Real Madrid of Spain eliminated Manchester United of England in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League soccer tournament.
Real Madrid ousts Man U
in UEFA Champions League
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the decisive goal in his return to Old Trafford, rallying Real Madrid of Spain past Manchester United of England 2-1 Tuesday and into the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-2 aggregate victory.
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Manchester United took a 2-1 lead in the home-and-home, total-goals series when Nani’s cross in the 48th minute deflected in off a leg of Sergio Ramos for an own goal.
The match started to turn when Nani received a red card from referee Cuneyt Cakir in the 56th minute for a challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa. United manager Alex Ferguson charged out of his seat and down to the sideline to vent his anger.
Luka Modric of Real Madrid scored from 25 yards in the 66th minute to tie the match.
Ronaldo connected three minutes later, sliding to tap in a cross from Gonzalo Higuain. Ronaldo, who did not celebrate on the field of his former team, played for Man U from 2003 to 2009 before being sold to Real Madrid for $131 million.
“We didn’t play well. We didn’t deserve to win,” Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho said. “I doubt that 11 against 11 we can win that match.”
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund of Germany defeated visiting Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine 3-0 to advance on 5-2 aggregate.
Timbers’ Zizzo has surgery
Portland Timbers midfielder Sal Zizzo will be sidelined from four to six weeks after surgery on his left knee. The 25-year-old tore the medial meniscus in practice Monday.
McIlroy calls exit a mistake
Top-ranked Rory McIlroy said he should have finished his second round at the Honda Classic, telling Sports Illustrated “it was not the right thing to do” to walk out after eight holes Friday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
McIlroy was 7-over par for the round and headed toward another missed cut when he hit his second shot into water and abruptly withdrew. On his way to the parking lot, he told reporters his head was not in the right place. He later issued a statement noting a wisdom tooth was causing pain.
“It was a reactive decision,” McIlroy told SI. “What I should have done is take my drop, chip it on, try to make a 5 and play my hardest on the back nine, even if I shot 85.
“What I did was not good for the tournament, not good for the kids and the fans who were out there watching me.”
The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland said his lower wisdom teeth are growing sideways and he has been prescribed a painkiller he did not use Friday. But he said frustration over his swing led to his exit.
McIlroy switched to Nike equipment late last year after agreeing to an endorsement deal said to be upward of $20 million a year. He is playing in the Cadillac Championship, which starts Thursday at Doral in Miami.
Montana reinstates Johnson
Quarterback Jordan Johnson has been reinstated to the Montana program after his acquittal on a sexual-assault charge.
Johnson was dismissed from the team under the school’s student-athlete code of conduct after being charged in July with sexual intercourse without consent. He was acquitted Friday and appealed his suspension from the team over the weekend.
Johnson, who missed the 2012 season, has two years of eligibility remaining.
Burmeister leads in Iditarod
Aaron Burmeister was the first musher to arrive at the Takotna checkpoint in the 998-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska.
Takotna is 329 miles from the start.
Aliy Zirkle — last year’s runner-up — was in second place. Defending champion Dallas Seavey was in 13th.
Jan Steves of Edmonds was in 56th place.
Bodies are found in wreckage
The bodies of two adults and a girl were found in the wreckage of a small airplane that crashed Monday near the Iditarod route.
Pilot Ted Smith, 59; Carolyn Sorvoja, 48; and Rosemarie Sorvoja, 10, died in the crash near Rainy Pass. All were from Eagle River, Alaska. A family spokesman said the Sorvojas had intended to travel to Takotna to serve as race volunteers.
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