The sports wrap, Monday 13 January 2020

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Novak Djokovic was inspirational in Serbia's victory over Spain in the final of the inaugural ATP Cup

Djokovic inspires Serbia to ATP Cup win over Spain

Novak Djokovic inspired Serbia to victory in the inaugural ATP Cup team event in Sydney after defeating his long-term Spanish rival Rafael Nadal in singles on Sunday before playing a pivotal role in the deciding doubles match. With the final locked at 1-1, the world No.2 partnered veteran Victor Troicki to beat Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta and Feliciano Lopez 6-3 6-4, triggering wild celebrations from the Serbian fans in the crowd. The 16-times Grand Slam champion proved to be a calming influence throughout, especially after the Serbian pair fell behind early in the match. He used his powerful serve and fleet-footed returns to haul his country back into the first set and create a momentum shift Serbia rode all the way to a victory completed in the early hours of Monday morning. “We are filled with joy,” Djokovic said. It was a lost opportunity for Spain in the 24-nation tournament to prove it has the world’s best men’s tennis team, having recently won the revamped Davis Cup and boasting two top 10 players in its ATP Cup side. Nadal was substituted out of the Spanish combination in a surprise last-minute move he said was a team decision. The world No.1 cited a gruelling tournament schedule and lack of energy as part of the reason. Djokovic earlier beat Nadal 6-2 7-6(4), extending his dominance over the Spaniard on hardcourts, a surface Nadal has not beaten him on since 2013.

Serena wins first title in three years in Auckland

Tennis great Serena Williams won her first title in three years and first since becoming a mother with victory over Jessica Pegula at the Auckland Classic on Sunday. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion beat her fellow American 6-3 6-4. It is the 38-year-old’s first singles title since she won the Australian Open in 2017 and her 73rd WTA title overall. Williams, in her fourth decade on the WTA Tour, lost the Wimbledon and US Open finals in

Serena Williams celebrates her first title in three years in Auckland

2018 and 2019 and retired from the 2019 Rogers Cup final. She said after her victory that she would donate her prize money in Auckland and a dress she had worn to the Australian bushfire appeal. The Australian Open begins on 20 January, with Williams bidding to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. In Brisbane, defending champion Karolina Pliskova prevailed in a three-set tug-of-war with American Madison Keys to become the first three-time winner at the Brisbane International. A day after clinching a nearly three-hour semi-finals duel with Naomi Osaka, the Czech world No.2 overcame a mid-match blip to triumph 6-4 4-6 7-5.

Record-breaking Liverpool march on towards title

Unbeaten Liverpool stretched their lead at the top of the English Premier League to an astonishing 14 points with a game in hand as Leicester City went down at home to Southampton to slip down to third behind champions Manchester City who embarrassed relegation-threatened Aston Villa 6-1. Chelsea remain fourth after easily beating Burnley 3-0  while Manchester United are fifth after hammering bottom-placed Norwich 4-0. Newly promoted Sheffield United continue to surprise in sixth spot with a 1-0 home victory over West Ham United.

At Villa Park, Sergio Aguero scored his 12th hat-trick to become the highest overseas goalscorer in Premier League history in rampant Manchester City’s 6-1 hammering of struggling Aston Villa. The Argentine moved level – and then past – Thierry Henry, before joining Frank Lampard on 177 goals in England’s top flight. Algerian Riyad Mahrez scored the first two, with Gabriel Jesus splitting Aguero’s double just before half-time. Villa’s loss moved them into the relegation zone.

 At Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Liverpool overcame another obstacle on the path to what looks an almost certain league title triumph as they chalked up a record-breaking 20th win in 21 matches with a hard-fought 1-0 victory

Brazilian Roberto Firmino scored Liverpool’s only goal in their victory over Tottenham Hotspur

against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur. Their achievement is the best-ever tally at this stage of the season by a side in any of Europe’s ‘big five’ leagues. Brazilian Roberto Firmino scored the all-important goal in the 37th minute after taking a pass in the penalty area from Mo Salah on the back of numerous missed chances by the Reds.

At the King Power Stadium, Southampton produced the biggest shock of the weekend against Leicester City as they gained sweet revenge for a 9-0 home drubbing by Leicester in October. Prolific striker Danny Ings scored a late winner to give them a 2-1 victory and push the Foxes down into third place on the table. Southampton moved up to 12th place and well away from the relegation zone.

