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Bayern Munich rolls into Champions League final

It will be an all-German matchup May 25 after Barcelona is routed again, 3-0, without Lionel Messi.

May 02, 2013|From staff and wire reports
  • Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery celebrates after FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, background right, deflected a shot into the goal in the Champions League semifinal on Wednesday.
Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery celebrates after FC Barcelona defender… (Matthias Schrader / Associated…)

The Champions League final will feature two German teams for the first time after visiting Bayern Munich completed a surprising 7-0 rout of Barcelona.

Playing with a big cushion after a 4-0 win in the first leg at home last week, Bayern beat Barcelona, 3-0, in the second leg Wednesday night on goals by Arjen Robben in the 48th minute and Thomas Mueller in the 76th around Gerard Pique's own goal in the 72nd.

Bayern, which relaxed when it saw injured Lionel Messi wasn't in Barcelona's starting lineup, is in the final for the third time in four years and will play Borussia Dortmund at London's Wembley Stadium on May 25.

"I think it is a terrific performance, it is a little bit of history," Robben said. "If we perform like this, against a team who have dominated Europe for the past five years, who have so much quality, it is amazing."

This final will be only the fourth single-nation championship match in Europe. Real Madrid beat Valencia in 2000, AC Milan defeated Juventus in 2003 and Manchester United edged Chelsea in 2008.

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Trail Blazers' Lillard is rookie of the year

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is the unanimous choice as the NBA's rookie of the year.

Lillard, the sixth overall pick in last June's draft from Weber State, led all rookies with a 19-point scoring average. He also averaged 6.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds, playing in all 82 games this season.

Lillard broke Stephen Curry's rookie record for three-pointers in a season, finishing with 185. He is the fourth player in league history to win the award unanimously, joining Blake Griffin in 2011, David Robinson in 1990 and Ralph Sampson in 1984.

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Dwight Howard does not need surgery on his sore right shoulder, the Lakers said after Howard consulted a specialist. He sat out six games earlier this season because of a torn labrum in the shoulder.

Howard, 27, can become a free agent in less than two months after averaging 17.1 points and a league-high 12.4 rebounds in his only season with the Lakers.

—Mike Bresnahan

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A trip to the playoffs wasn't enough to save Jim Boylan's job with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks announced that Boylan won't be offered a new contract. Though Milwaukee made the playoffs for the first time in three years under Boylan, the decision was expected after the Bucks lost 12 of their last 16 games, then were then swept by the Miami Heat, losing all four games by double digits.

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Tiger Woods' two-stroke penalty for a violation at the Masters and the ruling by the event's committee not to disqualify the golfer are being reviewed by the sport's rulemaking bodies. A statement by the R&A and the U.S. Golf Assn. didn't include any reference to possible further action against Woods, whose illegal drop was called in on television by David Eger, a rules expert who has worked for the USGA and the PGA Tour.

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Vijay Singh withdrew from the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C., because of a sore back, one day after the PGA Tour said it would not punish the Fijian for his admission that he used deer antler spray.

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A three-member appeals board upheld NASCAR's sweeping penalties against Penske Racing for a failed inspection last month at Texas and team owner Roger Penske vowed to take the ruling to the series' highest level. The three-member National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel unanimously upheld all penalties levied against the organization, including defending champion Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, over confiscated parts in the rear suspensions of the drivers' Fords. NASCAR chief appellate officer John Middlebrook will hear Penske's final appeal Tuesday.

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The Kansas City Chiefs thinned out a crowded defensive backfield by trading Javier Arenas to Arizona for fullback Anthony Sherman, who didn't appear to fit with new Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians' offense. ... Cornerback Al Harris has chosen to formally retire from the NFL with the Green Bay Packers. Harris played seven seasons for the Packers after coming from Philadelphia in a trade in 2003.

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San Jose forward Steven Lenhart was suspended two games and fined an undisclosed sum by the Major League Soccer disciplinary committee for his violent play in last weekend's game against Chivas USA.

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Texas A&M's Kyle Field will become the largest stadium in the Southeastern Conference after university regents approved a $450-million redevelopment plan. The stadium's capacity will increase from 82,589 to 102,500 in the expansion, making it just larger than Tennessee's Neyland Stadium's 102,455.

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Pat Summitt will continue in her role as the Tennessee head coach emeritus next season. Summitt agreed to a one-year contract that will pay her $85,000, less than a quarter of the $354,375 she received for the same role last year.

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