The sports wrap 20 May, 2019

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Captain Vincent Kompany holds the FA Cup aloft at Wembley after Manchester City demolished Watford 6-0

Man City thrash Watford to complete historic treble

Manchester City rounded off an outstanding season by crushing Watford at Wembley to clinch a historic domestic treble. Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus both scored twice as Pep Guardiola’s team became the first English men’s side to achieve the feat of winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup in the same season. They reaffirmed their status as this season’s dominant force as Watford were utterly outclassed, City achieving the biggest FA Cup final win since Bury beat Derby 6-0 in 1903. Watford’s best chance of over-turning the odds came early on when City keeper Ederson saved at the feel of Roberto Pereyra and they were furious when referee Kevin Friend waved away penalty claims after Vincent Kompany blocked Abdoulaye Doucoure’s shot. The contest was effectively over from the moment David Silva finished from close range after 26 minutes, Jesus doubling the advantage before half-time after Bernardo Silva’s sublime pass. Watford rallied briefly after the break but were always wide open to the counter attack. They were brutally punished by an imperious City side, as substitute Kevin de Bruyne scored from Jesus’s pass just after the hour before the Brazilian raced clear for another goal shortly afterwards. Sterling scored twice in the final 10 minutes – turning in Bernardo Silva’s perfect cross before bundling in the final goal of a memorable display from Guardiola’s side. It was a fitting farewell for captain Kompany who on Sunday announced he was leaving Manchester City after 11 years to join Belgian club Anderlecht as player-manager.

Montpellier’s Europe dream is over with Nantes draw

Montpellier were held 1-1 at home by mid-table Nantes and said farewell to their chances of competing in Europe next season. Their draw, combined with Saint-Etienne’s 3-0 home win over Nice meant a fifth-place berth six points behind Saint-Etienne with one match remaining.  Champions Paris Saint Germain had an easy 4-0 home win over Dijon while Lyon also beat Caen 4-0 to seal third place behind Lille who thrashed mid-table Angers 5-0. Montpellier had to get a better result than Saint-Etienne but fell behind in the 25th minute from a strike by Mali International Kalifa Coulibaly. They scored an equaliser from a Florent Mollet free kick in the 76th minute but were not able to grab a winner. They now have to play sixth-placed Marseille in the last match of the season to hold on to their fifth spot on the ladder.

In the Spanish La Liga, Real Madrid’s harrowing season came to a fittingly miserable end on Sunday as they slumped to a staggering 12th league defeat, losing 2-0 at home to Real Betis as many fans left the stadium early and those who stayed booed the players off the pitch. Champions Barcelona drew 2-2 at Eibar with La Liga top scorer Lionel Messi rounding off a spectacular season by scoring both goals to take his tally to a remarkable 36 league goals. Real Madrid finished the season in third spot eight points behind city rivals Atletico.

In the Italian Serie A,  Atalanta’s hopes of a first Champions League qualification remain in their hands a 1-1 draw at champions Juventus. They looked set to hold on for a win after Josip Ilicic gave them a 33rd-minute lead but Mario Mandzukic equalised 10 minutes from time. Atalanta are level on 66 points with Inter Mlan but are third because of a better head-to-head record this season. Inter lost 4-1 at Napoli and AC Milan, with 65 points, beat Frosinone 2-0. A point for the 18-time champions AC at 11th place SPAL next week would be enough secure a Champions League spot if Atalanta fail to defeat 10th-place Sassuolo, as a result of a superior head-to-head record over the Bergamo side.

In the German Bundesliga, Bayern Munich won a record-extending seventh consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday after crushing Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 to finish two points ahead of Borussia Dortmund. The Bavarians, who will secure a domestic double if they beat RB Leipzig in the German Cup final on May 25, have now won the German league title a record 29 times. With veterans Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben scoring in their last league game for the club and the Frenchman becoming the first player to win nine Bundesliga titles, victory was sweet for coach Niko Kovac whose team topped the standings on 78 points.

Koepka defends US PGA Championship title

Brooks Koepka held off world No.1 Dustin Johnson to defend his US PGA Championship title and win a fourth major on a dramatic day at Bethpage. The 2017 and 2018 US Open champion, who had a seven-shot lead at the start of the final round, saw that cut to one after four bogeys from the 11th. But Johnson dropped shots on the 16th and 17th as Koepka, who carded a four-over 74, won by two on eight under. England’s Matt Wallace tied for third, earning his best finish at a major. The 29-year-old signed for a two-over 72 to finish on two under, alongside Americans Jordan Spieth (71) and Patrick Cantley (71). The top six were the only golfers to finish the tournament under par at the brutal Black Course, which was made even harder on the final day with the wind gusting up to 35mph. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and Ireland’s Shane Lowry were among those to finish joint eighth on one over after both ended with 69s. World No.3 Koepka, who earned a winner’s cheque of £1.56m and became the first person to successfully defend the US PGA Championship and the US Open, said: “I’m just glad we didn’t have to play any more holes. That was a stressful round of golf.

