Borussia Dortmund of Germany needed every bit of its first-leg advantage to stave off a comeback attempt by Real Madrid of Spain and reach...
Borussia Dortmund reaches
Champions League final
Borussia Dortmund of Germany needed every bit of its first-leg advantage to stave off a comeback attempt by Real Madrid of Spain and reach the UEFA Champions League final for the first time since 1997.
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Karim Benzema scored in the 83rd minute and Sergio Ramos in the 88th, putting host Real Madrid in position to advance with one more goal. But Dortmund held on for a 4-3 aggregate victory in the home-and-home, total-goals semifinal series after a 2-0 loss Tuesday.
“They put a lot of pressure on us,” Dortmund midfielder Kevin Grosskreutz said. “However, we are a great club and deserved to go through.”
Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich has a four-goal advantage on FC Barcelona of Spain entering Wednesday’s match.
The Champions League final is May 25 at London’s Wembley Stadium, setting up the possibility of the first all-German title match in soccer’s top club competition.
Deco to appeal positive test
Midfielder Deco, 35, has tested positive for a banned diuretic in Brazil and says he will appeal the result and that it likely stemmed from contaminated vitamins.
Deco, who plays for Fluminense, tested positive for furosemide, a diuretic that can help hide performance-enhancing substances. The test came after a 2-0 victory over Boavista on March 30.
PGA Tour drops case against
deer-antler spray user Singh
The PGA Tour dropped its doping case against Vijay Singh, 50, based on new information from the World Anti-Doping Agency, which said using deer-antler spray is no longer prohibited because it contains such small amounts of a growth hormone factor.
“The bottom line is that given the change by WADA, we are dropping the case against Mr. Singh,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said.
WADA informed Tour officials it no longer considers the use of deer-antler spray to be prohibited except for a positive test result. Singh said in an interview with Sports Illustrated he paid $9,000 last November for deer-antler spray, hologram chips and other products from Sports With Alternatives To Steroids.
Even though Singh never tested positive for the banned substance, PGA Tour policy says admitting to use of such a substance is a violation, positive test or not.
• NASCAR had an ideal combination for the start of Tuesday’s tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: cool track, new tires, long straightaways and cars with grip.
Jeff Gordon‘s team said he went 214 mph.
While few expect the cars to go anywhere close to that speed at the July 28 Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup Series race, many were encouraged by the early performance of the new Gen-6 cars on one of America’s most historic and tricky tracks.
“Like so many other tracks, this car adapts well, it sticks really well to the track,” Gordon said.
• British driver Pippa Mann, 29, will compete in the May 26 Indianapolis 500 for Dale Coyne Racing, her first race since she was injured in the 2011 IndyCar season finale that killed Dan Wheldon.
As a rookie, Mann was one of 15 drivers involved in the fiery accident in Las Vegas that killed Wheldon, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner.
• An empty spot in the field for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville created a scramble, with Giant Finish — trained by Tony Dutrow — unexpectedly landing in the race.
The post-position draw is Wednesday, and the maximum field size for the Derby is 20.
• The doctor at the heart of cycling’s Operation Puerto doping scandal has been convicted, but key evidence that could implicate more athletes is set to be destroyed — preventing sport agencies from uncovering other cheaters.
Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes was found guilty of endangering public health and given a one-year suspended jail sentence.
Judge Julia Santamaria said more than 100 blood bags seized seven years ago when police raided Fuentes’ clinics in Madrid should be destroyed. That would rule out possible investigations by officials of WADA and Spain’s national anti-doping body, who have said they want to examine the bags to identify all athletes involved. Santamaria said Spain’s privacy laws prevented the availability of the blood bags.
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Thomas was sued in a Texas court for failing to pay a balance of nearly $68,000 for jewelry he purchased from a New York jeweler in December 2009 — 3 ½ months before the Blue Devils won their fourth national title. Thomas was a starting forward.
• A University of New Mexico official says ex-Lobos basketball coach Steve Alford is willing to pay a $200,000 buyout for leaving to take a job at UCLA but he reportedly won’t pay the $1 million payment New Mexico wants.
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