The sports wrap, Monday 10 August, 2020

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Dutchman Max Verstappen was the surprise winner of the 70th Anniversary GP at Silverstone

Verstappen wins at Silverstone to halt Mercedes domination

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Formula One’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday to end Mercedes’ dominant start to the season and become Lewis Hamilton’s closest challenger. In a race dictated by tyre wear and strategy, six-times world champion Hamilton swept past Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas two laps from the end to take second place and stay 30 points clear in the standings. Hamilton, who gained an extra point for fastest lap, also equalled Ferrari great Michael Schumacher’s record of 155 career podium finishes and extended his own unmatched scoring run to 38 races in a row. “I didn’t see it coming, but after the first stint it seemed like we were really good on tyres,” said Verstappen as he celebrated a ninth career win that lifted him to 77 points with Hamilton on 107. An unhappy Bottas dropped to third overall on 73 points after starting on pole position in a race run, like all the others, without spectators due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Mercedes had won the delayed season’s four previous races, and taken every pole, but Verstappen was alone among the top 10 on the grid to start on the hard tyres and it paid off in a race celebrating the championship’s birth at Silverstone in 1950.

Bayern play Barca after thrashing Chelsea in Champions League

The in-form German champions Bayern Munich thrashed Chelsea 4-1 at home on Saturday for an aggregate 7-1 victory to set up a mouth-watering quarter-final tie against Barcelona in the Champions League this coming week. The single-leg quarter-finals, which will all be played in Lisbon, will also see Manchester City, who beat Real Madrid 4-2 on aggregate, play Lyon who knocked out Italian champions Juventus on away goals. In the other two matches, RB Leipzig will play Atletico Madrid while Atlanta take on French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain (see Calendar Keynotes).

Bayern Munich and Manchester City emerged from last week’s matches as the most impressive, with prolific Polish striker, Robert Lewandowski inspiring the German side to a crushing win over Chelsea. Having established a commanding 3-0 first leg lead at Stamford Bridge back in February, Bayern quickly made it 5-0 on aggregate when Lewandowski – from the penalty spot – and Ivan Perisic scored inside 25 minutes. Chelsea pulled a goal back through Tammy Abraham but substitute Corentin Tolisso made it 6-1 on aggregate when he volleyed home unmarked before Lewandowski, who now has 53 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions this season, headed the fourth to finish the match with two goals and two assists.

Manchester City deservedly overcame Real Madrid 2-1 at home, their intense pressing game forcing Real into numerous mistakes, with France World Cup-winning defender

Gabriel Jesus scored Manchester City”s second goal for the 2-1 win over Real Madrid

Raphael Varane in particular unable to cope with the pressing of Gabriel Jesus. He robbed Varane to set up Raheem Sterling to score in the ninth minute but Karim Benzema’s towering header before half-time set up the possibility of a tense second period. Without the suspended Sergio Ramos alongside him, the uncomfortable Varane made another error when his headed back-pass fell short of Thibaut Courtois to allow the lurking Jesus to pounce in the game’s decisive moment after 68 minutes.

In the Scottish Premiership, Hibernian and Rangers head the table with two wins after the first two matches as champions Celtic were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw at Kilmarnock. Rangers, who finished second behind their arch rivals last season, beat St Mirren 3-0 at home with Alfredo Morales scoring his first goals since February. The Colombian headed Rangers’ second after Conor McCarthy’s first-half own goal and made it 3-0 with a tap-in. Hibernian are on top of goal difference after a convincing 4-1 victory at Livingston. Ross County are third, also with two wins, after beating Hamilton Academical 1-0.

Morikawa wins US PGA Championship with stunning final round

American Collin Morikawa emerged from a stacked leaderboard to win the US PGA Championship after a flawless final round in San Francisco on Sunday.  At one point on the back nine, six players shared the lead but an eagle on the 16th saw the 23-year-old go clear. The world No.12 carded a six-under 64 at TPC Harding Park to reach 13 under in just his second major. England’s Paul Casey was two shots back in a tie for second with

American Collin Morikawa wins the US PGA Championship with stunning final round of 64

overnight leader Dustin Johnson after a 66. It was a stunning win for Morikawa who has emerge as the face of golf’s youth movement joining Jack Nicklaus (1963), Tiger Woods (1999) and Rory McIlroy (2012) as Wanamaker Trophy holders at age 23. He’s the third-youngest player to win the PGA Championship in the stroke play era and also the ninth golfer to win the event in his debut. His win will be remembered as how he took a championship hanging in the balance and snatched it from the game’s biggest names with some of the best shot-making seen in recent major championship history. It started at No. 14, when he rebounded from a bad second shot to chip in for birdie and break the logjam at 10-under par that had been the ceiling for much of the afternoon.

