The sports wrap 15 April 2019

TIger Woods celebrates his brilliant Masters win after sinking his putt on the eighteenth

Woods wins Masters to claim fifth Green Jacket

Tiger Woods completed one of sport’s great all-time comebacks to end an 11-year major title drought at the Masters in Augusta on Sunday by claiming a fifth Green Jacket. A gritty two-under 70 clinched a one-shot victory over Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele and earned the 43-year-old a 15th major title that many thought would never come. Unsurprisingly, the triumph also renewed talks of Woods making a run at Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 majors. Not since the 2008 U.S. Open had Woods hoisted a major trophy and the last of his four Augusta titles came in 2005. But after a beaming Woods slipped on his fifth Green Jacket, he will be aware that Sunday’s win has brought him tantalisingly close to another Nicklaus record – that of six Augusta titles. The victory also marked the first time Woods had reached the winner’s circle at a major without leading after 54 holes. Woods’s girlfriend Erica Herman, mother Kultida and two children Sam and Charlie watched while a massive gallery roared as he marched up to the 18th green to put the finishing touches on a milestone victory. When his final putt disappeared into the cup, Woods delivered one of his trademark fist pumps then raised both arms in the air screaming in absolute delight as the crowd chanted, “Tiger, Tiger, Tiger”.

Hamilton wins in China to lead GP standings

World champion Lewis Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai to seize the overall lead from his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in Formula One’s 1,000th world championship race on Sunday. Bottas, who had made a poor start from pole and lost out to five times world champion Hamilton into the first corner, was second for his team’s third one-two finish in as many races this season. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took third place, his first podium appearance of the campaign, with Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly denying the German an extra point with the fastest lap right at the end.

Lewis Hamilton salutes the crowd after his win in the China Grand Prix

The win was the 75th of Hamilton’s career, second in a row after his lucky triumph in Bahrain two weeks ago, and sixth in China. “To have a one-two together is really special in the 1,000th Grand Prix. The start was where I was able to make the difference, and after that it’s kind of history,” said the Briton, who is now six points ahead of Bottas in the leader standings. He is now just 16 victories short of Michael Schumacher’s all time record tally of 91. There has yet to be a winner this year from pole position.

Liverpool beat Chelsea to stay top of Premier League

Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah’s wonder strike helped Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-0 and ensured they remain two points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. The hosts kept themselves in the hunt for a first league title in 29 years with two goals in the space of two minutes that saw Anfield erupt. After a nervy first half, Liverpool emerged

from the break with added purpose and took the lead via Sadio Mane’s header. There was a huge sense of relief inside the ground, but that became a deafening roar when Salah smashed a left-footed angled drive into the top right corner from 25 yards for his 19th Premier League goal of the season.

Raheem Sterling after scoring two goals for Manchester City

Manchester City, 3-1 winners at Crystal Palace in Sunday’s other match, still have a game in hand on the  Reds, but with games at home to Tottenham and away to Manchester United among their five remaining fixtures, their task looks tougher than the one facing Liverpool, who meet Cardiff, Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolves. Chelsea remain fourth, a point behind Tottenham who beat Huddersfield 4-0 on Saturday and have a game in hand on their London rivals.

In the Scottish Cup semi-finals, Hearts beat Inverness 3-0 and Celtic beat Aberdeen by the same score and will meet in the final on 25 May. Neil Lennon’s Celtic continued their bid for a treble treble by sweeping aside nine-man Aberdeen. Dominic Ball was shown a second yellow after a sickening aerial challenge on Ryan Christie and Lewis Ferguson was shown a red for lunging at Tom Rogic. James Forrest put Celtic ahead against the 10 men in first-half stoppage-time, Odsonne Edouard converted a penalty, and Australian Rogic struck after Ferguson walked. In the other match, Uche Ikpeazu, John Souttar and Sean Clare scored second-half goals for the Edinburgh side.

PSG wait for title again after Lille thrashing

Paris Saint Germain missed out on the chance to wrap up Ligue 1 for the second weekend in a row as they were thrashed 5-1 by second-placed Lille.Thomas Meunier’s own goal put Lille ahead but Juan Bernat levelled – before being sent off for a professional foul on Nicolas Pepe after 36 minutes. Pepe finished off a one-on-one and Jonathan Bamba smashed in at the near post to put Lille in control. Headers from defenders Gabriel and Jose Fonte turned it into a rout. This was the first time PSG had conceded five in a league game since 2 December 2000, when they lost 5-1 at Sedan in what was then called Division 1. It was a night to forget all round for PSG, who had two Mbappe goals ruled out for offside and lost captain Thiago Silva and Meunier to injury in the first half. PSG had been expected to win the league last weekend, but drew 2-2 with Strasbourg. Meanwhile, Montpellier stayed in sixth place on the ladder with a 2-1 home win over Toulouse.

