The sports wrap 6 May 2019

Divock Origi heads the winner for Liverpool in their 3-2 defeat of Newcastle

Liverpool beat Newcastle to set up thrilling finale

The most dramatic title race in English Premier League history will go down to next weekend’s final fixtures as Liverpool climbed two points above defending champions Manchester City with a spirited 3-2 win over Newcastle United. City however have a game in hand and will play Leicester City at home on Monday night. The other two Champions League places were all but confirmed with Chelsea moving up to third on the ladder after a convincing 3-0 home win over Watford, one point ahead of out-of-form Tottenham Hotspur who lost 1-0 to Bournemouth but will almost certainly take the fourth slot. Manchester United’s hopes of a top-four finish were ended after they were held to a 1-1 draw by bottom side Huddersfield Town while Arsenal also drew 1-1 at home to Brighton and effectively ruled themselves out of a Champions League berth.

At St James’s Park, Liverpool beat Newcastle United 3-2 in a thriller and will push Manchester City right until the final seconds of this season. An 86th minute header from substitute Divock Origi secured the victory. No Premier League table has ever looked like this with a week of the season remaining — Liverpool have 94 points and City 92. Liverpool went ahead after 13 minutes when Virgil van Dijk arrived unmarked on the end of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick. Newcastle were quickly level when Christian Atsu scored from close range after Alexander-Arnold handled Salomon Rondon’s shot on the line, But then Mo Salah took advantage of more poor marking to volley home another fine delivery from the young defender. Rondon drew Newcastle level once more nine minutes after the break but substitute Origi, brought on when Salah went off with concussion, made the decisive contribution to keep Liverpool in the title hunt.

At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea secured Champions League football next season with a 3-0 victory over Watford. After a quiet first half, Chelsea scored twice within three minutes early in the second period through headers by Ruben Loftus-Cheek and David Luiz. Gonzalo Higuain sealed the points with a neat finish from Pedro’s pass for his fifth goal for the club. Watford, who stay 10th, have now won just one of their past five Premier League games since their FA Cup semi-final victory over Wolves last month.

At the Emirates Stadium, a lacklustre Arsenal were held 1-1 by Brighton & Hove Albion, effectively ending their bid for a Champions League berth as they now sit three points behind Tottenham in fourth with one game to play and would need an eight-goal swing, as well as results going their way, to overtake their North London rivals. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Arsenal in front with a ninth-minute penalty after Alireza Jahanbakhsh was judged to have fouled Nacho Monreal despite appearing to get the ball. Unai Emery’s side were shaky and sloppy for long periods, with Granit Xhaka committing an absurd foul on Solly March to concede a penalty that Glenn Murray converted on 61 minutes.

In the Scottish Premiership, Celtic secured an eighth consecutive title in style with a convincing win away to third-placed Aberdeen. Neil Lennon’s side are now two-thirds of the way towards a third consecutive clean sweep of domestic trophies after already lifting the League Cup. The Dons’ James Wilson fired wastefully against a post before Mikael Lustig’s diving header opened the scoring. Jozo Simunovic rose to meet a Callum McGregor corner after half-time before Odsonne Edouard fired the third.

PSG’s poor form continues with Nice home draw

Edinson Cavani missed a late penalty as French Ligue 1 champions Paris St-Germain were held to a draw at home to Nice. Cavani’s spot-kick – given by VAR after Dante’s foul on Neymar – was saved by Nice goalkeeper Walter Benitez. Ignatius Ganago had given the

Edinson Cavani missed a late penalty against Nice as Paris Saint Germain’s run of poor form continues

visitors a surprise lead in the first minute of the second half. Neymar equalised from the penalty spot following Patrick Burner’s foul on Angel di Maria, but the hosts had to settle for a point. Thomas Tuchel’s PSG side have won only one of their last seven games in all competitions, a run which includes a penalty shootout loss to Rennes in the French Cup final. In the race for a Champions League berth, Lille remain second, 16 points behind PSG, after a 2-2 away draw against Lyon, who are in third place, another six points behind. Montpellier remained in fifth place on the table after a disappointing 1-1 draw against lowly Amiens on Sunday

