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    SOCCER:

    SOC--ASTON VILLA-WEST HAM

    BIRMINGHAM, England _ Ten-man West Ham held on for a 0-0 draw at Aston Villa in the Premier League on Monday after Arthur Masuaku was sent off midway through the second half. Masuaku was given a second booking for tripping Villa substitute Ahmed Elmohamady in the 67th minute but the hosts couldn't take advantage, with Jack Grealish missing their best chance for a late winner when he failed to connect cleanly with a cross, sending his volley wide from seven yards out. SENT: 250 words, photos.

    SOC--ITALIAN ROUNDUP

    TURIN, Italy _ Torino missed out on a chance to join Inter Milan atop the Serie A standings with a 2-1 loss at home to promoted Lecce on Monday. Mario Mancosu scored the winner in the 73rd minute from a rebound to earn Lecce's first points of the season. SENT: 300 words, photos.

    SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PREVIEW

    DORTMUND, Germany _ Defending champion Liverpool and Barcelona open their Champions League campaigns with difficult away games on Tuesday as Europe's top club competition returns. Liverpool travels to Napoli, where it lost in the group stage last season, while Barcelona visits Borussia Dortmund as the Spanish giant renews its search for a first European title since 2015. SENT: 900 words, photos.

    SOC--ITALY-WEEKEND WATCH

    ROME _ Only three rounds into his Serie A return, new Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte is already fed up with the local media's obsession with tactics and the "modulo" - Italian for formation. Known for his three-man defense, Conte was asked if he would change to a more traditional four-man backline. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 600 words, photos.

    SOC--ENGLAND-WEEKEND WATCH

    LONDON _ Chelsea is collecting a rare currency from its "ATM": Goals from young English academy graduates. Abraham, Tomori and Mount. By Rob Harris. SENT: 600 words, photos.

    SOC--CLUB WORLD CUP

    ZURICH _ Nine years after winning the right to host the 2022 World Cup, Qatar will get to show it can stage a FIFA soccer tournament when the Club World Cup goes to Doha. Champions League winner Liverpool will be favored to extend Europe's run of 11 Club World Cup titles in 12 seasons at the Dec. 11-21 event. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 500 words.

    SOC--SHEFFIELD UNITED-OWNERSHIP

    LONDON _ A Saudi prince has won a London court battle for full control of Premier League club Sheffield United. Prince Abdullah Bin Mosaad Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and co-owner Kevin McCabe were locked in a legal dispute over ownership of the northern English team after their business partnership broke down. SENT: 400 words, photos.

    NFL:

    FBN--STEELERS-ROETHLISBERGER

    PITTSBURGH _ Ben Roethlisberger's season is over, and maybe his career. The 37-year-old Steelers quarterback will have surgery on his right elbow, ending his 16th season just two weeks in. Pittsburgh has lost both its games and now turns to Mason Rudolph. By Will Graves. SENT: 450 words, photos. SENT: 700 words, photos.

    FBN--PATRIOTS-BROWN

    The NFL is to meet with the woman who has accused Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown of sexual assault in a lawsuit. It is not clear if the star receiver for the Patriots may play next week against the Jets. Brown has denied the allegations by his former trainer. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 500 words, photos.

    ICE HOCKEY:

    HKN--LABOR-PLAYERS' DECISION

    The NHL players' union decides if will end the current labor agreement and set the clock ticking toward another potential work stoppage in 2020. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

    BASKETBALL:

    BKO--SPAIN-TITLE CELEBRATIONS

    MADRID _ Spain's men's basketball team has been welcomed by the Spanish king and thousands of fans on the streets of Madrid after winning the World Cup title over the weekend. Players presented the trophy to Spanish King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia on Monday, with captain Rudy Fernández putting a winner's medal around the monarch's neck before posing for photos. SENT: 300 words, photos.

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