Sports in brief: Inter Milan proves to be best in European soccer

Soccer

Inter Milan best in Europe

MADRID — Inter Milan is champion of Europe for the first time in 45 years and appears about to lose the coach who ended the long wait.

Diego Milito had a goal in each half to lead Inter over Bayern Munich 2-0 on Saturday, making Jose Mourinho just the third coach to win the Champions League title with two clubs.

Mourinho, who won with FC Porto in 2004, said he is likely to become coach of Real Madrid.

Milito scored in the 35th and 70th minutes at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to complete an Italian treble after Serie A and Italian Cup titles.

"This is a joy I've never experienced," Milito said. "Football always gives the chance for redemption. I always fought hard and tried to give my all and learn as much as I could, even though I'm 30."

World Cup: U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra had hernia surgery May 5 but has taken part in full training for next month's tournament in South Africa. … French midfielder Lassana Diarra will miss the tournament because of a stomach injury. Coach Raymond Domenech has not selected a replacement.

EPL: Blackpool rallied to beat Cardiff 3-2 in the League Championship playoff final in London, earning the last spot in the English Premier League next season.

NFL

Hall of Famer, former Bear dies

Hall of Famer Stan Jones, 78, a star for the Bears in the 1950s and '60s and an innovator of weight training in the NFL, died of complications of heart disease Friday in Broomfield, Colo., said his daughter, Sherrill Jones. He spent more than two decades coaching in the NFL, including 18 seasons with the Broncos. Mr. Jones was chosen to seven straight Pro Bowls from 1955 to 1961, and in 1960, he played offense and defense, one of the league's last 60-minute men.

Cycling

Landis patches up with LeMond

Floyd Landis, who last week confessed to doping, apologized to three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond on Friday for a sordid incident that took place at the hearing in which Landis tried to overturn the positive test result that cost him his 2006 Tour title, ESPN.com reported. LeMond declined to be interviewed but confirmed in an e-mail that Landis had called and he accepted the apology.

Et cetera

Boxing: Rafael Marquez (39-5) stopped Israel Vazquez (44-5) midway through the third round in a featherweight bout in Los Angeles, evening their epic rivalry at two fights apiece. … Former heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (26-1) earned a unanimous decision over Kali Meehan (35-4) in a WBA title eliminator in Rostock, Germany, making him the challenger for David Haye.

Tennis: Maria Sharapova won her 22nd career title after a two-month layoff with a right elbow injury, defeating Kristina Barrois 7-5, 6-1 in the Strasbourg International final in France. … Argentina claimed its fourth World Team Cup title with a 2-1 win over the United States in Duesseldorf, Germany. Twins Bob and Mike Bryan, who live in Wesley Chapel, won in doubles for the Americans' only point.

Times wires

Sports in brief: Inter Milan proves to be best in European soccer 05/22/10 [Last modified: Sunday, May 23, 2010 1:00am]

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