In the Spanish La Liga, newly-crowned champions Barcelona fell to a shock 2-0 defeat by Celta Vigo after resting Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique.Maxi Gomez opened the scoring for Celta after they had a goal ruled out by the video assistant referee (VAR). VAR later awarded Celta a penalty and Iago Aspas converted from the spot. Barca will play Liverpool on Tuesday in their Champions League semi-final second leg and hold a 3-0 advantage ahead of their trip to Anfield. Atletico Madrid remain second, nine points behind Barca after a 3-0 loss at Espanyol. Real Madrid are third, 10 points ahead of Getafe, after beating Villareal 3-2 at home.  Getafe beat Girona 2-0 to boost their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. They are fourth, three points above Sevilla, with two games to go.

In the Italian Serie A, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late equaliser for Serie A champions Juventus to deny city neighbours Torino a first derby away win in 24 years. The Portugal forward met Leonardo Spinazzola’s cross with a towering header with six minutes left. Sasa Lukic’s low shot after a Miralem Pjanic error had given Torino hope of a memorable victory against their rivals. But they can take consolation from the fact this point takes them to 57 – equalling their Serie A record. The draw means they stay sixth, five points behind fourth-placed Atalanta in the battle for Champions League qualification with three games to play.

In the German Bundesliga, Bayern Munich went four points clear at the top of the table with victory over Hannover 96 as Borussia Dortmund dropped points at Werder Bremen. Goals from Robert Lewandowski and Leon Goretzka gave Bayern – who are seeking a seventh consecutive league title – a comfortable lead at the break. Franck Ribery sealed the win late on with a clinical finish. Meanwhile, Dortmund drew 2-2 with Werder Bremen despite taking a two-goal lead.Christian Pulisic had given Dortmund the advantage after just six minutes with a fine solo goal, and Paco Alcacer doubled their lead before the break. But Werder Bremen hit back with two goals in five minutes from Kevin Mohwald and Claudio Pizarro.

Saracens beat Exeter as Newcastle go down

The Gallagher Premiership’s two top teams both fielded under-strength sides as Saracens beat Exeter Chiefs 38-7 ahead of their European Champions Cup final against Leinster next weekend.  At the bottom of the table, Newcastle Falcons were relegated after going down 28-19 at Gloucester, who cemented third place on the ladder, 11 points behind Saracens. Alex Lewington’s try gave defending champions Sarries a 30th-minute lead against Exeter as he fortuitously caught a kick that arched back in the strong wind and went over unchallenged. Sarries got two tries within the first five minutes of the restart – Lewington with a second and Nick Tompkins going over after Nick Skelton’s run. Richard Capstick’s try reduced the gap before Tom Whiteley’s penalty and a Dom Morris double sealed the bonus point. Exeter remain top of the table, but their hopes of breaking Saracens’ record haul of 87 points set five years ago were dashed. The Chiefs will end the season on top if they can win their final game of the season against play-off chasing Northampton, while Saracens face Worcester – who are also eyeing up fourth place – on the final day.

Toulouse annihilate Pau to stay clear in Top 14

Top 14 leaders Toulouse scored 13 tries as they thumped Pau 83-6 with French international Thomas Ramos scoring 26 points in a virtuoso display. Ramos, 23, who made his debut in this year’s Six Nations, started at fly half instead of the usual full-back and crossed for two tries and slotted eight conversions in the biggest win for any side this season. His performance solidifies his chance of

