Sport in brief
Mark Cavendish suffered a fractured rib at Milan-San Remo in his third serious crash of the new season. The Briton was relatively well positioned with just under 10km to go when he struck a traffic divider and was sent somersaulting over his handlebars, landing heavily on his back. Dimension Data said their rider may also have damaged ankle ligaments but escaped serious injury. He crashed on the first stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour last month, suffering concussion and whiplash, and again in the Tirreno-Adriatico a fortnight ago, leaving him with a broken rib and facial lacerations. Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali won yesterday’s race.
James Whitley finished 10th in the slalom and Great Britain team-mate Scott Meenagh came home 14th in the cross-country skiing on the eighth and penultimate day of the Winter Paralympics. Whitley was 11th after his first run but the 20-year-old edged into the top 10 with his second, recording a combined time of one minute and 44.41 seconds. He said: “I’m really pleased. I would have loved to have gone a bit deeper in the top 10 but overall I am really happy to come out and have finished all five races and had some good results in the process, so the hard work has paid off.”
Naomi Osaka and Daria Kasatkina will go head to head for the BNP Paribas Open title after stunning Simona Halep and Venus Williams respectively in the semi-finals at Indian Wells. Unseeded Osaka overcame world No1 Halep 6-3, 6-0, winning nine straight games from 3-3 in the first set to dump the top seed out of the competition. Osaka’s opponent in the final is fellow 20-year-old Kasatkina, the 20th seed from Russia, who earlier defeated American eighth seed Williams 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan and team-mate Nurul Hasan have been fined for their conduct during the final over of the Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka. Both players were fined 25 per cent of their match fee. Shakib briefly called his batsmen off the field after umpires failed to award a no-ball to his team. Nurul argued and pointed his finger at the Sri Lanka captain Thisara Perera.
Tom Daley and Grace Reid have won a second successive World Series silver medal. The pair came second in the mixed three-metre synchronised competition in Beijing last weekend and followed that up with another silver in Fuji, Japan.
Bad crash: Mark Cavendish somersaults on to the road