Ash Barty pushed a forehand winner into the open court as her opponent, Bianca Andreescu, laid on her back in the far corner, injured yet again. With that, the Miami Open final was decided. Andreescu limped through 11 more points before she retired, crying, shaking her head and trailing 6-3 4-0. World No. 1 Barty won her second successive Miami title on Saturday. “I really do feel for Bianca,” Barty said. “She has had such a rough trot with injuries in the past.” AP
Railways win 12th national women’s One-day title
Railways once again annexed the National One Day Championships title with a crushing seven-wicket victory over Jharkhand in the final here today. Out of 14 editions, Railways have won 12 times. Brief scores: Jharkhand 167 all out in 50 overs (Indrani Roy 49; Sneh Rana 3/33, Ekta Bisht 2/33); Railways 169/3 in 37 overs (Punam Raut 59, S Meghana 53)
35 rowers get second dose of Covid-19 vaccine
As many as 35 Indian rowers, including those preparing for Tokyo Olympics qualification, have been given their second dose of Covid-19 vaccine, making them the first sports group in the country to get fully vaccinated. Apart from the 35 rowers, some coaches and other support staff have also been given their second dose of the vaccine at the Army Sports Institute in Pune. Olympics-bound Indian archers, who are based at the ASI Pune, have also got their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine and will get their second jab next week before leaving for the upcoming World Cup Stage I in Guatemala City, starting April 19.
Kenya’s Chepngetich breaks half marathon record
Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich smashed the world half marathon record today, clocking a time of 1 hour, 04 minutes and 02 seconds at the N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon to shave 29 seconds off the old mark. Agencies
Real beat Eibar 2-0
Barcelona: Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema scored in a 2-0 win over Eibar as Real Madrid tightened the Spanish league title race.
Reds hammer Arsenal
London: Liverpool outclassed Arsenal from start to finish in a 3-0 win in the Premier League to revive the team’s hopes for a top four spot.
Neymar sent off
Paris: Neymar was sent off late and then tried to confront a player after the game as defending champions Paris Saint-Germain lost 1-0 at home to Lille, falling three points behind the leaders.
Bayern beat Leipzig
Berlin: Leon Goretzka scored for Bayern Munich to take a giant step toward a record-extending ninth consecutive Bundesliga title with a 1-0 win at Leipzig. Bayern are seven points clear of Leipzig.
Inter 8 points clear
Milan: Inter Milan’s title hopes were given a boost as the league leaders won and rivals AC Milan and Juventus both dropped points. Agencies