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FOOTBALL

Two athletes who played for the University of Maine football team last season were selected in the top 10 of the Canadian Football League draft.

Liam Dobson, a 6-foot-3, 340 pound offensive lineman who announced he would transfer to Texas State in December, was selected third by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Deshawn Stevens, a linebacker twice led the Black Bears in tackles and announced last month he is entering the transfer portal as a grad student, was selected sixth by the Ottawa Redblacks.

SOCCER

Riyad Mahrez scored twice to complete Manchester City’s journey to a first Champions League final with a 2-0 victory eliminating Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 on aggregate on Tuesday at Manchester, England.

After beginning City’s fightback in Paris last week, Mahrez took only 11 minutes to score in the semifinal second leg when he put the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Keylor Navas on a field covered in the remnants of a spring hailstorm.

The Paris-born forward completed a counterattack in the 63rd that began with a surging run with Phil Foden and combination with Kevin De Bruyne.

PSG lost its cool and composure, finishing the game with 10 men just like in the first leg after Angel Di Maria was sent off with 20 minutes to go for kicking at Fernandinho.

Chelsea and Real Madrid play their second leg on Wednesday after drawing the first leg 1-1.

The championship is May 29.

ITALIAN LEAGUE: Jose Mourinho was hired to coach Italian club Roma starting next season.

The move came a few hours after the club’s American owners announced that current coach Paulo Fonseca will depart at the end of this season. Mourinho’s contract is for three seasons.

Mourinho previously coached in Serie A at Inter Milan, leading the Nerazzurri to a treble of titles in 2010 that included the Champions League.

Mourinho has also coached Porto, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Tottenham, from which he was fired last month.

TENNIS

MADRID OPEN: Looking fresh again after taking a few weeks off, U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem cruised into the third round with a comfortable 6-1, 6-3 win over American Marcos Giron.

Thiem, the third seed in Madrid, hasn’t won a tournament since breaking through with his first grand slam title at the U.S. Open in September.

Thiem’s next opponent will be Australian Alex De Minaur, who advanced after Lloyd Harris had to retire from their match.

In the Round of 16 of the women’s draw, third-seeded Simona Halep, a two-time Madrid champion, was upset by 13th-seeded Elise Mertens, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 in a match lasting more than 2 1/2 hours at the center court.

Two Americans lost – Aryna Sabalenka defeated Jessica Pegula 6-1, 6-2 and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Jennifer Brady 7-5, 6-7 (8), 6-3.

GOLF

PGA: Brendon Todd has withdrawn from the Wells Fargo Championship after testing positive for the coronavirus.

This is the third straight PGA Tour event that has yielded a positive result in pretournament testing.

Four players, including Tyrrell Hatton of England, tested positive last week at the Valspar Championship. Seamus Powers of Ireland tested positive a week earlier in New Orleans.

Todd was replaced in the field in Charlotte, North Carolina, by J.J. Spaun.

KORN FERRY: Players trying to reach the PGA Tour soon will be competing for more money to help them along the way.

The Korn Ferry Four, the circuit right below the PGA Tour, informed players that prize money will be a minimum of $1 million for tournaments starting in 2023. Minimum purses now are at $600,000, with $108,000 going to the winner. First place would be worth at least $180,000 starting in 2023.

COLLEGES

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Oklahoma State said it has signed former Texas Tech forward Tyreek Smith.

After a medical redshirt season at Texas Tech in 2019-20, Smith shot a team-high 60.9% from the floor this past season and ranked second with 21 blocks. He averaged 2.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game and was a 2021 Academic All-Big 12 Conference selection.

Smith joins Syracuse transfer Woody Newton as newcomers. Newton averaged 3.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per game as a freshman for the Orange. The 6-foot-8 guard/forward shot 46.4% from the field and 38.9% from 3-point range.

• Franz Wagner, a Michigan sophomore, announced he is entering the NBA draft.

Wagner averaged 12 points, six-plus rebounds and two assists over two seasons. The 6-foot-9, 220-pound Wagner was a second-team All-Big Ten player. The German native helped Michigan win a Big Ten title and reach a regional final in the NCAA Tournament.

His brother, Moritz, plays for the Orlando Magic and is also a former Wolverine.

AUTO RACING

INDY 500: Stefan Wilson will return to the Indianapolis 500 with Andretti Autosport and complete the team’s six-car lineup for this year’s race.

Wilson will drive the No. 25 Honda with sponsorship from LOHLA SPORT, a women’s golf lifestyle brand. He will be attempting to qualify for his third Indy 500 and first since 2018, when fuel strategy put him in the lead with four laps remaining while driving for Andretti.

Wilson had to pit for gas when the late yellow flag he had hoped for never materialized and he finished 15th in his last IndyCar race.

Wilson is the 34th announced entry. Owner Roger Penske told The Associated Press he expects 36 cars when he opens Indianapolis Motor Speedway for race preparations.

Only 33 cars will qualify for the May 30 race.

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