The sports wrap Monday, 12 August

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Marcus Rashford scores with a penalty in Manchester United's 4-0 win over Chelsea

Man City open campaign with thrashing of West Ham

Champions Manchester City and runners-up Liverpool both showed they would be hard to topple with convincing wins on the opening weekend of the new English Premiership season but it was Manchester United that produced the most stunning result with a 4-0 home win over fellow title contenders Chelsea. North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal also registered wins over newly promoted Aston Villa and Newcastle United respectively.

At Old Trafford, Marcus Rashford scored twice as Manchester United beat Chelsea 4-0 on Sunday to record their biggest home win over the London side since 1965 to condemn Frank Lampard to a miserable start as a Premier League manager. Anthony Martial also scored with a close-range effort in the second half with substitute Daniel James completing the rout with a goal on his debut nine minutes from time. The final scoreline was harsh on the visitors, who were the better side before the break and hit the frame of the goal through Tammy Abraham and Emerson, but still suffered their worst ever opening-day defeat in 104 league seasons.

At the London Stadium, Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as Manchester City thrashed West Ham United 5-0 on Saturday in a game that saw the video assistant referee (VAR) play a significant role for the first time in the Premier League. The technology is making its debut in England’s top flight this season and was first called on when Gabriel Jesus appeared to have put City 3-0 up midway through the second half, only for Raheem Sterling to be ruled fractionally offside in the build-up. After Sterling added City’s third, a moment also reviewed for possible offside, the system then awarded the visitors a penalty retake after Sergio Aguero’s tame effort was saved by Lukasz Fabianski but Declan Rice was deemed to have encroached into the area. The striker made no mistake at the second attempt.

At Anfield, Liverpool scored four first-half goals as they started the new season with a blistering performance to demolish newly-promoted Norwich City on Friday. Norwich captain Grant Hanley scored the opening goal of the top-flight season when he sliced Divock Origi’s cross into his own net before Mohamed Salah opened his account after a pass by Roberto Firmino. An unmarked Virgil van Dijk headed the third from Salah’s corner, Origi nodding the fourth after a stunning pass by Trent Alexander-Arnold. Teemu Pukki’s composed finish reduced the deficit to 4-1 after Liverpool lost Alisson to injury, the Brazil keeper replaced by new signing Adrian after slipping while taking a first-half goal-kick.

In the Scottish Premiership, Celtic and Rangers both made it two in a row to stay unbeaten with big wins – the defending champions beat Motherwell 5-2 away from home while Rangers thrashed Hibernian 6-1. Celtic had been held on their last three visits to Fir Park and had to survive a torrid start, with Scott Bain letting Liam Donnelly’s shot squirm in for an early home goal. But Kristoffer Ajer quickly levelled and Leigh Griffiths’ free-kick nudged Celtic ahead at the break. Goals from James Forrest, Odsonne Edouard and Ryan Christie then eased the visitors clear before a late Donnelly consolation. At Ibrox, veteran striker Jermaine Defoe scored a hat-trick in Rangers demolition of Hibernian to make the two Glasgow clubs the only teams with a 100 per cent start.

PSG open league campaign with win but no Neymar

Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain began the defence of their title with a comfortable 3-0 home win over Nimes on Sunday despite the absence of star forward Neymar. PSG’s sporting director Leonardo said on the eve of the game that talks about the Brazilian’s exit were “more advanced than before”. Fans held up a banner telling Neymar to “go away” during the game. Edinson Cavani’s penalty put PSG ahead before Kylian Mbappe scored and provided an assist for Angel di Maria. PSG, who won the league with a 16-point cushion last season, are chasing a third successive Ligue 1 title. Lyon also registered a first win with an easy 3-0 victory at Monaco while Montpellier suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at home to Rennes. Another title contender Marseille went down 2-0 at home to Reims.

