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Ronaldo closes in on goalscoring record

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PARIS (AP) Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 70th Champions League goal and Mario Balotelli again failed to deliver as Real Madrid cruised to a 3-0 win at Liverpool on Wednesday to take complete control of Group B with a third straight win.

While Tuesday night's 40-goal bonanza never looked like being matched, there was still drama elsewhere as Arsenal scraped a 2-1 win at Anderlecht with late goals from defender Kieran Gibbs and forward Lukas Podolski - a peripheral player this season.

German sides continue to score for fun, as Borussia Dortmund romped to a 4-0 win at Galatasaray the day after Bayern Munich's magnificent 7-1 in Roma and Schalke beat Sporting Lisbon 4-3. Bayer Leverkusen also underlined the Bundesliga's fine form in Europe, beating Zenit St. Petersburg 2-0 on Wednesday.

Balotelli woes at Liverpool continue

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) A halftime swap of shirts with a Real Madrid player provided the first flashpoint in Mario Balotelli's career at Liverpool.

In truth, it should be the least of the team's worries. (MORE)

Lions ready to face Falcons at Wembley

BAGSHOT, England (AP) Heading into this weekend's game, the Detroit Lions have the No. 1 defense in the NFL.

Make that the world. (MORE)

Record demand for World Cup tickets

LONDON (AP) A total of 950,000 tickets to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England were sold last month from a record application for more than five million tickets.

Tournament organizer England Rugby 2015 announced the news on Thursday. (MORE)

Suarez returns to face Real Madrid

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Accustomed to thriving against his fierce rival, Lionel Messi will again lead Barcelona at Real Madrid as he aims for another scoring record. The big question is whether Luis Suarez will join him or watch from the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium bench.

Suarez will finish his four-month ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup just in time to dress and possibly debut for Barcelona against its archrival. (MORE)

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