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Real Madrid advances to Copa del Rey final

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals to lead Real Madrid of Spain to its third Copa del Rey soccer final in the last four years.


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Soccer

Ronaldo scores 2 goals as Real Madrid reaches final

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals and Real Madrid of Spain advanced to its third Copa del Rey final in four seasons with a 2-0 victory over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, easing through 5-0 on aggregate.

Ronaldo, who was hit on the head by a cigarette lighter at halftime, converted two early kicks. He has 34 goals in 32 matches this season.

Madrid will face either Barcelona or Real Sociedad in the April 19 final, with Barcelona leading 2-0 going into the second leg at San Sebastian.

Chelsea settles for a draw

Chelsea’s push for the English Premier League title took a hit when it allowed a late goal in a 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion.

Chelsea jumped in front in the third minute of first-half stoppage time when Willian’s corner kick was flicked by David Luiz to Branislav Ivanovic, who scored with his right foot from close range.

But Victor Anichebe responded for West Brom in the 87th minute, heading in Saido Berahino’s cross.

Chelsea has 57 points in 26 matches. Arsenal has 55 points in 25 matches and Manchester City has 54 points in 25 matches.

NBA

James leads Heat past Suns

LeBron James rebounded from one of his worst games of the season to score 37 points and the Miami Heat beat the Phoenix Suns 103-97.

James, who had matched his season low with 13 points in Saturday’s loss at Utah, scored 25 points in the second half, 14 in the fourth quarter. He also had five steals.

Chris Bosh added 21 points for the Heat, which was without guard Dwyane Wade because of a migraine.

Gerald Green scored 21 of his 26 points in the second half for Phoenix.

The Suns lost to Miami for the eighth time in a row.

Thunder edges Portland

Kevin Durant contributed 36 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 98-95 victory over the Trail Blazers in Portland.

Nicolas Batum led the Blazers with 18 points.

Oklahoma City shot 48.2 percent from the field and limited Portland to 37.6 percent.

The Western Conference-leading Thunder (42-12) has won 14 of its last 16.

Golf

Watson watches prospects

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson was at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, even though he is playing this week on the other side of the country in a Champions Tour event. It is typical for captains to make appearances on the PGA Tour throughout the year to meet with media and keep an eye on potential players.

At 64, Watson is the oldest U.S. Ryder Cup captain in history. Some might be concerned he is out of touch with today’s best players.

Ten of the top 15 players in the U.S. standings have not played in a Ryder Cup. That includes 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, who was born two months before Watson was captain of the last American team to win in Europe.

“It was good to sit down at breakfast and see some of the old faces, like Davis Love and David Toms, but see some of the young faces, as well,” Watson said. “Had the opportunity to go down to the practice range and watch some of these guys try to hit it over that fence, which they have raised 30 feet up there.”

There are about six months to go before nine players earn a spot on the team, and three weeks after that before Watson has to announce his three captain’s picks. The Ryder Cup starts Sept. 26 at Gleneagles in Scotland.

Watson said Raymond Floyd, 71, will be one of his assistants; he previously has said Andy North, 63, would be an assistant.

ELSEWHERE

Mauricio Sulaiman, 44, has been elected president of the World Boxing Council. He replaces his father, Jose Sulaiman, who died last month at 82.

Victoria Azarenka, ranked No. 2 in the world behind Serena Williams, was drafted by the Philadelphia Freedoms for the World TeamTennis season that starts in July.

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