French international Thomas Ramos starred with 26 points in Toulouse thrashing of Pau

making Les Bleus’ squad for the World Cup later this year, which will be named on Jun 18.The try festival started on 12 minutes as Maxime Medard dotted down. He was followed by South Africa winger Cheslin Kolbe, France backs Sofiane Guitoune and Yoann Huget as well as hooker Selevasio Tolofua and centre Pita Ahki for a 40-6 lead at half-time. Seven tries followed in a free-flowing second half, including Ramos’ double and Kolbe touching down for his seventh try of the campaign, adding up to Toulouse’s most convincing win of the season. Toulouse have a seven-point lead at the top of the table ahead of Clermont Auvergne who had an easy 35-13 home win over already relegated Perpignan. Montpellier continued their move up the table to seventh place with a gutsy 12-9 win at last season’s champions Castres.

Béziers lose and fail to go into qualifiers

Béziers were soundly beaten 27-6 by lowly Bourg-en-Brasse and failed to qualify for the finals of the Pro D2 on Sunday. The Biterrois finished in eighth spot after looking set to go into the play-offs for a chance to play in the Top 14. They finished behind Nevers and Biarritz with Brive topping the table on 91 points after 20-18 home win over Bayonne. Ironically, despite their victory over Béziers, Bourg-en-Brasse were relegated. Both Brive and Oyannax, who beat Soyaux Angouleme 33-23 have confirmed their place in the semi-finals. Bourg-en-Brasse dominated Les Heraultais with a flurry of second-half tries from Hugo Dupont (50th minutes), Emile Cailleaud (54th minute), Willem Harmse (65the minute) et William Wavrin (78th minute).

Dragons bounce back to beat third-placed Hull

Catalans Dragons bounced back from last weekend’s hammering at Super League leaders St Helens running in six tries to thrash Hull FC 37-6 on Friday night and move above them to fourth place on the ladder. After an early Sam Tomkins penalty, Hull then led with a converted try from Mickey Paea. But the Perpignan visitors responded through Fouad Yaha, Tony Gigot and Brayden Wiliame. Arthur Romano, Matt Whitley, Samisoni Langi added three further tries, with Tomkins slotting three kicks before a Gigot drop goal sealed the win. The Catalans, who were beaten 50-14 by St Helens, responded superbly as they made light of being without concussion victims David Mead, Kenny Edwards and Mickael Simon, as well as their early season casualties. Tomkins was free to play, having avoided suspension after initially being charged with a grade A offence of dangerous contact for his tackle on St Helens stand-off Jack Welsby. But Lee Radford’s injury-depleted Hull were without 17 players, including the influential half-back pairing of Marc Sneyd and Albert Kelly.

England beat Pakistan in one-off T20 international

England chased down 174 to beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the Twenty20 international in Cardiff, on a day when new paceman Jofra Archer again impressed. Archer picked up 2-29 and effected a direct-hit run-out, removing both Babar Azam (65) and Haris Sohail (50), the mainstays of Pakistan’s 173 for six wickets.. A potentially tricky target was reached with four balls to spare thanks to Eoin Morgan’s 57 not out from only 29 balls. The captain sealed victory with a six from the second ball of the final over. These two sides now move on to five one-day internationals in preparation for the World Cup, the first of which is at The Oval on Wednesday. With Indian Premier League players Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali rested here, there was a chance for those on the fringe to press their claims. As well as Archer, Ben Duckett and Ben Foakes were given debuts. Archer grabbed his chance, while Joe Denly showed his World Cup value by supporting Morgan at the end of the chase.

