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The sports wrap 5th November 2018

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Man City back on top after 6-1 thrashing of Southampton.

Unbeaten Manchester City moved back to the top of the English Premier League on Sunday climbing above Liverpool after thrashing Southampton 6-1 at the Etihad Stadium. The Reds had briefly leapfrogged the defending champions with a 1-1 draw at Arsenal on Saturday. Chelsea moved into second place two points behind with a 3-1 home win over fellow Londoners Crystal Palace. Manchester City cruised to victory over a sorry Southampton side and took just six minutes to open the scoring as Wesley Hoedt smashed an attempted clearance off Leroy Sane's cross into his own net, before Sergio Aguero doubled their lead by tapping in Raheem Sterling's cross. David Silva slammed home their third from Sane's flick-on after 18 minutes but Danny Ings did pull one back from the spot after Ederson brought him down in the area. Sterling then netted either side of the break to complete an impressive personal performance, while Sane added a late sixth to cap off a fine afternoon for Pep Guardiola's men. Unbeaten Chelsea moved above Liverpool with Spanish striker Alvaro Morata scoring twice to sink Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge. Andros Townsend's superb low finish had cancelled out a Chelsea lead given to them by Spanish forward Morata's clever shot-on-the-turn. Palace's hopes of securing a crucial point vanished when they conceded two goals in five second-half minutes. At the Emirates Stadium, Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette’s late goal earned Arsenal a 1-1 draw with Liverpool after James Milner had put the visitors ahead in the 61st minute. The most emotion-charged weekend match was in Cardiff where Leicester City beat the home side 1-0 on an afternoon dominated by the tributes paid to City’s Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who was one of five people killed in a helicopter crash near the King Power Stadium the previous weekend. This was Leicester's first match since the tragedy and the game itself felt incidental. After a wreath was laid on the pitch, the two sides gathered around the centre circle for a minute's silence and the usually boisterous Cardiff City Stadium fell profoundly silent. The players and staff are now in Thailand for the funeral. In the Scottish  Premiership, Celtic moved to within one point of Hearts at the top of the table after a 5-0 home thumping of the league leaders which put them back on track for another title after an indifferent start to the season. Arch city rivals Rangers are third, four points behind, following a 2-0 away win at St Mirren.

PSG make it 12 straight wins to go eight points clear in Ligue 1

Paris Saint Germain broke Tottenham Hotspur’s 58-year-old European record as they beat Lille 2-1 at home in a top-of-the-table clash to make it 12 consecutive wins at the start of the French Ligue 1 season. The previous record for a winning start in Europe's top five leagues was Spurs' 11-match run in 1960-61. France’s World Cup star Kylian Mbappe scored the first goal in the 70th minute with a curled 25-metre effort - his 13th goal in 11 games this season. Brazilian Neymar added a second in the 84th minute with a deflected shot, with Nicolas Pepe scoring an injury-time consolation penalty for Lille. PSG are well on the way to defending their title, dropping Lille into third placeon goal difference behind in-form Montpellier who moved into second spot, eight points behind, after an emphatic 3-0 home win over rivals Marseille on Sunday night. In the Spanish La Liga, Barcelona secured two late goals to beat struggling Rayo Vallecano in a remarkable game, extending their lead at the top of La Liga to four points over Sevilla. Luis Suarez put Barca ahead from Jordi Alba's cutback, but Jose Pozo equalised with an excellent 25-metre shot. Substitute Alberto Garcia tapped home with his first touch as Rayo looked set for a second La Liga win of the season. But Ousmane Dembele's sweet half-volley and Suarez's last-minute strike turned it round once again. Barcelona are now four points above Sevilla who drew 0-0 at Real Sociedad. Atletico Madrid and Alaves are third and fourth on goal difference behind Sevilla. In the Italian Serie A, defending champions Juventus restored their six-point lead at the top of the table with a comfortable 3-1 home victory over Cagliari. Juventus went ahead after just 43 seconds when Paulo Dybala shot low into the corner for his sixth goal of the season. Cagliari levelled through Joao Pedro's neat turn and finish, but Filip Bradaric's own goal put Juve ahead again two minutes later. Juan Cuadrado sealed the win late on from Cristiano Ronaldo's pass. Inter Milan moved up to second with a 5-0 home thrashing of Genoa. In the German Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund remained unbeaten at the top with England teenage winger Jadon Sancho playing a key role in their 1-0 away win over VfL Wolfsburg. His cross was headed back across goal by Thomas Delaney for Marco Reus to head home. Borussia Monchengladbach moved up to second after Thorgan Hazard scored twice to give them a 3-0 victory over lowly Fortuna Dusseldorf on Sunday to take his tally to seven goals from the last seven Bundesliga matches. Defending champions Bayern Munich were in third place after a surprise 1-1 home draw against SC Freiburg.

