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Messi sets European record with 74 goals

Messi scores hat trick, shatters Champions League scoring record with 74 goals
The Associated Press

NICOSIA, Cyprus - Barcelona's Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to shatter the Champions League goalscoring record by taking his tally in the competition to 74 in a 4-0 win over APOEL on Tuesday. The previous record of 71 had been set by former Real Madrid and Schalke striker Raul over the course of 142 matches.

MLS suspends Whitecaps' Fernandez 4 games

MLS suspends Whitecaps midfielder Sebastian Fernandez four games
The Canadian Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Major League Soccer has suspended Vancouver midfielder Sebastian Fernandez four games and fined him an undisclosed amount for a post-match incident following the Whitecaps' Oct. 29 playoff loss to FC Dallas.

With the Whitecaps upset at a late penalty call that led to Dallas' winning goal, Fernandez bolted for referee Mark Geiger after the final whistle and got in the official's face.

Fernendez was issued a red card for violent conduct, resulting in a two-game suspension.

Mobile bike shop lures triathlete Whitfield

Canadian-born mobile bike repair shop attracts triathlete Simon Whitfield
Scott Edmonds, The Canadian Press

Gold-medal triathlete Simon Whitfield is an investor, franchise owner and enthusiastic spokesman for a Vancouver-based mobile bike repair business looking to expand around the world.

"We're not the triple-A of cycling," said Whitfield, dispelling a misconception he admits he had when he first heard of Velofix.

"At first I made the mistake that a lot of people make, they think we do roadside assistance. The first thing they educated me on is no we don't . . . The bike shop comes to you and does all the bikes in your garage."

Irish football chief sorry for nationalist song

Irish football chief executive apologizes after being filmed singing nationalist song in pub
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

BELFAST, Northern Ireland - The Football Association of Ireland chief executive apologized on Tuesday for any offence caused by singing an Irish nationalist song in a pub.

A video posted on YouTube shows John Delaney in a pub singing "The Ballad of Joe McDonnell" about a member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army who died in a 1981 prison hunger strike.

"I do accept that if I have upset anybody here, I'm sorry," Delaney told Irish broadcaster RTE.

The video shows Delaney singing only the end of a song that earlier features inflammatory lyrics about Britain.

Muhammad Ali daughters promote 'I Am Ali' in UK

Muhammad Ali daughters: ex-boxer waiting to see , promoting 'I Am Ali' for first time
Nicki Finlay, The Associated Press

LONDON - Muhammad Ali's daughters are in London to promote the British release of the documentary "I Am Ali." They say the former boxing champion is still waiting to see it for the first time.

Step-sisters Maryum and Hana Ali plan to visit their 72-year-old father in Arizona on their return from London and sit down to watch it with him — in silence.

"If you even speak when you watch anything to do with him, he'll say 'Shh,'" Hana said Tuesday with a smile.

Nik Lewis's future among Grey Cup storylines

Inexperienced quarterbacks and Nik Lewis's future among Grey Cup storylines
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

The Calgary Stampeders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats meet in the Grey Cup Sunday at B.C. Place. Here are five storylines to watch heading into the big game:

Red Sox delete tweet; 2nd gaffe by Boston pro team

Ill-timed Red Sox tweet is 2nd gaffe in as many weeks by a Boston pro sports team
The Associated Press

BOSTON - Boston Red Sox fans are crying foul over an innocuous tweet that the team acknowledges was ill-timed.

The Red Sox tweeted: "So how was everyone's Monday?" The tweet went out a minute after a Missouri prosecutor announced a grand jury decided not to indict a white Ferguson police officer in the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old.

Hundreds of people pounced, accusing the Sox of being out of touch with a seminal national event.

French tennis federation official banned for life

Tennis anti-corruption unit bans French official Lamri for life for gambling, other violations
Samuel Petrequin, The Associated Press

PARIS - A French chair umpire on the futures and challenger tours became the first official to be suspended for corruption by the Tennis Integrity Unit when he received a life ban on Tuesday.

The charges against 22-year-old Morgan Lamri breached four articles of the TIU's anti-corruption program in 2012 and 2013. These involve attempts to influence the outcome of an event, to "facilitate any player not to use his or her best efforts," and to "wager or attempt to wager" on the outcome of a match.

Tour de France 2016 to start in Manche

Tour de France 2016 to start near Mont-Saint-Michel
The Associated Press

PARIS - The 2016 Tour de France will return home for its "Grand Depart," starting in the wind-battered Manche region.

Manche, in northwestern France, has welcomed the Tour 23 times from 1911 to 2013, when an individual time trial was held between Avranches and Mont-Saint-Michel, one of the country's most famous tourist attraction.

Next year's race will begin in the Dutch City of Utrecht.

This year, it got underway in Yorkshire, where millions of spectators lined the windy roads of northern England.

German league chief tells Blatter to resign

German league chief Rauball tells FIFA president Sepp Blatter to resign
The Associated Press

FRANKFURT - German league chief Reinhard Rauball says he called FIFA president Sepp Blatter to ask him to resign over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

"In contrast to others who just do it via the media, I personally called Mr. Blatter some time ago and urged him to resign," Rauball told this week's Kicker magazine.

Rauball did not say what Blatter's response was. He has been a vocal critic of Blatter on the issue of Qatar.

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