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    SOC--EUROPEAN QUALIFYING ROUNDUP

    MADRID _ Spain can secure its spot at the 2020 European Championship with a draw at Sweden, while Ireland can qualify with a win at Switzerland. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2130 GMT, photos.

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    SOC--KOREAS-WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

    SEOUL, South Korea _ North Korea held South Korea to a 0-0 draw Tuesday in a World Cup qualifying soccer match, though it is unclear how many people saw the game in Pyongyang. South Korean soccer officials were unable to watch a telecast of the historic game and believe it was played in an empty Kim Il Sung Stadium. By Kim Tong-hyung. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

    CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE

    PARIS _ Like a giant roller-coaster from start to finish over five mountain ranges, next year's Tour de France will feature new summits and only a few time-trial kilometers. That should delight pure climbers like defending champion Egan Bernal. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 710 words.

    BBN--NLCS

    WASHINGTON _ Stephen Strasburg took his turn silencing the Cardinals' struggling bats, Nationals postseason star Howie Kendrick doubled three times and drove in three more runs, and Washington took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven NLCS by beating St. Louis 8-1 Monday. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

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    SOC--UEFA-BULGARIA-RACISM

    UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin urged governments to escalate the "war on the racists" to help soccer authorities eliminate it from stadiums after England players faced abuse in Bulgaria. By Rob Harris. SENT: 850 words, photos.

    RUGBY:

    RGU--RWC-KIWI COACHES

    Of the eight teams remaining in the Rugby World Cup, four are coached by New Zealanders who pursued divergent coaching careers before their paths intersected at this tournament. By Steve McMorran. SENT: 950 words, photos.

    RGU--RWC-FRIGHTENING FRANCE

    While their campaigns often take on elements of a French farce, it's seldom a laughing matter to strike France in the knockout stages of a Rugby World Cup. No matter how they under-perform, flounder or bicker among themselves in the pool stages, France is adept at reaching at least the quarterfinals and of upsetting higher-ranked or better-performing teams when they do. By Steve McMorran. SENT: 895 words, photos.

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    _ HKN--NHL CAPSULES _ Isles rally past Blues in OT; Bruins' Pastrnak scores 4. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

    _ BKN--PRESEASON RDP _ Miami's Tyler Herro among rookies making preseason noise. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 870 words, photos.

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