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NEW YORK — Bruce Arena is returning to coach the U.S. national soccer team, a decade after he was fired.

Arena, the winningest coach in national team history, took over Tuesday, one day after Jurgen Klinsmann was fired. Arena, 65, starts work Dec. 1.

With the U.S. 0-2 in the final round of World Cup qualifying for the first time, the U.S. Soccer Federation wants to spark a turnaround when competition resumes March 24 with a home game against Honduras followed four days later with a match at Panama.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Defending champion Real Madrid advanced from the group stage for the 20th straight time after beating host Sporting Lisbon 2-1. Host Leicester clinched its place in the knockout stages as a guaranteed group winner by beating Club Brugge 2-1. Host Monaco sealed first place in Group E with a 2-1 win over Tottenham. And host Borussia Dortmund beat Legia Warsaw 8-4, breaking the league record for goals scored.


Porzingis keeps Knicks hot at home

Kristaps Porzingis had 31 points, topping 30 for the second time in his career, and added nine rebounds as the Knicks beat the Trail Blazers 107-103 for their fifth straight victory at home.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Tim Frazier had 21 points and 14 assists and the visiting Pelicans won their third straight, 112-94 over the Hawks.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Pistons officially announced their move to downtown Detroit. … Lakers PG D'Angelo Russell will miss the next two games to rest his sore knee.


BASEBALL: The Twins agreed to a three-year, $24.5 million deal with C Jason Castro, who had been a target of the Rays.

BOXING: Alex Stewart, a heavyweight contender who fought Mike Tyson and nearly beat George Foreman, died in Mount Vernon, N.Y., from a blood clot in his lung. He was 52.

JURISPRUDENCE: Former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar pleaded not guilty in Mason, Mich., to three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in his home with a girl under 13.

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