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The sports wrap 22nd October 2018

LanguedocLiving, Oct 21

Hamilton has to wait for world title as Raikkonen wins US Grand Prix.

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton just failed to clinch a fifth world title when he finished third in a thrilling US Grand Prix on Sunday. Mercedes let a victory slip through their fingers by delaying a second pit stop and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen took his first victory for more than five years. Hamilton's title rival and Finnish driver Raikkonen's team-mate Sebastian Vettel looked to have handed Hamilton the title early on when the German spun battling with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. Red Bull's Max Verstappen also beat Hamilton, who will have to wait until the race in Mexico next weekend to have another chance of clinching the title. He leaves Austin, Texas, with a 70-point lead over Vettel, who eventually finished fourth, with 75 available over the remaining three Grands Prix. In a tense and thrilling finish, Raikkonen, Verstappen and Hamilton were nose to tail and the Mercedes driver failed in his one opportunity to pass the Dutchman with three laps to go. As it happened, even doing that would not have been enough to clinch the title for Hamilton, as Vettel passed the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas for fourth place on the penultimate lap.

Man City beat Burnley 5-0 to stay top of Premier League

Defending champions Manchester City continued to set the pace in the Premier League with a 5-0 trouncing of Burnley at home while also unbeaten Liverpool remain second on goal difference with a hard-fought 1-0 away win over second-from-bottom club Huddersfield Town. The real drama of the weekend came at Stamford Bridge where Manchester United fought back from 1-0 down to take a second-half lead only for Chelsea to equalise in the sixth minute of extra time through Ross Barclay. Chelsea are third on 21 points, two points behind the leaders and ahead of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur on goal difference who beat West Ham United 1-0 with a goal from Eric Lamela. Man City manager Pep Guardiola praised his side for their "beautiful, beautiful goals" with brilliant finishes from Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho and Riyad Mahrez, in particular, as City maintained their 100 per cent home record this season. Liverpool’s Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah sealed a narrow victory at Huddersfield. Salah's 50th goal in English football came courtesy of a smart low finish, as he put away Xherdan Shaqiri's 24th-minute through ball to dampen a mood matching Huddersfield's bright start. In the Scottish Premiership, Hearts remain top of the table after a 2-1 home win over Aberdeen, three points ahead of defending champions Celtic who beat Hibernian 4-2. Steven Gerrard’s Rangers move up to fifth after a decisive 4-1 away win over Hamilton Academicals while Kilmarnock continue to surprise, sitting in third place on the table after a 2-1 win at St Mirren.

