Arsenal comes up short despite 2-0 victory

March 13, 2013

Bayern Munich barely staved off an improbable comeback Wednesday, eliminating Arsenal from the Champions League despite a 2-0 loss at home.

The defeat by the Gunners left England without a team in the quarterfinals for the first time in 17 years.

Olivier Giroud gave Arsenal an early lead in the third minute and Laurent Koscielny added the second in the 86th. But Arsenal remained one goal short of erasing its 3-1 deficit from the first leg.

With the series level 3-3 on aggregate, Bayern advanced to the quarterfinals with more away goals.

Bayern is a four-time winner of the competition and was runner-up twice in the last three seasons. . . .

Malaga became the third Spanish team to reach this year’s Champions League quarterfinals by beating undermanned Porto, 2-0, to overturn a first-leg deficit.

Porto won, 1-0, in the first meeting, but Malaga’s 20-year-old forward Francisco Alarcon tied the series in the 43rd minute. Alarcon scored with a high, curling shot that beat goalkeeper Helton and went into the far top corner. . . .

The United States won the prestigious Algarve Cup for the ninth time, beating Germany, 2-0, in the final in Faro, Portugal, thanks to two goals from Alex Morgan.

Morgan scored both goals in the first half as the American women won their first significant tournament under new Coach Tom Sermanni, who took over in late 2012.

Backup goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart protected the lead with some strong saves in the second half.

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Lindsey Vonn had the weather on her side this time when it came down to deciding a World Cup title.

Fog canceled racing to give the injured Vonn a record sixth straight World Cup downhill title without having to show up on the mountain.

The title comes five weeks after a crash and season-ending knee injury for the American.

The cancellation allowed Vonn to retain her title — just one point ahead of overall champion Tina Maze of Slovenia.

“Omg I won the World Cup Downhill title!!!!! 6 in a row with a bum knee!” Vonn wrote on her Facebook page. . . .

Aksel Lund Svindal won his first season-long World Cup downhill title, then all but conceded the bigger prize of the all-disciplines title.

Fog forced the cancellation of the final race of the season, allowing the tall Norwegian to maintain his 58-point lead over 2012 downhill champion Klaus Kroell of Austria.

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Natalie Gulbis has withdrawn from the LPGA Tour’s Founders Cup because of malaria contracted during the tour’s Asian swing.

The LPGA Tour and the International Management Group said Gulbis is being treated at her home in Las Vegas and is expected to be at full strength in three weeks.

Two weeks ago in Singapore, Gulbis pulled out of the HSBC Women’s Champions before the second round because the illness that was later confirmed to be malaria. She opened the season with a 63rd-place finish in the LPGA Thailand. . . .

Michael Cooper quit as Southern California’s women’s basketball coach after his first losing season in four years.

Athletic Director Pat Haden said a national search will be conducted for Cooper’s replacement. Haden also is seeking a men’s basketball coach to replace Kevin O’Neill, who was fired in mid-January.

The women’s team went 11-20 this season and finished seventh in the Pacific-12 Conference. Cooper was 72-57 overall at USC.

“USC women’s basketball has a storied heritage, with national championship teams and some of the best players in the history of the sport,” Haden said. . . .

Maria Kirilenko outlasted No. 5 seed Petra Kvitova, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, in searing heat to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open for the first time.

Playing in temperatures that topped an unseasonable 90 degrees in Indian Wells, Calif., Kirilenko is 6-0 in three-set matches this year. Seeded 13th, the Russian is playing her first tournament since mid-February when she retired with a right shoulder injury in the first round in Qatar.

— From news services

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