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The sports wrap 11th February 2019

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England crush France to sound World Cup warning as Wales win again.

England trounced France 44-8 on Sunday in the Six Nations tournament to sound a warning that coach Eddie Jones’ side are a real threat to win the World Cup in Japan later this year as Wales equalled their record run of 11 successive Test wins with an unconvincing victory over Italy in Rome. In the third match, Ireland recovered from their loss to England with a 22-13 win over Scotland. At Twickenham (pictured), England blew France away with a hat-trick of tries from Jonny May in the first 30 minutes as England's forwards steamrollered France and their backs' kicking game cut them apart. England added two more in the second half, one through the relentless captain Owen Farrell and the other a penalty try after Chris Ashton had been brought down without the ball. France had no answer to England's physicality, their back three turned inside out by the constant kicks rained in behind them, and their appalling run at Twickenham goes on. England have now won 10 of their last 13 Six Nations matches against France, Les Bleus on a horrible run of eight defeats in their last nine with the two sides due to meet at the group stages of this autumn's World Cup. In Rome, Wales coach Warren Gatland made 10 changes from the team that beat France and tries from Josh Adams and Owen Watkin, plus 14 points from Dan Biggar, sealed a 26-15 victory. Italy managed tries from Braam Steyn and Edoardo Padovani. Not many of the new Wales inclusions in this experimental side made compelling cases to start against Eddie Jones' side in two weeks, although Wasps flanker Thomas Young impressed on his Six Nations debut. At Murrayfield, Ireland recovered from their opening-day defeat by England to beat Scotland in a thriller. The Grand Slam champions were behind early on to a Greig Laidlaw penalty but tries from Conor Murray and Jacob Stockdale put the visitors ahead. Sam Johnson went over for the hosts to narrow the gap to two points at the break as the Scots piled on pressure. But Keith Earls scored after the hosts' defence was exploited just short of the hour to inspire the Irish to victory.

Man City demolish Chelsea 6-0 to go top of the English Premier League

Argentine striker Sergio Aguero was Manchester City's hat-trick hero as they returned to the top of the Premier League on goal difference over Liverpool in scintillating style by trouncing Chelsea 6-0. Tottenham Hotspur remained third five points behind the leaders after a 3-1 home win over Leicester City. Manchester United moved up to fourth with an easy win at Fulham. At the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City had the match wrapped up after a sensational opening burst brought four goals in the first 25 minutes as Chelsea were left bedraggled, humiliated and on the receiving end of their worst defeat since they lost 7-0 at Nottingham Forest in April 1991. The rout started after four minutes when Raheem Sterling fired in at the far post before Aguero curled a magnificent right-foot finish past the stretching Kepa Arrizabalaga from 25 yards. Chelsea's embarrassment was symbolised by Ross Barkley's inexplicable header straight to the feet of Aguero to poach his second and Ilkay Gundogan capped that early blitz with a low drive. Aguero completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after 56 minutes. At Anfield on Saturday, Liverpool calmed their Premier League title jitters with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Bournemouth. Goals by Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum before the break and another for Mohamed Salah three minutes after the interval allowed Liverpool to finish the match in cruise control. At Craven Cottage, Manchester United’s incredible surge showed no sign of slowing down as they won 3-0 at second-bottom Fulham who sank even deeper into relegation trouble. French midfielder Paul Pogba scored twice with Anthony Martial also on target as United made it 10 wins and a draw in the 11 matches since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became interim manager after Jose Mourinho’s sacking.

Striker Cavani injured as PSG battle to beat Bordeaux

Paris Saint Germain striker Edinson Cavani is an injury doubt for Tuesday's Champions League last 16 first leg tie at Manchester United after hurting himself in a tough 1-0 league win over Bordeaux. PSG's all-time top scorer held his thigh after scoring a penalty late in the first half and had to be replaced by Kylian Mbappe. Cavani's fellow forward Neymar has already been ruled out of the United games with a broken metatarsal. PSG are 10 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 over second-placed Lille who beat Guingamp 2-0 on Sunday but their win over Bordeaux came after their toughest week of the season. Last weekend, they lost for the first time in the league this season, 2-1 to Lyon, then needed extra time to beat third tier Villefranche in the French Cup on Wednesday. Montpellier remain in fourth place in Ligue 1 despite a disappointing 2-2 home draw against lowly Monaco. In the Spanish La Liga, Barcelona missed the chance of going eight points clear at the top of the table after a goalless draw at Athletic Bilbao. Real Madrid moved up to second after Gareth Bale scored his 100th Real Madrid goal as they beat Atletico 3-1 in the Madrid derby to overtake their rivals. Casemiro put Real ahead with a volley but Antoine Griezmann equalised after scoring a one-on-one. Sergio Ramos restored the visitors' lead with a penalty and Bale converted from Luka Modric's pass to ensure the win. In the Italian Serie A, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 20th Juventus goal as the unbeaten champions beat Sassuolo 3-0 to go 11 points clear of Napoli who had drawn 0-0 at Fiorentina. Sami Khedira scored from a rebound after a Ronaldo effort was saved. The Portugal star then headed home Miralem Pjanic's corner in the second half - the ninth consecutive away league game in which he has scored. Former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can scored a late third with his first touch after coming off the bench. Juventus have won 20 and drawn three of their 23 league games and are chasing an eighth consecutive Serie A title. In the German Bundesliga, leaders Borussia Dortmund threw away a 3-0 lead to draw against Hoffenheim but remain five points ahead of last season’s champions Bayern Munich who beat Schalke 3-1. England’s teenage international Jadon Sancho put in another brilliant performance, opening the scoring, then setting up Mario Gotze's goal and hitting the post. Raphael Guerreiro made it 3-0 in the 66th minute. But Ishak Belfodil pulled one back before Pavel Kaderabek and Belfodil headers rescued a dramatic point.

