Tottenham upsets Real Madrid in champions league
LONDON — Tottenham stunned Real Madrid with a 3-1 victory on Wednesday to qualify for the Champions League knockout phase for only the second time and increase the pressure on Real manager Zinedine Zidane.
European champions in three of the last four seasons, Madrid hadn't been beaten in the group stage for five years.
Dele Alli, suspended for the opening three games in group play, returned to score two goals. Christian Eriksen also scored for Tottenham in the 65th minute. Cristiano Ronaldo scored Real Madrid's goal in the 80th minute.
Tottenham has only competed in the knockout phase once before in the 2010-11 season when the English Premier League team was eliminated by Madrid in the quarterfinals.
Last month, Tottenham secured a 1-1 draw in the Spanish capital and now it has beaten Madrid for the first time in Zidane's 22-month tenure.
"I am not worried and I never will be worried this season, whatever happens on the pitch," Zidane said.
In other Champions League games, visiting Manchester City beat Napoli 4-2 as Sergio Aguero's goal in the 69th minute made him City's all-time top scorer. Aguero has 178 goals for City, passing Eric Brook's 177 goals from 1928-1940. Host Liverpool shut out Maribor of Slovenia 3-0 with the EPL club's goals coming in the second half.
U.S. SOCCER: Houston GK Tyler Deric has been suspended pending an investigation by MLS and the Houston Police Department into his arrest Tuesday on misdemeanor assault charges in a domestic case. According to court documents. the 29-year-old Deric is accused of striking a woman with his head. … Carlos Cordeiro, 61, is running for U.S. Soccer Federation president. Cordeiro served as vice president for current USSF president Sunil Gulati.
Nadal clinches world No. 1 with Paris win
Rafael Nadal assured himself of finishing the year as the top-ranked men's player for the fourth time after beating Hyeon Chung 7-5, 6-3 in the second round of the Paris Masters. The 16-time Grand Slam winner had not finished the year at the top since 2013. "One year ago, for sure I never dreamed about being No. 1 again at the end of the season," said Nadal, who missed large parts of 2016 because of a troublesome wrist. "It has been an amazing year." The 31-year-old Spaniard reached three Grand Slam finals this year, losing to Roger Federer at the Australian Open and winning a 10th French Open title before clinching the U.S. Open for the third time.
FED CUP: U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens will lead the United States against Belarus in the Fed Cup final in Minsk, Belarus, on Nov. 11-12. CoCo Vandeweghe, Shelby Rogers and Alison Riske are also on captain Kathy Rinaldi's roster. The U.S. is in its first Fed Cup final since losing to Italy in 2010.
IOC takes Russian skier's gold medal
In a landmark verdict that indicates Russia conspired to run a doping program at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, a cross-country skier who won a gold medal was disqualified by the International Olympic Committee. All results for Alexander Legkov in Sochi were wiped from the record and he was banned for life from attending another Olympics. A second Russian cross-country skier was also disqualified and banned, while cases implicating 26 more Russian athletes in a Sochi doping conspiracy are pending. The IOC disciplinary panel used evidence of cover-ups and tampering of sample bottles first gathered last year.
HIGH SCHOOLS: High school football coach Lance Engleka resigned after two seasons, saying he received death threats after his teams lost 18 straight games. Middletown (Ohio) High School officials said Engleka will keep his position as the dean of students.