South Africa and Australia sound World Cup warning

South Africa won the southern hemisphere’s Rugby Championship with a win over Argentina on Saturday while Australia beat New Zealand by a record margin to sound a warning to the northern hemisphere nations that this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan might be one of the most keenly contested in the tournament’s history. While an experimental England squad beat a strong Wales team 33-19 at Twickenham on Sunday, South Africa beat Argentina 46-13 in Salta and Australia thumped the All Blacks 47-26 in Perth. In other weekend friendlies, Ireland beat Italy 29-10.

At Twickenham. the hosts followed a typically abrasive first-half lead with a composed second half performance to end Wales 14-match winning run. An England line-up featuring only a handful of regular first-choice starters overpowered Wales thanks to tries from Billy Vunipola, Joe Cokanasiga and Luke Cowan-Dickie, as well as flawless kicking from captain and flyhalf George Ford. The visiting Grand Slam winners struggled for attacking cohesion throughout, despite tries for Gareth Davies, George North and Wyn Jones, and compounded their woes with an injury to flyhalf Gareth Anscombe.

In Salta, Argentina, a Handre Pollard-inspired South Africa claimed their first major international trophy in a decade. Fly-half Pollard scored two of South Africa’s five tries, five penalties and three conversions for 31 points — his best career haul — to help the Springboks to a fourth southern hemisphere title. There were also tries for hooker Bongi Mbonambi and wings Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe after Santiago Cordero had scored the only try for the Pumas in the second minute. The emphatic win gave the unbeaten Springboks a bonus point and a total of 12 points from their three matches, four more than second-placed Australia

Scott Barrett became only the fourth All Black ever to be sent off after being red-card against Australia

In Perth, Australia, the Wallabies stunned a New Zealand side reduced to 14 men for half the match after Scott Barrett’s dismissal for a dangerous tackle just before halftime. It undoubtedly had a big impact on the contest but the Wallabies were well worth their first win over the world champions since 2017. Reece Hodge scored two of their six tries as Australia ran up their highest points tally in 165 tests against the All Blacks and gave themselves a chance of regaining the Bledisloe Cup they last raised aloft in 2002. Australia play the second Bledisloe test in Auckland next week.

Nadal retains Rogers Cup title with easy win

Rafael Nadal retained his Rogers Cup title in Montreal on Sunday with a dominant 6-3 6-0 victory over Russia’s Daniil Medvedev. Spaniard Nadal, an 18-time Grand Slam champion, wrapped up the  win in one hour 10 minutes for his fifth Canadian crown. Victory secured the 33-year-old his 35th Masters 1,000 tournament win and it marked the first time he has defended a non-clay title.  Eighth seed Medvedev spurned a break point in the opening game of the match and was made to pay for his missed opportunity when he lost his serve as Nadal went 3-1 up. The remainder of the first set stayed on serve, with world No.2 Nadal once again surviving a break point. But Medvedev, who beat two top 10 players on his way to the final, lost his way in a second set in which he made four double faults, sending a backhand long on Nadal’s first match point. In the Rogers Cup women’s singles, Serena Williams retired with a

Serena Williams is consoled by Bianca Andreescu after retiring in the final of the Rogers Cup

back injury in the final in Toronto, handing the title to Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu. Williams, 37, was left in tears after suffering back spasms as 19-year-old Andreescu comforted her courtside. The American was a break down at 1-3 in the first set when she withdrew. “I’m sorry I couldn’t do it today, I tried,” said the 23-time Grand Slam champion. Andreescu, who won her first WTA title at Indian Wells earlier this year, becomes the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup women’s singles title since 1969.

Murray makes singles return in Cincinnati Masters

Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray will make a return to singles action at the Cincinnati Masters this week – seven months after fearing he might have to retire. Britain’s former world number one has been playing doubles since June as he regains fitness after hip surgery. Murray, 32, broke down in tears at the Australian Open in January, believing the resurfacing operation he had later that month could end his career. Now the Scot is pain-free and feels the time is right to return to singles. Murray’s last singles match was a five-set loss to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round in Melbourne. Before the match he said he planned to retire after this year’s Wimbledon and feared the Australian Open could be the final tournament of his career. But he returned to the doubles court in June after a career-saving operation with renowned hip surgeon Sarah Muirhead-Allwood, whose previous patients have included the Queen Mother. Murray said the resurfacing of his hip, where the femur head is smoothed down and covered with a metal cap, was “life-changing” and took away the pain which dogged him for a number of years.