Catalans Dragons pick up first points with win over Huddersfield

Sam Tomkins scored his first try as Catalans Dragons came from behind to pick up their first Super League points of the season with a 27-10 home win against Huddersfield Giants in front of a good crowd in Perpignan of more than 9,000, writes Jake Hazell. The Giants made a great start when Matt Frawley touched down within six minutes of the start giving them a 6-0 lead. But a brilliant Michael McIIorum kick gave Brayden Williame a chance to score the first try for the Dragons and a few minutes later a ball steal by Matt Whitley gave Williame his second try, both converted successfully by Tomkins to make it 18-6 at half-time. Tomkins extended the lead with his score and two goals. Ollie Roberts crossed for Giants before Matty Smith nailed a late drop-goal as the visitors slipped to back-to-back defeats. With one win from their first two matches, the Dragons lie in fifth place on the ladder. The new members of the squad, Tomkins, Whitley (elected Man of the Match by President Bernard Guasch ) and Matty Smit, all made an impression. There were two tributes paid during the evening to ex-players. A touching banner showed a tribute from supporters to former Catalans Dragons player, Scott Dureau who is having chemotherapy treatment for a brain tumour back home in Australia. Another tribute was paid to the former South African rugby union player for Perpignan, Barend Britz, who ran a bar in the town and was sadly killed recently. At the top of the table, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook's last-gasp try at Wakefield maintained St Helens' 100 per cent start to the season, joining Salford, Warrington and Castleford with maximum points from their first two matches. The sides were locked at 18-18 and poised for golden-point extra time when the forward powered over.

Beziers slip up against Aurillac but remain in sixth place on Pro D2 ladder

Aurillac beat Beziers 19-3 at home on Sunday to move away from the relegation zone while Beziers remained in sixth place on the Pro D2 ladder. Winger Albert Valentin set up the first try for New Zealand full-back Jack McPhee and with their scrum dominating the home side made it 14-0 in the 32nd minute with another Valentin-McPhee combination. Jerome Porical reduced the arrears with a penalty 10 minutes after the break but the Aurillacoise defence held firm and added another try through Thomas Salles in the 75th minutes. Béziers are on 49 points, the same as Mont-de-Marsan, but eight points from Brive in fourth place. Nevers cemented first place on the ladder with a 20-16 home win over Biarritz, three points ahead of Bayonne who trounced Carcassonne 46-10.

England battle back to take 142-run lead against West Indies in 3rd Test

Mark Wood claimed his first five-wicket Test haul to help England to a 142-run lead over West Indies on day two of the final match of the series. Wood, playing for the first time since May 2018, took five for 41 and Moeen Ali four for 36 as West Indies were dismissed for 154, trailing England by 123 runs. Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings guided England to 19-0 at stumps. Earlier, the tourists lost their final six wickets for 46 runs as they were bowled out for 277 in St Lucia. England arrived in St Lucia on the back of four batting collapses and having lost the first two matches of the series. After their improved batting performance on the opening day, they again collapsed but their fielding was sharp and their bowling disciplined as they dismissed their hosts cheaply to take control of the match. In Hamilton, New Zealand beat India by four runs in a thrilling Twenty20 international to take the series 2-1 and end the visitors’ run of 10 T20 series without defeat. The Black Caps made 212 for four, with Colin Munro top-scoring for the hosts with 72 off 40 balls. India needed 16 from the final over but New Zealand seamer Tim Southee restricted them to just four from the first five balls to seal victory for the hosts. Vijay Shankar top-scored for the visitors with 43 off 28 balls.

