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Sunday, January 29, 2006
Richardson double disposes of Wolves

LONDON -- Manchester United advanced to the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday, getting two goals from Kieran Richardson in a 3-0 win over Wolves.

United, which has won a record 11 FA Cups and also reached the League Cup final on Wednesday, also got a goal from Louis Saha.

Richardson scored the first goal in the fourth minute with a right-foot shot after defender Joleon Lescott failed to clear Saha's cross.

Wolves goalkeeper Stefan Postma punched away a powerful shot from Saha, but the French forward scored in the final minute of the first half. Saha was quickest to react to a long through ball from Nemanja Vidic and raced clear of the Wolves defense to shoot past Postma for his eighth goal of the season.

Colin Cameron almost beat Edwin van der Sar with a swerving 20-yard shot the United goalie couldn't hold. But United moved further ahead in the 52nd when Ruud van Nistelrooy lobbed a cross to the unmarked Richardson, who headed the ball in.

Serie A

ROME -- David Trezeguet scored a hat trick, and Juventus beat Ascoli 3-1 in the Italian league.

The France striker scored all three goals in the first half to end a streak of seven weeks without a goal.

Trezeguet scored his first in the eighth minute with a left-footed shot and made it 2-0 in the 12th by shooting into an open goal after a pass from Mauro Camoranesi. His 18th goal of the season came six minutes later off an assist from captain Alessandro Del Piero.

Marco Ferrante scored for Ascoli in the 33rd with a volley from the edge of the area.

Juventus, which leads the league with 59 points, has won 19 of its 22 games this season. AS Roma won its sixth straight by beating Livorno 3-0 and moved into fifth place with 39 points.

Roma captain Francesco Totti, returning from a two-week injury absence, had two goals and Brazilian Rodrigo Taddei added another.

Primera Liga

MADRID -- Lionel Messi scored twice and Ludovic Giuly once to lead F.C. Barcelona to a 3-0 win over Mallorca that gave it a 12-point lead in the Spanish league.

Barcelona has 52 points, while Valencia is second. Osasuna was next on 39, but Real Madrid had a chance to take third place on goal difference with a win against eighth-placed Celta Vigo later Sunday.

Osasuna's 18-match unbeaten run was ended by a 2-1 home loss to Real Betis. Betis' Luis Fernandez scored on a powerful shot in the 34th minute, and Edu Schmidt got the deciding goal with a header in the 60th.

Barcelona's Giuly gave his team a 39th-minute lead with a left-footed shot. Mallorca defender Eduardo Tuzzio was ejected in the 72nd for two yellow cards and substitute Messi took advantage 3 minutes later.

The Argentine forward sliced through the defense and put the ball into the back of the net. And with 8 minutes left, Ronaldinho passed to Messi and the teenager lobbed the ball past goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya for his second goal.

Patrick Kluivert and Pablo Aimar scored late as Valencia rallied from 2-0 down to tie 2-2 against visiting Real Zaragoza.

Goals by Luis Fabiano and Frederic Kanoute gave Sevilla a 2-0 win over Villarreal, while Raul Tamudo scored twice to help Espanyol to a 3-1 win over Malaga. Alaves beat Real Sociedad 3-1.

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