Andy Murray Pulls Out Another 3-Set Victory at Indian Wells

Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts in his match against Tomas Martin Etcheverry of Argentina during the BNP Paribas Open on March 09, 2023 in Indian Wells, California. (Getty Images/AFP)
Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts in his match against Tomas Martin Etcheverry of Argentina during the BNP Paribas Open on March 09, 2023 in Indian Wells, California. (Getty Images/AFP)
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Andy Murray Pulls Out Another 3-Set Victory at Indian Wells

Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts in his match against Tomas Martin Etcheverry of Argentina during the BNP Paribas Open on March 09, 2023 in Indian Wells, California. (Getty Images/AFP)
Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts in his match against Tomas Martin Etcheverry of Argentina during the BNP Paribas Open on March 09, 2023 in Indian Wells, California. (Getty Images/AFP)

Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray remained unbeaten this season in matches that go to a deciding third or fifth set by coming back to beat Tomas Martin Etcheverry 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4 across more than three hours in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday.

Murray, a 35-year-old who has an artificial hip, faced a pair of break points while serving at 15-40 and already trailing 4-3 in the final set. Convert either of those chances, and Etcheverry would have served for the victory.

But 2009 Indian Wells runner-up Murray managed to hold there, beginning a three-game, match-ending run against Etcheverry, a 21-year-old from Argentina who is ranked 61st after reaching the final of a tournament in Santiago, Chile, last week.

So far in 2023, Murray is 5-0 in best-of-three-set matches that last three sets, along with 2-0 in best-of-five matches that go five. He is 0-3 in contests that conclude earlier.

Another man who owns three major titles, Stan Wawrinka, made a successful return to the hard-court tournament in the California desert after four years away, beating qualifier Aleksandar Vukic 6-4, 1-6, 6-1.

Wawrinka, a 37-year-old who has been ranked as high as No. 3 and is now No. 100 after a series of operations to his left foot and left knee, hit 10 aces and won 28 of 33 first-serve points. His previous match in Indian Wells was a loss to Swiss Davis Cup teammate Roger Federer in the third round in 2019.

Wawrinka will face No. 26 seed Miomir Kecmanovic in the second round at the first Masters 1000 tournament of the season.

Former No. 3-ranked and 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem was beaten 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) by Adrian Mannarino. The French player won the last three points of the tiebreaker to defeat Thiem, the 2019 Indian Wells winner whose ranking has dropped to No. 102 as he works his way back from right wrist and abdominal injuries.

Emma Raducanu, who won the 2021 US Open as a teenage qualifier, was back on court Thursday for the first time since January after having tonsillitis, and fell behind 2-0 in each set during what would become a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Danka Kovinic.

Another 20-year-old, Ben Shelton, trailed 2-0 at the outset against Fabio Fognini before taking 12 of the last 15 games to win 6-4, 6-1. Shelton, the 2022 NCAA singles champion at the University of Florida who hadn't won a match since reaching the Australian Open quarterfinals, will take on No. 4 seed and defending champion Taylor Fritz next.

Fognini was warned for an audible obscenity and for taking too much time getting ready to return serves; he also spiked a racket during the match but wasn't cited by the chair umpire for that.

Thanasi Kokkinakis claimed 32 of 34 points he served in a 6-4, 6-1 victory over wild-card entry Brandon Holt to earn a matchup on Saturday against reigning US Open champion and No. 1 seed Carlos Alcaraz.

Danielle Collins, the 2022 Australian Open runner-up, lost a second consecutive match against an opponent ranked outside the top 50, knocked out 6-4, 6-4 by 80th-ranked Dalma Galfi. Galif had lost in qualifying but moved into the main draw when someone withdrew. Collins delivered only nine winners while making 41 unforced errors.

In a match featuring American former Grand Slam singles champions, 2020 Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin beat 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens 6-4, 6-1. Claire Liu beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 7-6 (5), 6-3 and will play No. 1 Iga Swiatek in the second round.

