WORLD SPORTS at 1330 GMT
DONGGUAN, China _ The U.S. has been ousted from medal contention by France at the World Cup, failing to capture gold at a major international tournament for the first time since the 2006 world championships. Evan Fournier scored 22 points, Rudy Gobert added 21 points and 16 rebounds and France beat the U.S. 89-79 in the World Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, rallying from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit to pull off the upset. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 725 words, photos.
GUADALAJARA, Spain _ Former ski jumper Primoz Roglic defends his Spanish Vuelta lead in a 219.6-kilometer (136.4-mile) flat stage, the longest of the three-week Grand Tour race that ends Sunday in Madrid. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1800 GMT.
LONDON _ England has dropped Jason Roy for the fifth Ashes test which it must win _ without Ben Stokes bowling _ to draw the series against Australia. UPCOMING: 250 words, photos.
SOC--WCUP-ASIAN QUALIFYING ROUNDUP
SEOUL, South Korea _ Brazilian-born striker Elkeson scored twice on his debut for China in a 5-0 win over the Maldives in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, just a month after becoming a Chinese citizen. By John Duerden. SENT: 410 words, photos.
BRUSSELS _ Police have arrested two people, including a player’s agent, as part of an international money laundering and corruption investigation in soccer. SENT: 165 words.
LOS ANGELES _ Luis Abram scored his first international goal on a header in the 85th minute, and Peru ended Brazil's 17-game unbeaten streak since last year's World Cup with a 1-0 victory Tuesday night. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 350 words, photos.
SEOUL, South Korea _ South Korea has formally asked the International Olympic Committee to ban the Japanese "rising sun" flag at next year's Tokyo Games, calling it a symbol of Japan's brutal wartime past. By Kim Tong-hyung. SENT: 355 words, photo.
SALZBURG, Austria _ Six athletes from Kazakhstan's Olympic biathlon team have been cleared of doping in a case which involved police raids in two countries. SENT: 145 words.
TEN--JAPAN WOMEN’S OPEN
HIROSHIMA, Japan _ Defending champion Hsieh Su-wei was just a game from defeat three times as she rallied to fend off Priscilla Hon 1-6, 7-6 (2), 7-5 on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Japan Women's Open. SENT: 200 words.
New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown has been accused of rape by a former trainer. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 715 words, photos.
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