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The sports wrap 13th August 2018

LanguedocLiving, Aug 12

Man City, Man Utd and Liverpool open league campaign with victories.

Defending champions Manchester City opened their English Premier League campaign with a convincing 2-0 win at Arsenal while the other top teams from last season – Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur – all got off to a winning start. At the Emirates Stadium, Raheem Sterling fired City ahead in the 14th minute when he got the ball on the corner of the box, cut beyond two players and rifled home from 20 metres. It was always going to be a tough first game for Unai Emery at Arsenal and they had few clear-cut chances. City killed off the game when Benjamin Mendy, who assisted both goals, pulled the ball back for Bernardo Silva to blast in a second. At Anfield, Liverpool, tipped as the team most likely to wrest the title from City, thrashed West Ham 4-0 with their Egyptian top-scoring striker Mohamed Salah scoring a 19th minute opening goal. It was the Red’s biggest opening home league win since 1932. The Hammers offered little resistance and as the pressure built, the hosts doubled their advantage in the first half when Sadio Mane turned in James Milner's cut-back after being left unmarked six metres from goal. The Senegalese forward added his second and Liverpool's third early in the second period. Substitute Daniel Sturridge rounded off the scoring with his first touch, 24 seconds after coming on, to ensure Liverpool recorded their 500th victory in the Premier League era. In other matches, Tottenham Hotspur edged Newcastle 2-1 at St James Park, Manchester United beat Leicester City 2-1 at Old Trafford, while Chelsea won 3-0 at Huddersfield to give new manager Maurizio Sarri a welcome start. In the Scottish Premiership, Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard recorded his first championship victory as manager with Rangers defeating St Mirren 2-0 while defending champions Celtic suffered a shock 1-0 defeat away to Hearts which sent the Edinburgh side to the top of the table with two wins from two matches.

Paris St Germain open campaign with 3-0 win over newcomers Caen

Brazilian superstar Neymar scored the opener as defending Ligue 1 champions Paris St-Germain got off to a winning start with a 3-0 victory over newcomers Caen at Parc des Princes. The striker underwhelmed at the World Cup but it took him just 10 minutes to find the net after a mistake by Caen keeper Brice Samba. Adrien Rabiot tapped in to make it 2-0 after Angel Di Maria broke clear and squared unselfishly. Substitute Timothey Weah punished another Samba mistake in the final minute. PSG were without their World Cup winners - including Kylian Mbappe - for new German manager Thomas Tuchel's first league game in charge. Monaco also opened the new season with a 3-1 victory over Nantes with Radamel Falcao coming off the bench to score and set up another goal on Saturday. Elsewhere, Patrick Vieira tasted defeat in his first league match as a coach in Europe as Nice lost at home to newly-promoted Reims. Moussa Doumbia scored the only goal of the game in just the second minute of his Ligue 1 debut after joining Reims from Russian side Rostov. Newly-promoted Nimes scored three goals in the last 14 minutes to grab a thrilling 4-3 victory at Angers in their first top-flight match since 1993. Whabi Khazri scored on his debut as Saint-Etienne beat Dijon 2-1, while Lille came from behind to win 3-1 against Rennes and Montpellier lost at home to Dijon. Marseille opened the season in style on Friday night as Dimitri Payet scored twice in a 4-0 thrashing of Toulouse.

Anderson stars as England demolish India to go 2-0 up in series

Stuart Broad and James Anderson led the England charge with four wickets apiece as England completed a crushing innings and 159-run victory over India at Lord's to take a 2-0 series lead. Anderson took four for 23 to finish with nine wickets in the match and Stuart Broad shone with four for 44 as India were bowled out for a measly 130. The hosts had earlier declared their first innings on 396 for 7, with Chris Woakes finishing on 137 not out, before Anderson reduced India to 17 for two. Rain delayed play twice but India lost wickets regularly and Woakes took the final scalp to secure an emphatic win. England enjoyed the better of the bowling conditions in the match but India produced two poor batting performances. Ravichandran Ashwin and Hardik Pandya's 55-run partnership for the seventh wicket was India's only real stand of the innings and the tourists never looked comfortable under grey skies at Lord's. Only once has a team come back to overturn a 2-0 deficit to win a Test series - and that was an Australia side that contained Sir Donald Bradman in the 1936-37 Ashes. The third Test of the five-match series begins at Trent Bridge on Saturday.

