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Messi Sets Mark With 86th Goal

BARCELONA, Spain — 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 Argentine forward scored twice to lead Barcelona to a 2-1 win at Real Betis in the Spanish league match.

His first was an individual effort in the 16th minute to equal Mueller’s mark, and he eclipsed the 1972 milestone with a familiar left-footed finish nine minutes later.


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“As I have said many times, the record is nice but the important thing is the victory that keeps us on the patch we want to continue on,” Messi said. “As I always say, my objectives are on a team level: to win the league, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey again.”

MAN U: Robin van Persie scored in the third minute of stoppage time to send Manchester United to a 3-2 victory over Manchester City, ending the champions’ unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

Rays Ship Shields, Davis to Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals have acquired starting pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis from the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Wil Myers and a package of minor league prospects.

The blockbuster deal announced late Sunday night is the Royals’ most aggressive move yet under general manager Dayton Moore to shore up a starting rotation that has been abysmal for years. But doing so came at the cost of Myers, the minor leagues’ top player last season, and a couple more top prospects.

The Rays also are getting right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who would have competed for a spot in the Royals’ rotation this season, along with left-hander Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard. Kansas City also will receive a player to be named or cash.

PHILLIES: Philadelphia acquired seven-time All-Star infielder Michael Young from the Texas Rangers for two relief pitchers, filling a void at third base. The deal was announced Sunday, a day after Young agreed to waive his no-trade clause.

The Rangers get right-hander Josh Lindblom and minor league righty Lisalverto Bonilla.

INDIANS: Cleveland agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent slugger Mark Reynolds. The 28-year-old Reynolds batted .221 with 23 homers and 69 RBIs in 135 games for Baltimore in 2012.


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John Herrera Wins Boxing Event

ROSWELL — John Herrera, fighting in his hometown, knocked out Cristoval Larazolo in 47 seconds of the first round Saturday in the super bantamweight main event of a professional boxing card. Herrera is 4-4-1, Larazolo 1-4.

In a four-round co-main event, junior middleweight Michael Herrera, John’s brother, lost by majority decision to El Paso’s Oscar De La Parra. Michael Herrera is 0-3, De La Parra 1-0.

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GOLF: In Naples, Fla., Kenny Perry and Sean O’Hair birdied five of the last six holes to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout on Sunday. The 52-year-old Perry became the oldest player to win the Shootout, and also won for the third time with a different partner. He won with John Huston in 2005 and Scott Hoch in 2008.

SKIING: In Val D’Isere, France, defending World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria protected his first-run lead to comfortably win a giant slalom race.

… In St. Moritz, Switzerland, Tina Maze of Slovenia won her third straight World Cup giant slalom to extend her lead in the overall standings, and defending champion Lindsey Vonn placed 27th after almost crashing out.
— This article appeared on page B4 of the Albuquerque Journal