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Chelsea keeps Tottenham 4
points at bay in title pursuit
LONDON---Chelsea passed the
toughest test of the title run-in to
keep Tottenham at arm's length.
Antonio Conte's side took 66
minutes to break through Everton's
resistance yesterday before winning
3-0 to remain four points ahead of
Even if Tottenham cannot overhaul
Chelsea in the final four games to win
the title for the first time since 1961,
it will still be a landmark season for
the north London club.
Beating Arsenal 2-0 in Sunday's
derby ensures Tottenham will finish
above its neighbour for the first time
in 22 years. And if Spurs hold on to
second place, it will be their highest
finish in 54 years.
For Arsenal, the challenge is now
extending the team's 20-year run in
the Champions League. But Arsene
Wenger's side is six points behind
Manchester City, which occupies
the fourth qualification place.
City was held 2-2 by relega-
but fifth-place Manchester United
could also only draw with Swansea so
remains a point behind its neighbour.
Tottenham 2, Arsenal 0
It was the penultimate game at
White Hart Lane before the stadi-
um is demolished and Tottenham
moves into a new adjacent venue
after a season at Wembley.
Arsenal imploded at the start of
the second half.
Harry Kane ran onto a long throw-
in and held up the ball under pressure
from Gabriel Paulista. Dele Alli seized
possession and passed to Christian
Eriksen, who weaved past Laurent
Koscielny before striking at goal-
keeper Petr Cech. The shot was par-
ried, but Alli stuck out his left boot
into a crowded area to clip the loose
ball into the net in the 55th minute.
Arsenal never recovered. It took 77
seconds for the penalty to be conced-
ed, with Kane going down lightly un-
der Gabriel's challenge and winning
the spotkick. Kane netted his fifth in
five league games against Arsenal.
Arsenal's season could still end
with the FA Cup if it beats Chelsea
at Wembley Stadium.
Tottenham is now virtually as-
sured of making the top four, giv-
en its superior goal difference over
fifth-place Manchester United, but
manager Mauricio Pochettino still
craves the title.
"Of course I am disappointed,
because it was a great opportunity
to reduce the gap, but we are four
(points behind Chelsea)," he said.
"But now it's a moment to feel proud,
Everton 0, Chelsea 3
It was worth the 66-minute wait
for a goal. Pedro Rodriguez collected
the ball on the edge of the penalty
area before striking under the cross-
bar from 25 yards (meters).
Gary Cahill gave Chelsea breath-
ing space in the 79th by bundling the
ball into the net after Eden Hazard's
low free kick was saved. Substitute
Willian completed the victory seven
"We have to have great enthusiasm
and great patience because I think
we are having a great season but to
become a fantastic season we must
win," Conte said of the title.
Manchester United 1, Swansea 1
Jose Mourinho's side made it a club
record 25 matches unbeaten but the
celebrations were muted after this
14th draw of the campaign.
United captain Wayne Rooney
converted a penalty won by Marcus
Rashford but Gylfi Sigurdsson equal-
ized directly from a free kick in the
To compound Mourinho's misery,
Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly joined a
lengthy injury list.
Swansea is two points from safety
with three games to go.
Middlesbrough 2, Manchester
Gabriel Jesus made a quick impact
on his first start following 10 weeks
out with a foot injury, salvaging the
draw in the 85th by heading in Sergio
Former City striker Alvaro Negre-
do put Middlesbrough in front before
Aguero leveled from the spot. Gabriel
Jesus canceled out Calum Chambers'
Warner century earns Sunrisers
big win over Knight Riders
HYDERABAD---A blistering 126
off 59 balls from David Warner
carried defending champions
Sunrisers Hyderabad to an em-
phatic 48-run victory over Kol-
kata Knight Riders in the Indian
Premier League, yesterday.
The Sunrisers captain hit 10 fours
and eight sixes in his team's im-
posing total of 209-3, after Knight
Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir had
won the toss and opted to field first.
In reply, Knight Riders could only
score 161-7 after rain interrupted
their run-chase for nearly 45 min-
utes. Robin Uthappa top-scored
with 53 before he holed out at long
off to Warner.
Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar
(2-29) took his wickets tally in the
tournament to 20, as Knight Riders'
chase never got going.
Despite the loss, Knight Riders
lead the table with 14 points on
better run-rate than Mumbai In-
dians, who also have 14 points, but
have played a game less than Knight
Sunrisers follow the two with 13
Warner cut loose from the onset,
but also profited from three dropped
catches---on 13, 86 and 110---with
Chris Woakes missing two of the
Warner was so dominant that he
raised his fifty off 20 balls in only the
fifth over, smashing Sunil Narine for
a reverse sweep six. He brought up
his century in the 11th over off 43
balls with seven fours and eight six-
es, driving seamer Umesh Yadav to
midwicket and scampering for two
runs. Woakes made some amends
when he found Warner's leading
edge off a slower delivery in the 17th
over, but by that time the Australian
had done enough damage.
At Mohali, Kings XI Punjab swept
to a comfortable a 10-wicket victory
over bottom-place Delhi Daredevils
in a mere 7.5 overs.
Daredevils' top order batsmen
were outfoxed by Sandeep Shar-
ma's 4-20 on a slow wicket to get
bowled out for 67 in 17.1 overs---the
third-lowest total in the IPL's 10-
Martin Guptill (50) then blazed
an unbeaten half century off just 27
deliveries and steered Kings XI to
68-0. Guptill's maiden half-century
in IPL included six fours and three
towering sixes. (AP)
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane, front, celebrates after scoring a penalty during the English Premier League
soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane in London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
defeated Dominic Thiem 6-4,
6-1 to win his 10th Barcelona
Open title, yesterday.
It was the second consecu-
tive week that Nadal had won a
tournament for the 10th time. He
had become the first men's tennis
player in the Open era to win the
same title 10 times at the Monte
Carlo Masters last Sunday.
It was Nadal's second title of
the season and 71st of his ca-
reer. The fifth-ranked Spaniard
had lost his previous three finals,
including to Roger Federer in the
Next month he will try to win a
10th French Open title. The last
of his 14 Grand Slams was three
years ago in Roland Garros.
Nadal broke the ninth-ranked
Austrian late in the first set and
early in the second, then cruised
to close out the match for his 51st
career title on clay. He saved the
only break point he conceded to
Thiem at the "Rafa Nadal" center
The 30-year-old Nadal has
won 10 consecutive matches and
is 21-1 in his past 22 sets.
Thiem, who had upset top-
ranked Andy Murray in the sem-
ifinals on Saturday, was trying to
win his second title of the season.
He won in Rio de Janeiro in Febru-
ary. Nadal won five straight titles
in Barcelona from 2005-09, then
three consecutive from 2011-13,
and again in 2016.
He improved to 53-3 at the ATP
World Tour 500 event. (AP)
mund defeated Kristina Mlad-
enovic 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (5) to win
the Porsche Grand Prix in her
The German wild card entrant,
who lost to compatriot Angelique
Kerber in last year's final in Stutt-
gart, held on to win her second
career title after Mladenovic had
rallied in the second set.
Siegemund stormed into a 4-0
lead before Mladenovic broke in
turn. But the French player failed
to hold serve at all in the first set,
which Siegemund wrapped up in
Mladenovic improved dras-
tically in the second, holding
serve and converting both break
opportunities, while Siegemund
made 11 unforced errors. German
finished with 29 altogether while
Mladenovic had 32.
Mladenovic, who ended Maria
Sharapova's return from her dop-
ing ban on Saturday and Kerber's
defense on Thursday, was going
for her second title of 2017. (AP)
Thiem to win
10th title in
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