ODDS AND ENDS
Tennis: Ashleigh Barty stretched her winning streak to eight matches by handing former top-5 player Eugenie Bouchard a fourth consecutive loss — 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in the Miami Open’s first round. She’ll play 2011 U.S. Open champ Sam Stosur next.
Cycling: Alejandro Valverde won the third stage of the Tour of Catalonia but lost the overall lead to American Tejay van Garderen after the Spaniard’s Movistar team was penalized. Valverde beat Ireland’s Daniel Martin in the 116-mile stage but fell to fourth in the overall standings. Van Garderen finished eighth Wednesday and opened a lead of 41 seconds over BMC Racing teammate Samuel Sanchez of Spain.