SOCCER

Messi leads Barcelona

Lionel Messi lit up an ill-tempered Champions League semifinal with two goals in the last 15 minutes to give visiting Barcelona a 2-0 victory at 10-man Real Madrid Wednesday. Barcelona dominated throughout but only managed to break through after Pepe was red-carded in the 61st at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

COURTS

Haynesworth nixes deal

Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth allegedly slid his credit card into the bra of a waitress and then touched her breast, according to court papers filed Wednesday offering Haynesworth a plea deal in the sexual abuse case. Haynesworth's lawyer said he wouldn't take the deal and his client would fight the charge. Prosecutors filed paperwork in Superior Court in Washington saying that if Haynesworth agrees to plead guilty to a charge of simple assault they would drop the misdemeanor sexual abuse charge.

 

Broncos' Hunter stabbed

Detroit police say Denver Broncos defensive end Jason Hunter has been stabbed and taken to a hospital. Officer Dan Donakowski says Hunter was stabbed yesterday, but police didn't have any additional information.

HORSE RACING

Collmus to call Derby

Monmouth and Gulfstream Park announcer Larry Collmus is the new voice of racing's Triple Crown. Collmus will call the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes for NBC. He replaces Tom Durkin, who opted not to continue citing his health.

 

Borel gets Derby mount

Calvin Borel finally has a Kentucky Derby mount in Twice the Appeal. Borel has won three of the last four Derbys, including last year's triumph aboard Super Saver. -- AP

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