Max Homa wins first PGA title at Wells Fargo

World No.417 Max Homa clinched his first PGA Tour title with a three-shot win at the Wells Fargo Championship. The 28-year-old American, in his third season on the tour, began the final day tied for the lead with compatriots Joel Dahmen and Jason Dufner at 11 under. He dropped only one shot in an assured round of 67 to finish at 15 under. Englishman Justin Rose carded a 68 and was third on 11 under, while playing partner Rory McIlroy, two back overnight, was eight adrift in a tie for eighth after a 73. Homa rolled in his third birdie of the day to open a two-shot lead at the 10th and that soon became three when the animated joint first-round leader Dahmen, 31, also seeking his first PGA title, dropped his second shot in three holes.The lead grew to four when Homa, whose previous best finish was tied for sixth at the 2015 Sony Open, struck a superb iron to five feet for another birdie at the 11th. Before he could attempt a five-foot par putt at the 14th, a torrential hail storm took the players off the course and left the Quail Hollow greens under water. But after a 62-minute delay, Homa calmly holed the putt in the late afternoon Charlotte sunshine. Rose made three birdies in four holes around the turn to set the target, but despite dropping a shot at the 16th after finding a fairway bunker, Homa made two confident closing pars to take the title and a place at the PGA Championship later this month.

Tsitsipas wins Estoril Open for third ATP title

World No.10 Stefanos Tsitsipas captured his third ATP title after beating Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas 6-3 7-6 (7-4) to win the Estoril Open. The 20-year-old Greek top seed was coasting to the title leading by a set, up a break and serving at 4-3 in the second. He was broken for the first time, losing nine consecutive points, but saved a set point and went on to wrap up

Greek Stefanos Tsitisipas wins the Estoril Open to claim his third ATP title

the match in an hour and 43 minutes. It was his first clay court title, his second this season and first outdoors. Tsitsipas, who beat Roger Federer en route to the Australian Open semi-finals in January, became the first Greek player to win an ATP World Tour title when he claimed the Stockholm Open in October and he added the Open 13 Provence title in Marseille in February.  In Rabat, British No1 Johanna Konta missed out on her first WTA clay-court title after Greece’s Maria Sakkari fought back to win the Morocco Open. Konta led by a set and a break before 23-year-old Sakkari won 10 of the final 11 games to seal a 2-6 6-4 6-1 victory. Britain’s two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist served strongly in the opening set before unforced errors crept in.Sakkari sealed her first WTA title with a forehand winner on her second championship point.

Roglic successfully defends Tour de Romandie title

Defending champion Primoz Roglic won the Tour de Romandie after victory in Sunday’s time trial stage. The Slovenian claimed his third stage win of the six-day race ahead of the Giro d’Italia, which starts next weekend. Former ski jumper Roglic finished 49 seconds ahead of second-placed Rui Costa of Portugal in the overall standings. Britain’s Tour de France holder Geraint Thomas was 1min 12secs behind in third. In Sunday’s 16.8km time trial, Roglic was 13 seconds faster than the second-placed European champion Victor Campenaerts. In the Tour de Yorkshire, Chris Lawless became the first Briton to win the race after a superb ride on the last stage to Leeds.

Tour de Yorkshire winner Chris Lawless, in blue, rides with the peloton as it passes through the Bronte-famed West Yorkshire village of Haworth

Lawless, racing in the blue jersey as the overnight leader, finished right behind stage winner Greg van Avermaet to secure a debut win for Team Ineos. Wigan’s Lawless, 23, was immediately congratulated by team-mate and four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, who orchestrated the decisive final break on Cote de Otley Chevin. Team Ineos was only officially launched last week, replacing Team Sky.

Judd Trump on track to win World Championship

Judd Trump produced a dazzling display to open a 12-5 lead over John Higgins and take total control of the snooker World Championship final at the Crucible in Sheffield on Sunday night. The players were tied at 4-4 after a first session featuring four centuries and three further breaks of 50 or more. Higgins started the second session with a ton, but a clinical Trump won a remarkable eight frames in a row, helped by two more century breaks. The best-of-35 match resumes on Monday. Masters champion Trump, who lost to Higgins in the 2011 Crucible final, is looking to win the world title for the first time. The Englishman, 29, would complete the Triple Crown of winning all of snooker’s top three events, having won the UK Championship in 2011, if he can clinch another six frames.