England seal nail-biting win over Springboks at Twickenham

England hung on for an extraordinary, topsy-turvy 12-11 victory over South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday to get their autumn campaign off to a winning start. An inexperienced pack was overwhelmed by the Springboks in the first half and only a series of errors and the excellence of Owen Farrell's boot kept them in it at the interval. But gradually Eddie Jones' men found their discipline and shape, and Elliot Daly's three-pointer from inside his own half had nudged them in front, only for Handre Pollard to knock over a penalty of his own to make it 11-9 to the Boks with time running out. But Farrell landed his third penalty from out on the left to edge the men England in front and Pollard could only hit the upright with his attempted match-winner at the death. The Springboks will be wondering how they lost a match they had totally dominated for the first 45 minutes. Yet England refused to wilt, and for a team and coach under pressure, this was a precious victory against a side that had beaten the All Blacks in New Zealand in September. In other internationals, Wales claimed the inaugural Doddie Weir Cup with a 21-10 win as Scotland's miserable run in Cardiff continued. Tries from George North and Jonathan Davies were complemented by 11 points from the boot of Leigh Halfpenny. Scotland responded with a try from captain Stuart McInally, but were left to rue poor midfield defence and discipline. Six Nations champions Ireland thumped Italy 54-7 win in Chicago with Jordan Larmour scoring a hat-trick in an eight-try onslaught. Tadhg Beirne got two tries while Luke McGrath, Sean Cronin and Garry Ringrose also scored for a new-look Irish side. Michele Campagnaro scored Italy's only try but they could find no answer to Ireland's second-half barrage.

Toulouse edge closer to Clermont at the top with Bordeaux drubbing

Toulouse moved to within three points of Clermont Auvergne at the top of the French Top 14 table with a 40-0 drubbing of Bordeaux Begles while the high-flying league leaders could only manage a 27-27 draw at lowly Grenoble. Stade Francais lost out on a chance of moving into second place with a 41-6 hammering away to eighth-placed Lyon. Toulouse produced a dominant display in easily defeating fellow play-off chasers Bordeaux Bègles. Despite Thomas Ramos’ penalty, it took Ugo Mola’s men a while to find their rhythm but, when they did, the hosts effectively took the game out of Bordeaux’s reach with 18 points in 12 minutes. Ramos added to his personal tally with a second three-pointer before Arthur Bonneval touched down for a 13-0 advantage. Bonneval was soon over for his second try before Francois Cros sealed the triumph after the break. Peato Mauvaka and Romain Ntamack rounded off an impressive win for Toulouse. Clermont Auvergne were forced to settle for a share of the spoils as Alaska Taufa scored late on to rescue a surprise draw for Grenoble. Clermont struggled in the opening period, despite Patricio Fernandez giving them a 3-0 lead after 10 minutes. The hosts made life difficult for the 2017 champions and deservedly levelled matters via the boot of Gaetan Germain before they scored the first try of the match and went into the break with a 11-3 advantage. Clermont responded at the start of the final 40 minutes as Sitaleki Timani crossed the whitewash. Fernandez and Germain then traded penalties but Clermont were now on the front foot and Alivereti Raka moved them ahead. The home side responded and were level via successive Germain three-pointers but Peceli Yato appeared to have won the game late on. However, Taufa went over with five minutes remaining, Germain converting, to rescue two points for the home team.

Makinson hat-trick helps seal England series against Kiwis

St Helens winger Tommy Makinson scored a brilliant hat-trick of tries as England sealed the three-match series with a 20-14 win over New Zealand at Anfield on Sunday. The man-of-the-match was inspired at either end of the field in the second Test, as he followed a thumping try-saving tackle with 12 points. Makinson's decisive try, in which he cut back and broke through the New Zealand defence to touch down, completed a magnificent display. Victory gave England the series before next Sunday's final Test in Leeds. Jake Connor gave England an early lead from a penalty before captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak scored the opening try. England drew level before the interval after a smart finish out wide by Makinson. New Zealand regained the lead five minutes after the break as Watene-Zelezniak went clean through before feeding Ken Maumalo on the wing, for a simple run in. Shaun Johnson added a further two points before the hosts enjoyed a resurgence after Makinson added his second try of the match.Parity was restored moments later when Connor spun his marker to fall over the line as England capitalised on a dropped possession by the Kiwis. Makinson added his third and completed the comeback, darting inside off the wing, picking a path to the line and dotting down to send the Liverpudlian crowd into raptures.

