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In the world of football, Liverpool have secured the EFL Cup after defeating Chelsea 1-0 in the extra-time at the Wembley Stadium in London. Indian ace archer Deepika Kumari marked her return to the international archery stage with a gold. Kumari bagged gold in the women’s individual recurve category at the Asia Cup 2024 archery stage 1 in Baghdad.

Read below to learn details about these top stories and other happenings in the sporting world in the last 24 hours.

Football

Liverpool defeat Chelsea to win EFL Cup with late extra-time winner

Liverpool defeated Chelsea 1-0 in the extra-time, thanks to a winner in the 118th minute from a Virgil van Dijk header, to win the EFL Cup at the Wembley Stadium in London. The Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, spoke about the victory in the press conference, saying that it is his “most special trophy” after the Merseyside club had to finish the final with several academy players.

Luis Enrique wants PSG players to get used to playing without Kylian Mbappe

The Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique wants the PSG players to get used to playing without Kylian Mbappe after substituting him off in the 65th minute during their 1-1 home draw against Rennes in Ligue 1. Luis Enrique was quoted as saying about Kylian Mbappe, who has agreed to join Real Madrid in the summer as a free agent, “We have to get used to not playing with Kylian, sooner or later it's going to happen. When I consider it appropriate, he will play or not play, as all coaches do with their players.”

Conor Gallagher wants to stay put at Chelsea despite Tottenham's interest

The Chelsea midfielder, Conor Gallagher, spoke to Sky Sports in a video, stating his intention about wanting to stay at the West London club despite interest from Tottenham in recent months. The 24-year-old has around 18 months left on his current contract with Chelsea, and he sees himself as an integral part of the club’s project under their manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Arsenal eager to sign Victor Osimhen amidst competition from Chelsea and PSG: Reports

Arsenal are reportedly very eager to sign the Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, who is one of the favourites of the manager Mikel Arteta, in the summer transfer window amidst competition from Chelsea and PSG. As per GiveMeSport, the North London club is willing to meet the £250,000 per-week wage demand of the 25-year-old to bolster their attacking options up front in the upcoming season.

Some major results in football are as under:

EFL Cup 2023-24 Final

Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

Premier League 2023-24

Wolves 1-0 Sheffield United

La Liga 2023-24

Real Betis 3-1 Athletic Bilbao

Real Madrid 1-0 Sevilla

Bundesliga 2023-24

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 VfL Wolfsburg

Borussia Dortmund 2-3 Hoffenheim

Serie A 2023-24

Juventus 3-2 Frosinone

Cagliari 1-1 Napoli

Lecce 0-4 Inter Milan

AC Milan 1-1 Atalanta

Ligue 1 2023-24

Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 Rennes

Marseille 4-1 Montpellier

Eredivisie 2023-24

AZ Alkmaar 2-0 Ajax

Saudi Pro League 2023-24

Al-Shabab 2-3 Al-Nassr

Archery

Deepika Kumari bags gold in Asia Cup 2024

Indian ace archer Deepika Kumari marked her return to the international archery stage with a gold. Kumari bagged gold in the women’s individual recurve category at the Asia Cup 2024 archery stage 1 in Baghdad, Iran, on February 25. This was the first time that Deepika was playing on the global circuit since she gave birth to a baby girl in December 2023. This was also her first international contest since the Paris Archery World Cup in June 2022. 

Hockey

FIH Pro League 2023-24: India defeats Ireland 4-0

The Indian men’s hockey team defeated Ireland with a comfortable 4-0 margin at the Birsa Munda Hockey International Hockey Stadium, to finish the Rourkela leg of the FIH Pro League 2023-24 on a great note. At the halfway stage of the premier international hockey competition, India are in third place on the leaderboard with 15 points in eight matches.

Canada's Christopher Morales Williams sets  world indoor record in 400m

Canada's Christopher Morales Williams clinched the world indoor record in the 400 metres at the NCAA's Southeastern Conference championships on. The event took place in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The 19-year-old University of Georgia sophomore registered a stellar time of 44.49 seconds to break the previous mark of 44.57 set by Kerron Clement of the United States in 2005 at the same venue.  Morales Williams made a massive improvement of almost a second on his previous best time set earlier in 2024.

Tennis

Karen Khachanov beats  Jakub Mensik  to win  Qatar ExxonMobil Open

No. 2 seed Karen Khachanov took down Czech teenager Jakub Mensik 7-6 (12), 6-4 and clinched his sixth career title at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha.  The 27-year-old Russian had a dominant run throughout the tournament as did not drop a set all week. He continued this hot streak in the final by coming back from four set points in the opening set tiebreak.  "I stayed strong, I'm extremely happy that I won the first set. It lifted me a lot and gave me a lot of confidence to step up in the second," said Khachanov, after winning his first title since Zhuhai in September.