Tuesday 25 April 2017

Vick struck down with broken ribs

AMERICAN FOOTBALL

Philadelphia Eagles quarter-back Michael Vick broke two ribs in Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals and is a doubt for this week's game against the New York Giants.

The defeat was the second consecutive for an Eagles (3-6) squad who were expected to be among the NFL's top teams this season after adding several former Pro Bowlers to a roster that already included Vick, LeSean McCoy and also DeSean Jackson.

Vick said he would take the injury day-by-day. "It's painful right now," he said yesterday.

SAILING

Ken Read's Puma and Iker Martínez's Team Telefónica were yesterday engaged in a day-long drag race for the lead, as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet rapidly approached the tactical nightmare of the Doldrums.

Remarkably, after nine days and approaching 2,000 nautical miles of racing, there was virtually nothing to choose between the leading two boats.

With the battle so close, both teams were focusing in on achieving the fastest possible transition through the Doldrums, which they were expected to reach around midnight UTC.

TENNIS

Wimbledon women's champion Petra Kvitova has been named the WTA Player of the Year for the first time. The world No 2 won her first Grand Slam title at SW19 when she defeated Maria Sharapova in the final.

CONOR NILAND yesterday made a promising start to the defence of his Austrian Open title, blitzing Spain's Ivan Navarro 6-1 6-0 in the indoor ATP Challenger Tour event in Salzburg. In the second round tomorrow, Niland will face either Mischa Zverev or qualifier Peter Gojowczyk.

Cricket

THE West Indies yesterday inflicted a humiliating 213-run defeat on Ireland at the Women's World Cup in Bangladesh. Ireland today take on Pakistan, who beat the hosts yesterday.

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