Russian Khachanov shocks Djokovic in Paris Masters final

Russia's Karen Khachanov defeated incoming world No.1 Novak Djokovic to win his first Masters 1000 title at the Paris Masters on Sunday. The 22-year-old beat Djokovic 7-5 6-4 in one hour and 37 minutes to end the Serb's 22-match unbeaten run. Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic, 31, who beat Swiss legend Roger Federer in three sets in an epic semi-final, will still overtake Rafael Nadal at the top of the world rankings on Monday. World No.19 Khachanov became the first Russian since Nikolay Davydenko in 2009 to win a Masters 1000 title. He hit 31 winners as he pulled off one of the shocks of the tennis year in his final tournament of the season. Djokovic, who has been suffering from flu-like symptoms all week, added: "I don't feel too good today but I'd like to give respect to Karen for playing a great match today and he deserves to win.” Victory would have marked Djokovic's fifth Paris Masters title but he was not allowed to settle into Sunday's match and was undone when Khachanov broke his serve at 5-5 before going on to win the first set. Khachanov broke early in the second set and threw away three further break points in the seventh game, but was able to capitalise on his advantage and hold on for the win. In the WTA Elite Trophy final in Zuhai, China, Australia's Ashleigh Barty claimed the biggest singles title of her career with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Wang Qiang to claim her third WTA title. The world No.19 saved four of six break points and hit 22 winners to Wang's 15 as she closed out victory against China’s leading player in 83 minutes. The tournament brings together the 12 best ranked players who failed to qualify for the WTA Finals.

Justin Rose reclaims No.1 spot after winning Turkish Open

England's Justin Rose has reclaimed his world No.1 ranking after winning the Turkish Open on Sunday. Rose, 38, beat Li Haotong, of China, in a play-off at the Antalya event - after both finished on 17 under par - for his 19th career win. He initially got to No.1 in September, holding the position for a week before American Brooks Koepka replaced him. This is the first time that Rose has defended a tour title, after winning in Belek in 2017. Rose, a former US Open winner, posted a final round of 68, three under par, to finish tied with China's Li on the Regnum Caya course, before the 23-year-old bogeyed the extra hole in the play-off. Li had led by three shots heading into the last day. Rose was part of the triumphant European Ryder Cup team, who beat the United States in Paris. Belgian Thomas Detry and Spaniard Adrian Otaegui both finished with rounds of 65 to share third on 15-under. Dane Lucas Bjerregaard and German Martin Kaymer ended the tournament at 14-under, a shot clear of English pair Tommy Fleetwood and Danny Willett, and another Dane, Thorbjorn Olesen.

Simone Biles wins record 14th world title on championships’ last day 

American Simone Biles won a record 14th world title as she took gold in the individual floor exercise at the World Gymnastics Championships in Doha on Saturday. It was her fourth gold and sixth medal of the week in Qatar after earlier taking bronze in the beam final. The 21-year-old becomes the first gymnast in three decades to win a medal at each event in which she competed. She also matches Svetlana Khorkina's women's record of 20 career World Championship medals. Earlier in the week, Biles made history by becoming the first woman to win four all-around titles at the World Championships. She had not competed internationally since the 2016 Olympics, while she revealed in January she had been sexually abused by former Team USA sports doctor Larry Nassar who has been jailed for up to 175 years for abusing young gymnasts. In addition, she was admitted to hospital with a kidney stone on the eve of the Worlds.

Ethiopia’s Desisa wins New York Marathon

Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa took the men’s title and Kenya’s Mary Keitany won a dominant fourth women’s crown at the New York Marathon on Sunday. Desisa finished strongly in the final mile and claimed the victory in two hours, five minutes and 59 seconds as he and fellow Ethiopian Shura Kitata (2:06:01) passed defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor, who finished third in 2:06:26. “Today is my day. I am very, very happy,” said Desisa, a two-time Boston Marathon winner who had finished second in New York in 2014 and third in 2015 and 2017. Keitany, second to American Shalane Flanagan in 2017 after three New York victories, returned to the top with a runaway performance. The 36-year-old won by more than three minutes in 2:22:48. London champion and fellow Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot was a distant second in 2:26:02 as Flanagan, with a strong finish, took third in 2:26:22 in what may have been her last competitive marathon.

Champion Marquez back on winning wheels in Malaysian GP

World champion Marc Marquez won his ninth race of the MotoGP season after Italian legend Valentino Rossi crashed four laps from the finish while leading the Malaysian Grand Prix. Marquez, who was crowned world champion in Japan last month but crashed out in Australia last weekend, qualified on pole but was hit with a six-place grid penalty for impeding another rider. The Spaniard, 25, looked set to finish second at Sepang until Rossi's crash. "Winning was the best way to celebrate the championship," he said. Seven-time MotoGP world champion Rossi finished 18th. Marquez's victory - in front of nearly 104,000 fans - also secured the constructors' championship for Honda for the fourth straight year, with one round of the season remaining. Suzuki's Alex Rins came second after overtaking Yamaha rider Johann Zarco, who finished third, in the closing stages.