Lyon win Women’s Champions League title

Lyon continued their remarkable European dominance as Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg’s first-half hat-trick against Barcelona helped the French giants secure a fourth consecutive Women’s Champions League title. The 4-1 victory saw England’s Lucy Bronze and Wales’ most-capped player Jess Fishlock get their hands on club women’s football’s

Lyon’s Welsh midfielder Jess Fishlock and French defender Wendie Renard after their 4-1 victory

biggest continental prize. First-time finalists Barcelona almost led early on through Lionesses forward Toni Duggan, but after she fired narrowly wide, Lyon ruthlessly netted four times before the break. Former Liverpool and Arsenal forward Asisat Oshoala netted a late consolation for the Catalan club in Hungary’s capital Budapest but they could do nothing to stop Lyon claiming a sixth European crown in eight years. Having secured a 13th consecutive French league title in April, the French club were playing in their eighth European final since 2010, after a 3-2 aggregate win over Chelsea in the semi-finals. The best-funded side on the continent wrapped up the latest of their 23 major honours of this decade before half-time, largely thanks to Hegerberg’s clinical treble.

Roglic now Giro d’Italia favourite after time-trial win

Primoz Roglic emerged as the overwhelming favourite for the Giro d’Italia title when the Slovenian won the ninth stage, a 34.8-km individual time trial from Riccione on Sunday. Italian Valerio Conti (Team UAE) retained the overall leader’s pink jersey after finishing 3:34 behind Lotto Jumbo-Visma rider Roglic, who crushed most of the overall contenders with a time of 51 minutes 52 seconds. Twice champion Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) limited the damage as he finished one minute five seconds behind after a strong showing in the finale, a 12.25-km climb in San Marino, to take fourth place. Belgian Victor Campenaerts and Dutchman Bauke Mollema finished second and third respectively. Briton Simon Yates (Mitchelton Scott) took a beating as he lost 3:11 to Roglic, and Spain’s Miguel Angel Lopez ended up 3:45 off the pace after all the general classification contenders rode the stage in wet conditions. “It’s a perfect performance in my mind. I did a good job. I took it easy at the beginning and I gave it all at the end. It’s nice to take some time over the other GC favorites but the Giro is far from over,” said Roglic.

Exeter v Saints, Saracens v Gloucester in play-offs

Exeter Chiefs will host Northampton Saints and Saracens are to face Gloucester in the Gallagher Premiership play-off semi-finals on 25 May after a chaotic final day of the regular season. Going into the final round of fixtures just one point separated fourth-placed Northampton and fifth-placed Harlequins, with the final play-off berth still very much up for grabs. Quins had resided in the top four for the majority of the season before a slump in form in the closing weeks had allowed Northampton to leapfrog them. Saints held a one-point advantage as they travelled to leaders Exeter on a run of three consecutive wins. Quins, on the other hand, had won just once in their past six Premiership matches and were on a run of three defeats on the road. Saints looked to be causing an upset when they took an early lead at Exeter and were level at 21-21 going into half-time, but last season’s runners-up showed their class after the break and eventually ran in six tries to win 40-21. That win guaranteed Exeter top spot, with holders Saracens going down 31-29 at Worcester. Harlequins meanwhile went down in high drama 27-25 to Wasps after being 16 points behind. They fought back and were awarded a penalty to win the game with a minute to play and replacement fly-half James Lang chose to back himself to kick the three points to snatch the win and fourth place. But Lang’s effort dropped narrowly under the crossbar and most of Northampton breathed a sigh of relief. Quins’ players were left stunned at full-time.

