Thomas Mueller scored twice and host Bayern Munich of Germany routed Barcelona of Spain 4-0 in the first leg of their home-and-home, total-goals UEFA Champions League soccer semifinal.
Bayern Munich overwhelms
Barcelona in 1st semifinal leg
For once, Barcelona was on the wrong end of the kind of rout it so often inflicts on others.
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And with Bayern Munich of Germany in such devastating form, even a fully fit Lionel Messi might not have made much difference.
Thomas Mueller scored twice, Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben had one goal each and host Bayern Munich routed Barcelona 4-0 Tuesday in the first leg of their home-and-home, total-goals UEFA Champions League semifinal. Bayern Munich humbled the Spanish powerhouse by taking full advantage of Messi’s subpar performance.
The four-time world player of the year has been slowed by a hamstring injury.
“This team (Barcelona) has dominated Europe over the last five years and if you beat them like this, I think you can be proud,” Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben said.
Barcelona, which has won three of the last seven titles, had lost by four goals once before in the Champions League, 4-0 at Dynamo Kiev in the group stage in 1997.
Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes said, “Barcelona is still one of the best teams and there are still 90 minutes to play. We haven’t qualified (for the final) yet.”
Justice Dept. joins lawsuit
by ex-Armstrong teammate
The Justice Department laid out its case in a lawsuit against Lance Armstrong, saying the cyclist violated his contract with the U.S. Postal Service and was “unjustly enriched” while cheating to win the Tour de France.
The government had previously announced it would join the whistle-blower lawsuit brought by former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis. Tuesday was the deadline for the Justice Department to file its formal complaint.
USPS paid about $40 million to be the title sponsor of Armstrong’s teams for six of his seven Tour de France victories. The filing in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., says USPS paid Armstrong $17 million from 1998 to 2004.
The lawsuit also names former Armstrong team director Johan Bruyneel and team management company Tailwind Sports as defendants. The government said it would seek triple damages assessed by the jury.
Armstrong, 41, was stripped of his seven Tour victories in October by cycling’s international governing body.
Bill Bock, general counsel for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, said Monday if Armstrong had cooperated with the USADA’s investigation last summer, he would have been allowed to keep five of his Tour titles.
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• Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith had a testy exchange with reporter Karen Thomson of Vancouver, B.C., radio station CKST (1040 AM) after Monday’s 3-1 NHL loss to the host Canucks.
Keith swung his stick at Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin in the second period. Thomson said, “It looked like maybe there was a penalty that went undetected.”
Keith said, “We should get you as a ref maybe, eh?”
Thomson informed Keith she couldn’t skate and the player responded: “The first female referee. You can’t play probably either, right? But you’re thinking the game like you know it? OK, see ya.”
Thomson tweeted “Lol #heldmyown” and on Tuesday morning tweeted she has “moved on.”
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• The St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks clinched NHL Western Conference playoff berths and the New York Islanders secured an East berth. The Washington Capitals beat Winnipeg 5-3 and clinched their fifth Southeast Division title in the last six years.
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