300-goal mark by Messi


Madrid: Lionel Messi took his career goals tally to 301 as he scored twice in Barcelona's 5-0 victory at Rayo Vallecano in a La Liga match on Saturday. The 25-year-old has now scored 270 goals for his club and 31 for Argentina.

Spain players David Villa, Xavi and Cesc Fabregas scored the others as Barcelona continued their unbeaten start under new coach Tito Vilanova and moved on to 25 points from nine games.

Calcutta: State sports minister Madan Mitra has become the new president of the Waris Southern Samity on Sunday.

Penang: Joshna Chinappa claimed the IJM Land Penang Open after defeating top seed Siti Munirah Jusoh 11-9, 11-7, 11-1 on Sunday. This was Chinappa's seventh Women's Squash Association World Tour title.

Basel: Juan Martin del Potro beat Roger Federer 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3) in the final of the Swiss Indoors.

Calcutta: Varinder Singh Gill scored four goals while Adhesh Balmiki scored three to help Xaverian thrashed Student Hockey Academy 16-0 in a Beighton Cup match at the Sai on Sunday. In another match, Bengal XI Sub-Junior beat Calcutta Union Sporting Club 3-2.

Mumbai: Coach Lalchand Rajput sought to dismiss reports that a green-top was on offer for England's three-day match against India A at the Brabourne Stadium here on Tuesday. "It's one of those wickets which will have some carry in the first session," said Rajput.

Calcutta: Satyam Choudhary scored an unbeaten 241 to help Madhya Pradesh A take a huge lead against hosts Bengal A in their four-day Col. C.K. Nayudu Trophy match at Kalyani on Sunday. At stumps on the penultimate day, the visitors were 530 for seven in reply to Bengal A's 340.

Brief scores: Bengal A 340 all out. Madhya Pradesh A 530/7 in 164 overs (Satyam Choudhary 241 not out; A K Yadav 3/140). Match to continue.