Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Motor racing and Arabian Grand Prix will continue despite Houthi attacks, organizers say
Formula 1’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will continue after teams received security assurances and drivers met for more than four hours following attacks on an oil facility near Jeddah’s street circuit on Friday . Yemen’s Houthis, backed by Iran, said they launched attacks on Saudi energy facilities and the Saudi-led coalition said the petroleum products distribution station of state oil giant Aramco was hit, causing a fire in two tanks but no casualties.
Cricket-West Indies edge ahead of England as litmus test hangs in the balance
West Indies overtook England’s opening-leg total on Friday, taking a 28-run lead in a curious litmus test that followed a similar pattern over the first two days at Grenada. A flurry of late borders took West Indies to 232 for eight at stumps, thanks to an unbroken 55-carry partnership between Joshua Da Silva (54) and Kemar Roach (25) that followed a 49-carry stand between Da Silva and Alzarri Joseph (28).
Figure skating-Sakamoto wins women’s title in exhausted world championships
Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto claimed her first world figure skating title when she prevailed in the women’s singles event in a reduced competition in which Russia’s invasion of Ukraine still loomed large on Friday. Sakamoto, bronze medalist at the Beijing Olympics, beat Belgian Loena Hendrickx and American Alysa Liu, second and third respectively.
Tiger Woods remains listed in the field for The Masters
Tiger Woods’ name appears in the Masters 2022 field on the golf tournament’s official website – not on the list of former champions who are not scheduled to compete. The placement on the website raises questions about whether Woods is ready to return to The Masters. The event starts on April 7.
Football-Italy FA boss backs Mancini to stay despite missing World Cup
Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Gabriele Gravina has backed coach Roberto Mancini to continue in his role despite the team’s failure to qualify for this year’s World Cup in Qatar. Italy, who failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, missed out on the world footballing showpiece again after suffering a 1-0 defeat at home to North Macedonia in the semi-final of the Thursday’s playoffs.
Soccer-Messi praises home fans in possible farewell ahead of World Cup
Lionel Messi paid tribute to Argentina fans in what could be their last home game before November’s World Cup final and said the raucous support in their 3-0 win over Venezuela was essential to preserve his happiness. “I expected no less from the people, from the union between the Argentine public and this team,” Messi said after his comfortable victory at Boca Juniors’ Bombonera stadium.
Tennis-Poland’s Swiatek relishes ‘surreal’ No.1 achievement
Poland’s Iga Swiatek said winning the women’s world rankings was a “surreal” feat, with the 20-year-old set to replace retired Ash Barty at the top of the rankings. Swiatek clinched the rankings after beating Viktorija Golubic 6-2 6-0 in the second round of the Miami Open on Friday, becoming the first Polish player to claim the top spot in singles.
Tennis-Kyrgios stuns Rublev, Zverev takes victory at Miami Open
Australian joker Nick Kyrgios needed 51 minutes to stun world number seven Andrey Rublev 6-3 6-0 and Alexander Zverev’s superior serve led to a 6-4 3-6 6-3 win over Borna Coric in the second round at the Miami Open on Friday. Rublev looked good early on, taking a 2-1 lead after beating Kyrgios early in the first set.
Cricket-Australia’s Perry could only play as a batter in World Cup semi-finals – coach
Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry could only play as a batsman in the Women’s World Cup semi-final next week if she does not fully recover from a back injury, coach Matthew Mott said on Saturday. Perry, who is a key player for the Australian squad, was out of action for most of their group stage win over South Africa on Tuesday after suffering a back spasm. She also missed Friday’s victory against Bangladesh.
Browns QB Deshaun Watson: ‘I have never disrespected any woman’
The Cleveland Browns and Deshaun Watson played defense on Friday, with the team backing its decision to invest significant capital and $230 million in guaranteed money in a quarterback facing 22 civil lawsuits amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Watson, dressed in a pinstripe suit with a crisp white shirt and orange tie, looked uncomfortable on the podium as general manager Andrew Berry and head coach Kevin Stefanski responded to the questions about the Browns’ background checks before acquiring the quarterback during an introductory press conference. Team owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam were not present.
(With agency contributions.)