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Soccer: champions league

real madrid embarrassed

One more team booked a ticket in the knockout stage of the European Champions League on Wednesday, and it wasn't star-studded defending champion Real Madrid.

Needing a win at Legia Warsaw to advance, Madrid squandered a 2-0 lead and allowed the Polish side to earn its first point of the campaign in what became a highly embarrassing 3-3 draw for the Spanish powerhouse.

But Borussia Dortmund had no such trouble and advanced to the knockout stages with two games to spare with a 1-0 win over visiting Sporting Lisbon. It joins Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid and five-time winner Bayern Munich, which all qualified Tuesday.

Leicester dropped its first points in its first foray into the Champions League and needs to wait for another round of matches to seal a place in the last 16. After three straight wins, it was held to a scoreless draw at FC Copenhagen and must now wait for a Nov. 22 home game against Brugge, which lost 1-0 at FC Porto, for another chance to advance.

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Ban, fine for Man U manager

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was banned for one game and fined $61,000 on two misconduct charges by the English Football Association. Mourinho will serve a one-match touchline ban Sunday at Swansea for using abusive or insulting words toward referee Mark Clattenburg during halftime of United's 0-0 Premier League draw with Burnley on Saturday.

Separately, Mourinho was fined for comments he made about referee Anthony Taylor before United's game at Liverpool on Oct. 17. Mourinho questioned whether it would be difficult for Taylor to have a "very good performance" in the game because the official lives close to Old Trafford, United's home stadium. Mourinho's comments constituted "improper conduct" and had "brought the game into disrepute," the Football Association said.

United is owned by the Glazer family, which owns the Bucs.

teams to face Poppy sanctions: England and Scotland will face sanctions from the sport's governing body, FIFA, after insisting their players will wear black armbands with embroidered poppies to honor Britain's war dead for a match between the neighbors. England and Scotland will meet for a World Cup qualifier on Nov. 11, Britain's Remembrance Day, when British Commonwealth forces who have died on duty since World War I are honored. FIFA rules ban political, religious, personal and commercial messages on official uniforms and equipment. Granting an exemption in this case would create a political minefield, FIFA said.

tennis

Djokovic, Murray advance in Paris

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic began his quest for a fourth straight Paris Masters title with a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 win against unseeded Gilles Muller in the second round. Second-ranked Andy Murray also reached the third round but needed to scrap hard to beat unseeded Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5. Murray can become No. 1 if he wins the tournament and Djokovic does not reach the final.

Fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori reached the third round with a 6-2, 6-3 win over unseeded Viktor Troicki. Nishikori faces No. 11 Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, who beat unseeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 6-4. No. 8 David Goffin kept alive his slim chances of qualifying for the season-ending ATP final by defeating unseeded Nicolas Mahut 7-6 (7-5), 6-3. Also among those who can still qualify is No. 9 Marin Cilic, who beat unseeded Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (9-7), 6-2. Unseeded American John Inser had 12 aces in a 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4) win against 15th-seeded David Ferrer.

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