Venus beats Kerber in Miami, Konta ousts Halep
Venus Williams beat top seed Angelique Kerber on Wednesday to advance to a Miami Open semi-final against Britain's Johanna Konta.
BARCELONA Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has agreed a new four-year contract with the Spanish champions until 2021, the club said a day after they reached the Champions League quarter-finals by thrashing Paris St Germain 6-1.
The 28-year-old Croatia international has won two La Liga titles, two King's Cup trophies and a Champions League crown with Barca since joining from Sevilla in 2014 for an estimated 20 million euros and will sign the new deal, which the club said has a release clause of 125 million euros, on Friday.
Rakitic was left out of the starting line-up in the 4-0 defeat by PSG in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie but he played an important role in Wednesday's drubbing of the French champions.
"It's unbelievable, we made the impossible possible," Rakitic said in an interview with CNN on Thursday.
"It's really hard to explain what happened yesterday; I think it was a crazy night, a crazy match and I'm so proud to be part of this team."
(Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Pritha Sarkar)
BUENOS AIRES The Argentine FA, lacking proper leadership since 2015 and fearful its national team might not reach the World Cup finals without banned captain Lionel Messi, elected a third-tier club chairman and former roadsweeper as its president on Wednesday.
LONDON England's new test captain Joe Root will seek to bolster his leadership skills with big scores and has promised to ensure the side are better prepared to defend the Ashes in Australia than they were on the previous trip.