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Rooney SETS man U RECORD in europe play

MANCHESTER, England — Wayne Rooney surpassed Ruud van Nistelrooy as Manchester United's all-time top scorer in European competitions, leading the English club to a 4-0 win Thursday over Feyenoord and keeping it alive in the Europa League.

After scoring his 39th European goal in the 35th minute, Rooney also set up Juan Mata in the 69th.

"It's a great feeling to score goals for this club. I am pleased, and there is plenty more to come, "Rooney, 31, said.

United, owned by the Glazer family that owns the Bucs, reached nine points and is only one behind Group A leader Fenerbahce, which beat Ukraine's Zorya Luhansk 2-0 in Turkey. Feyenoord has seven points.

It was Rooney's 248th goal for Man U, leaving him one short of Bobby Charlton's all-time record with the club.

GERRARD RETIRES: Steven Gerrard has retired after an 18-year career. Considered one of the best midfielders of his era, the former Liverpool captain played for England 114 times. Gerrard, 36, scored 186 goals in 710 first-team appearances for Liverpool. Gerrard played his final two seasons with Los Angeles of the MLS.

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Spaniards lead World Cup

Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello and teammate Jon Rahm shot 3-under 69 to edge one stroke ahead of France, China and the United States in the World Cup's opening round in Melbourne, Australia. Americans Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler compiled 2-under 70. Only six of the 28 teams managed to break par on the 7,111-yard course in windy conditions.

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BASEBALL: David "Boo" Ferriss, a Red Sox pitcher who helped lead the team to the 1946 World Series, died in Cleveland, Miss. He was 94. He pitched for the Sox from 1945-50, finishing with a 65-30 record.

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