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PENSKE LOSES FIRST APPEAL OF HEFTY PENALTIES

AUTOs

CONCORD, N.C. - 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 Wednesday's ruling to the series' highest level.

The panel unanimously upheld all penalties levied against the organization over confiscated parts in the rear suspensions of defending champion Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano's Fords. NASCAR chief appellate officer John Middlebrook will hear Penske's final appeal Tuesday.

"Obviously a disappointing outcome with the panel," Penske said. "We have a good case, and we are allowed under the NASCAR rules in the rule book to appeal this to the next level."

Penske declined to discuss much of the case, but he has previously said the team was working in a gray area of the rule book. NASCAR docked both drivers 25 points, fined the two crew chiefs $100,000 each and suspended seven team members. Since NASCAR began keeping records in 1999, the panel has upheld 106 of 150 appeals.

More autos: Struggling to find sponsorship money, Panther DRR confirmed it will shut down for this season after the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, leaving Oriol Servia out of a ride.

Soccer

Munich completes All-German CL final

The Champions League final will feature two German teams for the first time after Bayern Munich completed surprising 7-0 rout of host Barcelona, which played without star Lionel Messi (hamstring).

Playing with a cushion after a 4-0 win in the first leg last week, Bayern beat Barcelona 3-0 in the second leg on goals by Arjen Robben, Thomas Mueller and Gerard Pique's own goal.

Bayern 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.

"I'm sure we'll celebrate with a few beers tonight," Bayern captain Philipp Lahm said. "I've always said we have special characters in our squad, and that we are capable of great things."

More soccer:Marco Di Vaio scored twice and host Montreal beat Toronto FC 6-0 to advance to the Canadian Championship final. Montreal rallied after losing the first leg 2-0 last week. Montreal awaits the Vancouver-Edmonton winner.

Tennis

Local earns French Open wild card

Alex Kuznetsov, a 26-year-old native of Ukraine who splits his residency between Tampa and Richboro, Pa., earned a wild card into the French Open main draw based on results on the U.S. Tennis Association Pro Circuit.

Kuznetsov, ranked 176th, had the best combined results at claycourt challenger tournaments in Sarasota, Tallahassee and Savannah, Ga.

Kuznetsov was the junior runnerup at Roland Garros in 2004. He has played in qualifying rounds there four times. The French Open starts May 26.

BMW Open: Ivan Dodig ousted second-seeded Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-2 in the second round in Munich.

Et cetera

Wrestling: The international federation said it will hold a congress May 18 in Moscow to discuss changes it hopes will help keep the sport in the Olympics. FILA says delegates will meet to talk about new competition rules and putting more women in leadership roles.

Times wires

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