Introduction: Sports lovers always crave for The Sun News Today latest updates on their favorite teams and athletes. In this report, we will cover the highlights of the most significant sports news from various fields, including soccer, basketball, football, golf, and tennis. From upsets to records being broken, here’s a roundup of the week’s most noteworthy sports stories. Soccer: Soccer is one of the most admired sports throughout the world, and this week, the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals were held.
Manchester City, who has been on a 26 game-winning streak, continued its impressive form by defeating Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the first leg of the quarter-finals. Bayern Munich thrashed Paris Saint-Germain 3-2, while Liverpool defeated Real Madrid 3-1 to register their first victory in the Champions League in 2021. In the last quarter-final match, Porto beat Chelsea 1-0 to leave the tie in the balance. Basketball: The biggest news from the NBA this week was the return of Kevin Durant from a hamstring injury.
He scored 17 points in 19 minutes as the Brooklyn Nets beat the New Orleans Pelicans 139-111. The Nets continue to edge closer to becoming title-contenders as they have now won 18 of their last 21 games. In other games, the Los Angeles Lakers, who have been without LeBron James and Anthony Davis, struggled to secure their fifth win in 10 games by beating the Toronto Raptors, while the Phoenix Suns stand at the top of the Western Conference, having won their seventh consecutive game.
Football: The National Football League (NFL) announced this week that it would expand the regular season from 16 games to 17 games. The move, which will begin next season, was agreed in March after negotiations between the NFL and the NFL Players Association. The extra game will mean that each team will play nine home games and eight away games or vice versa, with no teams having a neutral game. This is the first time the NFL has expanded the season since becoming a 16-game regular-season league in 1978.
Golf: In golfing news, the anticipation for the 85th Masters was high, and Hideki Matsuyama provided an unforgettable experience after winning the championship. Matsuyama became the first Japanese golfer to earn a green jacket and a major. The 29-year-old shot a final-round 73 to finish at 10-under 278, one stroke ahead of Will Zalatoris. With this win, Matsuyama has become a national hero in Japan, with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga tweeting, “It was really wonderful…
Your victory impressed and gave courage to the people still affected by the earthquake, the coronavirus disease, and a disaster-hit Kumamoto Prefecture.” Tennis: Moving onto tennis, world number one Novak Djokovic won his ninth Australian Open and extended his record of Grand Slam titles after defeating Daniil Medvedev in the final. In doing so, he took his overall Grand Slam tally to 18, trailing only Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (20). On the women’s side, Naomi Osaka won her fourth Grand Slam title and second Australian Open, defeating American Jennifer Brady in the final.