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Barcelona fans unveil a tribute to former player and manager Johan Cruyff, who died of lung cancer last week, before a match against Real Madrid.

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Barcelona fans unveil a tribute to former player and manager Johan Cruyff, who died of lung cancer last week, before a match against Real Madrid.

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real madrid ends barcelona's record streak

BARCELONA, Spain — Cristiano Ronaldo scored late for 10-man Real Madrid to snatch a 2-1 comeback win at Barcelona and revive its slim hopes for the Spanish league title Saturday.

Madrid ended Barcelona's Spanish-record unbeaten streak at 39 games across all competitions with what STATS said was its first come-from-behind win at Camp Nou since 1965.

In Zinedine Zidane's first Clasico as a manager, Madrid avenged a 4-0 home loss to Barcelona it endured under Rafa Benitez in November by dealing the Catalan club its first defeat since Oct. 3.

On a night Barcelona honored former player and manager Johan Cruyff, who died of lung cancer last week, with a moving tribute, it was Ronaldo and Madrid's star forwards that outperformed Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.

More soccer: On a day Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea swept to 4-0 victories in the English Premier League, Leicester was the biggest winner of them all. Leicester, the unlikely league leader, was idle but got a boost in its title challenge when second-place Tottenham tied Liverpool 1-1. Leicester will move seven points ahead with six games left by beating Southampton at home today. Arsenal beat Watford, Manchester City shut out Bournemouth and Chelsea topped Aston Villa.

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Azarenka completes rare double with Miami win

Victoria Azarenka captured her third Miami Open title and her first since 2011 with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Svetlana Kuznetsova in Key Biscayne.

Azarenka, the 13th seed, became the third woman to win the back-to-back tournaments at Indian Wells, Calif., and Key Biscayne in the same year, joining Steffi Graf (1994, 1996) and Kim Clijsters (2005). This is the first tournament Azarenka has won three times in her career.

"It's an honor to stand next to those amazing champions," Azarenka said.

Azarenka prevailed against 15th-seeded Kuznetsova despite serving ineffectively. She double-faulted six times and was broken three times, all in a sloppy first set for both players.

horses

Nyquist leads Triple Crown field with Florida Derby win

Nyquist and Mohaymen were nearly eye-to-eye as they turned for home in the $1 million Florida Derby, making it appear for a moment like an epic stretch duel awaited between the horses who have long been considered the favorites for Triple Crown season.

It wasn't even close.

In a flash, Nyquist was gone to a win at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, to a $1.6 million payday and almost certainly to the favorite's role for the Kentucky Derby in five weeks. Just as Mohaymen looked poised to start his challenge, Nyquist pulled away, leaving no doubt in the battle of colts who went in unbeaten and touted as the favorites for Triple Crown season who was better.

"We're high as a kite right now," trainer Doug O'Neill said. Nyquist is 7-0, six of those wins coming in graded stakes, four of them of the Grade 1 variety, including the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last year.

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nfl: 49ers quarterback Colin Kaeper­nick has met with Broncos general manager John Elway at least twice in the past three weeks, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Kaepernick is rehabilitating from three surgeries in Vail, Colo., which is less than a two-hour drive from the Broncos' headquarters in Denver. Thursday was the day the $11.9 million base salary of Kaepernick's 2016 contract effectively became guaranteed. However, the 49ers would not be on the hook for that sum if they traded him. The Broncos have been his most serious suitor.

gymnastics: Russia's best male gymnast could miss this summer's Olympics after he became the latest to test positive for the banned substance meldonium. Nikolai Kuksenkov withdrew from the national championships after being informed of the failed doping test Saturday, a day after winning the individual all-around title. Kuksenkov had not taken meldonium since August, Russian team coach Valentina Rodionenko told the Russian Ves Sport agency. Kuksenkov, 26, finished fourth in the 2012 Olympic all-around while competing for Ukraine. Meldonium, a heart-medication drug, was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list on Jan. 1. Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova is the most notable athlete to have tested positive for it since.

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Sports in brief 04/02/16 [Last modified: Saturday, April 2, 2016 10:06pm]
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