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High school championship tournament rolls into Round Rock, and more

The state high school championship tournament is in Austin this Thursday-Saturday, April 12-14, at the Round Rock Independent School District Athletic Complex, 10211 W. Parmer (north of 620, just inside the Austin city limits). There are four games each day, 11am, 1, 4, and 6pm; semifinals are Thursday-Friday, and finals are Saturday. Local teams made the final four in both girls divisions: 4A Lake Travis plays Friendswood on Thursday at 11am; 5A Westlake faces unbeaten Deer Park on Friday, 11am.

The Houston Dynamo played valiantly in bowing out of the CONCACAF Champions Cup last Thursday night at Pachuca. They surrendered the 2-0 lead they'd earned in the first leg in the first 15 minutes – but then fought back to retake the lead twice, before succumbing to the Mexican champs in overtime; the Major League Soccer regular season then kicked off this past weekend.

It was a brilliant night for England on Tuesday, as both Manchester United and Chelsea won in dramatic fashion to put three English teams in the final four of the European Champions League. Man U crushed a pretty good Roma team by an astounding 7-1 score, while Chelsea got an injury time goal, on the road, to edge Valencia, 2-1. On Wednesday, Liverpool disposed of an already-wounded PSV Eindhoven, and AC Milan won 2-0 at Bayern Munich to round out the field. Semifinals (Liverpool-Chelsea; Man U-Milan) are April 24-25 and May 1-2.

FA Cup semifinals this weekend, April 14-15: Watford vs. Man U on Saturday, Blackburn vs. Chelsea on Sunday.

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