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U-va.’s Douglass sets 200-yard IM record


Virginia’s Kate Douglass smashed the NCAA record by 1.7 seconds in the 200-yard individual medley, and the Cavaliers continued to lead the NCAA women’s swimming and diving championsh­ips on Thursday in Knoxville, Tenn.

Douglass set an American record in 1 minute 48.37 seconds. Stanford’s Torri Huske

( Yorktown High) and Virginia’s Alex Walsh, the second and third-place finishers, also beat the previous record.

Douglass, along with Gretchen Walsh, Lexi Cuomo and Maxine Parker, captured Virginia’s second straight title in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:24.51.

Virginia finished the second day of the four-day event with 208.5 points. Texas is second with 162 and Louisville third at 117.

LSU’S Maggie Macneil set an NCAA record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.79. . . .

Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter was given 12 months’ probation and a $1,000 fine after pleading no contest to misdemeano­r charges of reckless driving and racing related to a Jan. 15 crash that killed Bulldogs offensive lineman Devin Willock

and a recruiting staff member, Chandler Lecroy.


Top-ranked Iga Swiatek breezed past Sorana Cirstea, 6-2, 6-3, to reach the semifinals of the hard-court BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

Swiatek, the defending champion, took a 4-0 lead in the second set and converted her second match point to close it out.

“I’m happy that I played so intense that I could start both sets well,” Swiatek said. “I’m feeling like I’m handling things pretty well and just playing my game.”

Next up for Swiatek is No. 10 seed Elena Rybakina, who outlasted Karolina Muchova, 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-4. It will be a rematch from the Australian Open in January, when Rybakina won, 6-4, 6-4, in the quarterfin­als.

Jannik Sinner beat defending champion Taylor Fritz, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, to become the first Italian man to reach the semifinals of the 47-year-old tournament.

In a late match, top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz held off Felix Auger-aliassime, 6-4, 6-4.

Sinner, the 11th seed, advanced to the semifinals at a Masters 1000 for the second time. He had 32 winners to 25 for Fritz; both made 17 unforced errors.

Sinner connected on

80 percent of his first serves and won 15 of 18 points at the net.


Switzerlan­d’s Marco Odermatt won the men’s super-g at the World Cup finals in Soldeu, Andorra, to close in on the record for points in a season.

The victory raised Odermatt’s tally to 1,942 points, leaving him 58 short of the mark set by Austrian great Hermann Maier in the 1999-2000 season.

Odermatt can break the record with a top-three finish in Saturday’s giant slalom. He beat

Marco Schwarz of Austria by 0.29 seconds for his sixth triumph in the discipline and 12th overall this season. . . .

Also in Soldeu, Lara GutBehrami of Switzerlan­d won the women’s World Cup super-g.

Gut-behrami overtook Italian rival Elena Curtoni in the standings. Curtoni finished 1.23 seconds behind in 10th.

Federica Brignone finished 0.22 seconds behind in second.


Manchester United cruised into the quarterfin­als of the Europa League after a 1-0 victory over Real Betis in Seville, Spain, in the second leg of their roundof-16 encounter.

Marcus Rashford scored in the 56th minute to help United advance on a 5-1 aggregate score.

Dutch club Feyenoord, Sevilla and Juventus also advanced to the quarterfin­als.

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