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  • 19 Apr
    MILAN -- In the only group on Tuesday where qualification for the Champions League knockout stages was still to be decided, Besiktas crumbled under the pressure, allowing Napoli and Benfica to progress.Napoli and Benfica had eight points going into their Group B match, one more than Besiktas, which was playing at already eliminated Dynamo Kiev.However, the Turkish side fell to a shock 6-0 defeat in a match which saw it finish with nine men. Napoli won 2-1 at Benfica to win a Champions League group for the first time.We had already been burned once by looking at the result of the other match, said Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri, whose team had squandered earlier chances to qualify for the last 16. So, it really hardly mattered to us what was happening in Kiev. We wanted first place to make Napoli history.Elsewhere, Arsenal topped Group A following its 4-1 win at Basel after Paris Saint-Germain could only draw 2-2 at home to Ludogorets.Atletico Madrid had already secured first place in Group D but lost its perfect record in a 1-0 defeat at Bayern Munich. The final positions in Group C had already been decided and Barcelona beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-0, while Manchester City drew 1-1 against Celtic.Heres how Tuesdays action unfolded:---GROUP ALittle-used forward Lucas Perez scored a hat trick as Arsenal easily beat Basel 4-1 to finish top of its group.Getting a rare start, the Spanish forward gave Arsenal a three-goal lead by the 47th minute as the visitors coasted to victory.Mesut Ozils delightful assist let Alex Iwobi score in the 53rd before Basel substitute Seydou Doumbia struck a consolation goal in the 78th.Mistakes cost Paris Saint-Germain dearly as it missed out on top spot in Group A following a late 2-2 home draw with Ludogorets -- an unheralded Bulgarian side that had not won any of the previous five group games.Dutch forward Virgil Misidjan scored in the 15th minute and Brazilian forward Wanderson made it 2-1 in the 68th, shortly after Edinson Cavani had leveled for PSG.Winger Angel Di Maria saved face for PSG in the second minute of injury time with a scuffed shot, and Cavani was desperately close to grabbing the winner in the final seconds.---GROUP BIt was meant to be a battle to advance in Lisbon but it turned out to be a shootout for top spot as Besiktas collapsed in Ukraine.Napoli won 2-1 at Benfica but both teams qualified for the knockout stage after Besiktas fell to a surprise 6-0 thrashing at Dynamo Kiev.Substitute Dries Mertens changed the match after coming on in the 57th. The Belgium international set up the opener for Jose Callejon on the hour mark before securing the win in the 79th.Napoli gifted Benfica a consolation goal three minutes from time when Raul Albiol was caught napping, allowing Raul Jimenez to seize the moment and fire past Reina.In Ukraine, Dynamos star winger Andriy Yarmolenko started the nights torment for Besiktas with smart footwork on the byline and a cross to the far post for Artyom Besedin to score the ninth-minute opener.Besiktas looked lively for the next 20 minutes until defender Andreas Beck was dismissed for a collision with Derlis Gonzalez, who was through on goal for Dynamo. Yarmolenko scored the resulting penalty and Vitaliy Buyalskiy soon made it 3-0 with a lobbed effort after a Besiktas defensive mix-up.A deflected shot from Gonzalez provided Dynamos fourth in first-half stoppage time. Serhiy Sydorchuk and Junior Moraes added to the scoreline after Besiktas striker Vincent Aboubakar was red-carded for a second offense.---GROUP CLionel Messi opened the scoring in Barcelonas 4-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach, but fell short of matching Cristiano Ronaldos goal record in the group stage of the Champions League.Messi struck his 10th group-stage goal this season, one less than the 11 netted by Ronaldo with Real Madrid last season to set the record.Arda Turan scored a second-half hat trick.Kelechi Iheanacho began his month-long stint as Sergio Agueros replacement by scoring Manchester Citys equalizer in a 1-1 draw against Celtic.Iheanacho drove a rising shot into the roof of the net in the eighth minute to cancel out a fourth-minute goal by winger Patrick Roberts, who is four months into his second straight season-long loan at Celtic from City.---GROUP DRobert Lewandowski curled in a spectacular free kick to give Bayern Munich a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid but the Spanish side still won the group, finishing with 15 points to Bayerns 12.Bayerns win stretched its record to 15 straight Champions League home victories and ended Atleticos hopes of winning all six group matches.By holding PSV Eindhoven to a 0-0 draw, newcomer Rostov clinched third spot and a place in the Europa League. 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PHILADELPHIA -- Penn State has settled a court fight with its insurer over payments to victims of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, a case that revealed new allegations about how early late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno knew of accusations against his assistant coach.A one-page document filed with a Philadelphia court on Thursday stated the action against the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association Insurance Company was settled.Terms of the deal and the amount of payment are confidential by mutual consent, a Penn State spokeswoman said in an email Friday.As part of the legal tussle over whether the insurer would have to cover Sandusky-related claims, both sides obtained sworn depositions from key witnesses and other documents that hadnt previously become public.The presiding judge, after requests from The Associated Press and other media outlets, released some of that information in July.Among the notable new revelations were allegations Paterno fielded a complaint about Sandusky in 1976. The documents include portions of the accusers deposition in 2014 saying Paterno, when told that a boy had been molested, responded that he didnt want to hear about it and had a football season to worry about.ddddddddddddA Paterno family lawyer has lambasted the allegations, saying they are untrue and impossible to prove.Penn State made $92 million in total payouts to settle 32 civil claims in the Sandusky sex molestation scandal, and sued to have the insurer cover them.In May, a judge found that Penn State had to assume the costs of settlements stemming from claims over most of the 1990s because its insurance policies did not cover abuse or molestation.When Sandusky abused children at his home or at events held by the childrens charity he started, he was still a PSU assistant coach and professor, and clothed in the glory associated with those titles, particularly in the eyes of impressionable children, Judge Gary Glazer wrote.By cloaking him with a title that enabled him to perpetuate his crimes, PSU must assume some responsibility for what he did both on and off campus, he said.Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys. 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