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The sports wrap 29th July 2018

LanguedocLiving, Jul 29

Geraint Thomas becomes third Briton to win Tour de france.

Geraint Thomas became the third Briton to win of the Tour de France when he crossed the finish line in Paris on Sunday. The 32-year-old Team Sky rider follows Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and four-time Tour champion Chris Froome as Britain celebrates a sixth win in seven years. Alexander Kristoff won the final sprint finish on the Champs-Elysees as Thomas crossed the line arm-in-arm with Froome after three weeks of racing. He beat Dutchman Tom Dumoulin by one minute 51 seconds, with Froome third (for full report go to: Thomas tightens Team Sky’s grip on Tour de France

Hamilton wins Hungarian GP to extend championship lead

Lewis Hamilton won a tense strategic battle at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday to head into Formula 1's summer break with a 24-point championship lead. Ferrari appeared to blow their best chance to challenge the Mercedes driver, delaying a pit stop for Sebastian Vettel long enough to lose their advantage over Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas and emerge behind the Finn. The four-times world champion’s fifth win of the season for Mercedes left Hamilton on 213 points to 189 for Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who finished second, and relishing the prospect of a stress-free family holiday. “I really could only have dreamed that we would be in the position that we are in right now,” he told reporters. “I’m really happy, going into the break, particularly with back-to-back wins.” Vettel took the chequered flag 17.1 seconds behind, after surviving a late collision with Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas who also banged bodywork with Red Bull’s Australian Daniel Ricciardo. Ferrari, mourning the death of former chairman Sergio Marchionne, had Kimi Raikkonen finish third to complete a podium of champions on a dry and sweltering afternoon at the Hungaroring outside Budapest. The victory was Hamilton’s record sixth in Hungary and 67th of his career. In a race effectively decided by Saturday’s wet qualifying, when Mercedes locked out the front row of the grid against expectation. Hamilton was never challenged.

Liverpool stun Man Utd 4-1 in International Champions Cup

Xherdan Shaqiri scored an exquisite overhead kick as Liverpool thrashed Manchester United 4-1 in the International Champions Cup in front of 101,254 fans in Ann Arbor. Jose Mourinho named a starting XI including five players who did not feature in the Premier League for United last season, while Liverpool fielded a strong side featuring Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. Jurgen Klopp's team took the lead on 26 minutes when Mane stroked home from the penalty spot after Salah was brought down by Demetri Mitchell. But their advantage did not last long as United levelled through Andreas Pereira's superb free-kick from 25 yards. Liverpool substitute Daniel Sturridge continued his impressive pre-season form when he scored with his first touch after 66 minutes before Sheyi Ojo added his side's second spot-kick of the game six minutes later. Shaqiri then added gloss to Liverpool's win by firing home Ben Woodburn's cross in acrobatic fashion. Liverpool round off their pre-season preparations with a trip to Dublin to face Napoli on Saturday (18:00 BST), before hosting Torino at Anfield on 7 August. United continue their International Champions Cup (ICC) campaign against Real Madrid in Miami on Wednesday before facing Bayern Munich in a friendly at the Allianz Arena the following Sunday.

Wigan Warriors scrape past Catalans to go third

Wigan Warriors survived a second-half Super League comeback to scrape past Catalans - who played the whole of the second half with 12 men after Kenny Edwards' red card.The visitors led with Jodie Broughton's try but at 8-6 down had Edwards sent off for a late tackle on John Bateman. Morgan Escare scored for Warriors against his old club as they moved 20-6 up after half-time and well in control. Two Catalans scores and a penalty made it level but Sam Tomkins' drop-goal and Joe Greenwood's try won it 25-20 for Wigan. Victory moved second-placed Wigan three points clear of Warrington, with Catalans slipping to eighth for the start of the Super 8s. Chris Hankinson and Greenwood grabbed their first tries for Warriors, while Tomkins scored 13 points against the team he will join in 2019. The French side looked like overcoming a 14-point deficit despite their man disadvantage as Arix Da Costa and Fouad Yaha crossed, but the home side regained their nerve to see out the win. St Helens stayed 10 points clear at the top of the table with a 14-12 win over fourth-placed Warrington Wolves.

England beat Ireland to stay in World Hockey Cup contention 

England kept their Women’s World Cup Hockey hopes alive with a 1-0 victory over Ireland at Lee Valley Park in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday night. Ireland had already reached the quarter-finals as group winners with victories in their first two games. India's 1-1 draw with USA earlier on Sunday left England needing a draw to qualify for the crossover phase. A final-quarter goal from Giselle Ansley secured victory, sealed second place in Pool B and set up a match against South Korea on Tuesday. It was England's only conversion from 15 penalty corners. The winners will face world No.1 ranked the Netherlands - who have scored 26 goals in their three matches - in the quarter-finals. Ireland await the winners of the crossover match between India and Italy. After two below-par performances in draws against India and USA, England dominated Ireland, who could not register a shot in the opening half. Ireland goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran saved well from Sarah Haycroft and Susannah Townsend, but England's pressure paid off seven minutes from time when Ansley's shot deflected in off the stick of Hannah Matthews.

Dustin Johnson wins Canadian Open by three shots

World No.1 Dustin Johnson claimed his third PGA title of the year with a three-shot win at the Canadian Open. The 34-year-old, who missed the cut at last week's Open, was one of four joint leaders going into the final round but carded a six-under 66 for a 22 under total. Englishman Tommy Fleetwood had four birdies and an eagle on his back nine in a 67 to tie for sixth, seven back. Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell finished in a share of 18th, 10 shots adrift, after a closing 69. Also carding final-round 69s were Korean duo Whee Kim and Byeong-Hun An who tied for second place, three shots behind Johnson. Keegan Bradley, without a PGA title since 2012 and six shots behind overnight, had holed his second shot from 151 yards for an eagle two at the par-four ninth, his fifth eagle of the week and birdied his final three holes to set the clubhouse target at 19 under. Johnson was three shots ahead of the field after eight holes when the threat of thunderstorms caused a delay of nearly two hours at the Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario. He was only one clear of compatriot Bradley when he bogeyed the 12th, but birdied the next and another birdie at the 16th gave him a comfortable cushion. 

