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    BKO--WORLD CUP-US-FRANCE

    DONGGUAN, China _ No gold. No medal. No more winning streak. The U.S. reign atop international basketball has ended - this time, thwarted by France at the World Cup. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 800 words, photos.

    GOLF:

    GLF--PLAYER OF THE YEAR

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. _ Rory McIlroy wins PGA Tour player of the year in a vote of the players that left even McIlroy surprised that he won over Brooks Koepka. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 600 words, photos

    BOXING:

    BOX--TIM DAHLBERG-TYSON FURY

    LAS VEGAS _ Tyson Fury shouldn’t have any trouble in the ring Saturday night against an opponent whose biggest claim to fame is that he’s arguably the best heavyweight fighter in Sweden. He might have more trouble convincing Mexican fans that he’s really one of them. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 750 words.

    SOCCER:

    SOC--FRANCE-HOMOPHOBIC CHANTING

    PARIS _ The French league insisted Wednesday that referees still have the right to stop matches in case of homophobic chanting, despite the national federation president urging them not to halt play. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 600 words, photos.

    SOC--ARSENAL-MERTESACKER

    LONDON _ Talks have taken place at Arsenal about the threat posed by gangs targeting footballers after Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac had to fight off knife-wielding men, according to academy head Per Mertesacker. By Rob Harris. SENT: 500 words, photos.

    CYCLING:

    CYC--SPANISH VUELTA

    GUADALAJARA, Spain _ Mastering strong winds that pushed riders to speeds of 75 kph (46 mph), veteran Philippe Gilbert won his second Spanish Vuelta stage on Wednesday, while Primoz Roglic lost a few seconds from his overall lead after a charge by Nairo Quintana. SENT: 300 words, photos.

    OLYMPICS:

    OLY--TOKYO 2020-FLAG

    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 and comparing it with the Nazi swastika. South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on Wednesday said it sent a letter to IOC President Thomas Bach expressing "deep disappointment and concern" over Japanese plans to allow the flag in stadiums and other facilities during the 2020 Olympics. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 400 words, photos.

    CRICKET:

    CRI--PAKISTAN-SRI LANKA-SECURITY

    ISLAMABAD _ The Sri Lankan cricket board says it has been warned about a possible terrorist threat during its planned tour of Pakistan and called for a reassessment of the security situation before play starts in two weeks. By Rizwan Ali. SENT: 350 words.

    CRI--ENGLAND-TEAM

    LONDON _ England dropped batsman Jason Roy for the fifth Ashes test against Australia on Wednesday. Roy failed to impress in the first four matches of the series, which Australia leads 2-1 and will retain the urn. SENT: 200 words, photos.

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