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MADRID — Marco Asensio and Francisco "Isco" Alarcon were the big winners in a match that had little at stake for Real Madrid. The pair made the most of their chances in a second-string Madrid team on Thursday, scoring two goals each in a 6-1 rout of third division Melilla in the Copa del Rey. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 438 words, photos.
SOC--COPA LIBERTADORES FINAL-MADRID
MADRID — Boca Juniors players have had enough of all the talk about the Copa Libertadores chaos and say it is time to start focusing on the match. The squad had its first practice session in Madrid on Thursday ahead of Sunday's rearranged final second leg against Argentine rival River Plate. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 544 words, photos.
PARIS — Half of this weekend's French league soccer matches have now been postponed amid security concerns about anti-government protests across the country. SENT: 150 words.
Ralph Hasenhuettl's maiden voyage in English soccer begins in the city where the Titanic set out on its doomed journey to New York. These are rocky times for Southampton, which has dropped into the relegation zone. In Hasenhuettl, the south-coast club might just have found the manager to lead it to calmer waters. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 549 words, photos.
GLF--SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN
JOHANNESBURG — Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, led the South African Open by a shot after a 9-under 62 in the first round on Thursday. SENT: 232 words, photos.
PARIS — Amelie Mauresmo won't be captaining France's Davis Cup team after all because the two-time major winner is going back to coaching to help Lucas Pouille. SENT: 156 words.
SOC--ITALY SPOTLIGHT-TITLE BATTLE
MILAN — Inter Milan really needs to win. Juventus barely seems to care. A victory for Inter in the Derby d'Italia would slightly slow Juventus' steady march to an eighth-straight Serie A title, but Friday's match isn't even the Turin team's most significant upcoming game. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 533 words, photos.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Captain Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls combined in a terrific double-century stand to propel New Zealand's lead against Pakistan to a valuable 198 runs in the third test on Thursday. SENT: 594 words, photos.
OBERHOFEN, Switzerland — Two women's Alpine World Cup ski races canceled by warm weather in France have been moved to Italy. SENT: 171 words, photos.
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