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Horses

Creator takes Arkansas Derby win

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Steve Asmussen wasn't completely sure what to expect from Arkansas Derby entrant Creator after a solid but not spectacular start to the 3-year-old's campaign.

The trainer couldn't have been happier Saturday with how the colt closed his second win of the year, emerging with a furious kick on the home stretch to win the $1 million race during the final weekend of Kentucky Derby prep races.

The win seemingly gives Asmussen two of the top contenders for next month's Kentucky Derby, with Gun Runner entering the day atop the race's qualifying standings and Creator earning 100 points, as well as $600,000. "We're very fortunate and we take it very seriously and will do our best possible with it," Asmussen said.

Ridden by Ricardo Santana, Creator paid $25.20, $8.60 and $5.

Bob Baffert-trained Collected won the $150,000 Lexington Stakes for 3-year-olds at Keeneland in Kentucky, beating One More Round by four lengths.

Tennis

Nadal closer to Masters record

Rafael Nadal beat Andy Murray 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 to make today's final on clay at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco. Nadal, seeking his ninth championship in this event and a 28th Masters title to tie Novak Djokovic's record, faces Gael Monfils today. Monfils beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 6-3 in an all-French semifinal, breaking Tsonga's serve six times in less than half the time Nadal spent in turning the tables on Murray. Monfils, who has lost 11 of 13 against Nadal, said of the final: "To beat him, I need to take many risks, and I need to have some luck."

Fed Cup: The two-time defending champion Czechs were tied with host Switzerland 1-1. Host France also was tied with the Netherlands in the semifinals.

Soccer

EPL's Aston Villa to be relegated

Aston Villa's 28-year stay in England's top level ended with a 1-0 loss at Manchester United, clinching relegation for the Birmingham club. Villa, owned by American businessman Randy Lerner, drops to the second flight at perhaps the worst time — next year, new TV contracts worth more than $12 billion over three years kick in. Also, Sergio Aguero's hat trick led visiting Manchester City past Chelsea 3-0.

MLS: Reigning MVP Sebastian Giovinco's goal in the first minute led visiting Toronto past DC United 1-0.

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Motorcycles: Defending series champ Ryan Dungey won the AMA Supercross race in St. Louis for his eighth 450SX win this season.

Swimming: Katie Ledecky took the 800-meter freestyle by nearly 15 seconds at the Arena Pro Swim meet in Mesa, Ariz., her third win in three days, and Michael Phelps (1:57.90) led all the way in the 200 individual medley. After struggling the first two days, five-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin scratched out of her final two scheduled events at her coach's direction.

Obituary: Nera White, one of the first two women enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame, died Wednesday in Gallatin, Tenn. She was 80.

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