The sports wrap Monday, 10 June

Rafa Nadal goes to ground after beating Dominic Thiem for his 12th French Open title

Nadal beats Thiem to win 12th French Open title

Rafael Nadal maintained his stranglehold on the French Open by beating Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem in four sets to lift a 12th men’s singles title. The Spanish No.2 seed won for the third straight year at Roland Garros with a 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 victory in a high-quality final. The 33-year-old is the first player to win 12 singles titles at the same Grand Slam and has now won 18 majors overall. That leaves the left-hander two adrift of Switzerland’s Roger Federer, whom he beat in the semi-finals, and three clear of Serbian world No.1 Novak Djokovic, whose bid to hold all four majors was ended by Thiem. The second seed slid to the red dirt in triumph when he clinched victory on the second match point, lying behind the baseline with his arms outstretched as he contemplated the magnitude of his achievement. With clay plastered over his back, he clambered to his feet and took the acclaim of an enthralled crowd which has become accustomed to seeing him triumph. Thiem, 25, suffered his second Grand Slam final defeat after losing in three sets to Nadal in last year’s final. “I can’t explain what I’ve achieved and how I feel. It’s a dream. To play for the first time in 2005 – I never thought in 2019 I’d still be here. It’s an incredible moment and very special for me,” Nadal told the crowd. In the women’s singles, Australian Ashleigh Barty beat Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova 6-1 6-3 to win her first Grand Slam singles title and complete a fairy-tale return to the sport. The

Ashleigh Barty after winning her first Grand Slam

eighth seed Barty, 23, quit tennis to play professional cricket in 2014, but returned to the sport 17 months later. Now she is the first Australian to win a singles titles at Roland Garros since Margaret Court in 1973. After thumping away an overhead on her first match point, Barty turned to her team and raised her hands in the air, placing them on her head in disbelief before dropping to her haunches on the red dirt. Barty will climb to second in the world when the latest standings are released this week, making her the highest-ranked Australian woman since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in December 1976.

A full review of this year’s French Open by our tennis correspondent Katrina Allen will appear in Languedoc Living later this week

Hamilton wins in Canada after Vettel penalised

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton won a controversial Canadian Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday after Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel crossed the finish line first but was handed a five-second penalty. Vettel, who started from pole, took the chequered flag ahead of Hamilton but there was no celebration in the Ferrari garage as the furious German was demoted to second after being slapped with the penalty for a dangerous re-entry after running off the track. Under pressure from Hamilton, Vettel threw away the race on lap 48 when the German went too hard into the turn-three chicane and ran on to the grass, returning to the track just ahead of the Briton who was forced to brake sharply or face being pushed into the wall. The race continued with the incident under investigation and a few laps later when Vettel was told of the decision the four-time world

A not entirely happy Sebastien Vettel with Canadian GP winner Lewis Hamilton on the winners’ podium

champion exploded, venting his anger over the team radio. At the same time, Mercedes were telling Hamilton to just “stay in Vettel’s gearbox” and take a gifted victory. “Not the way I wanted to win,” said Hamilton, after collecting his fifth win of the season and equalling Michael Schumacher’s Canadian record. The decision to penalise Vettel allowed Mercedes to extend their season-long domination, making it seven wins in seven races. Unhappy Ferrari took the other two places on the podium, Vettel in second and team mate Charles LeClerc third. After the race Vettel jumped out of his car and headed straight to the stewards’ office where he no doubt made his feelings clear again. When he emerged, he walked past the parked cars and removed the number one marker in front of Hamilton’s Mercedes, replacing it with the number two. Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas had a quiet race on his way to fourth place, while Red Bull’s Max Verstappen fought back from ninth on the grid to take fifth.

France shine as Women’s World Cup gets under way

France, England and Germany, all regarded as top chances to win the Women’s World Cup, opened their campaigns with victories but only the French hosts hit top form with a convincing 4-0 win over South Korea. Germany stuttered to a 1-0 victory over China while England narrowly beat their arch rivals Scotland 2-1. Defending champions United States play their first match on Tuesday against Thailand. Twenty-four teams are competing in six qualifying groups before the knock-out stages and the final in Lyon on 7 July.