Varvara Gracheva, who qualified for Indian Wells after reaching the final at Austin, Texas, last week, defeated Ysaline Bonaventure 6-2, 6-2; Katerina Siniakova beat Jule Niemeier 7-5, 6-4; and Jil Teichmann was a 6-1, 6-4 winner over Ashlyn Krueger.

In other results, Jack Draper overwhelmed qualifier Leandro Riedi 6-1, 6-1 to set up an all-British matchup against No. 24 Dan Evans; Mackenzie McDonald defeated Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-0; and Marton Fucsovics beat J.J. Wolf 1-6, 6-0, 6-3.



Riyadh Season Partners with World Boxing Council

Riyadh Season and the prestigious World Boxing Council (WBC) announced a partnership on Monday. (SPA)
Riyadh Season and the prestigious World Boxing Council (WBC) announced a partnership on Monday. (SPA)
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Riyadh Season Partners with World Boxing Council

Riyadh Season and the prestigious World Boxing Council (WBC) announced a partnership on Monday. (SPA)
Riyadh Season and the prestigious World Boxing Council (WBC) announced a partnership on Monday. (SPA)

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) Advisor Turki bin Abdulmohsen Alalshikh announced on Monday a partnership between Riyadh Season and the prestigious World Boxing Council (WBC).

He said: "This partnership represents a vital step forward for Riyadh Season's mission to elevate the Kingdom's entertainment sector", adding that WBC's standing as a leading and respected organization in the boxing world makes the alliance particularly impactful.

Alalshikh said Riyadh Season strives to unite audiences worldwide through a captivating and diverse range of entertainment experiences, and as such, "this collaboration with WBC presents a unique opportunity to attract a global audience".

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said: "We are pleased to welcome the Riyadh Season as a new official partner of the World Boxing Council. The Riyadh Season is a huge event, considered as one of the largest entertainment events in the world, and the sport of boxing has recently been linked to it, as Riyadh has become internationally recognized as the capital of boxing sport, where three exciting fights were held during the previous Riyadh season."

Adding that the cooperation between the two entities will generate many "distinctive and unique opportunities", Sulaiman stressed that "we look forward to participating in this growing passion in Saudi Arabia."

"This partnership will create opportunities and memories that will extend into the lives of many boxing fans around the world through social responsibility programs that include 'WBC Cares' programs in hospitals, orphanages and schools, in addition to awareness programs with experts in the fields of addiction, bullying, domestic violence and mental health," Sulaiman said.


First Saudi Professional Golfer Ready for PIF Saudi Open

First Saudi Professional Golfer Ready for PIF Saudi Open
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First Saudi Professional Golfer Ready for PIF Saudi Open

First Saudi Professional Golfer Ready for PIF Saudi Open

First Saudi Professional Golfer Othman Almulla said he is ready to participate in the 2024 Saudi Open, presented by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), which will be held from April 17 to 20 at the Riyadh Golf Club.
He also said that the Saudi Open is a “fantastic” event that will be accompanied by “an exciting array of fun activities each day to keep attendees entertained throughout the tournament”.
Saudi Open, he added, “is a gateway to encourage more Saudis to start playing the sport”.
According to SPA, Almulla, who turned professional in 2019, is one of 32 Saudi golfers set to compete in the Asian Tour event, including fellow professionals Faisal Salhab and Saud Al-Sharif.
The tournament will see the participation of elite LIV Golf players Henrik Stenson, David Puig, Peter Uihlein and Andy Ogletree, as well as 14 golfers from seven different countries in the Middle East and North Africa region that have been invited to compete thanks to the collaboration with the Arab Golf Federation.


