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The sports wrap 7th May 2018

LanguedocLiving, May 6

Italy’s Viviani wins Giro d’Italia Stage 3.

Italian rider Elia Viviani won a second consecutive stage of the Giro d'Italia in Eilat on Sunday but Australia's Rohan Dennis retained the overall lead as the race moves on to Sicily after winding up its controversial start in Israel. Having claimed victory in a dramatic sprint finish on Saturday, Viviani again left it late to win the 229km third stage from Be'er Sheva. The Quick-Step Floors rider pipped fellow Italian Sacha Modolo on the line to assert his sprint dominance. Dennis of BMC Racing keeps the pink jersey after finishing in the peloton. Ireland's Sam Bennett was a challenger once again in the final sprint as he came off the last corner in the lead. But Viviani, 29, was right on his wheel and, despite almost being pushed into the barriers by a veering Bennett, kept his nerve to take the third Giro stage win of his career as the Irishman was forced into third. Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands is second in the general classification, one second behind Dennis. British Team Sky rider Chris Froome, who is aiming to become only the third rider to win three successive Grand Tours, after victories in the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana last year, finished in the peloton. Fellow Briton Simon Yates, riding for Mitchelton-Scott, continued his good start to the race and came through another day without any hiccups to sit sixth overall. The race moves on to Sicily for the fourth stage on Tuesday.

Chelsea close on Champions League berth with Liverpool win

Chelsea moved within two points of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League after a 1-0 victory over Liverpool thanks to an Olivier Giroud header at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Spurs’ surprise 1-0 loss at relegation-threatened West Bromwich Albion on Saturday opened the door for Chelsea to close the gap on the top four and they capitalized on that lifeline with an assured performance over the Champions League finalists. Frenchman Giroud headed what proved to be the winning goal in the 32nd minute. Liverpool pressed but Chelsea held on to move within three points of the visitors who are third. On Wednesday, Chelsea have a game in hand over the Merseysiders at home to Huddersfield Town as they bid to set up a thrilling final day next Sunday. While Manchester City have won the title, the result blows the race for the other three Champions League berths wide open. Chelsea and Tottenham have two games to play, while Brighton are Liverpool’s only remaining opponents. If the trio all win their remaining games, Chelsea would miss out on the Champions League next season but any slip up could see them sneak in at the last. Arsenal, who are one place below Chelsea in sixth position, bade farewell to long-serving manager Arsene Wenger with an emphatic 5-0 home win over Burnley, while at the bottom of the table, Stoke City were relegated after going down 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace. Any two of five other clubs could join them with two matches to play,

Ex-Man Utd manager Alex Ferguson in intensive care

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson remained in intensive care after having emergency surgery on Saturday for a brain haemorrhage. A United statement said the procedure "had gone very well" but there is no update on the 76-year-old's condition. The Scot retired as United manager in May 2013 after winning 38 trophies during 26 years in charge. He was at Old Trafford last Sunday when he presented Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger with a commemorative trophy. 

Lyon hold on to second place in Ligue 1 after win over Troyes

Olympique Lyonnais took another step towards finishing second in the French Ligue 1 and claiming a Champions League spot as Bertrand Traore's double led them to a 3-0 home win against relegation-threatened Troyes on Sunday. Traore struck twice in the first half and Maxwell Cornet wrapped up the win late on to take Lyon to 75 points with two games left, one ahead of third-placed Monaco who won 2-1 away with a Moussa Sylla double at Caen who finished with 10 men. The most dramatic game was played at Metz who lost 2-1 and were relegated after conceding two stoppage-time goals to Angers.The defeat left the hosts on 26 points, eight adrift of Toulouse in the relegation playoff spot with two games left. Fourth-placed Olympique de Marseille moved within a point of Monaco by beating visiting Nice 2-1 on Sunday night. The top three teams qualify for the Champions League. Paris Saint Germain, who have already won the title, were held to a 2-2 draw at Amiens on Friday. Montpellier ended a run of three losses with a 2-0 win at Nantes to remain in eighth place. In the Spanish La Liga, Barcelona were three matches away from an unbeaten season after a 2-2 draw at home to Real Madrid in a dramatic and ill-tempered El Clasico on Sunday night which saw Lionel Messi give Barca a 2-1 lead in the second half after Sergi Alberto was sent off just before the interval. It was left to Welsh international Gareth Bale to level the scores in the 62nd minute with a rasping left-foot shot from just outside the penalty area. In Italy’s Serie A, Napoli almost certainly handed Juventus a seventh successive Serie A title on Sunday when they twice squandered the lead and were held 2-2 at home by mid-table Torino. The draw left Napoli, the only team who can catch the league leaders, six points behind Juve with two games left to play. Juve are away to fourth-placed Roma on 13 May and at home to relegated Hellas Verona on 20 May. The leaders also have a far superior goal difference. Juventus had on Saturday come from behind with three second-half goals to beat Bologna 3-1.In the German Bundesliga, Hamburg, the only club not to have been relegated from the Bundesliga since the league was founded in 1963, must win on the last day and hope Wolfsburg lose to avoid automatic relegation. A 3-0 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt leaves them next to bottom, two points behind Wolfsburg, who occupy the relegation play-off spot. At the top of the table, Schalke qualified for the group stage of the Champions League with a 2-1 win at Augsburg. Schalke secured runners-up spot behind champions Bayern Munich who came from behind to win 3-1 at bottom club Cologne.

