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Baseball-Dodgers sign former MVP Freeman
The Los Angeles Dodgers added slugger Freddie Freeman to their already potent roster after the 2020 National League MVP agreed to a six-year, $162 million contract. The 32-year-old infielder spent the past 12 seasons with the Atlanta Braves where he hit .295 with 271 homers and 941 RBIs and was named an All-Star five times. Last season, he helped the Braves win their first World Series championship since 1995.
Tennis-Kyrgios apologizes for outburst after Indian Wells loss to Nadal
Australian Nick Kyrgios has apologized for losing his temper after losing to Rafa Nadal in Indian Wells and smashing his racket into the ground, which then bounced and nearly hit a ball boy . The ball boy was able to get out of the way and Kyrgios was then booed by some in the crowd following his 7-6(0) 5-7 6-4 loss to Spaniard Nadal on Thursday.
Tennis-Sakkari eyes Badosa to set up Indian Wells final showdown with Swiatek
Maria Sakkari knocked out defending champion Paula Badosa in the Indian Wells semi-finals on Friday and will face Iga Swiatek in the deciding match after the world number four battled after a breakdown in every set to defeat Simona Halep. Sakkari, who had won just two of his last 14 semi-finals, broke down in tears after reaching the biggest title game of his career following a 6-2 4-6 6-1 win over the Spaniard Badosa in the California desert.
Tennis-Nadal beats Kyrgios in Indian Wells thriller, electric Alcaraz ousts Norrie
Rafa Nadal dug deep to beat mercurial joker Nick Kyrgios 7-6(0) 5-7 6-4 in a blockbuster quarter-final match that lived up to the hype in Indian Wells on Thursday and staged a clash with fellow teenager Carlos Alcaraz for a place in the final. Although he didn’t play his best, the Nadal managed to deliver in the biggest moments of the match and keep his composure as his opponent threw his racket and chewed on the chair umpire, the fans and himself.
Horse racing – Blackmore, first female jockey to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup
Rachael Blackmore became the first female jockey to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup with a blistering finish over favorite A Plus Late 3-1 on Friday to continue her incredible run of success.
Jumping the final level of hurdles with last year’s winner Minella Indo, A Plus Tard galloped to win by 15 lengths in front of a cheering crowd enjoying the spring sunshine.
NFL trade roundup: S Logan Ryan joins Bucs
Veterans safety Logan Ryan has agreed to terms on a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, multiple media reported Friday. The move comes a day after Ryan was released by the New York Giants.
Tennis-Rublev will face Fritz in the semifinals in Indian Wells
Andrey Rublev beat Grigor Dimitrov 7-5 6-2 to reach the semi-finals in Indian Wells where he will face American Taylor Fritz, who dispatched Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic with a 7-6(5) 3-6 6 win -1 on Friday. Dubai champion Rublev benefited from poor serve from his Bulgarian opponent, who committed five double faults and was broken four times after losing serve once in this year’s tournament.
NCAA Women’s Tournament notebook: Gamecocks defense sets records
No.-seeded South Carolina turned in a record-breaking defensive performance in its win over 16th-seeded Howard, holding the Bison to a field goal and two free throws en route to a 44- 4 at half time in a first round game. in Columbia, SC The Gamecocks set an NCAA Tournament record for fewest runs allowed in a half of an NCAA Tournament game. The four points eclipsed the mark set by Prairie View, which was held to eight points in the first half by Baylor in a first-round game in 2011.
NHL roundup: Leafs edge out Hurricanes in big East game
Erik Kallgren made 34 saves in his second NHL career start and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Thursday night, preventing the Metropolitan Division leaders from taking the Edmonton Conference lead. ‘Is. Kallgren picked up a shutout against the Dallas Stars in his first NHL start on Tuesday. He made his 30-minute relief debut on March 10 in an overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes.
Soccer-CAS upholds FIFA ban on Russian teams as court deliberates
Russia’s hopes of competing in the 2022 World Cup have effectively come to an end after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected a request from the Russian Football Union to freeze FIFA’s suspension while their appeal is understood. The CAS said in a statement on Friday that the suspension of all Russian teams and clubs from FIFA competitions would therefore remain in effect.
(With agency contributions.)