Turki Al Al-Sheikh Announces Names of World Champions Participating in Global Boxing Match

28 October 2023, Saudi Arabia, Riyadh: Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Entertainment Authority, Counselor Turki Al-Sheikh (L), presents the belt of the Riyadh season to the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury (2nd R), after defeating his competitor, heavyweight mixed martial arts champion Francis Ngannou in the Kingdom Arena, as part of the opening activities of the fourth edition of the Riyadh Season. (FILE/Saudi Press Agency)
28 October 2023, Saudi Arabia, Riyadh: Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Entertainment Authority, Counselor Turki Al-Sheikh (L), presents the belt of the Riyadh season to the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury (2nd R), after defeating his competitor, heavyweight mixed martial arts champion Francis Ngannou in the Kingdom Arena, as part of the opening activities of the fourth edition of the Riyadh Season. (FILE/Saudi Press Agency)
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Turki Al Al-Sheikh Announces Names of World Champions Participating in Global Boxing Match

28 October 2023, Saudi Arabia, Riyadh: Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Entertainment Authority, Counselor Turki Al-Sheikh (L), presents the belt of the Riyadh season to the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury (2nd R), after defeating his competitor, heavyweight mixed martial arts champion Francis Ngannou in the Kingdom Arena, as part of the opening activities of the fourth edition of the Riyadh Season. (FILE/Saudi Press Agency)
28 October 2023, Saudi Arabia, Riyadh: Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Entertainment Authority, Counselor Turki Al-Sheikh (L), presents the belt of the Riyadh season to the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury (2nd R), after defeating his competitor, heavyweight mixed martial arts champion Francis Ngannou in the Kingdom Arena, as part of the opening activities of the fourth edition of the Riyadh Season. (FILE/Saudi Press Agency)

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), Advisor Turki bin Abdulmohsen Al Al-Sheikh, has announced the lineup for the "4 Crown Showdown" fight, featuring an electrifying clash for the undisputed world championship in the light heavyweight category (175 pounds) between Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol.
Al Al-Sheikh also unveiled the participants for the upcoming “5 vs 5 a Riyadh Season Original” event, a highlight of this year’s Riyadh Season. This event will bring together boxing rivals Queensberry and Match Room at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh on June 1, SPA reported.
Al Al-Sheikh emphasized, “The ‘4 Crown Showdown’ and ‘5 vs 5 a Riyadh Season Original’ fights are among the standout events of this year’s Riyadh Season, showcasing champions selected by our partners at Queensberry and Match Room.” He stressed Riyadh Season's commitment to hosting top-tier fights, major events, and forging partnerships to deliver unparalleled entertainment to fans.
Dmitry Bivol, the current light heavyweight world champion at 33 years old, boasts an impressive record of 22 wins, including eleven knockout victories, and has successfully defended his title in 10 matches over the past six years. Meanwhile, Artur Beterbiev, aged 39, holds the WBC, IBF, and WBO world champion titles, having secured all 20 of his victories by knockout.
In the "5 vs 5 a Riyadh Season Original" matchups, announced during a press conference at Outernet in London, Queensberry selected heavyweight boxer Daniel Dubois (20-2, 19 KOs), known for his formidable skills in the ring. Dubois recently faced champion Jarrell Miller in Riyadh last December and is set to take on Filip Hrjovic (17-0, 14 KOs), the number one contender in the International Boxing Federation, representing Match Room.
Queensberry's second heavyweight contender is Chinese giant Zhang Zhili, also known as “Bang Bang” (26-2-1, 21 KOs), who will face former WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder (43-3-1, 42 KOs) from Match Room.
In the featherweight category, champion Nick Paul (19-0-1, 11 KOs) represents Queensberry and is expected to engage in a thrilling bout against American world champion Ray Ford of Match Room (15-0-1, 8 KOs) for the WBA World Featherweight Championship.
The middleweight division features WBC silver and Commonwealth champion Hamza Shiraz (19-0, 15 KOs) from Queensbury, facing off against Match Room nominee Austin Williams (16-0, 11 KOs), who claimed the IBF North American title in 2023.
The final matchup of this eagerly anticipated event pits Queensberry light heavyweight champion and former amateur world champion Willie Hutchinson (17-1, 13 KOs) against Match Room candidate Craig Richards (18-1-3, 11 KOs), the former British champion and WBA World Champion title challenger.


