first_imgCARDIFF, Wales (AP):Cristiano Ronaldo showcased his enduring lethal scoring qualities to ensure that Real Madrid became the first Champions League holder to defend their title, netting twice in beating Juventus 4-1 yesterday.In an exceptional career in which he keeps rewriting the record books, Ronaldo is the first player in the 25 seasons of the Champions League era to score in three finals.His first strike was cancelled out by Mario Mandzukic’s exquisite hooked 27th-minute shot, but it was the only high point for Juventus on a night when the Italian champions were outclassed in their quest for a first European title in 21 years.600TH CAREER GOALCasemiro restored the Spanish champion’s lead in the 61st; Ronaldo turned in his 600th career goal at the near post three minutes later; and Marco Asensio wrapped up a record-extending 12th title in the 90th.On one night in the Welsh capital, Juventus conceded more goals than they had on the journey to the final, having let in only three in the previous three games.But Madrid’s attacking brilliance proved just too hard for Juventus to contain as Zinedine Zidane won his second Champions League title in 18 months of top-flight management.Until now, no team since AC Milan in 1989 and 1990, when the cup was only a knockout competition, had won back-to-back titles.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonBig-cat experts say a fully grown tiger could very likely climb the 12 1/2-foot moat wall at the San Francisco Zoo, especially if there were little or no water in the moat. “That height would be scalable,” said Ronald Tilson, director of conservation at the Minnesota Zoo, who since 1987 has been overseeing the tiger species survival plan of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. “A tiger cannot leap over something like that, but what it can do is stand up and with a little hop or jump, more than likely get its paws on the ledge,” Tilson said. “That would not be much of a trick. And they are so powerful that they can scoot themselves up.” Authorities still don’t know exactly how Tatiana, a 4-year-old Siberian tiger, escaped from her enclosure at the zoo on Christmas Day before fatally attacking one teenager and mauling two other young men. But Tilson said the height of the wall protecting the public from the tigers “gives a reasonable explanation that the tiger got out from that spot.” The recommended standard height for tiger enclosures is 16.4 feet. SAN FRANCISCO – A San Francisco Zoo employee who called 911 during the Christmas Day tiger attack told a dispatcher that a very agitated male was claiming to have been bitten by an animal, but the employee initially didn’t believe him, according to communication released by police Friday afternoon. The employee, who works at the zoo cafe, later went on to say “two males are 800 (crazy) and are making something up,” but the employee added one of the men was bleeding from the back of the head. The communication was released at a brief news conference during which Police Chief Heather Fong said the investigation has determined that the Siberian tiger that killed a San Jose teenager and injured two of his friends was not released intentionally. But Fong said her office is still investigating whether any criminal acts were committed and she would not say how the 350-pound cat escaped from its enclosure. It’s not clear how far Tatiana could stretch her body when standing on her hind legs, but big-cat experts said it’s not unusual for tigers to be able to stretch to 10 feet or more. Tigers can also hop from their hind legs as much as 3 or 4 feet in the air. “Nobody’s measured exactly how far or how high they can jump,” said Scott Lope, director of operations at Big Cat Rescue, a sanctuary with more than 100 felines in Tampa, Fla. “But this was a young, healthy animal. It could have jumped quite high, and if the wall was not a smooth surface it could get a clawhold.” Water in the moat could keep a tiger from climbing a wall, but it would have to be deep enough that the tiger’s paws couldn’t touch the bottom, Tilson said. The moat in the San Francisco Zoo enclosure is dry, which tiger experts said is not uncommon in zoo exhibits. Unlike domestic house cats, tigers like water and will wade or swim in it if they can, big-cat experts said. While there’s little doubt that a tiger could escape over a 12 1/2-foot wall, experts said that thousands of the animals are kept in enclosures protected by walls roughly the same height, and yet they never escape. It’s clear, they said, that something provoked Tatiana to climb the wall. “The problem is not necessarily a 12-foot wall. I know tigers around the world that are perfectly safe behind 10-foot or 12-foot walls,” said Martine Colette, founder of the Wildlife WayStation refuge for wild and exotic animals in the Angeles National Forest near Sylmar. “The problem is the stimulus. There had to have been a tremendous stimulus that made the tiger react the way she did. If the wall was 20 feet tall, she still would have made the attempt.” While zoo officials have said the tiger may have been taunted, police have regularly said they have no proof of that.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more