Sports News Roundup: Jordan Clarkson bursts for 45 as Jazz outclasses Kings; Shaken by rowdy, tearful Osaka crashes into Indian Wells and more

Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Rugby-Emotions at their height as Spain edge past Portugal to reach World Cup

Spain hung on to beat Portugal 33-28 in Madrid on Sunday and secure a place at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, only the second time they have qualified for the showpiece global tournament. The Spaniard, who played in the 1999 World Cup, will be in Group B alongside holders South Africa, Scotland, Ireland and a team from the Asia/Pacific region.

Cycling-Unbeatable Pogacar retains Tirreno-Adriatico title

Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar retained his Tirreno-Adriatico title when he finished the final stage safely in the peloton to cap off a dominant week on Sunday. The Slovenian looked to be in a league of his own as he won both mountain stages to finish the week-long race a minute 52 seconds clear of last year’s Tour runner-up Jonas Vingaard of Denmark.

Golf-Larrazabal wins playoff to claim sixth DP World Tour win

Pablo Larrazabal of Spain scored victory over Jordan Smith on the second hole of the MyGolfLife Open DP World Tour playoffs at Pecanwood Country Club in Haartbeespoort, South Africa on Sunday. The pair had been locked at 22 under par with another Spaniard, Adri Arnaus, after 72 holes, but the latter dropped out of the playoffs after the first hole.

NBA roundup: Jordan Clarkson breaks out for 45 as Jazz outclass Kings

Jordan Clarkson and De’Aaron Fox engaged in an entertaining scoring duel Saturday night in Salt Lake City, combining for 86 points in the Utah Jazz’s 134-125 win over the visiting Sacramento Kings. Clarkson scored a career-high 45 points to lead Utah to its fourth victory over the Kings this season. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year made 15 of 21 shots, drained 7 of 13 3-point attempts and made all eight free throw attempts.

Paralympics-Alpine skiing-Israel’s first winter Paralympic combines sport and religion

Most athletes would never give up the chance to compete in an Olympic event they’ve spent years preparing for, but such is Sheyne Vaspi’s dedication to her faith that the Israeli skier chose religion over sport at the Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. When weather prompted organizers to move the slalom race from Sunday to Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath reserved for rest and worship, Vaspi made the difficult decision to pull out of an event she had been looking forward to.

Tennis-Shaken by rowdy, tearful Osaka crashes out of Indian Wells

Naomi Osaka was rocked by a rowdy start to her second round match against Veronika Kudermetova on Saturday and never recovered falling 6-0 6-4 at Indian Wells. After being broken in the first match, a fan shouted “Naomi, you suck” and Osaka could be seen later wiping away tears.

NHL roundup: Blues bounce back to 7-4 win over Predators

Robert Thomas scored his second goal of the game with 2:38 remaining in regulation time to break the tie and the visiting St. Louis Blues bounced back after taking a three-goal lead to calm the Nashville Predators 7 -4 Saturday. Jordan Kyrou’s third assist of the day was a brilliant pass that found Thomas, who easily beat Nashville’s Juuse Saros (28 saves) to break a 4-4 tie. David Perron, who scored twice and had seven goals in six games, and Justin Faulk added empty nets as the Blues won back-to-back games after slipping 0-3-1.

Football-Chelsea, hit by Abramovich sanctions, strike late to sink Newcastle

Kai Havertz scored an 89th-minute winner to give Chelsea a 1-0 Premier League win over Newcastle United on Sunday in their first home game since the British government sanctioned Russian owner Roman Abramovich with a freeze. assets. With the European champions adjusting to life under strict rules laid down by the government, the visitors frustrated them with their harassing tactics for much of the match as they sought to move further away from the relegation zone .

Tennis-Nadal makes a spectacular return to Indian Wells

Rafa Nadal came from 5-2 down in the third set to defeat American Sebastian Korda 6-2 1-6 7-6(3) in the second round in Indian Wells on Saturday and remains unbeaten in 2022. After coming through the settled first on 35 minutes, the Spaniard struggled to cope with a more aggressive approach from the 21-year-old who stormed into second.

Football-Chelsea fans face future without Abramovich

Chelsea fans who arrived for the Blues’ first home game under government control on Sunday said they feared an era of glittering success was over after billionaire Russian owner Roman Abramovich was hit with an asset freeze last week. Chelsea are in a state of uncertainty after the British government sanctioned Abramovich and other Russian businessmen as it sought to increase the isolation of President Vladimir Putin for his decision to invade Ukraine.

(With agency contributions.)

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