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Christiano Ronaldo nets four for Portugal in Euro qualifying

Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals for Portugal against Andorra. (Paulo Duarte / AP)
Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals for Portugal against Andorra. (Paulo Duarte / AP)
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Soccer: It didn’t take long for Cristiano Ronaldo to give Portugal the boost it needed in European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Ronaldo scored twice in the first 4 minutes, then added two others in the second half, to help the European champion rout nine-man Andorra 6-0 on Friday and earn its first win in qualifying at Estadio Municipal Aveiro in Portugal.

Ronaldo did not play in the 2-0 loss to Switzerland in the Group B opener in September because he was still recovering from a knee injury sustained in the final of Euro 2016.

Worker dies at 2018 World Cup construction site: A worker died after falling down an elevator shaft at a stadium being built in St. Petersburg for the 2018 World Cup, according to the Russian news agency R-Sport.

Ekaterina Giginyak, a spokeswoman for stadium contractor Metrostroy St. Petersburg, told R-Sport the unnamed employee “somehow fell down an elevator shaft and suffered fatal impact injuries.”

Russian law enforcement and labor inspectors have started an investigation, Giginyak said.

Woods set to return for Safeway Open

Golf: Two weeks after the PGA Tour season ended, the next one starts Thursday and for some fans it can’t get here soon enough: Tiger Woods is returning to golf.

Woods made it official by entering the Safeway Open in Napa, California, the first event on the PGA Tour’s wraparound schedule. He has said a month ago that he hoped to play the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort, but had until Friday afternoon to officially commit.

Woods last played on Aug. 23, 2015, at the Wyndham Championship in a last-minute bid to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs. A month later, he announced a second surgery on his back, and then a third one a month after that.

John Daly birdies final 5 holes at Newport Beach: John Daly birdied the final five holes in the Toshiba Classic, leaving him three strokes behind fellow senior newcomer Billy Mayfair and 62-year-old Jay Haas.

Making his 14th PGA Tour Champions start since turning 50 in April, Daly finished with a 4-under 67 at Newport Beach Country Club after playing the front nine in even par and dropping a stroke on 13.

Park, Jang share LPGA Tour lead in Taiwan: Hee Young Park and Ha Na Jang fought through gusty wind and periods of rain to share the second-round lead in the LPGA Taiwan Championship.

First transgender player makes debut

Hockey: Harrison Browne made his debut for the National Women’s Hockey League Buffalo Beauts as the second-year professional league’s first transgender player.

He scored a shorthanded goal as the Beauts opened the season with a 4-1 loss to the visiting Boston Pride.

The 23-year-old previously played at the professional and college ranks as a woman, under the name Hailey Browne. Browne announced he identifies as a male in a story published by ESPN.

Browne said he was planning to make the medical transition to being a man after completing his college career at Maine. He said he put that on hold in spring of 2015 for an opportunity to play in the newly created NWHL.

Blues acquire forward Yakupov from Oilers: The St. Louis Blues acquired Russian forward Nail Yakupov from the Edmonton Oilers for forward Zach Pochiro and a conditional draft pick next year.

The No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft, the 23-year-old Yakupov had eight goals and 14 assists in 60 games last season. In 252 NHL games with the Oilers, he had 50 goals and 61 assists.

The Oilers are first team in NHL history to trade away two of its own first-overall picks in the same year after sending 2010 No. 1 Taylor Hall to New Jersey in June.

Devils sign first-round pick McLeod to deal: The New Jersey Devils say they have signed forward Michael McLeod to a three-year contract after making him their top pick in the 2016 draft. General manager Ray Shero said the deal was signed.

McLeod scored 21 goals and had 40 assists in 57 games with Mississauga of the OHL in 2015-16. As a rookie, he had 12 goals and 17 assists in 63 games.

NCAA moves seven events from N.C.

Miscellany: The NCAA relocated its men’s basketball regional tournament to Greenville, South Carolina, after withdrawing the event from Greensboro, North Carolina, because of that state’s law restricting the rights of LGBT people.

The NCAA announced the move after pulling seven championship events from North Carolina last month. The first and second rounds of the men’s basketball tournament will be played at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Lawyer for NBA star Rose seeks mistrial: A lawyer for Derrick Rose asked a judge to declare a mistrial in a lawsuit that accuses the NBA star and two friends of raping his ex-girlfriend while she was incapacitated.

Attorney Mark Baute complained in Los Angeles federal court that the woman who filed suit had failed to turn over a profane text message from the morning of the alleged incident in 2013.

The text was part of a longer exchange the woman sent Rose after she said she blacked out from drinking and possibly from a drug.

Rose testified that he believes he did nothing wrong. He says he interpreted the ex-girlfriend’s text messages earlier in the day as consent to have sex with her later that night.

Hurricane Matthew damages Daytona track: Daytona International Speedway officials say the famed track has “moderate damage” from Hurricane Matthew.

Officials say lights, speakers, signage, fences, gates, awnings and palm trees were damaged from the powerful storm, which made its way up Florida’s coastline Friday. They say there was no flooding at the facility, adding that pictures circulating on social media are from a 2009 storm that caused damage to the speedway.

Burns retains super-lightweight belt: Ricky Burns earned a unanimous decision against the unbeaten Kiryl Relikh in his first defense of the WBA super-lightweight belt.

Burns, a three-weight world champion, was backed up by the Belarusian in the first three rounds, and couldn’t counter with any effect until the end of the fourth. It took two big rights in the eighth to take the sting out of Relikh, but Burns still needed to draw on his greater experience to stay on top.

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