IN THE NEWS: Messi goalscoring reaches ‘calendar status’

FOOTBALL - On the night when he returns from a 59-day absence due to injury, Lionel Messi scores his 365th and 366th career goals for club and country, enough to fill a calendar with. For a leap year, that is.

IN THE NEWS: Infostrada Sports Group and IOC commit

OLYMPIC GAMES - We are tremendously proud to announce that the Infostrada Sports Group and the International Olympic Committee have voiced their intention to commit until 2020. We thank the IOC for vesting trust in our company in providing statistics, data and athlete biographies for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Games, the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games and the 2020 Summer Games, to be held in a city that has yet to be appointed as host.

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IN THE NEWS: Messi approaching 200 La Liga goals

FOOTBALL - Lionel Messi, fresh off his Ballon d’Or winning night, can now focus on this weekend’s match at Málaga CF and raising up his career goal tally even further. The FC Barcelona star needs four goals to reach 200 in La Liga, a platform that only seven players in history have reached.

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IN THE NEWS: Huntelaar could complete Top 4 set

FOOTBALL - With Klaas-Jan Huntelaar high on the Christmas list of several Premier League sides, ‘The Hunter’ can become the first Dutchman to have played top flight football in Europe’s four highest ranked countries - England, Spain, Germany and Italy. Huntelaar has already represented Real Madrid, AC Milan and current employer Schalke 04. Click ‘Read More’ to see which players have completed the set.

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IN THE NEWS: Saha appears in fourth major PL derby

FOOTBALL - Louis Saha achieved a unique feat in Premier League football history as he became the first player in the PL era to appear in the following major derbies: the Manchester Derby (facing City on behalf of United), the Merseyside Derby (facing Liverpool on behalf of Everton), the North London Derby (facing Arsenal on behalf of Tottenham Hotspur) and the Tyne-Wear Derby (facing Newcastle United on behalf of Sunderland.

IN THE NEWS: Rabobank to withdraw as cycling sponsor

Rabobank will withdraw as a major cycling sponsor at the end of the year. We have put the performances of the team since 1996 into perspective.

IN THE NEWS: Cristiano Ronaldo to collect 100th cap

FOOTBALL - Cristiano Ronaldo is set to play in his 100th international match on Tuesday when his Portugal side takes on Northern Ireland in Oporto. We have sorted the numbers leading up to this century.

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IN THE NEWS: Dutch field youngest captain since 1907

FOOTBALL - When Netherlands take on Andorra on Friday in their World Cup qualifier in Rotterdam, 22-year-old Kevin Strootman will deputise for the injured Wesley Sneijder and he will become the team’s youngest captain for over 105 years. He will become the team’s youngest ever captain in a competitive match, breaking the record set at Euro 2008, by then 24-year-old Johnny Heitinga.

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IN THE NEWS: Cabrera on pace for Triple Crown

BASEBALL - Miguel Cabrera is on course to become the first Triple Crown winner in Major League Baseball in 45 years as the Detroit Tigers star leads the American League in three major statistical categories (batting average, home runs and runs batted in) with only two games to go in the regular season. We have listed below all Triple Crown winners in the Major League.

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IN THE NEWS: WC Qualification top scorers worldwide

FOOTBALL - With more than 1,000 goals scored in worldwide qualifying for the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil, we have listed the global top scorers in qualifiers so far. The leading marksman hails from the tiny CONCACAF nation of Belize, which has already been knocked out of contention.

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IN THE NEWS: David’s rematch vs Goliath

FOOTBALL - This weekend, France’s Ligue 1 has kicked off with the reigning champions Montpellier drawing Toulouse 1-1. We have taken a closer look on what made Montpellier a unique winner last season. Click to Read More.

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IN THE NEWS: Federer wins Major aged 30+

TENNIS - Roger Federer’s 17th career Grand Slam crown was his first achieved beyond the age of 30. Federer becomes the 11th player aged 30+ to win a Major in the Open era and the first since Andre Agassi won the 2003 Australian Open. 

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IN THE NEWS: Up-and-coming nations take over Tour

CYCLING - Going into Stage 8 of the 2012 Tour de France, the leaders in the four major classifications (General, Points, Mountain, Youth) all hail from countries that have never produced a General Classification winner in one of the three Grand Tours. Such honours have never been recorded by riders from Great Britain, Slovakia and/or Estonia. This has never occurred since World War II.

IN THE NEWS: Millar to appear in record 10th Olympics

OLYMPIC GAMES -  Ian Millar, Canada’s equestrian stalwart, will appear in a record 10th Olympic Games in London and he will become the first athlete in Olympic history to reach this landmark. The 65-year-old made his Olympic debut in the 1972 Munich Games and could have made it 11, had his NOC not boycotted the 1980 Moscow Games.

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IN THE NEWS: Federer, Djokovic to contest #1 spot

TENNIS - Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic set up a meeting against each other in the semifinals of the Wimbledon men’s singles championship. If the Serbian wins, he will retain his number one perch in the ATP world ranking. If Federer wins and wins the final, he will reclaim the top spot in the rankings and equal a Pete Sampras record that has stood since 2000.

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