At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi scored his first Premier League goal and Tammy Abraham was back on target in the 3-0 win against lowly Burnley. After a series of frustrating performances at home, Jorginho’s penalty opened the scoring in the first half against a Burnley side set up to frustrate. Abraham’s 15th Chelsea goal of his breakthrough season doubled the lead and Hudson-Odoi finished off Burnley soon after half-time.

PSG held by Monaco, Marseille close gap 

Marseille closed the gap on Paris Saint Germain to five points after the champions were held to a surprise 3-3 draw by mid-table Monaco on Sunday night. A 70th minute goal by Algerian Islam Slimani gave Monaco the away draw after Marseille had strengthened their grip on second place with a late winner from substitute Kevin Strootman for a 1-0 win over third-placed Rennes on Friday night. After Dimitri Payet’s 84th-minute free kick was saved by goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, Strootman showed good balance to clip the loose ball high into the net from a tight angle just two minutes after coming off the bench. Marseille are now nine league games unbeaten. Montpellier are sixth after a 2-1 away win at Amiens while Nimes are still second from bottom despite a much-needed 2-0 home win over mid-table Reims.

Real Madrid win Spanish Super Cup in Jeddah 

Real Madrid won their 11th Spanish Super Cup title as Sergio Ramos tucked home the winning spot-kick in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to see off city rivals Atletico Madrid 4-1 in a penalty shootout after a dull goalless draw. With Atletico having failed to convert their opening two penalties, Madrid captain Ramos proved their nemesis again when he sent Jan

Real Madrid celebrate their victory over city rivals Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final

Oblak the wrong way. Federico Valverde and Alvaro Morata – against his former club – spurned the best opportunities of a dour 90 minutes at King Abdullah Sports City stadium on Sunday, though the quality did improve in extra-time. However, a string of excellent saves from both goalkeepers, either side of Valverde’s late red card, forced penalties, with Saul Niguez and Thomas Partey missing from the spot. Ramos kept his composure to take the title back to Santiago Bernabeu after Dani Carvajal, Rodrygo and Luka Modric also hit the target from 12 yards. In the Italian Serie A, defending champions Juventus returned to the top of the table with a 2-1 win at Roma on Sunday night after Inter Milan were held to a 1-1 home draw by fourth placed Atalanta. Juventus are now two points ahead of Inter after first-half goals from Merih Demirel and Cristiano Ronaldo gave them a 2-0 lead. A second-half strike from Diego Perotti got Roma back into the game but Juve hung on.

Three French clubs into Champions Cup last eight

Clermont Auvergne, Toulouse, Racing 92 and Exeter Chiefs joined Leinster in the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup after weekend pool matches while title holders Saracens kept their hopes of qualifying alive with a 22-15 win over Ospreys as Munster went down to Racing 92 in their pool.

In Pool 1, Northampton Saints recovered to earn a bonus-point 33-20 win over Italian side Benetton to keep alive their cup qualifying hopes. Saints failed to make their dominance count in the first half at Franklin’s Gardens and trailed at the break after Tommaso Benvenuti’s intercept try. Harry Mallinder, returning from injury after more than a year out, had opened the scoring early on for the hosts. Second-half tries from Henry Taylor, Francois van Wyk, Fraser Dingwall and Andy Symons ensured the win. In the other match, Leinster, who have already qualified in top spot, easily beat Lyon 42-14 to maintain their 100 percent record. Northampton will need to secure one of the three best runner-up places if they are to progress for the first time since 2016.

In Pool 2, Exeter Chiefs clinched their place in the last eight of the Champions Cup despite being held in a titanic tussle with Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun. Dave Rennie’s hosts – realistically needing a bonus-point win to keep their hopes alive – crossed twice inside eight minutes through Tommy Seymour and Huw Jones. But the Premiership leaders capitalised twice on Glasgow yellow cards to run in tries by Matt Kvesic (two) and Jacques Vermeulen after Nic White’s score.Glasgow levelled twice through George Horne and Nikola Matawalu – and had a late Sam Johnson effort disallowed – but the draw leaves their qualification hopes dangling. In the other match, La Rochelle beat Sale 30-23 to keep their last eight hopes alive.

