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Sports briefs: Montreal wins Grey Cup
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Canadian football • Ricky Ray threw three touchdown passes as the Toronto Argonauts beat the Calgary Stampeders 35-22 on Sunday in the 100th Grey Cup.

The Argonauts built a 24-6 halftime lead and never trailed while playing in front of a loud home crowd of 53,208 at Rogers Centre. Toronto earned its 16th Grey Cup title and first since 2004.

Toronto running back Chad Kackert, who finished with 195 all-purpose yards on 28 touches, was awarded outstanding player of the Grey Cup, and Argonauts defensive end Ricky Foley was the most outstanding Canadian in the CFL's marquee game.

Rene Paredes kicked four field goals for Calgary.

Ray, a former Sacramento State quarterback, now has three Grey Cup victories; he led Edmonton to the championship in 2003 and 2005.

Vettel completesF1 three-peat

Auto racing • Germany's Sebastian Vettel captured his third straight Formula One championship, overcoming a first-lap crash to finish sixth in a Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain in Sao Paulo.

Vettel appeared in big trouble after he was bumped shortly after the first lap and spun. He dropped to last place before he could turn his car around and start a difficult pursuit. But he worked his way up the field and held off Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in the points race. Alonso had a superb start on a hectic first lap at Interlagos and finished second, but that wasn't enough to erase Vettel's 13-point lead in the standings.

Messi's goal tallyreaches 82 in 2012

soccer • Lionel Messi scored twice, raising his total for the year to 82 goals, and Barcelona won 4-0 at Levante to open a season-high, 11-point lead over Real Madrid in the Spanish league. Messi scored in the 47th and 52nd minutes, both times off passes from Andres Iniesta, who then scored in the 57th and set up Cesc Fabregas' goal in the 63rd. With his 11th multigoal game this season, Messi moved within three of the world record for goals in a year, set by Gerd Mueller for Bayern Munich and Germany in 1972.

Barcelona (12-0-1) matched Real Madrid's record for best La Liga start, set in 1991-92, and maintained a three-point lead over second-place Atletico Madrid (11-1-1).

The Associated Press

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