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Benzema lights up Madrid derby

Real Madrid recorded a much-needed La Liga victory last night, winning 2-0 at Rayo Vallecano after goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo in a match delayed by a day due to the stadium lights at Vallecas stadium being cut in an act of sabotage.

Benzema scored the 13th-minute opener and Ronaldo added a penalty in the 70th after Jordi Amat had handled the ball in the box to keep Madrid eight points behind Spanish league leaders Barcelona after five games.

The Spanish capital derby was held after electricians repaired the various cables that were damaged at Rayo's stadium by unidentified persons on Sunday, in what club president Raul Martin Presa called "football terrorism".


The head of the US Anti-Doping Agency tightened security after receiving several death threats during his investigation of Lance Armstrong.

In an interview published yesterday in French sports daily 'L'Equipe', USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said he has felt obliged to take stronger security measures since opening investigations into Armstrong and members of the former US Postal team, which led to Armstrong being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life.

"The Armstrong affair has prompted death threats against me. The FBI dealt with that," he said. "I won't shirk my responsibility. The most important thing is to protect my team. And to maintain the respect of the athletes who don't cheat."

Irish Independent