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do scored a goal but missed a
penalty as Real Madrid was held
1-1 at Malaga yesterday to drop
nine points behind leader
Ronaldo put the visitors in front
with a header in the 33rd minute
but missed a chance to increase
the lead a couple of minutes later
when his spot-kick was saved by
Malaga goalkeeper Carlos Kameni.
The hosts equalized through
defender Raul Albentosa in the
Madrid needed a victory to stay
nearer the lead after Barcelona won
2-1 at Las Palmas on Saturday.
Barcelona also has a nine-point
advantage over Atletico Madrid,
which hosts fourth-place Villarreal
later Sunday at the Vicente
Real Madrid has 13 games left
to try to stop Barcelona from suc-
cessfully defending its title for a
second consecutive year.
"We are not done yet, we only
lost two points," Real Madrid coach
Zinedine Zidane said. "There are
a lot of games left, the other teams
can also lose points."
It will be difficult, though, as
Barcelona hasn t lost in 32 games
and has won eight in a row in the
league. Real Madrid has been dom-
inant at home since Zidane took
over the squad, but it drew two of
its three away league games. The
only victory came with a late win-
ner against Granada.
"We never give up," Real Madrid
left back Marcelo said. "It s a big
difference but we will fight until
Some of Spain s top sports
newspapers ran headlines saying
Madrid s title run was over.
"Real Madrid says goodbye to
league title," both Marca and AS
said on their websites after the
game. Madrid struggled from the
start at La Rosaleda Stadium in
Malaga, allowing the hosts to create
several scoring chances. Goalkeeper
Keylor Navas did well in keeping
Malaga from scoring more goals.
Replays showed Ronaldo was
offside when he opened the scoring
with a header after a cross by Toni
Kroos. The ball appeared to bounce
off Ronaldo s back or shoulder
before going in. It was Ronaldo s
22nd league goal in 25 rounds. Luis
Suarez, who scored on Saturday,
leads the league with 25 goals.
Two minutes after the goal,
Ronaldo was fouled inside the area.
With a chance to give Madrid a
2-0 lead, Ronaldo failed to find
the net, sending his low shot into
Kameni s hands near the right post.
It was Ronaldo s second missed
penalty in the league this year. It
would have been his 10th goal in
the last seven games in all com-
Both teams had opportunities
to score toward the end of the
match, but it was Malaga that got
on the board with a close-range
shot by Albentosa after a cross by
Brazilian defender Weligton.
The home draw left Malaga 11th
in the 20-team standings with 31
LONDON---Chelsea will issue
stadium bans and support police
action if it can identify the sup-
porters who threw coins at Man-
chester City players at Stamford
Bridge yesterday, as the FA Cup
was marred by such incidents for
the second day in a row.
Coins were thrown when David
Faupala celebrated with City team-
mates in the corner of the pitch,
near Chelsea fans, after scoring on
"We condemn such idiotic and
dangerous behaviour," Chelsea s
head of communications, Steve
Atkins, said. "If we can identify
those responsible, then we will ban
them from Stamford Bridge.
"It is worth noting it is a crim-
inal offense, too. We will support
any police prosecution if we can
identify, along with the police, the
individuals responsible for their
Chelsea s interim manager Guus
Hiddink also voiced his disap-
"I was aware. I can easily say
aware," Hiddink said. "I like to
always face the facts.
"There were coins thrown to the
Man City players in their celebra-
tion. We condemn it, I condemn
it strongly and Chelsea, I think
they will react. Those people, they
must not come into stadiums."
City manager Manuel Pellegrini
said he did not know about the
incident in the 37th minute of the
game which Chelsea eventually
On Saturday, West Bromwich
Albion captain Chris Brunt was
struck in the face by a coin which
was thrown by a supporter of his
team after a 3-1 defeat by second
Brunt had gone over to applaud
the fans for their support at the
end of the match.
"They thought it was OK to
throw a coin at their own players.
I m disgusted," Brunt said to the
BBC, with a cut clearly visible
under his eye. "They paid a lot of
money to come, but a small minor-
ity spoilt it."
The English Football Association
is investigation the incident involv-
"We strongly condemn any such
behaviour and will work with both
clubs and the authorities to identify
those responsible," The FA said in
a statement. • See Page 44
Kyrgios won his first career title
with a 6-2, 7-6 (3) victory over
fourth-seeded Marin Cilic of
Croatia in the Open 13 final yes-
Kyrgios closed out the match
with his 17th ace to cap a dream
week for the 20-year-old Aus-
tralian, who didn t lose a set and
was unbroken in 47 games. Ranked
41st, he beat two top-10 players
in No. 10 Richard Gasquet and No.
