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BARCELONA---One team is fighting
to protect its championship pedigree.
The other is playing it cool with an
eye on an even bigger prize.
Barcelona and Real Madrid are gear-
ing up for the decisive final round of
the Spanish league, when both face
critical away matches that will decide
Barcelona leads Madrid by one
point and holds the head-to-head
tiebreaker, but the team led by Lionel
Messi is also under more pressure to
A win at Granada would give
Barcelona back-to-back titles and an
eighth league title in 12 years.
A loss, however, combined with a
Madrid victory, would culminate a
spectacular collapse for a Barcelona
side that established a Spanish record
with 39 matches without a loss across
all competitions midway through the
season. That run was brought to an
end by a 2-1 loss to Madrid at Camp
Nou in early April, a result that rekin-
dled Madrid s title bid.
"We have to be strong mentally,"
said Barcelona forward Luis Suarez,
who leads the league with 37 goals,
four more than Madrid forward Cris-
"We are playing in the best team
in the world. We know that the pres-
sure exists, but we only depend on
Madrid, meanwhile, needs both a
win at Deportivo La Coruna and for
Barcelona to drop points in order to
snatch the trophy.
In the role of spoiler, Madrid is
placing most of its hopes for a major
piece of silverware in the subsequent
Champions League final against
Atletico Madrid on May 28.
Barcelona also has the Copa del Rey
final still to play against Sevilla on
May 22, but there is more at stake for
the Catalan club after it bowed out
of the Champions League quarterfi-
nals against Atletico.
Losing a league title after leading
the competition for 17 consecutive
matches and enjoying a 12-point
advantage over Real Madrid just a few
weeks ago would be nothing less than
Fortunately, for Barcelona, it
stopped a bewildering slide of four
winless matches just in time and has
run off four consecutive victories by
a combined score of 21-0 to remain
in control of its own destiny.
"If at the beginning of the season
we were told that we would have our
fate in our own hands on the final
day, we would have taken it without
a doubt," Barcelona defender Javier
"We have a great squad, with
incredible people. We always have it
clear in our minds that we are going
out there as a team and we must con-
tinue working as a unit." (AP)
Danny Simpson will miss part of the
team s Premier League title-winning
celebrations and a post-season trip to
Thailand after being ordered to serve
a curfew for choking his former girl-
A judge in Manchester said yesterday
that Simpson must start his curfew
immediately. He must be at his home
from 10 pm-6 am for the next 21 days.
The 29-year-old Simpson was
handed the curfew because he has
completed less than half of the 300
hours of unpaid work in the commu-
nity for which he was sentenced last
June for assaulting the mother of his
child at their house in 2014.
Leicester has a function planned on
Sunday night after its last match of
the season, at Chelsea in London, fol-
lowed by an open-top bus parade in
Leicester on Monday. The team travels
to Thailand on Tuesday.
Simpson s lawyer, Gary Ryan, asked
for the rest of the player s sentence to
be revoked and for Simpson to be able
pay a fine. Ryan said media intrusion
had made it impossible for Simpson
to complete the community work.
The judge said Simpson had so much
money that a fine would be no pun-
"The purpose of the order is to
restrict the liberty of Mr. Simpson as
punishment for the offense for which
he was convicted," Judge Alexandra
Simmonds said. "This was an offence
of domestic violence and the courts
take domestic violence very seriously.
You will have to serve your sentence."
Simpson will be monitored elec-
tronically by an ankle tag.
Simpson was convicted of assault
after a police officer, who had been
called to his house, found him sitting
on top of his ex-girlfriend with his
hands around her neck. He denied the
offence but was found guilty after a
Simpson was a regular at right back
for Leicester in the 5,000-1 underdog s
improbable title-winning campaign.
at stake as league
title goes to wire
Leicester defender ordered
to serve 21-day curfew
Luis Suarez...leading goalscorer
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