The sports wrap 13 May 2019

Aymeric Laporte's goal for Manchester City put them ahead and on the road to the Premier League title

Manchester City are Premier League champions

Manchester City wrapped up the dramatic Premier League title chase with a convincing 4-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on the last day of the season, leaving Liverpool in second place, one point behind, despite a 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield. Incredibly, Liverpool lost only one game in a season where the lead at the top changed a record 32 times. Chelsea finished third after a goalless draw at Leicester, a point ahead of Tottenham Hotspur who drew 2-2 at home to Everton. Arsenal missed out on a Champions League berth, one point behind their North London rivals Tottenham, despite a 3-1 win at Burnley. Manchester United finished sixth after a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of relegated Cardiff City.

At the Amex Stadium, Manchester City survived a scare to come from behind and outclass Brighton 4-1. When Glenn Murray gave the Seagulls the lead with a glancing header from a corner after 27 minutes, hopes rose at Anfield that Liverpool might win their first title in 29 years. But Manchester City’s response was instant, emphatic and ruthless as they swept Brighton aside to end the campaign with a record 14 successive league victories, making it 32 in all, which equals the record they set last season. Sergio Aguero pounced in the area to equalise inside 83 seconds and Aymeric Laporte arrived unmarked on the end of a corner to put City ahead before half-time. Brighton had no way back and City completed the formalities in spectacular style as Riyad Mahrez fired high past Mat Ryan just after the hour and Ilkay Gundogan’s spectacular 72nd minute free-kick sparked wild celebrations.

At Anfield, Liverpool’s bid for a first Premier League title and a first top-flight triumph in 29 years ended in failure despite a final-day 2-0 victory over Wolves. Sadio Mane scored from close range after 17 minutes and again after 81 to join Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the Premier League’s top scorer on 22 goals. Liverpool keeper Alisson was confirmed as the Golden Glove winner with 21 clean sheets. The victory was Liverpool’s ninth in a row and their 30th overall in the league. They finished on 97 points, the third-highest top flight total in English football history. But it wasn’t enough to wrest the title from City.

Saracens beat Leinster for third title in four years

Saracens came from behind to win their third European title in four years with a 20-10 victory over Leinster in the Champions Cup final at St James’ Park, Newcastle. The Irish side held a 10-point lead until the 39th minute but Sarries drew level when Sean Maitland’s try cancelled out Tadhg Furlong’s opener. Both defences stood firm after the interval but Owen Farrell kicked Saracens in front just before the hour. Victory was sealed when Billy

Billy Vunipola drives over for a try in Saracens’ 20-10 win over Leinster in the Champions Cup final

Vunipola crashed over from the back of a scrum. Farrell kicked the conversion as the Londoners scored 20 unanswered points and put in a dominant second-half performance. Saracens – who become the first English side to win three Champions Cups after ending their European campaign unbeaten – will play a Premiership semi-final later this month as they continue to pursue the double, while Leinster remain on course to defend their Pro14 title. In the European Challenge Cup, favourites Clermont Auvergne deservedly won a record-equalling third cup when they overwhelmed La Rochelle 36-16 in an all-French final at James’ Park on Friday night. A try by Damian Penault helped them to a 13-6 halftime lead and second-half scores by Fritz Lee and Wesley Fofana were a fair reward for their dominance. It was a particularly sweet moment for their hooker Benjamin Kayser, who had lost five previous European finals.. Clermont, flying high in second place in the Top 14, were on top from kick-off and barely took their foot off the gas as Penault’s well-worked try capped a dominant first-half effort.

