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Rooney gets first MLS hattrick in thrashing of Real Salt Lake

Former England star Wayne Rooney scored three goals on Saturday night to lead D.C. United to a crushing 5-0 victory over Real Salt Lake.

Rooney registered his first three goals of the new season and also his first hat trick since signing on with Major League Soccer in July 2018. He now has five multi-goal games.

Lucas Rodriguez and Ulises Segura also scored for host D.C. United, who peppered the Salt Lake goal with 22 shots.

Goalkeeper Bill Hamid made two stops to earn his third straight shutout as D.C. United is the lone team to have not allowed a goal this season.

Rooney scored on a penalty kick in the 34th minute and then added another with a chip shot over the goalkeeper in the 41st minute. He completed the hat trick with a perfectly-timed sliding score at the 65th minute of the second half.          -- Afp

Bottas storms to title at Australian GP

Valtteri Bottas upstaged his Mercedes world champion teammate Lewis Hamilton Sunday to win the season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix in a sizzling performance that he called his "best ever".

The flying Finn started second on the grid but got a jump on the polesitting Briton at the first corner and never looked back, scorching round the Albert Park circuit to take the chequered flag a massive 20.9 seconds ahead of Hamilton.

Red Bull's precocious Max Verstappen came third to join them on the podium after audaciously overtaking Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel midway through the race.

"How about that! Yes!" said Bottas over the team radio after also taking the new bonus point for the fastest lap. "I don't know what just happened. I don't know what to say. It was definitely my best race ever," he said after. "I felt so good and the car was so good.

"It's a good weekend for the team," said Hamilton. "Valtteri drove an incredible race today so he deserved it. We have some work to do, (but) it is more than we could have hoped for as a team."        -- Afp

BCB to hold special prayer for safe return of cricketers

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will hold a special prayer in Mirpur today to offer thanks to the Almighty for the safe return of the cricketers who were outside the mosque in Christchurch that was the site of a gun attack that claimed the lives of 50 people on March 15.

According to a BCB press announcement, a special prayer will be offered today at 2:00pm at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium premises, to express gratitude to the Almighty for the safe return of the cricketers from New Zealand and in memory of the lives lost in the tragic shooting at two mosques in Christchurch. 

-- Star Sport Desk

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