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Vivaan exits in shoot-off as Indian shooters disappoint in Baku WC
New Delhi, May 5: Indian trap shooters failed to enter the title round of the ongoing ISSF World Cup in Baku after Vivaan Kapoor bowed out 2-3 in a shoot-off with Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Matthew John Coward-Holley of Great Britain. Vivaan shot 120 in qualification round to get into a three-way shoot-off for the sixth and final qualifying spot with Ireland’s former junior world champion Ian O’Sullivan, besides Coward-Holley. While Ian missed his very first shot to exit first, Vivaan kept fighting only to miss his third shot as Coward-Holley nailed all three targets to go through. Vivaan had to settle for the seventh place. Besides Vivaan, Prithviraj Tondaiman (score 117, rank 24th) and Bhowneesh Mendiratta (score 116, rank 39th) also had a disappointing outing in men’s trap event. In women’s trap event, Rajeshwari Kumari (score 108) finished a disappointing 23rd, while Shreyasi Singh (score 107, rank 29th), Manish Keer (score 105, rank 38th) were further back in the list. (PTI)

Messi has a record-setting game with a goal and 5 assists
Fort Lauderdale, May 5: Lionel Messi had a record setting night for Inter Miami. He scored a goal and had five assists as Inter Miami trounced the New York Red Bulls 6-2 on Saturday night – with the Argentine great and eight-time Ballon d’Or winner as the game’s best player setting no fewer than three Major League Soccer records in the effort. The six goal contributions, five assists and five assists in a half were all MLS records. Messi, who earned the MLS Player of the Month Award for April, has now scored and assisted in six consecutive league matches. Luis Suárez had three goals and Matias Rojas scored twice as Inter Miami got six unanswered goals to come back from a 1-0 deficit at halftime. Messi and Suárez now have a league-leading 10 goals each, helping keep Inter Miami (7-2-3, 24 points) atop the Eastern Conference. (AP)

Ronaldo scores his 4th hat-trick of Saudi Pro League season
Riyadh, May 5: Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth hat trick of the Saudi Pro League season as Al-Nassr thrashed Al-Wehda 6-0. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner now has 32 league goals this season, two short of Abderrazak Hamdallah’s record tally of 34 back in the 2018-19 campaign, with four games still to play. Ronaldo opened the scoring in Riyadh in the fifth minute after intercepting a poor clearance from goalkeeper Munir Mohamedi. Seven minutes later, the former Real Madrid and Manchester United star grabbed his second, heading home a cross from Marcelo Brozovic. Early in the second half, Ronaldo’s shot from just inside the area secured his hat trick in Al-Nassr’s seventh successive win. His fellow Portuguese star Otavio also scored as did Senegal forward Sadio Mane and Mohammed Al-Fatil. The win moves nine-time Saudi Arabian champion Al-Nassr to nine points behind leader Al-Hilal. (AP)


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