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Ronaldo sets mark, says he'll stay

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player with 10 goals in a single UEFA Champions League group stage, scoring four times in host Real Madrid's 8-0 rout of Sweden's Malmo to push his six-match total to 11 goals.

Ronaldo went on to dismiss rumors that he wants to leave the Spanish giants and said coach Rafa Benitez, under fire after six months at the club, is doing a good job. There were widespread reports that the striker was negotiating a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

Also in the Champions League, Manchester United was eliminated with a 3-2 loss at Germany's Wolfsburg, which reached the round of 16 for the first time.

Gulati sorry: U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati apologized to the women's national team for the last-minute cancellation of Sunday's scheduled exhibition game against Trinidad and Tobago in Honolulu. Players refused to play on an unsafe artificial turf, which Gulati called "absolutely a black eye for this organization."


Three UT players make All-America in D-II

The University of Tampa's Berkley Whaley (of Lakewood High) and Jessica Wagner were named first-team Division II volleyball All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. UT's Marissa Lisenbee (Seminole High) was named to the second team and the third team included Saint Leo's Anna Siruckova and Eckerd's Tjasa Kotnik. … Florida State's Sarah Burrington (Riverview High) and Nicole Walch made the AVCA's Division I all-East Region first team and the Seminoles' Milica Kubura was named to the region's second team.


IOC president calls for cleanup of corruption

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach called for renewed efforts against corruption and doping, saying recent scandals undermine credibility and cast suspicion on millions of clean athletes. Bach called on all sports organizations to follow rules of "good governance" to prevent the type of corruption cases that have rocked the global governing bodies of soccer and track and field. In an op-ed piece published in several newspapers around the world, Bach did not name the scandals enveloping FIFA, the IAAF and Russia's track program, but the references were clear.

Et cetera

Tennis: Serena Williams was named WTA player of the year for the fourth consecutive time and seventh overall. Her older sister Venus was comeback player of the year. … St. Petersburg's Danielle Collins, a senior at Virginia, won four matches — two singles, one doubles, one mixed doubles — over the weekend to help the U.S. team win the Master BNP Paribas international college event in Rennes, France.

Boxing: The IBF stripped new heavyweight champion Tyson Fury of its title for signing for a rematch with former champ Wladimir Klitschko rather than its No. 1 contender, Vyacheslav Glazkov.

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