WORLD SPORTS AT 2300 GMT:
DORTMUND, Germany _ A weakened Argentina side came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against an injury-hit Germany team in their friendly on Wednesday. Playing without the suspended Lionel Messi - and the likes of Gonzalo Higuaín, Ángel Di María or Sergio Agüero - the visitors still managed to cancel out first-half goals from Serge Gnabry and Kai Havertz with second-half strikes from Lucas Alario and Lucas Ocampos, who scored on his debut. SENT: 500 words, photos.
SOC--SOCCER WIVES-TWITTER SPAT
The wives of two of English soccer's most high-profile players got embroiled in a spat on Twitter on Wednesday about the leaking of information to a tabloid newspaper. In a post to her 1.3 million followers, Wayne Rooney's wife, Coleen, accused Rebekah Vardy - or somebody with access to Vardy's account - of informing The Sun about details of her private stories written on Instagram. SENT: 300 words, photos.
SAO PAULO _ Ahead of his 100th game with Brazil, Neymar is adamant that he still deserves special treatment in the national team despite never having won a major title in his nine years wearing the famous yellow shirt. The 27-year-old forward will reach the century mark in a friendly against Senegal in Singapore on Thursday, and defended his status as the team's biggest star even though Brazil won this summer's Copa America without him. By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 600 words, photos.
BARCELONA, Spain _ Lionel Messi considered leaving Barcelona after being targeted by Spanish tax authorities in the early 2010s. Messi said in an interview with Catalan radio station RAC1 on Wednesday that he felt he wasn't treated well in Spain and didn't want to stay in the country after being accused of not paying his taxes properly. SENT: 400 words.
SHANGHAI _ Novak Djokovic opened his title defense at the Shanghai Masters by beating Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the third round. Djokovic, who had a bye into the second round, improved his career record against the Canadian to 3-0 and has now won 22 straight sets in Asia - dating back to his title run in Shanghai last year and also including last week's Japan Open. By Sandra Harwitt. SENT: 500 words, photos.
TEN--UPPER AUSTRIA LADIES
LINZ, Austria _ Coco Gauff reached her first WTA quarterfinal when Kateryna Kozlova retired during the third set of their second-round match at the Upper Austria Ladies. Gauff trailed by a set and a break but was on the verge of a comeback when Kozlova retired with the American teenager leading 4-6, 6-4, 2-0. SENT: 350 words.
STUTTGART, Germany _ Nikita Nagornyy shrugged off nearly 30 years' worth of pressure to give Russia its first men's team gymnastics world title since the Soviet era. A year after losing to China by less than five-hundredths of a point, Russia took advantage of a crucial fall by a Chinese gymnast to turn the tables. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 500 words, photos.
ATH--KIPCHOGE-2-HOUR MARATHON ATTEMPT
VIENNA _ When Eliud Kipchoge's family finally gets to see him at a marathon, it will likely be the fastest one the Olympic champion has ever run. The 34-year-old Kenyan's attempt to run a sub two-hour marathon has been set for Saturday in Prater park, a landmark part of the Vienna City Marathon. By Eric Willemsen. SENT: 600 words, photos.
OITA, Japan _ Unbeaten Wales is through to the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals after overcoming a serious fright from Fiji 29-17 in a drama-filled match under the dome in Oita on Wednesday. The Six Nations champion was 10-0 down, and did not hit the front for good until winger Josh Adams' hat-trick try an hour in. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 700 words, photos.
LONDON _ Former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech is trying his hand - or glove - at ice hockey. The 37-year-old Cech, who retired from playing soccer in the summer and rejoined Chelsea in a backroom role, has signed for British lower-division hockey team Guildford Phoenix as a goaltender. SENT: 250 words.
LAHORE, Pakistan _ A second-string Sri Lanka team whitewashed top-ranked Pakistan 3-0 by registering 13-run victory in the third and final Twenty20 on Wednesday. Needing 54 runs off the last five overs with eight wickets in hand, Pakistan again stumbled in its run-chase for the third successive time in the series and was restricted to 134-6. By Rizwan Ali. SENT: 400 words, photos.
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