Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts: Barcelona Wins Champions League

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts: Barcelona Wins Champions League

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Barcelona wins to capture Champions League

Barcelona won the Champions League for the fourth time in a decade on Saturday, with Luis Suarez grabbing the crucial goal in a 3-1 victory over Juventus at the end of a season that began with the Uruguay striker serving a ban for biting.

The $110-million recruit from Liverpool scored Barcelona's second in the 68th minute after Lionel Messi's shot was palmed away by goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Neymar had a goal disallowed for handball but, with the final going into a seventh minute of stoppage time, the Brazil striker found time to score again. This time it counted.

Ivan Rakitic had sent Barcelona into a fourth-minute lead, but the Spanish champions failed to build on their early dominance before Juventus leveled 10 minutes into the second half through Alvaro Morata.

Juventus, though, couldn't prevent Barcelona from collecting the European Cup for the fifth time as the formidable Messi-Neymar- Suarez front three took their goal tally to 122 this season.

The triumph comes after four years without success in European competition and ensures both coach Luis Enrique and Suarez end their first season with the club with a treble.

Guerrero wins split decision * Robert Guerrero rebounded from a fourth-round knockdown and won a split decision over Aron Martinez in a welterweight bout Saturday in Carson, Calif.

The verdict for Guerrero (33-3-1) was booed by a portion of the crowd after the former four-division champion rallied in the second half of the 10-round bout to beat Martinez (19-4-1), a 20-to-1 underdog in some betting venues.

Despite two losses in his last three fights, Guerrero had much more trouble than expected against Martinez, a local journeyman who has lost three of his last four.

Cotto retains title with KO * Miguel Cotto retained his WBC middleweight title with a devastating show of power Saturday night, knocking out Daniel Geale in the fourth round in New York. …

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