CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Lionel Messi set up Ivan Rakitic’s goal in the 31st minute, and Barcelona defeated Manchester City 1-0 for a 3-1 aggregate win to reach the quarterfinals for a record eighth consecutive season.

In the other match, Carlos Tevez scored twice and set up a goal in Juventus’ 3-0 win at Borussia Dortmund that completed a 5-1 aggregate victory.


WNBA: The Los Angeles Sparks re-signed center Jantel Lavender.

She averaged career highs of 11.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists while starting a career-high 27 games last season. Lavender had four double-doubles.

COLLEGE: Tom Pecora, who led Fordham to a 44-106 record over five seasons, was fired.


BNP PARIBAS OPEN: Andy Murray defeated Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals at Indian Wells, California, earning his 496th career match victory.

Murray tied Tim Henman’s record as Britain’s most successful player in the Open era. Murray set up a quarterfinal against 12th-seeded Feliciano Lopez, who upset No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori, 6-4, 7-6 (2).

AMERICAN BANNED: The International Tennis Federation banned Wayne Odesnik of the United States for 15 years after a second doping violation.


BOSTON BID: Massachusetts could reap billions of dollars in economic activity if Boston is chosen to host the 2024 Olympics, the authors of a new report suggest, while adding there are still many questions that cloud the forecast.

The study, released by the Donohue Institute at the University of Massachusetts and the nonprofit Boston Foundation, analyzed preliminary budget plans drawn up by Boston 2024, the independent group organizing the city’s bid for Summer Games.


ARMSTRONG MEETING: Lance Armstrong talked last week with the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in hopes of potentially reducing his lifetime ban from the sports he loves, The Associated Press learned.

Armstrong and Travis Tygart met for six hours, according to a person with knowledge of the meeting who spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussion was meant to remain private.


CHAMPION SUSPENDED: The president of the Botswana Athletics Association said a former 400-meter world champion, Amantle Montsho, was banned for two years for doping after testing positive for the stimulant methylhexaneamine at last year’s Commonwealth Games.

Moses Bantsi said a disciplinary committee appointed by the BAA decided on the sanction.

– From news service reports