Exeter get ready for play-offs with thrashing of Harlequins

Leaders Exeter Chiefs prepared for the Aviva Premiership semifinal play-offs with an easy bonus-point 41-17 win at Harlequins. Marcus Smith's converted try put Quins ahead but Exeter took control as Dave Ewers scored, Dave Dennis bagged a brace and Joe Simmonds crossed. Tom Hendrickson and Alec Hepburn scored for Chiefs in the second half which condemned Quins to five successive losses. The defending champions had already guaranteed a first-place finish in the Premiership, and the Devon side can now look forward to a home semi-final against Newcastle Falcons on Saturday,19 May. Second-placed Saracens also warmed up for the play-offs with a 62-12 hammering of Gloucester. The visitors were ahead twice thanks to tries from Tom Seabrook and David Halaifonua but Sarries hit back through Sean Maitland, Liam Williams and Owen Farrell to lead 22-12 at the break. Juan Figallo's score secured a bonus point for the hosts before Maro Itoje and Chris Wyles crossed in a blistering start to the second half. Sarries added a penalty try before Ben Spencer's brace wrapped up the win. In other matches, Wasps secured third spot with a 39-22 away win over Newcastle and will play Saracens in the semi-finals, while Leicester Tigers, who missed out on the play-offs at least ensured a Champions Cup place with a 35-13 win over Sale Sharks. Tigers missed out on the play-offs for the first time in 14 years.

Racing 92 claim second spot in Top 14 table

Racing 92 claimed a coveted top two spot in the Top 14 while Castres and Lyon finished in the top six at the expense of La Rochelle after Saturday’s final round. Montpellier Herault finished top of the table with 81 points but only one point ahead of Racing after a 32-24 away defeat by Lyon. Stade Toulouse hold third position six points further behind after a 36-26 defeat at the hands of last season’s champions Clermont Auvergne. Lyon booked their place in the knockout stage and a trip to Toulon as a late surge saw them past regular-season winners Montpellier 32-24. Montpellier did look like claiming the win when leading 24-22 with 10 minutes remaining, but Lyon then scored a penalty and converted try. Toulon’s 38-26 defeat by Pau means they finish in fourth place, three points ahead of Lyon in fifth spot. Racing 92, who meet Leinster next weekend in the European Champions Cup final, secured automatic qualification to the semi-finals with a comprehensive 42-13 victory over Agen at U Arena. By virtue of finishing in second spot, they will have a bye in the quarter-final round. Stade Toulouse’s loss to Clermont means they end up in third spot and will play Castres who thrashed Oyonnax 54-3, at home in the quarter-finals

St Helens send Catalans Dragons back to bottom of league

Super League leaders St Helens sent Catalans Dragons back to the bottom of the table with a relatively easy 26-12 victory over the Perpignan side. Winger Tom Makinson made one try and scored another while fellow winger Regan Grace also grabbed a brace which gives St Helens 12 wins from 14 in an impressive start to the season. Saints led 16-4 at the break and extended their lead within five minutes of the restart when quickfire passing worked Grace over for their fourth try. A breakaway try from Catalans winger Jodie Broughton, profiting from a breakdown in a passing move from St Helens inside their own half, gave the visitors hope. But an impressive handling movement enabled Grace to claim his second try and Danny Richardson kicked his third goal to settle the outcome. St Helens are two points clear of second-placed Wigan Warriors, who cruised to a 30-0 home victory over Salford Red Devils. The Catalans had been looking to make it two Super League wins in a row after their 25-24 victory over Hull FC which had moved them off the bottom of the table. They now have six points, the same as second-from-bottom Widnes Vikings who are ahead on points difference after their 26-18 defeat at the hands of Huddersfield Giants.