Equestrians Gear Up with First Training Session ahead of 2024 FEI World Cup Finals

Equestrians Gear Up with First Training Session ahead of 2024 FEI World Cup Finals
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Equestrians Gear Up with First Training Session ahead of 2024 FEI World Cup Finals

Equestrians Gear Up with First Training Session ahead of 2024 FEI World Cup Finals

In anticipation of the FEI Jumping and Dressage World Cup Finals 2024, riders from around the globe, including the top six show jumpers in the world rankings, commenced their training regimen on Monday.
This initial session lays the groundwork for the upcoming championship, scheduled to commence at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center (RICEC) in just two days' time, SPA reported.

The action will unfold on Wednesday and span over four days within an indoor arena, marking the first time for the Middle East to host the competition.
A total of 51 equestrians, comprising both male and female riders from 24 nations, are poised to showcase their skills in the championship.
On another front, the championship organizing committee has completed the comprehensive veterinary examination for all 60 participating horses at the competition venue. The examinations encompassed a variety of essential factors, including thorough physical and medical assessments, as well as evaluations aligned with the standards governing show jumping and dressage horses.
Utilizing devices to measure hoof sensitivity, the examinations also ensured that the horses received necessary vaccinations while verifying the validity of their passports. Following the examinations, riders were cleared to begin their warm-up routines, enabling them to acclimatize to the arena awaiting them.


Nadal Still the Ultimate Test on Clay, Says Tsitsipas 

Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal takes part during a training session ahead of the ATO Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, 10 April 2024. (EPA)
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal takes part during a training session ahead of the ATO Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, 10 April 2024. (EPA)
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Nadal Still the Ultimate Test on Clay, Says Tsitsipas 

Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal takes part during a training session ahead of the ATO Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, 10 April 2024. (EPA)
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal takes part during a training session ahead of the ATO Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, 10 April 2024. (EPA)

Rafa Nadal could return to action this week in Barcelona and play just his second event of an injury-hit season and while the Spaniard lacks match practice Stefanos Tsitsipas said it would be no surprise to see him battling for the title in the final.

Nadal, who has said he expects to retire after the 2024 season, returned to the tour in Brisbane in January after nearly a year out with a hip flexor injury and the 37-year-old has not played an ATP tournament since due to a muscle issue.

The 22-times Grand Slam champion looked set to make another comeback at the Monte Carlo Masters this month but withdrew days before the start of the claycourt tournament, saying his body would not allow him to play.

Nadal has won the Barcelona title 12 times and is drawn to play Flavio Cobolli on Tuesday, and while there has been no word on his status Tsitsipas said the Spaniard would have no trouble finding form on his favorite surface.

"I wouldn't be surprised if we saw Rafa in the final of Barcelona, because that's something he has done over and over again for years and years," Tsitsipas, who won the Monte Carlo title for a third time on Sunday, told reporters.

"What he does have is this competitiveness and this fierce tennis when he gets into the momentum that sometimes feels like on the outside perspective unstoppable ... I think he's the ultimate challenge on clay.

"Whether he's playing now at, let's say, later stages of his career or the ones before, what he has now that he didn't before is experience, and he for sure knows ways to win points and to prevail more in economy mode than before."

World number seven Tsitsipas, a three-times runner-up in Barcelona, will aim to carry his good form from Monaco to Spain after winning his first title of the season with a 6-1 6-4 victory over Casper Ruud.

"I did need a week like this a lot, especially (after) the rough months I've been through the latter half of 2023 until now," Tsitsipas said.

"It hasn't been the best of times in terms of where I wanted to be, so getting back here and winning the title is something I was definitely not aiming for and it came naturally."


