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    BARCELONA, Spain -- Lionel Messi netted two goals within 15 minutes of coming on as a substitute to give Barcelona a 4-2 comeback win over Real Betis on Sunday and push his team to the brink of the Spanish league title. After his teammates had rallied back twice to level at 2-2, Messi went on in the 56th and four minutes later curled in a free kick to extend his record scoring streak to 21 straight league appearances. The Argentina forward struck again in the 71st by polishing off a superb passing combination with Andres Iniesta and fellow goalscorer Alexis Sanchez to reach the 60-goal mark in all competitions for the second straight season. "We know Messi is the best," Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said. "We know every time he comes on he will give us something." Barcelona leads by 11 points with four rounds to go and would clinch its 22nd domestic crown if defending champion Real Madrid drops points against Malaga on Wednesday. Messi has been hampered for the past month by a right hamstring injury. Since hurting his leg on April 2, the four-time world player of the year has missed four games-- including Wednesdays stinging 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich that sealed its exit from the Champions League-- and come off the bench in two more before Sundays match. Like last weeks game at Athletic Bilbao, Messi looked fit enough as he again tilted the match in Barcelonas favour. "Against Messi, you cant do anything," said Betis coach Pepe Mel, whose team remained in seventh place. "At San Mames he ran through opposing players like they were cones. And here, the first ball he touches he puts it right inside the corner of the goalframe. It was like it had been scripted. It was suddenly a big party and went down from there." Messis double gave took his league-leading goal tally to 46 for the season, and kept him on pace to beat his own record of 50 from the last campaign. Elsewhere on Sunday, Real Zaragoza beat Rayo Vallecano 3-0 to escape the relegation zone, while Mallorca remained in last place after drawing 1-1 with Levante. Sevilla, meanwhile, rolled to a 3-0 victory over Espanyol to move into eighth place and stay in the hunt for a Europa League berth. Barcelona showed signs of still feeling the effects of its midweek defeat to Bayern that completed its 7-0 dismantling of the Catalan side over their two-leg semifinal. Barcelona was sluggish at the start and in the second minute its defence was slow to react to an apparently routine high ball that bounced through to Dorlan Pabon, who expertly slotted it beyond goalkeeper Jose Pinto, playing for the injured Victor Valdes. Whistles of frustration were immediately heard from the demanding Camp Nou crowd, and they combined with the drizzling rain to further damper the hosts spirits just when they should have been trying to take a step toward the league title. Barcelona was quick to react, and with Messi on the bench, it fell to playmaker Iniesta to unlock Betis defence in the ninth when he picked out Alexis at the far post to nod in his cross. Barcelona pressed for a second goal with David Villa squandering two good chances before Cristian Tello hit the crossbar. But it was Betis that went ahead again-- this time against the run of play-- with Ruben Perezs unstoppable long strike from well outside the area that Pinto had no chance to keep out two minutes before halftime. "Football was a little cruel with us in the first half," Pique said. "We created a lot of scoring opportunities while they scored on the two chances they had, but then it was kind to us in the second half. "We are close to the title. The sooner it comes, the better." Messi started to warm up at the start of the second half to the relief of the home fans who cheered his presence on the sideline. Seconds before coming off for Messi, Villa made up for his earlier misses by knocking Dani Alves cross under goalie Adrian San Miguel with a header after Betis defence has left him unmarked in the box. Messi then took over in his 20th multi-goal game of the season. He had touched the ball just once when he scored an exquisite free kick, bending a left-footed shot just inside the near corner of the goalframe that San Miguel did well to touch but couldnt turn away. Messi almost hit with another free kick in the 69th, with the ball landing on the corner of the goalframe. But his second goal soon came when Messi linked up with Iniesta, who flicked on a no-look pass to play Alexis free in the area. The Chile forward then unselfishly crossed for Messi to tap in and complete the kind of beautiful move that Barcelona is known for and few other teams are capable of performing. Nike Pegasus 34 Womens. Aside from the trilogy main event title fight, there are a number of intriguing matchups in the heavyweight, welterweight and lightweight divisions. Nike Shox r4 For Sale. -- The St. Johns IceCaps weathered a wild first period with the help of goaltender Jussi Olkinuora, before finding offensive inroads