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Friday, August 24, 2012 - Page updated at 10:00 p.m.
Barcelona beats Real Madrid
Host Barcelona rallied to beat Real Madrid 3-2 Thursday night in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, giving Tito Vilanova a victory in his first game as a coach against Jose Mourinho.
Cristiano Ronaldo put the defending La Liga champions ahead in the 55th minute with a header off a corner kick, only for Pedro Rodriguez to tie the score one minute later for the Copa del Rey winner.
Lionel Messi converted a penalty kick in the 70th minute after Sergio Ramos tripped Andres Iniesta, and Iniesta fed Xavi Hernandez for a 3-1 lead in the 78th, delighting a crowd of 91,728.
Beckham leads Galaxy
David Beckham sent in crosses that led to two first-half goals and then curled home a corner kick for a goal of his own to help the host Los Angeles Galaxy open CONCACAF Champions League play with a 5-2 victory over El Salvador's Isidro Metapan.
Rogers joins Stevenage
American winger Robbie Rogers was loaned from English second-tier club Leeds down a division to Stevenage until January.
California, Panama win
Hance Smith hit two homers, including a first-inning grand slam, to lead Petaluma, Calif., to an 11-1, five-inning victory over San Antonio and a berth in the U.S. championship game in the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. California will play Goodlettsville, Tenn., on Saturday.
Earlier, Panama beat Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, 2-1. Panama will face Japan in the international title game Saturday.
Sparks beat Silver Stars
Kristi Toliver matched career highs with 29 points and six three-pointers made, Alana Beard added 21 points and the host Los Angeles Sparks beat San Antonio 101-77 for their eighth straight victory to end the Silver Stars' 12-game winning streak. The Sparks are 18-6, the Silver Stars 16-6.
In another game, Cappie Pondexter scored 31 points to lead the New York Liberty to an 89-77 victory over host Phoenix, handing the Mercury its ninth straight loss.
Track and field
Bolt clocks 19.58 in 200
Usain Bolt, the Olympic champion and world-record holder over 100 and 200 meters, timed 19.58 seconds in the fastest 200 ever run at the speedy Lausanne track in Switzerland.
Twenty minutes earlier, Johan Blake, a two-time Olympic silver medalist, clocked 9.69 in the 100 to match Tyson Gay as the fastest man in history not named Usain Bolt.
Woman just misses record
A 5-foot-9 woman tournament fishing in Hawaii waters fought a 12-foot marlin more than four hours before getting it on her team's boat and weighing it at more than a half-ton — a would-be world record.
But Molly Palmer, 28, is missing out on the glory and thousands in tournament prize money for one pesky reason: Her team helped her pull the monstrous fish aboard.
Officials say Palmer's fish weighed 1,022.5 pounds, well over the record of 950 pounds for a woman using a 130-pound line.
• Germany's Jens Voigt won the rainy fourth stage of the USA Pro Challenge in Beaver Creek, Colo., while Tacoma native Tejay van Garderen regained his tiebreaker edge for the overall lead.
• Overall leader Joaquin Rodriguez extended his advantage over Christopher Froome and Alberto Contador by surging ahead on the closing climb to win the sixth stage of the Spanish Vuelta in Jaca.
• Cyclist Floyd Landis said he has reached an agreement with federal prosecutors over allegations that he fraudulently solicited donations for a defense fund he set up to fight doping charges. Landis told ESPN.com he will agree to repay all the donors within three years, and prosecutors will agree not to pursue charges. The fund exceeded $1 million.
• New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara had arthroscopic surgery to repair his left hip and is expected to miss the rest of the season.
• UFC 151 has been canceled after light heavyweight contender Dan Henderson was sidelined with a knee injury and champion Jon Jones declined a replacement fight with Chael Sonnen.
• The United States tied China 1-1in Group D at the women's under-20 soccer World Cup in Hiroshima, Japan.
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