Sports Digest: Leicester beats Chelsea in FA Cup final


Leicester’s Youri Tielemans, left, standing, celebrates after scoring during the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Matt Childs/Pool via the Associated Press

SOCCER

Even sweeter than the powerful long-range strike from Youri Tielemans was Leicester being able to celebrate winning the FA Cup for the first time surrounded by its fans.

And even louder than the Leicester supporters’ cheers at Wembley that greeted the sublime strike in the 63rd minute was the moment VAR denied Chelsea an equalizer in the 89th minute.

It was former Leicester defender Ben Chilwell’s cross that looked to have been deflected into his own net by veteran captain Wes Morgan. But video replays detected an offside that ensured, after four losing finals, Leicester would finally win world football’s oldest cup competition by 1-0 in the 140th final.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: Zlatan Ibrahimović will miss the upcoming European Championship because of a knee injury, the Swedish soccer federation.

Ibrahimović limped out of AC Milan’s 3-0 win at Juventus last weekend and the Sweden forward had further tests on his injured left knee on Saturday.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Nathan Tella scored his first goal for Southampton in a 3-1 win over already-relegated Fulham in the English Premier League.

The midfielder came off the bench to net the second while Fulham’s consolation came from 18-year-old Fabio Carvalho scoring his first goal for the London club.

Southampton took the lead in the first half when Che Adams scored from a James Ward-Prowse free kick.

Tella slotted home a second moments after coming onto the field on the hour mark.

• Leeds extended Burnley’s winless run at home to nine games with a 4-0 victory that bolstered their bid for a top-10 finish in the English Premier League.

Substitute Rodrigo scored two late goals to give Leeds a four-point cushion over 11th-place Aston Villa, which plays at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

MLS: Reserve Jacob Shaffelburg scored his first-career MLS goal at the 74th minute and Toronto secured its first point on the road this season with a 1-1 tie against NYCFC in New York.

BASKETBALL

WNBA: Kahleah Copper scored 19 points and Candace Parker added 16 with eight rebounds and three blocks in her Chicago debut and the Sky beat Washington 70-56 in Washington, D.C.

AUTO RACING

XFINITY: Austin Cindric saved his car from a serious spin early in the race and dominated late at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware and won his third Xfinity Series race of the season.

Josh Berry, who makes his Cup debut Sunday, was second and Justin Allgaier was third. Berry, a former bank teller, won the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus awarded to Xfinity drivers.

GOLF 

EUROPEAN TOUR: Richard Bland won his first European Tour event at the 478th attempt after beating Guido Migliozzi in a playoff for a dramatic finish at the British Masters in Birmingham, Englad.

Bland became the oldest first-time winner in European Tour history at 48 when he parred the first extra hole at The Belfry after Migliozzi three-putted from long range.

Bland carded a superb final round of 66 to set the clubhouse target on 13 under par, but looked in danger of cruelly being denied victory by the fast-finishing Migliozzi.

Birdies on the 15th and 16th gave Migliozzi a share of the lead and he then found the green in two on the par-five 17th, but missed from five feet for birdie after lipping out from long range for an eagle.

CYCLING

GIRO d’ITALIA: French cyclist Victor Lafay won the eighth stage for the first victory of his professional career and Attila Valter kept the pink jersey, in Sanframondi, Italy.

Lafay, who rides for Cofidis, attacked on the steep uphill finish of the 170-kilometer (106-mile) leg from Foggia to Sanframondi and soloed to victory.

Lafay raised his arms and beamed in delight as he crossed the line 36 seconds ahead of Francesco Gavazzi. Nikias Arndt was third, a second further back.

TENNIS

ITALIAN OPEN: Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal won a total of three matches on Saturday and will renew their record-setting rivalry in the final on Sunday — exactly two weeks before Roland Garros starts.

They took vastly different paths to get there.

Djokovic regained his cool after throwing his racket off the court to beat Tsitsipas 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 in a grueling, rain-delayed quarterfinal that began on Friday.

Then the top-ranked Serb returned a few hours later against local favorite Lorenzo Sonego and wasted a late break and two match points in the second set of a 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2 victory in his second match of the day.

Nadal kept his time on court to a minimum by ending the surprising clay-court run of big-serving American Reilly Opelka by 6-4, 6-4.


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