Hamilton wins in Spain for another Mercedes one-two

Lewis Hamilton returned to the top of the Formula One world championship in Barcelona on Sunday by winning the Spanish Grand Prix in a fifth successive one-two for Mercedes. The 76th victory of the five times world champion’s career, and third of the season, sent Hamilton seven points clear of Finnish team-mate Valtteri Bottas after five of the 21 races. The Briton took an extra point for the fastest lap of the race. Max Verstappen finished third for Honda-powered Red Bull, ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc. It was a disheartening performance for the Italian team on a weekend

Lewis Hamilton celebrates with his Mercedes team  after winning the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday

they hoped would make a step forward. It only emphasised the sense that Mercedes are in a league of their own this year and that the championship fight is already a private one between Hamilton and Bottas. Their closest rival, Verstappen, is a massive 46 points behind, with Vettel a further two adrift, and Leclerc 10 behind him. Mercedes’ lead is not far off two clear wins, at 25 points for a victory, and the size of the advantage at just about the quarter-way mark of a 21-race season underlines Mercedes’ superiority.

Montpellier keep Europa League hopes alive

Montpellier stunned fourth-placed Saint-Etienne 1-0 away from home to keep their hopes of a Europa League berth alive but must win their last two Ligue 1 matches. The home side came into Friday night’s match on the back of six wins and a draw. Fifth-placed Montpellier  are now four points behind Saint-Etienne.  In a passionately contested match, both teams had a player sent off – Montpellier’s Daniel Congre in the 54th minute and Saint-Etienne’s Remy Cabella eight minutes later – before the away side scored the only goal in the 64th minute through Gaetan Laborde. Montpellier could have added a couple more but for two fine saves by Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier. At Angers, 10-man Paris Saint Germain ended a run of three consecutive away defeats with a 2-1 victory over the mid-table side. Neymar opened the scoring for the champions before setting up Angel di Maria to make it 2-0. Marquinhos was shown a straight red card five minutes from time after tangling with Wilfried Kanga. Flavien Tait then pulled one back for Angers after Gianluigi Buffon had saved the midfielder’s penalty, but PSG held on. In Marseille, Lyon took a big step towards a top-three finish and a berth in next season’s Champions League qualifying rounds after a fine performance gave them a 3-0 win at Marseille who finished with 10 men on Sunday night.

In the Spanish La Liga, champions Barcelona beat Getafe 2-0 as the minnows dropped out of the top four. Arturo Vidal put the double-chasing hosts ahead from close range. Jorge Molina hit the woodwork for Getafe moments before Djene Dakonam’s own goal under pressure from Lionel Messi sealed the game. Getafe now need to better Valencia’s result on the final day to claim a Champions League place. Valencia beat Alaves 3-1 to stay in fourth place, while Atletico Madrid remain second after a 1-1 draw at home to Sevilla. Elsewhere, third-placed Real Madrid lost 3-1 at Real Sociedad. Brahim Diaz had given Madrid the lead with his first goal for the club but Mikel Merino levelled for the hosts. The Basque side won thanks to goals from Joseba Zaldua and 17-year-old Ander Barrenetxea.

In the Italian Serie A, a rare Hakan Calhanoglu goal gave AC Milan a 1-0 win at mid-table Fiorentina on Saturday to keep them in the hunt for a Champions League place. The Turkish midfielder met Suso’s cross with a glancing header to score only his second league goal of the season in the 36th minute. Milan, needing a top-four finish to qualify for the Champions League, are fifth with 62 points, one behind Inter Milan who do not play until Monday when they host relegated Chievo. Third-placed Atalanta have 65 points after beating Genoa 2-1 earlier on Saturday. AS Roma also kept their Champions League hopes alive when late goals from Alessandro Florenzi and Edin Dzeko gave them a 2-0 home win over champions Juventus on Sunday night.

In the German Bundesliga, Bayern Munich missed the chance to win a seventh consecutive Bundesliga title with a game to spare when they were held to a goalless draw at RB Leipzig. Second placed Borussia Dortmund, who had to better Bayern’s result to keep their title hopes alive, beat Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-2. Niko Kovac’s side sit two points clear of Dortmund heading into the final day.At the Signal Iduna Park, Chelsea-bound Christian Pulisic gave Dortmund the lead in his final home appearance for the club, but Oliver Fink restored parity two minutes after the restart. Goals from Thomas Delaney and Mario Gotze gave the home side breathing space before Dawid Kownacki scored a late consolation for Fortuna..