In Paris,  France had an emphatic win in front of a sell-out crowd in Parc des Princes in the tournament’s opening match on Friday night. It was a dominating performance and they took a  deserved 3-0 lead into the half-time break thanks to forward Eugenie Le Sommer’s early opener and two headers from towering defender Wendie Renard. Midfielder Amandine Henry curled in an excellent fourth goal late on, much to the delight of the 45,000 fans

In Rennes, the No.2 ranked Germans can thank teenager Giulia Gwinn for scoring on her first competitive appearance in their 1-0 victory over China. Germany were frustrated for long parts of the game by the Steel Roses .Yang Li hit the post for China after Germany’s Carolin Simon struck the bar before the only goal of the game. Midfielder Gwinn, 19, fired home from the edge of the penalty area. However, Olympic champions Germany were far from their best.

In Nice, England launched their World Cup campaign with a narrow 2-1 win over Scotland. Nikita Parris’ penalty, awarded after a video assistant referee (VAR) review when Fran Kirby’s cross struck Nicola Docherty’s arm, set them on their way. Kirby was also involved in the second, winning the ball for Ellen White to fire past Lee Alexander. Scotland pulled one back through Claire Emslie in the 79th minute after Steph Houghton’s wayward pass but England held on.

Portugal beat Dutch to win inaugural Nations League

Hosts Portugal claimed their second trophy in three years by beating the Netherlands to win the inaugural Nations League. Fernando Santos’ side triumphed at the 2016 European Championship and Goncalo Guedes’ second half strike gave them a narrow victory in Porto. The Valencia winger smashed in from the edge of the area following Bernardo Silva’s clever

Portugal celebrate their win over the Dutch

cutback, though Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen will be disappointed he did not keep the effort out. The Dutch looked to get back into the game but Memphis Depay’s powerful header was well saved by Wolves number one Rui Patricio and ex-Middlesbrough midfielder Marten de Roon lashed over. England finished third beating Switzerland in a penalty shoot-out with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford scoring one penalty then saving another  The Everton player hammered home the fifth spot-kick before saving Josip Drmic’s effort. The penalty drama came after a lacklustre 120 minutes had ended 0-0. England thought they had won just before the end of normal time but VAR overruled Callum Wilson’s strike.

Turkey beat France in  Euro 2020 qualifier

Turkey maintained their perfect start to Euro 2020 qualifying with a shock 2-0 home victory over world champions France at the Torku Arena on Saturday. Kaan Ayhan opened the scoring after 30 minutes when he headed home. Cengiz Under then doubled their lead just before half-time with a fine finish from just inside the area. Turkey leapfrog France to top Group H having taken a maximum nine points from three Euro 2020 qualifiers, while France have two wins and a defeat. The world champions sit in second, level with Iceland, with six points from their opening three qualifiers. France were poor for large periods and rarely threatened, marking the first time in 10 years that Les Bleus have failed to have a shot on target. France will look to bounce back in Andorra on Tuesday while Turkey will attempt to make it four wins from four in Euro. In other weekend results, Josh Magennis scored a late winner to ensure Northern Ireland made it three wins from three in their qualifying campaign while Scotland scraped past Cyprus 2-1. Germany had a 2-0 away win over Belarus while Wales lost 2-1 against Croatia. The biggest win was Russia’s 9-0 hammering of hapless San Marino.

Unbeaten New Zealand top World Cup table

Underdogs New Zealand sit at the top of the ICC World Cup table, having won all three of their matches after 11 days of competition. But it is India, in third place, who look the most impressive after an emphatic 36-run victory over the defending champions Australia at The Oval on Sunday. Favourites England, the No.1 ranked ODI side, sit in second place behind New Zealand, with two wins out of three after surprisingly going down to Pakistan. Australia are in fourth spot, having also won two out of three. The top four sides go through to the semi-finals after round-robin competition in the 10-nation tournament. India, who had trounced South Africa by eight wickets in their first match, hammered 352 for five wickets after winning the toss against Australia.

