Thursday, February 3, 2022.

The editor on duty is Eric Núñez until 2100 GMT. Luis Ruiz takes over in Mexico City from that time.



MADRID — With a goal in the agony, Athletic Bilbao finally manages to overcome Real Madrid and advance to the semifinals of the Copa del Rey for the third season in a row. Alex Berenguer scored in the 89th minute as Athletic came out on top 1-0 in the quarter-final tie at the San Mamés stadium, breaking a three-game losing streak against the Merengues. By Tales Azzoni. 400 words. AP Photos. Publishers: in development.


BEIJING — FIFA’s plan to hold the soccer World Cup every two years is branded a threat to other sports by the International Olympic Committee. By Graham Dunbar. 500 words. AP Photos. SENT.


YAUNDÉ, Cameroon — Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané, two Liverpool players considered among the best strikers in African football, will meet for a continental title. Salah did not even take his penalty in the shootout as Egypt beat African Cup of Nations host Cameroon 3-1 to advance to the final. 300 words. AP Photos. SENT.


BARCELONA — Barcelona’s renewed attack will host an Atlético de Madrid team on Sunday that is looking to regain its iron footing in the Spanish league. When the two clubs met last season at the Camp Nou, it was a key clash in the title race that was won by the visitors. This time the prize appears to be simply qualifying for the Champions League. By Joseph Wilson. 450 words. AP Photos. SENT.


MEXICO CITY — Although Mexico’s collective performance was far from ideal, including a controversial win over Panama, their seven-point tally to date leaves them looking good heading into CONCACAF World Cup qualifying of Qatar, a final stretch that will include a duel against his nemesis the United States. 685 words. AP Photos. SENT.


MEXICO CITY — Mexican striker Hirving Lozano suffered a dislocated right shoulder in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match against Panama and will be examined when he returns to Italy. 200 words. AP Photo. SENT.



BEIJING — The curtain rises on the Winter Olympics in Beijing, one of the most difficult games to stage in history due to COVID and a series of factors that alarm those who have come to compete. By Eddie Pells. 1,000 words. AP Photos. SENT.


BEIJING — The president of the International Olympic Committee is trying to play down concerns about Peng Shuai’s condition, while saying he was contemplating proceeding with his long-awaited dinner with the tennis player during the Winter Olympics in Beijing. 500 words. By Graham Dunbar. AP Photos. SENT.


BEIJING — Despite the reduced route, the Olympic torch reaches the Great Wall of China. Chinese taekwondo athlete Wu Jingyu, the 2008 and 2012 Olympic champion, carries the flame to the iconic stage on the second day of her run ahead of the Beijing Games. By Sarah DiLorenzo. 250 words. AP Photos. SENT.



SANTO DOMINGO — Colombia’s surprising Caimanes de Barranquilla face hosts Gigantes del Cibao for the Caribbean Series title. 400 words. AP Photos. game starts at 2300 GMT.


SANTO DOMINGO — Baseball’s Caribbean Series took place this week in the Dominican Republic with its usual splendor. Professional baseball players falter in the middle of games but at the same time there is apprehension about the stoppage of baseball in the United States, which has been in force since December 2. By Martin Adams. 670 words. AP Photos. SENT.


Games today in the NBA (Eastern Time):

Minnesota at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Phoenix at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Miami at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

LA Lakers at LA Clippers, 10 p.m.

Sacramento at Golden State, 10 p.m.


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