In Pool 3, Clermont Auvergne produced a powerful second-half display to take control of the group with a 29-13 home win over previously unbeaten Ulster. John Cooney’s early converted try and penalty gave Ulster a deserved one-point lead at half-time. However, the

Alivereti Raka’s 49th minute try gave Clermont their first lead of the game against Ulster

hosts took over after the break scoring 20 points including tries from Alivereti Raka and George Moala. With their last-eight berth secured, Clermont, on 20 points, can book a home quarter-final with victory against Harlequins. Ulster, three points behind, can still qualify for the quarter-finals with a win against Bath next weekend. In the other match, Harlequins beat Bath 25.19.

In Pool 4,  Munster’s slim hopes of progressing to the last eight suffered a blow after a 39-22 defeat by France’s Racing 92 while defending champions Saracens kept their hopes alive after beating Ospreys 22-15 to move up to second spot in the pool. Andrew Conway’s superb intercept try cancelled out Teddy Thomas’ opener to give Munster the lead at the break. After a tense 70 minutes, late tries from Thomas, Virimi Vakatawa and Juan Imhoff secured Racing’s spot in the quarter-finals. Munster need a bonus-point win and results to go their way in the final pool games if they are to progress. Saracens beat Ospreys despite playing for 75 minutes with 14 men.

In Pool 5, four-time champions Toulouse eased their way into the last eight with a 21-7 win against Connacht in Galway. But the unbeaten French side had a tougher ride than expected with the Irish province holding them 7-7 at half-time. Second half tries from hooker Julien Marchand and centre Pita Ahki, who pounced on a charge down from close range, gave them breathing space and they secured their fifth win of the pool. In the other match, Gloucester claimed a bonus point overcoming Montpellier 29-6 but will have to win at Toulouse next week if they are to have any hope of progressing.

Australian Ormsby wins Hong Kong Open

Australia’s Wade Ormsby won the Hong Kong Open on Sunday four shots ahead of Open champion Shane Lowry who enjoyed his best performance since victory at Royal Portrush. Lowry shot a six-under 64 to end 13 under behind Wade Ormsby, who won for a second time in three years. The 39-year-old Ormsby led from start to finish at the rearranged event, which was moved from its date in December due to the civil unrest in Hong Kong. At Randpark, Johannesburg, Branden Grace fired a nine-under 62 to win the South African Open. It was Grace’s ninth European Tour win, but his first since November 2017. He finished on 21 under, three clear of overnight leader and fellow South African Louis Oosthuizen, whose last-round 68, included a hole-in-one. Grace also claimed one of the three qualifying spots available to non-exempt players for The Open at Royal St George’s in July, along with England’s Marcus Armitage, who finished third, and Jaco Ahlers of South Africa.

Marathon champion Kipsang on tampering charge

Two-time London Marathon winner Wilson Kipsang has been charged for ‘whereabouts failures’ and ‘tampering’ by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU). The 37-year-old Kenyan is now banned from competing until his hearing has taken place. Kipsang – the London 2012

Marathon runner Wilson Kipsang has been banned from competition after tampering charges

marathon bronze medallist – has also won the Berlin, New York and Tokyo marathons. His management stressed he has not failed a drugs test and added: “No prohibited substance was found.” Kipsang is the sixth fastest marathon runner in history, with a personal best of two hours three minutes and 13 seconds. The AIU – founded by World Athletics to combat doping in 2017 – confirmed Kipsang’s suspension for “whereabouts failures” and “tampering or attempted tampering”.

Portuguese rider Goncalves dies in Dakar Rally

Portuguese motorbike rider Paulo Goncalves has died after a fall in the Dakar Rally, race organisers announced on Sunday. The 40-year-old, who finished second in the event five years ago, was airlifted to hospital but could not be saved. Riding for the Hero Motorsports team, Goncalves was taking part in his 13th Dakar Rally and the first to be staged in Saudi Arabia. Sunday’s seventh stage of the race was a 546-km journey from Riyadh to Wadi Al Dawasir.

Iran’s only female Olympic medallist defects 

Iran’s only female Olympic medallist has said on social media she had left her homeland because she had had enough of being used by its authorities as a propaganda tool.  Taekwondo champion Kimia Alizadeh, who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, implied in an Instagram post that she had moved to Europe. She wrote on an account she has used for some time, but it was not immediately possible to verify her location, Reuters reported.  “No one has invited me to Europe and I haven’t been given a tempting offer. But I accept the pain and hardship of homesickness because I didn’t want to be part of hypocrisy, lies, injustice and flattery,” she said.