Dhawan shines with a century in defeat of Australia

Shikhar Dhawan’s fine 117, coupled with 82 from captain Virat Kohli and an entertaining 48 by Hardik Pandya, presented Australia with a World Cup record run chase. After a slow start, they struggled to accelerate despite Steve Smith’s 69 as David Warner spent 84 balls making 56. With wickets falling and the run-rate rising, Alex Carey hit a 25-ball half-century but it was not enough to stop Australia sliding to their first defeat of the tournament. Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed Adam Zampa with the last ball of the match to finish with three for 50 and Jasprit Bumrah took three for 61. New Zealand have had a relatively easy start to the tournament with victories over bottom-placed Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Their first big test will be against India at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

Toulouse beat La Rochelle to reach Top 14 final

Springbok Cheslin Kolbe helped stoke Toulouse’s hopes of a first Top 14 title since 2012 with a well-taken try in a 20-6 victory over La Rochelle in the league’s end-of-season semi-finals on Saturday. Toulouse, the 19-time league winners who accrued a record 98 points when finishing top of the Top 14 in the regular season, will now play second-placed Clermont Auvergne who beat Lyon 33-13 in the other semi-final. The final is at the Stade de France on June 15. Kolbe scored one of Toulouse’s three tries, Sofiane Guitoune and Sebastien Bezy also crossing, while La Rochelle could only respond with two Ihaia West penalties. Ugo Mola’s Toulouse totally dominated the opening 15 minutes and their reward duly came thanks to France centre Guitoune. Free-running Kolbe, starting at full-back

Cheslin Kolbe, left, starred in Toulouse’s win

rather than wing, kicked things off, demonstrating all the attacking skills that have marked his incredible season in the Top 14. The forwards took it on as Kolbe went to ground and Thomas Ramos went blind, Guitoune crossing smartly for the opening try.  Toulouse opted for an attacking five-metre scrum over the posts on the stroke of half-time, but Dupont’s rushed feed was hooked against the head and La Rochelle went in to half-time just 7-6 down. In front of a sell-out 42,000-strong crowd in Bordeaux, Toulouse scored their second try with 20 minutes to go. Bezy, who replaced Ramos with Dupont moving to 10, darted from close range over after a series of pick-and-go drives from Toulouse. Kolbe then crossed for Toulouse’s third try, evading a handful of defenders down the touchline before twisting out of contact in the last, desperate tackle to dot down. As chants of “We’re in the final!” rang out from Toulouse fans, Bezy hit a late penalty to put La Rochelle out of their misery.

McIlroy wins Canadian Open with a nine-under 61

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy shot a nine-under 61 to win the Canadian Open by seven shots on Sunday for his 16th PGA Tour title. A birdie at the 18th would have given him a round of 59 but he bogeyed after finding a greenside bunker. It is the perfect preparation before the US Open, the third men’s major of the year, which begins on Thursday. “I just got it going out of the gates,” said McIlroy. “I said at the start of the day I wanted to be aggressive.” McIlroy’s victory – seven shots ahead of Webb Simpson and Irishman Shane Lowry – is the largest margin of victory at the tournament since American Johnny Palmer won it by 11 strokes in 1952. He is only the seventh golfer to complete the career triple crown of victories at the Canadian Open, US Open and Open Championship – the three oldest events on the tour.

Catalans thrashed by Warrington in Super League

The Catalans Dragons, comprehensively knocked out of the Challenge Cup last weekend by Hull FC, went down 34-4 away from home to second-placed Warrington Wolves who closed the gap on Super League leaders St Helens. The Dragons, who retain third spot over Hull FC, both on 20 points, scored first in the corner through Fouad Yaha but Daryl Clark’s sensational solo try and Blake Austin’s score put

Blake Austin scored his 17th Super League try this season as he went over for a fourth successive game

the Wolves 12-4 ahead at half-time. Declan Patton’s penalty extended the lead soon after the restart before Bryson Goodwin got a third Wolves try. Sitaleki Akauola and Josh Charnley went over to seal a comfortable win. Catalans impressed in the opening half-hour but the hosts took control after the break. Just after the hour a lovely Goodwin sidestep saw him go over in the corner. Dragons capitulated towards the end as Akauola powered his way over as three Dragons players failed to hold him up from close range before Charnley managed to dot down his own kick.