Dragons thrash Doncaster for cup quarter-finals place

Brayden Wiliame and Kenny Edwards scored hat-tricks as Challenge Cup holders Catalans Dragons crossed 12 times to thrash League One Doncaster 62-6 and reach the quarter-finals. The Dons were the lowest ranked side in the sixth round but competed well during what was a tight first half. But the second period exposed the gap between Super League and the third tier as Catalans dismantled their opponents. They scored freely to race clear before easing off in the final stages. Richard Horne’s Doncaster side had made light of the difference in quality and budgets as they kept pace with their opponents in the opening half, responding to an early Williame score by levelling things up through Connor Bower’s try. And it stayed level until the half-hour mark when a quick-fire double from Matt Whitley and Jason Baitieri gave the hosts breathing space at the break. All the effort the Dons had put in up to that point then took its toll as Steve McNamara’s team ruthlessly cut through a tiring defence. Wiliame completed his hat-trick, Edwards ran in three second-half scores, Fouad Yaha grabbed a double, Julian Bousquet crossed and Tony Gigot added a try to his 12 points from the tee.

Buttler hits quick-fire ton as England beat Pakistan

England batsman Jos Buttler smashed an unbeaten 110 off 55 balls as the hosts beat Pakistan by 12 runs in a thrilling run-packed second one-day international in Southampton on Saturday. Buttler’s blitzkrieg and half-centuries by Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and skipper Eoin Morgan helped England to a huge total of 373 for three wickets in 50 overs. Pakistan, who made their best ever score when chasing in ODIs, fell short despite Fakhar Zaman’s superb 138 as the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series after the first game was washed out. Asked to bat first on a flat pitch, England laid a solid platform for

Jos Buttler celebrates his quick-fire century in England’s ODI win over Pakistan

Buttler to build on, with Roy scoring 87 and Bairstow 51 in a 115-run opening partnership. Joe Root fell for 40, bringing Morgan and Buttler together and the pair put on 162 for the fourth wicket with the captain contributing an unbeaten 71 off 48 balls. Buttler did most of the big hitting, smashing nine sixes and six fours en route to his eighth ODI century and getting there with a fierce hit over the ropes which the new father celebrated by rocking his bat in his hands. But Pakistan, whose previous highest score batting second was 344-8 in a loss to India in 2004, were not giving up without a fight. Zaman took the attack to the bowlers, hitting four sixes and 12 fours before he was caught by Buttler off Chris Woakes to leave Pakistan at 227 for two. Fifties from Babar Azam and Asif Ali and captain Sarfraz Ahmed’s unbeaten 41 took Pakistan close to their target but England hung on for the win. In Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians won a record fourth Indian Premier League title after they beat Chennai Super Kings by a single run in a dramatic finish. Mumbai set Chennai a target of 150 after hitting 149 for eight wickets from 20 overs with Kieron Pollard top scoring with 41. Australian veteran Shane Watson’s 80 took Chennai to the verge of victory, but needing nine to win off the last over, he was run out. That left Shardul Thakur needing two runs off the final ball but he was trapped lbw by Lasith Malinga.

Djokovic beats Tsitsipas to win Madrid Open

World No.1 Novak Djokovic beat a tired-looking Stefanos Tsitsipas to win the Madrid Open for a third time. The Serbian, 31, beat Rafael Nadal’s semi-final conqueror 6-3 6-4 in one hour 32 minutes on Sunday to earn a record-equalling 33rd Masters 1000 title. Djokovic raced into a 3-0 lead in the opening set after breaking the 20-year-old Greek in the second game. And he broke in the ninth game of the second set to ensure he didn’t drop a set all tournament. “I wasn’t playing my best tennis after the Australian Open so I was looking to regain momentum,” Djokovic told Sky Sports. “I played some of my best tennis here.” On his opponent, he added: “He’s very talented, he beat Rafa yesterday, he had a late night and he wasn’t as dynamic in his movement and that was probably due to his long match. In the women’s singles, Romania’s Simona Halep missed out on regaining the world No.1 ranking as she lost the Madrid Open final to Kiki Bertens. A win would have seen Halep overtake Naomi Osaka but she lost 6-4 6-4. The title is the biggest of Bertens’ career and she will climb to fourth in the rankings on Monday, making her the highest-ranked

