Messi scores hat trick to keep Barca 3 points clear in Spain

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and set up two more goals to lead Barcelona to a 5-0 victory at Levante on Sunday, restoring the defending champion’s three-point lead of the Spanish league. Messi netted his 18th, 19th and 20th goals in all competitions this season after setting up Luis Suarez to get Barcelona rolling…

Liverpool’s big win over Manchester United highlights divide in class between England’s historic powers

A second-half brace by substitute Xherdan Shaqiri gave Liverpool a thoroughly deserved 3-1 win against Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday, sending the Reds back atop the Premier League and reinforcing the current divide in class between England’s two most historically successful clubs. Here are three quick thoughts on the match: Sadio Mane opened the…