Sports News Roundup: Stars rally, but Flames pull out late win; Brentford beat Fulham to fuel European dream and more
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Cricket-Australia's Murphy excited to play in front of possible record test crowd
Rookie Australian spinner Todd Murphy said he was relishing the opportunity to play in front of a possible record test crowd in Ahmedabad as they prepare to face India in the fourth and final match of their series starting on Thursday. The largest attendance for a single day of test cricket is 91,112 - a record set during the fourth game between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in the 2013-14 Ashes series.
Soccer-UEFA to refund Liverpool fans for Paris Champions League final chaos
UEFA will refund Liverpool fans who attended last year's Champions League final in Paris, Europe's soccer governing body said on Tuesday after an independent report said they were responsible for the chaos outside the stadium. The final was delayed by 36 minutes after thousands of Liverpool supporters were unable to get into the Stade de France for the match on May 28, which Real Madrid won 1-0.
NHL roundup: Stars rally, but Flames pull out late win
Tyler Toffoli scored the game-winning goal with 6.2 seconds remaining in regulation to give the visiting Calgary Flames a 5-4 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday and snap a five-game winless skid. Nick Ritchie, Nikita Zadorov, Elias Lindholm and Rasmus Andersson also scored for the Flames, who recovered after blowing a pair of two-goal leads. Nazem Kadri, Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar each collected two assists, and goalie Jacob Markstrom made 29 saves.
Soccer-Brentford beat Fulham to fuel European dream
Brentford fuelled their ambition of playing European football with a 3-2 home victory over fellow hopefuls Fulham to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 12 games on Monday. Ivan Toney's second-half penalty and a late effort by Mathias Jensen sealed the points for ninth-placed Brentford against their west London rivals to edge them closer to the European qualification places.
Cricket-Sri Lanka bid to sweep New Zealand and reach WTC final
Sri Lanka will look to strike an early blow against New Zealand in Christchurch this week and hope Australia can thwart India to keep the World Test Championship (WTC) race alive. With Australia already confirmed in the WTC final, Sri Lanka can join them by sweeping New Zealand in their two-test series if India are denied victory in the fourth test in the subcontinent.
Golf-Australia's Lee backs 'tough' PGA Tour changes
Reduced fields and no cuts at designated events will be "tough" on players trying to make the grade on the PGA Tour but will ultimately reward good golf, according to Australian Min Woo Lee. The Tour has approved sweeping changes for 2024 in response to the threat posed by the Saudi-backed LIV Golf circuit, drawing a scathing reaction from lower-ranked players.
NBA roundup: Joel Embiid (42) guides Sixers past Pacers
Joel Embiid scored 42 points to lead six Philadelphia players in double figures as the visiting 76ers outlasted the Indiana Pacers 147-143 on Monday in Indianapolis. Two days after snapping the Milwaukee Bucks' 16-game winning streak with a 133-130 victory, the Sixers needed another strong offensive effort to win their fifth straight against the Pacers.
Boxing-Benn says he had suicidal thoughts after positive drugs tests
British boxer Conor Benn said he felt suicidal after his failed drugs tests last year caused his much-hyped fight with Chris Eubank Jr to be cancelled in October. Benn, who tested positive for the banned substance Clomiphene, has been cleared of an intentional doping offence by the World Boxing Council (WBC) after the body ruled a "highly elevated consumption of eggs" resulted in the adverse finding.
Tennis-WTA announces partnership with CVC Capital
Private equity fund CVC Capital Partners will be the Women's Tennis Association's (WTA) commercial partner and invest in the sport with a minor stake in the women's tennis governing body, the WTA said on Tuesday. Financial details were not revealed but Sky News reported CVC would own a 20% stake for $150 million, with the firm set to establish a new company to oversee broadcasting and marketing operations.
Tennis-Hometown hero Fritz, No.1 Swiatek eye title defences at Indian Wells
Taylor Fritz's bid to retain his Indian Wells crown is boosted by a depleted men's field while Iga Swiatek will look to become the first woman to go back-to-back in the desert in three decades when main draw action kicks off on Wednesday. A year ago Fritz overcame a painful ankle injury suffered on the morning of the final to beat Spanish great Rafa Nadal and reach the promised land in "Tennis Paradise".
(With inputs from agencies.)