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BLAINE, Minn. — A pair of defensive mistakes proved costly as the Rowdies fell 2-0 to Minnesota United on Wednesday. Midfielder Ben Speas capitalized on a Walter Ramirez mistake that left him one-on-one with goalkeeper Matt Pickens. Speas' goal made it 1-0 after just 18 minutes. Christian Ramirez scored in the 62nd minute as the Rowdies fell to 6-7-6 overall.

SPANISH SUPER CUP: Arda Turan scored twice before Lionel Messi added a third as host Barcelona beat Sevilla 3-0 to win 5-0 on aggregate. Barcelona added the minor title to last season's Spanish league and Copa del Rey titles to complete its haul for 2016.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Roma drew 1-1 at Porto in a playoff first leg in Geneva after having defender Thomas Vermaelen sent off before halftime in his debut.

MATCH FIXING: FIFA ethics prosecutors want a six-year ban for former South Africa Football Association president Kirsten Nematandani in a long-running case of fixed friendlies played ahead of the 2010 World Cup by the host nation.


Nadal advances easily

Rafael Nadal beat Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) to reach the third round of the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio. Second-seeded Stan Wawrinka beat American Jared Donaldson 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. In women's second-round play, second-seeded Angelique Kerber, third-seeded Simona Halep and fourth-seeded Garbine Muguruza advanced.


BOXING: The WBC has decided not to ban Russian heavyweight title contender Alexander Povetkin after he tested positive for the banned substance meldonium and has ordered him to fight Canada's Bermane Stiverne for an interim title.

GOLF: A tournament yanked from a Miami resort owned by Donald Trump unveiled its new home at the Chapultepec Golf Club outside Mexico City. The tournament is scheduled for March.

NBA: The Grizzlies hired Bob Bender as an assistant coach and Bob Thate as a shooting coach on David Fizdale's staff. … PG Beno Udrih is coming back to the Heat on a one-year deal.

NHL: The Penguins re-signed F Matt Cullen to a one-year, $1 million contract for his 20th season.

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    Tonight: at Pirates

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