Atletico cuts Barcelona lead to six points with win at Malaga

BARCELONA, Spain — Antoine Griezmann’s goal only 40 seconds into the game was all Atletico Madrid needed to beat Malaga 1-0 Saturday and close the gap with Spanish league leader Barcelona to six points. Griezmann scored moments after kickoff when he was the quickest to the ball after a long strike by Saul Niguez hit a defender and fell loose in the area. The France forward floated a right-footed shot over onrushing goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez for his third goal in four matches and 12th in all competitions this season. Griezmann dedicated the goal to Nacho Barbera, an Atletico fan and teenage player who died from a heart attack last weekend… Read More

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Erik Gudbranson won’t solve Maple Leafs’ problems on defence

It’s no secret that the Toronto Maple Leafs, while a strong contender in the Eastern Conference, could use some help on defence. Their left side is actually pretty strong, with Morgan Rielly having a great season and Jake Gardiner suddenly taking off, followed by a promising young player in Travis Dermott. The right side however, is a bit more of a question mark. Ron Hainsey had a strong start, but has looked worse of late. Nikita Zaitsev has had a trying season after signing a long-term contract, and Roman Polak seems to have more of the coach’s trust than Connor Carrick, which doesn’t make a ton of sense, but that’s… Read More

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N.J. man, accomplice used stolen credit card info in $76K fraud scheme

The man used stolen account information from legitimate credit and debit cards in various countries, including Canada, Poland, Lebanon and Macedonia. BAYONNE — A Jersey City man was sentenced to five years in prison for using phony credit and debit cards to buy more than $76,000 in gift cards at the local Stop & Shop, according to the Office of the Attorney General. Clifford Dominique, 25, of Jersey City, was sentenced to five years in prison by Hudson County Superior Court Judge Paul M. DePascale on Friday, and was ordered to pay restitution of $58,000 to Ahold USA, Inc., which operates Stop & Shop supermarkets and was the primary victim… Read More

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Kvitova, Strycova win as Czechs lead Swiss 2-0 in Fed Cup

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and Barbora Strycova won the opening singles matches on Saturday to give the Czech Republic a commanding 2-0 lead over Switzerland in the Fed Cup first round. Kvitova put the Czechs ahead after she overcame a second-set scare to beat Viktorija Golubic 6-2, 1-6, 6-3. Strycova doubled the advantage with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Belinda Bencic to put the Czechs one win away from their 10th straight Fed Cup semifinals. Strycova jumped 4-1 up in the second set before Bencic, the former top 10 player, fought back briefly to reduce the lead to 4-3. Strycova served the match out on… Read More

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