TOP STORY:

SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUNDUP

FRANKFURT, Germany — Real Madrid and AC Milan, with 16 titles between them, advanced to the knockout stage of the Champions League, while Borussia Dortmund and Schalke also progressed to make it three out of three teams from Germany. Moved, with separates. By Nesha Starcevic.

With:

— MANCHESTER, England — Real Madrid advanced to the Champions League knockout phase and Manchester City's campaign ended in the group stage for the second successive season after the Spanish and English champions drew 1-1. Moved. By Rob Harris.

— LONDON — Jack Wilshere's first goal in two years and a sumptuous volley by Lukas Podolski earned Arsenal a 2-0 win over Montpellier in the Champions League, clinching the English team's passage to the knockout stage for the 13th straight year. Moved. By Steve Douglas.

CHELSEA:

SOC--CHELSEA-DI MATTEO FIRED

LONDON — Chelsea surprisingly brought Rafael Benitez out of the coaching wilderness by hiring the Spaniard in an interim role after mercilessly firing the man who guided the club to its first Champions League title. Benitez becomes the ninth manager under Chelsea's Russian owner, Roman Abramovich, who displayed his trademark ruthlessness by cutting Roberto Di Matteo only six months after the Italian led the team to its first Champions League triumph. Moved. by Steve Douglas.

SOC--CHELSEA-UNDER ABRAMOVICH

LONDON — With seemingly limitless amounts of money and an insatiable desire for winning titles, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has the makings of being one of the best bosses in football. A small slip-up here or a tiny miscue there, however, and you better start looking for a new job. Moved. By Chris Lehourites.

SOC--JOHN LEICESTER-211112

Roberto Di Matteo tried to make it clear that his boss, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, made an immense mistake in signing striker Fernando Torres. But rather than absorb Di Matteo's message, Abramovich shot the messenger. Moved. By Sports Columnist John Leicester.

With:

— LONDON — BC-SOC--Chelsea-Former Managers. Moved. By Michael Botsford.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

CRI--AUSTRALIA-SOUTH AFRICA

ADELAIDE, Australia — Australia won the toss and elected to bat against top-ranked South Africa in the second cricket test at Adelaide Oval. Play has started. By John Pye.

PUERTO RICO-BOXER SHOT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The family of Hector "Macho" Camacho are trying to decide whether he should be removed from life support after a shooting in his Puerto Rican hometown left the former boxing champion clinging to life and his fans mourning the loss of a dynamic and often troubled athlete. Moved. By Danica Coto and Ben Fox.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--UEFA-SHAKHTAR-UNFAIR PLAY

GENEVA — Shakhtar Donetsk forward Luiz Adriano was charged by UEFA for disrespecting Champions League opponent Nordsjaelland by scoring an uncontested goal after a drop ball. UEFA opened a disciplinary case for "violation of the principles of conduct." The case will be judged next Tuesday. Moved. By Graham Dunbar.

SOC--BLATTER-ENGLAND

BURTON-ON-TRENT, England — More than a year after the leaders of English football tried to block his re-election, FIFA President Sepp Blatter signaled an end to the tensions between the two sides at the England team's new training base. Moved. By Rob Harris.

Also:

— LONDON — BC-SOC--Europa League Preview. Moved. By Michael Botsford.

— CHICAGO — BC-SOC--US Women's League. Moved.

GOLF:

GLF--EUROPE VS US

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The European Tour has no problem producing star players. It's keeping them that's the challenge. Several players from Europe's Ryder Cup-winning team already spend much of their time in the United States and the list is only growing. Moved. By Michael Casey.

RUGBY:

RGU--IRB-THOMSON

DUBLIN — The International Rugby Board will appeal what it regards as a lenient one-week ban issued to New Zealand flanker Adam Thomson for "stamping or trampling" on the head of Scottish counterpart Alasdair Strokosch. Moved.

Also:

— CARDIFF, Wales — BC-RGU--Argentina-Figallo. Moved.

Also:

— MEDFORD, Massachussetts — BC-CYC--Armstrong-Degree Rescinded. Moved.

— SAO PAULO — BC-CAR--IndyCar-Racing on Holiday. Moved. By Tales Azzoni.

— RIO DE JANEIRO — BC-OLY--Rio 2016-London Debrief. Moved. By Tales Azzoni.

— PARIS — BC-RAC--Dettori-Suspended. Moved. By Jerome Pugmire.

— BC-BKN--NBA Roundup. By 0500 GMT.

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