The sports wrap, Monday 13 July 2020

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Lewis Hamilton after winning the Styrian GP in Spielberg, Austria, on Sunday

Hamilton wins Styrian GP in Mercedes one-two

Six-times world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Styrian Formula One Grand Prix in a Mercedes one-two on Sunday to celebrate his 85th career victory and move a step closer to Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 91. Finnish team-mate Valtteri Bottas, winner of last weekend’s season-opener behind closed doors at the same Austrian circuit in Spielberg, was runner-up with his championship lead cut to six points. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished third at his team’s home Red Bull Ring. Struggling Ferrari provided a major talking point with Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel colliding on the opening lap and both retiring from the race. Vettel’s back wing was irredeemably damaged. He was pushed into the garage. Leclerc soldiered on briefly but was also forced out. The Monagesque rightly accepted responsibility, saying: ‘I apologised. Excuses are not enough in times like this and I’m just disappointed in myself. I have done a very bad job today. I have let the team down.” Hamilton’s victory was set up by his blistering lap in qualifying as rain lashed down. He was a massive 1.2sec ahead of Verstappen, the next quickest man, on Saturday. The Briton was comfortably in control all race in easier conditions, having led the grid in taking a knee before the anthem was played.

West Indies beat England for memorable four-wicket win

Jermaine Blackwood’s magnificent 95 helped the West Indies to a memorable four-wicket victory over England in a gripping 1st Test in Southampton on Sunday. Chasing 200 on the final day, the tourists were reduced to 27 for three and lost opener John Campbell retired hurt, mainly to fired-up pace bowler Jofra Archer who took three for 45. But the nerveless Blackwood calmly combined with Roston Chase for a stand of 63, then added 68 with Shane Dowrich. England had chances to dismiss Blackwood. Stand-in captain Ben

Jermaine Blackwood on his way to helping West Indies beat England by four wickets

Stokes failed to get a hand on a tough opportunity at slip off Dom Bess, gully Rory Burns and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler both dropped catches off Stokes, and Zak Crawley could not gather the ball in the covers when Blackwood and Chase got in a mix-up running a single. Stokes threatened to inspire England yet again first by removing Dowrich, then Blackwood when only 11 were needed. But a limping Campbell returned to join captain Jason Holder and scamper the winning run. West Indies take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, while Stokes is condemned to defeat in his first match as skipper. Joe Root will return to lead England when the second behind-closed-doors Test begins at Old Trafford on Thursday. If the tourists avoid defeat there, they will retain the Wisden Trophy they earned with a series victory in the Caribbean 18 months ago.

Liverpool held at home as Man City batter Brighton

Champions Liverpool’s bid to break the Premier League points record received a setback with a surprise 1-1 home draw against Burnley while second-placed Manchester City slammed five past Brighton and Hove Albion. Third-placed Chelsea stuttered in trying to ensure a Champions League place with a 3-0 hammering at Sheffield United but Leicester City missed out on overtaking them with a stunning 4-1 defeat at lowly Bournemouth on Sunday night. In-form Manchester United moved to within one point in fifth place with a 3-0 win at relegation-threatened Aston Villa.

At Anfield, Burnley ended new champions Liverpool’s hopes of completing the season with a 100 per cent Premier League home record thanks to Jay Rodriguez’s second-half equaliser. Clarets striker Rodriguez swivelled and fired home from inside the box following a James Tarkowski header to reward Sean Dyche’s side for their resilience and persistence in the face of large periods of home dominance. The visitors could even have left Anfield with all three points, but Johann Berg Gudmundsson fired an effort against the crossbar with just minutes remaining. Andrew Robertson had given the home side the lead in the first half, but they also spurned a number of good opportunities to score more, with Mohamed Salah and Curtis Jones guilty of wayward shooting.

At Amex Stadium, England striker Raheem Sterling scored his third hat-trick of the season as Manchester City swept Brighton aside to ensure they will finish in second place in the Premier League. City had lost their three

Raheem Sterling completes his hat-trick with an unorthodox header against Brighton

previous away league games, including a defeat at Southampton last Sunday, but they never looked like suffering another slip-up on their return to the south coast. Sterling, who now has 27 goals in all competitions for City this season, inflicted most of the damage on a Brighton side who never managed to make the game a contest.

At Bramall Lane,  Sheffield United continued their push for European qualification as they moved into the Premier League’s top six with a convincing 3-0 win over third-placed Chelsea at Bramall Lane. David McGoldrick’s first Premier League goal opened the scoring, pouncing after Kepa Arrizabalaga had saved brilliantly from a deflected Oli McBurnie shot in the 18th minute. Chelsea’s defence was shaky throughout and they were ruthlessly punished just 15 minutes later when Enda Stevens crossed and McBurnie was left completely unmarked in the six-yard box to power home a simple header. The damage was completed with a second McGoldrick goal after the break.