PSG continue march to another title with 5-0 thrashing of Amiens

Defending champions Paris Saint Germain handed out a 5-0 thrashing to Amiens on Saturday as they extended their perfect Ligue 1 start with their 10th consecutive win of the season. PSG are eight points clear at the top of the table, and did not even name Brazilian star Neymar in their squad. Teenager Kylian Mbappe made it 11 goals in nine matches this season with the fourth of the night. No team in French history has scored more goals after 10 matches than PSG's 37. Even without Neymar, Thiago Silva and Thomas Meunier - who were rested with Wednesday's Champions League clash with Napoli in mind - PSG were far too strong. In second place on the league, eight points behind PSG are Lille who beat Dijon 2-1. Montpellier moved up to third with a 2-0 home win over Bordeaux. In the Spanish La Liga, Lionel Messi will miss this weekend’s El Clasico after being ruled out for three weeks with a fractured arm as Barcelona beat Sevilla 4-2 to go top of the table. The 31-year-old Argentine was left writhing in agony after landing heavily on his right arm in colliding with Franco Vazquez and he left the field in the 26th minute. Just moments earlier the Barcelona captain had scored a sublime goal to put Barcelona 2-0 up. Messi had also set up Philippe Coutinho for the opener on two minutes. Barcelona extended their lead in the second half through a Luis Suarez penalty and although Sevilla fought back, Ivan Rakitic's fine volley made it 4-1 and Barcelona held on to secure their first win in five La Liga matches. The result puts them one point clear of Espanyol who beat Huesca 2-0, and Levantes, third on goal difference, who beat Celta Vigo 1-0 away from home on Friday. Real Madrid’s abysmal start to the season continued as they suffered their fourth loss in five games and set an unwanted record with a 2-1 defeat by Levante at the Bernabeu. Real Madrid are in fifth spot on the table four points behind arch rivals Barcelona. In the Italian Serie A, Napoli closed the gap on leaders Juventus to four points with a 3-0 home win at Udinese on Saturday. Carlo Ancelotti’s side took to the Dacia Arena pitch knowing that a slip-up from the Turin club, who dropped their first points of the season with a 1-1 home draw against Genoa earlier in the day, had handed them a rare chance to gain ground. In their draw, the defending champions can thank Cristiano Ronaldo for their goal which saw him become the first player to score 400 goals in Europe's top five leagues. In the German Bundesliga, English teenager Jadon Sancho and Spain’s Paco Alcacer continued their remarkable form with goals as unbeaten Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund thrashed VfB Stuttgart 4-0 away from home. Sancho, 18, scored with a deflected shot past Ron-Robert Zieler after just two minutes and 12 seconds. Sancho, making only his second Bundesliga start of the season, has now scored twice and assisted eight goals in 11 games for Dortmund this season. Borussia Monchengladbach are in second place three points behind after a 4-0 home win over Mainz 05 ahead of Werder Bremen on goal difference after their 2-0 away win over FC Schalke 04. Defending champions Bayern Munich moved up to fourth with a 3-1 win at VfL Wolfsburg.

Saracens make it two wins out of two in Champions Cup

Saracens, Newcastle, Toulouse and Racing 92 all made it two wins from two in the Champions Cup with Toulouse claiming the biggest scalp in a nail-biting 28-27 home win over last season’s champions Leinster. Three-try Toulouse upset the Irish in a feisty battle between the two four-time European champions at Stade Ernest Wallon. Maxime Medard scored twice for Toulouse while Sofiane Guitoune also crossed to send the French side top of Pool One. Sean O'Brien, James Ryan and Sean Cronin scored for Leinster, who led by six points with 20 minutes remaining. Medard's second try, from an intercept, clinched a dramatic win as the holders had to settle for a losing bonus point. English champions Saracens went top of Pool 3 in their hunt for a third Champions Cup title when they dispatched Lyon 29-10 at Allianz Park. They scored their first try as Maro Itoje stripped the ball from Etienne Oosthuizen's grasp and raced in from halfway. Sean Maitland pounced on an error to add another before Brad Barritt rolled over in a driven maul after the break. Virgile Lacombe burrowed over for Lyon, but Alex Lewington streaked in for a fourth try and the hosts' bonus point. Newcastle top Pool Five after Callum Chick's try in the eighth minute of injury time secured a dramatic 23-20 victory as they downed one of French rugby's powerhouses for a second successive weekend. After taking a 10-point half-time lead via Gary Graham's try, the hosts seemed to have been overhauled late on. But with the clock in the red Newcastle launched a relentless 40-phase assault which ended with Chick burrowing over. The Falcons won away at Toulon last weekend. In Pool Four, Racing 92 went top with a 44-12 thumping of Ulster while Munster go to the top of Pool Two after a 36-22 home victory over Gloucester which saw the away side’s fly-half Danny Cipriani sent off for a high tackle with less than a half-hour played.

England win series against Sri Lanka in another rain-hit match

England sealed the series against Sri Lanka with victory in another rain-affected one-day international in Pallekele. The improved hosts posted 273 for seven wickets in their 50 overs, with Niroshan Dickwella and Dasun Shanaka both hitting fifties. But England were ahead of the rate on 132 for two from 27 overs when play was suspended. The game was then called off, giving England victory by 18 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method and a 3-0 lead in the five-match series. Joe Root and Eoin Morgan ended unbeaten on 32 and 31 respectively to help guide their side to a winning total after openers Jason Roy (45) and Alex Hales - who made 12 in place of the injured Jonny Bairstow - had been dismissed. The final match of the series is in Colombo at 10:00 on Tuesday.