In the Spanish La Liga, an under-strength Barcelona drew at La Liga’s bottom club Huesca but remain nine points clear of Atletico Madrid who beat Celta Vigo 2-0 at home. Barcelona rested Lionel Messi, one of six first-team regulars to miss the game, ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second-leg game against Manchester United  The closest either side came to scoring was when Malcom hit the post from a tight angle for Barca.

In the Italian Serie A, Juventus missed the chance to wrap up a record eighth consecutive league title  with a shock 2-1 loss at SPAL. Massimiliano Allegri’s side needed just a point to win the title, but will have to wait for next Saturday’s match against Fiorentina after second-placed Napoli beat Chievo 3-1.  Moise Kean turned home Joao Cancelo’s wayward shot to put Juventus in front. Kevin Bonifazi headed in the equaliser just after half-time, before 37-year-old Sergio Floccari scored the winner for only Juventus’ second league defeat of the season. Allegri rested several first-team players with Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at home to Ajax in mind.

In the German Bundesliga, Kingsley Coman scored twice as Bayern Munich beat Fortuna Dusseldorf 4-1 away from home to go top of the league. Bayern, champions for the past six seasons, are one point above Borussia Dortmund with five games to go. Borussia had on Saturday beaten Mainz 05 2-1 with two goals from England international teenager Jadon Sancho. Coman’s left-wing cross flew straight into the net and he smashed a second into the top corner with Serge Gnabry adding a third from close range. Dodi Lukebakio scored a penalty for Dusseldorf but Leon Goretzka added a fourth for Bayern in injury time.

Wasps beat Exeter to boost play-off hopes

Wasps strengthened their Premiership play-off hopes with a brilliant 26-19 bonus-point victory at leaders Exeter Chiefs. The hosts, already assured of a home semi-final, had led 12-0 after half an hour through Jack Nowell and Nic White. But Willie Le Roux, Juan de Jongh and Marcus Watson all crossed during a devastating eight-minute spell to put Wasps 21-12 in front at half-time. Zurabi Zhvania secured the bonus point after the break, before Jack Yeandle’s try set up a tense final 10 minutes. Wasps move up to fifth in the table, three points behind fourth-placed Harlequins, who they play on the final day of the season. Champions Saracens remain in second place, nine points behind Exeter, after a 23-21 away defeat at the hands of Bristol. Ian Madigan booted Bristol to victory with the last kick of the game and moved them 11 points clear of bottom club Newcastle Falcons, whose prospects of top-flight survival were dented by Friday night’s defeat by Leicester.

Toulouse beat Clermont to extend Top 14 lead

Top 14 leaders Toulouse extended their advantage at the summit to eight points with a dramatic 47-44 triumph over second-placed Clermont Auvergne on Sunday. The top two teams shared 10 tries and it was Sofiane Guitoune’s 77th-minute effort, his second of a see-saw contest, that proved decisive. Toulouse had led 33-23 just after the hour after Thomas Ramos converted Richie Gray’s try, only for Clermont to storm ahead with a 21-point burst that suddenly put them in control. Damian Penaud crossed twice in the space of four minutes during the spree, completing his hat-trick in the process, while a penalty try pushed the visitors into an 11-point advantage with 12 minutes remaining. However, Romain Ntamack’s converted try cut the gap and Guitoune touched down to clinch it for Toulouse, who now sit eight points clear of their opponents in the standings after 22 games. Ramos knocked over five conversions and four penalties for the hosts, who returned to winning ways after seeing their 14-game unbeaten run ended by Toulon last weekend. There was also a late twist in the earlier game, Racing 92 grabbing a 26-25 victory over Montpellier after Maxime Machenaud converted Henry Chavancy’s late try. Racing are in fourth spot on the ladder behind Lyon who trashed bottom-placed Perpignan 47-9 on Saturday.

Béziers draw with Nevers in battle for qualifying spot

Béziers drew their vital match at Nevers 15-15 and moved down to seventh place on the Pro D2 ladder and out of the qualifying places. Nevers who had been fourth slipped down to sixth after both Vannes and Mont-de-Marsan won their weekend matches. Top-of-the-table Brive looked ensured of a home semi-final after a 54-17 destruction of Carcassonne. Les Biterrois’ draw with Nevers was a match of penalties with Nevers seeking a win after four consecutive defeats. The home side looked to be on track with a 9-3 lead at half-time but the visitors fought back for the draw.