For full reports on all the weekend sporting events go to: 

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Calendar Keynotes:  13-19 January

Monday, 13 January

Tennis: ATP Adelaide International, Adelaide, South Australia (till 19 January), ATP Auckland Open (ASB Classic), Auckland, New Zealand (till 19 January), WTA Hobart International, Hobart, Tasmania (till 19 January).

Snooker: The Masters, Alexandra Palace, London (till 19 January).

Winter Sports – Winter Youth Olympics, Lausanne, Switzerland (till 22 January).

Tuesday, 14 January

Football: FA Cup third round replays (major clubs) – Newcastle United v Rochdale, Tranmere Rovers v Watford, Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough, Copa Italia – Napoli v Perugia, Lazio v Cremonese, Inter Milan v Cagliari.

Cricket: ODI – India v Australia, Mumbai.

Tennis: ATP Adelaide International, Adelaide, South Australia (till 19 January), ATP Auckland Open (ASB Classic), Auckland, New Zealand (till 19 January), WTA Hobart International, Hobart, Tasmania (till 19 January).

Snooker: The Masters, Alexandra Palace, London (till 19 January).

Winter Sports – Winter Youth Olympics, Lausanne, Switzerland (till 22 January), Alpine Skiing World Cup, Flachau, Austria, FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Wengen Switzerland (till 19 January).

Wednesday, 15 January

Football: FA Cup third round replays (major clubs) – Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers, French Ligue 1 – Nimes v Rennes, Monaco v Paris Saint Germain, Coppa Italia – Fiorentina v Atalanta, AC Milan v Spal, Juventus v Udinese.

Tennis: ATP Adelaide International, Adelaide, South Australia (till 19 January), ATP Auckland Open (ASB Classic), Auckland, New Zealand (till 19 January), WTA Hobart International, Hobart, Tasmania (till 19 January).

Snooker: The Masters, Alexandra Palace, London (till 19 January).

Winter Sports: Winter Youth Olympics, Lausanne, Switzerland (till 22 January),  Alpine Skiing World Cup, Wengen Switzerland (till 19 January).

Thursday, 16 January

Football: Coupe de France – Pau v Bordeaux, Copa Italia – Parma v Roma.

Tennis: ATP Adelaide International, Adelaide, South Australia (till 19 January), ATP Auckland Open (ASB Classic), Auckland, New Zealand (till 19 January), WTA Hobart International, Hobart, Tasmania (till 19 January).

Cricket: South Africa v England, 3rd Test, Port Elizabeth (series tied 1-1, till 20 January)

Golf: USPGA The American Express, La Quinta, California (till 19 January), PGA European Tour, Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, Abu Dhabi GC, UAE (till 19 January).

Snooker: The Masters, Alexandra Palace, London (till 19 January).

Winter Sports: Winter Youth Olympics, Lausanne, Switzerland (till 22 January), Alpine Skiing World Cup, Wengen Switzerland (till 19 January), FIS Ski Jumping World Cup, Titisee-Neustadt, Germany (till 19 January), FIS Ski Jumping World Cup, Zao, Japan (till 19 January).

Friday, 17 January

Football: Scottish Cup fourth round – Rangers v Stranraer, Coupe de France – Granville v Marseille, German Bundesliga – FC Schalke v Borussia Monchengladbach.

Rugby Union: European Challenge Cup – Pool 1, Dragons v Yenisey-STM Krasnoyarsk, Worcester Warriors v Castres.

Tennis: ATP Adelaide International, Adelaide, South Australia (till 19 January), ATP Auckland Open (ASB Classic), Auckland, New Zealand (till 19 January), WTA Hobart International, Hobart, Tasmania (till 19 January).

Cricket: South Africa v England, 3rd Test, Port Elizabeth (series tied 1-1, till 20 January), ODI – India v Australia, Rajkot.

Golf: USPGA The American Express, La Quinta, California (till 19 January), PGA European Tour, Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, Abu Dhabi GC, UAE (till 19 January).

Snooker: The Masters, Alexandra Palace, London (till 19 January).

Winter Sports: Winter Youth Olympics, Lausanne, Switzerland (till 22 January), Alpine Skiing World Cup, Wengen,Switzerland (till 19 January), FIS Ski Jumping World Cup, Titisee-Neustadt, Germany (till 19 January), FIS Ski Jumping World Cup, Zao, Japan (till 19 January).