Patrick Reed wins Northern Trust by one stroke

Patrick Reed secured his first victory since last year’s Masters when he beat Mexican Abraham Ancer by one stroke at the Northern Trust in New Jersey on Sunday. Reed emerged on top from a packed leaderboard by carding two-under-par 69 in the first of three PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff events at Liberty National. The American sank his winning putt from three feet to finish at 16-under 268, while Ancer remains in search of his PGA Tour breakthrough after also shooting 69 for second place. Spaniard Jon Rahm, who had the outright lead at the turn, also carded 69 to tie for third with American Harold Varner III (68), two behind. Reed, nicknamed ‘Captain America’ after the fictional superhero, said he could not think of a better place to win than on the doorstep of one of the country’s iconic landmarks — the Statue of Liberty. “Just to be back, and to feel like I’ve been playing some solid golf, and finally have it pay off, and to come out as a victory, it’s been a while, a little too long honestly,” he said in a greenside interview.

 Leeds dent Catalans top-five hopes with hammering

Resurgent Leeds Rhinos climbed four points clear of trouble in Super League as they ran in seven tries to hammer top five hopefuls Catalans Dragons 48-8. Leeds led only 16-8 at the break but, despite Brad Singleton’s straight red card for a high shot on the influential Sam Kasiano, inspired by Rhyse Martin, Leeds crossed five more times. Prolific winger Ash Handley and Richie Myler scored two tries each. Rob Lui, Luke Briscoe and Martin, who kicked 10 goals, got the other tries. Martin’s 10 out of 10 haul with the boot was impressive enough, but the Papua New Guinea international’s powerful burst from the halfway line for Rhinos’ second try was the stand-out moment. Leeds also had centre Konrad Hurrell sin-binned for a dangerous tackle. And the game could have been in the balance when Rhinos were again reduced to 12 men when Singleton was sent off on 50 minutes. Yet the Rhinos went on to score three tries in a decisive 13-minute spell – and their defence held firm too. They have now conceded just one try in their last two matches. Steve McNamara’s men remain fifth on 26 points, in a tight tussle for the remaining four places still up for grabs in the end-of-season top five. Still only six points separate second-placed Warrington from seventh-placed Castleford.

Russia’s Sivakov wins Tour de Pologne  

Russia’s Pavel Sivakov survived a flurry of attacks to claim overall victory on Friday in the Tour de Pologne on the seventh and final stage, won by Slovenia’s Matej Mohorič. Sivakov, who rides for Team Ineos, finished 15th on the 153 km route from Bukovina Resort to Bukowina Tatrzańska in Poland. He was among the 18 competitors who finished 2min 15sec behind Bahrain-Merida’s Mohorič, who triumphed in a time of 4hr 04min 42sec. American Neilson Powless of Team Jumbo-Visma finished

Russia’s Pavel Sivakov wins the Tour de Pologne

55 seconds behind Mohorič in second place, while Italy’s Gianluca Brambilla of Trek-Segafredo was a further 12 seconds back in third. The runner-up in the general classification was Australia’s Jai Hindley of Team Sunweb, two seconds behind Sivakov, whose overall time stood at 26:20:58. Rounding off the podium was Italy’s Diego Ulissi of UAE Team Emirates, 12 seconds back. Team Ineos congratulated Sivakov on his victory on Twitter and said their thoughts remain with the family, friends and team-mates of Belgian cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht, who died in hospital last Monday following a crash around 60 miles from the end of the 150.5km-long stage three from Stadion Śląski in Chorzów to Zabrze.

