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    WORLD SPORTS at 1330 GMT

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    JUD--MOLLAEI-IN HIDING

    DUESSELDORF, Germany _ Saeid Mollaei has been in hiding since he left the Iranian judo team last month, saying he had been ordered to withdraw from the world championships on political grounds. Now he's training for next year's Olympics without a guarantee he can compete. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 800 words, photos.

    NEW/DEVELOPING STORIES:

    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. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 240 words, photo.

    SOC--ITALY-RACISM

    MILAN _ AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie was reportedly subjected to racist chants over the weekend, and Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku was insulted by an Italian TV commentator. SENT: 250 words, photos.

    SOCCER:

    SOC--JUVENTUS-FANS ARRESTED

    TURIN, Italy _ Police have arrested 12 hardcore Juventus "ultra" fan leaders for a series of accusations, including making illegal demands to the club to obtain more tickets. SENT: 170 words, photo.

    SOC--ITALIAN ROUNDUP

    TURIN, Italy _ Torino can move level with Inter Milan at the top of the Serie A standings if it extends its perfect start with a victory over promoted Lecce. UPCOMING: 250 words by 2100 GMT, photos.

    SOC--SPAIN-WEEKEND WATCH

    BARCELONA, Spain _ Having gone from star to cast-off at Real Madrid, Colombia midfielder James Rodríguez now has a second chance to regain a prominent role with the 13-time European Cup winners. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 750 words, photo.

    SOC--FRANCE-WEEKEND WATCH

    PARIS _ While Nicolas Pépé awaits his first goal since joining Arsenal for a club-record fee, his former team Lille has found another scoring talent in Victor Osimhen. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 600 words.

    SOC--GERMANY-WEEKEND WATCH

    BERLIN _ Hertha Berlin's fresh start under a new coach and the additional millions provided by a new backer is not going to plan. Hertha has only one point from four Bundesliga games, a laudable 2-2 draw at defending champion Bayern Munich that now is a distant memory after three straight defeats. By Ciarán Fahey. SENT: 550 words, photos.

    TENNIS:

    TEN--ATP CUP

    SYDNEY _ U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal will start his 2020 season on the opposite side of Australia to Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer when he leads Spain in a group-stage qualifier in the new ATP Cup team competition. SENT: 300 words, photos.

    TEN--WTA ASIA

    OSAKA, Japan _ Former finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova needed less than an hour to beat Dayana Yastremska in two sets in the first round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open. SENT: 250 words, photo.

    RUGBY:

    RGU--RWC-THE MISSING

    UNDATED _ Owen Franks is one of a host of big names to be missing the first Rugby World Cup in Asia. By Foster Niumata. SENT: 1000 words, photos.

    CRICKET:

    CRI--PAKISTAN-SRI LANKA

    ISLAMABAD _ Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq has named 20 probables for a short training camp ahead of the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka this month, with experienced all-rounders Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik not included in the list so they can play in the Caribbean Premier League. SENT: 300 words.

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