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Formula One: Heartbreak for Leclerc as Hamilton wins in Bahrain

Monday, 2019-04-01 06:35:47
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Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas, Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during the race - Bahrain Grand Prix - Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain - March 31, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)
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Five times world champion Lewis Hamilton took a lucky Bahrain Grand Prix win for Mercedes on Sunday after engine trouble in the dying stages denied Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc a first Formula One victory.

The luckless Leclerc had looked like becoming Ferrari’s youngest ever race winner, at 21, after starting on pole position and leading comfortably. Instead, the Monegasque ended up third.

* Honda’s five-times MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez won the Argentine Grand Prix on Sunday to take the overall lead from Ducati rival Andrea Dovizioso. The Spaniard, who started on pole position at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, now has 45 points to the Italian’s 41 after two races.

* Paris St Germain forward Kylian Mbappe scored his 27th goal of the season as the runaway leaders edged closer to the Ligue 1 title with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Toulouse on Sunday. Mbappe struck in the 74th minute to put PSG on 80 points from 29 games and on the brink of retaining the title with second-placed Lille, who beat Nantes 3-2 away earlier on Sunday, still 20 points behind having played a game more.

* Kevin Kisner shrugged off his bridesmaid's tag by beating Matt Kuchar in the final of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Texas on Sunday. A year after losing the decider to Bubba Watson, 48th seed Kisner proved too good for Kuchar, never trailing in a scrappy all-American final in which birdies proved elusive at Austin Country Club.

* Late goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek helped Chelsea complete a thrilling comeback to beat Cardiff City 2-1 away in the Premier League on Sunday.

* Napoli ripped AS Roma's defence to shreds as they handed the hosts an embarrassing 4-1 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico in Serie A on Sunday and piled on the problems for recently-appointed coach Claudio Ranieri. Roma began the game in fifth place with a chance to move within a point of fourth-placed AC Milan, who lost 1-0 at Sampdoria on Saturday, but instead dropped to sixth after Atalanta won 3-1 at Parma to overtake them.

* Astana's stunning start to the season continued when Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez won the Tour of Catalunya on Sunday. The 25-year-old beat Briton Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) by 14 seconds in the overall classification and fellow Colombian Egan Bernal (Team Sky), recent winner of Paris-Nice, by 17 seconds.

* Karim Benzema saved Real Madrid's blushes by scoring a superb late goal to snatch a 3-2 win at home to La Liga basement side Huesca on Sunday and keep up coach Zinedine Zidane's perfect start since the Frenchman returned to the club. The last-gasp win left Madrid third in the standings with 57 points after 29 games, while second-placed Atletico Madrid have 59 and runaway leaders Barcelona are on 69.

* Lazio threw the race for Champions League places wide open when an early Sergej Milinkovic-Savic goal gave them a 1-0 win at third-placed Inter Milan in Serie A on Sunday. Lazio's win took them to fifth on 48 points with Atalanta, one ahead of AS Roma and three behind fourth-placed AC Milan with a game in hand.

* Valencia withstood a second-half onslaught to beat Sevilla 1-0 away in La Liga on Sunday, striking a crucial blow in their bid to qualify for next season's Champions League, while harming Sevilla's chances of securing a top-four place. The victory took Valencia up to sixth in the La Liga on 43 points after 29 games, level with Sevilla who slipped to seventh.

* Kenya's Hellen Obiri, the reigning world 5,000-meter champion, achieved historic world treble on Saturday when she won the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. With the victory, Obiri became the first woman to have won senior world titles indoors, outdoors and at cross country.

Reuters, Xinhua