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Soccer: Chelsea seals English Premier League title

Soccer

Chelsea seals Premier league title

LONDON — Didier Drogba's hat trick Sunday helped host Chelsea beat Wigan 8-0 and clinch the English Premier League championship.

It's Chelsea's third title in six years (2005 and 2006) and prevented Manchester United from becoming the first team to win four consecutive titles. Man U, led by Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer, beat Stoke 4-0 at home but needed Chelsea to lose to take the title.

"It has been a hard three years not winning the Premiership," Chelsea captain John Terry said. "It's been hurting inside of me for three years, seeing Man United lifting (the trophy) season after season."

World Cup: Striker Wayne Rooney, expected to be a big scorer for England in the event that starts next month, aggravated a groin injury during Man U's win. But coach Alex Ferguson said, "I don't think it is serious. He should be okay for England."

MLS: A day after losing 4-0 at home to Los Angeles, Seattle offered a refund to its fans. All season-ticket holders would receive a game credit for next year if they renew. Seattle has about 32,000 season-ticket holders.

Tennis

Henin, Sharapova fall in Madrid's first round

Two former world No. 1 players, Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova, lost in the first round of the Madrid Masters. Aravane Rezai beat Henin 4-6, 7-5, 6-0. Henin said she has not recovered after becoming ill last week. Lucie Safarova won the match's last six games to beat Sharapova 6-4, 6-3. Venus Williams beat qualifier Stefanie Voegele 6-4, 6-2 and faces Vera Zvonareva, who beat American teen Melanie Oudin 6-3, 6-4.

Serbia Open: Down 5-3 in the second set, Sam Querrey survived a match point then beat John Isner 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 in the final in Belgrade. It was the first all-American clay final in Europe since Jim Courier beat Andre Agassi in the 1991 French final.

Estoril Open: A day after beating world No. 1 Roger Federer, Albert Montanes beat Frederico Gil 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5 in the final in Oeiras, Portugal.

Et Cetera

College baseball: FIU's Garrett Wittels got an infield single in the eighth at Arkansas State to extend his hitting streak to 42 games. The infielder's streak ties the fourth longest in Division I history. Austin Peay's Chuck Abbott went 42 in 1996. The longer ones: Oklahoma State's Robin Ventura (58 in 1987), Wichita State's Phil Stephenson (47 in 1981) and Arizona State's Roger Schmuck (45 in 1971).

College basketball: Virginia Tech G Malcolm Delaney said he withdrew from the NBA draft Saturday, the last day for underclassmen to do so.

Boxing: Kermit Cintron was okay — even saying he wanted to keep fighting — after being taken from the ring on a stretcher when he fell through the ropes and landed on a ringside table in the fourth round against Paul Williams late Saturday in Carson, Calif. Williams was awarded the 154-pound bout because he led on two of the three scorecards.

Times wires

Fast facts

135th Preakness Stakes

What: Second Triple Crown race

When/where: 6:05 p.m. (approximate post) Saturday; Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore

TV: Ch. 8

Grade: I

Field: 14

Distance/surface: 13/16 miles; dirt

Purse: $1 million

Draw: Wednesday

Soccer: Chelsea seals English Premier League title 05/09/10 [Last modified: Sunday, May 9, 2010 11:10pm]
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