Superstar Lionel Messi surpassed German legend Gerd Mueller's 40-year-old record for most goals in a year by scoring for the 86th time in 2012..

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Messi surpasses record for goals

in a year by scoring 85th, 86th

Superstar Lionel Messi surpassed German legend Gerd Mueller’s 40-year-old record for most goals in a year by scoring for the 86th time in 2012 on Sunday.

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The Argentina forward scored twice to lead FC Barcelona to a 2-1 victory at Real Betis in the Spanish-league match.

His first goal was an individual effort in the 16th minute to tie Mueller’s mark; he scored with a familiar left-footed finish nine minutes later.

“As I always say, my objectives are on a team level: to win the league, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey again,” the 25-year-old Messi said.

Messi has scored 74 goals for Barcelona and 12 for Argentina this year, with three matches to go. Mueller scored 85 for Bayern Munich and West Germany in 1972.

Manchester United edges rival

Robin van Persie scored in injury time as Manchester United beat defending champion Manchester City 3-2 to move six points clear of its rival atop the Premier League.

Wayne Rooney struck twice to move to 150 goals in England’s top league as Man U took a 2-0 halftime lead. Host City rallied with goals by Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta.

Man U defender Rio Ferdinand was hit by an object thrown from the crowd as he celebrated the winning goal. He had a cut over an eye.

Indiana men take NCAA title

Nikita Kotlov scored off a header pass from Eriq Zavaleta in the 64th minute to give Indiana a 1-0 victory over Georgetown in the NCAA men’s championship match in Hoover, Ala.

It was the eighth championship for the Hoosiers (16-5-3) and their first since 2004.

Georgetown (19-4-3) was outshot 16-7.


Pacquiao plans to fight again

Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines released a statement the morning after being knocked unconscious by Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico at the close of the sixth round of their bout Saturday night in Las Vegas.

“I am fine. I am looking forward to a nice rest and then I will be back to fight,” the 33-year-old Pacquiao said.

After the fight, Pacquiao underwent a CT scan; it was negative for neurological damage. He retreated to his hotel room, ate dinner and watched a DVD of his loss to “see what he did wrong,” according to his spokesman.

As the DVD played, Pacquiao said, “Spoiler alert: I don’t think you are going to like how this ends!”

Marquez, 39, beat Pacquiao for the first time in their four bouts. They fought to a draw in 2004 and Pacquiao won the next two by decision.

Veteran promoter Bob Arum said he expects there to be yet another Marquez-Pacquiao bout.

“I’ll call it Pacquiao-Marquez 5: Epic,” he said.


NBC Sports, Yahoo are partners

NBC Sports and Yahoo are taking on the crowded sports-media landscape with a partnership that tries to fill in gaps for both companies.

NBC brings video and big-name broadcasters and Yahoo adds college coverage and fantasy games. They hope their strengths will complement each other and attract more eyes to both as they vie with ESPN and other outlets for multimedia sports supremacy.

“It’s just a natural fit,” said Rick Cordella, senior vice president and general manager for digital media with NBC Sports Group.

Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Group will maintain separate websites and newsrooms, but will work together on some news and events coverage online and on the air.


• Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o won the Lott IMPACT Trophy as the collegiate defensive player having the biggest impact on his football team. The award is named for Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott.

• Olympic champion Kim Yu-na of South Korea completed her triumphant return to figure-skating competition by winning the NRW Trophy in Dortmund, Germany, with the season’s best total score (201.61). She secured a spot at next year’s world championships in London, Ontario.

Mao Asada of Japan had the season’s previous best score (196.80) when she won the Grand Prix Final in Sochi, Russia, on Saturday.

• Skier Tina Maze of Slovenia won her third straight World Cup giant slalom to extend her lead in the overall standings, and defending overall champion Lindsey Vonn of Vail, Colo., placed 27th after almost crashing out in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Maze had a two-run time of 2 minutes, 11.07 seconds to finish 0.08 seconds ahead of Viktoria Rebensburg, the Olympic champion from Germany.

Vonn hit trouble midway down her second run after her skis appeared to touch.

• Defending World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria protected his first-run lead to comfortably win a giant-slalom event in Val d’Isere, France.

Hirscher’s two-run time was 1:54.10 and he beat runner-up Stefan Luitz of Germany by 1.16 seconds. Ted Ligety of Park City, Utah, was third.

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