Real Madrid prevails in Champions League final

Cristiano Ronaldo did it again for Real Madrid, stepping forward to score a penalty and inflicting another devastating loss in a final on rival Atletico Madrid.

For the second time in three years, the biggest game in club soccer ended with Ronaldo sealing victory. On Saturday, his decisive kick gave Real Madrid a 5-3 victory on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time.

Two years ago his penalty sealed a 4-1 extra-time win over Atletico.

“I knew I was going to score the winning penalty. I was confident,” said Ronaldo, who won his third Champions League title. “I asked (Coach Zinedine) Zidane to let me take the last penalty.”

U.S. MEN: Gyasi Zardes had his first two-goal international game, 17-year-old Christian Pulisic became the youngest American scorer in the modern era and the United States routed Bolivia 4-0 in an exhibition at Kansas City, Missouri, to sweep its three warmup matches for next month’s Copa America.

MLS: Lee Nguyen scored on a penalty kick and assisted on Femi Hollinger-Janzen’s go-ahead goal in the New England Revolution’s 2-1 victory against the Seattle Sounders at Foxborough, Massachusetts.

ENGLAND: Hull secured an immediate return to the Premier League by beating Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 in the Championship playoff final at London.


PGA: Jordan Spieth shot a 5-under 65, even while missing a lot of fairways and a few greens, to take the third-round lead in the Colonial at Fort Worth, Texas.

The second-ranked Spieth was alone in the lead at the Dean & Deluca Invitational after three birdies and a huge par save in a four-hole stretch in the middle of his round. At 12-under 198, he was one stroke ahead of Colonial member Ryan Palmer and Webb Simpson.

CHAMPIONS: Rocco Mediate shot an even-par 71 in tricky wind conditions in the Senior PGA Championship at Benton Harbor, Michigan, to take a two-stroke lead over two-time defending champion Colin Montgomerie into the final round.

LPGA: Ariya Jutanugarn made a 15-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th at Ann Arbor, Michigan, to take a one-stroke lead in the Volvik Championship.

EUROPEAN: Scott Hend of Australia eagled No. 18 for the second straight day to reclaim the lead at the end of a fluctuating third round of the BMW PGA Championship at Virginia Water, England, as Masters champion Danny Willett slipped down the leaderboard to a tie for fifth, three shots out.


TENNIS: The top-ranked men’s player, Novak Djokovic, said canceling the Olympics “is unthinkable” and, “for the moment,” he is still planning to compete at the Rio de Janiero Games despite worries about the Zika virus.

Djokovic added that people should not only be concerned about those who are going to Rio for the Olympics, but also the Brazilians themselves – “not talking about them too much.”


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