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    PARIS _ French police investigating whether corruption played a role in the stunning decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar took 1980s soccer superstar and former top executive Michel Platini into custody Tuesday for questioning. Platini's representatives denied any wrongdoing on his part, saying he is "absolutely confident in the future" and has "strictly nothing to reproach himself for." By John Leicester and Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 800 words, photos.



    The governing body of track argued in court that Olympic champion Caster Semenya is "biologically male" and that is the reason she should reduce her natural testosterone to be allowed to compete in female competitions, according to documents released publicly for the first time on Tuesday and which provide new insight into a bitter legal battle. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 800 words, photos.



    GENEVA _ Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says the arrest of soccer great Michel Platini as part of a French corruption probe lends weight to his version of how the United States lost the 2022 World Cup vote to Qatar. Blatter told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he has insisted for years that the result of the 2010 vote was swayed by a meeting in Paris two weeks earlier involving then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Platini and Qatar's future Emir. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 500 words, photos.


    Marta set a record for men and women with her 17th career World Cup goal in Brazil's 1-0 victory over Italy on Tuesday night at Valenciennes that advanced the Selecao to the knockout rounds for the sixth straight time. The 33-year-old forward, playing in her fifth World Cup, scored on a penalty kick in the 74th minute at Stade du Hainaut, sending a line drive to the left of goalkeeper Laura Giuliani after Debinha was fouled by Elena Linari. SENT: 250 words, photos.


    BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil _ A year later, Argentina is again facing the prospect of an early elimination. After struggling in the group stage of the World Cup in Russia, Argentina also got off to a bad start at the Copa America in Brazil. By Débora Rey. SENT: 500 words, photos.


    RIO DE JANEIRO _ Uruguay, Chile and Colombia impressed at the start of the Copa America, eclipsing hosts Brazil and embattled Argentina early in the South American tournament. In the first round of matches, the continent's top powerhouses showed signs of weakness, prompting early doubts about their title chances. By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 600 words, photos.



    MANCHESTER, England _ Eoin Morgan came out swinging in an innings that started with an awkward-looking tangle involving his opposing captain, and ended with a world-record clutter of sixes. The England captain's 148 from 71 balls against Afghanistan on Tuesday contained 17 sixes and launched the home team to 397-6, the sixth-highest total at a Cricket World Cup and the biggest so far of this tournament. By John Pye. SENT: 700 words, photos.


    MANCHESTER, England _ Eoin Morgan set the tone for England's record sixathon when he slogged a free hit for six and followed it up by clearing the boundary over long-on off the very next delivery from his opposing captain Gulbadin Naib. Morgan showed no signs of the backache that threatened his involvement in the Cricket World Cup group game on Tuesday as he launched a one-day international record 17 sixes into the crowd at Old Trafford. By John Pye. SENT: 600 words, photos.


    MANCHESTER, England _ Afghanistan batsman Hashmatullah Shahidi was struck by a short ball that split his batting helmet and ignored medical advice to retire hurt in the Cricket World Cup game against England on Tuesday. He said he kept going so his mother wouldn't be worried if she was watching the game on TV. SENT: 500 words, photos.


    MANCHESTER, England _ Rashid Khan arrived at the World Cup near the top of the list of most dangerous bowlers in limited-overs cricket. He'll leave with a mark near the top of the list for most runs ever conceded in one ODI innings. By John Pye. SENT: 500 words, photos.


    BIRMINGHAM, England _ South Africa has the chance to visit an unfamiliar place if it beats New Zealand: The top half of the Cricket World Cup table. It won't be easy. Unbeaten New Zealand has an even bigger incentive in their game on Wednesday at Birmingham's raucous Edgbaston ground. A win will move the Black Caps back to the very top of the 10-team standings. By Brian Church. SENT: 600 words, photos.



    HALLE, Germany _ Roger Federer began his bid for a record-extending 10th Halle Open title with a 7-6 (1), 6-3 win over Australia's John Millman on Tuesday, with defending champion Borna Coric also advancing. Federer, who lost to Coric in last year's final, hit nine aces and saved the only break point he faced to beat Millman in 1 hour, 17 minutes. SENT: 250 words.


    LONDON _ Andy Murray's comeback has been delayed after rain washed out the entire day's play at the Queen's Club grass-court tournament for only the third time in 18 years on Tuesday. Murray, who is competing in the doubles alongside Feliciano Lopez as he makes a tentative return to action five months after hip surgery, was due to play on Wednesday. SENT: 200 words, photos.


    BIRMINGHAM, England _ A day after saying she was "not really that comfortable" playing on grass, top-ranked Naomi Osaka needed three sets to get past her first-round opponent at the Birmingham Classic on Tuesday. Osaka lost the second set to Maria Sakkari of Greece before recovering to win 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, for only her 11th tour-level victory on grass. SENT: 250 words, photos.

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