The day in sports: 17th March
1. Frank Lampard scores his 200th goal as Chelsea beat the Hammers 2-0:
Frank Lampard scored his 200th goal for Chelsea who moved into third place with a win over West Ham. Eden Hazard added a second after the break as Chelsea moved into third place.
2. Berbatov returns to haunt Lilywhites:
Dimitar Berbatov scored for Fulham against his former side to give former Spurs boss Martin Jol a memorable 1-0 win at White Hart Lane.
3. Raikkonen upstages big rivals to win Aussie GP:
Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland celebrates after winning the season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne, on March 17, 2013. The taciturn Finn roared off from seventh on the starting grid to take a forward position, and employed a strategy of only two stops to take the race from Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Red Bull world champion Sebastian Vettel.
4. Nadal caps return with Indian Wells triumph:
Rafael Nadal drops to his knees celebrating victory over Juan Martin del Potro on March 17, 2013 at Indian Wells. A 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win for Nadal cemented his return from a seven-month injury layoff.
5. Sharapova routs Wozniacki for Indian Wells title:
Maria Sharapova peaked at just the right time on Sunday to beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-2 and win her second Indian Wells WTA title in emphatic style.
6. Messi, Villa combine to sink Rayo:
Barcelona’s forward David Villa (R) celebrates with Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi after scoring during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 17, 2013. Barca won 3-1.
7. South Africa triumph despite Afridi fireworks:
South Africa batsman Hashim Amla plays a shot during the 3rd One-Day International (ODI) cricket match between South Africa and Pakistan, at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on March 17, 2013. South Africa beat Pakistan by 34 runs in the third one-day international at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
8. Horror tackle overshadows Wigan win
Newcastle United’s French defender Massadio Haidara is injured after a tackle by Wigan Athletic’s English striker Callum McManaman during the English Premier League football match between Wigan Athletic and Newcastle United at The DW Stadium in Wigan, north-west England, on March 17, 2013. Haidara was stretchered off the pitch after the challenge that was unseen by referee Mark Halsey. Wigan beat Newcastle 2-1.
9. Heat beat Raptors to equal second-best win streak at 22:
10. Australia beats host Malaysia to lift the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup:
Malaysia’s Faizal Saari (left) fights for the ball with Australia’s Christopher Bausor during the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup men’s field hockey tournament finals in Ipoh on March 17, 2013. World champions Australia won their seventh Sultan Azlan Shah Cup title on Sunday, defeating hosts Malaysia 3-2 in an exciting final as South Korea placed third.
11. Frustration for England as 2nd Test ends in draw:
New Zealand’s head coach Mike Hesson (L) inspects the pitch with captain Brendon McCullum, as England’s hopes of snatching a win in the second Test dissolved in the Wellington rain, with the match declared a draw after the final day’s play was washed out.
12. South Africa’s Aiken wins Avantha Masters:
Thomas Aiken of South Africa tees off on the fifth hole during the final day of the Avantha Masters golf tournament in Greater Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi on March 17, 2013. Aiken led from start to finish on the final day to win the $2.3 million Avantha Masters by three shots in India.
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