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    PARIS - When Roger Federer played his first match at Roland Garros the domestic currency was francs rather than euros, Steffi Graf was about to claim a sixth French Open title and few had heard of the young Swiss player who would go on to become a tennis great. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 670 words, photos.



    MADRID - Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino's comments about Real Madrid's lack of hospitality didn't go over too well in the Spanish capital. SENT: 186 words, photos.


    MADRID - Barcelona must apologize for its "lamentable" Champions League semifinal exit at the hands of Liverpool earlier this month, according to Lionel Messi. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 343 words, photos.



    PARIS - Monaco retained its top-flight status despite losing 2-0 at Riviera rival Nice on the final day of the French league campaign on Friday. SENT: 334 words.


    LONDON - FIFA is restoring the offense of "corruption" to its code of ethics, almost one year after facing criticism over the symbolic removal of the term. By Rob Harris. SENT: 483 words, photos.


    MONACO - Special tributes will be held in memory of Formula One great Niki Lauda at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 327 words, photos.


    CERESOLE REALE, Italy - Russian rider Ilnur Zakarin won the 13th stage of the Giro d'Italia with a solo attack up to the race's first big mountain-top finish, and Jan Polanc held onto the overall leader's pink jersey Friday. SENT: 360 words, photos.


    PARIS - After a tantrum in Italy last week, the 36th-ranked Nick Kyrgios withdrew from the French Open on Friday. SENT: 212 words, photos.


    England has quite comfortably its best-ever one-day international team going into a Cricket World Cup on home soil. England is the top-ranked ODI lineup in the world and the tournament favorite as it bids to end a 44-year wait for a first global trophy in the 50-over game. The English will seek to capitalize on home conditions and a fearsome batting lineup that has broken records since the last World Cup. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 790 words, photos.


    With the ultra-competitive Virat Kohli at the helm at a Cricket World Cup for the first time, India has to be one of the strongest contenders for the title. Two-time champion India is ranked behind only host England and has a bigger following and more resources than any cricket team in the world. Expectations are high. By Rizwan Ali. SENT: 730 words, photos.


    Defending champion Australia is growing in confidence ahead of the Cricket World Cup despite being ranked fifth at the start of the tournament. Former captain and vice-captain Steve Smith and David Warner are back after 12-month bans to add their experience to a squad that had just worked out how to win without its two biggest stars. By John Pye. SENT: 800 words, photos.


    The Cricket World Cup in England may serve as a reminder that the luster the tournament enjoys and the popularity of the one-day game derives to a large extent from the contribution of the West Indies. The Windies won the tournament in England in each of its first two editions in 1975 and in '79. And in doing so gave credibility to a one-day format which was in its infancy when the World Cup was launched. By Steve McMorran. SENT: 610 words, photos.


    Once more, South Africa's priority in preparing for the Cricket World Cup is dealing with the trauma of previous World Cups. That's easier said than done. No matter how well South Africa plays in the four years in between, cricket's showpiece always brings negative connotations for the Proteas, whose dramatic failures have almost become World Cup tradition. None of them were more heartbreaking than the last time the World Cup was in England in 1999. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 740 words, photos.


    The excitement which built around New Zealand's drive to the Cricket World Cup final four years ago has long subsided and a team under a new coach and captain will endeavor to regenerate that feeling in England. A sense of national euphoria grew during New Zealand's dramatic run to the final in 2015 before its eventual and deflating loss to Australia in Melbourne. The mood ahead of this new campaign is not the same; not a confident hope but a small one, brittle but deeply felt. By Steve McMorran. SENT: 640 words, photos.

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