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sevilla tops liverpool for europa title

BASEL, Switzerland — Sevilla stunned Liverpool with a 3-1 comeback win to take a record third straight Europa League title Wednesday.

Swept aside in the game's first half yet trailing only 1-0, the Spanish club equalized 18 seconds into the second half with Kevin Gameiro's goal from close range and Coke striking twice, in the 64th and 70th minutes.

The third goal was furiously disputed by Liverpool after an assistant signaled an apparent offside against Coke, then lowered his flag.

"Their first goal was a big influence on our game," Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said. "We lost faith in our style of play, we lost our formation, (we were) not compact any more, but we've had this problem before."

Liverpool had led on Daniel Sturridge's beautifully curled shot with the outside of his left foot in the 35th minute.

The defeat leaves Liverpool with no appearances in European competitions next season and dealt Klopp a fifth straight loss in a cup final.

Victory in Europe's second-tier competition for the fifth time in 11 seasons lifts Sevilla into the Champions League group stage next season. It also ensures Spain will sweep Europe's club competitions for a third straight year, ahead of the Atletico Madrid-Real Madrid final of the Champions League on May 28.

England: Chelsea captain John Terry will stay with the club for another season. The 35-year-old defender was out of contract and said in January he would not extend his stay. But ahead of Sunday's final match of the season against Leicester, Chelsea said it would give Terry a deal for another year. "Everyone knows I'm Chelsea through and through," Terry said.

Russia: FC Rostov said all its players tested clean after a surprise doping swoop conducted last week by the sport's governing body, FIFA, after a 3-1 league win over Dynamo Moscow. The testing followed reports in Russian media that Rostov had been trying to buy the banned substance meldonium.

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Autos: NASCAR fined the crew chief for driver Kasey Kahne as a part of a slew of penalties levied against the Hendrick Motorsports team for failing postrace inspection at Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. Keith Rodden was fined $25,000, Kahne was docked 15 points in the standings, and the No. 5 team lost 15 points in the owners standings. The No. 5 Chevrolet did not meet specifications on NASCAR's laser platform after the race, in which Kahne finished fourth.

Boxing: Canelo Alvarez vacated his WBC middleweight title rather than be pressured into fighting Gennady Golovkin. The two champions had until Tuesday to negotiate the fight. "I will fight GGG, and I will beat GGG, but I will not be forced into the ring," Alvarez said in a statement. His decision means Golovkin will have the interim tag removed from his WBC title.

NFL: The Cowboys signed running back Ezekiel Elliott, the fourth overall pick in this year's draft, to a four-year, $24.9 million deal, including a $16.3 million signing bonus, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The deal is fully guaranteed and comes with a fifth-year option, the newspaper said. … The Rams signed defensive tackle Dominique Easley, the Patriots' 2014 first-round draft pick out of Florida, to a one-year deal, reported. Easley was released by the Patriots last month. He ended each of his first two seasons on injured reserve after tearing both ACLs in college.

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