WORLD SPORTS at 1330 GMT
The NBA has postponed Wednesday’s scheduled media sessions in Shanghai for the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, and it remains unclear if the teams will play in China this week as scheduled. More events in advance of this week’s NBA preseason games in China have been canceled because of the ongoing rift that started after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey posted a tweet last week that showed support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 710 words, photos.
_ BKN--Tim Dahlberg-NBA China _ Column: Freedom of speech has its consequences for NBA. By Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 900 words, photos.
OITA, Japan _ Wales rallied to reach the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals beating Fiji 29-17 in an action-packed Pool D match on Wednesday. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 880 words, photos.
STUTTGART, Germany _ Last year’s medalists China, Russia and Japan are among the favorites once again for the men’s team all-around at the world gymnastics championships. By James Ellingworth. UPCOMING: 450 words by 1530 GMT, photos.
BARCELONA, Spain _ Lionel Messi says he considered leaving Barcelona after being targeted by Spanish tax authorities in the early 2010s. SENT: 440 words, photos.
MILAN _ Stefano Pioli is banking on three principles of coaching to help him turn things around at AC Milan. The 53-year-old Italian, who has previously coached city rival Inter Milan, was hired by AC Milan on Wednesday to replace the fired Marco Giampaolo. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 620 words, photos.
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ZURICH _ FIFA has fined Hong Kong’s soccer federation 15,000 Swiss francs ($15,100) for fans disrespecting the Chinese national anthem before a World Cup qualifying game last month. SENT: 300 words, photo.
JARINJE, Kosovo _ Authorities in Kosovo banned Red Star Belgrade from playing a soccer match against a local Serb team on Wednesday and prevented the club's bus from crossing into the former Serbian province. SENT: 180 words, photos.
SHIZUOKA, Japan _ Scotland coach Gregor Townsend trusted his backup players with the responsibility. They repaid him nine times _ and nine tries _ over. SENT: 800 words, photos.
KUMAGAYA, Japan _ Argentina reaffirmed itself as the top team in the Americas when it completed its Rugby World Cup campaign by beating the United States 47-17 on Wednesday. By Foster Niumata. SENT: 820 words, photos.
SHIZUOKA, Japan _ For most coaches at the Rugby World Cup, selection stability is a key issue as the knockout rounds loom. Not for Australia coach Michael Cheika. Cheika has changed his halves pairing for Friday's match against Georgia for the third time in four matches by naming Matt To'omua at flyhalf and Nic White at scrumhalf as he searches for his strongest combination a week out from the quarterfinals. SENT: 570 words, photos.
SHANGHAI _ Sixth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3) in the Shanghai Masters second round on Wednesday for the Greek's first win in six attempts over his Canadian opponent. By Sandra Harwitt. SENT: 300 words, photos. Will be updated.
LAHORE, Pakistan _ Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat in the third and final Twenty20 against Pakistan on Wednesday. Sri Lanka has an unassailable 2-0 lead after successfully defending totals in the first two games. UPCOMING: 250 words by 1345 GMT, photos.
UNCASVILLE, Connecticut _ With the season on the line, Alyssa Thomas and the Connecticut Sun turned up their defense to stop the Washington Mystics and force a decisive Game 5 of the WNBA Finals. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 850 words, photos.
SUNRISE, Florida _ Ryan Dzingel scored two goals and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Florida Panthers 6-3 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory to begin the season, equaling the best start in franchise history. SENT: 930 words, photos.
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