In­di­ana wins its 8th na­tional ti­tle

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Nikita Kot­lov scored off a header pass from Eriq Zavaleta mid­way through the sec­ond half to give In­di­ana a 1-0 vic­tory over Ge­orge­town to win the NCAA men’s soc­cer cham­pi­onship in Hoover, Ala. It is the eighth cham­pi­onship for the Hoosiers (165-3), and their first since 2004.

In­di­ana mid­fielder Pa­trick Doody lofted a cross­ing pass to the right of the goal that brought Ge­orge­town goal­keeper To­mas Gomez out from the net. Zavaleta got to the ball be­fore the Hoyas’ Jimmy Nealis, send­ing a header to Kot­lov that he eas­ily kicked into the open net.

The best scor­ing op­por­tu­nity for Ge­orge­town (19-4-3) came in the first half when Tyler Rudy sent a straight-on shot that div­ing In­di­ana goal­keeper Luis Soffner barely stopped with his fin­ger­tips.

The Hoyas nearly tied the game with a minute left in reg­u­la­tion, but a header by Ian Chris­tian­son hit the post.

“Some­times you just need a lit­tle bit of luck,” Soffner said. “We’ll def­i­nitely take it.”

■ Lionel Messi broke Ger­man great Gerd Mueller’s 40-year-old record for most goals in a year by scor­ing for the 86th time in 2012. The Ar­gen­tine for­ward scored twice to lead Barcelona to a 2-1 win at Real Betis in the Span­ish league match. Messi has scored 74 goals for Barcelona and 12 times for Ar­gentina this year, and he has three more games in which he can add to his tally be­fore the end of the year. Mueller scored 85 for Bay­ern Mu­nich and West Ger­many.

■ Crowd dis­or­der marred the Pre­mier League’s Manch­ester derby, with United de­fender Rio Fer­di­nand in­jured af­ter be­ing struck by a coin and po­lice ar­rest­ing a spec­ta­tor for racist chant­ing.

In a volatile end to the match at City’s Eti­had Sta­dium where Robin Van Per­sie clinched a 3-2 win for United, Fer­di­nand was left bleed­ing from a cut above his left eye af­ter be­ing struck by an ob­ject.

“Who­ever threw that coin, what a shot!” Fer­di­nand wrote on Twit­ter.

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