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Reuters Sports News Summary

Updated: 16-03-2019 13:26 IST
Reuters Sports News Summary

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs. Andreescu continues fairytale run to reach Indian Wells final

Bianca Andreescu became the youngest player to reach the final at Indian Wells in 20 years after the teenager beat Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-3 2-6 6-4 at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday. The 18-year-old Canadian continued her magical run by overcoming sixth seeded Svitolina to set up a final with three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber who beat Belinda Bencic 6-4 6-2. Christchurch shootings continue to ripple in NZ sports

New Zealand's worst peacetime mass killing rippled through the country's top-class sports on Saturday with two high profile events canceled and the first class cricket title being decided without a ball being bowled in the final round of matches. A lone gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 20 during Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch in the country's worst mass shooting which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned as "a terrorist attack". Horse racing: Women jockeys make their mark at Cheltenham

Women jockeys impressed at this week's Cheltenham Festival, claiming four wins including an unprecedented two in top-level Grade One races, highlighted by Bryony Frost's breakthrough triumph on Frodon. Frost collected the biggest cheer of the week when she became the first female jockey to win a Grade One race over jumps at The Festival on Thursday. Golf: Woods quad on 17th hole at Sawgrass not better than most

Tiger Woods enjoyed one of the most famous moments of his career on the 17th at TPC Sawgrass but on Friday the hole exacted its revenge when a quadruple bogey all but ended his hopes of victory at the Players Championship. Woods was sailing along smoothly, within striking distance of the lead, when he arrived at the 146-yard par-three hole with its distinctive island green. Figure skating: Chen overcomes sickness, ready to defend title

Sickness forced Nathan Chen to train in New Haven but the 19-year-old says he is rested and ready to defend his figure skating title at next week's world championships in Saitama. Chen, who last year became the youngest world champion since Russian Yevgeni Plushenko in 2001, had his preparation for a follow up derailed a bit by a cold that kept him near his college at Yale University. Federer and Nadal to clash in Indian Wells semi-final

One of the great sporting rivalries will be renewed at Indian Wells on Saturday when Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal clash in a semi-final at the BNP Paribas Open, providing the Spaniard's troublesome right knee does not keep him off court. The multiple Grand Slam champions both won their quarter-finals on Friday, although Nadal in particular had to work hard to overcome Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6(2) 7-6(2) in a match during which he required treatment on the knee. Hamilton takes pole at Australian Grand Prix

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton blazed to a record extending eighth pole and sixth in succession at the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday to lead Valtteri Bottas to a Mercedes sweep of the front row of the grid. Hamilton struggled with a brake problem during the frenetic final session at Albert Park but nosed in front of his Finnish team mate with a record lap of one minute 20.486 seconds at the lakeside circuit. MLB notebook: Yankees RHP Severino out until May

New York Yankees ace right-hander Luis Severino will miss at least the first full month of the season with rotator cuff inflammation, general manager Brian Cashman said Friday. Severino, 25, has yet to throw in a spring training game and was scratched from his scheduled debut on March 5 because of discomfort in his pitching shoulder. An MRI diagnosed the problem. McLaren extend F1 partnership with Coca Cola

Former champions McLaren have extended a partnership with Coca Cola after agreeing a short-term deal last year, the British-based Formula One team announced on Saturday. The deal with will be used to promote multiple Coca Cola drinks brands through the 21-race season that starts in Australia on Sunday. Hot finish lifts McIlroy into tie for lead with Fleetwood at Players

Nobody from Northern Ireland or England has won the Players Championship, but there is a fair chance that drought will end this weekend after Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood forged a three-shot halfway lead in Florida on Friday. Northern Irishman McIlroy needed a storming finish to catch Englishman Fleetwood (67) at 12-under-par 132 but three shots picked up over his final three holes for a seven-under 65 did the job.