Enable creates history with Breeders’ Cup Turf victory

Enable has become the first Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner to follow up with success at a Breeders' Cup fixture. Ridden by England-based Italian jockey Frankie Dettori and racing for only the third time this season because of injury, the four-year-old saw off Irish challenger Magical in the Breeders' Cup Turf race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday. Trained by Briton John Gosden for owner/breeder prince Khalid Abdullah, the double Arc winner won by less than a length with Sadlers' Joy third.Eight previous winners of the Arc, including Dancing Brave (1986) and Gosden's Golden Horn, also ridden by Dettori (2015), have been defeated in races at the Breeders Cup when lining up in the same season. Dettori claimed a double by after winning the Breeders Cup Mile in the same colours aboard Expert Eye.

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Calendar Keynotes: 5-11 November

Monday, 5 November

Football: English Premier League – Huddersfield Town v Fulham, Spanish La Liga- Espanyol v Athletic Bilbao.

Tuesday, 6 November

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

Cricket: England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Galle (till 10 November).

Wednesday, 7 November

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

Cricket: England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Galle (till 10 November). 

Thursday, 8 November

Football: Europa League (major clubs): Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Zurich, Akhisarspor v Sevilla, FC Krasnodar v Standard Liege, Dynamo Kiev v Rennes, BATE Borisov v Chelsea, Celtic v RB Leipzig, Bordeaux v Zenit St Petersburg, Arsenal v Sporting Lisbon, Real Betis v AC Milan, Rapid Vienna v Villareal, Spartak Moscow v Rangers, Apollon Limassol v Eintracht Frankfurt, Lazio v Marseille.

Cricket: England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Galle (till 10 November).

Golf: Nedbank Golf Challenge, Gary Player CC, Sun City, South Africa (till 11 November). 

Friday, 9 November

Football: Scottish Premiership – Aberdeen v Hibernian, French Ligue 1 – Lille v Strasbourg, Spanish La Liga – Levante v Real Sociedad.

Formula One: Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paolo (till 11 November).

Rugby Union: Premiership Rugby Cup, Round 1 – Gloucester v Northampton, Leicester v Sale, Newcastle v Bath.

Cricket: England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Galle (till 10 November).

Golf: Nedbank Golf Challenge, Gary Player CC, Sun City, South Africa (till 11 November).

 Saturday,10 November

Football: English Premier League – Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur, Scottish Premiership – Hearts v Kilmarnock, St Johnstone v Hamilton Academical, French Ligue 1 –Guingamp v Lyon, Angers v Montpellier, Nimes v Nice, Toulouse v Amiens, Spanish La Liga – Atletico Madrid v Athletic Bilbao, Italian Serie A –,Genoa v Napoli, German Bundesliga – Werder Bremen v Borussia Monchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich.

Formula One: Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paolo (till 11 November).

Rugby Union: Internationals – Scotland v Fiji, England v New Zealand, Wales v Australia, Ireland v Argentina, France v South Africa. Premiership Rugby Cup, Round 1 – Exeter v Harlequins.

Cricket: England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Galle (final day).

Tennis: Fed Cup World Group Final – Czech Republic v USA, Prague (till 11 November).

Golf: Nedbank Golf Challenge, Gary Player CC, Sun City, South Africa (till 11 November).

Sunday,11 November

Football: English Premier League – Liverpool v Fulham, Chelsea v Everton, Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Manchester City v Manchester United, Scottish Premiership – Livingston v Celtic, Rangers v Motherwell, French Ligue 1 – Bordeaux v Caen, Marseille v Dijon, Monaco v Paris Saint Germain, Spanish La Liga – Barcelona v Real Betis, Sevilla v Espanyol, Celta Vigo v Real Madrid, Italian Serie A – Atalanta v Inter Milan, Roma v Sampdoria, Sassuolo v Lazio, AC Milan v Juventus, German Bundesliga – RB Leipzig v Borussia Monchengladbach, Eintrach Frankfurt v FC Schalke 04.

Formula One: Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paolo (race day).

Rugby Union: Premiership Rugby Cup, Round 1 – Saracens v Worcester, Wasps v Bristol.

Rugby League: England v New Zealand 3rd Test, Elland Road, Leeds.

Tennis: ATP Finals, 02 Arena, London (till 18 November), Fed Cup World Group Final – Czech Republic v USA, Prague (final day).

Golf: Nedbank Golf Challenge, Gary Player CC, Sun City, South Africa (final day).




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