England stun Pakistan to go 1-0 up in Test series

A magnificent partnership between Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler helped propel England to an unlikely three-wicket victory over Pakistan in a topsy-turvy first Test at Old Trafford on Saturday. Woakes joined Buttler at the crease with England having slumped to 117 for five in their pursuit of a daunting 277 on a bowler-friendly pitch. But they launched a superb counter-attack to turn the tide with a sixth-wicket stand worth 139 runs. Buttler was eventually out lbw for 75 to leg spinner Yasir Shah with England requiring another 21 for victory, briefly reviving Pakistan’s flagging hopes. Stuart Broad was also dismissed lbw attempting to knock off the last four runs but fittingly

Jos Buttler, under fire for his wicket-keeping, made amends in the brilliant partnership with Chris Woakes

Woakes edged a boundary to clinch victory, ending unbeaten on 84. Pakistan earlier boosted their overnight 137 for eight with 32 quickfire runs to be bowled out for 169 — a frenetic flourish that looked to have put the visitors in control on a dry pitch offering bounce, pace and spin. England had reached 86 for one in reply with skipper Joe Root looking in control, but quick wickets left them reeling in their attempt at the second-highest successful fourth-innings run chase seen at Old Trafford. When Ollie Pope gloved an unplayable brute of a Shaheen Afridi delivery to gully, England still needed 160 with five wickets left. But Buttler, and more surprisingly Woakes, took the game by the scruff of the neck. Meanwhile, Ben Stokes will miss the remainder of the series for personal reasons and is flying back to New Zealand to be with his family.

Dragons bounce back with thrashing of Castleford

Catalans Dragons bounced back from defeat by St Helens as they ran in seven tries to come from behind and beat Castleford 40-14 in Super League on Saturday. Michael Shenton put the home side ahead with two tries in two minutes but Tom Davies hit back with his first Catalans try. And Catalans went in on top at the break thanks to quick tries from Alrix Da Costa and Israel Folau. Second-half tries from Ben Garcia, Joel Tomkins, a

Australian Israel Folau scores a try in the Catalans Dragons thrashing of Castleford Tigers

second Davies score and one from Jason Baitieri wrapped up the win. The win lifts Catalans up to fifth in Super League – with the same number of points as second-placed St Helens – as they sealed their fourth victory of the season, while Castleford drop to sixth after defeat in their first game back since Super League resumed.  Prior to kick-off, and for the second week in a row, Catalans Australian centre Folau did not join in as players from both sides took a knee in unison to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Folau, who scored his second try in as many games against Castleford this season, was also joined by team-mates Benjamin Jullien and Sam Moa in not taking a knee this time around.

Belgian rider Wout van Aert wins Milan-San Remo

Belgium’s Wout van Aert beat defending champion Julian Alaphilippe in a thrilling sprint finish to win his first Milan-San Remo title in Italy. Frenchman Alaphilippe attacked to lead the race solo over the final climb with 5.5km to go but Van Aert reeled him in on the descent. They held off the chasers into San Remo, with Alaphilippe kicking for the line first, but Van Aert powered home. It is a second win in as many weeks for Jumbo-Visma rider Van Aert, 25, following victory in Strade-Bianche,

Belgian rider Wout van Aert edges out Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe on the line in the Milan-San Remo

the first World Tour race held after the season was delayed by the coronavius pandemic. This is his first victory in a ‘monument’ classic – cycling’s five oldest and most prestigious one-day races. Elsewhere, Chris Froome finished the Tour de l’Ain 26 minutes behind Tour de France rival and Ineos team-mate Egan Bernal. Bernal finished second in the race, 18 seconds behind winner Jumbo-Visma’s Primoz Roglic, with Froome 41st. The race across the l’Ain region of France is the second of three crucial races which will decide who will be selected by Ineos for the Tour, which begins on 29 August.

O’Sullivan joins Trump in World Championshp last eight 

Five-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan beat China’s top player Ding Junhui 13-10 at the Crucible in Sheffield on Sunday night to join reigning champion Judd Trump in the quarter-finals of snooker’s World Championship. The pair showed expert cueball control, compiling four centuries and 15 further breaks of 50 or more between them. There was little to separate them after the first two sessions at 8-8, but O’Sullivan pulled away to 12-10, and then took the next frame to win. Earlier Trump had a nervy 13-11 win over China’s 20-year-old Yan Bingtao. The world No.1, who led 9-7 going into Friday’s final session, struggled to pull clear of Yan but sealed his win with a superb break of 127. World No.2 Australian Neil Robertson and England’s Kyren Wilson both progressed. O’Sullivan will now face old rival Wales’ three-time champion Mark Williams whom he first played in 1994.

South African Binder wins maiden MotoGP race

South African Brad Binder won his first MotoGP in only his third race with victory in this season’s third round in Brno in the Czech Republic on Sunday. Italian Franco Morbidelli took the lead at the start and built up a gap of just over a second. Binder overtook Frenchman Fabio Quartararo to go second before passing Yamaha satellite rider Morbidelli.