Norwegian wins 1st stage of Criterium du Dauphine

Norwegian Edvald Boassan Hagen won the first stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Sunday while Britain’s Chris Froome finished safely in the peloton.  Regarded as an important Tour de France warm-up race, the 32-year-old  Team Dimension Data rider won the lumpy stage from Aurillac to Jussac in a sprint from Phillipe Gilbert, 36. Gilbert’s 24-year-old fellow Belgian Wout van Aert finished third. Four-time Tour de France champion Froome, 34, has won the eight-stage race three times, the last in 2016. Defending champion Geraint Thomas, who also went on to win the Tour de Francefor the first time in 2018 is not taking part in the 2019 Dauphine and will instead continue his Tour preparations at the Tour of Switzerland later this month. The 180km second stage starts on Monday in Mauriac, taking riders east across central France to Craponne-sur-Arzon. The race is designed to test the riders on similar terrain to that they will experience during the Tour de France, including Alpine mountains, time-trials and hilly stages. The Tour de France begins in Brussels on 6 July.

Raptors shock Warriors to lead 3-1 in NBA Finals

The Toronto Raptors have achieved the improbable, beating the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors twice on their home court to lead the NBA Finals series 3-1 and push them to the brink of elimination. With a 105-92 win in Friday night’s Game 4  the Raptors are now one win away from the franchise’s first-ever championship, while the powerhouse Warriors’ season dangles by a thread. Toronto broke it open during a stunning third quarter. Kawhi Leonard (36 points and 12 rebounds) nailed back-to-back three-

Raptors’ Danny Green was a key player in the 3-1 NBA FInals lead over the Golden State Warriors

pointers in the opening minute of the second-half to give the Raptors their first lead of the game, 48-46. The Raptors went on to outscore the Warriors 37-21 in the period, turning an 11-point first-quarter deficit into a 13-point third quarter advantage, a 24-point reversal. The Raptors outshot the Warriors, 54.5% to 35% in the period. And they made five of their seven three-point attempts, after shooting a dismal 2-for-17 from beyond the arc in the first half.  The shellshocked Warriors cut the gap to eight points with just under three minutes left after Stephen Curry made a three-pointer, but they couldn’t complete the comeback. The Warriors, so famous for their third-quarter pushes, finally got a taste of their own medicine.

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Calendar Keynotes: 10 – 16 June

Monday, 10 June

Football: FIFA Women’s World Cup – Group D, Argentina v Japan, Paris, Group E – Canada v Cameroon, Montpellier. European Championship qualifying – Group A, Bulgaria v Kosovo, Czech Republic v Montenegro, Group B, Serbia v Lithuania, Ukraine v Luxembourg, Group D, Denmark v Georgia, Republic of Ireland v Gibraltar, Faroe Islands v Norway, Malta v Romania, Spain v Sweden, Group G, Latvia v Slovenia, North Macedonia v Austria, Poland v Israel.

Cricket: ICC World Cup – South Africa v West Indies, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Libema Open, S-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (till 16 June), ATP Mercedes Cup, Stuttgart, Germany (till 16 June).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Criterium du Dauphine, France (till 16 June).

Basketball: NBA finals – Golden State Warriors v Toronto Raptors (9pm local time), game 5 (at Toronto). Raptors lead series 3-1.

Tuesday, 11 June

Football: FIFA Women’s World Cup – Group E, New Zealand v Netherlands, Le Havre, Group F – Chile v Sweden, Rennes, United States v Thailand, Reims. European Championship qualifying – Group J, Greece v Armenia, Italy v Bosnia-Herzegovina, Liecehtenstein v Finland, Group C, Belarus v Northern Ireland, Germany v Estonia, Group E, Azerbaijan v Slovakia, Hungary v Wales, Group H, Albania v Moldova, Andorra v France, Iceland v Turkey, Group I, Kazakhstan v San Marino.

