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BARCELONA---Atletico Madrid sweated
out a 1-0 victory over Villarreal without
leading scorer Diego Costa to stay top of
the Spanish league yesterday, while Lionel
Messi scored two goals in Barcelona s 3-1
win over last-placed Real Betis to stay one
Gareth Bale s long-range goal helped make
sure Real Madrid didn t miss star Cristiano
Ronaldo as it cruised to a 4-0 victory at Real
Sociedad, staying within three points of the
pacesetters in third place.
Messi converted a 14th-minute penalty
and followed up a second spot kick that was
blocked by goalkeeper Adan Garrido to seal
the victory in the 86th.
Messi recorded his 24th and 25th league
goals of the season---pulling him level with
Diego Costa as the league s second-leading
scorers behind Ronaldo s 28---but Barcelona
again showed problems in defense that Betis
failed to fully exploit.
Earlier, Atletico s Raul Garcia scored in the
14th and Diego Simeone s side held out to
deny Villarreal in the second half as it stayed
undefeated at its Vicente Calderon stadium
through 17 league games this season.
"We were tired by the end and that is nor-
mal," Simeone said. "We didn t have the
strength and energy that we have had on
other days, but my team played smart, and
when you play smart you make up for the
lack of energy to pull out the win."
Atletico hopes Diego Costa will recover
from a right thigh injury for Wednesday s
Champions League quarterfinal with
Barcelona after they drew 1-1 in the first leg.
Atletico then has six games left as it tries
to claim its first league title since 1996.
While David Villa was ineffective before
being substituted with half an hour to play,
Garcia again proved his value to Atletico as
a versatile attacking midfielder by pushing
aside his marker to head in Jorge "Koke"
Resurreccion s corner kick.
Barcelona unfurled a banner in the Camp
Nou stands before the match that read
"Hands Off La Masia," referring to FIFA s
one-year transfer ban after football s governing
body found the Catalan club guilty of breach-
ing regulations in signing youth players for
its renowned training academy. Barcelona
club president Josep Bartomeu also said that
he had a "friendly and cordial conversation"
with FIFA president Joseph Blatter about the
"We are going through some tough times,
but we have managed to isolate ourselves
and concentrate on the matches," Barcelona
forward Pedro Rodriguez said.
Messi put Barcelona in charge after Alexis
Sanchez was fouled by defender Jordi Figueras
in the area.
Xavi Hernandez s free kick grazed the
crossbar of Adan s goal in the 51st, but
Barcelona started to show the same drop in
energy that had affected Atletico.
But just when Betis was playing its best,
Figueras gifted Barcelona a goal by knocking
Adriano s pass into his own net in the 67th.
A minute later substitute Ruben Castro
scored for Betis with Barcelona disorganised
at the back, using a feint to make two defend-
ers slide to the turf before he poked the ball
beyond goalkeeper Jose Pinto.
Messi finally calmed the nervous crowd
after Antonio Amaya handled Neymar s cross
in the box. Adan saved Messi s first try and
even recovered to get a glove on his follow-
up effort, only to see the ball trickle over the
With Ronaldo nursing his hurt left knee,
Madrid s visit to Sociedad was billed as its
toughest outing left in the league. Instead it
proved to be a pleasant trip to San Sebastian,
as Madrid put together a no-nonsense per-
formance highlighted by Bale s outstanding
Sociedad s early push sputtered out when
its former player Asier Illarramendi tilted the
game in Madrid s favor just before halftime
by scoring a rebound from Karim Benzema s
shot that goalie Claudio Bravo pushed down
in front of his net.
After Sergio Ramos and Benzema had both
hit the woodwork, Bale pounced on Bravo s
scuffed goal kick that fell to him 30-meters
outside the area before quickly unleashing a
blistering left-footed strike to seal the result
in the 66th.
Pepe swept in Madrid s third in the 85th
before substitute Alvaro Morata scored with
two minutes to play. (AP)
Atletico wins to stay top,
Messi keeps Barca 2nd In the next few years, this Caribbean sprinting
sensation who trains with Usain Bolt could be
one of the stars for Britain at an Olympic Games.
The 18-year-old Anguillan made headlines last
weekend when he won the 100m at the Jamaican
Inter-Secondary Schools Boys and Girls Athletics
His time of 10.12 seconds beat a record set by
a certain Yohan Blake, who also shares a training
ground with Hughes.
Blake s record was 10.21 seconds. Anguillans can
compete at the Commonwealth Games and World
Championships but, as a British Overseas Territory,
athletes from the island are unable to enter the
Olympics as Anguilla is not recognised by the Inter-
national Olympic Committee.
