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--MESSI RETURNS TO FORM WITH 2 GOALS FOR BARCA IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Lionel Messi returned to form with two goals as Barcelona secured its spot in the knockout stage of the Champions League. Fellow Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain also had a brace for Napoli. And Samuel Eto'o scored for his fourth different team.
--BLAST OFF: COUNTOWN TO SOCHI CONTINUTES WITH OLYMPIC TORCH FIRED INTO ORBIT
A rocket carrying the Olympic flame successfully blasted off Thursday from earth ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games.
--PERFECT PACERS BEAT BULLS TO REMAIN UNBEATEN IN NBA
Unbeaten Indiana beat division rival Chicago 97-80 for its fifth straight win to open the NBA season, the Pacers' best start since 1971-72.
--RANGERS END PENGUINS WINNING RUN
Brian Boyle scored his first goal of the season and captain Ryan Callahan added his first since returning from a broken thumb as the New York Rangers end the Penguins's four-game streak with a 5-1 victory.
--FOWLER TAKES 2-STROKE LEAD OVER SCOTT AT AUSTRALIAN PGA
Ricky Fowler carded six birdies over his last eight holes en route to an 8-under-par 63 and has a two-stroke lead over Masters champion Adam Scott after the first round of the Australian PGA.
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