Britain’s Edmund claims first ATP title with European Open win

British No.1 Kyle Edmund sealed his maiden ATP title with a 6-3 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-4) win against Frenchman Gael Monfils at the European Open in Antwerp on Sunday. Monfils, 32, the world No.38, broke in Edmund's first service game and took the opening set in 31 minutes. Both men broke in the next but top seed Edmund, 23, world ranked 15, dominated the tie-break to force a deciding set. The Briton then secured another tie-break to wrap up victory in two hours and 26 minutes. In the Kremlin Cup men’s singles in Moscow, Russian Karen Khachanov, world No.26, secured his third title with a 6-2 6-2 win over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, the world No.49. The third seed needed only 54 minutes to complete victory. In the WTA Finals in Singapore, Karolina Pliskova beat defending champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-2 6-4 on the opening day. Czech world No.8 Pliskova, 26, broke early in both sets to beat her Danish opponent in one hour 32 minutes in the White Group. In the other match, Elina Svitolina tore up the form book with a brilliant display of serving and retrieving to register a 6-3 6-3 victory over Petra Kvitova. The 24-year-old Ukrainian came into the White Group opener at the eight-woman end-of-season event on the back of seven straight defeats to the big-hitting Czech, but Svitolina was able to capitalise on her opponent’s erratic play to record a stunning triumph. In the Kremlin Cup women’s singles final in Moscow, home favourite Daria Kasatkina roared back from a set and 4-1 down to win denying Tunisian qualifier Ons Jabeur a first WTA title for her country. Last year’s runner-up Kasatkina survived a rollercoaster encounter to complete the turnaround for a 2-6 7-6(3) 6-4 victory after two hours and five minutes.

Koepka wins in South Korea to become new golf No.1

Brooks Koepka will become world No.1 for the first time on Monday after the American fended off a game Gary Woodland to earn a four-stroke victory at the PGA Tour’s CJ Cup in South Korea. Koepka posted a final round of 64 at the Nine Bridges Golf Club on Jeju island on Sunday, finishing with a flourish by eagling the last hole for a combined 21-under 267 at the US$9.5 million tournament. The 28-year-old, who won two of this year’s four majors and was named the U.S. tour’s Player of the Year, will move up from third spot to replace Dustin Johnson as No.1 when the latest rankings are released. Johnson and world No.2 Justin Rose were not playing this week. Woodland (63) gave Koepka a run for his money, closing the gap with six birdies on the front nine, but his charge faltered with a bogey on 17 and he finished alone in second on 17-under. Ryan Palmer looked well out of contention heading into the final round but a course record 10-under 62 gave him the clubhouse lead on 15-under before Woodland and Koepka came home. Palmer finished tied for third with Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello (65). Koepka, whose win came on his first start of the new PGA Tour season after he skipped the opening two events, showed both sides of his game on Sunday, hammering out thunderous drives and exhibiting deft touch around the greens.

Marquez wins fifth MotoGP title after victory in Japan

Spaniard Marc Marquez won a fifth MotoGP title - his third in a row - then suffered a bizarre shoulder injury when celebrating victory in Japan. Marquez, 25, dislocated his shoulder after enthusiastic hugs from his Honda team and British rider Scott Redding. The victory gave Marquez his eighth win of the season at his team's home track. "The shoulder just popped out. Luckily with the adrenalin it doesn't hurt, but I'll need to be careful not to overdo it on the dancefloor tonight," he said. Redding said: "Once we were rivals, big rivals, now we have nothing but respect and fun. Sorry for the dislocated shoulder." Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso was his main title rival but the Italian slid off while in second on the penultimate lap. Fellow Honda rider Cal Crutchlow finished runner-up after Dovizioso's fall with Alex Rins (Suzuki) edging out Rossi (Yamaha) for third.