Mallorca Investigating Alleged Racist Gesture Towards Real’s Tchouameni 

Real Madrid's Aurelien Tchouameni celebrates winning the Spanish LaLiga soccer match between RCD Mallorca and Real Madrid, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 13 April 2024. (EPA)
Real Madrid's Aurelien Tchouameni celebrates winning the Spanish LaLiga soccer match between RCD Mallorca and Real Madrid, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 13 April 2024. (EPA)
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Mallorca Investigating Alleged Racist Gesture Towards Real’s Tchouameni 

Real Madrid's Aurelien Tchouameni celebrates winning the Spanish LaLiga soccer match between RCD Mallorca and Real Madrid, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 13 April 2024. (EPA)
Real Madrid's Aurelien Tchouameni celebrates winning the Spanish LaLiga soccer match between RCD Mallorca and Real Madrid, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 13 April 2024. (EPA)

Mallorca are working with the police to investigate an alleged racist gesture made during a 1-0 home defeat by Real Madrid on Saturday, the LaLiga club said.

Videos on social media appeared to show a fan at the Son Moix Stadium making a racist gesture towards Real midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, who scored the only goal of the match.

In the same fixture last year, Mallorca fans were filmed racially abusing Real's Brazilian forward Vinicius Jr., with Mallorca revoking a fan's membership card for three years.

"In yesterday's match between RCD Mallorca and Real Madrid, images have been identified in which a person made racist gestures," Mallorca said in a statement on Sunday.

"The club has activated the protocol against violence in football and is collaborating with the National Police in the identification of this person."


Liverpool Must Be Perfect in Run-In, Robertson Says 

Liverpool's Scottish defender #26 Andrew Robertson runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on April 14, 2024. (AFP)
Liverpool's Scottish defender #26 Andrew Robertson runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on April 14, 2024. (AFP)
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Liverpool Must Be Perfect in Run-In, Robertson Says 

Liverpool's Scottish defender #26 Andrew Robertson runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on April 14, 2024. (AFP)
Liverpool's Scottish defender #26 Andrew Robertson runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on April 14, 2024. (AFP)

Liverpool cannot afford any more slip-ups if they are to keep their title hopes alive, defender Andy Robertson said after Sunday's 1-0 Premier League home defeat by Crystal Palace.

Eberechi Eze scored the only goal of the game in the 14th minute to leave Juergen Klopp's side third on 71 points, level with second-placed Arsenal, who were stunned 2-0 at home by Aston Villa.

Manchester City lead on 73 points with six games left.

Liverpool, who were held 2-2 by Manchester United in their previous league game, also face an uphill task in the Europa League after losing the first leg of their quarter-final against Atalanta 3-0 at home.

"We need to be perfect from here on in, for sure," Robertson told reporters. "We can't drop any more points and let's see what the other two teams (Manchester City and Arsenal) do. We have to stay positive. We don't stop fighting.

"We have to pick everyone up in the changing room because there's a lot of people who are down, whether they missed a chance, gave the ball away or whatever it is. We pick up, we go again on Thursday and we give everything we've got."

Liverpool next travel to face Atalanta on Thursday before returning to league action against Fulham.


Man City Players Enjoy the Pressure, Says Guardiola 

Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester City v Luton Town - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - April 13, 2024 Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne with manager Pep Guardiola after being substituted. (Reuters)
Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester City v Luton Town - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - April 13, 2024 Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne with manager Pep Guardiola after being substituted. (Reuters)
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Man City Players Enjoy the Pressure, Says Guardiola 

Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester City v Luton Town - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - April 13, 2024 Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne with manager Pep Guardiola after being substituted. (Reuters)
Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester City v Luton Town - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - April 13, 2024 Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne with manager Pep Guardiola after being substituted. (Reuters)

Manchester City thrive on the pressure of playing when everything is on the line, manager Pep Guardiola said, as last season's treble winners continue their pursuit of another three titles.

City lead the Premier League by two points with six games left, host Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday and play Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals three days later.

Asked about his side's chances of lifting more silverware this season, Guardiola said after their 5-1 win over Luton on Saturday: "They like to play with the pressure. They like to know - dead or alive.