Tsonga beats Herbert in all-French final to win Open Sud de France

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat fellow Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4 6-2 to win the Open Sud de France in Montpellier and claim his first ATP title since 2017 on Sunday. Herbert, the seventh seed, was looking to snatch his maiden singles title but Tsonga, whose 2018 season was hampered by injuries, only dropped four points on his serve. The 33-year-old, in Montpellier courtesy of a wild card, had not won a trophy since he prevailed in Antwerp in October 2017. Herbert, who won the Australian Open doubles title with Nicolas Mahut last month, had no solutions in a one-sided second set as Tsonga improved his head-to-head record with his compatriot to 3-0. In Sofia, big-hitting Russian Daniil Medvedev brushed aside Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics 6-4 6-3 to win the Sofia Open title, gifting himself an early birthday present. Third seed Medvedev, who turns 23 on Monday, was at his devastating best as he gave the hapless Hungarian a brutal lesson to claim his fourth career title. Attacking the lines with machine-like precision, Medvedev was in complete control and broke the unseeded Hungarian, who won his maiden title in Geneva last year, four times. The world No.16 converted his first championship point after breaking Fucsovics’s serve to love.

Mickelson leads as play suspended till Monday at Pebble Beach

American Phil Mickelson put himself on the brink of a fifth victory in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am by turning a three-shot deficit into a three-shot lead when a wild day of weather kept him from finishing on Sunday. Mickelson was bogey-free with six birdies, and he made his big run starting with a 9-iron to a foot behind the cup on the par-4 ninth. That was start of a five-hole stretch when Mickelson made three birdies and Paul Casey had two bogeys. The final round started an hour late because of rain, and then it was delayed two more hours when sunshine gave way to a hail storm in a matter of minutes, covering the putting greens in a sheet of white.Mickelson was at 18-under par through 16 holes. Casey had a 3-foot par putt on the same hole when Mickelson tried to lobby for them to finish, even in the dark. Casey was at 15 under, tied with Scott Stallings, who closed with a 66. Along with an outside chance at forcing a playoff, finishing alone in second instead of a tie is a difference of $152,000, along with FedExCup and world ranking points. Casey and FedEx executive Don Colleran had a one-shot lead in the pro-am.

Legendary Vonn wins bronze in her final professional race

American Lindsey Vonn won bronze in her final professional race in the downhill at the Alpine World Championships to become the first female skier to win a medal at six World Championships. The 34-year-old clocked one minute 02.23 seconds - 0.49 behind Slovenian Ilka Stuhec, the defending champion, who took gold. Switzerland's Corinne Soutar pushed Vonn into the bronze-medal position in Are, Sweden. "I wanted to come down and be in the lead for one last time and to hear the crowd roar and to not crash," Vonn told Eurosport. Vonn is the most successful female skier of all time, with a record 20 World Cup titles to her name and 82 victories on the circuit. She announced her retirement earlier this monht, saying her "body is broken beyond repair" and "screaming to stop". Vonn - who also won two World Championships, a super-G bronze in Vancouver and a Winter Olympic downhill bronze in Pyeongchang 2018 - will retire four victories short of equalling Swede Ingemar Stenmark's record of 86 World Cup wins. Her bronze in South Korea made her the oldest woman to claim a Winter Olympics alpine skiing medal.

Judd Trump beats Ali Carter 10-6 to win snooker World Grand Prix

Masters champion Judd Trump beat Ali Carter 10-6 at Cheltenham Racecourse to win the World Grand Prix on Sunday night. World No5 Trump led 6-3 on the back of breaks of 113 and 132. But Carter, whose last rankings title was the 2016 World Open, fought back to 7-6 before Trump won three straight frames to seal victory. It is a third title of the season for Trump, who also beat Ronnie O'Sullivan to win the Northern Ireland Open in November. "Ali pushed me the whole way so I really had to be at my best," said Trump, who has now passed 500,000 sterling in prize money in a season for the first time.

 

For full reports on all the weekend sporting events go to:

http://www.bbc.com/sport, http://www.espn.com, http://www.lequipe.fr, http://www.reuters.com/news/sports, www.skysports.com, www.eurosport.fr.

Calendar Keynotes: 11-17 February 

Monday, 11 February

Football: Spanish La LIga – Alaves v Levante.

Cricket: West Indies v England 3rd Test, St Lucia (till February 13 - West Indies lead series 2-0).

Tennis: ATP ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, Rotterdam, Netherlands (till 17 February), ATP New York Open, US (till 17 February), WTA Total Qatar Open (till 17 February).

Winter Sport: FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Are, Sweden (till 17 February). 

Tuesday, 12 February

Football: Champions Cup round of 16 – Manchester United v Paris Saint Germain, Roma v FC Porto.

Cricket: West Indies v England 3rd Test, St Lucia (till February 13 - West Indies lead series 2-0).

