FA Cup holders Arsenal beat Burnley 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium to book their place in the fifth round.Arsenal, who won the competition in 2014 and 2015, handed Mohamed Elneny his debut and welcomed Alexis Sanchez and Francis Coquelin back into the starting lineup after spells on the sidelines through injury.The Gunners took the lead on 19 minutes when Sanchez set up Calum Chambers to bend a shot into the top corner, but the Championship side hit back on the half-hour mark when Sam Vokes headed past David Ospina.Sanchez restored their advantage early in the second half, crashing home Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross, to secure progress.Kelechi Iheanacho scored a hat trick as Manchester City thrashed Premier League relegation battlers Aston Villa 4-0 at Villa Park.Iheanacho stabbed home the opener on four minutes after Villa keeper Brad Guzan had blocked Fernando’s header. The Nigerian doubled their advantage on 24 minutes, sending Guzan the wrong way from the penalty spot after Raheem Sterling went down in the area.He added his third on 73 minutes following a poor backpass from Idrissa Gueye, and Sterling made it 4-0 moments later.Liverpool’s packed fixture slate will get even busier after a goalless draw with West Ham.The result means the Reds’ February schedule includes a replay in at Upton Park to go with three Premier League fixtures, a two-legged Europa League tie against Augsburg and the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City. Liverpool came the closest to breaking the deadlock in the 75th minute, as West Ham keeper Darren Randolph made three saves in quick succession.Randolph did well to keep out Christian Benteke, then Joe Allen and then Benteke again from close range.Tottenham Hotspur eased into the fifth round with a 4-1 victory at Colchester United.Colchester, who saw defender Alex Wynter stretchered off early on following a clash of heads and fellow centre-back Tom Eastman hurt in the same incident, fell behind on 27 minutes when Nacer Chadli fired home. Spurs extended their lead through a deflected Eric Dier shot on 64 minutes before Marvin Sordell struck a post for the hosts. Chadli then headed home for his second of the game before Ben Davies scored an own goal shortly afterwards, making it 3-1.Tom Carroll had the last word for the visitors, firing in off the underside of the bar from Chadli’s cross.Crystal Palace beat Stoke City 1-0 at Selhurst Park.Wilfried Zaha put Palace ahead on 18 minutes, beating Stephen Ireland and Marc Wilson before sending the ball between keeper Jakob Haugaard’s legs. That proved enough to give the out-of-form Eagles a morale-boosting victory over the 2011 finalists.West Bromwich Albion were held to a 2-2 draw by League One side Peterborough United after a flurry of late goals.Saido Berahino gave West Brom the lead on 14 minutes, firing past Ben Alnwick from 25 yards after good work from Rickie Lambert.Posh hit back through Shaq Coulthirst, a new signing from Tottenham, after a defensive mix-up on 79 minutes, but Berahino appeared to have settled it with a well-placed finish shortly afterwards.On 86 minutes, though, Jon Taylor made it 2-2 to take the match to a replay. Watford needed a late goal from Odion Ighalo to defeat Championship side Nottingham Forest 1-0 at the City Ground.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Jon Rahm, who held the overnight lead by one stroke from McIlroy and fellow Team Europe Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood, faded badly to finish five back.Fleetwood ended up at 13 under alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker, while Tiger Woods claimed a tie for 30th at six under.History. Made.@McIlroyRory is THE PLAYERS Champion 2019. pic.twitter.com/HE09jHwc2j— THE PLAYERS (@THEPLAYERSChamp) March 17, 2019On a day when the lead was shared among many hands, Jhonattan Vegas’ 66 thrust him into an increasingly crowded picture that also included Eddie Pepperell, whose own 66 featured an incredible 50-foot birdie putt at 17.Vegas and Pepperell reached the clubhouse on 14 under, but their hopes were ended when Furyk — the American Ryder Cup captain in 2018 — picked up a shot at the last hole to be one better off.That left McIlroy, Rahm, Fleetwood and Snedeker as the most likely contenders, along with Furyk. Rory McIlroy emerged from a packed field to claim a thrilling victory at The Players Championship at Sawgrass on Sunday, sounding a warning to his Masters rivals.The four-time major winner recovered from a double-bogey six at the fourth to card a 70 and finish 16 under, one stroke ahead of Jim Furyk, securing his first PGA Tour win since the Arnold Palmer Invitational 365 days ago. With Rahm and Fleetwood in the final group, the former’s challenge faded following a bogey at the 15th, but an eagle three at the next hole gave the Englishman cause to dream.However, Snedeker bogeyed the last hole before Fleetwood and Rahm found water on 17, meaning a closing par was enough for McIlroy to get the job done.The Northern Irishman, who was already a leading contender for Masters glory, will now be the man to beat at Augusta as he seeks to end his elusive search for the career grand slam.
The Beautiful Game kicked off its World Cup Championship Thursday in Brazil, and while most of the public was at work, a few interested fans were locked in front of the television cheering on their favourite team.On opening day it was the Faraguna house in Nelson that was decked out in the Croatian colours as Guido and Boris Faraguna got together to support their homeland. Unfortunately a questionable penalty call ruined the day for Croatia, losers 3-1 to host Brazil.Action continues today with three games.At 9 a.m. Mexico battles Cameroon; at noon defending champion Spain takes on Netherland before Chile and Australia meet at 3 p.m.All games are on CBC Television.