Toulouse beat Bordeaux to consolidate lead in Top 14

Toulouse came from behind to beat Bordeaux Begles 43-36 on Sunday and stretch their lead to 11 points over Clermont Auvergne at the summit of  the French Top 14, after their second-placed rivals were surprisingly beaten 32-11 at Toulon on Sunday night. Bordeaux Begles led Toulouse by a stunning 29 points at half-time, only to lose by a narrow margin after a brilliant fightback from the visitors in the second half. For Toulouse, Thomas Ramos led the way with a 21-point contribution courtesy of a couple of tries, four conversions and two penalties. Their other points came via a brace of tries from Arthur Bonneval as well as further five-pointers from Joe Tekori and Guillaume Marchand, while Zack Holmes also succeeded with a conversion. The result consolidated Toulouse’s  position at the top of the table and ended Bordeaux Begles’ play-off hopes. Earlier in the day, Montpellier moved into joint-sixth place with La Rochelle after claiming a convincing 42-25 triumph over Stade Francais at the GGL Stadium. Bismarck du Plessis, Yvan Reilhac, Aaron Cruden, Benoit Paillaugue, Henry Immelman and Mohammed Haouas crossed the whitewash for Montpellier and the rest of their points came via four conversions from Benoit Paillaugue while Immelman also added a two-pointer off the kicking tee.

Catalans beat Wigan at Nou Camp to go third

Catalans Dragons celebrated their Nou Camp adventure in front of more than 30,000 people with a thumping five-try 33-16 Super League win against Wigan Warriors. There were only two points in it at half-time, as winger Liam Marshall’s late try in reply to Wigan old boy Michael McIlorum’s score made it 8-6. However, Catalans then took control, David Mead claiming two tries, while Samisoni Langi and Sam Kasiano also scored to help Dragons go third. Oliver Gildart and Zak Hardaker’s late tries were mere consolation for Wigan. A gate of 31,555 – at the 99,354 capacity home of football giants Barcelona – broke the Super League record for the biggest attendance outside a Grand Final.

Michael McIlorum goes over for the Catalans first try against Wigan Warriors at the Nou Camp

The home fans celebrated a party in the Catalonian heartland as the Challenge Cup holders enjoyed their first win over reigning Super League champions Wigan in 10 attempts stretching back to May 2015. While Catalans lost veteran Greg Bird to a bicep injury in the opening quarter, for Wigan head coach Adrian Lam there was concern at the loss of Joe Greenwood with what looked a potentially serious leg injury and the double head clash of Sam Powell and Dan Sarginson. But, having comfortably beaten Catalans 42-0 at home  on 31 March, there would have been concern at the manner of their defeat after a disappointing second-half performance.

England wrap up ODI series 4-0 against Pakistan

England comfortably defeated Pakistan by 54 runs in their final one-day international before the World Cup to complete a 4-0 series victory. Joe Root’s 84 and 76 from captain Eoin Morgan helped lift the home side to 351-9, a total that looked like being much higher after a rapid start at Headingley. Pakistan seemed all but beaten after Chris Woakes’ new-ball burst reduced them to 6 for three wickets, only for Babar Azam (80) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (97) to share a partnership of 146. But Babar was run out by a clever flick from Adil Rashid and Sarfaraz brilliantly run out by Jos Buttler, either side of Rashid’s flying catch to dismiss Shoaib Malik off his bowling. With Woakes going on to claim five for 54, the tourists were dismissed for 297 to lose by 54 runs. England will name their World Cup squad on Tuesday, then play warm-up games that do not have ODI status against Australia next Saturday and Afghanistan the following Monday. They open the tournament against South Africa at The Oval on 30 May.

Nadal beats Djokovic in Italian Open final

Rafael Nadal claimed his first title of the year after defeating world No.1 Novak Djokovic 6-0 4-6 6-1 in the Italian Open final in Rome. The Spaniard raced through the opener in 39 minutes, the first 6-0 between the great rivals in 141 previous sets. Djokovic battled back, but in the Rome sunshine Nadal sealed his ninth Italian Open title in two hours, 25 minutes. It was his 81st tournament win and it takes him 34-33 ahead of Djokovic in Masters 1,000 Series titles. Since 2005, Nadal has won at least one of the nine Masters

Rafa Nadal celebrates his ninth Italian Open title

1,000 events in a season every year except 2015. Djokovic had saved two match points in his quarter-final win over Juan Martin del Potro that finished at 1.05am local time on Saturday and then had another three-set encounter later that evening against Diego Schwartzman which lasted two hours, 31 minutes. The 54th meeting between the world’s top two players saw the Serb, perhaps sufferings the effects of those two gruelling matches, overwhelmed by Nadal, who was ruthless with his trademark forehand. Although the 31-year-old Djokoviv showed his famous powers of resolve to win the second set,  Nadal broke in the opening game of the decider, prompting Djokovic to demolish his racquet in frustration and with the Serb continuing to falter with drop shot attempts, Nadal surged to a 58th clay court title. In the women’s final, British No.1 Johanna Konta’s wait for a first WTA clay-court title continues after she lost to Karolina Pliskova in the Italian Open final. The Czech world No.7 Pliskova won 6-3 6-4 in one hour 25 minutes for her second title of the season. Konta, 28, beat two top-10 players to reach the final and earned a seeding at the French Open starting on 26 May.

