Barcelona eased into the Champions League quarterfinals for the seventh straight year, shaking off a slump that has dropped it to third place in the La Liga standings.
Lionel Messi and Dani Alves scored second-half goals in a 2-1 win over Manchester City on Wednesday night that completed a 4-1 aggregate victory.
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In the another game, Paris Saint-Germain gave up an early goal and rallied past visiting Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 for a 6-1 aggregate win.
A flurry of goals at the start of the second half helped Germany to a 3-0 victory over world champion Japan in the final of the Algarve Cup women’s tournament in Faro, Portugal.
The United States beat North Korea 3-0 for seventh place. Heather O’Reilly scored in her 200th international appearance as the U.S. women ended their first two-game losing streak in 13 years.
Abby Wambach scored twice to increase her world record to 167 goals, including 21 at the Algarve Cup.
More than two-thirds of the World Cup matches have been sold out less than three hours after FIFA opened new ticket sales.
Tickets for all Brazil matches were gone in about an hour, as were the ones for all the quarterfinals and nearly all second-round matchups in the June 12-July 13 tournament. Only about 15 matches involving less traditional teams remained available for purchase on FIFA’s website some eight hours after the sales started.
Kevin Ellis scored his first competitive goal in his fourth career start and host Sporting Kansas City beat Mexico’s Cruz Azul 1-0 in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.
The second half of the total-goals series will be played March 19 in Mexico City. Sporting will advance to the semifinals with a draw, or even a one-goal loss other than 1-0.
In Carson, Calif., Samuel scored in the 11th minute and the Los Angeles Galaxy held off Club Tijuana’s frantic late push for a 1-0 victory in the first leg of a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series.
The Galaxy needs only a draw or a one-goal loss in which they score in Tuesday’s second leg in Tijuana to advance to the semifinals next month.
Three teams make deals
Connecticut traded veteran guard Kara Lawson to Washington in a series of deals that included guard Alex Bentley moving from Atlanta to the Sun, and Mystics guard Matee Ajavon heading to the Dream.
Aussie Open champ falls
Kevin Anderson of South Afrida upset Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 7-6 (7-1), 4-6, 6-1 in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., joining Milos Raonic of Canada in sending home two top-10 players. Andy Murray of Britain lost to the big-serving Raonic 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Four-time tournament champion Roger Federer of Switzer beat Tommy Haas of Germany 6-4, 6-4.
A South African police officer swung a cricket bat at Oscar Pistorius’ bullet-marked bathroom door during his murder trial in Pretoria, using two key pieces of evidence to re-enact the night he killed his girlfriend.
Police Col. J.G. Vermeulen faced tough questioning from Pistorius’ defense lawyer, who tried to discredit the police investigation of the shooting and alleged that Vermeulen, a forensic expert, made glaring missteps in his analysis.
Ligety places in downhill
Three weeks after Ted Ligety of the United States won gold in the giant slalom at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, he notched another first: a top-three finish in the downhill.
At the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Ligety tied for second with Christof Innerhofer of Italy, behind the winner, 23-year-old Matthias Mayer of Austria. Travis Ganong and Bode Miller of the United States finished sixth and eighth.
Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway finished fifth and seized the men’s overall lead from Marcel Hirscher of Austria.
In the women’s downhill, Maria-Hoefl Riesch of Germany crashed and will miss the rest of the season with leg, elbow and shoulder injuries, allowing Anna Fenninger of Austria to move atop the overall World Cup standings.
Lara Gut of Switzerland, the downhill bronze medalist, delighted her home crowd with the victory.
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