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Lionel Messi scored a hat trick as Barcelona opened its Champions League campaign with a dominant 4-0 win over Ajax on Wednesday

Lionel Messi scored a hat trick as Barcelona opened its Champions League campaign with a dominant 4-0 win over Ajax on Wednesday.<p>It was a different story for Jose Mourinho, though, as Chelsea made a losing start for the first time as Basel came from behind to win 2-1 in London and add to the difficulties of the “Special One” during his Stamford Bridge homecoming.<p>Last season’s runner-up Borussia Dortmund also had a bad night, losing 2-1 at Napoli with both coach Juergen Klopp and goalkeeper …

Ben Johnson ran his first competitive race in close to two decades on Tuesday, competing at a Toronto meet in a celebrity relay

<b>Ben Johnson ran his first competitive race</b> in close to two decades on Tuesday, competing at a Toronto meet in a celebrity relay. His team won.<p>“Exhausted,” he said, sitting inside the University of Toronto’s stadium. “I’m in good shape, but my cardio is really bad. My breathing, you know? It’s bad. But my running style is OK.“ (Photo: Darren Calabrese/National Post)

The rivalry didn’t want to let go

The long goodbye after 87 years of close proximity needed to be longer. A Game 7 to punctuate the end of their relationship just wasn’t enough for the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks … so they had to settle the last Western playoff series they will ever contest with overtime.<p>Someone’s heart was bound to be broken. (Photo by Nam Y. Huh/The Associated Press)

Serena Williams won her opening match at the French Open, and then achieved a career breakthrough by speaking French to the crowd for the…

Serena Williams won her opening match at the French Open, and then achieved a career breakthrough by speaking French to the crowd for the first time.<p>“I’m a beginner,” Williams said — referring to her French, not tennis.<p>Her play spoke volumes Sunday. Williams returned to the red clay that tripped her up in the first round a year ago, channeled any lingering frustration into her overpowering strokes and drubbed Anna Tatishvili 6-0, 6-1. (Photo by Petr David Josek/The Associated Press)

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Arjen Robben scored in the 89th minute Saturday to give Bayern Munich a 2-1 win over German rival Borussia Dortmund in the Champions Leag…

<b>Arjen Robben scored</b> in the 89th minute Saturday to give Bayern Munich a 2-1 win over German rival Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, ending four years of frustration for his team in Europe’s biggest tournament.<p>Robben ran on to Franck Ribery’s backheeled flick-on in the area and calmly slotted the ball past goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller to give Bayern its first Champions League victory since 2001. The German team had lost two of the last three finals, including on penalties to …

Hockey Canada’s bodychecking ban: How early is too early for hitting?

Brian Taylor, 54, has played hockey all his life, and readily admits that when he was a kid, he skated aggressively and collided with other players. But the kind of hitting the former peewee coach has recently witnessed on the ice has made him want to pull his son out of the game at times.<p>"I was …

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