Beziers win a line-out in their 15-15 draw against Nevers

Les Biterrois always remained in contact and were assured of the two points with a last-gasp 79th minute penalty from Victor Dreuille. Beziers are now on 70 points, three behind Nevers who are locked on the same number of points as Mont-de-Marsan but with an inferior points difference. There are only two matches to play in the regular season for Béziers to grab that all-important sixth spot.

Belgian Philippe Gilbert wins Paris-Roubaix

Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert won the Paris-Roubaix to secure the fourth ‘monument’ title of his career. Former world champion Gilbert beat Germany’s Nils Politt in a sprint finish to win the 257km race in five hours 58 minutes two seconds.Gilbert’s compatriot and Deceuninck-

Belgiian Philippe Gilbert (centre) wins Paris-Roubaix

Quick-Step team-mate Yves Lampaert finished third. The five monuments are cycling’s most prestigious one-day races – Gilbert has won them all except the Milan-San Remo. “I still have this dream to win all of them. Little by little I’m getting there,” Gilbert said. The 36-year-old made his first move with 70km remaining and easily outsprinted his closest rival Politt to ensure victory. Only three riders have won all five monuments – Belgian riders Rik van Looy, Eddy Merckx and Roger de Vlaeminck.

Dragons lose dramatic match to Hull FC 30-31

Marc Sneyd’s drop-goal gave Hull FC a dramatic golden-point 30-31 extra time victory against Catalans Dragons in Perpignan. The winning kick came after Sneyd slotted a penalty from the halfway line with the last act of normal time to force the game into extra time. Sam Tomkins had converted a Sam Kasiano try with less than a minute left to put Catalans 30-28 up. A penalty direct from the ensuing kick-off allowed Sneyd to become the hero.The remarkable conclusion earned the Airlie Birds their fifth successive away win. Tony Gigot grabbed the game’s opening try on six minutes and added to the home side’s lead while a man down, Tomkins kicking a penalty following Brayden Wiliame’s sin-binning for a high hit on Jake Connor. Eighteen-year-old Jack Brown then marked his debut in fine style, busting through the line to touch down under the posts and spark a revival that saw Connor Wynne and Josh Griffin cross in quick succession. Jason Baitieri went over for the Dragons soon after the restart, only for Griffin to grab a second to help restore Hull’s 10-point lead. Again Catalans responded only for Hull to grab a fifth  try.  Fouad Yaha got Catalans back to within four points with a try in the corner, while Kasiano charged his way to the line to touch down to level the scores. Tomkins’ conversion gave the Dragons a two-point lead, but Sneyd levelled and then got the drop-goal winner in extra-time.

Winx retires after winning 33rd successive race

Australian superhorse Winx won a record 33rd race in a row, ending her career with a third successive Queen Elizabeth stakes and retiring with a four-year unbeaten streak. The world’s top-rated turf horse sprinted home in front of 50,000 people at Royal Randwick in Sydney. Winx, ridden by long-term jockey Hugh Bowman, has now won a record 25 Group 1 victories – the highest class of thoroughbred racing. She will now be retired to stud. Owner Chris Waller said: “It’s hard to explain without getting too emotional. She’s just an amazing horse for everybody to be part of and I’m just a small cog in the wheel.” Bowman added: “We came here as confident as we’d ever been and what a journey it’s been. It’s hard to believe it’s the end.”

Milaw beats defending champion in Paris marathon

Abrha Milaw improved on his personal best to upset two-time defending champion Paul Lonyangata and win the Paris marathon as Ethiopian runners shone in the French capital on Sunday. Milaw powered away with less than 3 km  to go to complete the 42.195km in two hours seven minutes and five seconds, improving his previous best mark by 20 seconds on a cold and sunny morning. Compatriot Asefa Mengistu

Ethiopia’s Abrha Milaw after winning  Sunday’s Paris marathon

was second 20 seconds behind, with Kenyan Lonyangata, winner of the past two editions, coming home third in 2:07:28. In the women’s race, Gelete Burka led an Ethiopian 1-2-3 when she clocked two hour 22:47 ahead of Azmera Gebru and Azmera Abreha, who finished five and 48 seconds behind, respectively. Clemence Calvin, who was allowed to race after the Council of State, one of the country’s highest courts, lifted her provisional suspension, took fourth place by beating the French record.

