11 April, 2017, 12:00 am
AUGUSTA, Georgia – Spain’s Sergio Garcia ended nearly two decades of major disappointment when he beat England’s Justin Rose in a playoff to win the US Masters on Sunday, donning the Green Jacket on what would have been the 60th birthday of his hero, the late Seve Ballesteros.
PARIS – Edinson Cavani scored two goals and set up another as Paris St Germain kept alive their Ligue 1 title hopes with a 4-0 home win against En Avant Guingamp yesterday. Angel Di Maria opened the scoring and Uruguay striker Cavani found the back of the net twice after the break before Blaise Matuidi added a stoppage-time goal to put PSG back into second place.
LIVERPOOL, England – Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley showed their central importance to Everton’s rise towards the top six in the Premier League in the 4-2 win over Leicester City yesterday but their contract situations remain a concern for manager Ronald Koeman. Belgian forward Lukaku scored twice to take his tally to 23 this season.
United fights on
Jose Mourinho said Manchester United would fight for a top-four finish in the Premier League until it was “mathematically impossible” after a 3-0 victory at Sunderland yesterday. Goals by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford eased United to a vital three points after drawing six of their previous nine Premier League games.
SYDNEY – English Premier League club Liverpool will play Sydney FC in a friendly at the Harbour City’s 80,000-seater Olympic Stadium next month, with organisers expecting a sellout for the visit of the five-times European champions. Liverpool estimate they have 2.3 million fans in Australia and a sell-out crowd of 95,000 watched them play Melbourne Victory.
Roma on track
MILAN – AS Roma maintained their dogged pursuit of Serie A leaders Juventus with a 3-0 win at Bologna on Sunday while Inter Milan’s European hopes suffered a setback as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat at lowly Crotone.
Super Rugby teams saga
SYDNEY – Three teams, one from Australia and two from South Africa, will be axed from Super Rugby as the mainly southern hemisphere competition reverts to 15 teams for next season, governing body SANZAAR said yesterday. The South African and Australian unions will make the decision over which of their teams will go.
HONG KONG – At a time of political tensions over US air strikes in Syria and sabre-rattling by North Korea, impersonators of President Donald Trump, his predecessor Barack Obama and Pyongyang leader Kim Jong Un brought welcome laughs to the streets of Hong Kong.