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SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUNDUP

One more team booked a ticket in the knockout stage of the Champions League on Wednesday and it wasn't the star-studded defending champion, Real Madrid. By Karel Janicek. SENT: 904 words, photos.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

BBO--WORLD SERIES

CLEVELAND " Corey Kluber gets the chance to become the first pitcher since Mickey Lolich in 1968 to win three World Series starts when the Cleveland Indians try again to close out the Chicago Cubs in Game 7. Major league ERA leader Kyle Hendricks is set to start against him. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, video. Game starts 0008 GMT.

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" BBO--WORLD SERIES-THE LATEST.

SOC--FIFA-BRITAIN-POPPIES

LONDON " England and Scotland will face FIFA sanctions after insisting their players will wear black armbands with embroidered poppies to honor Britain's war dead for a match between the neighbors. By Rob Harris. SENT: 480 words, photos.

TEN--PARIS MASTERS

PARIS " Novak Djokovic began his quest for a fourth straight Paris Masters title with a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 win against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in the second round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday. Second-ranked Andy Murray also reached the third round, but needed to scrap hard to beat Fernando Verdasco. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 620 words, photos.

SOC--FIFA INVESTIGATION

ZURICH " FIFA ethics prosecutors have asked for a life ban for a former aide to Mohamed bin Hammam in a bribery investigation. SENT: 330 words.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--LEGIA-REAL MADRID

WARSAW, Poland " Leading by two goals against a winless Polish struggler, Real Madrid's players could be forgiven for letting their guard down. But Legia Warsaw seized the chance to fight back and the European titleholder had to muster a late goal to salvage a humbling 3-3 draw in the Champions League on Wednesday. SENT: 750 words, photos.

SOC--COPENHAGEN-LEICESTER

COPENHAGEN, Denmark " Leicester missed its chance to secure an early place in the last 16 of the Champions League after being held to a 0-0 draw by FC Copenhagen on Wednesday. SENT: 270 words, photos.

SOC--JUVENTUS-LYON

TURIN, Italy " Gonzalo Higuain showed his best and worst sides as Juventus was held to a 1-1 draw against Lyon on Wednesday, with the Italian hosts missing the chance to ensure qualification for the Champions League knockout stage with two matches to spare. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 420 words, photos.

SOC--TOTTENHAM-BAYER LEVERKUSEN

LONDON " Bayer Leverkusen claimed its first victory in Champions League Group E on Wednesday, edging an insipid Tottenham side 1-0 to condemn the London club to a second successive loss at its temporary Wembley Stadium home. By Rob Harris. SENT: 500 words, photos.

SOC--DORTMUND-SPORTING

DORTMUND, Germany " Borussia Dortmund beat Sporting 1-0 on Wednesday to advance to the knockout stage of the Champions League despite leaving top striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out of the team. SENT: 450 words, photos.

SOC--MONACO-CSKA

MONACO " Radamel Falcao scored twice as Monaco cruised to a 3-0 win over CSKA Moscow to take a big step toward qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages. SENT: 300 words, photos.

SOC--SEVILLA-DINAMO

SEVILLE, Spain " Sevilla moved closer to the knockout stages of the Champions League after easing to a 4-0 win over a Dinamo Zagreb side that played the entire second half with 10 men on Wednesday. SENT: 330 words, photos.

SOC--PORTO-BRUGGE

PORTO, Portugal " FC Porto needed another decisive performance by Andre Silva to end a winless drought at home in Europe with a 1-0 victory over Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday. SEN: 300 words, photos.

SOC--ARGENTINA-BAUZA

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina " Lionel Messi may be on his way back from injury, but Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza is still worried about his team's qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. By Vicente Panetta. SENT: 589 words, photos.

SOC--BARCELONA'S BACKUPS

BARCELONA, Spain " Barcelona fans shouldn't worry. Not if Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique are healthy, that is. Because the 3-1 loss at Manchester City showed that for all the scoring prowess Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar offer, Barcelona's star forwards can be left with heads hanging when the team's makeshift defense and midfield buckle under pressure. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 829 words, photos.

SOC--MAN CITY-GIFTED GUNDOGAN

MANCHESTER, England " Things have gone very differently for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ilkay Gundogan since the midfielders swapped Borussia Dortmund for Manchester: While Mkhitaryan is floundering at United, Gundogan is flourishing at City and proving a perfect replacement for the ostracized Yaya Toure. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 727 words, photos.

Also:

" SOC--FIFA AWARDS-MEN'S COACH. Ranieri heads 10 candidates for FIFA best coach award. SENT: 218 words.

" SOC--RUSSIA-FAN VIOLENCE. Russian clubs fined after fans throw flares at each other. SENT: 123 words, photo.

" SOC--WALES-EVANS. Coleman ends Evans' hopes of immediate return for Wales. SENT: 130 words.

TENNIS:

TEN--DJOKOVIC-IMAZ

PARIS " After Novak Djokovic reached the third round of the Paris Masters, the questions he faced were not just about his performance. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 340 words, photos.

TEN--ELITE TROPHY

ZHUHAI, China " Top-seeded Johanna Konta opened her Elite Trophy campaign by beating 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday. SENT: 185 words.

TEN--DAVIS CUP-ARGENTINA

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina " Juan Martin Del Potro will lead Argentina's team for the Davis Cup final against Croatia later this month in Zagreb. SENT: 120 words.

CRICKET:

CRI--ZIMBABWE-SRI LANKA

HARARE, Zimbabwe " Sri Lanka forced a late victory in the first test as it finally bowled Zimbabwe out with less than eight overs left in the match to win by 225 runs on Wednesday. SENT: 408 words.

CRI--PAKISTAN-WEST INDIES

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates " Opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich lifted West Indies to within sight of a consolation win in the third test on Wednesday and denying Pakistan a series clean sweep. SENT: 548 words.

CRI--AUSTRALIA-SOUTH AFRICA

PERTH, Australia " The usual cues at the start of an Australian summer of cricket have all unfolded before the series against South Africa, with a focus on sledging, ferocious fast bowling, and the targeting of rival captains. SENT: 590 words.

GOLF:

GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-LANGER

RICHMOND, Virginia " Bernhard Langer expects to play this week in the Dominion Charity Classic after missing the PGA Tour Champions' playoff opener last week because of a left knee injury. SENT: 440 words.

Other Stories:

" SOC--WEST HAM-OLYMPIC STADIUM INVESTIGATION " Investigation ordered into rising costs. SENT: 200 words, photo.

" US--WORLD SERIES OF POKER " Nguyen snaps 20-something World Series of Poker win streak. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

" TEN--ELITE TROPHY "Top-seeded Konta opens with win over Stosur. SENT: 100 words.

" TEN--FED CUP FINAL " Mladenovic, Garcia to spearhead France. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 370 words.

" BKN--NBA ROUNDUP " Cavaliers beat Rockets 128-120 to go 4-0. SENT: 460 words, photos.

" HKN--NHL ROUNDUP " Lundqvist notches 60th shutout as Rangers beat Blues 5-0. SENT: 570 words, photos.

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