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In the Spanish La Liga, champions Barcelona moved within a point of leaders Real Madrid with a narrow 1-0 win at Real Valladolid. Arturo Vidal scored the only goal, with a low effort into the bottom left corner from Lionel Messi’s pass. Madrid, who have a game in

Karim Benzema (right) scored a penalty in Real Madrid’s win over lowly Alaves

hand, travel to Granada in their next game on Monday night. Had Barcelona failed to win, Zinedine Zidane’s side would have had the opportunity to clinch the title. As it stands, Real are a point clear with the advantage of a better head-to-head record after beating lowly Alaves 2-0 on Friday night. As it now stants, two wins – or one win and two draws – from their remaining three games will bring Real the championship.

In Italian Serie A, Cristiano Ronaldo scored two penalties as champions Juventus survived a scare to move eight points clear at the top of with a draw against  in-form Atalanta. The visitors, who controlled long periods of the game, twice went ahead in Turin, via Duvan Zapata and Ruslan Malinovskiy. However, Ronaldo took his tally to 28 goals in 28 league games with his second penalty in the 90th minute.Second-placed Lazio had earlier fallen to a shock 2-1 home defeat by Sassuolo. Atalanta, who have scored 19 goals more than any other side in Italy’s top flight this season, twice appeared on course to move up to second in the table with a 10th straight win.

Morikawa wins USPGA Tour Workday Charity Open in Ohio 

Collin Morikawa beat fellow American Justin Thomas in a tense play-off to win the Workday Charity Open in Ohio. Morikawa, who led for the first two rounds, came from three strokes down with three holes remaining to force the play-off at the USPGA Tour event at Muirfield Village. He won on the third play-off hole after

Collin Morikawa wins USPGA Tour Workday Charity Open in Ohio on Sunday 

third-round leader Thomas’ tee shot landed behind a tree. Morikawa, 23, finished on 19 under par for his second US PGA Tour win. “Justin wasn’t going to give it to me. He was fighting through the entire day,” said Morikawa. “I’m excited right now, I’m so happy.” Ian Poulter was the top British golfer, coming joint fifth on 12 under. The Ohio event was added to the PGA Tour calendar after the John Deere Classic was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

World Team Tennis (WTT) launches regular season

World Team Tennis (WTT) has kicked off its three-week regular season, as the world of professional tennis moves forward in the United States during the coronavirus outbreak. Back-to-back champions Springfield Lasers face the Orlando Storm to kick off opening day at the Greenbrier in West Virginia, with all matches taking place at the resort throughout the season, where mandatory testing and temperature checks, along with other safety precautions, are in place. Four-time Grand Slam winner and comeback queen Kim Clijsters of Belgium joins the New York Empire, who are out for redemption after losing in the finals against the Lasers last season, while 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens leads the expansion team Chicago Smash. As many as 500 fans at a time will be allowed at the Greenbrier’s 2,500-person stadium, making it among the rare few sporting events in North America to welcome attendees in the Covid-19 era. Frances Tiafoe, a 22-year-old American who reached the quarterfinals at the 2019 Australian Open, was forced to drop out of the WTT events earlier this month after testing positive for Covid-19.

Outcome of UAE bid for Beziers should be known this week

The outcome of the bid by United Arab Emirates investors to buy Pro D2 Beziers rugby club (ASBH) should be known later this week following the signing of a protocol with the current owners and further talks with the French Rugby Federation. The Federation met late last week with the current owners and senior officials and the Emirates investors seeking further documentation in order to endorse the bid. Former French winger Christophe Dominici has been acting as a middle man in the negotiations. The outcome of the talks are expected to influence whether Beziers stays in Pro D2 for the 2020/201 season. If the Federation does not receive the documents demanded by the end of the week, the project is likely to fall through. Beziers, once a major force in French rugby union, has been struggling financially with a significant budget deficit. French rugby newspaper Midi Olympique reported that Beziers could become a new giant of French rugby if the takeover deal is secured. It would see Beziers become the first European club to have a majority share outside Europe. Midi Olympique said that the club has been linked with All Blacks Beauden Barrett and Ma’a Nonu as well as Welsh international fly-half Dan Biggar and French winger  Benjamin Fall.

Premiership Rugby defends packed restart schedule

Premiership Rugby says protecting the integrity of the competition is why clubs will play seven games in four weeks when the league restarts. The Gallagher Premiership will resume on 14 August, with Harlequins hosting Sale. But some clubs will be playing once every four days to finish the season, with three midweek rounds scheduled. “Every single club is absolutely on board and totally supportive of this schedule,” said Premiership Rugby chief executive Darren Childs. “The reaction has been very positive. It was very clear early on that we wanted to keep the integrity of the competition, if we could possibly avoid cancelling rounds or awarding points.” The Premiership season was suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. With nine rounds of matches still to play, as well as the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals of both the Heineken Champions and Challenge Cups, a fixture pile-up was inevitable. The 2020 Premiership final has been arranged for 24 October, with England’s rearranged Six Nations fixture with Italy planned for the weekend after, before a further block of internationals in November.

