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Sports in brief: Messi sets Champions League mark


Messi's five goals a champions first

BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi became the first to score five goals in a Champions League game as Barcelona beat Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 Wednesday.

"I'm very happy," said Messi, who is the fourth player to score five goals in a European Cup match and first since Ajax's Soren Lerby against Omonia in the old Champion Clubs' Cup in 1979-80. His 49th Champions League goal tied Alfredo di Stefano for fourth on the all-time European Cup list. With 48 goals this season, Messi is seven from tying Cesar Rodriguez's all-time club record of 235.

"There is no other like him. One day he'll score six," Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said.

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Morgan hat trick lifts U.S. to third

Alex Morgan scored her first hat trick and Abby Wambach added a goal, leading the United States over Sweden 4-0 for third place in the Algarve Cup at Parchal, Portugal. In the title game, Germany scored in stoppage time to beat Japan 4-3.

Et cetera

college football: Michigan might have violated a secondary NCAA rule when players Roy Roundtree and Kenny Demens tweeted congratulations to LB recruit Mike McCray after he picked the Wolverines. … Penn State police said a "Paternoville" marker has been recovered after it was taken from outside the stadium. Charges are expected. ... Four Arizona players were arrested after a brawl that began when they were told to leave a party. CB Jourdon Grandon, OT Fabbians Ebbele and OL Eric Bender-Ramsay were charged with criminal trespassing and assault, and S Jared Tevis was charged with trespassing.

Autos: NASCAR's Regan Smith and Paul Menard escaped injury when Smith's truck crashed into trees after hitting ice in Evergreen, Colo.

horses: Sam F. Davis Stakes winner Battle Hardened drew the No. 7 post among 12 3-year-olds in the Grade II $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar. Also on the Festival Day card, the Grade III $150,000 Hillsborough Stakes attracted 10 entries and the $100,000 Suncoast has eight starters.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

Sports in brief: Messi sets Champions League mark 03/07/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 11:00pm]
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