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    SOC--ENGLAND-PLAYOFF FINAL

    They've won the Champions League together, were teammates for three Premier League title-winning campaigns, and stood shoulder to shoulder at World Cups and European Championships. Whether in the blue of Chelsea or the white of England, Frank Lampard and John Terry were often inseparable. Now, with their playing days over, they are going head-to-head as coaches. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 670 words, photos.

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    OLY--2026 BIDS

    GENEVA _ The Italian bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo looked stronger than the Stockholm-Are project in an IOC analysis of the candidates published Friday. Polling by the International Olympic Committee, which typically looks to get a warm welcome from host nations, showed "83% support in Italy" and "55% in favor in Sweden." By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 470 words, photos.

    TEN--FRENCH OPEN

    PARIS _ Simona Halep is experiencing something new at the French Open this year. The Romanian player is back in Paris to defend her title, a situation she's never been in before. And she likes it. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 385 words, photos.

    BKN--BUCKS-FACING ELIMINATION

    MILWAUKEE _ Mired in their worst skid of the season at the worst possible time, the Milwaukee Bucks need an answer in the Eastern Conference finals. A lineup change didn't provide one, so the Bucks have to come up with something else in Toronto. By Keith Jenkins. SENT: 620 words, photos.

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    SOC--CHINA-LIPPI RETURNS

    Marcello Lippi is set to return for a second stint in charge of China's national team as the country targets a place at the 2022 World Cup with qualification starting in September. The Chinese Football Association announced Friday that the 71-year-old Lippi, who guided Italy to the World Cup title in 2006, will start next month. Bu John Duerden. SENT: 510 words, photos.

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    _ BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES _ Twins tie franchise record with 8 homers, beat Twins 16-7. SENT: 1,650 words, photos.

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