Sports shorts: Messi scores twice to break goals mark

2012-12-10T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Messi scores twice to break goals markWire Reports Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
December 10, 2012 12:00 am  • 

BARCELONA, Spain - Lionel Messi broke German great Gerd Mueller's 40-year-old record for most goals in a year by scoring for the 86th time in 2012 on Sunday.

The Argentina forward, 25, scored twice to lead Barcelona to a 2-1 win at Real Betis in the Spanish league match. His first unassisted goal in the 16th minute equaled Mueller's mark, and Messi eclipsed the 1972 milestone with a familiar left-footed finish in the 25th minute.

Messi has scored 74 goals for Barcelona and 12 times for Argentina this year, and he has three more games left. Mueller scored 85 for Bayern Munich and West Germany.

• In Hoover, Ala., Nikita Kotlov scored off a header pass from Eriq Zavaleta midway through the second half to give Indiana a 1-0 victory over Georgetown on Sunday to win the NCAA men's soccer title for the eighth time.

• In Manchester, England, Robin van Persie scored a stoppage-time winner as Manchester United handed Premier League champ Manchester City its first loss 3-2.

Baseball

Royals give up Myers for Rays' Shields, Davis

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Royals acquired starting pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis from the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Wil Myers late Sunday.

The blockbuster deal is Kansas City's most aggressive move yet under general manager Dayton Moore to shore up the rotation. But doing so came at the cost of Myers, the minor leagues' top player last season, and a couple more top prospects. The Rays also are getting right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who would have competed for a spot in the Royals' rotation this season, along with lefty Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard.

• The Los Angeles Dodgers signed South Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin, 25, to a $36 million, six-year deal, bolstering their starting rotation for next year. Ryu, who has a 98-52 career mark with a 2.80 ERA, is the first to go directly from the Korea Baseball Organization to the U.S. big leagues. L.A. is also trying to sign free-agent Zack Greinke.

• The Diamondbacks and infielder Eric Chavez finalized a $3 million, one-year contract. Chavez, 35, hit .281 with 16 homers in 278 at-bats last season for the Yankees, playing first and third base and DH. Chavez, who lives in the Phoenix area, is likely to be a reserve for Arizona.

• Philadelphia acquired seven-time All-Star Michael Young from Texas for relievers Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla. Young will play third for the Phillies.

MISCELLANEOUS

Notre Dame's Te'o captures Lott Trophy

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o won the Lott IMPACT Trophy as the collegiate defensive player having the biggest impact on his team. The other finalists were Arthur Brown of Kansas State, Jarvis Jones of Georgia and Chase Thomas of Stanford.

• NBC Sports Group and Yahoo announced a content and promotional deal that combines the website's sports reporting, college recruitment content and fantasy sports with its partner's digital assets and television access.

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

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