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in Champions League semis
NYON—A Champions League semifi-
nal draw steeped in the competition’s
rich history paired Real Madrid and
Bayern Munich yesterday, and then
matched Liverpool with Roma.
Two-time defending champion
Madrid will first play Bayern in Mu-
nich on April 25 in a clash of pow-
erhouse clubs with a combined 17
“It’s clear who are favourites.
We’re up against the Champions
League winners,” Bayern chairman
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.
Madrid and Bayern have never met
in the final — despite a combined 25
appearances in the 63-year-old com-
petition’s title game — but this will be
their seventh semifinal meeting.
In contrast, Liverpool and Roma
played in the 1984 final, the only
other season in which the Italian club
advanced as far as the semifinals. Liv-
erpool won that match in the Italian
club’s Olympic Stadium home.
Anfield will stage the first leg on
April 24, when Liverpool forward
Mohamed Salah will reunite with the
Roma teammates he left last June in a
42 million euro ($50 million) transfer.
“Everybody knows how big Mo’s
impact on our season has been,” Liv-
erpool manager Juergen Klopp said
in comments published on the club’s
website. “Where would they (Roma)
be if Mo was still there?”
The pairing of American-owned
clubs pits a Liverpool team tied to the
Boston Red Sox against Roma presi-
dent James Pallotta, who has a stake
in the Boston Celtics.
Both return games will be played
the following week. The final is
scheduled for May 26 at the Olympic
Stadium in Kiev. The Ukrainian city’s
mayor, former world heavyweight
boxing champion Vitali Klitschko,
was at UEFA headquarters Friday for
Madrid, seeking a record-extend-
ing 13th European title, is in the semi-
finals for the eighth straight year. That
run has included three titles and four
losses at the semifinal stage, including
to Bayern in 2012 on penalties in Ma-
drid. Bayern, a five-time champion,
also eliminated Madrid in the semifi-
nals of 1976, 1987 and 2001.
Madrid beat a Bayern team
coached by Pep Guardiola home and
away in the 2014 semifinals, and also
won their 2000 semifinal matchup.
A Champions League final for Bay-
ern would be a fitting end to coach
Jupp Heynckes’ career with the Ger-
man champions, who announced
yesterday it had hired Niko Kovac
to take over next season. Heynckes
came out of retirement in October
after Bayern’s faltering start to the
season led to Carlo Ancelotti leaving
Bayern have not been to a Champi-
ons League final since 2013, beating a
Klopp-coached Borussia Dortmund
in what was also a last game for
Heynckes before his first retirement.
Heynckes also coached Madrid to the
title in 1998 — another trophy-win-
ning farewell before he was fired.
Liverpool won the first of its five
European titles in Rome in 1977, and
got its fourth seven years later by
beating Roma in a penalty shootout
after a 1-1 draw. This will be its first
Champions League semifinal match
since 2008, when it lost to Chelsea.
This season, Liverpool is the only
unbeaten team despite playing
the most games, 12, after coming
through the playoff round in August.
The competition’s top-scoring team
added five goals to its tally by beat-
ing favored Manchester City in the
quarterfinals. Roma also advanced
on the away-goals rule in the last 16
against Shakhtar Donetsk, first losing
the away leg then shutting out their
opponent in a home win. For the
third straight round, Roma starts on
Also yesterday, Arsenal was drawn
to face Atletico Madrid and Marseille
was chosen to play Salzburg in the
Europa League semifinals.
The first legs will be played on
April 26, with the return games on
May 3. The final will be played on May
16 in Lyon, France, and the champion
will get direct entry into next season’s
Champions League. (AP)
GOLD COAST—Two-time Olympic
champion Caster Semenya made it a
middle-distance double at the Common-
wealth Games, winning the 800 metres
on Friday to follow up on her earlier vic-
tory in the 1,500m.
Semenya, who won the 800m at
the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, finished
in 1 minute, 56.68 seconds, nearly 1.5
seconds faster than Margaret Nyairera
Wambui of Kenya, who took the silver in
1:58.07. Natoya Goule of Jamaica finished
third in 1:58.82.