Zverev beats Kohlschreiber to defend Munich Open title

World No.3 Alexander Zverev defeated three-time former champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-3 to defend his Munich Open title on Sunday. Zverev hit four aces and converted four of his six break chances to win the all-German final in only 71 minutes. It was the 21-year-old's first title of the year and seventh altogether, boosting his confidence for upcoming tournaments in Madrid and Rome as well as this year’s second Grand Slam event, the French Open. The 34-year-old Kohlschreiber, who won here in 2007, 2012 and 2016, was playing in his sixth final at the clay-court tournament. It was the first all-German men's singles final since Florian Mayer beat Zverev to win the Gerry Weber Open in 2016. In women’s singles, Petra Kvitova came from a set down against Mihaela Buzarnescu to win the Prague Open on home soil - her third WTA title of the year. The Czech raced into a 3-0 lead but Romania's Buzarnescu took the opening set after winning five straight games. But world No.10 Kvitova hit back before taking a hard-fought decider to win 4-6 6-2 6-3. The two-time Wimbledon champion, who has now won 23 WTA tournaments, denied Buzarnescu her first career title. Kvitova, 28, has had a strong season on the women's tour, winning both the Qatar Open and the St Petersburg Open, following six months out after a knife attack at her home in December 2016.

Australia’s Day wins Wells Fargo Championship by two shots

Jason Day won his second PGA title of the year with a two-shot victory at the Wells Fargo Championship. The 30-year-old former world number one will move back into the top 10 of the rankings after finishing on 12 under. The Australian began the final round two ahead and closed out victory with a two-under 69 on the last day. Aaron Wise, 21, tied for second with Nick Watney, while Englishman Paul Casey and Phil Mickelson shared fifth, five shots behind the winner. American Bryson DeChambeau holed a meandering 12-foot birdie putt at the last to finish in fourth place at eight under. Compatriot Watney's finish was even more spectacular, a remarkable 58-foot birdie putt on the 18th green earning him a share of second place. Day, who has won six of the past seven events he has led after three rounds, duffed a chip to bogey the 13th then dropped another shot at the next hole. He responded superbly, holing from six feet to birdie the 16th then hitting the pin with a seven-iron from 230 yards at the par-three 17th, tapping in from three feet.

Reigning champion Marquez wins home Spanish MotoGP

Marc Marquez won his home Spanish Grand Prix and took the overall MotoGP lead in Jerez on Sunday after the reigning champion’s main rivals collided spectacularly. The Honda rider was in a race of his own for the last eight laps after the Ducati pairing of Andrea Dovizioso, the previous championship leader, and Jorge Lorenzo collided with Honda’s Dani Pedrosa while fighting for second place. Pedrosa, who had wrist surgery less than a month ago, was thrown high over his bike after trying to go past the two Ducatis on the inside. Lorenzo came across into the corner as Dovizioso went wide, colliding with Pedrosa and sending the two Ducatis into the gravel. All three riders walked away from the crash. French Tech3 Yamaha rider Johann Zarco was gifted the runner-up slot, 5.241 seconds behind, and is now Marquez’s closest rival in the championship. Four-times world champion Marquez, who started the race from fifth place, now has 70 points after four races to Zarco’s 58. Dovizioso dropped to fifth overall with 46. Italian Andrea Iannone finished third for Suzuki. His legendary compatriot Valentino Rossi was fifth and also reached a career milestone by completing the circumference of the planet in race kilometres.

Mark Williams leads 10-7 in World Championship snooker final

Two-time champion Mark Williams held a 10-7 lead over four-time winner John Higgins after an absorbing first day in the World Championship final. Wales' Williams, 43, surged 4-0 ahead before Higgins got off the mark with a century. Two further tons helped Higgins, 42, level the final at 7-7 but Williams added one of his own en route to winning three frames in a row. The best-of-35 final resumes on Monday. The winner will collect the trophy and a record £425,000 in prize money at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre. Both players are aiming to become the oldest champion since Ray Reardon, who was 45 when he triumphed in 1978, and shared four centuries and eight further breaks of 50 or more.


Unbeaten colt Justify wins Kentucky Derby

Justify won the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville on Saturday in front of a 158,00 crowd, becoming the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win the ‘Run for the Roses’ without a start as a two-year-old. Unfazed by the wet track on a rainy Derby day, the 5/2 favorite rocketed out of the gate and was neck and neck with longshot Promises Fulfilled before jockey Mike Smith pushed the Chestnut colt into gear to comfortably record his fourth win from four starts. Good Magic finished second in the first leg of U.S. thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown series for three-year-olds, with Audible third. The victory is the fifth for Justify trainer Bob Baffert, who also trained 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Mendelssohn, the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt looking to be the first European-based horse to win the Derby, collided into other horses shortly after the break and never recovered, finishing last.