Marquez back on top after Spanish Moto GP victory

World champion Marc Marquez swept back to the top of the MotoGP standings by a single point on Sunday after running away with his home Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez on Sunday. The Honda rider led from the first corner to chequered flag, heading a Spanish one-two-three with Suzuki’s Alex Rins 1.654 seconds behind as runner-up and Maverick Vinales third for Yamaha. Marquez, who crashed while leading in the previous round in Austin, Texas, started third on the grid and now has 70 points after his second win of the campaign. Rins is on 69 thanks to his second successive podium, with Andrea Dovizioso dropping from the overall lead to third on 67 after finishing fourth on his works Ducati. The Italian was right on the tail of Vinales in the closing stages but ran out of time to get past. “It was more difficult mentally than physically. After the mistake in Austin it is not easy to race here and lead the race from the beginning to the end,” said Marquez.

Winner disqualified in Kentucky Derby for impeding

Country House won the 2019 Kentucky Derby after Maximum Security became the first victor in the race’s 145-year history to be disqualified on the day. The favourite crossed the line first in front of 150,000 fans at Churchill Downs but was ruled to have impeded other horses in the $3million race. Maximum Security was disqualified after a stewards’ inquiry

Country House won the famous Kentucky Derby after favourite Maximum Security was disqualified for impeding other horses.

lasting 20 minutes. It left 65-1 outsider Country House, ridden by Flavian Prat for trainer Bill Mott, to be declared the winner. Country House is the second biggest-priced winner of the race, which is the first leg of US Flat racing’s Triple Crown. No horse had ever been disqualified immediately after winning the United States’ biggest race – though Dancer’s Image was stripped of the title in 1968 after a post-race test showed traces of a banned substance. Maximum Security veered out of line on the final turn and impeded War of Will and Long Range Toddy.

Midi CC win again for unbeaten start to season

Midi CC’s batting star Shakeel Akram once again guided his team to a second successive victory, his 90 not out providing the foundation for a convincing seven wicket win over the TCC Wolves at their Pouzolles home ground on Sunday. Midi won the toss in almost cyclonic conditions and sent Toulouse in to bat and thanks to a three-wicket haul from Ahmad Sher, two from Shakeel and two stunning runouts by Waseem Akhtar, the home side had to chase a moderate target of 180 runs from their 40 overs. With able support from Sher (28 not out) and Abdul Basu Adnan (20), Shakeel, who scored 109 in Midi’s opening match, smashed 12 fours and four sixes to ensure that Midi’s campaign in the Blevins Franks South West Regional League has got off to a perfect start.

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Calendar Keynotes: 6-12 May

Monday, 6 May

Football: Premier League – Manchester City v Leicester City, Italian Serie A – AC Milan v Bologna.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Madrid Open, Spain (till 12 May).

Basketball: NBA semi-finals – Western Conference, Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets (GSW lead 2-1), Eastern Conference, Boston Celtics v Milwaukee Bucks (MIL lead 2-1).

Snooker: Betfred World Championships, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, UK (final day).

Tuesday, 7 May

Football: European Champions League semi-finals – Liverpool v Barcelona (agg 0-3).

Tennis: ATP & WTA Madrid Open, Spain (till 12 May).

Basketball: NBA semi-finals – Eastern Conference, Philadelphia 76ers v Toronto Raptors (PHI lead 2-1), Western Conference – Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets (POR lead 2-1)

Wednesday, 8 May

Football: European Champions League semi-finals –  Ajax v Tottenham Hotspur (agg 1-0).

Cricket: England v Pakistan, ODI, Oval, London.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Madrid Open, Spain (till 12 May).

Basketball: NBA semi-finals – Eastern Conference, Boston Celtics v Milwaukee Bucks MIL lead 2-1), Western Conference – Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets (GSW lead 2-1).

Thursday, 9 May  

Football: Europe League semi-finals – Chelsea v Eintracht Frankfurt (agg 1-1), Valencia v Arsenal (agg 1-3).

