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SYDNEY---The agent for five-time
Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe says
the 31-year-old will never swim again
after contracting two potentially-deadly
infections while undergoing shoulder
James Erskine said yesterday that
Thorpe was "quite sick" in the intensive
care ward of a Sydney hospital but
dismissed media reports the swimmer
might lose the use of his left arm.
Erskine said that Thorpe's condition
was "serious but not life-threatening.
He's contracted two forms of bugs in
hospital. He's undergone two or three
operations over the last two months so
... I mean bad luck. He's quite sick but
that's the situation."
Erskine said Thorpe contracted the
infections during a series of surgeries on
his shoulder at a clinic near his home in
the Swiss town of Ronco sopra Ascona.
"From a competitive point of view he
will not be swimming competitively
again I don't think," Erskine said. "The
shoulder operation was a major
operation, he's got as many plates as
Barry Sheene (the now deceased world
champion motorcycle rider)."
Ian Thorpe battling infection in Sydney hospital
LONDON---Chelsea overturned a two-goal
deficit against Paris Saint-Germain to
squeeze into the Champions League semi-
finals yesterday, with Demba Ba scoring
against his hometown club in a 2--0 victory
that sent his side through on away goals.
After losing 3--1 in the French capital last
week, Andre Schuerrle began Chelsea s come-
back in the second leg with a first-half strike.
However, it took substitute Ba to grab the
scruffy but crucial goal in the 87th minute to
secure the 3--3 aggregate result.
"I think everyone probably doubted that
we would do it," Chelsea captain John Terry
said. "But I think we showed great character,
great desire and will to fight no matter what."
Having been frustrated recently with the
performances of his strikers, one of them
delivered for Jose Mourinho when it mattered
The Chelsea manager was elated, flamboy-
antly sprinting from the bench to join his cel-
ebrating players, who collapsed in a heap on
"It s a good victory but so many semifinals
for me, so many semifinals for Chelsea," Mour-
inho said. "Nothing extraordinary."
It came a decade after Mourinho s mem-
orable dash down the Old Trafford touchline
in a game against Manchester United during
his Porto side s run to the Champions League
title. Now Mourinho, having failed to bring
the European Cup to Chelsea during his 2004-
07 stint in charge, remains on course to win
the competition in his first season back at
Joining Chelsea in draw on Friday is Real
Madrid, which lost 2--0 at Borussia Dortmund
but still went through 3--2 on aggregate. Today,
Bayern Munich hosts Manchester United, and
Barcelona takes on Atletico Madrid after both
first legs ended 1--1.
For PSG it s another season of heartbreak
in the quarterfinals---a victim of the away-
goals rule just as against Barcelona last year.
"That s what big games are about, it doesn t
come down to much," PSG midfielder Blaise
Matuidi said. "We were up against a big team.
We had the chance to score and we didn t, so
we paid the price for it. It s all down to the
"We re really disappointed tonight. We d
done the hard work in the first leg by getting
a two-goal lead."
Although PSG s wait to reach the Champions
League semifinals again will go into a 20th
year, the team is on the verge of wrapping up
its French title defence, holding a 13-point
But in this duel of billionaires from Russia
and Qatar, Roman Abramovich s investment
prevailed over the newcomers from the Gulf.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic injured, PSG was
without the striker who has contributed ten
of PSG s 25 goals in the competition this sea-
son. Edinson Cavani was relied on for goals
but fluffed his chances as Chelsea extended
its run without conceding at fortress Stamford
Bridge to nine games in all competitions.
In a lively start, a menacing cross from
Maxwell was sent to the feet of Cavani, but
Petr Cech saved at the striker s feet.
What seemed to be an early setback for
Chelsea proved fortuitous, with Schuerrle
replacing the injured Eden Hazard after just
18 minutes and scoring in the 32nd.
Branislav Ivanovic launched the ball in from
the right, and it was flicked on by David Luiz.
Left completely unmarked by Alex and Lucas
Moura, Schuerrle had the time and space to
calmly dispatch the ball into the net.
Until that point, goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu
had only had two serious saves to make, from
Frank Lampard s free kick and Luiz s long-
But, even though Chelsea s play was far
from incisive or flowing, now the hosts had
The crossbar thwarted them twice within
two minutes at the start of the second half:
first from Schuerrle s curling shot and then
from Ocsar s free kick.
Mourinho beefed up the strike force in the
66th, bringing Ba on to support the ineffective
Samuel Eto o up front.
PSG s progress could have been sealed in
the 78th when Yohan Cabaye launched the
ball forward to Cavani, who missed the target
with only Cech to beat.
With ten minutes left to keep Chelsea in
Europe, Mourinho brought on the third mem-
ber of his strike force, with out-of-favor Fer-
nando Torres replacing Oscar. Soon, the strikers
that Mourinho had criticised in recent weeks
An initial shot by Eto o ricocheted to Cesar
Azipilicueta. The defender s shot found its
way through the visiting defence, and Ba beat
Maxwell to the ball---sweeping it past Sirigu
with a left-footed shot from the top of the
"In the second half, Chelsea was a lot better
and we lacked a bit of fluidity," PSG manager
Laurent Blanc said. "But Chelsea believed until
the end and they were rewarded."
In Dortmund, playing without star striker
Cristiano Ronaldo due to a left-knee injury,
Madrid could afford to miss an early penalty
and still go through against last season s run-
ner-up thanks to its 3--0 home victory in the
first leg last week.
Marco Reus scored in the 24th and 37th
minutes, and Dortmund wasted several excel-
lent opportunities in the second half, including
a shot against the post.
Nine-time champion Madrid reached the
semifinals for the fourth consecutive season.
The Spanish side has lost in the semifinals
for the past three years---being eliminated last
season by Dortmund. (AP)
Chelsea snatches place in semis
...Real advances despite loss
Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho, second right, celebrates and issues instructions to his team players after Demba Ba scores the winning goal
during the Champions League second leg quarterfinal football match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge Stadium in
London, yesterday. Chelsea won 2--0 to overturn a two-goal deficit to progress to the semifinals 3--3 on aggregate. AP PHOTO
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