Dutch player Kiki Bertens at the net after beating Romania’s Simona Halep in the Madrid Open final

Dutchwoman in history. She also becomes the first woman to win in Madrid without dropping a set. Halep is the fourth Grand Slam champion Bertens has beaten during the tournament and will now been seen as one of the favourites for the French Open, which begins in two weeks. Both players struggled to hold serve with eight breaks across the two sets – three to Halep and five to Bertens – but the Dutchwoman was the more dominant.

Pascal Ackermann wins Stage 2 of Giro d’Italia

Pascal Ackermann won stage two of the Giro d’Italia on Sunday after the Bora-Hansgrohe rider beat a world-class field of sprinters at the end of the 205-km run from Bologna to Fucecchio. The German rider, who was selected ahead of Irishman Sam Bennett, was delivered to the finishing straight by his Bora-Hansgrohe team who did the lion’s share of the hard work in the run-in to a chaotic finale on the first open road stage at this year’s Giro. After Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) appeared poised to take the stage, the Australian was overhauled by Italian champion Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) who freelanced his way through the speeding bunch. However, it was Ackermann who took the win after, unmarked, he simply ploughed forwards to the line where, after 4hr 44min 43sec the 25-year-old, won the biggest race of his career.

Pascal Ackermann crosses the line to win the second stage of the Giro d’Italia for his biggest career victory

Primoz Roglic (Jimbo-Visma), meanwhile, retained the maglia rosa, the leader’s pink jersey, ​after finishing safely in the bunch. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) remains the highest-placed Briton in second spot, 19sec adrift of the Slovenian while two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) held on to his third spot, 23sec off the pace. The Giro continues on Monday with 219-km third stage from Vinci to Orbetello and concludes with a time trial in Verona on 2 June.

Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult wins British Masters

Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult won his maiden European Tour title by beating England’s Matt Wallace at the final hole of the British Masters in Southport on Sunday. The pair were tied on 15 under down to the last, but a furious Wallace missed a 15-footer before Kinhult sunk a 10-foot birdie for a final-round 70. England’s Eddie Pepperell finished with Wallace and Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre on 15 under with a six-under 66. Local host Tommy Fleetwood finished tied 10th after a final-round 73. Wallace was left frustrated on a warm day by his failure to capitalise on a one-shot lead going down 17. That came because of consecutive bogeys for 22-year-old Kinhult on 15 and 16. The 29-year-old Englishman missed a four-foot putt for birdie on 17 and hit the 18th green with his putter after missing to the right of the hole, which would have sealed a play-off. Kinhult, who won the prestigious Lytham Trophy as an amateur but had missed his last four cuts on the European Tour, earned a winner’s cheque of £500,000.

Brazil shock Americans in 4x100m relay in Japan

Paulo Andre Camilo de Oliveira powered Brazil to victory in the men’s 4x100m event at the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan, on Sunday as they finished ahead of a strong United States quartet and world champions Britain. Brazil clocked 38.05 seconds, 0.02 seconds ahead of U.S., who had Justin Gatlin in their ranks, in what was the smallest ever margin of victory in the competition. Two hundredths of a second also separated the top two teams in the women’s 4x100m event, with the U.S. edging out Jamaica to qualify for the World Championships in Doha later this year. The U.S. men went slower in the 4x200m final than they did in the heats earlier on Sunday, but still proved too good for their rivals to finish first in one minute and 20.12 seconds on a cold evening at the Yokohama International Stadium. Poor baton exchanges cost pre-meeting favourites U.S. and Jamaica in the women’s 4x200m, allowing France to claim victory in one minute and 32.16 seconds with China finishing second while setting an Asian record of 1:32.76. Machel Cedenio helped Trinidad and Tobago win the men’s 4x400m event in 3:00.81 seconds, narrowly in front of the U.S. who were later disqualified. Jamaica were elevated to second.