American Koepka holds off Tiger Woods to win PGA Championship

American Brooks Koepka won his second major of 2018 by seeing off a resurgent Tiger Woods to claim the US PGA Championship on a compelling final day. The US Open champion, 28, who led by two shots overnight, shot a four-under 66 to win by two on 16 under par. Excitement grew at Bellerive as Woods pushed for a first major since 2008, falling short despite a final-day 64. Koepka holed birdies on the 14th and 15th to keep clear of Woods and Australian Adam Scott (67), who finished on 13 under. It was 14-time major winner Woods' lowest final round at either the Masters, US Open, The Open or US PGA. However, his efforts were still not enough as Koepka became the first man since Woods in 2000 to win the US Open and US PGA in the same season. Koepka, watched by his mother and girlriend from the side of the 18th green, fought back tears after tapping in a par to set a new 72-hole PGA Championship scoring record of 264. Spain's Jon Rahm finished as the leading European player on 11 under after a 68, a shot ahead of Belgium's Thomas Pieters, who had a double-bogey on the par-five 17th in his 66, and Italy's Open champion Francesco Molinari, who closed with a 67.

Warrington thrash Catalans in Challenge Cup dress rehearsal

Warrington Wolves hammered a depleted Catalans Dragons outfit 56-6 in a one-sided dress rehearsal for their Challenge Cup final later this month. Tries from Josh Charnley, Mitch Brown and two from Tommy Lineham put home side Wolves 22-0 up at half-time in the Super 8s opener. Kevin Brown, Tyrone Roberts, Toby King, Declan Patton and Joe Philbin then ran in tries before David Mead responded. Lineham, however, completed victory with his third against a side that included three Super League debutants. Catalans coach and former England boss Steve McNamara chose to rest a number of key figures, with Dragons' top metre-maker Julian Bousquet, the prolific Fouad Yaha and the instrumental AustralianJosh Drinkwater missing out after helping secure a Challenge Cup final spot with a stunning win over St Helens last weekend. Runaway Super League leaders St Helens also suffered a shock 12-16 loss at home to Huddersfield Giants in the Super 8s, allowing Wigan Warriors to narrow the gap at the top to 10 points after their 24-22 victory over third-placed Castleford Tigers.

Britain’s Asher-Smith wins third gold at Euro Championships

Super sprinter Dina Asher-Smith won her third gold medal of the European Championships on Sunday as she led Great Britain to victory in the women's 4x100m relay final in Berlin. The 100m and 200m champion ran a superb final leg to pass Germany, Switzerland and Netherlands in the final 30m for a fitting end to her campaign. Britain then won the men's 4x100m relay in the final event of the competition. Laura Muir took 1500m gold for her first major outdoor title with team-mate Laura Weightman getting bronze. Another Briton, Eilish McColgan, clinched silver in a dramatic women's 5,000m final. The five medals on Sunday meant Great Britain finished top of the athletics table with 18 - seven gold, five silver and six bronze. Overall at the inaugural multi-sport European championships in Glasgow and Berlin, Great Britain finished second behind Russia with 26 gold medals, 26 silver and 22 bronze against Russia’s 31 gold medals, 19 silver and 16 bronze. In the swimming events, Great Britain’s champion Adam Peaty won four gold medals with Duncan Scott winning three.

Nadal beats unseeded Tsitsipas to win Rogers Cup in Toronto

World No.1 Rafael Nadal beat unseeded Stefanos Tsitsipas to win the Rogers Cup in Toronto, bringing the 20-year-old's stunning run to an end. Tsitsipas, who celebrated his birthday on Sunday, beat Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev en route to the final but lost 6-2 7-6 (7-4). The Greek had a set point to reach a third, but Nadal won the tie-break 7-4. Tsitsipas, who was the first unseeded finalist in Canada since Germany's Nicolas Kiefer in 2008, has won new fans with some brilliant shot-making and and extrovert personality. Nadal, 32, raced through the first set but was broken for the first time when serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set, a game that featured two double faults. That handed the momentum to Tsitsipas, who then had a set point at 6-5 only for Nadal to benefit from a net-cord volley. After an apparent bout of nerves, Nadal gathered himself in the tie-break to win his 80th ATP Tour title, sinking to his knees and letting out a huge roar at the end. In the women’s singles, Romanian world no.1 Simona Halep beat American Sloane Stephens in three sets to win the Rogers Cup in Montreal. Halep, who beat Stephens in the French Open final in June, eventually came out on top 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 6-2. Halep took a dramatic first set in a tie-break after three breaks of service apiece, but lost the second before recovering in the decider. Halep, who also won the Rogers Cup in 2016, emerged victorious after a marathon encounter lasting two hours and 41 minutes in sweltering conditions.

Team Sky’s Kwiatkowski wins Tour of Poland on home soil

Britain's Simon Yates won the final stage of the Tour of Poland but missed out on overall victory to Team Sky's Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski. Mitchelton-Scott rider Yates, 26, began the day 39 seconds behind Kwiatkowski and attacked with 10km to go. At one point he led by 35 seconds but Kwiatkowski recovered to finish only 14 seconds behind in Bukowina Tatrzanska. Yates also secured 10 bonus seconds with victory but Kwiatkowski took the yellow jersey by 15 seconds. Frenchman Thibaut Pinot, second on the final stage finished third overall, five seconds further back. Kwiatkowski also won the points jersey, with Yates finishing third, while Austrian 26-year-old Patrick Konrad of Bora-Hansgrohe was the best climber.