"I am pretty sure we will be there till the end. Because I know them. I see the faces before the games in the meetings. How they prepare.

"That means win Premier League, Champions League? No. I am not saying that. But that we will compete? That's for sure. We have to be prepared but at the same time impose our game and try to put pressure through our game onto the opponent."


France Has Plan B to River Seine Olympics Opening if Security Requires 

This photograph taken on April 9, 2024 shows the sun going down above the Eiffel Tower and the Seine river in Paris. (AFP)
This photograph taken on April 9, 2024 shows the sun going down above the Eiffel Tower and the Seine river in Paris. (AFP)
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France Has Plan B to River Seine Olympics Opening if Security Requires 

This photograph taken on April 9, 2024 shows the sun going down above the Eiffel Tower and the Seine river in Paris. (AFP)
This photograph taken on April 9, 2024 shows the sun going down above the Eiffel Tower and the Seine river in Paris. (AFP)

France has prepared alternatives to holding the July 26 Olympics opening ceremony on the river Seine should security reasons require, President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday.

Conflict in the Middle East and Ukraine as well as a threat of terrorist attacks have led the French government to raise its security alert to its highest level.

Macron said he was confident the planned Games ceremony with huge crowds around the Seine, where some 160 boats would set off for a 6 km journey, would be a huge success.

But France, he added, is not naive.

"If we think there are security risks we'll have plan Bs, and even plan Cs," he said.

One option, he said, would be to restrict the ceremony to the central Paris Trocadero square facing the Eiffel Tower. Another would be to move the event indoors to the Stade de France stadium.

Macron then tried - and failed - to convince a mother, worried about security risks, to let her son go to the river Seine ceremony.

"If there is one place where your son will be safe it will be there," Macron told the mother, who asked her question during a BFM TV and RMC radio interview.

"Let him go, it's once every 100 years, the Olympics."

The unconvinced mother responded that she hoped her son would work that day and be unable to attend.

Macron, who gave his interview from Paris' Grand Palais museum, which has just been refurbished to host the fencing and taekwondo competitions, said he had not changed his mind about swimming in the Seine.

Paris has been working on cleaning up the Seine so that people can swim in it again, as was the case during the 1900 Paris Olympics. But a sewer problem last summer led to the cancellation of a pre-Olympics swimming event.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is also promising to swim in the Seine - more than three decades after her predecessor Jacques Chirac famously promised to do it but never did.


Eze and Palace Deal Liverpool Big Blow to Title Chances with 1-0 Victory

 Crystal Palace's Eberechi Eze celebrates with Crystal Palace's Tyrick Mitchell after scoring his side's opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, April 14, 2024. (AP)
Crystal Palace's Eberechi Eze celebrates with Crystal Palace's Tyrick Mitchell after scoring his side's opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, April 14, 2024. (AP)
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Eze and Palace Deal Liverpool Big Blow to Title Chances with 1-0 Victory

 Crystal Palace's Eberechi Eze celebrates with Crystal Palace's Tyrick Mitchell after scoring his side's opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, April 14, 2024. (AP)
Crystal Palace's Eberechi Eze celebrates with Crystal Palace's Tyrick Mitchell after scoring his side's opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, April 14, 2024. (AP)

Liverpool's quest for a Premier League title in manager Juergen Klopp's final season with the team suffered a huge blow with a 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace at Anfield on Sunday that left them third in the table.

Eberechi Eze scored in the 14th minute to stun the Anfield faithful in the third consecutive disappointing result for Liverpool. Klopp's men are even on 71 points with second-placed Arsenal, who were playing later on Sunday, and two behind provisional leaders Manchester City.

Tyrick Mitchell found Eze unmarked in the box after some good passing and Eze slotted home with his first touch to put Palace ahead. Poor finishing by Liverpool, including Curtis Jones's shot on a breakaway that he fired wide, secured the win for the visitors.

Liverpool were coming off a 3-0 loss to Atalanta in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday and a costly 2-2 draw with Manchester United in their previous league game on April 7.