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INDOOR TRACK

Isaiah Harris of Lewiston finished seventh in the 800 meters Saturday at the indoor track world championships in Belgrade, Serbia.

Harris, the fastest qualifier in Friday’s heats, clocked 1 minute, 47.00 seconds for the second day in a row. Mariano Garcia of Spain won with a time of 1:46.20, followed by 17-year-old Kenyan Noah Kibet (1:46.35) and U.S. champion Bryce Hoppel (1:46.51).

Kibet became the youngest ever medalist in an individual track event at the indoor world championships.

SOCCER

ENGLAND: Chelsea earned its sixth straight win since Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich announced he’d be selling the London club, swatting aside second-tier Middlesbrough in a 2-0 win to reach the FA Cup semifinals.

Romelu Lukaku and Hakim Ziyech scored first-half goals that were celebrated by a smaller-than-normal pocket of visiting fans inside Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium. In light of the economic sanctions placed on Abramovich by the British government for his close links to Russian President Vladimir Putin following the invasion of Ukraine, Chelsea was only able to take around 700 supporters for the match in the northeast.

Arsenal strengthened its hold on the final Champions League spot in the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa, secured by a first-half strike by Bukayo Saka.

The England international latched onto a ball that was weakly cleared by the Villa defense and lashed a low, first-time shot past unsighted goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from the edge of the area in the 30th minute.

Arsenal, missing first-choice goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale because of injury and in-form winger Gabriel Martinelli because of illness, was in control for most of the lunchtime game at Villa Park despite the short turnaround from its loss to Liverpool on Wednesday night.

TENNIS

BNP PARIBAS OPEN: Iga Swiatek rallied from a break down in each set to beat Simona Halep 7-6 (6), 6-4 on Friday night and reach the final in Indian Wells, California.

Maria Sakkari outlasted defending champion Paula Badosa 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 and will play Swiatek in Sunday’s final. Either fourth-ranked Swiatek or sixth-ranked Sakkari would move to No. 2 in the world by earning the title.

It’s a rematch of last month’s semifinals in Doha, where Swiatek beat Sakkari for the first time, 6-4, 6-3, and went on to win the title.

GOLF

EUROPEAN TOUR: Shaun Norris opened a four-shot lead after three rounds of the Steyn City Championship in Johannesburg, putting the South African in prime position for his first European Tour title.

Norris shot 5-under 67 and moved to 23 under par overall at low-scoring Steyn City, where players have been benefiting from preferred lies because of heavy rain ahead of the tournament. Norris had rounds of 64 and 62 in the first two rounds. Norris’ nearest challenger is compatriot Dean Burmester, who moved to 19 under with a 66.

Germany’s Matti Schmid (64) was a shot further back, and Denmark’s Joachim B. Hansen and Sweden’s Sebastian Soderberg were tied for fourth at 17 under after both carded 67s.

FOOTBALL

NFL: Quarterback Matthew Stafford has agreed to a four-year contract extension through 2026 with the Los Angeles Rams after winning the Super Bowl in his first season with the team.

The deal is worth $160 million, with $135 million guaranteed, according …….

Source: https://www.pressherald.com/2022/03/19/sports-digest-isaiah-harris-places-seventh-at-world-indoor-championships/

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