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Messi sets goals record

BARCELONA, Spain Lionel Messi scored his 85th and 86th goals to break the world record for a calendar year and lead Barcelona past Real Betis 2-1 Sunday. Messi has scored 74 goals for Barcelona and 12 for Argentina to surpass Gerd Mueller, who scored 85 (72 for Bayern Munich and 13 for West Germany) in 1972. "The record is nice, but the important thing is the win that keeps us on the patch we want to continue on," Messi, 25, said.

England: Robin van Persie curled a free kick into the net in the third minute of stoppage time to give visiting Manchester United a 3-2 win over Manchester City in the Premier League.


Dodgers beat deadline to sign Korean pitcher

The Dodgers signed LHP Ryu Hyun-jin, a seven-time All-Star in the Korean league, to a six-year, $36 million deal. The Dod­gers paid $25.7 million to talk to Ryu and had until Sunday to sign him. Ryu, 25, went 98-52 with a 2.80 ERA in South Korea and helped it win gold at the 2008 Olympics.

Indians: 1B Mark Reynolds signed a deal the Akron Beacon Journal reported is for one year and $6 million. In 2012 he hit .221 with 23 homers and 69 RBIs for the Orioles.


Sides talk, bargaining might resume soon

The NHL and union talked, and a return to the bargaining table might happen soon. "Trying to set up something for this week but nothing finalized yet," deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. Talks halted Thursday. Moments after union executive director Donald Fehr said he believed a deal was close, he was back to say the league had rejected the union's latest offer. All games through Friday, the Jan. 1 Winter Classic and the All-Star Game have been canceled.


Perry, O'Hair finish big to take Shootout

Kenny Perry and Sean O'Hair birdied five of the last six holes to win the Shootout in Naples. They finished the scramble event at 31-under 185, one better than Rory Sabbatini and Charles Howell.

Et cetera

skiing: Slovenia's Tina Maze won her third straight World Cup giant slalom in St. Moritz, Switzerland, extending her lead in the overall standings. She leads Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch by 234 points. Defending champ Lindsey Vonn placed 27th and is third, 263 behind Maze.

Figure skating: 2010 Olympic Kim Yu-na ended a 19-month sabbatical by winning the NRW Trophy in Dortmund, Germany. Kim, 22, competed in the second-tier event to secure a place at next year's world championships.

Autos: Shane Koperda clinched the Limited Late Model Championship in a race won by Roger Crouse on Saturday at East Bay Raceway in Gibsonton.

Bowling: Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and Missy Parkin of Lake Forest, Calif., won the World Bowling Tour men's and women's titles in Las Vegas to kick off the PBA season.

Times wires

Most goals in calendar year

Messi Mueller

2012 1972

Goals 86 85

Games 66 60

Club goals 74 72

Int'l goals 12 13

Sports in Brief 12/09/12 [Last modified: Monday, December 10, 2012 12:00am]
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