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    OITA, Japan _ England reached the Rugby World Cup semifinals for the first time in 12 years by overwhelming Australia in a 40-16 win on Saturday, tying a record for the biggest margin of victory over its bitter rival. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 820 words, photos.

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    _ RGU--RWC-AUSTRALIA OUT _ Cheika unlikely to survive as Australia stumbles to RWC exit. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 735 words, photos.

    _ RGU--RUGBY WORLD CUP-THE LATEST. Real-time updates throughout the day.



    LONDON _ Manchester City tries to close the gap to Premier League leader Liverpool when it visits Crystal Palace, while Tottenham aims to get its campaign back on track at home against Watford. Chelsea hopes to climb into the top four with a win against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. By Mattias Karen. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1900 GMT, photos. With separates on Saturday’s eight EPL games. 


    RANCHI, India _ India is 224-3 in its first innings at stumps after bad light and rain forced an early end to the first day of the third test against South Africa on Saturday. Rohit Sharma is unbeaten on 117 after scoring his third hundred in this series. By Chetan Narula. SENT: 285 words, photos.


    TOKYO _ Two-time defending champion New Zealand has trounced Ireland 46-14 to move into a Rugby World Cup semifinal against England. By John Pye. SENT: 685 words, photos.



    BARCELONA, Spain _ Spanish leader Real Madrid visits Mallorca after defending champion Barcelona beat Eibar 3-0 in Saturday’s early league game. By Joseph Wilson. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1600 GMT, 600 words by 2200 GMT, with photos. With separates on Barcelona and Real Madrid games.


    ROME _ Inbetween chemotherapy treatments for leukemia, Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic is expected to make the trip when his squad visits Serie A leader Juventus. Also, third-place Atalanta plays Lazio and fourth-place Napoli hosts Hellas Verona. By Andrew Dampf. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2100 GMT, photos.


    BERLIN _ Borussia Dortmund bids to end a run of three consecutive 2-2 draws with a win against Bundesliga leader Borussia Mönchengladbach. Bayern Munich visits Bavarian rival Augsburg, Leipzig hosts unbeaten Wolfsburg, and high-flying Freiburg is at Union Berlin. By Ciarán Fahey. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1900 GMT, photos.


    TOKYO _ Yojiro Takahagi, Arthur Silva and Kento Hashimoto scored first-half goals as FC Tokyo beat Vissel Kobe 3-1 in the J-League on Saturday to keep the pressure on leaders Kashima Antlers. SENT: 185 words.



    TOKYO _ Captain Michael Leitch and his squad have earned the right to be called Japan's team. The first Rugby World Cup staged in Asia has delivered unprecedented success for the Japan team. By John Pye. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.



    JEJU ISLAND, South Korea _ Justin Thomas was looking at a three-stroke lead at the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges with only one hole to play which would have set him up nicely for his second win in three years at South Korea's only PGA Tour event. But the 18th hole saw a big swing in the scoring and Thomas ended up sharing the lead ahead of the final round with Danny Lee. SENT: 585 words, photos.


    JEJU ISLAND, South Korea _ Top-ranked Brooks Koepka withdrew from the PGA Tour's CJ Cup before the third round Saturday after aggravating a left knee injury a day earlier when he slipped on wet concrete. SENT: 210 words, photos.


    SHANGHAI _ Jessica Korda shot a 6-under 66 in the third round, with eight birdies and two bogeys, to take a one-shot lead at the Buick LPGA Shanghai on Saturday. SENT: 260 words.



    MIAMI _ James Harden sure seems in midseason form. Russell Westbrook isn't there yet. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.


    NEW YORK _ A group of fans held signs, wore shirts and chanted support for Hong Kong and Tibet in the Brooklyn Nets' first game since returning from China. SENT: 265 words, photos.



    NEW YORK _ DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks stunned Justin Verlander with first-inning home runs, James Paxton made the lead stand up and the New York Yankees beat Houston 4-1, cutting the Astros' lead in the AL Championship Series to 3-2. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 1,145 words, photos.

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    _ BBA--ALCS-YANKEES-SABATHIA _ Sabathia has dislocated shoulder, big league career over. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 980 words, photos.



    Joe Namath has been voted the NFL's greatest character in balloting conducted by The Associated Press. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 610 words, photos.

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    _ FBN--NFL AT 100-1960s _ A look at the NFL in the 1960s. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 1,760 words, photos.


    SUNRISE, Florida _ Nathan MacKinnon scored 3:03 into overtime to give the Colorado Avalanche their sixth victory in seven games this season, 5-4 over the Florida Panthers on Friday night. SENT: 670 words, photos.

    Other Stories:

    _ FIG--SKATE AMERICA _ American Nathan Chen in first place after short program. By W.G. Ramirez. SENT: 700 words.

    _ MMA--UFC BOSTON _ Dominick Reyes stops Chris Weidman in Boston UFC bout. SENT: 595 words, photos.

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