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rooney hat trick lifts man u

Wayne Rooney ended a drought of 10 games without a goal with a hat trick in Manchester United's 4-0 win at Bruges on Wednesday, helping the English club to a 7-1 victory on aggregate that advances it to the Champions League group stage.

"To be honest, if I didn't have a strong character, maybe it would have affected me," Rooney said of his poor scoring form. "I wasn't worried.

Astana became the first team from Kazakhstan to qualify for today's group stage after drawing 1-1 at APOEL Nicosia for a 2-1 aggregate win. Others to qualify: Bayer Leverkusen, CSKA Moscow and BATE Borisov of Belarus.

MORE SOCCER: L.A. Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant, 34, said he will retire after the season. The five-time MLS Cup champion (only Landon Donovan has more) also played for San Jose, the New York Red Bulls and Toronto during a 13-year career.

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Charity established to help Wilson's family

A charity has been established to help the family of Justin Wilson, an IndyCar driver who died Monday after being hit in the head by debris in Sunday's race at Pocono. The Englishman, 37, was married with two children. Donations can be sent to Wilson Children's Fund, c/o Forum Credit Union, P.O. Box 50738, Indianapolis, IN 46250-0738 or by calling (317) 558-6000. Decals and T-shirts also are being sold to raise money at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's online store.

VAUTIER PUNISHED: Tristan Vautier lost three points, was fined $10,000 and will miss the first two hours of practice Friday at Sonoma — penalties for taking himself and title contender Graham Rahal out at Pocono. IndyCar officials said Vautier could have avoided the contact. Vautier was already on probation for making contact with one of his Dale Coyne Racing pit crew at Fontana in June.

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NHL: Ron "Chico" Maki, a member of the Blackhawks' 1961 Stanley Cup champions, died at 76 at his home in Port Dover, Ontario. The right wing, a three-time All-Star, played for Chicago from 1961-76. He had 143 goals and 292 assists in 841 regular-season games, and 17 goals and 53 points in 113 playoff games.

LITTLE league world series: Undefeated Lewisberry, Pa., beat Pearland, Texas, 3-0 for a berth in the U.S. bracket title game. Pearland plays Bonita, Calif., today for the other spot in the title game against Lewisberry. The winner of that game Saturday faces the International bracket winner for the World Series title Sunday in Williamsport, Pa. Also, Tokyo rallied twice to beat Venezuela 5-4 in eight innings for a berth in the International bracket title game. The team from Barquisimeto plays Mexicali Baja California, Mexico, today. The winner of that game faces Tokyo on Saturday for the International title.

Track: Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin cruised in their 200-meter semifinal heats to set up a gold-medal showdown today at the world championships in Beijing. Bolt's time was 19.95; Gatlin's time was 19.87. Bolt will try to extend his record by winning a 10th career gold medal at the world championships. Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa won the 400 meters in 43.48 seconds, topping two Olympic and world champions, LaShawn Merritt and Kirani James.

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