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CHELSEA, REAL MADRID ADVANCE TO SEMIS

SOCCER

Demba Ba's goal in the 87th minute clinched host Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday and sent the London club to the Champions League semifinals. Chelsea lost the first leg 3-1 loss but advanced on away goals. Joining Chelsea in the semifinals is Real Madrid, playing without Cristiano Ronaldo. Real Madrid lost 2-0 at Borussia Dortmund and hung on to advance through goal aggregate. In today's matches, Bayern Munich hosts Manchester United, and Barcelona takes on Atletico Madrid.

U.S. WOMEN:Abby Wambach dismissed any notion that players were behind the firing of coach Tom Sermanni. "Everybody out there who may think the players made this happen, none of it's true," the former Gator said. Sermanni was fired Sunday after an exhibition victory against China.

MLS: Falcons owner Arthur Blank is negotiating to bring an expansion franchise to Atlanta's new downtown stadium in 2017.

COLLEGES

Penn State lineman facing assault charge

Assault charges filed on Monday against Penn State OL Anthony Alosi stem from a January incident in which State College police say he kicked a man in the head. Alosi, a redshirt junior, is charged with simple assault and harassment, according to court paperwork.

WISCONSIN: Starting QB Joel Stave is out with a shoulder injury but is expected to be return for summer workouts.

VOLLEYBALL: Florida's Mackenzie Dagostino was selected to the U.S. Collegiate National Team program. The former Berkeley Prep standout will compete in the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships this summer.

college BASEBALL

Gators blank Seminoles to sweep season series

Florida defeated Florida State 8-0 in Tallahassee, sweeping the season series for the second time in three years. Former Dunedin standout Casey Turgeon broke open a scoreless game in the fifth with a three-run homer for the Gators (21-12). UF had not shut out FSU (26-6) since 1994. Former Alonso standout Casey Smit had two of FSU's four hits in front of an announced 6,514.

ET CETERA

TENNIS: The United States will host Slovakia in Davis Cup World Group playoffs on Sept. 12-14.

TRACK: Jamaican sprinter Sherone Simpson, an Olympic 4x100-relay gold and silver medalist, is banned from competition until Dec. 20 by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission after testing positive for a banned substance.

SWIMMING: Five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe will never swim again after contracting two potentially deadly infections while undergoing shoulder surgery, according to his agent James Erskine.

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