TOP STORY:

CAR--F1-BRAZILIAN GP

SAO PAULO — Lewis Hamilton set the pace in the first day of practice for the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix on Friday, while Formula One leader Sebastian Vettel managed to stay well ahead of title challenger Fernando Alonso. Moved. By Tales Azzoni.

WITH:

— SAO PAULO — BC-CAR--F1-SAUBER-GUTIERREZ. Moved. By Tales Azzoni.

— SAO PAULO — BC-CAR--F1-BRAZILIAN GP-NOTEBOOK.Moved. By Tales Azzoni.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

SOC--QPR-HUGHES FIRED

LONDON — Former Tottenham coach Harry Redknapp said Friday he expects to take over as manager of struggling Queens Park Rangers, just hours after the club fired his predecessor Mark Hughes. Moved. By Steve Douglas.

GLF--DUBAI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Rory McIlroy moved to the top of the leaderboard with a 5-under 67 Friday in the second round of the Dubai World Championship. The top-ranked golfer, who missed several makeable putts on the front nine and then saw an eagle putt roll past the hole on 14, is even with Luke Donald (68) and Marc Warren (67) at 11-under 133. Moved. By Michael Casey.

SOC--BRAZIL-MENEZES

SAO PAULO — The Brazil football federation has fired national team coach Mano Menezes. Federation director Andres Sanchez said the decision came after a meeting in Sao Paulo on Friday. He said federation president Jose Maria Marin made the change because he "wants new methods and new planning" ahead of the 2014 World Cup. Moved. By Tales Azzoni.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--SPANISH ROUNDUP

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain — Real Sociedad squandered a chance to continue its climb up the Spanish league after being held to a 0-0 home draw by struggling Osasuna on Friday. Moved.

SOC--ENGLISH PREVIEW

LONDON — A week after dropping into second place in the Premier League, Manchester United will face a Queens Park Rangers team that will be playing for a new manager on Saturday. Moved. By Rob Harris.

SOC--FERGUSON-BENITEZ

MANCHESTER, England — Alex Ferguson wasted little time in reigniting his fractious relationship with Rafael Benitez, welcoming the former Liverpool manager back to the Premier League with a dig at his old rival.

ALSO:

— BERLIN — BC-SOC--GERMAN ROUNDUP. Moved.

— MANCHESTER, England — BC-SOC--MAN UNITED-FERGUSON STATUE. Moved.

— JOHANNESBURG — BC-SOC--SOUTH AFRICA-WORLD CUP. Moved. By Gerald Imray.

— LONDON — BC-SOC--QPR-PARK INJURY. Moved.

— LONDON — BC-SOC--ARSENAL-SPONSORSHIP. Moved.

— RIO DE JANEIRO — BC-SOC--BRAZIL-ENGLAND. Moved.

— BREMEN, Germany — BC-SOC--BREMEN-PROMOTIONS. Moved.

— ACCRA, Ghana — BC-SOC--AFRICAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR. Moved.

— ROME — BC-SOC--ITALY-FAN VIOLENCE. Moved. By Nicole Winfield.

— LONDON — BC-SOC--FIFA-EMIRATES. Moved. By Rob Harris.

— NYON, Switzerland — BC-SOC--UEFA-ISRAEL. Moved.

— SYDNEY — BC-SOC--AUSTRALIAN ROUNDUP. Moved.

RUGBY UNION:

RGU--SOUTH AFRICA-ELS

TWICKENHAM, England — South Africa's rugby team was given some pre-match inspiration on the eve of its final game of 2012 by two of the country's most famous sports stars. Moved.

ALSO:

— PARIS — RGU--SAMOA TEAM. Moved.

— OXFORD, England — BC-RGU--CANADA-NZ MAORI. Moved.

BOXING:

BOX--HATTON'S COMEBACK

MANCHESTER, England — Ricky Hatton will complete his transformation from a self-described overweight drunk to a redemption-seeking boxer on Saturday when the former two-weight champion returns to the ring for a comeback fight. It's been 3½ years since Hatton was knocked out by Manny Pacquiao, sending the Briton into retirement and his life spiraling out control. Moved.

ICE HOCKEY:

HKN--NHL LABOR

NEW YORK — The NHL is calling off all games through Dec. 14, plus the 2013 NHL All-Star game scheduled for Jan. 27 in Columbus, Ohio. The league made the announcement on Friday, the 69th day of the NHL's lockout of its players. Moved.

ALSO:

— APSEN, Colorado — BC-SKI--VONN'S RETURN. Moved. By Pat Graham.

— BARCELONA, Spain — BC-ATH--IAAF-Merritt. Moved. By Joseph Wilson.

— LAUSANNE, Switzerland — BC-OLY--IOC-INDIA-KUWAIT. Moved.

— MUNICH — BC-SHO--NEW RULES. Moved.

— WHISTLER, British Columbia — BC-SKE--SKELETON WORLD CUP. Moved.

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