in the second. http://www.csidusa.com/.ca look back at each of the Top 10 stories of 2013. Today, we look back at Boston Strong - a citys recovery from tragedy. Air Zoom Pegasus 33.875,000, avoiding arbitration. Clippards deal Monday means all eight Nationals players who filed for arbitration wound up settling before a hearing. Air Zoom Pegasus 31.com) - Richie Incognito has reportedly been admitted to a psychiatric care unit in Arizona. PITTSBURGH -- As a general rule, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin doesnt get too caught up in the emotional toll of a loss or the carnage it can leave behind.Yes, going over Sundays lifeless, sloppy showing in Miami wasnt pleasant. Its not supposed to be when you get whipped by a last-place team.We cant spend any time lamenting that performance and who is available or who is not available, Tomlin said Tuesday.Going through the injury list would probably take too much time anyway, especially now that it includes quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.The tweaked left knee Roethlisberger suffered in the second quarter against Miami while trying to avoid a sack resulted in surgery on Monday. While Roethlisberger prides himself on his toughness, he wont be in the lineup when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots visit on Sunday. Tomlin officially ruled Roethlisberger out and Landry Jones the starter for a showdown with the AFC East leaders.Tomlin declined to give a timeline for Roethlisbergers potential return. The Steelers (4-2) are off next week and travel to Baltimore on Nov. 6. Its possible Roethlisberger could be back by then, but Tomlin wont speculate on that now. Trying to figure out a way to slow down the Patriots (5-1) without his franchise quarterback takes precedence anyway.Besides, Roethlisberger is just one of a number of bold-faced names that may be out of the lineup. Defensive end Cam Heyward will miss his second straight game with a balky left hamstring and linebacker Ryan Shazier (knee) and right tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) will likely need to make significant strides this week if they want to be in uniform. Shazier, Pittsburghs most dynamic defender, hasnt played since Week 3, while Gilberts left ankle is still aching from a Week 4 win over Kansas City.Running back DeAngelo Williams (knee), safety Rob Golden (foot), safety Mike Mitchell (knee) and wide receiver Markus Wheaton (shoulder) are also hurting. If the mystifying 30-15 setback in Miami proved anything, its that the Steelers hardly look like a legitimate threat in the AFC with so many contributors in sweatpants and sneakers instead of cleats.Minus Heyward and Shazier, Pittsburgh allowed Miamis Jay Ajayi to become the first opposing back to go over 200 yards against the Steelers since Fred Taylor in 20000.dddddddddddd The offensive line, which survived just fine without Gilbert in a victory over the Jets, struggled to protect Roethlisberger against the Dolphins.A little bit of help, however, may be on the way. Tight end Ladarius Green will attempt to practice this week as he works his way back from offseason ankle surgery and other issues that have kept Pittsburghs rare splurge in free agency on the physically unable to perform list. The team has 21 days once Green begins practicing to determine whether to put him on the 53-man roster.While tight ends Jesse James, Xavier Grimble and David Johnson have been a pleasant surprise, Greens ability to make plays downfield would bring another dimension and take some of the pressure off All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown.Its been so long, I feel like I retired and came back, Green said Monday.Tomlin will wait until later the week to gauge Greens progress. Its more likely Green will need some time to get acclimated before seeing actual playing time. He remains optimistic he will be back at some point and theres no reason to think Roethlisberger, Heyward and the rest of Pittsburghs key contributors will be out an extended period.Of course, that wont help on Sunday against Tom Brady. The Steelers proved last year they could survive without Roethlisberger, winning on the road at San Diego and at home against eventual NFC West champion Arizona with someone else under center. Jones did a pretty decent Roethlisberger impression against the Cardinals while throwing a pair of touchdowns in a 25-13 win .The test will be even more daunting against the AFCs best team. Tomlin isnt worried about Jones getting ready for the challenge.Hes a professional athlete, Tomlin said. I dont suspect hes going to be lacking of confidence. Landrys a confident guy by nature.Game notes The Steelers signed offensive tackle Brian Mihalik and placed cornerback Al-Hajj Shabazz on the practice squad. To make room for Mihalik on the active roster, Pittsburgh released offensive lineman Matt Feiler, who was put on the 53-man for the first time in his career last Sunday.---Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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