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SOC--FA CUP FINAL

LONDON -- Doused in champagne by Arsenal's victorious players, Arsene Wenger was soaked in success once again. The nine-year wait for a trophy finally ended and the manager, who had felt the pressure and faced derision over the drought, could finally celebrate on the Wembley Stadium pitch after winning a fifth FA Cup in his 18-year reign. By Rob Harris. SENT: 780 words, photos.

SOC--SPANISH ROUNDUP

BARCELONA, Spain -- Atletico Madrid dramatically secures its first Spanish league title in 18 years by rallying for a 1-1 draw at Barcelona. Atletico loses Diego Costa and Arda Turan to injury inside 22 minutes, and Barcelona seizes control. Atletico emerged from halftime more determined and equalized. Atletico needed to avoid defeat to secure the title, and it weathered Barcelona's pressure in a frantic finish to cap an improbable domestic success. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 670 words, photos.

SOC--BARCELONA-ERA'S END

BARCELONA, Spain -- There was no denying that something bigger than Barcelona's Spanish league title defense came to an end. Barcelona's 1-1 draw at home to new champion Atletico Madrid left it without a major title for the first time in six seasons, bringing a finish to the most successful era in the 115-year history of the Catalan club. It also marked the last game of embattled coach Gerard Martino, and most likely several of his players. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 620 words, photos.

With:

-- BARCELONA, Spain -- SOC--Barcelona-Martino. By Joseph Wilson .SENT: 390 words, photos.

FOOTBALL:

SOC--GERMAN CUP FINAL

BERLIN -- Arjen Robben and Thomas Mueller strike in extra time for Bayern Munich to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the German Cup final, giving their side the double in Pep Guardiola's first season in charge. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 480 words, photos.

SOC--ATLETICO MADRID-CHAMPION

MADRID -- Even Atletico Madrid cannot deny that Spain is now a league of three. After winning 1-0 at Real Madrid early in the season, with Diego Costa scoring the winner, Atletico coach Diego Simeone still called it "a league of two." No longer. By Paul Logothetis. SENT: 620 words, photos.

SOC--ATLETICO MADRID-SIMEONE

MADRID -- Atletico Madrid's transformation from perennial collapse artists into confident, game-hardened Spanish league champions comes down to coach Diego Simeone. Exquisitely clad in an all-black suit with his hair slicked back tight, Simeone's confidence stood strong during a season when Atletico ultimately surpassed Barcelona and Real Madrid as everyone waited for it to do the inevitable, and slip-up. By Paul Logothetis. SENT: 560 words, photos.

Also:

-- GLASGOW, Scotland -- SOC--Scottish Cup Final. SENT: 110 words.

-- AMSTERDAM -- SOC--Netherlands-Van Gaal. By Mike Corder. SENT: 270 words, photos.

-- AMSTERDAM -- SOC--Netherlands-Ecuador. By Mike Corder. SENT: 430 words, photos.

-- SOC--Italian Roundup. SENT: 230 words.

-- PARIS -- SOC--French Roundup. By Trung Latieule. SENT: 510 words, photos.

TENNIS:

TEN--ITALIAN OPEN

ROME -- Top-ranked Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic will renew their rivalry in the Italian Open final on Sunday. There will be an enticing women's championship too, with top-ranked Serena Williams to face Sara Errani, the tournament's first Italian finalist in nearly 30 years. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 690 words, photos.

GOLF:

GLF--BYRON NELSON CHAMPIONSHIP

IRVING, Texas -- Louis Oosthuizen birdied four of the last five holes for a 6-under 64 and a share of the third-round lead with Brendon Todd in the Byron Nelson Championship. Oosthuizen had the low round of the day after recovering from bogeys on two of the first four holes. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 590 words, photos.

GLF--KINGSMILL CHAMPIONSHIP

WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia -- Lizette Salas moved into position for her first LPGA Tour victory, playing 25 holes in 6-under par to take a three-stroke lead in the Kingsmill Championship. SENT. 393 words, photos.

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-- BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- GLF--Regions Tradition. By John Zenor. SENT: 330 words, photos.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

RAC--PREAKNESS

BALTIMORE -- California Chrome won the Preakness Stakes in dramatic fashion to keep alive his bid for U.S. horse racing's first Triple Crown since 1978. As a follow-up to his victory in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Art Sherman's horse justified his stature as the overwhelming favorite by outrunning Ride On Curlin to the finish. By Beth Harris. SENT: 419 words, photos.

RUGBY:

RGU--SUPER RUGBY ROUNDUP

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- The Sharks show fortitude that might carry them to their first Super Rugby title when, reduced to 14 for most of the match and to 13 in the second half, they beat the Crusaders 30-25 in a round in which the campaigns of their closest rivals suffered setbacks. By Steve McMorran. SENT: 750 words. With separates.

Other stories:

-- MONTECOPIOLO, Italy -- CYC--Giro. Ulissi wins tough 8th stage, Evans in lead. SENT: 470 words, photos.

-- LE MANS, France -- MOT--French GP. Marquez takes pole. SENT: 290 words, photo.

-- INDIANAPOLIS -- CAR--IndyCar-Indy 500 Qualifying. Carpenter grabs top seed in qualis. By Michael Marot. SENT: 110 words, photos.

-- MINSK, Belarus -- HKO--Worlds. Unbeaten Russia reach world ice hockey quarters. By Karel Janicek .SENT: 400 words, photos.

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Updated : 2021-05-16 12:05 GMT+08:00