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Football: Bayern set up Cup final clash with Dortmund

Holders Bayern Munich will face Borussia Dortmund in next month's German Cup final after cruising to a 5-1 win over second-division Kaiserslautern in Wednesday's semi-final. Bayern reached their third consecutive domestic cup final by bouncing back from back-to-back Bundesliga defeats to see off Kaiserslautern, who had knocked out top-tier sides Bayer Leverkusen and Hertha Berlin en route to the semis. Goals by Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Thomas Mueller, Mario Mandzukic and Mario Goetze saw Bayern go through to the May 17 final at Berlin's Olympic Stadium.

Football: Villa owner Lerner backs 'loyal' Lambert

Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner on Wednesday gave his backing to manager Paul Lambert after two members of his backroom staff were suspended. "Our manager has been faced with some unexpected issues that could have very easily set the club back," Lerner told the club website. "In watching him handle matters, along with our chief executive (Paul Faulkner), I've seen total loyalty and commitment to Aston Villa."

Football: Kroos to stay at Bayern until 2015

Bayern Munich's Germany midfielder Toni Kroos will stay with the Bavarian giants until at least 2015, despite a reported huge offer from Manchester United, his agent said. According to British newspaper The Guardian, Premier League giants United are prepared to offer Kroos a contract worth £260,000 per week (315,000 euros, $437,000) for him to play at Old Trafford next season. That would give Kroos an annual salary of 16 million euros, around four times what he earns at Bayern, where he is under contract until June 2015.

Football: UEFA probes clubs' finances

UEFA on Wednesday investigated the accounts of top European clubs to see if they complied with financial fair play rules, but declined to comment on reports that Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain both faced punishment. A UEFA spokesman told AFP that "several clubs" had been spotlighted during a session of the European governing organisation's Club Financial Control Body. The control body was created to insure UEFA regulations barring clubs spending beyond their means were respected, in a bid to prevent them gaining an unfair advantage over their competitors.

Football: FC Seoul leapfrog Mariners in ACL group

FC Seoul leapfrogged Central Coast Mariners to the top of Group F through an own goal in stoppage time in their AFC Champions League match on Wednesday. Last season's ACL runners-up looked headed for a scoreless draw in Gosford until Mariners skipper John Hutchinson put Cha Du-Ri's cross past his goalkeeper Liam Reddy. It was a deserved win for the South Koreans, who dominated the second half after the home side had failed to convert their first-half chances.

Football: Malanda ruled out of Wolfsburg's Champions League push

Junior Malanda will miss VfL Wolfsburg's push for a Champions League place after a scan Wednesday revealed he suffered torn knee ligaments in their German Cup semi-final defeat at Borussia Dortmund. The 19-year-old defensive midfielder will miss the rest of the season after straining the cruciate ligament in his right knee and tearing the medial ligament in the 81st minute of Wolves' 2-0 defeat at Dortmund on Tuesday. The Belgium Under-21 international is expected to be out for six to eight weeks.

Football: No Brazil move for Anelka -- Mineiro

Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro said Tuesday they have scrapped plans to sign controversial French forward Nicolas Anelka. Director of football Eduardo Maluf indicated Mineiro had been unable to contact the former Arsenal, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea veteran and would not pursue their interest in the 35-year-old. "At no time did we manage to speak to the player," Brazilian media quoted Maluf as saying.

54 arrested in Brazil demo against World Cup

Brazilian police arrested 54 people at a demonstration late Tuesday against the World Cup in which two banks were vandalised, officials said. About 1,000 people marched along the key Avenida Paulista road in Sao Paulo where the World Cup opening game will be held on June 12. Demonstrators carried banners with slogans such as "There will be no Cup." They denounced the billions of dollars spent on preparations for the tournament, the world's biggest sporting event. Police said on Twitter the 54 people arrested had been "promoting disorder."

Football: Al-Ahly begin another CAF trophy hunt

Deposed African club football champions Al-Ahly from Egypt begin another CAF trophy-seeking campaign this weekend by hosting Moroccans Difaa El-Jadidi in the Confederation Cup. Ahly are among seven African title winners involved in the two-leg play-offs which pit Champions League second round losers against Confederation Cup second round winners. Congolese AC Leopards and Tunisians Etoile Sahel have lifted the second-tier Confederation Cup, which replaced the African Cup Winners and CAF Cup competitions 10 years ago.

Football: Golden boy Kewell leaves Aussies seeking new stars

The end of Harry Kewell's injury-blighted career has given another reminder of the contrast between Australia's "golden generation" and the more modest current squad as they head towards the World Cup. The gifted Kewell, 35, made an emotional farewell on Saturday in front of 10,000 fans at Melbourne Heart's final game of the season, ending a career which also took him to Leeds, Liverpool and Turkish side Galatasaray.
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