Wilder retains WBC title with first round Breazeale KO

Deontay Wilder produced a sensational first-round knockout of Dominic Breazeale to retain his WBC world heavyweight title in New York. Wilder, 33, flattened his fellow American with 43 seconds of the opening round left – taking his record to 41 wins and a draw from 42 bouts. Breazeale was on the ropes early on before finding

Dominic Breazeale is floored in the first round of his WBC title fight against Deontay Wilder in New York

a solid shot to respond to the champion. But Wilder finished the fight moments later with a huge right hand. After his victory, Wilder was approached by Cuba’s Luis Ortiz in the ring – a man he beat in 2018 – but when asked about potential contests with British heavyweights Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, said “no doors are closed” and that such fights “are in discussion”.After the fight Wilder spoke warmly about his beaten rival, despite history of the pair clashing at a hotel two years ago and fightweek comments from the champion where he raised the topic of an opponent dying in the ring.

Marquez wins French MotoGP to extend title lead

Seven-time world champion Marc Marquez increased his lead at the top of the MotoGP standings with victory in the French MotoGP at Le Mans. The 26-year-old Spaniard, who started on pole, finished almost two seconds ahead of Italy’s Andrea Dovizioso. Dovizioso moved up to second in the standings, eight points behind Marquez, winner of five of the last six titles. It was Marquez’s 47th victory – joint fourth on the all-time list with team-mate Jorge Lorenzo – and Honda’s 300th. Marquez was overtaken by Australian Jack Miller on the fifth lap, but the defending champion regained the lead two laps later before pulling away from the chasing pack.Compatriot Alex Rins, who was second in the standings before the race, finished 10th after starting 19th following a disappointing performance in Saturday’s qualifying. Ducati bikes finished second, third and fourth with Italys’ Danielo Petrucci and Miller following Dovizioso home. The legendary Valentino Rossi came in fifth on his Yamaha.

Two taekwondo world titles for British women

Britain’s Bianca Walkden secured her third successive world taekwondo title after a controversial finish to the women’s heavyweight final in Manchester. Walkden trailed 20-10 in the closing stages against China’s Shuyin Zheng but the Olympic champion was forced into a series of penalties and disqualified.

China’s Shuyin Zheng is distraught on the podium after Bianca Walkden won gold

“It’s not how I wanted it to go, but a win is a win,” Walkden told BBC Sport. Bradly Sinden became GB’s first-ever male world taekwondo champion with victory in the -68kg final. Double Olympic champion Jade Jones secured the first world title of her career with a 14-7 victory over defending champion Lee Ah-reum. Jones, who claimed world silver in 2011, lost in the semi-finals to the South Korean at the last World Championships in 2017. “It doesn’t feel real, but it’s amazing,” she told BBC Sport.Aaliyah Powell, 16, became Britain’s youngest world taekwondo medallist with -53kg bronze in Manchester.

Midi beat TCC Bears to make it three out of three

Midi continued on their winning way in the Blevins Franks South West Regional League, making it three wins out of three to top the southern pool table. A resolute top-scoring 56 from new recruit Chris Dommet helped Midi to a competitive 257 runs for eight wickets from their 40 overs. The Bears in reply were in deep trouble from the first few overs after a devastating two-over opening spell from strike bowler Sher Ahmad saw the top order disappear as he took four wickets and the away side slumped to 12 for four. The Toulouse side recovered and looked set to chase the 258-run target but two late vital wickets from American import Ken Miller and another couple from Sher saw the Bears dismissed for 149 runs. Man of the match in Midi’s 108-run win was Sher who was second highest top scorer with 39 runs and finished with bowling figures of six for 18.

For reports on all the weekend sporting events go to: 

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Calendar Keynotes: 20 – 26 May

Monday, 20 May

Football: Italian Serie A – Lazio v Bologna.

Tennis: ATP Geneva Open, Geneva, Switzerland (till 26 May), ATP Open Parc Auvergne-Rhones-Alpes Lyon, France (till 26 May), WTA Internationaux de Strasbourg, France (till 26 May).

