Marcelo under fire for diveMADRID (AP):Real Madrid left back Marcelo has been widely criticised for diving against Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.The Brazilian defender appeared to kick and headbutt Maximilian Arnold, then threw himself to the ground after pretending he had been hit in the face by the German midfielder.His antics in Real Madrid’s 2-0 loss in Germany on Wednesday led to a yellow card to Arnold, who could miss the semi-finals if he is booked again in next week’s second leg and Wolfsburg advance.Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking was still upset by the incident after the match and reportedly had an angry exchange with Marcelo in the tunnel to the changing rooms.Marcelo was booed off the field by fans at Wolfsburg Arena, while Arnold, who scored the second goal, said afterwards the incident was “part of football”.US women rout Colombia 7-0EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP):Allie Long scored her first two international goals, and the United States routed Colombia 7-0 Wednesday night in the Americans’ first exhibition since five players filed a wage-discrimination action against the US Soccer Federation (USSF).Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, and Becky Sauerbrunn filed an action last week with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accusing the USSF of unlawfully paying them less than members of the US men’s national team. The union for the women’s national team is in a legal battle with the USSF, claiming it can terminate its labour contract. The USSF claims the deal runs through December.”We weren’t really thinking about all that stuff because at the end of the day, that stuff will work itself out,” Lloyd said. “We have to continue to make sure we are putting a good result out on the field.”The US team was not the only one fighting money issues. The Colombian team has not been paid in two months, Philly.com reported last week.Kerber in last eightCHARLESTON, South Carolina (AP):Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Slovakia’s Kristina Kucova at the Volvo Car Open yesterday.Kerber is the defending champion after winning the title in last year’s Family Circle Cup. The second-ranked German star was not at her best but was good enough to put away Kucova, who is ranked No. 142. Kerber broke her opponent’s serve seven times, including the final game.Kerber needed a third-set tiebreaker to win her opening match at the Volvo on Tuesday night. She quickly gained control over Kucova and won 10 of the final 13 games.
CINCINNATI: American Madison Keys overcame late leads by Svetlana Kuznetsova in both sets to defeat the Russian for the Cincinnati Masters title on Sunday. The confidence-boosting 7-5 7-6(5) victory sent Keys into the US Open later this month as the world’s number 10 ranked player. “If you told me a week ago this is where I would be, I would have laughed in your face!” Keys said in accepting the tournament trophy. In both sets, the 2017 US Open finalist trailed 5-3 before rallying to win. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhKeys won four consecutive games to claim the opener. She needed a tiebreak to prevail in the second. The triumph was the fourth in a row on hardcourts for the 16th-seeded Keys over Kuznetsova and the 24-year-old’s fifth career title. The 34-year-old Kuznetsova, twice a Grand Slam champion, served for the first set but Keys held out before winning four consecutive games. In the second set Kuznetsova broke Keys in the third game and went ahead 3-1. But Keys, down 5-3, won three games in a row to go up 6-5. This time, Kuznetsova fought back, forcing a tiebreak when the ball touched the top of the net and rolled over to the other side, creating a light moment that had Keys smiling in disbelief.