Dante Zapata broke a 1-1 tie early in the third period with his first professional goal, and the Tulsa Oilers prevented the Maine Mariners from earning a berth in the ECHL playoffs on Saturday night by scoring three goals in the third period to pull away 4-2 Victory at the Cross Insurance Arena.
Mitch Fossier scored both goals for the Mariners and Michael DiPietro made 40 saves. Maine remains third in the North Division with seven games remaining.
MIAMI OPEN: 12th-seeded veteran Petra Kvitova finally clinched her first crown in her 13th appearance at the Miami Open there, upsetting seventh-seeded Elena Rybakina with a marathon tiebreak in a 7-6 (14), 6-2 win.
33-year-old Kvitova, 10 years older than her opponent, ended Rybakina’s 13-match winning streak and halted her attempt to win the Sunshine Double (Indian Wells and Miami Open).
The 6-foot Kvitova, a former Wimbledon champion, won the epic tiebreak of the first set 16-14 on her fifth set point. A suddenly shaky Rybakina hit a forehand to end the 22-minute tie-break; In 2023 she was unbeaten in the tie-break 7-0.
The men’s singles final takes place on Sunday and it sees Jannik Sinner, who came off his semi-final win over defending Miami Open champion Carlos Alcaraz, meet Daniil Medvedev.
PGA: Patrick Rodgers posted a 1-under 71 to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio for his first PGA Tour title and a Masters berth.
In his 235th tour start, Rodgers, 30, had a 12-under 204 total at TPC San Antonio’s Oaks Course. Canadian Corey Conners, the 2019 Texas Open winner, finished second after a 69. Matt Kuchar was a shot behind on the 18th tee, but he double bogeyed for a 69 to drop to third at 9 under.
LPGA: Ruoning Yin had the weak round of her LPGA Tour career, a 7-under 64 to share the 36-hole lead with Hyo Joo Kim at the DIO Implant LA Open in Palos Verdes Estates, California.
ENGLAND: Even without Premier League top scorer Erling Haaland, Manchester City beat Liverpool 4-1 and remain in the hunt for leaders Arsenal.
Despite a comfortable victory in the title race, the game was marred by more off-field problems as one of English football’s fiercest rivalries turned toxic once again. The defending champions were left to condemn an apparent attack on their rival’s team bus and deal with “hateful” chants from his supporters.
• Arsenal gave the perfect answer to City’s victory with a 4-1 win over Leeds.
• Chelsea’s 2-0 home defeat by Aston Villa dropped the Champions League quarter-finalists in 11th place in the bottom half of the league.
• Bournemouth climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 comeback win over Fulham.
• Crystal Palace secured a 2-1 win against Leicester, Jean-Philippe Mateta’s decisive goal coming in the fourth minute of added time.
NASCAR: Chandler Smith passed John Hunter Nemechek with six laps to go at Richmond Raceway after a restart to take his first NASCAR Xfinity Series win.
Nemechek chose the inside lane on a restart with 12 laps to go, sending Smith to the outside. When another crash warning came at the end of the field, Smith had taken the lead and chosen the outside for the sprint to the finish.
Smith won in just his 10th career start on the series. Nemechek was second followed by Josh Berry, Kaz Grala and Cole Custer.
The race, which was delayed by almost an hour at the start after intermittent morning rain, was held without practice or qualifying, started almost an hour later under cloudy skies and finished in sunshine.
FORMULA ONE: Max Verstappen has his best chance of winning the inaugural Australian Grand Prix title after taking pole position in his Red Bull for Sunday’s third race of the Formula One season at Albert Park circuit.
Mercedes driver George Hamilton shared the front row of the grid after setting a time 0.236s slower than Verstappen.
Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton will start from third on an encouraging day for Mercedes, with Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso qualifying fourth.
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