Italy’s Dovizioso wins exciting Austrian MotoGP

Andrea Dovizioso edged out Marc Marquez to win a thrilling Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday and deny the world champion a first win at Spielberg’s Red Bull Ring. Spain’s Marquez claimed a record 59th pole position on his Honda with Ducati’s Dovizioso qualifying third. But the Italian passed Marquez on the final corner to win by 0.213 seconds for his second victory of 2019. Dovizioso is now 58 points behind

Dovizioso celebrates his MotoGP win with his team

Marquez with eight races left. There are 25 points for a race win. The next race is the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday, 25 August. Dovizioso overtook Marquez with nine laps to go and although the five-time champion regained the lead with three laps left, Dovizioso snatched victory at the death. It was his first win since the  the season opener in Qatar in March, with Marquez having won the previous two races. French rider Fabio Quartararo finished third after leading for the first four laps.

Poland top table at European Team Athletics champs

Polish athletes won five finals on the final day of the European Team Athletics Championship  on Sunday as they were crowned overall champions in Bydgoszcz. The hosts trailed France by just 1.5 points at the end of the second day of competition but a further five maximum point wins put them on the victory trail at Zawisza Stadium in the Polish city. The women’s 4x400m relay team scored 12 points in the penultimate event to secure the title and Poland rounded out the competition with a total of 345 points. Defending champions Germany were placed fourth at the end of day two but a strong final day saw them leapfrog France and Italy to claim second place. Germany totalled 317.50 points as the French were pushed into third place on 316.50 points. Italy missed a medal by just 0.5 points in fourth. Piotr Lisek opened day three with maximum points for Poland in the men’s pole vault. He cleared 5.81 metres as Sweden’s Melker Svärd Jacobsson and Renaud Lavillenie of France finished second and third respectively on 5.71m. Adam Kszczot scored 12 points for Poland by holding off Jamie Webb to win the men’s 800m in 1min 46.97sec as the Briton took second in 1:47.25. Álvaro de Arriba López was third for Spain in 1:47.48. Britain’s  Richard Kilty won the men’s 200m as Great Britain finished fifth. Kilty, 29, secured the maximum 12 points in a time of 20.66 seconds despite a hamstring twinge. Earlier, British team-mate Ben Williams smashed his personal best by 40cm to win the men’s triple jump.

Quote of the weekend:

“Serena, you made me cry. I know how it is to pull out of tournaments, it’s not easy. This wasn’t the way I expected to win. You are truly a champion. I’ve watched you win so many times, you are truly a champion on and off the court.” – Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu after Serena Williams retired in the first set to give the 19-year-old the Rogers Cup singles title in front of her home crowd.

For reports on all the weekend sporting events go to: 

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Calendar Keynotes: 12 – 18 August

Monday, 12 August

Football: German DFB Cup (major clubs) – FC Hansa Rostock v VfB Stuttgart, Hallescher FC v VfL Wolfsburg, FC Energie Cottbus v Bayern Munich.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Western and Southern Open, Cincinnati, Ohio, US (till 18 August).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Binck Bank Tour, Netherlands/Belgium (till 18 August).

Tuesday, 13 August

Football: Champions League qualifying third round (major clubs) – Dynamo Kiev v Club Brugge (agg 0-1), FC Copenhagen v Red Star Belgrade (agg 1-1), Ajax v PAOK Salonika (agg 2-2), LASK v FC Basel (agg 2-1), Celtic v CFR Cluj (agg 1-1), FC Porto v FK Krasnodar (agg 1-0),

Tennis: ATP & WTA Western and Southern Open, Cincinnati, Ohio, US (till 18 August).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Binck Bank Tour, Netherlands/Belgium (till 18 August).

Wednesday, 14 August

Football: Super Cup  – Liverpool v Chelsea.

Cricket: Ashes series, England v Australia, 2nd Test, Lord’s, London (Australia lead 1-0, till 18 August)), Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle (till 18 August).

Tennis: ATP & WTA Western and Southern Open, Cincinnati, Ohio, US (till 18 August).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Binck Bank Tour, Netherlands/Belgium (till 18 August).

Thursday, 15 August

Cricket: Ashes series, England v Australia, 2nd Test, Lord’s, London (Australia lead 1-0, till 18 August)), Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle (till 18 August).

