City winner in fists, Felix in the end, OL and OM expected, Monte Carlo: the news on a set of April 14

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED BETWEEN LAST NIGHT AND THIS MORNING

1. Football – Champions League: City join the semi-finals, Liverpool sack Benfica

This Atlético de Madrid – Manchester City quarter-final return will not remain a high point, however IT has reached a peak of nervousness, with an overall fight to conclude a night without goals (0-0). In this small game, Pep Guardiola’s men reach the semi-finals thanks to their brief first leg success (1-0) to join Real Madrid. In good form after their success in Lisbon (1-3), Liverpool secured a spectacular draw (3-3) against Benfica at Anfield on Wednesday. The Reds will face Villarreal for a place in the final.

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2. Athletics: Queen leaves, Allyson Felix retires at the end of the season

The most successful female athlete in major competitions bows. Allyson Felix announced on her social networks that she would be retiring at the end of the season. At the age of 36, the American won 11 Olympic medals (seven titles) and eighteen in World Championships in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m and 4x400m. She will also remain one of the greatest sprinters of her time, but also a more dedicated one, she who had particularly challenged the sports world about the treatment reserved for athletes who choose to have a child during their career.

3. Tennis – Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo: Zverev avoids ambush Delbonis, Rublev recovers

In the hecatomb of seeded players at the start of Monte-Carlo, Alexander Zverev provided the essentials. The number 2 of the tournament dominated the Argentine Federico Delbonis at the end of the day, not without problems in the second set (6-1, 7-5). So is Andrey Rublev, knocked out by Australian Nick Kyrgios in the first round in Miami, but who was not surprised by another Aussie on the Monegasque ocher, Alex de Minaur (2-6, 6-1, 6-4) .

Zverev, the right introduction

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED BETWEEN LAST NIGHT AND THIS MORNING

Football : Former Colombian football star Freddy Rincon, national team captain and Real Madrid midfielder, died Wednesday in Cali, southwestern Colombia, after a road accident two days earlier, her doctors said. The 55-year-old former player was admitted to hospital in critical condition on Monday after a violent collision between a bus and the van he was driving.

Basketball–NBA : The Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Pelicans continue their journey into the play-in. The Hawks closed Charlotte Hornets’ season with authority (132-103), while the Pelicans eliminated the San Antonio Spurs (113-103). Next posters in the night from Friday to Saturday: Cleveland – Atlanta and Los Angeles Clippers – New Orleans, for the last two tickets for the play-offs.

Football – Nations League : Belgium is one of the candidate countries for the organization of the final phase of the next edition of the League of Nations, as are Poland, the Netherlands and Wales, UEFA announced on Wednesday.

Football – Ligue 1 : Nice captain Dante and Lens defender Massadio Haïdara have been banned for two games after being shown a red card during Lens – Nice on Sunday. Lille defender Tiago Djalo has been banned for two games plus one suspended for his “post-match behaviour” against Bordeaux (0-0).

Football – CONCACAF Champions League : The Seattle Sounders have qualified for the final against Mexican club Pumas Unam on April 26 and May 3. The MLS club eliminated New York City FC with a draw in Harrison, New Jersey (1-1), after a home win in the first leg (3-1).

THE VOICE VIDEO

Carlos Alcaraz was eliminated by Sebastian Korda at the start of the tournament on Wednesday. For our consultant Justine Hénin, this is all normal as he has to process his American campaign, which won him in Miami. The Spaniard will use this experience to progress and come back even stronger in future tournaments.

Hénin: ‘Alcaraz is stuck because of his youth, he can’t go too fast’

PODCASTS

The podcast Stop Buffet is back this week with journalists Marc Duzan and Jérémy Fadat from Imanol Harinordoquy and Midi Olympique. Around Hadrien Hiault, journalist at Eurosport, they watch Stade Toulousain, in unfavorable position after their defeat in the first round of the 16th leg of the Champions Cup. Also on the program: the Stade Français and the red cards.

Cincinnati will play the Super Bowl for the first time in 33 years. On the 23rd running, the Bengals lost to Joe Montana’s San Francisco 49ers in Miami, more “Joe Cool” than ever on the decisive stage. But this two-act Super Bowl is also remembered for its context, that of the riots that rocked the city of Florida. This is your big story for today.

WHAT YOU CAN’T MISS TO FOLLOW TODAY

1. Football – Europa League: fate is in our own hands, but the infirmary is very well filled, the big challenge for Lyon (9pm)

After their interesting draw in the first leg on the lawn of West Ham, Olympique Lyonnais seemed in good form to hope for a place in the last four of the Europa League. The latest news is less encouraging with the absence of Anthony Lopes, insufficiently recovered from his Strasbourg crutch on Sunday, and Lucas Paqueta, stricken by Covid-19. Houssem Aouar and Tanguy Ndombélé are uncertain. The present will have to hit hard to fire the Hammers. Other matches will follow: Atalanta – Leipzig (6.45pm), FC Barcelona – Eintracht Frankfurt (9pm) and Glasgow Rangers – Braga (9pm).

2. Tennis – Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo: Jerking all day, a trap for Tsitsipas? (from 11:00 a.m.)

The 100% American match Fritz – Korda. The clash between Pablo Carreno Busta and Alexander Zverev. The Intriguing Musetti – Schwartzman. The Rublev-Sinner poster for dessert. This Thursday’s round of 16 is full of promise on the courts of the Principality. Stefanos Tsitsipas, placed at number 3, will have to be wary of the eye-catching Laslo Djere. Of course you can follow it in full on Eurosport and our site.

Henin: ‘Tsonga can leave with regret, but above all with his head held high’

3. Football – Europa League conference: OM on a mission in the Salonika cauldron (9 p.m.)

Deserved winner in the first leg (2-1), Marseille has already been warned. After the boiling atmosphere of the Vélodrome, another equally vociferous crowd awaits near Salonika. PAOK will have only one goal to face an OM diminished by the absence of Kamara, Gerson, Dieng and Milik. A place in the semi-finals awaits the Phocaeans.

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