Roger Federer rallied Saturday to beat Borna Coric 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California, extending his career-best start to 17-0 and putting him in the final with a chance to win his record sixth title.

He will meet No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro in Sunday’s final. The Argentine breezed past No. 32 Milos Raonic of Canada 6-2, 6-3 in 1:06 for his 10th consecutive match victory and 400th of his injury-plagued career.

Federer overcame a slow start in front of a crowd that included Rod Laver and Pete Sampras. He rallied from a 5-7, 2-4 deficit to win the final four games of the second set, breaking Coric twice.


WORLD CUP: Morocco would need to spend almost $16 billion to prepare to host the 2026 World Cup, with every proposed stadium and training ground built from scratch or renovated, according to details of the country’s bid.

With less than three months to go until the FIFA vote, Morocco presented the first significant details of its proposal to challenge the joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico.


PREMIER LEAGUE: Mohamed Salah scored four goals and set up another in Liverpool’s 5-0 victory against Watford at home, cementing his status as the most prolific forward in Europe’s leading competitions.

FA CUP: Manchester United and Tottenham secured passage to the semifinals, as Manchester United defeated Brighton 2-0 on goals from Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic, while Christian Eriksen scored twice in Tottenham’s 3-0 victory over Swansea.


XFINITY: Joey Logano cruised to his first Xfinity Series victory of the season, outpacing Justin Allgaier at Fontana, California.

Logano pushed his Team Penske Ford to his 29th career Xfinity victory and his third at Auto Club Speedway. The dominant win also was the first Xfinity victory at Auto Club Speedway for the team backed by Roger Penske, who spearheaded the construction of this 21-year-old track east of Los Angeles.



SIX NATIONS: Ireland made it a St. Patrick’s Day for the ages by claiming a rare Six Nations Grand Slam, stifling England in a fabulous 24-15 win at Twickenham, England.

This was only the third clean sweep by Ireland since the term Grand Slam came into use 110 years ago.


DAYTONA 200: Danny Eslick won his fourth title in five years, dominating at Daytona, Florida, to become the third rider to win the road race at least four times.


CROSS-COUNTRY: Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo of Norway missed securing his first World Cup season title in a race won by Alexander Bolshunov of Russia at Falun, Sweden.


Bolshunov, three times a silver medalist at the recent Olympics, beat Calle Halfvarsson of Sweden by 1.3 seconds with a strong final sprint in a 15-kilometer mass start for his first career win. Francesco de Fabiani of Italy was third.

BIATHLON: Martin Fourcade of France won at Oslo, Norway, to close in on his seventh straight World Cup title.


MILAN-SAN REMO: Vincenzo Nibali carried off a daring solo attack to perfection to win the race and add to his long list of major achievements.

– Staff and news service report

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