Saturday, 18 January

Football English Premier League – Watford v Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal v Sheffield United, Manchester City v Crystal Palace, Southampton v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle United v Chelsea, Scottish Cup fourth round (major clubs) – Aberdeen v Dumbarton, Hearts v Airdrieonians, Kilmarnock v Queens Park, Livingston v Raith Rovers, Partick Thistle v Celtic, Dundee v Motherwell, Coupe de France (major clubs) – Epinal v JS Saint-Pierroise, Red Star FC v Nice, ESM Gonfreville v Lille, Angouleme v Strasbourg, Paris FC v Saint-Etienne, Nantes v Lyon, Spanish La Liga – Real Madrid v Sevilla, Eibar v Atletico Madrid, Italian Serie A – Lazio v Sampdoria, Napoli v Fiorentina, German Bundesliga – FC Augsburg v Borussia Dortmund, 1899 Hoffenheim v Eintracht Frankfurt, RB Leipzig v 1. FC Union Berlin.

Rugby Union: European Champions Cup – Pool 1, Benetton v Leinster, Lyon v Northampton Saints, Pool 2, Exeter Chiefs v La Rochelle, Sale v Glasgow Warriors, Pool 3, Harlequins v Clermont Auvergne, Ulster v Bath. European Challenge Cup – Pool 2, London Irish v Scarlets, Toulon v Bayonne, Pool 3, Edinburgh v Agen, Wasps v Bordeaux Begles, Pool 4, Zebre v Bristol, Brive v Stade Francais, Pool 5, Cardiff Blues v Rugby Calvisano, Pau v Leicester Tigers.

Tennis: ATP Adelaide International, Adelaide, South Australia (till 19 January), ATP Auckland Open (ASB Classic), Auckland, New Zealand (till 19 January), WTA Hobart International, Hobart, Tasmania (till 19 January).

Cricket: South Africa v England, 3rd Test, Port Elizabeth (series tied 1-1, till 20 January).

Golf: USPGA The American Express, La Quinta, California (till 19 January), PGA European Tour, Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, Abu Dhabi GC, UAE (till 19 January).

Snooker: The Masters, Alexandra Palace, London (till 19 January).

Winter Sports: Winter Youth Olympics, Lausanne, Switzerland (till 22 January), Alpine Skiing World Cup, Wengen, Switzerland (till 19 January), FIS Ski Jumping World Cup, Titisee-Neustadt, Germany (till 19 January), FIS Ski Jumping World Cup, Zao, Japan (till 19 January), FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Sestriere, Italy (till 19 January).

Sunday, 19 January

Football:  English Premier League – Burnley v Leicester City, Liverpool v Manchester United,  Coupe de France (major clubs)  – Athletico Marseille v Rennes, Dijon v Nimes, Montpellier v Caen, Rouen v Angers, Lorient v Paris Saint Germain, Spanish La Liga – Mallorca v Valencia, Athletic Bilbao v Celta Vigo, Barcelona v Granada, Italian Serie A  – AC Milan v Udinese, Brescia v Calgiari, Lecce v Inter Milan, Genoa v Roma, Juventus v Parma, German Bundesliga – Hertha Berlin v Bayern Munich, SC Paderborn 07 v Beyer 04 Leverkusen.

Rugby Union: European Champions Cup – Pool 4, Munster v Ospreys, Saracens v Racing 92, Pool 5, Montpellier v Connacht, Toulouse v Gloucester.

Tennis: ATP Adelaide International, Adelaide, South Australia (final day), ATP Auckland Open (ASB Classic), Auckland, New Zealand (final day), WTA Hobart International, Hobart, Tasmania (final day).

Cricket: South Africa v England, 3rd Test, Port Elizabeth (series tied 1-1, till 20 January), ODI – India v Australia, Bangalore.

Golf:  USPGA The American Express, La Quinta, California (final day), PGA European Tour, Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, Abu Dhabi GC, UAE (final day).

Snooker: The Masters, Alexandra Palace, London (till 19 January).

Winter Sports: Winter Youth Olympics, Lausanne, Switzerland (till 22 January), Alpine Skiing World Cup, Wengen, Switzerland (final day), FIS Ski Jumping World Cup, Titisee-Neustadt, Germany (final day), FIS Ski Jumping World Cup, Zao, Japan (final day), FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, Sestriere, Italy (final day).