PARIS (AP) Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 70th Champions League goal and Mario Balotelli again failed to deliver as Real Madrid cruised to a 3-0 win at Liverpool on Wednesday to take complete control of Group B with a third straight win.
While Tuesday night's 40-goal bonanza never looked like being matched, there was still drama elsewhere as Arsenal scraped a 2-1 win at Anderlecht with late goals from defender Kieran Gibbs and forward Lukas Podolski - a peripheral player this season.
German sides continue to score for fun, too, as Borussia Dortmund romped to a 4-0 win at Galatasaray the day after Bayern Munich's magnificent 7-1 in Roma and Schalke beat Sporting Lisbon 4-3.
PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) Olympiakos pulled off another Champions League upset by beating Juventus 1-0 on Wednesday to go level on points with Group A leader Atletico Madrid.
Swiss midfielder Pajtim Kasami fired the winner past Gianluigi Buffon in the 36th minute. The goal arrived after Alejandro Dominguez found striker Kostas Mitroglou, whose cutback was steered into the back of the Juventus net by Kasami. (MORE)
BRUSSELS (AP) Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski scored in the final minutes to give Arsenal 2-1 victory over Anderlecht and a thrilling Champions League birthday present for manager Arsene Wenger.
With defeat seeming assured, Gibbs brought Arsenal back into the game in the 89th minute with a low volley. Podolski followed up from close range in stoppage time after a goalmouth scramble to keep the London side second in Group D. (MORE)
PARIS (AP) The punishing hairpin climb to the Alpe d'Huez ski station perched high in the French Alps will provide the dramatic climax for the 2015 Tour de France, before cycling's showcase race sweeps into Paris for its traditional finish before cheering crowds on the Champs-Elysees.
The atypical 2015 route unveiled Wednesday by Tour organizers also sees a greatly reduced emphasis on time trialing, plenty of opportunities for sprinters to shine and potential traps that could trip up race favorites, including a return to tricky cobbled roads in northeast France. (MORE)
LONDON (AP) England gave a Fijian-born serving soldier his first call-up and left out big-name backs Chris Ashton and Danny Cipriani from its 33-man squad Wednesday for four November tests against the southern hemisphere's heavyweights.
Semesa Rokoduguni, an Afghanistan war veteran who lives in military accommodation with his wife and son, was summoned by his adopted country after just two years as a professional with club side Bath. (MORE)
LONDON (AP) The IOC accepted Kosovo into the Olympic fold on Wednesday, clearing the way for the former Serbian province to send an independent team to the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The International Olympic Committee executive board granted provisional recognition to Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008. It will propose full recognition for Kosovo at the IOC general assembly in Monaco in December - which should be a formality. (MORE)
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) The Champions League returned on Tuesday with a 40-goal bonanza as Bayern Munich thrashed Roma 7-1 for its biggest victory on the road and Luiz Adriano scored five as Shakhtar put seven goals past BATE Borisov.
On a record-busting night, Chelsea wasn't far behind in a 6-0 win over Maribor, but Manchester City remained without a victory in three matches after wasting a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at CSKA Moscow. (MORE)
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, completing a transformation from an acclaimed sprinter at the 2012 Olympics to a convicted criminal led away in a police van with barred windows.
Wearing a dark suit, the double-amputee athlete was subdued when Judge Thokozile Masipa announced the punishment in a Pretoria courtroom, ending a televised trial that was closely followed at home and abroad by those who once admired him. (MORE)