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    SOC--EUROPEAN QUALIFYING ROUNDUP

    Racism and politics overshadowed results in European Championship qualifying on Monday as England's players were subjected to a barrage of racist abuse in Bulgaria and Turkey celebrated an equalizer against France by lining up to give a military salute. The game in Bulgaria was halted twice because of fans directing monkey chants at England players, but the visitors played on despite the abuse and won 6-0 to move within one point on qualifying for next year's tournament. By Ciarán Fahey. SENT: 700 words, photos.

    SOCCER:

    SOC--BULGARIA-ENGLAND-RACISM

    SOFIA, Bulgaria _ England's Football Association called on UEFA to take "very stringent" action after the country's European Championship qualifier against Bulgaria was stopped twice in the first half because of racist chants and Nazi salutes from the home supporters. England's 6-0 win was halted in the 28th minute and again in the 43rd, but the English players opted against leaving the pitch and the game was quickly resumed after both breaks. SENT: 500 words, photos.

    SOC--UKRAINE-PORTUGAL

    KIEV, Ukraine _ Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 700th career goal but couldn't keep Portugal from losing 2-1 to Ukraine in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship on Monday. Ukraine qualified for Euro 2020 with the victory, its sixth in seven matches in Group B. Portugal remains in second place and will need to keep battling for its spot in the remaining rounds. SENT: 400 words, photos.

    TENNIS:

    TEN--FEDERER-TOKYO OLYMPICS

    TOKYO _ Roger Federer says he plans to play at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Swiss great, a four-time Olympian, says "at the end of the day my heart decided I would love to play at the Olympic Games again." SENT: 200 words, photos.

    GYMNASTICS:

    GYM--BILES-FACE OF OLYMPICS

    STUTTGART, Germany _ Next stop Tokyo for Simone Biles. With Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps both retired since the last Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the U.S. gymnast will be the face of the games for much of the world. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 600 words, photos.

    AMERICAN FOOTBALL:

    FBN--LIONS-PACKERS

    GREEN BAY, Wis. _ Aaron Rodgers and the Packers (4-1) play NFC North rival Detroit (2-1-1) at Lambeau Field. Rodgers has been limited in practice this week because of an ailing knee. Lions receiver Danny Amendola is expected to play after missing the last game. By Keith Jenkins. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. By 0400 GMT.

    CYCLING:

    CYC--MERCKX-ACCIDENT

    BRUSSELS _ A Belgian newspaper reported Monday that cycling great Eddy Merckx sustained head injuries in a crash while bike riding with friends. The Het Nieuwsblad newspaper said the 74-year-old Merckx crashed Sunday and was admitted to a hospital in Dendermonde. SENT: 300 words, photos.

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