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Calendar Keynotes: 13 – 19 May

Monday, 13 May

Tennis: ATP & WTA Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Rome (till 19 May)

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Giro d’Italia, Italy (till 2 June).

Tuesday, 14 May

Football: Italian Serie A – Inter Milan v Chievo.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Rome (till 19 May).

Cricket: England v Pakistan, ODI series, Bristol.

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Giro d’Italia, Italy (till 2 June).

Basketball: NBA Western Conference final, game 1 (local time)

Wednesday, 15 May

Football: Coppa Italia – Atalanta v Lazio.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Rome (till 19 May)

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Giro d’Italia, Italy (till 2 June).

Basketball: NBA Eastern Conference final, game 1 (local time).

Thursday, 16 May  

Rugby League: Super League – Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Rome (till 19 May)

Golf: PGA Championship, Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Long Island, New York, US (till 19 May).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Giro d’Italia, Italy (till 2 June).

Basketball: Western Conference final, game 2 (local time).

Friday, 17 May  

Rugby League: Super League – Huddersfield Giants v Hull KR, St Helens v Salford Red Devils.

Cricket: England v Pakistan, ODI series, Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Rome (till 19 May)

Golf: PGA Championship, Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Long Island, New York, US (till 19 May).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Giro d’Italia, Italy (till 2 June).

Basketball: NBA Eastern Conference final, game 2 (local time).

Saturday, 18 May

Football: FA Cup final – Manchester City v Watford, French Ligue 1 – Bordeaux v Reims, Guingamp v Nimes, Lille v Angers, Lyon v Caen, Monaco v Amiens, Montpellier v Nantes, Paris Saint Germain v Dijon, Sainte-Etienne v Nice, Toulouse v Marseille, Spanish La Liga – Eibar v Barcelona, Getafe v Villareal, Levante v Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid v Real Betis, Real Valladolid v Valencia, Sevilla v Athletic Bilbao, Italian Serie A – Sassuolo v Roma, German Bundesliga – Borussia Monchengladbach v Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich v Eintracht Frankfurt, Hertha Berlin v Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Werder Bremen v RB Leipzig, VfL Wolfsburg v FC Augsburg.

Rugby Union: Gallagher English Premiership – Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints, Leicester Tigers v Bath, Sale v Gloucester, Wasps v Harlequins, Worcester Warriors v Saracens. French Top 14 – Agen v Castres, Perpigna v Racing 92, Lyon v La Rochelle.

Rugby League: Super League – London Broncos v Wakefield Trinity, Warrington Wolves v Hull FC, Catalans Dragons v Wigan Warriors.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Rome (till 19 May)

Golf: PGA Championship, Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Long Island, New York, US (till 19 May).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Giro d’Italia, Italy (till 2 June).

Basketball: NBA Western Conference final, game 3 (local time).

Athletics: IAAAF Diamond League, Shanghai, China.

Sunday, 19 May

Football: Italian Serie A – Empoli v Torino, Juventus v Atalanta, AC Milan v Frosinone, Napoli v Inter Milan.

Rugby Union – French Top 14 – Montpellier v Stade Francais, Bordeaux Begles v Toulouse, Toulon v Clermont Auvergne.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Rome (final day)

Golf: PGA Championship, Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Long Island, New York, US (final day).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Giro d’Italia, Italy (till 2 June).

Motorcycling: Moto GP rd 5 – French Grand Prix, Le Mans Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans.

Basketball : NBA Eastern Conference final, game 3 (local time).