldo was accused of raping a woman in Las Vegas more than 10 years ago but won't face criminal charges after it was determined the investigation failed to show the claim could be proven at trial beyond a reasonable doubt. SENT: 200 words, photos.
BARCELONA, Spain _ Lionel Messi was back in full training again on Wednesday and may be fit to face Real Betis in the Spanish league on Sunday. Messi had been training separately from the squad since injuring his right calf in the preseason. SENT: 20 words, photos.
Teemu Pukki is a nomadic striker who is proving an unlikely sensation at the start of his first season in the Premier League. With a league-high four goals in his first two games, the Norwich striker is demonstrating the finishing ability and movement his youth coaches spotted right at the start of his nomadic career. The Pukki Party, as it’s becoming known on social media, is in full flow. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. By 0700 GMT.
TEN--US OPEN PREVIEW
The indelible image from last year's U.S. Open does not involve anyone holding a trophy or making a particularly remarkable shot. It's Serena Williams pointing a finger at chair umpire Carlos Ramos as she insisted he owed her an apology. The tenor of the final between Williams and champion Naomi Osaka began to shift after Ramos warned Williams for receiving coaching signals. Here we are, 12 months later, with the U.S. Open set to start anew, and the tennis world is still discussing whether in-match coaching should be allowed. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 860 words, photos.
LONDON _ The United States will face Latvia for a place in next year's Fed Cup finals, the first time the "World Cup of Tennis" tournament system will be used. The draw for February's qualifying matches pits the Americans against a Latvian team that could include former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and last year's U.S. Open semifinalist Anastasija Sevastova.
ATLANTA _ Justin Thomas has a two-shot lead in the Tour Championship, and it hasn't even started. It's part of a new system to decide who wins the FedEx Cup and its $15 million prize. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 0000 GMT.
UXBRIDGE, England _ Danish golfer Thorbjorn Olesen is to face trial after being charged with sexual assault and being drunk on an aircraft. The 29-year-old Olesen indicated he would plead not guilty to the offenses when he made a brief appearance at a magistrates' court in Uxbridge, west of London, on Wednesday. SENT: 200 words, photos.
FBN--NFL PRESEASON RDP
The Raiders’ worldwide tour gets started in the preseason when they play a "home" exhibition against Green Bay in Canada on Thursday night. The Raiders will be the first team to play games in three countries in one season. They also will play a "home" game in the regular season in London against Chicago on Oct. 6. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.
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