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

Basketball: NBA Western Conference final, Golden State Warriors v Portland Trailblazers (local time), game 4, at Trail Blazers. Warriors lead 3-0.

Tuesday, 21 May

Tennis: ATP Geneva Open, Geneva, Switzerland (till 26 May), ATP Open Parc Auvergne-Rhones-Alpes Lyon, France (till 26 May), WTA Internationaux de Strasbourg, France (till 26 May).

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

Basketball: NBA Eastern Conference final, Milwaukee Bucks v Toronto Raptors (local time), game 4, at Raptors. Bucks lead 2-1.

Wednesday, 22 May

Tennis: ATP Geneva Open, Geneva, Switzerland (till 26 May), ATP Open Parc Auvergne-Rhones-Alpes Lyon, France (till 26 May), WTA Internationaux de Strasbourg, France (till 26 May).

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

Basketball: NBA Western Conference final, Golden State Warriors v Portland Trailblazers (local time), game 5, at Warriors.

Thursday, 23 May  

Tennis: ATP Geneva Open, Geneva, Switzerland (till 26 May), ATP Open Parc Auvergne-Rhones-Alpes Lyon, France (till 26 May), WTA Internationaux de Strasbourg, France (till 26 May).

Golf: USPGA Tour – Charles Schwab Challenge, Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas, US (till 26 May), European PGA, Made in Denmark, Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, Centervej, Farse, Denmark (till 26 May).

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

Basketball: NBA Eastern Conference final, Milwaukee Bucks v Toronto Raptors (local time), game 5, at Bucks.

Friday, 24 May  

Football: French Ligue 1 – Caen v Bordeaux, Dijon v Toulouse, Marseille v Montpellier, Nice v Monaco, Nimes v Lyon, Reims v Paris Saint Germain, Rennes v Lille,

Formula One: Monaco Grand Prix (till 26 May)

Tennis:  ATP Geneva Open, Geneva, Switzerland (till 26 May), ATP Open Parc Auvergne-Rhones-Alpes Lyon, France (till 26 May), WTA Internationaux de Strasbourg, France (till 26 May).

Golf: Golf: USPGA Tour – Charles Schwab Challenge, Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas, US (till 26 May), European PGA, Made in Denmark, Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, Centervej, Farse, Denmark (till 26 May).

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

Basketball: NBA Western Conference final, Golden State Warriors v Portland Trailblazers (local time), game 6, at Trail Blazers.

Saturday, 25 May

Football: Scottish Cup final – Hearts v Celtic, Spanish Copa del Rey – Barcelona v Valencia, German DFB Cup – RB Leipzig v Bayern Munich.

Formula One: Monaco Grand Prix (till 26 May)

Rugby Union: Gallagher English Premiership semi-final play-offs – Saracens v Gloucester, Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints, French Top 14 – Clermont Auvergne v Montpellier, Agen v Racing 92, Castres v Toulon, Grenoble v Lyon, La Rochelle v Bordeaux Begles, Stade Francais v Pau, Toulouse v Perpignan.

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

Tennis: ATP Geneva Open, Geneva, Switzerland (till 26 May), ATP Open Parc Auvergne-Rhones-Alpes Lyon, France (till 26 May), WTA Internationaux de Strasbourg, France (till 26 May).

Golf: Golf: USPGA Tour – Charles Schwab Challenge, Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas, US (till 26 May), European PGA, Made in Denmark, Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, Centervej, Farse, Denmark (till 26 May).

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

Basketball: NBA Eastern Conference final, Milwaukee Bucks v Toronto Raptors (local time), game 6, at Raptors.

Sunday, 26 May

Football: Italian Serie A – Atalanta v Sassuolo, Bologna v Napoli, Inter Milan v Empoli, Roma v Parma, Sampdoria v Juventus, SPAL v AC Milan, Torino v Lazio.

Formula One: Monaco Grand Prix (race day).

Rugby League: Super League – Salford Red Devils v Hull KR, Leeds Rhinos v London Broncos, St Helens v Castleford Tigers,

Tennis: ATP Geneva Open, Geneva, Switzerland (till 26 May), ATP Open Parc Auvergne-Rhones-Alpes Lyon, France (till 26 May), WTA Internationaux de Strasbourg, France (till 26 May).

Golf: Golf: USPGA Tour – Charles Schwab Challenge, Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas, US (final day), European PGA, Made in Denmark, Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, Centervej, Farse, Denmark (till 26 May).

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

Basketball: NBA Western Conference final, Golden State Warriors v Portland Trailblazers (local time), game 7, at Warriors.