Cieren Fallon rides Oxted to victory in July Cup

Cieren Fallon, the son of retired six-time champion jockey Kieren, won the July Cup at Newmarket aboard Oxted for trainer Roger Teal on Saturday. It was the biggest win so far of the 21-year-old’s career in a race his father never won.

Trainer Roger Teal (left) with jockey Cieren Fallon after his win in the July Cup on Oxted

Frankie Dettori – who needs the July Cup for a full house of big Group One victories in Britain – was second on Sceptical. It was a first top-level win for Fallon junior and Lambourn trainer Teal. Pre-race favourite Golden Horde (2-1), finished third, as Khaadem came fourth. An emotional Fallon said he was speechless after claiming victory. “I can’t put it into words,” Fallon told ITV. “I was just a passenger on a very good horse and Mr Teal has done an incredible job.”

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Calendar Keynotes: 13-19 July

Monday, 13 July

Football: English Premier League –  Manchester United v Southampton, Spanish La Liga –  Alaves v Getafe, Villareal v Real Sociedad, Granada v Real Madrid, Italian Serie A – Inter Milan v Torino.

Tuesday, 14 July

Football: English Premier League –Chelsea v Norwich City, Italian Serie A – Atalanta v Brescia.

Wednesday, 15 July  

Football: English Premier League – Burnley v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Manchester City v AFC Bournemouth, Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal v Liverpool,  Italian Serie A – AC Milan v Parma, Sampdoria v Cagliari, Lecce v Fiorentina, Roma v Hellas Verona, Sassuolo v Juventus, Udinese v Lazio.

Golf: European PGA Tour, Euram Bank Open, Golf Club Adamstal, Ramsau, Austria (till 18 July).

Thursday, 16 July

Football: English Premier League – Everton v Aston Villa, Leicester City v Sheffield United, Crystal Palace v Manchester United, Southampton v Brighton & Hove Albion, Spanish La Liga , Athletic Bilbao v Leganes, Barcelona v Osasuna, Celta Vigo v Levante, Eibar v Real Valladolid, Getafe v Atletico Madrid, Mallorca v Granada, Real Betis v Alaves, Real Madrid v Villareal, Real Sociedad v Sevilla, Italian Serie A – Torino v Genoa, SPAL v Inter Milan.

Golf: USPGA Tour, The Memorial Tournament, Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio (till 19 July),  European PGA Tour, Euram Bank Open, GC Adamstal, Ramsau, Austria (till 18 July).

Cricket: England v West Indies, 2nd Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Southampton, West Indies lead 1-0 (till 20 July).

Friday, 17 July

Football: English Premier League – West Ham United v Watford.

Formula One – Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring, Mogyorod (till 19 July).

Cricket: England v West Indies, 2nd Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Southampton, West Indies lead 1-0 (till 20 July).

Golf: USPGA Tour, The Memorial Tournament, Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio (till 19 July),  European PGA Tour, Euram Bank Open, GC Adamstal, Ramsau, Austria (till 18 July).

Saturday, 18 July

Football: FA Cup semi-final – Arsenal v Manchester City, English Premier League – Norwich City v Burnley, Spanish La Liga – Italian Serie A – Hellas Verona v Atalanta, Cagliari v Sassuolo, AC Milan v Bologna.

Formula One – Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring, Mogyorod (till 19 July)

Golf: USPGA Tour, The Memorial Tournament, Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio (till 19 July),  European PGA Tour, Euram Bank Open, GC Adamstal, Ramsau, Austria (final day).

Cricket: England v West Indies, 2nd Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Southampton, West Indies lead 1-0 (till 20 July).

Darts: World Matchplay, Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes (till 26 July).

Sunday, 19 July

Football: FA Cup semi-final – Manchester United v Chelsea, English Premier League – AFC Bournemouth v Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City,  Spanish La Liga – Alaves v Barcelona, Atletico Madrid v Real Socieda, Espanyol v Celta Vigo, Granada v Athletic Bilbao, Leganes v Real Madrid, Levante v Getafe, Osasuna v Mallorca, Real Valladolid v Real Betis, Sevilla v Valencia, Villareal v Eibar, Italian Serie A – Parma v Sampdoria, Brescia v SPAL, Fiorentina v Torino, Genoa v Lecce, Napoli v Udinese, Roma v Inter Milan.

Formula One – Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring, Mogyorod (race day).

Cricket: England v West Indies, 2nd Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Southampton, West Indies lead 1-0 (till 20 July).

Golf: USPGA Tour, The Memorial Tournament, Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio (final day).

Darts: World Matchplay, Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes (till 26 July).