Tennis: ATP ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, Rotterdam, Netherlands (till 17 February), ATP New York Open, US (till 17 February), WTA Total Qatar Open (till 17 February).

Winter Sport: FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Are, Sweden (till 17 February). 

Wednesday, 13 February

Football: Champions Cup round of 16 – Ajax v Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund.

Cricket: West Indies v England 3rd Test, St Lucia (final day - West Indies lead series 2-0), South Africa v Sri Lanka 1st Test, Durban (till 17 February).

Tennis: ATP ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, Rotterdam, Netherlands (till 17 February), ATP New York Open, US (till 17 February), WTA Total Qatar Open (till 17 February).

Winter Sport: FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Are, Sweden (till 17 February). 

Thursday, 14 February

Football: Europa League round of 32 (major clubs) – BATE Borisov v Arsenal, FK Krasnodar v Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Galatsaray v Benfica, Roma v Sevilla, Rennes v Real Betis, Rapid Vienna v Inter Milan, Celtic v Valencia, Malmo FF v Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk v Eintracht Frankfurt, Sporting Lisbon v Villareal, Zurich v Napoli.

Cricket: South Africa v Sri Lanka 1st Test, Durban (till 17 February).

Tennis: ATP ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, Rotterdam, Netherlands (till 17 February), ATP New York Open, US (till 17 February), WTA Total Qatar Open (till 17 February).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Genesis Open, Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles (till 17 February).

Winter Sport: FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Are, Sweden (till 17 February).

Friday, 15 February

Football: French Ligue 1 – Lyon v Guingamp, Italian Serie A, Juventus v Frosinone, German Bundesliga – FC Augsburg v Bayern Munich.

Rugby Union: Gallagher English Premiership – Gloucester v Exeter Chiefs, Bristol v Wasps.

Cricket: South Africa v Sri Lanka 1st Test, Durban (till 17 February).

Tennis: ATP ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, Rotterdam, Netherlands (till 17 February), ATP New York Open, US (till 17 February), WTA Total Qatar Open (till 17 February).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Genesis Open, Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles (till 17 February).

Winter Sport: FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Are, Sweden (till 17 February). 

Saturday, 16 February

Football: English FA Cup fifth round – Brighton & Hove Albion v Derby County, AFC Wimbledon v Millwall, Newport County v Manchester City, Scottish Premiership – Aberdeen v St Mirren, Hibernian v Hamilton Academical, Rangers v St Johnstone, French Ligue 1 – Marseille v Amiens, Angers v Nice, Monaco v Nantes, Nimes v Dijon, Spanish La Liga – Rayo Vallecano v Atletico Madrid, Barcelona v Real Valladolid, Italian Serie A – Atalanta v AC Milan, German Bundesliga – VfB Stuffgart v RB Leipzig, Hertha Berlin v Werder Bremen.

Rugby Union: Gallagher English Premiership – Northampton Saints v Sale, Saracens v Leicester Tigers, Harlequins v Worcester Warriors, Bath v Newcastle Falcons, French Top 14 – Clermont Auvergne v Bordeaux Begles, Stade Francais v Lyon, Montpellier v Perpignan, Pau v Castres, Agen v Toulon.

Cricket: South Africa v Sri Lanka 1st Test, Durban (till 17 February).

Tennis: ATP ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, Rotterdam, Netherlands (till 17 February), ATP New York Open, US (till 17 February), WTA Total Qatar Open (till 17 February).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Genesis Open, Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles (till 17 February).

Winter Sport: FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Are, Sweden (till 17 February).

Athletics: British Indoor Grand Prix, Birmingham.

Sunday, 17 February

Football: English FA Cup fifth round – Bristol City v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Doncaster Rovers v Crystal Palace, Swansea v Brentford, Scottish Premiership – Motherwell v Hearts, Kilmarnock v Celtic, French Ligue 1 – Bordeaux v Toulouse, Lille v Montpellier, Saint-Etienne v Paris Saint Germain, Spanish La Liga, Real Madrid v Girona, Valencia v Espanyol, Villareal v Sevilla, Real Betis v Alaves, Italian Serie A – Genoa v Lazio, Inter Milan v Sampdoria, Napoli v Torino, German Bundesliga – Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Monchengladbach.

Rugby Union: French Top 14 – Grenoble v La Rochelle, Racing 92 v Toulouse.

Rugby League: Super League – Hull Kingston Rovers v London Broncos, Wakefield Trinity v St Helens.

South Africa v Sri Lanka 1st Test, Durban (final day).

Tennis: ATP ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, Rotterdam, Netherlands (final day), ATP New York Open, US (final day), WTA Total Qatar Open (final day).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Genesis Open, Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles (final day).

Winter Sport: FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Are, Sweden (till 17 February).

 

 

 

 

 

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