England’s Richard McEvoy wins first European Tour title

England's Richard McEvoy won his first European Tour title after a dramatic finish to the European Open in Hamburg. The 39-year-old carded a one-over-par 73, which included a 20-foot putt for birdie on the final hole, to finish one shot ahead of Renato Paratore, Christofer Blomstrand and Allen John. American Bryson DeChambeau began the final round as joint-leader but fell to tied-13th after a six-over 78. "It was a roller coaster ride, but I fought hard," McEvoy told Sky Sports. England's Paul Casey finished joint-seventh, while compatriot Matthew Nixon and Scotland's David Drysdale finished joint-ninth. World No. 23 DeChambeau was one over after his front nine, but the 24-year-old dropped five shots in his final four holes, including a triple-bogey eight on the 18th, to fall down the leaderboard. McEvoy, who turned professional in 2001, is the first player this season to win on the Challenge Tour and European Tour in successive weeks after his triumph at the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge.

Danilovic becomes first player born in 2000s to win WTA title

Olga Danilovic became the first player born in the 2000s to win a WTA title with victory in the Moscow River Cup. Seventeen-year-old Danilovic was a break down in the final set against fellow 17-year old Anastasia Potapova but recovered to win 7-5 6-7 (7-1) 6-4. The Serb is the youngest winner of a WTA title since 2015. She is also the first 'lucky loser' to win a WTA title, after being granted a place in the main draw despite losing the final round of qualifying.

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: 30 July – 5 August 

Monday, 30 July

Tennis: ATP &WTA Citi Open, Washington DC, US (till 5 August), WTA Bank of the West Sanford Classic, San Jose, California, US (till 5 August).

Hockey: Women’s World Cup (London) – Cross-over round 

Tuesday, 31 July

Tennis: ATP &WTA Citi Open, Washington DC, US (till 5 August), WTA Bank of the West Sanford Classic, San Jose, California, US (till 5 August).

Hockey: Women’s World Cup (London) – Cross-over round - Italy v India, England v South Korea.

Wednesday, 1 August

Football: Champions League qualifying second round – Rosenber v Celtic (agg 1-3)

Cricket: England v India, 1st Test, Edgbaston (till 5 August)

Tennis: ATP &WTA Citi Open, Washington DC, US (till 5 August), WTA Bank of the West Sanford Classic, San Jose, California, US (till 5 August).

Hockey: Women’s World Cup (London) – Quarter-finals - Gernabt v tbc, Australia v tbc. 

Thursday, 2 August

Tennis: ATP &WTA Citi Open, Washington DC, US (till 5 August), WTA Bank of the West Sanford Classic, San Jose, California, US (till 5 August).

Cricket: England v India, 1st Test, Edgbaston (till 5 August)

Golf: WGC Bridgestone Invitational, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio, US (till 5 August).

Hockey: Women’s World Cup (London) – Quarter-finals - Netherlands v tbc, Ireland v tbc.

Multi-sports: Inaugural European Championships, Glasgow and Berlin – athletics, swimming, cycling, rowing, triathlon, golf and gymnastics (till 12 August). 

Friday, 3 August

Tennis: ATP &WTA Citi Open, Washington DC, US (till 5 August), WTA Bank of the West Sanford Classic, San Jose, California, US (till 5 August).

Cricket: England v India, 1st Test, Edgbaston (till 5 August)

Golf: WGC Bridgestone Invitational, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio, US (till 5 August).

Hockey: Women’s World Cup (London) –

Motorcycling: MotoGP rd 10, Czech Republic Grand Prix, Brno (till 5 August)

Multi-sports: Inaugural European Championships, Glasgow and Berlin – athletics, swimming, cycling, rowing, triathlon, golf and gymnastics (till 12 August). 

Saturday, 4 August

Football: Scottish Premiershp – Celtic v Livingston.

Tennis: ATP &WTA Citi Open, Washington DC, US (till 5 August), WTA Bank of the West Sanford Classic, San Jose, California, US (till 5 August).

Cricket: England v India, 1st Test, Edgbaston (till 5 August)

Golf: WGC Bridgestone Invitational, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio, US (till 5 August).

Hockey: Women’s World Cup (London) – Semi-finals

Motorcycling: MotoGP rd 10, Czech Republic Grand Prix, Brno (till 5 August)

Multi-sports: Inaugural European Championships, Glasgow and Berlin – athletics, swimming, cycling, rowing, triathlon, golf and gymnastics (till 12 August).

Sunday, 5 August

Football: FA Community Shield – Chelsea v Manchester City, Scottish Premiership – Aberdeen v Rangers.

Rugby League: Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-finals – St Helens v Catalans Dragons, Warrington Wolves v Leeds Rhinos.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Citi Open, Washington DC, US (final day), WTA Bank of the West Sanford Classic, San Jose, California, US (final day).

Cricket: England v India, 1st Test, Edgbaston (final day)

Golf: WGC Bridgestone Invitational, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio, US (final day).

Hockey: Women’s World Cup (London) – Final and bronze-medal match.

Motorcycling: MotoGP rd 10, Czech Republic Grand Prix, Brno (race day)

Multi-sports: Inaugural European Championships, Glasgow and Berlin – athletics, swimming, cycling, rowing, triathlon, golf and gymnastics (till 12 August). 

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