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Published Dec. 8, 2014

Soccer

donovan ends a champ with l.a. mls title

CARSON, Calif. — Robbie Keane scored a breakaway goal in the 111th minute and Landon Donovan retired as a champion Sunday with the LA Galaxy's 2-1 win over New England in the MLS Cup.

Gyasi Zardes scored in the 52nd minute as the Galaxy won its record fifth title in the final game for Donovan, 32, the MLS career scoring leader and most accomplished soccer player in U.S. history.

Donovan, Keane and the Galaxy have won three of the past four titles. Donovan won a record sixth title in his 14-year MLS career, adding his fourth Galaxy title to two won with San Jose.

"I'm in a little bit of a daze," Donovan said, champagne-soaked after the celebration. "A lot of obvious excitement. There's sadness. Uncertainty. Just pure joy for this team and what we did. It just feels strange."

Chris Tierney scored the tying goal in the 79th minute for New England, which lost for the fifth time in the final, including three times to the Galaxy on extra-time goals.

Spain: Lionel Messi scored hat trick to reach 400 goals for Barcelona and spark a 5-1 comeback victory over Espanyol in the Catalan capital derby, keeping Barcelona second in the league. Messi's 29th career hat trick for Barcelona gave him 402 goals for the club, including friendlies.

England: West Ham beat Swansea 3-1 and moved into third place in the Premier League.

Golf

Spieth gets record win in Tiger event

Jordan Spieth won the Hero World Challenge at Windermere with a performance event host Tiger Woods could appreciate.

Staked to a seven-shot lead, Spieth led wire to wire to win at Isleworth and set two tournament records. He closed with 6-under 66 for a 10-shot win at 26-under 262 over Henrik Stenson.

Spieth's overall total broke the tournament record of 266 set by Woods in 2007 and Davis Love III in 2000, both at Sherwood Country Club in California. His 10-shot win margin broke Woods' record.

Woods, in his first tournament in four months as he recovers from back injuries, had 72. He tied for last in the 18-man field with Hunter Mahan, 26 shots out. "I made some progress," Woods said.

Winter sports

Vonn adds a 2nd in her return

Lindsey Vonn left Lake Louise, Alberta, with confidence and the belief she can ski faster.

After winning her first downhill in almost two years Saturday, she was second to Lara Gut in a World Cup super-G. Vonn, a four-time overall Cup champ, is coming back from two knee operations in two years.

"That's more than I could have hoped for," Vonn said of her results.

More Alpine skiing: American Ted Ligety used a powerful second run to win a World Cup giant slalom at Beaver Creek, Colo., despite a broken wrist.

Bobsled: American Elana Meyers Taylor and Canadian Kaillie Humphries can officially drive against men in World Cup races after fulfilling their last eligibility requirement by competing in a European Cup four-man race at La Plange, France.

Et Cetera

Swimming: Five world records were broken on the final day of the short-course world championships in Doha, Qatar. Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom set two in the 25-meter pool in winning the 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle. The total number of records set was 23, bettering the 17 of 2008 at Manchester, England.

Times wires