DORTMUND, Germany (AP) Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Goetze will miss Saturday's Champions League final against Bayern Munich after failing to recover from a hamstring injury, leaving the team without one of its best players.
Dortmund confirmed Wednesday that Goetze will not be fit in time to face his future club at Wembley Stadium in London. It would have been the 20-year-old Goetze's last game for Dortmund before his 37-million euro switch to Bayern next season.
"The final was my main aim and I fought hard for it in the last weeks," Goetze said on Dortmund's website.
VICENZA, Italy (AP) Giovanni Visconti won the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday to claim another solo victory, while Vincenzo Nibali maintained his grip on the overall lead.
Visconti, who also won Sunday's 15th stage with an impressive solo climb, attacked near the top of the Crosara to triumph in a time of 5 hours, 15 minutes, 34 seconds along the mainly flat 214 kilometers (133 miles) from Caravaggio to Vicenza. (MORE)
LONDON (AP) Andy Murray withdrew from the French Open on Tuesday because of a chronic back injury and will now focus on preparing for the start of the grass-court season next month.
The U.S. Open champion met with specialists this week after being forced to pull out of his second-match against Marcel Granollers of Spain at the Italian Open last Wednesday because of the long-standing complaint. (MORE)
STOKE, England (AP) Stoke says Tony Pulis has left as manager by mutual consent, ending his seven-year tenure at the Premier League club.
By guiding Stoke to a 13th-place finish this season, Pulis secured the team's status in England's top division for a fifth straight year but he came under increasing fire for failing to change its direct and physical style of play. (MORE)
NYON, Switzerland (AP) UEFA banned Rapid Bucharest on Wednesday from one European club competition after it missed a deadline to pay debts.
UEFA said the Romanian club is excluded from the next Champions League or Europa League it qualifies for within three seasons. Rapid, which was eliminated in the Europa League qualifying rounds last August, is currently ninth in its national league and unlikely to qualify for a UEFA entry next season. (MORE)
SYDNEY (AP) The Australians are getting the civil formalities out of the way early ahead of the Ashes, starting with Wednesday's very cordial morning tea in a jet aircraft hangar to formally farewell the team - several days before they leave for England.
Because the minute Michael Clarke and his lineup board the plane on the weekend, it'll be all business. The Australians go into the series as rank underdogs after a 4-0 series defeat in India and back-to-back Ashes series losses to England. (MORE)
MONACO (AP) The Monaco Grand Prix should be less about tire degradation and more about pole position, as Formula One returns for its showcase race on a street circuit that is notoriously difficult to overtake on.
That will be good news for Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, but less so for Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen. (MORE)
Golf's governing bodies approved a new rule Tuesday that outlaws the putting stroke used by four of the last six major champions, going against two major golf organizations that argued long putters are not hurting the game.
The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and U.S. Golf Association said Rule 14-1b would take effect in 2016. (MORE)