Brad Binder’s MotoGP win in the Czech Republic was the first for a South African

“This is a day I dreamt of since I was a little boy,” said Binder, whose win was also a first for his KTM team. Morbidelli achieved his first podium finish with second place, while Frenchman Johann Zarco, who was on pole, finished third, with MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi in fifth. Nice-born Quartararo, who won the first two races of this season, was seventh on his Yamaha and retains the title lead from Spaniard Maverick Vinales, also on a Yamaha, who was 14th. World champion Marc Marquez missed the race after a second operation on a broken arm.

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Calendar Keynotes: 10-16 August

Monday, 10 August

Football: Europa League quarter-final – Inter Milan v Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Dusseldorf, Germany, Manchester United v FC Copenhagen, Cologne, Germany.

Tennis: WTA J&T Banka Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic (till 15 August).

Snooker: World Championship, The Crucible, Sheffield, UK (till 16 August).

Tuesday, 11 August  

Football: Europa League quarter-finals – Shakhtar Donetsk v FC Basel, Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Wolverhampton Wanderers v Sevilla, Duisburg, Germany, Scottish Premiership – Dundee United v Hibernian.

Tennis: WTA J&T Banka Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic (till 15 August).

Snooker: World Championship, The Crucible, Sheffield, UK (till 16 August).

 Wednesday, 12 August   

Football: Champions League quarter-final – Atalanta v Paris Saint Germain, Lisbon, Portugal, Scottish Premiership – St Mirren v Celtic, Aberdeen v Hamilton Academical, Motherwell v Livingston, Rangers v St Johnstone, Ross County v Kilmarnock.

Tennis: WTA J&T Banka Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic (till 15 August).

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Criterium de Dauphine, Stage 1 – Clermont Ferrand to Saint-Christo-en-Jarez (till 16 August)

Snooker: World Championship, The Crucible, Sheffield, UK (till 16 August).

Thursday, 13 August

Football: Champions League quarter-final – RB Leipzig v Atletico Madrid, Lisbon, Portugal.

Cricket: England v Pakistan 2nd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton (till 17 August).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Wyndham Championship, Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina (till 16 August), European Tour, Celtic Classic, The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales (till 16 August).

Tennis: WTA J&T Banka Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic (till 15 August).

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Criterium de Dauphine, Stage 2 – Vienne to Col de Porte (till 16 August).

Snooker: World Championship, The Crucible, Sheffield, UK (till 16 August).

Friday, 14 August

Football: Champions League quarter-final – Barcelona v Bayern Munich, Lisbon, Portugal.

Formula One: Spanish Grand Prix, Circuit de Catalunya, Bardelona (toll 16 August).

Cricket: England v Pakistan 2nd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton (till 17 August).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Wyndham Championship, Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina (till 16 August), European Tour, Celtic Classic, The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales (till 16 August).

Rugby Union: Gallagher English Premiership – Harlequins v Sale.

Tennis: WTA J&T Banka Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic (till 15 August).

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Criterium de Dauphine, Stage 3 – Corenc to Saint-Martin-de-Belleville (till 16 August), UCI World Tour, Il Lombardia, Lombardy, Italy.

Athletics: IAAF Diamond League, Monaco.

Snooker: World Championship, The Crucible, Sheffield, UK (till 16 August).

Saturday, 15 August

Football: Champions League quarter-final – Manchester City v Lyon, Lisbon, Portugal, Scottish Premiership – Celtic v Aberdeen, Hamilton Academical v St Mirren, Kilmarnock v St Johnstone, Ross County v Dundee United, Hibernian v Motherwell.

Formula One: Spanish Grand Prix, Circuit de Catalunya, Bardelona (toll 16 August).

Cricket: England v Pakistan 2nd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton (till 17 August).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Wyndham Championship, Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina (till 16 August), European Tour, Celtic Classic, The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales (till 16 August).

Rugby Union: Gallagher English Premiership – Worcester Warriors v Gloucester, Exeter Chiefs v Leicester Tigers, Bath v London Irish, Bristol v Saracens.

Rugby League: Super League – Huddersfield Giants, v Warrington Wolves, Salford Red Devils v Catalans Dragons, Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos.

Tennis: WTA J&T Banka Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic (final day).

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Criterium de Dauphine, Stage 4 – Ugine to Megeve (till 18 August).

Snooker: World Championship, The Crucible, Sheffield, UK (till 16 August).

Sunday, 16 August

Football: Europa League semi-final, Scottish Premiership – Livingston v Rangers.

Formula One: Spanish Grand Prix, Circuit de Catalunya, Bardelona (race day).

Cricket: England v Pakistan 2nd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton (till 17 August).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Wyndham Championship, Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina (final day), European Tour, Celtic Classic, The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales (final day).

Rugby Union: Gallagher English Premiership – Northampton Saints v Wasps.

Rugby League: Super League – St Helens v Wakefield Trinity, Hull FC v Castleford Tigers.

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Criterium de Dauphine, Stage 5 – Megeve – Megeve (final day).

Snooker: World Championship, The Crucible, Sheffield, UK (final).

Motor Cycling: MotoGP Grand Prix of Austria, Red Bull Ring, Spielberg.