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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, April 4, 2015
MUNICH---Bayern Munich captain
Philipp Lahm could come off a
lengthy injury list and start the
Bundesliga match with Borussia
Midfielders Franck Ribery (ankle),
Arjen Robben (stomach) and Javi
Martinez (knee), and defender David
Alaba (knee) were all out, coach Pep
Guardiola added yesterday.
He was not yet sure about
defender Holger Badstuber (hip),
while midfielder Thiago Alcantara
could play "maybe a few minutes"
as he recovers from long-standing
Lahm has made only two substi-
tute appearances for Bayern since
breaking his ankle in training on
November 18, and Guardiola
attempted to take some pressure off
his captain by warning that the
whole team has to work together to
compensate for missing players.
"Robben is great in one on ones,
also coming in, scoring goals from
the side. Ribery too. Without them,
we don t have players for one on
ones, so we have to pass the ball,"
"The players have to know, we
need more, more, more. We need
Alaba became the latest on Bay-
ern s injury list when he tore a left
knee ligament while on duty for
Austria. The left back will likely
miss the rest of the season.
"It s not good news for anyone,"
Guardiola said. "Up to now, we ve
coped, and carried on. And we have
to do that now." While at pains to
state the injuries were not an excuse,
he pointed out that they were
mounting at in inopportune time
with Bundesliga, German Cup, and
Champions League games coming
up. Bayern has seven games in the
next 22 days.
"The squad Bayern have put
together is there to fight for all the
titles. No excuses. If we don t win,
it s our fault," Guardiola said.
"We re happy to play in April with
all the (title) possibilities still open.
Now every game is a final. Earlier
in the season if you don t win you
carry on. Now if you lose, that s it.
. We don t want any more injuries."
When asked if this was the most
difficult time he had faced in his
second season at Bayern, Guardiola
replied, "Yes, definitely."
He was nonetheless looking for-
ward to Saturday s visit to Dort-
mund, which has struggled this sea-
son and was bottom at the
beginning of February.
"The quality of the side, the
coach, the team, is higher than (indi-
cated) by their table position. The
quality is still there," Guardiola said.
"Tomorrow s game is like a final.
It s not a final, but we re fighting
to defend our title, and Dortmund
are fighting for the Champions
League or Europa League."
He added: "My experience with
Dortmund and (coach Juergen)
Klopp is of their pressing, their
attacking game. It s good that way.
It will be a super, super game." (AP)
KEY BISCAYNE---Andy Murray
chased a sharply angled shot into
the corner in vain and kept run-
ning, disappearing through a tun-
nel in the corner of the stadium.
He quickly returned to finish his
job in the Miami Open semifinals,
sending Tomas Berdych to the exit.
Murray lost his first service game
in each set yesterday but recovered
and moved closer to his third Key
Biscayne title by beating Berdych
Murray, a Scotsman who trains
in Miami, won the championship
in 2009 and 2013, and was the
runner-up in 2012. His opponent
Sunday will be the winner of the
semifinal which was scheduled to
play last night between four-time
champion Novak Djokovic and
American John Isner.
No 22 seed Isner became the
first US man to reach the semifinals
there since Mardy Fish in 2011,
downing fourth-seeded Kei
Nishikori of Japan 6-4, 6-3.
Djokovic, the four-time cham-
pion at Key Biscayne, beat Spain s
David Ferrer 7-5, 7-5 to advance.
Aside from his two shaky service
games, the No 3-seeded Murray
played almost flawless tennis
against No 8 Berdych, extending
points with scrambling defense
until the Czech would finally make
Murray, by contrast, totaled only
eight unforced errors from the
baseline. He improvised, too, win-
ning points with unorthodox
strokes requiring compound adjec-
tives, such as a running shoetop-
scoop lob and an underhand-swipe
backhand drop shot.
Murray fell behind love-30 serv-
ing in the final game but rallied
and smacked winners on the final
four points, including a nifty fore-
hand volley and cross-court back-
hand. When a final forehand gave
him the win, he screamed in jubi-
lation and repeatedly pumped his
arm like a piston.
The final is Murray s first since
he was runner-up to Djokovic at
the Australian Open on February
1, and his first in two years at an
ATP Masters 1000 tournament.
He s 9-3 in Masters 1000 finals.
Serena Williams is making
another trip to the Miami Open
women s final after beating Simona
Halep 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in a 2-hour,
7-minute classic on Thursday
night. Looking for her eighth title
at Key Biscayne, the top-seeded
Williams meets 12th-seeded Carla
Suarez Navarro of Spain today.
Halep, the No 3 seed from
Romania, beat Williams 6-0, 6-
2 last year during round-robin play
at the WTA Finals. Williams
returned the favour later in that
tournament, 6-3, 6-0. They were
to meet in the semifinals at Indian
Wells last month, but a balky right
knee forced Williams out of that
matchup. The knee wasn t a prob-
lem in this one. Halep was, but as
is usually the case, Williams found
a way. She had 38 winners to
Halep s 10, overcoming 45 unforced
errors and saying afterward that
she feels like some practice time
is necessary. Williams is 4-0 all-
time against Suarez Navarro, who s
assured of reaching the Top 10 in
the world rankings win or lose.
The win also means Williams
will extend her reign atop the rank-
ings to at least 116 weeks, which
passes Chris Evert s 113-week run
for third-longest in WTA history.
Only Steffi Graf (186) and Martina
Navratilova (156) have been there
longer in succession.
Suarez Navarro got her finals
ticket after topping Andrea
Petkovic 6-3, 6-3 earlier Thursday.
Guardiola: Lahm could start in Dortmund
to Miami Open final
OAKLAND---Golden State s Har-
rison Barnes hit a running shot
in the lane with less than a second
remaining, lifting the NBA-lead-
ing Warriors to a thrilling 107-
106 win over Phoenix on Thurs-
Elsewhere, Houston notched a
critical win over Texan rival Dallas,
while Miami lost Dwyane Wade
to injury in a bad loss to Cleveland.
Phoenix went ahead against
Golden State when Eric Bledsoe
broke free for a reverse layup with
4.5 seconds to play, shortly after
Stephen Curry had hit a 3-pointer
to put the Warriors in front.
There was still time for Barnes
to hit the dramatic winner and
extend Golden State s winning
streak to 11 games.
The Suns are now 4-1/2 games
behind Oklahoma City, which is
eighth in the Western Conference.
Houston won 108-101 at Dallas
to move half a game ahead of
Memphis in the fight for the No.2
seed in the West behind Golden
State. James Harden scored 24
points and former Dallas guard
Jason Terry hit a tiebreaking 3-
pointer for the Rockets.
Dirk Nowitzki s 21 points led the
Mavericks, who seem destined for
seventh in the West, leading Okla-
homa City by 3-1/2 games.
Miami star Dwyane Wade went
down with a knee injury in the
first half, and the Heat s playoff
chances took another major blow
with a 114-88 loss against Cleve-
Andy Murray, of Great Britain, returns to Tomas Berdych, of the Czech
Republic, at the Miami Open tennis tournament, yesterday, in Key
Biscayne, Florida. Murray won 6-4, 6-4. AP PHOTO
Warriors pinch thrilling win against Suns
Tiger Woods has made up his
mind---he will play the Masters.
After two trips to Augusta
National this week, Woods
announced his return to com-
petition on his website yesterday.
He wrote: "I m playing the Mas-
ters. It s obviously very impor-
there." Woods hasn t played
since February 5, when he
walked off the golf course at Tor-
rey Pines with what he described
as tightness in his lower back.
He said a week later he would
not play again until his game
was acceptable for tournament
Woods to return at the Masters
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