Semenya said after her double she
may even consider expanding her race
repertoire to 10,000m.
“I feel I can fit into distance running,”
she said. “For me, this is more than a
Earlier Friday, the banning of two
Indian competitors for breaching the
‘no-needles’ policy at the athletes village
and the arrest of some protesters over-
shadowed the start of the day.
Commonwealth Games Federation
president Louise Martin said triple
jumper Rakesh Babu and race walker
Irfan Kolothum Thodi had been banned
from the games and ordered to return
home immediately. Needles had been
found in the room they shared at the
Babu had qualified for the triple jump
final and was due to compete today.
Thodi finished 13th in the 20-kilometre
race walk last Sunday.
Up to five protesters were arrested
and one man was in the hospital fol-
lowing a confrontation with police at
an open shopping mall at Broadbeach,
which is hosting numerous cultural ac-
tivities relating to the games.
A group of indigenous activists had
earlier been attempting to disrupt a live
broadcast of the Seven Network’s Sun-
rise program. In March, the program
aired a segment on the welfare of indig-
enous children that has angered Aborig-
inal leaders who described it as racist.
Activists have staged protests during the
games to highlight the issues of disad-
vantaged Aboriginal people.
In other news yesterday from around
India out of men’s
New Zealand beat India 3-2 to ad-
vance to the men’s field hockey final
against Australia, which defeated Eng-
land 2-1. India, which won silver medals
at the last two Commonwealth Games,
has won Olympic gold medals eight
times but is now the sixth-ranked team
in the world.
No. 1-ranked Australia has won the
gold medal five consecutive times since
field hockey was included at the Com-
monwealth Games in 1998.
Australia, England into
women’s bball final
Dallas Stars’ WNBA recruit Liz Cam-
bage scored 21 points despite playing
less than half the game to lead Australia
to a 109-50 win over New Zealand and
a gold medal final against England on
Saturday. Earlier, Rachael Vanderwal
scored 20 points to lead England to a
65-53 win over Canada.
Debut for women’s
Women’s rugby sevens made its Com-
monwealth Games debut, and players
from the top four teams at the Rio de
Janeiro Olympics in 2016 won their
opening matches. Olympic champion
Australia beat Wales 34-5, silver medalist
New Zealand overwhelmed Kenya 45-0
and bronze medalist Canada beat South
Africa 29-0. England, which formed
part of the Britain team which lost to
Canada for bronze at Rio, beat Fiji 17-5.
New Zealand, Canada and Australia
later won their second matches, with
Australia ending England’s unbeaten
run with a 29-12 victory.
Men’s rugby sevens has been played
at the Commonwealth Games since
Kuala Lumpur in 1998, but Gold Coast
marks the first time that the women’s
game has been included in the program.
The finals are Sunday.
Gold for Daley
Tom Daley and Daniel Goodfellow
won gold for England in the men’s 10-
meter platform synchro with 405.81
points. Another England pair, Matthew
Dixon and Noah Williams, took silver
with 399.99 points.
Earlier this week, Daley, a former
world champion in the platform and
bronze medalist at the 2012 Olympics,
withdrew from the individual platform
event because of a recurring hip injury.
In the final event of the night, the
three-meter synchro springboard, Eng-
land’s Jack Laugher won his third gold of
the games, combining with Chris Mears
for a dominating victory over divers
from Canada and Australia. (AP)
Women’s 800m gold medalist South
Africa’s Caster Semenya stands on the
podium at Carrara Stadium during
the Commonwealth Games on the
Gold Coast, Australia, yesterday.
Mayor of Kiev Vitali Klitschko, left, and Former Ukrainian footballer and
ambassador for the Champions League final in Kiev, Andriy Shevchenko,
right, during the hand over of the Champions league trophy after the
semifinal draw of the UEFA Champions League 2017/18, at the UEFA
Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, yesterday.
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