Rugby League: Super League – Leeds Rhinos v St Helens.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Western and Southern Open, Cincinnati, Ohio, US (till 18 August).

Golf: USPGA Tour – BMW Championship, Medinah CC, Illinois, US (till 18 August), PGA European Tour, D+D Real Czech Masters, Albatross Golf Resort, Visoky Ujezd, Czech Republic (till 18 August).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Binck Bank Tour, Netherlands/Belgium (till 18 August).

Friday, 16 August   

Football: Scottish League Cup second round – Motherwell v Hearts, French Ligue 1 – Lyon v Angers, Spanish La Liga – Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona, German Bundesliga – Bayern Munich v Hertha Berlin.

Cricket: Ashes series, England v Australia, 2nd Test, Lord’s, London (Australia lead 1-0, till 18 August)), Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle (till 18 August).

Rugby League: Super League – Huddersfield Giants v Castleford Tigers, Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves.

Tennis:  ATP & WTA Western and Southern Open, Cincinnati, Ohio, US (till 18 August).

Golf: USPGA Tour – BMW Championship, Medinah CC, Illinois, US (till 18 August), PGA European Tour, D+D Real Czech Masters, Albatross Golf Resort, Visoky Ujezd, Czech Republic (till 18 August).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Binck Bank Tour, Netherlands/Belgium (till 18 August).

Saturday, 17 August  

Football: English Premier League – Arsenal v Burnley, Southampton v Liverpool, Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Scottish League Cup second round – Celtic v Dunfermline, Forfar Athletic v Livingston, Hibernian v Greenock Morton, Kilmarnock v Hamilton Academical, French Ligue 1 – Nantes v Marseille, Bordeaux v Montpellier, Metz v Monaco, Nimes v Nice, Toulouse v Dijon, Spanish La Liga – Celta Vigo v Real Madrid, Valencia v Real Sociedad, Leganes v Osasuna, Villareal v Granada, German Bundesliga – Bayer 04 Leverkusen v SC Paderborn 07,  Borussia Dortmund v FC Augsburg, SC Freiburg v Mainz 05, Werder Bremen v Fortuna Dusseldorf, VfL Wolfsburg v 1. FC Koln, Borussia Monchengladbach v FC Schalke 04.

Cricket: Ashes series, England v Australia, 2nd Test, Lord’s, London (Australia lead 1-0, till 18 August)), Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle (till 18 August).

Rugby Union: Internationals – New Zealand v Australia, Wales v England, South Africa v Argentina, Italy v Russia, France v Scotland.

Rugby League: Super League – Catalans Dragons v London Broncos, Hull FC v Salford Red Devils.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Western and Southern Open, Cincinnati, Ohio, US (till 18 August).

Golf: USPGA Tour – BMW Championship, Medinah CC, Illinois, US (till 18 August), PGA European Tour, D+D Real Czech Masters, Albatross Golf Resort, Visoky Ujezd, Czech Republic (till 18 August).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Binck Bank Tour, Netherlands/Belgium (till 18 August).

Sunday, 18 August  

Football: English Premier League – Chelsea v Leicester City, Scottish League Cup second round – Dundee v Aberdeen, East Fife v Rangers, French Ligue 1 – Rennes v Paris Saint Germain, Spanish La Liga – Alaves v Levante, Espanyol v Sevilla, Atletico Madrid v Getafe, German Bundesliga – Eintracht Frankfurt v 1899 Hoffenheim, 1. FC Union Berlin v RB Leipzig.

Cricket: Ashes series, England v Australia, 2nd Test, Lord’s, London (Australia lead 1-0, final day), Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle (final day).

Rugby League: Super League – Hull KR v Wakefield Trinity.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Western and Southern Open, Cincinnati, Ohio, US (final day).

Golf: USPGA Tour – BMW Championship, Medinah CC, Illinois, US (final day), PGA European Tour, D+D Real Czech Masters, Albatross Golf Resort, Visoky Ujezd, Czech Republic (final day).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Binck Bank Tour, Netherlands/Belgium (final day).

Athletics: IAAF Diamond League, Birmingham, England.