Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leads United to Champions League win as PSG falters

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer showed he’s still a specialist in delivering last-minute victories for Manchester United in the Champions League. Paris Saint-Germain, though, remains a specialist in failure on Europe’s biggest stage.

Marcus Rashford’s injury-time penalty sent manager Solskjaer’s revitalized side through to the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday, securing a 3-1 win at PSG to overturn a two-goal deficit from the first leg.

Solskjaer, who scored an injury-time winner in the final to cap a late comeback for United in 1999, oversaw more late drama 20 years later. It was the first time in Champions League history that a team lost the first leg at home by a two-goal margin and still advanced.

United has yet to confirm whether Solskjaer will get the job on a full-time basis, despite the former Norway striker having completely transformed the side after replacing Jose Mourinho. This win, though, will have strengthened his chances considerably — although Solskjaer isn’t taking anything for granted.

“It’s been a fantastic time with the players and the staff I’ve got,” Solskjaer said. “I’m going to enjoy my job as long as I’ve got it. … I’m going to smile.”

For PSG, there was reason only for despair. The big-spending French club once again fell apart in a favorable position, two years after also making history in the last 16 by throwing away a 4-0 lead against Barcelona and losing 6-1 in the return leg.

• In Wednesday’s other Champions League game, Alex Telles scored a penalty in extra time to send Porto into the quarterfinals with a 3-1 victory over Roma, flipping a one-goal deficit from the first leg.


Broncos release safety Stewart

Safety Darian Stewart is joining a crowded field of free-agent safeties following his release from the Denver Broncos, with whom he won a Super Bowl ring.

A starter in Denver since 2015, Stewart was a part of the “No Fly Zone” secondary that also featured safety T.J. Ward and cornerbacks Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib.

With Stewart’s departure, Harris is the only remaining member of that secondary that helped the Broncos win Super Bowl 50 three years ago.

Stewart, who turns 31 in August, was due nearly $5 million in both 2019 and 2020.

“Broncos country thank you all for the love you showed me and my family these past 4 years,” Stewart wrote on Instagram. “But it’s time for me to move on and I’m looking forward to the next chapter.”

• Cleveland released linebacker Jamie Collins with two years remaining on his contract. Collins did not live up to high expectations with New England or the Browns, who were in line to pay him $10.5 million this season and $12.5 million in 2020.

• Former Green Bay Packers All-Pro fullback John Kuhn announced his retirement after sitting out 2018. Kuhn played nine seasons with the Packers (2007-15) and won the Super Bowl in the 2010 season. He finished his career with two seasons in New Orleans.

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