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Calendar Keynotes: 7-13 May

Monday, 7 May

Cycling: Giro d’Italia, Italy (rest day - till 27 May).

Tennis: ATP & WTA Mutua Madrid Open, Madrid (till 13 May).

Snooker: Betfred World Championship final – John Higgins v Mark Williams, (Williams leads 10-7, first to 18), Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, UK. 

Tuesday, 8 May

Football: English Premier League – Swansea City v Southampton, Scottish Premiership – Aberdeen v Rangers, French Coupe de France – Les Herbiers v Paris Saint Germain.

Cycling: Giro d’Italia, Italy (till 27 May).

Tennis: ATP & WTA Mutua Madrid Open, Madrid (till 13 May). 

Wednesday, 9 May

Football: English Premier League – Chelsea v Huddersfield Town, Leicester City v Arsenal, Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion, Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United, Scottish Premierhip – Celtic v Kilmarnock, Spanish La Liga – Barcelona v Villareal, Sevilla v Real Madrid, Italian Serie A – Juventus v AC Milan.

Cycling: Giro d’Italia, Italy (till 27 May).

Tennis: ATP & WTA Mutua Madrid Open, Madrid (till 13 May).

Thursday, 10 May

Football: English Premier League – West Ham United v Manchester United.

Cycling: Giro d’Italia, Italy (till 27 May).

Rugby League: Ladbrokes Challenge Cup – Featherstone Rovers v Hull FC

Tennis: ATP & WTA Mutua Madrid Open, Madrid (till 13 May).

Golf: USPGA Tour, The Players Championship, TPC Sawgrass, Florida, US (till 13 May).

Friday, 11 May

Formula 1: Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona (till 13 May)

Cycling: Giro d’Italia, Italy (till 27 May).

Rugby Union – European Rugby Challenge Cup final – Cardiff Blues v Gloucester.

Rugby League: Ladbrokes Challenge Cup - Leigh Centurions v Salford Red Devils, Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield Trinity, Widnes Vikings v Leeds Rhinos.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Mutua Madrid Open, Madrid (till 13 May)..

Golf: USPGA Tour, The Players Championship, TPC Sawgrass, Florida, US (till 13 May). 

Saturday, 12 May

Football: French Ligue 1 – Bordeaux v Toulouse, Guingamp v Marseille, Monaco v Saint-Etienne, Montpellier v Troyes, Nice v Caen, Paris Saint Germain v Rennes, Strasbourg v Lyon, Spanish La Liga – Getafe v Atletico Madrid, Girona v Valencia, Real Betis v Sevilla, Real Madrid v Celta Vigo, Italian Serie A – Inter Milan v Sassuolo, German Bundesliga – Bayer 04 Levekusen v Hannover 96, Bayern Munich v VfB Stuttgart, FC Schalke 04 v Eintracht Frankfurt, Hamburg SV v Borussia Monchengladbach, Hertha Berlin v RB Leipzig.

Formula 1: Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona (till 13 May)

Rugby Union: European Rugby Champions Cup final – Leinster v Racing 92.

Rugby League: Ladbrokes Challenge Cup – Castleford Tigers v St Helens, Catalans Dragons v Whitehaven.

Cycling: Giro d’Italia, Italy (till 27 May).

Tennis: ATP & WTA Mutua Madrid Open, Madrid (till 13 May).

Golf: USPGA Tour, The Players Championship, TPC Sawgrass, Florida, US (till 13 May).

Athletics: IAAF Diamond League, Shanghai, China. 

Sunday, 13 May

Football: English Premier League – Huddersfield Town v Arsenal, Liverpool v Brighton & Hove Albion, Manchester United v Watford, Newcastle United v Chelsea, Southampton v Manchester City, Swansea City v Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City, Scottish Premiership – Celtic v Aberdeen, Hibernian v Rangers, Spanish La LIga – Levante v Barcelona, Italian Serie A – Crotone v Lazio, Atalanta v AC Milan, Roma v Juventus, Sampdoria v Napoli.

Formula 1: Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona (race day)

Rugby League: Ladbrokes Challenge Cup – Hull KR v Wigan Warriors, Toronto Wolfpack v Warrington Wolves.

Cycling: Giro d’Italia, Italy (till 27 May).

Tennis: Tennis: ATP & WTA Mutua Madrid Open, Madrid (final day).

Golf: USPGA Tour, The Players Championship, TPC Sawgrass, Florida, US (final day).







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