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Manchester City wins English Premier League title for 2nd time in 3 years

Manchester City beat West Ham 2-0 to win its second English Premier League title in the last three seasons.


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Soccer

Manchester City wraps up title

The songs and the chanting started well before the final whistle. After it blew, Manchester City fans set of blue flares and streamed onto the field by the thousands. And it would not be long before manager Manuel Pellegrini was tossed in the air by his jubilant players.

City won the English Premier League for the second time in three seasons Sunday with a 2-0 victory over West Ham. It is the fourth league title in the team’s 134-year history.

“It was my first season in the Premier League and I had to change a lot of things,” Pellegrini said. “It’s amazing we are here after just one year.”

Samir Nasri and captain Vincent Kompany scored for the champions, who finished two points ahead of Liverpool. Liverpool finished its season with a 2-1 victory over Newcastle.

Defending champion Manchester United finished seventh this season.

Chivas USA wins MLS match

Marvin Chavez scored twice and Chivas USA ended an eight-match Major League Soccer winless streak with a 3-1 victory over the host Colorado Rapids.

Chivas had gone 0-5-3 after beating the Chicago Fire in its season opener.

Meanwhile, Diego Valeri scored in the final minute of stoppage time to give the Portland Timbers a 1-1 draw with visiting Los Angeles..

Robbie Keane scored for the Galaxy two minutes into stoppage time.

In another MLS match, Javier Morales scored three goals as Real Salt Lake routed host Houston 5-2. Real Salt Lake hasn’t lost this season (5-0-5).

Auto racing

Hamilton takes 4th straight in F1

Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg sped away to their fourth straight one-two finish at the Spanish Grand Prix in a dominant performance that does not bode well for others in Formula One.

Hamilton posted his fourth consecutive victory and has 100 points, three ahead of second-place Rosberg, in the F1 standings.

“This is our fourth one-two, it’s just unreal,” Hamilton said after Rosberg helped douse him in champagne. “Getting my first win here after trying for eight years, it is difficult to put into words my feeling. I have never had a car like this.”

Hamilton beat Rosberg by 0.6 seconds.

Hinchcliffe’s status is uncertain

E.J. Viso replaced injured Canadian James Hinchcliffe in the opening practice for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 and it is unclear when Hinchcliffe will turn his first laps on the 2.5-mile oval.

Hinchcliffe was injured Saturday in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis when debris from Justin Wilson’s car flew into the cockpit, striking Hinchcliffe in the head. He was taken from the track on a stretcher and diagnosed with a concussion. Hinchcliffe is out of action until at least Tuesday.

Tennis

Nadal, Sharapova earn titles

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal of Spain finally won another clay-court title, although not in a manner that alleviated concerns about his recent form on his favorite surface.

Nadal won his fourth Madrid Open title after Kei Nishikori of Japan withdrew because of a hip injury when trailing 2-6, 6-4, 3-0 in the final.

Nadal, who is coming off two uncharacteristic quarterfinal losses on clay, said his mental strength still is lacking.

Earlier, Maria Sharapova of Russia recovered from a poor start to defeat Simona Halep of Romania 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 to take the women’s title.

ELSEWHERE

• British cyclist Mark Cavendish of the Omega Pharma - Quick-Step team won the first stage of the Tour of California in Sacramento. He covered 120 miles in 4 hours, 44 minutes, 7 seconds.

• German Marcel Kittel of the Giant-Shimano team sprinted to a second straight stage victory in a wet third leg of the Giro d’Italia in Northern Ireland and Ireland. Kittel covered 116.1 miles in 4 hours, 28 minutes, 43 seconds.

Australian Michael Matthews of the Orica-GreenEdge team retained the overall leader’s pink jersey. The Giro resumes Tuesday in Italy.

• Former Minnesota quarterback Philip Robert Nelson was jailed after an altercation in Mankato that sent former Minnesota State-Mankato linebacker Isaac Kolstad, 24, to a hospital in critical condition. Police reportedly are requesting felony charges of third-degree assault.

Nelson, 20, left the Gophers’ program in January to transfer to Rutgers.

• Top-seeded Stanford won the NCAA women’s water-polo title, beating second-seeded UCLA 9-5 in Los Angeles. Stanford (34-1) avenged its only loss of the season and won its third title in four years. UCLA (27-5) led 5-3 at the half.

Asia Taylor scored 18 points and the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx beat the Chicago Sky 76-69 to win the league’s first preseason tournament title in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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