Juventus secured its record 29th title in Serie A, Italy's best soccer league, by beating Palermo 1-0.
Juventus rules in Serie A
Juventus secured its record 29th title in Serie A, Italy’s best league, by beating Palermo 1-0 Sunday on Arthur Vidal’s penalty kick in the 59th minute.
With three matches left this season, Juventus (26-4-5) has an 11-point lead over second-place Napoli.
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Many team officials and fans contend Juventus has 31 titles. Juventus won in 2005 and 2006, but was stripped of both and relegated to Serie B in a match-fixing scandal.
Fans displayed signs and flags with “31” at the home match in Turin.
Sporting Kansas City romps
Claudio Bieler scored twice and Jimmy Nielsen recorded his team-record 38th career shutout as Sporting Kansas City beat visiting Chivas USA 4-0 in a Major League Soccer match.
In another MLS match, Andrew Driver scored in the 56th minute to give the Houston Dynamo a 1-0 victory over the host Los Angeles Galaxy.
Dolphins sign tackle Clabo
By acquiring 330-pound tackle Tyson Clabo, the Miami Dolphins filled the biggest hole in their lineup.
The 6-foot-6 Clabo is expected to play right tackle, with Jonathan Martin moving from right to left tackle, where he will replace Jake Long. Long left via free agency for the St. Louis Rams.
Clabo, 31, spent the past seven seasons with Atlanta and was selected for the 2010 Pro Bowl. He said he was surprised when the Falcons released him last month.
“I’m a pretty tough critic on myself and I don’t feel like there has been much drop in my play to date,” he said.
Orb to head to Preakness
Kentucky Derby winner Orb is expected to compete in the May 18 Preakness at Pimlico in Baltimore, trainer Shug McGaughey said.
Orb accepted mints and other treats while posing kindly for children and adults the morning after the Derby in Louisville.
“He continually impresses me with what he does and how he races,” Hall of Famer McGaughey said. “I think there is maybe even more there than what we’re getting.”
Derby runner-up Golden Soul — who was 2 ½ lengths behind Orb — and third-place Revolutionary both are expected to skip the Preakness and train up to the June 8 Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown series.
Based on information from media reports, trade publications and track officials, other Derby runners who are at least Preakness possibilities include Mylute (fifth in Derby), Oxbow (sixth), Will Take Charge (eighth), Itsmyluckyday (15th) and Goldencents (17th).
Preakness candidates who did not compete in the Kentucky Derby include Illinois Derby winner Departing, Sunland Derby winner Govenor Charlie, Fear the Kitten and Bellarmine.
Derby show is must-see TV
Saturday’s Kentucky Derby telecast on NBC matched the highest preliminary rating since 1992.
The race portion from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. PDT got a 10.4 overnight rating, up 16 percent from last year and tying 2010 for the best rating since the 1992 Derby generated a 10.9 rating.
• Tommy Haas won the BMW Open tennis tournament for the first time on his 10th attempt.
Haas beat defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) to capture the first all-German final in Munich in 48 years. Haas is the first 35-year-old to win an ATP Tour event since Fabrice Santoro in Newport, R.I., in 2008.
• Second-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland won the Portugal Open tennis title in Oeiras by beating top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain 6-1, 6-4 in the final.
• It appears Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith‘s plea to get his NCAA misconduct charges thrown out has been rejected.
According to a report in The Miami Herald that cited multiple sources, the NCAA Committee on Infractions has denied motions by Haith and three other former Miami coaches to dismiss the pending cases against them.
• Cyclist Bradley Wiggins of Britain already seems in control of the Giro d’Italia.
Last year’s Tour de France winner powered Sky to victory in the Italian classic’s second stage, a team time trial, and moved into second place overall. The rider in front of Wiggins is Italian teammate Salvatore Puccio, who is regarded mainly as a support rider.
• UC Irvine beat top-seeded Brigham Young 25-23, 25-22, 26-24 to win the NCAA men’s volleyball championship Saturday night in Los Angeles.
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