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Ronaldo, Messi score freely

Published:Monday | January 19, 2015 | 1:00 AM
Photo by WICB Media/Ashley Allen Umpire Nigel Duguid (left) and non-striker Steven Katwaroo watch Jamaica's Derval Green (right) bowl during the Group B cricket match between Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and the Jamaica Franchise in the NAGICO Super50 Tournament at Queen's Park Ova yesterday. Trinidad and Tobago Red Force defeated Jamaica Franchise by 17 runs. Sent in to bat by Jamaica Franchise, T&T Red Force were bowled out for 232 off 49.3 overs. Darren Bravo, 55, Kieron Pollard, 41, Dwayne, 34, Steven Katwaroo, 31; Derval Green 3-65, Nikita Miller 2-18, Marquino Mindley 2-36, Dave Bernard 2-48). Jamaica Franchise 215 off 49.1 overs (Nkrumah Bonner 51, Dave Bernard Jr 40, Andre McCarthy 37, John Campbell 26; Rayad Emrit 5-56, Kevin Cooper 3-34).

BARCELONA, Spain (AP):

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi scored goals in bunches yesterday as leaders Real Madrid stayed one point ahead of Barcelona with the Spanish league reaching its halfway point.

Ronaldo netted a second-half brace as Real won 3-0 at Getafe, while Messi struck his 30th career hat-trick for Barcelona to spearhead their 4-0 rout at Deportivo La CoruĂ’a.

Ronaldo took his league-leading tally to 28 goals. Messi trails his rival forward with 19.

Defending champions Atletico Madrid did their part to stay in the title race and set up a promising second half of the season by beating bottom side Granada 2-0, remaining in third place, four points behind Real.

Real still have a game in hand to be played next month against Sevilla, which also stayed in the hunt in fourth by beating Malaga 2-0 to remain the league's only unbeaten home team.

"We didn't come back from Christmas in the best shape," Ancelotti said. "James (Rodriguez) played an extraordinary game. He is getting back to his top form. Little by little the entire team is recovering its best form."

Bale ended the match limping, but Ancelotti said it was only a "knock".

Messi tormented Deportivo from kickoff, drawing a save from goalkeeper Fabricio Agosto seconds before Ivan Rakitic met his run with a lobbed pass over the defence that the Argentina forward headed over Agosto in the 10th.

"Messi has been playing at a very high level all season, he hasn't dipped at any moment," said Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, who has been at the centre of media reports saying his relationship with the team's all-time scorer had soured. "Messi is a world class star."

Elsewhere, Elche edged 10-man Levante 1-0 after Jonathas scored following David Navarro's receiving a red card in the fifth. Both Levante's Diego Marino and Elche 'keeper Przemyslaw Tyton saved penalties.