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ROME — Barcelona slumped to a rare loss Wednesday, while Manchester United and Chelsea each needed late goals to win in a wild night of Champions League action. Barcelona was unbeaten in 12 consecutive matches in all competitions before falling 2-1 at Celtic, which is now just two points behind the Spanish giants with two group matches remaining. Moved. By Andrew Dampf. With separates.
LONDON — In what is shaping up to be the new top rivalry in tennis, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray whacked the bounce out of the ball for three more grueling sets Wednesday at the ATP finals. Advantage, Djokovic. The top-ranked Serb got the big break when he needed it late in the third set and held off Murray 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 at the O2 Arena. Moved. By Chris Lehourites.
CHORLEY, England — Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins has been hospitalized after he was hit by a car while riding his bike in northern England. Moved.
PARIS — Je Zlatan, tu Zlatan, il Zlatan. If nothing else, learning French is becoming a bit more fun thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the only footballer to have his own verb in the language of Moliere. It means, essentially, to dominate, to overpower, to demolish, to subdue. That the Paris Saint-Germain star is having such impact on France — one French TV show plays Darth Vader's theme music when it reports on Ibrahimovic — is a measure both of the man and of the weakness of French club football. By Sports Columnist John Leicester.
SAO PAULO — Doubts about whether Brazil would be able to get the venues for the Confederations Cup ready for next year will end on Thursday when FIFA announces the host cities. Moved. By Tales Azzoni.
SAO PAULO — Three people have been arrested for their alleged participation in the kidnapping of the younger sister of Brazil striker Hulk. Moved. By Tales Azzoni.
— GLASGOW, Scotland — BC-SOC--HEARTS-FINANCES. Moved.
— WARSAW, Poland — BC-SOC--POLAND-MATCH-FIXING. Moved. By Monika Scislowska.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida — The final PGA Tour event of the year is a lot like the final stage of Q-school, one last chance for so many players to earn their full cards for next year. The field at Disney looks like Q-school, too. The only player from the top 50 in the world ranking is Robert Garrigus, who checks in at No. 42. Moved. By Doug Ferguson.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The International Olympic Committee stripped a London Games bronze medal from an Uzbekistani wrestler Wednesday because of a doping violation. The IOC disqualified Soslan Tigiev from the 74-kilogram freestyle class. The case was first reported by The Associated Press on Tuesday. Moved.
— NASHVILLE, Tennessee — BC-OLY--SHAUN WHITE VANDALISM. Moved.
LONDON — The next Rugby World Cup is three years away, but the tournament will be preying on the minds of the best of the northern and southern hemispheres when they collide in the autumn internationals. Moved. By Steve Douglas.
— DUBLIN — BC-RGU--SOUTH AFRICA TEAM. Moved.
GENEVA — The International Cycling Union turned to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Wednesday for help choosing a team to investigate the governing body's links to the Lance Armstrong doping case. Moved. By Graham Dunbar.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Former Lance Armstrong teammate David George will have the opportunity to reveal how and when he took the blood-boosting drug EPO and if he used it when he raced with the disgraced American over a decade ago. Moved.
ROCHESTER, New York— Carmen Basilio, a genial onion farmer's son who wrested the world middleweight boxing crown from Sugar Ray Robinson in 1957 and lost an equally epic, razor-edge rematch six months later, died on Wednesday at age 85. Moved. By Ben Dobbin.
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