Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Football-Thousands of Real Madrid fans celebrate the league title with the team
Around 150,000 jubilant Real Madrid supporters flocked to the central Cibeles fountain on Saturday to join the players in celebrating their record 35th La Liga title, won with a 4-0 home win against Espanyol. Supporters began to gather around the central landmark where the club usually celebrate their success nearly an hour before the end of Saturday’s game, which Real won easily with two first-half goals from Rodrygo to stimulate them.
NHL-Lightning enters playoffs in search of rare Stanley Cup hat-trick
The Tampa Bay Lightning enter the NHL playoffs chasing a rare treble as Stanley Cup champions while the Florida Panthers hope to put the finishing touches on what has been a dominant season. The playoffs mark the most exciting time of the year for hockey fans, a grueling two-month tournament featuring 16 teams and four best-of-seven rounds that award those on the winning team the right to make engrave their name on the silver trophy.
Football-Brilliant Benzema guides Real Madrid to the league title
Real Madrid’s triumphant 2021-22 La Liga campaign will be remembered for the exploits of striker Karim Benzema. The marauding French international scored his 26th goal in 30 league appearances on Saturday, sealing Real’s 4-0 win at home to Espanyol that secured a record 35th Spanish league title with four games to go.
Australian NFL giant Faalele drafted by Ravens
Australian offensive tackle Daniel Faalele will enter the NFL as the league’s heaviest man after being selected in the fourth round of the 2022 draft by the Baltimore Ravens. The 2.03m, 174kg colossus from Melbourne was picked with the 110th pick by John Harbaugh’s Ravens after impressing at the University of Minnesota.
Boxing-Taylor triumphs over Serrano on historic night at MSG
Katie Taylor retained her undisputed world lightweight championship on Saturday, with a split decision victory over Amanda Serrano on a historic night at Madison Square Garden in front of a raucous sold-out crowd. The Irishwoman, who took her unbeaten professional record to 21-0, and Serrano were the first women to headline a fight in the world’s most famous arena and put on a performance to match the ‘opportunity.
Football-Lyon stuns PSG to stage Champions League final against Barcelona
Olympique Lyonnais will be aiming for a record eighth Women’s Champions League title against Barcelona after a 2-1 away win helped them beat Paris St Germain 5-3 on aggregate in their semi-final on Saturday . Ada Hegerberg and Wendie Renard scored either side of Marie-Antoinette Katoto’s equalizer as the seven-time champions capitalized on their opponents’ mistakes in both legs to reach their 10th final in the competition.
Boxing-Taylor fights his way to Irish sporting immortality
Katie Taylor blasted her way to Irish sporting immortality on Saturday, outlasting one of the most powerful fighters in the world’s most famous arena in the biggest fight in women’s boxing history. There doesn’t seem to be any hyperbole befitting the undefeated, undisputed lightweight world champion, who went 10 rounds against Puerto Rico’s Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden, an iconic arena they were the first women to be on the first page.
Badminton-Marin wins the European Championships after a long injury absence
Three-time world champion Carolina Marin clinched the European Championships title for the sixth time on Saturday, making a triumphant return after a knee injury sidelined her for 10 months. Marin, who injured the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee in June last year, was unable to defend her women’s singles crown at the Tokyo Olympics.
Soccer-Man City and Liverpool continue to win, Norwich relegated
The Premier League’s top two continued to outdo each other on Saturday as Manchester City and Liverpool secured crucial wins in their title bids, while Norwich City saw their relegation confirmed after losing 2-0 at Aston Villa. Elsewhere down below, Burnley’s renaissance under caretaker boss Mike Jackson continued as a thrilling 2-1 win at Watford took them five points clear of the relegation zone, a result that saw Norwich to play in the Championship football next season.
Cricket-NFL, NBA stars invest in IPL’s Rajasthan franchise
Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul and NFL duo Larry Fitzgerald and Kelvin Beachum have invested in the Rajasthan Royals, the Indian Premier League franchise announced on Sunday, highlighting IPL’s growing global appeal. The popular Twenty20 league, which counts Bollywood actors and industrialists among franchise owners and attracts the who’s who of cricket, has become a 10-team affair this season, with Gujarat and Ahmedabad paying a total of 1.7 billion dollars to join them.
(With agency contributions.)