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Global sports-roundup

Bolt wins French award

PARIS —- Jamaica sprinter Usain Bolt, who retained his three Olympic titles at the London Games, was named sportsman of the year by French daily L’Equipe yesterday while American tennis player Serena Williams took the women’s prize.

Bolt had already received the main French sports award in 2008, after he won the 100 metres, the 200m and the 4x100m relay at the Beijing Olympics, and in 2009.

“It has been a great season. I worked a lot to win again. It has been a real pleasure and an honour to defend my titles,” Bolt told the new L’Equipe 21 TV channel.

“Now I look forward to Rio to break some records,” added Bolt about the 2016 Olympics.

Serena Williams, who finished the year third in the WTA rankings despite winning Wimbledon, singles and doubles gold at the Olympics and the US Open, took the women’s award for the first time.


‘Messi falls short of Zico’

RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilian club Flamengo may challenge Lionel Messi’s calendar year record, saying that former Brazil captain Zico scored 89 goals in 1979.


Barcelona’s Messi scored his 87th and 88th goals of the year in Wednesday’s King’s Cup last-16 first leg at Cordoba having thought he had broken Gerd Mueller’s 1972 record of 85 on Sunday.

“We are upset. Messi still hasn’t passed the milestone,” Bruno Lucena, head of Flamengo’s research and statistics department, told Brazilian sports daily Lance.

Lucena calculated that Zico scored 81 goals for Flamengo in 1979, plus another seven for Brazil and one in a friendly between Argentina and a Rest of the World XI.

He added that Zico missed two months of the season through injury between September and November.

“If he had played for the whole year, he would have scored more than 100 goals,” he said.

Lance produced a list of goals scored by Zico in 1979. According to the statistics, he hit six goals in a game on two occasions, four goals in a game once and five hat-tricks.††

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