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Bayern, Barcelona reach Champions League semifinals

Bayern Munich routs Porto 6-1 to reach Champions League semifinals, advancing with Barcelona
Nesha Starcevic, The Associated Press

MUNICH - Robert Lewandowski scored twice, and Bayern Munich overcame a two-goal deficit from the first leg to defeat Porto 6-1 Tuesday night and reached the Champions League semifinals for the fourth straight year.

Thiago Alcantara, Jerome Boateng, Thomas Mueller and Xabi Alonso also got goals for five-time champion Bayern, which advanced on 7-4 aggregate in the home-and-home, total-goals series.

Auschwitz guard goes on trial, says he shares moral guilt

Auschwitz guard tells court he shares moral guilt, witnessed how Jews were led to gas chambers
David Rising, The Associated Press

LUENEBURG, Germany - Former SS Sgt. Oskar Groening told a German court Tuesday that he helped keep watch as thousands of Jews were led from cattle cars directly to the gas chambers at the Auschwitz death camp where he served as a guard.

The 93-year-old, charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder, said as his trial opened that he witnessed individual atrocities, but did not acknowledge participating in any crimes.

Last racer finishes Boston Marathon - in 20 grueling hours

Venezuelan man who was last to finish Boston Marathon - in 20 grueling hours - gets his medal
Philip Marcelo, The Associated Press

BOSTON - A Venezuelan man with muscular dystrophy was honoured at City Hall on Tuesday after enduring about 20 hours of sometimes drenching rain, wind and cold to complete the Boston Marathon in the early morning hours.

Maickel Melamed finished at about 5 a.m., becoming the last athlete to complete the storied 26.2-mile race, which started Monday morning.

Last racer finishes Boston Marathon - in 20 grueling hours

Venezuelan man who was last to finish Boston Marathon - in 20 grueling hours - gets his medal
Philip Marcelo, The Associated Press

BOSTON - The last athlete to complete the Boston Marathon has received his race medal.

Maickel Melamed was bestowed his award by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh at City Hall on Tuesday, after completing the 26.2-mile course in about 20 hours.

The 39-year-old Venezuelan, who has a form of muscular dystrophy that severely impairs his mobility, crossed the finish line around 5 a.m.

LeBron James in social media shutdown mode during playoffs

No 'nonsense:' LeBron tunes out outside world during playoffs, no cellphone, social media
Tom Withers, The Associated Press

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - No phone. No Twitter. No Instagram.

LeBron James has once again gone into lockdown mode during the NBA playoffs.

For the fourth straight post-season, Cleveland's superstar is trying to shield himself from the outside world, saying he doesn't need any distractions while he and the Cavs chase a title.

IIHF says won't be easy to get NHL players to 2018 Olympics

IIHF president Fasel says talks on NHL players competing at 2018 Olympics will 'not be easy'
The Associated Press

SOCHI, Russia - International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel says it will "not be easy" to reach a deal for NHL players to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Fasel tells The Associated Press that the IIHF has started the process of consulting players and officials over a deal for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Fasel says "our goal is to bring the NHL to Korea," but he adds that it is a "long process" and "will not be easy."

Auschwitz guard goes on trial, says he shares moral guilt

Auschwitz guard tells court he shares moral guilt, but judges must rule if he committed crime
David Rising, The Associated Press

LUENEBURG, Germany - A former Auschwitz guard acknowledged Tuesday that he bears a share of the moral guilt for atrocities at the camp, but told judges at the opening of his trial that it is up to them to decide whether he deserves to be convicted as an accessory to murder.

Oskar Groening, 93, acknowledged having helped collect and tally money as part of his job dealing with the belongings stolen from people arriving at Auschwitz. That earned him the moniker "Accountant of Auschwitz."

Doerr, Guirgis among Pulitzer winners in arts

Anthony Doerr, Stephen Adly Guirgis among Pulitzer winners in arts
Hillel Italie, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Anthony Doerr's "All the Light We Cannot See," an emotional and intimate World War II novel that has been one of the top-selling literary works of the past year, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Pulitzer judges on Monday cited Doerr's "short, elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology." Doerr's book alternates between a blind French girl and young Nazi soldier, with radio a means of resistance and propaganda.

McLellan out after 7 years as coach of San Jose Sharks

Todd McLellan out after 7 years as coach of the San Jose Sharks
Josh Dubow, The Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. - After seven years of great regular-season success and playoff disappointments, coach Todd McLellan and the San Jose Sharks decided it was time for a change.

The Sharks announced Monday that they had agreed to part ways with the winningest coach in franchise history after the team missed the playoffs for the first time since 2003.

With the Sharks committed to a youth movement and McLellan having just one year on his contract, the two sides agreed it was time to make a change.

US writer who fled Austria to escape Holocaust dead at 90

US writer Frederic Morton, who fled Austria to the US to escape Holocaust, dead at 90
George Jahn, The Associated Press

VIENNA - U.S. writer Frederic Morton, who became internationally recognized in part through books on the Austrian homeland that he was forced to flee because of the Holocaust, has died, his Austrian publishers said Monday. He was 90.

The Deuticke publishing house said Morton died in his Vienna hotel room overnight on the eve of a public reading of some of his works in the Austrian capital. The Austria Press Agency said that event will now be turned into a memorial for the Vienna-born author.

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