Barcelona bests Real Madrid,
reaches Champions League final
Barcelona advanced to the Champions League final by dominating Real Madrid in a 1-1 tie Tuesday in Barcelona, Spain, winning the two-game semifinal on a 3-1 aggregate score as Pedro Rodriguez scored off a perfect through pass from Andres Iniesta in the 54th minute.
In the fourth match between the rivals in 18 days, Rodriguez gave Barcelona a three-goal lead in the home-and-home, total-goals series.
Marcelo scored for Real Madrid in the 64th minute off a pass from Angel Di Maria, whose initial shot bounced back off the post. Marcelo’s was the only shot on goal by the visitors in the entire match.
Also: FIFA set a target date of July 2012 to approve goal-line technology systems that could be introduced before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Soccer’s world governing body said candidates must pass a further two rounds of tests conducted at a stadium of their choice.
French soccer authorities have begun an inquiry into claims that national coach Laurent Blanc and other coaches secretly agreed on a quota restricting the number of black and Arab players in training programs.
The investigative website Mediapart said last week that the aim was to limit to 30 percent the number of players of African and North African descent in training academies once they reached the age of 13. Blanc insists such a move was never discussed.
French soccer federation technical director Francois Blaquart was suspended pending the inquiry, which included a transcript of a conversation involving Blanc, Blaquart, under-21 coach Erick Mombaerts and under-20 coach Francis Smerecki in November.
Chinese driver will get chance
to qualify for Indianapolis 500
The Indianapolis 500 could have its first Chinese starter in the field for the race this month, perhaps a precursor to IndyCar heading for a track in the world’s most populous country.
IndyCar team owners Sam Schmidt and Jay Penske hired Ho-Pin Tung and gave him a shot to qualify for the world-famous race.
“Our goal is to have a very smooth (qualifying) week without any incidents, and it would be huge if he can qualify in the top 25,” Schmidt said. “If we can keep him in the race all day, we think he’ll be a top 15 or 16 guy.”
Forty-three driver-car combinations are already expected to vie for 33 starting spots in the May 29 race, and more drivers are likely to be added in the next 2½ weeks.
Also: Martin Truex Jr. fired his pit crew after a botched final stop at Richmond, and Michael Waltrip Racing responded with four personnel changes for the driver.
Truex doesn’t have any actual authority to fire his crew, but he did so over his team radio Saturday night when a bad stop cost him a decent finish.
Truex will have new tire carriers and tire changers for the front and the rear of the No. 56 Toyota.
Formula One’s owners have been approached by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. about a potential joint takeover bid with the investors behind Ferrari, the sport’s oldest team.
Private equity firm CVC Capital Partners, which has owned the rights to F1 since 2006, said it has received a “friendly” approach from News Corp.
UNLV women’s tennis nets
spot in NCAA Championships
The UNLV women’s tennis team, ranked 39th, got a bid to the NCAA Championships. The Rebels, who won the Mountain West Conference’s regular-season title, will travel to Los Angeles for one of 16 four-team regionals.
UNLV will face No. 29 San Diego on May 14, with the winner meeting the winner of the match between No. 6 UCLA and Quinnipiac. The champions of each regional advance to the round of 16 at Stanford, Calif.
Also: A man was charged with stalking tennis star Serena Williams after police said they caught him trying to walk into her gated subdivision in South Florida.
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., police said 40-year-old Patenema Ouedraogo told officers he was going to Williams’ home Monday night “because he loves her” and “he knows the feelings are reciprocal.”
An attorney for Williams said he had recently obtained a restraining order after Ouedraogo tried to contact the player three times.
Subdivision security guards stopped Ouedraogo as he walked in a few minutes after Williams’ sister, Venus, returned home, police said. The guards had been told to call police immediately if they saw someone matching Ouedraogo’s description.
Ouedraogo is being held on $25,000 bond.
Alex Pietrangelo scored at 4:14 of overtime to give Canada a 4-3 win over Switzerland in Kosice, Slovakia, to complete the group stage of the hockey world championship with a 3-0 record.