Dodgers to face Red Sox in World Series baseball finals

The Los Angeles Dodgers set up a World Series with the Boston Red Sox after beating the Milwaukee Brewers in their National League Championship decider on Saturday. Yasiel Puig and Cody Bellinger hit home runs as the Dodgers won 5-1 to seal an overall 4-3 victory. The Dodgers, who lost to Houston in the 2017 World Series, last claimed the Major League Baseball crown in 1988. They will begin the 114th edition on Tuesday against the Red Sox at Boston in the opener of the best-of-seven championship final. The Red Sox had defeated defending champions, the Houston Astros, on Friday to advance to the World Series for the first time since 2013. The Red Sox won the best-of-seven American League Championship Series 4-1. Victory for the Red Sox came after the Astros lost a game after a fan was deemed to have interfered with play by attempting to catch the ball, stopping a Red Sox fielder from doing so. The decision cost Jose Altuve a two-run home run in a game the Astros eventually lost 8-6.

Bolt has been offered Aussie football contract, says agent

Eight-time Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt has been offered a professional football contract by Australian side Central Coast Mariners, according to his agent Ricky Simms, as reported by the local media group, Fairfax Media. The 32-year-old Jamaican, who retired from athletics in 2017, has been on trial with the New South Wales A-League club. "In response to the media stories, yes, Usain has been offered a contract," Simms is quoted as saying. Bolt scored two goals on his first start for the club in a friendly but was not in the Mariners squad for the first game of their season on Sunday, which they drew 1-1 with Brisbane Roar.

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: 22-28 October 

Monday, 22 October

Football: English Premier League – Arsenal v Leicester City, Italian Serie A – Sampdoria v Sassuolo.

Tennis: ATP Vienna Open, Austria (till 28 October), ATP Swiss Indoors Basel, Switzerland (till 28 October), WTA Finals, Singapore (till 28 October).

Tuesday, 23 October

Football: Champions League, Group E – AEK Athens v Bayern Munich, Ajax v Benfica, Group F – Shakhtar Donesk v Manchester City, 1899 Hoffenheim v Lyon, Group G – Real Madrid v Viktori Plzen, Roma v CSKA Moscow, Group H – Young Boys v Valencia, Manchester United v Juventus.

Cricket: ODI series, match 5, Sri Lanka v England, Colombo (England have won series 3-0).

Tennis: ATP Vienna Open, Austria (till 28 October), ATP Swiss Indoors Basel, Switzerland (till 28 October), WTA Finals, Singapore (till 28 October).

Cycling: Six Day Series, Olympic Park, London (till 28 October).

Baseball: World Series, Game 1 – Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Wednesday, 24 October

Football: Champions League, Group A – Club Brugge v Monaco, Borussia Dortmund v Atletico Madrid, Group B – PSV Eindhoven v Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona v Inter Milan, Group C – Liverpool v Crvena Zvezda, Paris Saint Germain v Napoli, Group D – Galatsaray v Schalke 04, Lokomotiv Moscow v FC Porto.

Tennis: ATP Vienna Open, Austria (till 28 October), ATP Swiss Indoors Basel, Switzerland (till 28 October), WTA Finals, Singapore (till 28 October).

Cycling: Six Day Series, Olympic Park, London (till 28 October).

Baseball: World Series, Game 2 – Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Thursday, 25 October

Football – Europa League (major clubs), Group A – Zurich v Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Group B – RB Leipzig v Celtic, Group C – Zenit St Petersburg v Bordeaux,. Group E – Sporting Lisbon v Arsenal, Group F – AC Milan v Real Betis, Group G – Rangers v Spartak Moscow, Villareal v Rapid Vienna, Group H – Marseille v Lazio. Group J – Sevilla v Akhisaspor, Group L – Chelsea v BATE Borisov.

