Compiled from wire reports


Spain advances ?to European final

•?Far from its best, Spain still advanced to another major final, beating Portugal 4-2 in a penalty shootout Wednesday after a scoreless draw at the European Championship in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Cesc Fabregas, who came on as a substitute in the second half of regulation time, scored the deciding penalty after Bruno Alves hit the crossbar for Portugal moments earlier.

“I played poorly, but the team worked really hard,” Fabregas said. “I had this intuition that we could advance if we went to penalties and that’s what we did.”

Spain, seeking its third consecutive major trophy after claiming titles at Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, will next face either Germany or Italy on Sunday in Kiev.

“Being in another final is a miracle,” Fabregas said. “It’s really incredible.”

Cristiano Ronaldo had several chances for Portugal, but he sent three shots well over the bar as his team held its own for the entire match.

•?Netherlands soccer coach Bert van Marwijk resigned after the team’s surprising group-stage loss in the European Championship. The Dutch federation said in a statement late Wednesday that the contract that linked Van Marwijk to the Oranje to 2016 was ended “with immediate effect.” The Dutch lost all three group games to Germany, Portugal and Denmark, after they entered the tournament with the clear ambition of lifting the cup.

Olympic trials

Franklin captures 100 backstroke

•?Missy Franklin pushed to the wall with a stunning finish to win the 100-meter backstroke at the U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha, Neb., and deny Natalie Coughlin a chance to defend her title in London. The 17-year-old Franklin signaled a changing of the guard in the event Coughlin won at the last two Olympics. She chased down Coughlin on the return lap to win with an American record of 58.85 seconds. Getting back at rival Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps stretched out to win a thrilling 200-meter freestyle in 1:45.70 seconds — five-hundredths of a second ahead of Lochte.


Bird steps down ?as Pacers president

•?Larry Bird, perhaps the most respected and beloved basketball figure in a state obsessed with the sport, will leave his job as the Indiana Pacers’ president of basketball operations at the end of August. He spent four years building the team into an Eastern Conference contender and was this season’s NBA executive of the year, but is instead moving on after saying just a month ago that he was willing to stay. Bird said health issues were among the reasons for his departure. He said he might need shoulder surgery and cited longstanding issues with his back.

•?The Milwaukee Bucks acquired veteran center Samuel Dalembert from the Houston Rockets in a trade the day before the NBA Draft. The Bucks got Dalembert, the 14th overall pick in today’s draft, a future second-round pick and cash considerations from Houston in exchange for forwards Jon Brockman and Jon Leuer, guard Shaun Livingston and the 12th pick. Dalembert has career averages of eight points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game.


Michigan hires ?baseball coach

•?Erik Bakich, 34, was hired as the new baseball coach at the University of Michigan. Bakich spent the last three seasons as the coach at Maryland. The Terrapins went 32-24 in 2012.

•?The Washington Capitals traded All-Star defenseman Dennis Wideman to the Calgary Flames for a fifth-round pick in the 2013 draft and defenseman Jordan Henry.

•?U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III selected Fred Couples and Mike Hulbert to be two of his assistant captains.

— From wire reports