Tennis: ATP & WTA Madrid Open, Spain (till 12 May).

Golf: USPGA Tour – AT&T Byron Nelson, Trinity Forest Golf Club, Dallas, Texas, US (till 12 May), PGA European Tour – British Masters, Hillside GC, Southport, UK (till 12 May).

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Tour de Romandie, Switzerland (till 5 May), UCI Europe Tour – Tour de Yorkshire, UK (till 5 May).

Basketball: NBA semi-finals (if necessary) – Eastern Conference, Toronto Raptors v Philadelphia 76ers (at PHI), Western Conference, Denver Nuggets v Portland Trail Blazers (at POR).

Friday, 10 May  

Football: Scottish Premiership – Aberdeen v Hearts, French Ligue 1 – Saint-Etienne v Montpellier.

Formula One: Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona (till 12 May).

Rugby Union – European Challenge Cup final – Clermont Auvergne v La Rochelle.

Rugby League: Challenge Cup – Hull FC v Castleford Tigers, Wakefield Trinity v Widnes Vikings.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Madrid Open, Spain (till 12 May).

Golf: USPGA Tour – AT&T Byron Nelson, Trinity Forest Golf Club, Dallas, Texas, US (till 12 May), PGA European Tour – British Masters, Hillside GC, Southport, UK (till 12 May).

Basketball: NBA semi-finals (if necessary) – Eastern Conference, Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics (at BOS), Western Conference, Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets (at GSW).

Saturday, 11 May

Football: Scottish Premiershp – Kilmarnock v Hibernian, St Johnstone v Motherwell, French Ligue 1 – Angers v Paris Saint Germain, Amiens v Toulouse, Nice v Nantes, Nimes v Nantes, Italian Serie A – Atalanta v Genoa, Cagliari v Lazio, Fiorentian v AC Milan, German Bundesliga – 1. FC Nuremberg v Borussia Monchengladbach, Bayer 04 Leverkusen v FC Schalke 04, Borussia Dortmund v Fortuna Dusseldorf, RB Leipzig v Bayern Munich.

Formula One: Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona (till 12 May).

Rugby Union: European Championship final – Leinster v Saracens.

Rugby League: Challenge Cup – Salford Red Devils v Hull KR, Bradford Bulls v Leeds Rhinos, Catalans Dragons v Doncaster RLFC.

Cricket: England v Pakistan, ODI, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Madrid Open, Spain (till 12 May).

Golf: USPGA Tour – AT&T Byron Nelson, Trinity Forest Golf Club, Dallas, Texas, US (till 12 May), PGA European Tour – British Masters, Hillside GC, Southport, UK (till 12 May).

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

Sunday, 12 May

Football: English Premier League – Brighton & Hove Albion  v Manchester City, Burnley v Arsenal, Leicester City v Chelsea, Liverpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Manchester United v Cardiff City, Tottenham Hotspur v Everton, Scottish Premiership – Rangers v Celtic, French Ligue 1- Lille v Bordeaux, Marseille v Lyon,  Spanish La Liga- Atletico Madrid v Sevilla, Barcelona v Getafe, Real Sociedad v Real Madrid, Valenia v Alaves, Italian Serie A –  Torino v Sassuolo, SPAL v Napoli, Roma v Juventus, German Bundesliga – Eintracht Frankfurt v Mainz 05.

Formula One: Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona (till 12 May).

Rugby League: Challenge Cup – Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors, Huddersfield Giants v St Helens.

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

Golf: USPGA Tour – AT&T Byron Nelson, Trinity Forest Golf Club, Dallas, Texas, US (final day), PGA European Tour – British Masters, Hillside GC, Southport, UK (final day).

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

Basketball: NBA semi-finals (if necessary)  – Eastern Conference, Toronto Raptors v Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics, Western Conference, Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets v Portland Trail Blazers.