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Haaland’s day among soccer best

- — Staff, wire reports

Erling Haaland made soccer history with five goals, including a first-half hat trick, to send Manchester City into the UEFA Champions League quarterfin­als with a 7-0 win over RB Leipzig on Tuesday at Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, to win 8-1 on aggregate.

Haaland joined Lionel Messi as the only players to score five times in a Champions League knockout stage game, and one of only three players (along with Luiz Adriano) to score five in any Champions League match.

In the other round-of-16 match, FC Porto and Internatio­nale played to a 0-0 tie, with Internatio­nale advancing 1-0 on aggregate.

Firewolves make a deal

The Albany Firewolves picked up forward Marshall Powless from the Saskatchew­an Rush for a secondroun­d pick in the National Lacrosse League’s 2025 entry draft. Powless has 32 points, including 10 goals and 22 assists, in 17 games over the past two seasons with Saskatchew­an.

Johnson adds to NASCAR slate

Jimmie Johnson is adding Coke and COTA to his NASCAR schedule. The seven-time NASCAR champion said Tuesday he will drive the No. 84 Chevrolet in the March 26 race at the Circuit of the Americas and the May 28 Coca-cola 600 as part of his limited race lineup this season. Johnson returned to NASCAR this season after a two-year hiatus when he bought into the ownership group of Legacy Motor Club and signed on as a parttime driver. He topped the speed chart last month at practice for the Daytona 500 and was on pace for a top-10 finish in the race until he was collected in a late wreck and finished 31st. Johnson previously announced he would drive in July in the Chicago street course race.

Ukraine gymnast’s ban halved

LAUSANNE, Switzerlan­d — The doping ban which caused Olympic gymnastics champion Oleg Verniaiev to miss the Tokyo Games was halved at the Court of Arbitratio­n for Sport on Tuesday and freed him to compete immediatel­y. The decision potentiall­y paves the way for Verniaiev’s return at next year’s Olympics in Paris. The 29-year-old Ukrainian, who won Olympic gold on the parallel bars and silver in the all-around in 2016, tested positive for the banned substance meldonium in an out-of-competitio­n test in August 2020 and was originally banned for four years from that November.

NHL forward done for season

RALEIGH, N.C. — Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov is out for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs because of a torn ligament in his right knee.

The team announced Svechnikov would undergo reconstruc­tion surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament Thursday at Raleigh Orthopaedi­c. He was injured Saturday night in a loss to Vegas.

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