Barcelona gains Champions League final

Barcelona advanced to the Champions League final by dominating Real Madrid in a 1-1 tie last night, winning the semifinal on 3-1 aggregate 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. Madrid coach Jose Mourinho apparently was absent. Following his ejection during Barcelona's 2-0 win at Madrid last Wednesday, he was said to be watching from the team hotel. Manchester United hosts Schalke Wednesday in the second leg of their semifinals. ManU won the first game, 2-0.


Goal-scoring technology eyed

FIFA has set a target date of July 2012 to approve goal-line technology systems that could be introduced before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The goal-line debate reignited last weekend when Chelsea's Frank Lampard scored against Tottenham on Saturday, with replays showing the ball had not completely crossed the line. Chelsea won, 2-1.


Suspect arrested for stalking Serena

Authorities have arrested a man for stalking tennis star Serena Williams after he tried to enter her gated subdivision in South Florida. Palm Beach Gardens Police said 40-year-old Patenema Ouedraogo tried to walk into the subdivision Monday night. Security guards asked Ouedraogo for his driver's license and found he had been named by Williams as a suspected stalker.


Pac-10 signs $3-billion television pact

The Pac-10 agreed to a 12-year television contract with Fox and ESPN worth about $3 billion, allowing the conference to quadruple its media rights fees and start its own network. The contract, which will begin with the 2012-13 season, will be worth about $250 million per year, guaranteeing each of the 12 schools in the conference about $21 million, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. -- AP

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