Weekend wrap: Schizophrenic synchronized diving, more Messi, Horner’s hat

What did you miss if you were focusing on The Masters?


– Portsmouth made it to the FA Cup final against Chelsea, which would qualify the already-relegated Premier League team for the Europa Cup … if they can win an appeal after failing to turn in their paperwork on time. (BBC)

– Remembering Ruben Mendoza, who played in the youth system of Mexican club Atlante but was a U.S. national teamer in the 1950s and a U.S. Open Cup champion with St. Louis club Kutis. (US Soccer Players)

– Hey, we thought MLS was the only league that played on while national team players were elsewhere. (AP)

– Real Madrid has been giving Barcelona a good chase this year, but Messi’s club now has the look of a team on one of those majestic runs at which others can only marvel. The Spanish showdown this weekend: Real Madrid 0, Barcelona 2. (ESPN video)

– Bayern Munich was a little less emphatic in stamping its authority over the race in Germany, eking out a 1-1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen (The Offside)


– This is not a leftover from last week — Fabian Cancellara broke away and left Tom Boonen behind to win the classic Paris-Roubaix race. Next up: Cancellara conquers America. (USA TODAY: Sal Ruibal’s blog)

Americans didn’t fare well in Paris-Roubaix, but check out the winner of the Tour of the Basque Country — it’s Chris Horner, who spent years dominating in the States before getting a consistent ride in Europe. (VeloNews)


Curling: Fourth place for Pete Fenson and the USA, first place for Canada at the World Championships. (Universal Sports videos)

Modern pentathlon: The BBC produced a 10-minute highlight/feature reel that’s a good introduction to the sport for those of you who didn’t spend a whole day covering the women’s event in Beijing. Top U.S. finishers, not appearing in this video, were Will Brady (19th) and Margaux Isaksen (24th). No word on whether Isaksen kissed her horse.  (BBC video)

Marathon: Ethiopia’s Tadesse Tola won the Paris Marathon in 2 hours, 6 minutes and 41 seconds. Let’s check the pace calculator here: That’s a 4:50 mile, repeated 26 1/4 times. (AP)

Triathlon: A couple of top-10s for U.S. athletes in Sydney (USOC),

Boxing: Evander Holyfield wins a world heavyweight title of some sort. So will you please retire for good this time? No? You want to fight a Klitschko? Please, no. (ESPN)

Diving: Diving ‘gainst myse-elf, oh oh, diving ‘gainst myse-elf! With a synchro selection giving coaches reflection, I’m diving ‘gainst myse-elf, oh oh … (USOC)

Tennis/cricket: Those of us in Duke-North Carolina marriages have nothing on this — Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik married over the weekend. Congratulations and best wishes for peace. (BBC)

We covered the UFC bout that mattered (we’re ignoring Anderson Silva’s sleepwalking defense of his middleweight belt), and we’ll have an MLS/WPS wrap later today.

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Beau Dure

The guy who wrote a bunch of soccer books and now runs a Gen X-themed podcast while substitute teaching and continuing to write freelance stuff.

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