If Hughes wants to perform on the biggest stage
of all, he may choose to follow in the footsteps of
Shara Proctor---the British record long jumper---
who decided to transfer her allegiance from Anguilla
to Team GB in 2010.
The prospect of representing Britain is certainly
on Hughes s mind as he prepares to compete at
the 200m at the Commonwealth Games in Glas-
"It is something I always think about," said Hugh-
es. "I think that (competing for Great Britain) would
be the best choice.
"It would be a great experience to represent Great
Britain at an Olympics, at the same time representing
Hughes is training in Jamaica for this summer s
Games and his preparation was put into focus this
week as the Queen s Baton Relay, the main warm-
up for Glasgow, passed through Anguilla.
On Saturday, 30 March, Hughes won the 16-19
age group of the Boys Championships. This follows
victory at last year s Junior CARIFTA Games in the
Caribbean, again in the 100m.
Hughes was raised in Anguilla by his mother,
who is a housekeeper, and his father, who works
as a taxi driver. When he was 10, he took part in
a sports event to mark Commonwealth Day.
He was subsequently chosen to represent his
school and won five medals in his first competi-
In the eight years since, Hughes has continued
to enjoy success. At the age of 16, he won a schol-
arship to study at the elite High Performance Train-
ing Centre in Kingston.
Life at the centre is simple. He listens to soca
and reggae music and plays racing games and flight
simulators on his computer, with hopes of becoming
a pilot one day.
He also loves training next to Bolt and Blake, and
his coach Glen Mills, and says the Olympic cham-
pions share some words of wisdom.
"They give me a pep talk at training," he said.
"Being alongside them, seeing them fighting through
the programme when it is very tough---they don t
Hughes then pauses and clears his throat before
giving his best Bolt impression: " Big man, you are
doing great, man, you are doing great work. "
He added: "Blake teases me. At the same time,
he is motivating me. He says just stay focused,
don t get panicked by anybody, just go out and do
your thing ."
Between now and Glasgow 2014, Hughes has a
busy schedule including the IAAF World Junior
Championships, which will be held in America only
a few days before the start of the Games.
The teenager is treated like a hero in Anguilla
following his successes so far.
compete for Team
GB at Olympics
HUMBLE---Matt Kuchar overcame windy
conditions to match the low round of the
day and take a four-shot lead after three
rounds of the Houston Open.
The six-time PGA Tour winner had three
straight birdies on the back nine at the Golf
Club of Houston on Saturday to vault past
second-round leader Sergio Garcia with a
four-under par 68---leaving him at 15 under
overall heading into the final round.
Kuchar s last win came at the Memorial
last year. He enters Sunday four shots ahead
Cameron Tringale and Garcia.
Tringale shot a three-under 69 in the third
round, while Garcia struggled his way to a
Phil Mickelson shot an even-par 72 and
is six under.
The golfers went off both tees in three-
somes early Saturday morning in anticipation
of severe weather in the evening, a format
they ll use again Sunday with hopes of avoid-
ing a Monday finish leading into next week s
Garcia, who surged ahead with a seven-
under 65 on Friday, began the day with a
one-shot lead over Kuchar. That disappeared
quickly after the Spaniard bogeyed the first
to fall back to 11 under and into a tie with
his playing partner, Kuchar.
That was just the beginning of the struggles
for Garcia, who later put his tee shot into
the water on No 10.
Kuchar, meanwhile, birdied the first to
move into the lead---a spot he didn t relin-
quish. He added back-to-back birdies on
No. four and five to move to 14 under, and
he added three birdies in a row on the back
He reached 16 under with a birdie on the
par-3 14th before three-putting the 18th and
settling for 15 under.
Kuchar missed his first four cuts at the
Houston Open, but the American finished
tied for eighth in 2010 and 2011 before not
playing in the tournament the last two years.
Nixon leads Collection after 3rd round
England s Matthew Nixon shot a seven-
under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the
third round at the NH Collection Open yes-
Nixon had nine birdies to overcome a pair
of bogeys in the best round of the inaugural
tournament at La Reserva de Sotogrande
Golf Club for an overall eight-under 208.
Marco Crespi of Italy is one stroke behind
Nixon with Chile s Felipe Aguilar another
shot back in third.
Poor weather and then bad light had forced
the opening two rounds to be suspended on
Thursday and Friday, and the third round
only got under way after 45 golfers finished
their second round early Saturday morning.
Nixon says "I had a nice start and it just
kept going." (AP)
Kuchar takes 4-shot lead at Houston Open
Atletico's Raul Garcia celebrates his goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between
Atletico Madrid and Villarreal at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, yesterday.
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