Shields wins again and says she is the greatest

American Claressa Shields maintained her unbeaten record and unified the women’s middleweight division with a unanimous decision win over Germany’s Christina Hammer on Saturday. All three judges scored in favour of the 24-year-old 98-92 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Her WBA, WBC and IBF belts and Hammer’s WBO belt were up for grabs in the bout. “I am the greatest woman of all time, give me that,” Shields, whose record moves to 9-0, said after the fight. Hammer, 28, had held the WBO middleweight title since October 2010. “You all told me I couldn’t do it,” said Shields, who won Olympic middleweight gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016. “Women’s boxing is on fire. I cannot wait to see the next super fight, whoever is in between.”

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Calendar Keynotes: 15-21 April

Monday, 15 April

Football: English Premier League – Watford v Arsenal, Spanish La Liga – Leganes v Real Madrid, Italian Serie A – Atalanta v Empoli.

Tennis: ATP Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, Monaco (till 21 April).

Tuesday, 16 April

Football: European Champions League quarter-finals second leg – Barcelona v Manchester United (agg 1-0), Juventus v Ajax (agg 1-1).

Tennis: ATP Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, Monaco (till 21 April).

Wednesday, 17 April

Football: European Champions League quarter-finals second leg – FC Porto v Liverpool (agg 0-2), Manchester v Tottenham Hotspur (agg 0-1), French Ligue 1 – Nantes v Paris Saint Germain, Italian Serie A  – Lazio v Udinese.

Tennis: ATP Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, Monaco (till 21 April).

Thursday, 18 April  

Football: Europa League quarter-final second leg – Chelsea v Slavia Prague (agg 1-0), Frankfurt v Benfica (agg 2-4), Napoli v Arsenal (agg 0-2), Valencia v Villareal (agg 3-1).

Rugby League: Super League –  Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Trinity, London Broncos v Catalans Dragons.

Tennis: ATP Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, Monaco (till 21 April).

Golf: USPGA Tour, RBC Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links, Beaufort County, South Carolina, US (till 21 April).

Friday, 19 April  

Football: French Ligue 1 – Lyon v Angers, Spanish La Liga – Alaves v Real Valladolid.

Rugby League: Super League – Hull FC v Hull KR, Wigan Warriors v St Helens, Leeds Rhinos v Huddersfield Giants, Warrington Wolves v Salford Red Devils,

Tennis: ATP Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, Monaco (till 21 April).

Golf: USPGA Tour, RBC Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links, Beaufort County, South Carolina, US (till 21 April).

Saturday, 20 April

Football: English Premier League – Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Scottish Premiership – Hearts v Rangers, Kilmarnock v Aberdeen,  French Ligue 1 – Guingamp v Marseille, Nice v Caen, Nimes v Bordeaux, Strasbourg v Montpellier, Spanish La Liga –Eibar v Atletico Madrid, Barcelona v Real Sociedad, Italian Serie A – Parma v AC Milan, Lazio v Chievo, Juventus v Fiorentina, Inter Milan v Roma, German Bundesliga – Bayern Munich v Werder Bremen, Borussia Monchengladbach v RB Leipzig.

Rugby Union: European Champions Cup semi-final – Saracens v Munster, European Challenge Cup semi-finals – La Rochelle v Sale, Clermont Auvergne v Harlequins.

Tennis: ATP Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, Monaco (till 21 April).

Golf: USPGA Tour, RBC Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links, Beaufort County, South Carolina, US (till 21 April).

Snooker: Betfred World Championships, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, UK (till 6 May).

Boxing: WBO world welterweight title – Terence Crawford v Amir Khan, Madison Square Garden, New York, US.

Sunday, 21 April

Football: English Premier League – Everton v Manchester United, Arsenal v Crystal Palace, Cardiff City v Liverpool, Scottish Premiership – Hibernian v Celtic, French Ligue 1 – Toulouse v Lille, Paris Saint Germain v Monaco, Spanish La Liga – Getafe v Sevilla, Real Madrid v Atletic Bilbao, Real Betis v Valencia, German Bundesliga – Freiburg v Borussia Dortmund,

Rugby Union: European Champions Cup semi-final – Leinster v Toulouse.

Tennis: ATP Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, Monaco (final day).

Golf: USPGA Tour, RBC Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links, Beaufort County, South Carolina, US (final day USPGA Tour, RBC Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links, Beaufort County, South Carolina, US (till 21 April).

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Amstel Gold Race, Netherlands.

Snooker: Betfred World Championships, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, UK (till 6 May).