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AGENCIES

■SOCCER

Barca win Super Cup

Two goals from Lionel Messi and a poacher’s strike from Bojan Krkic gave Barcelona a 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in their Spanish Super Cup second-leg match on Sunday for a 5-1 aggregate victory. The Spanish and European champions were leading 2-1 from the first leg in Bilbao last Sunday and Messi’s superbly-taken opening goal early in the second half snuffed out any hopes of an unlikely Athletic comeback at a packed Camp Nou. The Argentina forward picked up a pass from new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the 50th minute, rounded an Athletic defender and from close to the byline clipped the ball over onrushing goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz. His second came from the penalty spot after Daniel Alves was felled and Krkic made sure of Barca’s first trophy of the season when he intercepted Ander Iturraspe’s mis-hit back-pass, rounded Iraizoz and stroked the ball into the empty net.

■SOCCER

One killed in fan clashes

One person was killed and a holiday resort set ablaze when supporters of two soccer clubs clashed after a match in India’s eastern metropolis of Kolkata, a news report said yesterday. More than 15 people were injured in clashes that erupted after supporters of the defeated side opened fire and hurled bombs in the city’s suburb of Rajarhat on Sunday night, the NDTV news network reported. The hooligans then set fire to a luxury tourist resort nearby, believing some supporters of the rival team had taken shelter there. “One person was killed and more than 15 were injured in the clash. The injured were hospitalized,” senior police officer S.N. Gupta told the news channel. Police said 30 resort cottages were gutted and some vehicles were smashed. Twelve people were arrested and the police and paramilitary forces brought the situation under control, the report said.

■CYCLING

Tour was doping-free

UCI president Pat McQuaid said on Sunday there had been no positive dope tests at this year’s Tour de France and looked forward to a drugs-free race being the future pattern. McQuaid said: “At this point in time I haven’t heard of any positive tests at this year’s Tour de France or that we’re checking samples to confirm positives. It’s looking like the Tour de France will not have any positive tests for a number of years. I think that’s a big step forward for cycling.” Men’s professional cycling has been blighted by doping scandals in recent years as blood and urine tests caught out riders using the blood-boosting drug erythropoietin (EPO). Last year cycling became the first sport to introduce a revolutionary blood passport system that monitors athletes’ blood values rather than looking for a specific drug.

■CYCLING

Downing wins in Ireland

English rider Russell Downing battled through torrential rain to win the Tour of Ireland after an impressive performance in the final stage to Cork on Sunday. Downing had won the first stage to Waterford on Friday and he finished second to Norwegian Lars Petter Nordhaug at the finish on St Patrick’s Hill on Sunday, earning him first place in the general classification. Nordhaug won the final stage in a time of 4 hours, 10 seconds, but seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong abandoned his attempt late on, pulling out because of the conditions. American legend Armstrong had finished 20th overall on Saturday. Nordhaug and Downing broke away from the chasing group on the final stage, but the Norwegian crossed the line ahead of the English rider.

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