8 Tomas Berdych.
It was only Kyrgios second tour-
nament of the year. He lost to
Berdych in the third round of the
Australian Open in January and
was forced to withdraw from Rot-
terdam last week with an elbow
"I didn t really expect to win
this title this week after having a
couple of weeks off," said Kyrgios,
who lost his only previous final on
outdoor clay last year in Estoril,
Portugal. "But from the first round
I started playing really well and
just gained confidence as I kept
"I think I served really, really
well again. I was serving really well
all week. I didn t get broken once.
That was the main thing that was
good. And I was able to put pres-
sure on my opponents serves a
lot when I was going through my
service games really quickly."
The popular Krygios ended his
victory speech with a few words
of French, declaring to his fans "I
really like cheese."
Kyrgios had Cilic under pressure
from the start and converted his
eighth break point to go 3-1 up in
the first set and never looked back,
securing a second break in the sev-
enth game before serving out the
set to love.
Cilic fought back in the second
set and almost leveled the match
in the 10th game but Kyrgios saved
the only break point he faced in
the contest with a 201 kph (125
"I felt I was getting much closer
in that second set," Cilic said. "I
felt also that he was becoming a
bit more frustrated, which was
good for me. I had a chance at the
end of the second set to get the
break, but he managed to play well
... I didn t adjust well enough on
the balls that were coming back."
to clip LA
LOS ANGELES---Klay Thompson
scored 32 points, fellow Splash Brother
Stephen Curry added 23 and the Golden
State Warriors beat the Los Angeles
Clippers 115-112 on Saturday to avoid
losing back-to-back games for the first
time this season.
The Warriors were coming off a 32-
point drubbing at Portland a night earlier
that ended an 11-game winning streak.
They appeared highly motivated to erase
that memory from the opening tip,
shooting 56 per cent in the first half and
twice leading by 15 points in the second
Draymond Green had his NBA-leading
11th triple-double with 18 points, 11
rebounds and 10 assists to help the
defending champions improve to 49-5.
Jamal Crawford scored 25 points off
the bench, Chris Paul added 24 and
DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 21
rebounds for the Clippers. They fell to
19-6 without injured Blake Griffin.
Pablo Prigioni s 3-pointer left the
Clippers trailing 115-112 with five seconds
to go, long after both teams best players
had gone to the bench. That brought
Thompson, Curry, Green Harrison
Barnes back in a hurry.
Andre Iguodala s pass was stolen by
CJ Wilcox, but his panicked shot fell
well short of the basket as time expired.
The Clippers again trailed by 15 early
in the third when they briefly matched
the Warriors basket-for-basket during
a furious scoring stretch to close within
five on a dunk by Jordan off Crawford s
alley-oop pass. Jordan threw down some
highlight dunks that had fans roaring
and Crawford scored on a one-handed
scoop shot, getting fouled as he crashed
to the floor and making the free throw
for the three-point play.
Hassan Whiteside had 25 points and
23 rebounds returned from a one-game
suspension to help the Miami Heat beat
the Washington Wizards 114-94.
Whiteside was suspended for throwing
an elbow at San Antonio center Boban
Marjanovic s head on February 9.
Luol Deng had 27 points a night after
scoring 30 points in a victory at Atlanta,
and Goran Dragic added a season-high
24 points and had eight assists and seven
rebounds. The Heat played without All-
Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for
the second consecutive game. Wade has
a sore left knee.
Carmelo Anthony had 30 points and
11 rebounds and the New York Knicks
snapped a seven-game losing streak with
a 103-95 victory over the Minnesota
Robin Lopez had 26 points and 16
rebounds to give interim coach Kurt
Rambis his first victory since taking over
for the fired Derek Fisher three games
ago.Jabari Parker had career highs of 28
points and 13 rebounds, Greg Monroe
added 24 points and the Milwaukee
Bucks had a 117-109 double-overtime
victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Paul Millsap finished with 27 points,
and Dennis Schroder had 25 for the
Ronaldo misses penalty
as Madrid loses ground
Real Madrid's Luka Modric from Croatia, left, duels for the ball against
Malaga's Charles Dias de Oliveira from Brazil, during a Spanish La Liga
soccer match between Malaga and Real Madrid at La Rosaleda stadium
in Malaga, Spain, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Chelsea bans fans who threw coins in FA win over City
Kyrgios completes dream run with first career title
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