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Blistered Halep beaten by Vondrousova at Indian Wells

Wednesday, 2019-03-13 07:14:17
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Simona Halep (ROU) reacts after winning the first set tie breaker in her second round match against Kateryna Kozlova (not pictured) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. (Reuters)
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World number two Simona Halep was run ragged and ultimately dumped out of the BNP Paribas Open by Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova 6-2 3-6 6-2 in the fourth round at Indian Wells on Tuesday.

* Pole Hubert Hurkacz fired 10 aces en route to a 4-6 6-4 6-3 upset win over world number seven Kei Nishikori of Japan to reach the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday.

* Paris Saint-Germain shook off their Champions League hangover and resumed their canter towards another French title on Tuesday (Mar 12) as they cruised to a 4-0 win in Dijon.

* ESPN will hold its first ever college championship for competitive video gaming later this year, the TV sports network said on Tuesday, a high-profile esports event aimed at younger fans who spend more time with game controllers than baseball bats or hockey sticks.

* West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice has been named Ireland's Young Player of the Year a month after he switched allegiance to England, the Football Association of Ireland has said.

* Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette is eligible to play in Thursday's Europa League last 16 second-leg clash against Rennes after his three-match ban was reduced to two games, UEFA said on Tuesday.

* Irish sprinter Sam Bennett of the Bora team emerged victorious from an epic sprint finish on a long home straight at Moulins/Yzeure on Tuesday's stage three of the Paris-Nice cycling race.

* Scotland have called up three uncapped players and three inexperienced goalkeepers for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Kazakhstan and San Marino.

Reuters, CNA