TOP STORY:

SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUNDUP

PARIS — Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Shakhtar Donetsk and Valencia reached the knockout stage of the Champions League, while Chelsea is on the verge of becoming the first titleholder to fail to make it out of the group stage.

With:

— TURIN, Italy — BC-SOC--JUVENTUS-CHELSEA. Moved. By Daniella Matar.

— MINSK, Belarus — BC-SOC--BATE-LILLE. Moved.

— MOSCOW — BC-SOC--SPARTAK MOSCOW-BARCELONA. Moved.

— ISTANBUL — BC-SOC--GALATASARAY-MAN UNITED. Moved.

— CLUJ, Romania — BC-SOC--CLUJ-BRAGA. Moved.

— VALENCIA, Spain — BC-SOC--VALENCIA-BAYERN MUNICH. Moved.

— LISBON, Portugal — BC-SOC--BENFICA-CELTIC. Moved.

— COPENHAGEN, Denmark — BC-SOC--NORDSJAELLAND-SHAKHTAR DONETSK. Moved.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

SOC--MLS-BECKHAM'S FINALE

CARSON, California — David Beckham will announce the next stop in his football career near the end of the year. Until then, he's focusing on winning one more trophy with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Moved. By Greg Beacham.

RAC--DETTORI-DRUG HEARING

PARIS — Frankie Dettori's hearing into his positive drug test concluded without an immediate verdict, leaving the Italian jockey waiting to find out whether he will face any sanctions. Moved. By Jerome Pugmire.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--MAN CITY-REAL MADRID

MANCHESTER, England — For the second straight season, Manchester City faces elimination from the group stage of the Champions League unless players who have failed to live up to their price tags can find a way to beat Real Madrid. Moved.

SOC--ARSENAL-MONTPELLIER

LONDON — Emboldened by winning the north London derby, Arsenal now has a chance to advance to the knockout round of the Champions League for the 13th consecutive season by beating Montpellier on Wednesday. Moved.

SOC--FIFA-HITZFELD

ZURICH — Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld was suspended for two World Cup qualifying matches for making an offensive gesture at the referee during a match. Moved.

Also:

— KIEV, Ukraine — BC-SOC--UKRAINE-REDKNAPP. Moved.

— PARIS — BC-SOC--FRANCE-CABAYE. Moved.

— ACCRA, Ghana — BC-SOC--GHANA-TUNISIA. Moved.

— PESCARA, Italy — BC-SOC--PESCARA-BERGODI. Moved.

— THUN, Switzerland — BC-SOC--FC THUN-PLAYER POWER. Moved.

RUGBY UNION:

RGU--WALES TEAM

CARDIFF, Wales — Warren Gatland's return as coach has coincided with five changes to the Wales side playing New Zealand this weekend in an effort to avoid its longest losing run in nine years. Moved.

RGU--BULLS-MATFIELD

PRETORIA, South Africa — Victor Matfield was named the forwards and attack coach of the Bulls, the first full-time rugby role for the Springbok great after he retired at the end of last year. Moved.

Also:

— PARIS — BC-RGU--FRANCE SQUAD. Moved.

— LONDON — BC-RGU--ENGLAND SQUAD. Moved.

— LONDON — BC-RGU--SOUTH AFRICA-ETZEBETH. Moved.

— LONDON — BC-RGU--SOUTH AFRICA-VAN RENSBURG. Moved.

GOLF:

GLF--BELLY PUTTER FUTURE

NAPLES, Florida — If not for Paul Azinger picking up a long putter that belonged to a short man, there might not be such a fuss over belly putters. Moved. By Doug Ferguson.

Also:

— MANACOR, Spain — BC-TEN--NADAL TRAINS. Moved.

— TORONTO — BC-FBO--GREY CUP. Moved.

— PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida — BC-GLF--US PGA TOUR-KAYMER. Moved.

— TORONTO — BC-BBA--BLUE JAYS-GIBBONS. Moved. By Rob Gillies.

— OAKLAND, California — BC-BKN--WARRIORS-BOGUT. Moved.

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