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Sports in brief: Soccer player remains in critical condition after on-pitch collapse

Soccer

Premier League midfielder remains in critical condition

LONDON — Bolton's Fabrice Muamba remained in critical condition and in intensive care Sunday night, a day after the player collapsed due to cardiac arrest during an FA Cup quarterfinal. The 23-year-old midfielder's heart only started beating on its own when he arrived at a London hospital from Tottenham's ground, medics said, and he remained anesthetized.

"Everybody is praying for Fabrice, which is very important, and that has been a real source of strength to the family," Bolton manager Owen Coyle said. "It's great to be talented at football, but it is more important to be a genuinely nice man, and Fabrice is that."

Muamba collapsed near the midfield line in the 41st minute, and paramedics immediately began trying to revive him, using a defibrillator and pumping his chest. The match was halted and has not been rescheduled yet.

Meanwhile, Fernando Torres ended a 26-game goal drought as Chelsea reached the FA Cup semifinals, and Liverpool ensured a second trip to Wembley Stadium this season. Torres scored twice in a 5-2 win over Leicester, and Chelsea faces the winner of the abandoned Tottenham-Bolton quarterfinal. Liverpool beat Stoke 2-1 and awaits either Everton or Sunderland.

Skiing

Dropped pole costs Vonn shot at history

American Lindsey Vonn lost her right pole in Schladming, Austria, and finished 24th in the last women's giant slalom, falling 21 points short of setting the record for the most World Cup points scored in one season.

Hermann Maier's 12-year-old mark of 2,000 points will stand for at least another year.

"I have never lost a pole in my life and I have been skiing since I was 2 years old," said Vonn, who still won her fourth overall crown. "I am disappointed. … But I am very proud of what I did achieve this season."

She won 12 races and scored 1,980 points and defended her discipline titles in downhill, super-G and super-combined.

Tennis

Federer downs Tampa's Isner

Roger Federer beat John Isner 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 for his record fourth BNP Paribas Open title in Indian Wells, Calif., avenging a Davis Cup loss to the Tampa resident. Victoria Azarenka routed Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-3 for the women's title in the WTA Tour's first final between the Nos. 1 and 2 players since 2008. Azarenka improved to 23-0 this year, the best start to a season since Martina Hingis' 37-0 to open 1997. Federer and Azarenka each earned $1 million, the richest winner's checks in the tournament's history.

Et cetera

Running: Ethiopian-born Fatuma Sado, 20, won the Los Angeles Marathon in 2 hours, 25 minutes, 39 seconds, the fourth-best women's finish in race history. Simon Njoroge became the 11th different Kenyan to win the men's race (2:12:12).

Softball: Stephanie Medina's walkoff homer hit the top of the rightfield fence and bounced over, giving host USF (24-5), ranked No. 24 in the coaches poll, a 2-1 victory over No. 21 FSU. "Going into the at-bat, I was just trying to put the ball in play," the former Chamberlain High standout said. "Then when I saw it hit the fence, I was praying it wouldn't bounce back onto the field."

Baseball: Preston Tucker (Plant) and Casey Turgeon (Dunedin) each homered as top-ranked Florida (19-1, 3-0 SEC) beat visiting Vanderbilt 8-2 for a school-record 17th straight win.

Times wires

Sports in brief: Soccer player remains in critical condition after on-pitch collapse 03/18/12 [Last modified: Sunday, March 18, 2012 8:53pm]

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