Tennis: ATP Vienna Open, Austria (till 28 October), ATP Swiss Indoors Basel, Switzerland (till 28 October), WTA Finals, Singapore (till 28 October).

Golf: HSBC Champions, Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China (till 28 October).

Cycling: Six Day Series, Olympic Park, London (till 28 October).

Friday, 26 October

Football: French Ligue 1 – Nimes v Saint-Etienne, Spanish La Liga – Real Valladolid v Espanyol, German Bundesliga – SC Freiburg v Borussia Monchengladbach.

Formula One: Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City (till 28 October).

Rugby Union: Premiership Rugby Cup, Round 1 - Worcester v Sale.

Tennis: ATP Vienna Open, Austria (till 28 October), ATP Swiss Indoors Basel, Switzerland (till 28 October), WTA Finals, Singapore (till 28 October).

Golf: HSBC Champions, Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China (till 28 October).

Cycling: Six Day Series, Olympic Park, London (till 28 October).

Motorcycling: Moto GP rd 17, Australian Grand Prix, Phillip Island, Victoria (till 28 October).

Baseball: World Series, Game 3 – Los Angeles Dodgers v Boston Red Sox 

Saturday, 27 October

Football: English Premier League – Liverpool v Cardiff City. French LIgue 1 - Angers v Lyon, Monaco v Dijon, Toulouse v Montpellier, Spanish La Liga – Atletico Madrid v Real Sociedad, Italian Serie A – Empoli v Juventus, German Bundesliga – Mainz 05 v Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund v Hertha Berlin.

Formula One: Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City (till 28 October).

Rugby Union:. International – Australia v New Zealand, Premiership Rugby Cup, Round 1 – Northampton v Bristol, Bath v Harlequins, Gloucester v Wasps, Saracens v Leicester, French Top 14 – Clermont Auvergne v Castres, Perpignan v Toulouse, Racing 92 v Pau, Stade Francais v Montpellier.

Rugby League – England v New Zealand 1st Test, Hull.

Cricket: International T20 match, Sri Lanka v England, Colombo.

Tennis: ATP Vienna Open, Austria (till 28 October), ATP Swiss Indoors Basel, Switzerland (till 28 October), WTA Finals, Singapore (till 28 October).

Golf: HSBC Champions, Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China (till 28 October).

Cycling: Six Day Series, Olympic Park, London (till 28 October).

Motorcycling: Moto GP rd 17, Australian Grand Prix, Phillip Island, Victoria (till 28 October).

Baseball: World Series, Game 4 – Los Angeles Dodgers v Boston Red Sox. 

Sunday, 28 October

Football: English Premier League – Burnley v Chelsea, Crystal Palace v Arsenal, Manchester United v Everton, Scottish League Cup semi-final – Hearts v Celtic, Aberdeen v Rangers, French Ligue 1 – Bordeaux v Nice, Marseille v Paris Saint Germain, Spanish La Liga – Barcelona v Real Madrid, Alaves v Villarreal, Sevilla v Huesca, Italian Serie A – AC Milan v Sampdoria, Napoli v Roma, German Bundesliga – RB Leipzig v FC Schalke 04, Werder Bremen v Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Formula One: Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City (race day).

Rugby Union: Premiership Rugby Cup – Newcastle v Exeter, French Top14 – Bordeaux Begles v Lyon, Toulon v La Rochelle.

Tennis: ATP Vienna Open, Austria (final day), ATP Swiss Indoors Basel, Switzerland (final day), WTA Finals, Singapore (final day).

Golf: HSBC Champions, Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China (final day).

Cycling: Six Day Series, Olympic Park, London (final day).

Motorcycling: Moto GP rd 17, Australian Grand Prix, Phillip Island, Victoria (race day).

Baseball: World Series, Game 5 – Los Angeles Dodgers v Boston Red Sox.

 

 

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