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Suarez soars again to lead Barcelona to Spanish title

Barcelona forward Luis Suarez (hidden) celebrates one of his three goals with, from left, Arda Turan, Neymar and Lionel Messi. Suarez had 40 La Liga goals this season, 59 in all competitions.

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Barcelona forward Luis Suarez (hidden) celebrates one of his three goals with, from left, Arda Turan, Neymar and Lionel Messi. Suarez had 40 La Liga goals this season, 59 in all competitions.

BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona left it late — very late — but finally rescued its season by pulling off five straight victories to clinch its second straight Spanish league title Saturday.

There was as much relief as joy when Barcelona defeated Granada 3-0 in the last round thanks to a hat trick by Luis Suarez, the league's top scorer with 40 goals.

Barcelona finished one point ahead of Real Madrid, which fell short despite winning its last 12 league games.

Barcelona led fierce rival Real Madrid by 12 points with nine rounds to go.

"We had to work really hard and suffered until the end," said Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, who has eight Spanish league titles along with Lionel Messi and former player Xavi Hernandez. "We struggled a bit after we opened a very good advantage, but in the end it's the most regular team that wins the league."

Real Madrid defeated Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 with two goals by Cristiano Ronaldo.

After the final whistle in Granada, Barcelona players formed a circle and jumped up and down while chanting "Campeones, Campeones." Several hundred fans from both teams streamed onto the field as players struggled to find their way off.

FIFA ethics official quits: In a challenge to the integrity of Gianni Infantino, FIFA's compliance chairman resigned in protest over what he sees as a power grab by the new president. Domenico Scala called his resignation a "wakeup call" for those working to reform soccer's scandal-battered ruling body. Scala's walkout — on the issue of taking hiring and firing power over himself and independent panels that monitor FIFA officials and money — comes amid claims of tension between the men.

Italy: Gonzalo Higuain had a hat trick to break a 66-year-old record and help host Napoli secure second in Serie A with a 4-0 win over 10-man Frosinone. Napoli gained entry to next season's UEFA Champions League group stage by finishing two points above Roma. Higuain's third goal, a bicycle kick, gave him 36 league goals in 35 matches, beating Milan forward Gunnar Nordahl, who scored 35 in 37 matches in 1949-50.

Germany: Pep Guardiola was showered with beer and praise during Bundesliga title celebrations after his last home game as Bayern Munich coach. "It was cold, so cold," Guardiola said. "And it stinks." Bayern Munich clinched its fourth straight title two weeks ago. Guardiola has agreed to take over at Manchester City in the English Premier League starting next season.

MLS: Didier Drogba scored for host Montreal in the third minute as the host Impact remained atop the Eastern Conference with a 1-1 tie against Philadelphia.

Championship Sunday

Today's regular-season finales of the English Premier League, with all 20 teams in action:

Bournemouth at Manchester United 10 a.m. NBCSN

Manchester City at Swansea City 10 a.m. Ch. 8

Liverpool at West Brom 10 a.m. MSNBC

Leicester City at Chelsea 10 a.m. CNBC

Tottenham at Newcastle 10 a.m. USA

Aston Villa at Arsenal 10 a.m. Syfy

West Ham at Stoke City 10 a.m. Bravo

Crystal Palace at Southampton 10 a.m. E!

Norwich City at Everton 10 a.m. Esquire

Sunderland at Watford 10 a.m. Oxygen

Suarez soars again to lead Barcelona to Spanish title 05/14/16 [Last modified: Saturday, May 14, 2016 10:01pm]
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