Lorenzo wins Austrian GP to get back into title contention 

Spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo won an Austrian MotoGP thriller on Sunday, defeating Honda’s reigning world champion Marc Marquez to drag himself back into the title race with his third victory of the season. Lorenzo finished the race at the Red Bull Ring in 39 minutes and 40.688 seconds, beating his compatriot and future Hondateam-mate by 0.130 seconds for Ducati’s third successive win in the Spielberg race. Italian Andrea Dovizioso finished third to cap off a successful weekend for Ducati. Cal Crutchlow was fourth ahead of Danilo Petrucci. Four-times champion Marquez, who failed to win from pole position for the first time this season, has 201 points after 11 races, ahead of Valentino Rossi (142). The Italian legend finished the race in sixth place after starting in 14th. Lorenzo (130) climbed to third ahead of Dovizioso (129). Silverstone hosts the next round of the championship with the British Grand Prix scheduled to take place on Aug. 26. 

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: 13-19 August 

Monday, 13 August

Tennis: ATP & WTA Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati, Ohio, US (till 19 August).

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Binck Bank Tour, Netherlands (till 19 august). 

Tuesday, 14 August

Football: European Champions League third qualifying round – AEK Athens v Celtic (agg 1-1).

Tennis: ATP & WTA Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati, Ohio, US (till 19 August)

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Binck Bank Tour, Netherlands (till 19 august) 

Wednesday, 15 August

Football: Super Cup – Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati, Ohio, US (till 19 August)

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Binck Bank Tour, Netherlands (till 19 august). 

Thursday, 16 August

Tennis: ATP & WTA Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati, Ohio, US (till 19 August)

Golf: USPGA Tour, Wyndham Championship, Sedgfield Country Club, Greensbro, North Carolina, US (till 19 August), PGA European Tour, Nordea Masters, Hills GC, Gothenberg, Sweden (till 19 August).

Rugby League: Super 8s – Wakefield Trinity v St Helens.

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Binck Bank Tour, Netherlands (till 19 august).

Friday, 17 August

Football: French Ligue 1 – Reims v Lyon.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati, Ohio, US (till 19 August)

Golf: USPGA Tour, Wyndham Championship, Sedgfield Country Club, Greensbro, North Carolina, US (till 19 August), PGA European Tour, Nordea Masters, Hills GC, Gothenberg, Sweden (till 19 August).

Rugby League: The Super 8s – Casstleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves, Huddersfield Giants v Hull FC.

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Binck Bank Tour, Netherlands (till 19 august). 

Saturday, 18 August

Football: English Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham, Chelsea v Arsenal, French Ligue 1 – Guingamp v Paris St Germain, Amiens v Montpellier, Caen v Nice, Monaco v Lille, Spanish La Liga – Villareal v Real Sociedad, Barcelona v Alavez, Italian Serie A – Chievo v Juventus, Lazio v Napoli, German DFB Cup (major clubs) – 1. CfR Pforzheim v Bayer 04 Leverkusen, 1. FC Kaiserslauten v 1899 Hoffenheim, SV Drochtersen/Assel v Bayern Munich.

Cricket: England v India 3rd Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (England lead series 2-0)

Tennis: ATP & WTA Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati, Ohio, US (till 19 August)

Golf: USPGA Tour, Wyndham Championship, Sedgfield Country Club, Greensbro, North Carolina, US (till 19 August), PGA European Tour, Nordea Masters, Hills GC, Gothenberg, Sweden (till 19 August).

Rugby League: Super 8s – Catalans Dragons v Wigan Warriors.

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Binck Bank Tour, Netherlands (till 19 august). 

Sunday, 19 August

Football: English Premier League – Manchester City v Huddersfield Town, Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester United, French Ligue 1 – Toulouse v Bordeaux, Nimes v Marseille, Spanish La Liga – Rayo Vellacano v Sevilla, Real Madrid v Getafe, Italian Serie A – Torino v Roma, AC Milan v Genoa, Sassuolo v Inter Milan, German DFB Cup – (major teams) FC Viktoria Koln v RB Leipzig, BSC Hastedt v Borussia Munchengladbach.

Cricket: England v India 3rd Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (England lead series 2-0)

Tennis: ATP & WTA Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati, Ohio, US (final day)

Golf: USPGA Tour, Wyndham Championship, Sedgfield Country Club, Greensbro, North Carolina, US (final day), PGA European Tour, Nordea Masters, Hills GC, Gothenberg, Sweden (fnal day).

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Binck Bank Tour, Netherlands (final day).

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