Barca strike trio on song in 4-0 rout
BARCELONA • A Neymar double, a spectacular Luis Suarez volley and a goal from Lionel Messi saw leaders Barcelona sweep aside Real Sociedad 4-0 in the Spanish Primera Liga on Saturday.
Neymar slotted home a Dani Alves cross after 22 minutes and Alves was again the provider for Suarez, who acrobatically beat goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli before half-time to take his tally to 11 goals in seven games.
La Liga top scorer Neymar took his total to 14 this season as he knocked in a Jeremy Mathieu cross after 53 minutes. In stoppage time, he set up Messi to score from close range.
PSG win to ensure they end year on top
PARIS • Paris Saint-Germain are guaranteed to end 2015 on top of the French Ligue One table after Saturday's 4-1 win over Troyes, on a day marked by tributes to the victims of the recent terror attacks.
The match was also significant for being the first top-level game to be played in the French capital since the attacks in the city and outside the Stade de France during France's game with Germany on Nov 13 that left 130 dead and many more injured.
With France still in a state of emergency, there were stringent security checks on the way into the Parc des Princes, and there was also a moving tribute before the kick-off.
Kenya officials told to quit their posts
LONDON • Two of Kenya's most senior athletics officials have been ordered to stand down by the government after athletes stormed their headquarters in protest over allegations of corruption and doping cover-ups.
Earlier this month, an investigation by The Sunday Times and the German broadcaster ARD/WDR revealed that police had begun an investigation into claims that Isaiah Kiplagat, the president of Athletics Kenya, and David Okeyo, the vice-president, had pocketed hundreds of thousands of pounds in sponsorship money from sportswear giant Nike.
THE TIMES, LONDON
Schwartzel wins Alfred Dunhill C'ship
MALELANE (South Africa) • South Africa's Charl Schwartzel won the Alfred Dunhill Championship by four shots at Leopard Creek Country Club yesterday to clinch the first tournament of the new European Tour season.
The 31-year-old former Masters champion, who has slumped to No. 50 in the world rankings, led by three strokes overnight and carded a final-round 70 to end at 15 under par, ahead of France's Gregory Bourdy, who shot 68.
It was his first title since success at the same event on the southern boundary of the Kruger National Park in 2013.