Cricket: ICC World Cup – Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, County Ground, Bristol.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Libema Open, S-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (till 16 June), ATP Mercedes Cup, Stuttgart, Germany (till 16 June).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Criterium du Dauphine, France (till 16 June).

Wednesday, 12 June

Football: FIFA Women’s World Cup – Group A, Nigeria v South Korea, Grenoble, France v Norway, Nice, Group B, Germany v Spain, Valenciennes.

Cricket: ICC World Cup – Australia v Pakistan, The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Libema Open, S-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (till 16 June), ATP Mercedes Cup, Stuttgart, Germany (till 16 June).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Criterium du Dauphine, France (till 16 June), UCI Europe Tour – Baloise Belgium Tour, Belgium (till 16 June).

Thursday, 13 June

Football: FIFA Women’s World Cup – Group B, South Africa v China, Paris, Group C, Australia v Brazil, Montpellier.

Cricket: ICC World Cup: India v New Zealand, Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

Rugby League: Super League – Castleford Tigers v Hull FC.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Libema Open, S-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (till 16 June), ATP Mercedes Cup, Stuttgart, Germany (till 16 June).

Golf: Major Championships, US Open, Pebble Beach GC, California (till 16 June).

Athletics: IAAF Diamond League, Oslo, Norway.

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Criterium du Dauphine, France (till 16 June), UCI Europe Tour – Baloise Belgium Tour, Belgium (till 16 June).

Basketball: NBA finals – Golden State Warriors v Toronto Raptors  (9pm local time), game 6 (at Warriors).

Friday, 14 June  

Football: FIFA Women’s World Cup – Group C, Jamaica v Italy, Reims, Group D, Japan v Scotland, Rennes, England v Argentina, Le Havre.

Cricket: ICC World Cup – England v West Indies, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton.

Rugby League: Super League – Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors, St Helens v Huddersfield Giants.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Libema Open, S-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (till 16 June), ATP Mercedes Cup, Stuttgart, Germany (till 16 June).

Golf: Major Championships, US Open, Pebble Beach GC, California (till 16 June).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Criterium du Dauphine, France (till 16 June), UCI Europe Tour – Baloise Belgium Tour, Belgium (till 16 June).

Saturday, 15 June

Football: FIFA Women’s World Cup – Group E, Netherlands v Cameroon, Valenciennes, Canada v New Zealand, Grenoble.

Rugby Union: Toulouse v Clermont Auvergne, Top 14 final, Stade de France, Paris.

Rugby League: Super League – Hull KR v Warrington Wolves, Catalans Dragons v London Broncos.

Cricket: ICC World Cup – Sri Lanka v Australia, The Kia Oval, London, South Africa v Afghanistan, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Libema Open, S-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (till 16 June), ATP Mercedes Cup, Stuttgart, Germany (till 16 June).

Golf: Major Championships, US Open, Pebble Beach GC, California (till 16 June).

Cycling: Cycling: UCI World Tour – Criterium du Dauphine, France (till 16 June), UCI World Tour – Tour de Suisse, Switzerland (till 23 June), UCI Europe Tour – Baloise Belgium Tour, Belgium (till 16 June).

Sunday, 16 June

Football: FIFA Women’s World Cup – Group F, Sweden v Thailand, Nice, United States v Chile, Paris.

Cricket: ICC World Cup: India v Pakistan, Old Trafford, Manchester.

Rugby League: Super League – Salford Red Devils v Wakefield Trinity.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Libema Open, S-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (final day), ATP Mercedes Cup, Stuttgart, Germany (final day).

Golf: Major Championships, US Open, Pebble Beach GC, California (final day).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Criterium du Dauphine, France (final day), UCI World Tour – Tour de Suisse, Switzerland (till 23 June), UCI Europe Tour – Baloise Belgium Tour, Belgium (final day).

Motorcycling – MotoGP rd 7, Catalunya Grand Prix, Montmelo, Barcelona, Spain.

Athletics: IAAF Diamond League, Rabat, Morocco.

Basketball: NBA finals – Golden State Warriors v Toronto Raptors  (9pm local time), game 7 (at Raptors).