Manchester City captures English Premier League title | Soccer
Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero scored during injury time in a 3-2 victory that gave Manchester City its first English Premier League soccer title since 1968.
Epic rally by Manchester City
yields Premier League title
In the closing moments of perhaps the English Premier League's most dramatic season, Manchester City had enough time to supply a final, breathtaking twist.
With Manchester City's title hopes fading by the second, its anguished fans in disbelief in the stands, relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers held a one-goal lead after 90 minutes. City threw all its attacking might forward and produced one of English soccer's greatest comebacks.
Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero scored during injury time in a 3-2 victory that gave City its first league title since 1968.
City finished ahead of rival Manchester United on goal difference. Each team had a 28-5-5 record. City outscored opponents by 64 goals and United, which ended its season with a 1-0 victory at Sunderland, outscored opponents by 56.
"It's a crazy finish for a crazy season," City manager Roberto Mancini said.
Man U had won 12 of its 19 titles since City last won the English championship. City has since had to climb back into the top level of English soccer from the depths of the third tier in 1999. But it became a credible title challenger after a takeover by Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mansour, who has invested more than $1 billion into the team over three years hoping to build a powerhouse.
Red Bulls win MLS match
Kenny Cooper scored in the 78th minute to lift the New York Red Bulls past host Philadelphia 3-2 in a Major League Soccer match.
Joel Lindpere and Markus Holgersson also scored for the Red Bulls, who won their fourth in a row and moved into first place in the Eastern Conference with 22 points.
Lionard Pajoy scored two goals for the Union.
In another MLS match, Chivas USA and host San Jose played to a 1-1 draw. Jose Correa scored for Chivas USA in the fourth minute and Alan Gordon connected for the Earthquakes in the 88th minute.
Williams defeats Azarenka
American Serena Williams overwhelmed top-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-1, 6-3 to win the Madrid Open on clay in Spain.
Williams won the 41st title of her career and improved to 7-1 against Azarenka, who was so exasperated she smashed her racket to the ground during the second set.
Roger Federer of Switzerland won the men's title for the third time, rallying past Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 and overtaking Rafael Nadal of Spain for the No. 2 ranking in the world. Novak Djokovic of Serbia is No. 1.
Phelps is big media attraction
American Michael Phelps declined to reveal the events he is planning on swimming at this summer's London Games.
"Can I ask a question?" he said. "Why is it such a big deal what I'm swimming? You guys ask me every time."
Phelps, a winner of 14 gold medals, attracted more than 100 reporters for his only availability at the U.S. Olympic Committee media summit in Dallas.
Phelps won eight gold medals in eight events, including relays, at the 2008 Beijing Games.
"I know it won't be eight medals again," he said.
The Olympic trials for swimming begin June 25 in Omaha, Neb.
Meanwhile, USOC leaders didn't give a number when asked how many medals American athletes will win in London.
The closest they would come was USOC chairman Larry Probst saying he had "chastised" Sebastian Coe after the head of the London organizing committee said he thought China would overtake the Americans at the top of the medals table.
"Hopefully," Probst said at the media summit, "we can prove him wrong."
• British speedway motorcycle rider Lee Richardson died of severe injuries suffered in a crash during a race in Wroclaw, Poland. He was 33.
• Italian cyclist Domenico Pozzovivo of the Colnago-CSF Inox team won the eighth stage of the Giro d'Italia and Canadian Ryder Hesjedal of the Garmin-Barracuda team retained the overall lead.
Garmin-Barracuda's Tyler Farrar of Wenatchee crashed out of the Giro on Friday — suffering multiple lacerations to his hand and numerous abrasions, according to VeloNews.com, which reported preliminary X-rays showed no fractures.
Pozzovivo covered 142.3 miles from Sulmona to Lago Laceno in 6 hours, 6 minutes, 5 seconds.
• Liquigas-Cannondale cyclist Peter Sagan won the first stage of the Tour of California in Santa Rosa.
• Paul Dee, who was Miami's athletic director from 1993 through 2008 and continued working as a member of its faculty, died Saturday. He was 65.
"The entire University of Miami community is saddened by the loss of Paul Dee," said Donna Shalala, university president.
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