FOOTBALL - Lionel Messi’s second goal tonight was his 200th in La Liga. He is the first player to reach this benchmark for FC Barcelona. By scoring tonight, Messi set a new La Liga record for scoring in most successive matches (11), overtaking the mark of 10 by Mariano Martín and Ronaldo, who coincidentally both also recorded their streak on behalf of Barcelona.
TENNIS - Kimiko Date-Krumm has become the oldest player to win a women’s singles match at the Australian Open. The 42-year-old from Japan improves the record set by Virginia Wade in 1985 at age 40. Martina Navratilova is the oldest player to win a women’s singles match at any Grand Slam. She was 47 when she won a match at Wimbledon in 2004.
FOOTBALL - FC Barcelona have equalled their own La Liga record by scoring in their 36th consecutive league match. Barça previously set this streak between 1942 and 1944 and can break it in their next match away against Málaga CF, the team which has conceded fewest goals in La Liga this season.
FOOTBALL - On Sunday, Lionel Messi once again cemented his status as one of the all-time greats by scoring his 85th and 86th goals for club and country in the 2012 calendar year, surpassing the previous world record mark of 85 by Gerd Müller from 1972.
FOOTBALL - Saturday’s 3-2 Real Madrid triumph at Real Valladolid saw Madrid defender Pepe rack up his 100th career victory in the Spanish top flight, needing only 124 La Liga matches to dial up the milestone, a record in Spanish top flight history. He beats Lionel Messi by 12 matches and also trumps two others.
FOOTBALL - For the first time in the history of European club competitions, seven German clubs have extended their European campaign beyond New Year’s. All seven German clubs that are making a European participation are through. Spain, Italy and England had sent seven sides through before, however for Germany it is a first.
FOOTBALL - On Saturday, 1 December, Lionel Messi scored his 83rd and 84th official goals for club and country in the 2012 calendar year, moving him to within one of equalling Gerd Müller’s world record of 85 established in 1972. The Argentine ace still has a possible six matches to play in 2012.
FOOTBALL - The first half of Saturday’s Premier League match between Reading and Manchester United at the Madejski stadium produced seven goals equalling a record in the Premier League era. Both preceding cases featured a decidedly non-productive second half. The three combined produced only one second half goal.
FOOTBALL - FC Barcelona’s 4-0 victory over Levante UD on Sunday saw the Catalan side involved in two more La Liga records. Their 12 wins and one draw from the start of the season matched the best track record after 13 match rounds (by Real Madrid in 1991/1992) and the Catalans also became the first side to score at least four times in four successive top flight away matches.
FOOTBALL - Manchester United defeated Aston Villa 3-2 after trailing by 2-0 earlier in the match. It was a record seventh victory in a PL match in which the Red Devils were behind by at least a two goal margin. It established a new Premier League record, as United overtook Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, who have registered six similar comeback wins each.
FOOTBALL - Felix Magath has been sacked by VfL Wolfsburg, marking the sixth time his contract as a Bundesliga head coach has been prematurely terminated. Magath led Wolfsburg to the 2008/2009 Bundesliga crown, then joined Schalke where he was fired in March 2011. After that, he returned to Wolfsburg. Magath joins Jörg Berger and Gyula Lorant as the only Bundesliga coaches on six premature departures.
BASEBALL - The San Francisco Giants triumphed over the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the 2012 MLB World Series on the strength of three home runs by Pablo Sandoval, a man nicknamed ‘Kung-Fu Panda’. The Venezuelan became only the fourth player in MLB history to homer three times in a single World Series game, joining Babe Ruth (9 October 1928), Reggie Jackson (18 October 1977) and Albert Pujols (22 October 2011).
FOOTBALL - Mark van Bommel is the first player in Eredivisie history to pick up a yellow card in each of the first five matchdays of a Dutch top flight season. Before he embarked on his foreign adventure, he also picked up a yellow card in his farewell match in 2005. Therefore, another record looms for Van Bommel when he returns from suspension on 30 September.