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Messi nets 300th, 301st goals in Barcelona win

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina, right, is tackled by Real Sociedad's goalkeeper Claudio Bravo of Chile, bottom, during their Spanish League soccer match at Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian, northern Spain, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Lionel Messi scored his 300th and 301st career goals for Barcelona and extended his record-scoring run to 14 Spanish league games in a 2-1 comeback win at Granada on Saturday, four days before it visits AC Milan.

Posted: February 17th, 2013 in Football,Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Real Madrid held to 0-0 at last-place Osasuna

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FILE - Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal reacts during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Malaga CF at the Rosaleda stadium in Malaga, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergio Torres)

Ten-man Real Madrid slumped to a dire 0-0 draw at Osasuna in the Spanish league as coach Jose Mourinho failed to compensate for the absence of top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday.

Posted: January 13th, 2013 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Nadal withdraws from Australian Open

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Rafael Nadal will miss next month’s Australian Open because of a stomach virus, further delaying his comeback after being sidelined since June with a knee injury.

Posted: December 29th, 2012 in Latest Sports Stories,Multimedia,Photos,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Messi scores 91st goal of year as Barcelona wins

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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina, left, and Xavier Hernandez, right, celebrate after scoring during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Real Valladolid at the Jose Zorrilla stadium in Valladolid, Spain on Saturday, Dec 22, 2012.  (AP Photo/Israel l.Murillo)

Lionel Messi polished off his record year with his 91st and final goal of 2012 in Barcelona’s 3-1 win at Valladolid on Saturday, while Jose Mourinho’s decision to bench goalkeeper Iker Casillas backfired as Real Madrid lost 3-2 at Malaga to fall further off the pace.

Posted: December 23rd, 2012 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Mourinho benches Casillas in costly Madrid loss

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FILE - Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas stops a ball during a training session ahead of Sunday's Euro 2012 soccer championship final  between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, June 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho surprisingly benched veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas for Saturday’s game at Malaga, and the move may cost him more than just three points as little-used Adan Garrido was overwhelmed in a 3-2 loss.

Posted: December 23rd, 2012 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Atletico beats Celta to stay in touch with Barca

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Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao from Colombia, reacts after FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina scored during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Dec.16, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Adrian Lopez scored a late winner to give Atletico Madrid a 1-0 victory over Celta Vigo on Friday, as Diego Simeone’s side stayed in touch with leader Barcelona at the top of Spanish standings.

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Barcelona beats Atletico 4-1, Madrid held to draw

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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina reacts after scoring against Atletico Madrid during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Dec.16, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Lionel Messi scored his 22nd double of 2012 to reach 90 goals as Barcelona beat closest rival Atletico Madrid 4-1 on Sunday, opening up a nine-point lead and sitting 13 in front of Real Madrid in the Spanish league.

Posted: December 17th, 2012 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Messi breaks 40-year record with 86th goal of 2012

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Barcelona's Leo Messi of Argentina, second right, and Betis's Nacho Perez, second left, vie for the ball during their La Liga soccer match at the Benito Villamarin stadium, in Seville, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Angel Fernandez)

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 on Sunday.

The Argentina forward scored twice to lead Barcelona to a 2-1 win at Real Betis in the Spanish league match.

Posted: December 10th, 2012 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Messi nets 2 as Barcelona beats Zaragoza 3-1

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Lionel Messi netted his eighth brace of the season and created a third goal to steer Barcelona to a 3-1 win over a feisty Real Zaragoza on Saturday as the Spanish league leaders kept alive their club-record start.

Posted: November 18th, 2012 in Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Xavi gives Barcelona 2-0 win over Granada

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Xavi Hernandez scored three minutes from time to seal Barcelona’s hard-fought 2-0 home win over Granada on Saturday, keeping the Spanish leaders perfect through five rounds.

Posted: September 23rd, 2012 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

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