The sports wrap, Monday 14 October

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Hosts Japan celebrate their victory over Scotland to earn an historic quarter-final berth in the Rugby World Cup

Hosts Japan join the big guns in quarter-finals

Rugby World Cup hosts Japan beat Scotland to go into the quarter-finals for the first time, joining a predictable cast of first-tier nations headed by champions New Zealand who take on Ireland, England who play Australia, Wales who face France and South Africa who will come up against the hosts. Three matches were cancelled because of the effects of Typhoon Hagibis but only Italy could feel hard done by, deprived of a chance to qualify if they had soundly beaten the mighty All Blacks.

In Pool A, Scotland crashed out at the pool stage for only the second time after being beaten 28-21 by an irrepressible Japan backed by huge home support in Yokohama on Sunday. Gregor Townsend’s side needed four more points than the hosts but, despite leading through Finn Russell’s try and mounting a comeback, they fell short. Kotaro Matsushima, Keita Inagaki and Kenki Fukuoka all crossed before half-time, before the latter blasted over again to secure Japan’s maiden quarter-final. Scotland scored through WP Nel and Zander Fagerson after the break. But that second-half rally was not enough to prevent a first defeat at the hands of the Brave Blossoms in eight Tests. Japan’s win means Ireland finish runners-up and will face New Zealand.

In Pool D, a shadow Wales side laboured to a 35-13 bonus-point victory over minnows Uruguay to set up a quarter-final against France. Wales only led 7-6 after a first half littered with handling errors, the only try coming from prop Nicky Smith. Josh Adams’ fifth

Prop Nicky Smith’s try was all Wales had to show for a lacklustre first half against Uruguay

score in Japan and a penalty try extended the advantage, only for German Kessler to drive over. Replacements Tomos Williams and Gareth Davies both crossed to seal the bonus point as Wales topped Pool D ahead of Australia who will play England after the cancellation of England’s match against France left Eddie Jones’ side at the top of Pool C.

 

For all World Cup results, fixtures and pools go to:  

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Kipchoge runs marathon in under two hours

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge made athletics history on Saturday when he became the first person to run a marathon in under two hours, stretching the limits of human endeavour and passing a milestone few thought could be reached for decades if at all. Guided by green laser beams shone onto the road in Vienna and helped by 41 world class athletes choreographed into rotating teams of pacemakers, the Olympic champion and world record holder smashed the barrier by 20 seconds, finishing in one hour 59.40 minutes. It was regarded as the biggest achievement in athletics since Briton Roger Bannister

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge makes history with a marathon run of under two hours in Vienna

broke the four-minute mile in 1954 and was likened by Kipchoge himself to landing on the moon. “Today we went to the moon and came back to earth! I am at a loss for words for all the support I have received from all over the world,” he said. However, it was not recognised as a world record by the sport’s governing International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as it was not in open competition and used rotating pacemakers. In the Chicago marathon, Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei shattered the 16-year-old women’s marathon world record held by Britain’s Paula Radcliffe as she retained her title. The 25-year-old recorded a time of two hours 14 minutes 04 seconds, easily inside Radcliffe’s mark of 2:15:25 set at the London Marathon in 2003. The men’s event was won by fellow Kenyan Lawrence Cherono as Britain’s Mo Farah failed to keep pace and finished eighth.  Cherono, 31, who also won the Boston Marathon, outsprinted Ethiopians Dejene Debela and Asefa Mengstu who were second and third.

Bottas wins in Japan as Mercedes take 6th title 

Valtteri Bottas swept to victory in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka as Mercedes clinched the Formula One constructors’ championship and guaranteed themselves an unprecedented sixth consecutive title double. The Finn crossed the line 11.3 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who made a hesitant start from pole position and had to fend off a charging Lewis Hamilton in the closing laps. The result moved Mercedes 177 points clear of Ferrari, allowing them to wrap up a record-equalling sixth consecutive constructors’

The Mercedes team celebrate a sixth title double

crown, with a maximum 176 points from four races still to be won. It also assured Mercedes of the drivers’ title with only Bottas now capable of challenging five-times world champion Hamilton, whose lead narrowed to 64 points. But both Vettel and team-mate Charles Leclerc ran into trouble at the start. Vettel launched off his grid spot a fraction too soon and slammed on the brakes before moving again. He was investigated for a false start but let off without a sanction because his car had not crossed the line. The momentary hesitation was enough to allow Bottas to sweep around the outside and into the lead. Leclerc collided with Max Verstappen as the Dutchman tried to pass around the outside, damaging the Ferrari and pushing the Red Bull, which later retired, into a spin.

European powerhouses edge closer as England falter

The major European soccer nations won or drew their European Championship qualifiers over the weekend except England who will have to wait to automatically qualify after going down 2-1 to the Czech Republic – their first defeat in World Cup and Euro group stages since 2009. Italy beat Greece 2-0 to join already-qualified Belgium who beat Kazakhstan 2-0 away from home to make it eight wins out of eight for the world No.1 ranked nation with 30 goals scored and only one conceded. Russia and Poland also qualified for next year’s Euro 2020 to be held in 12 cities across Europe and World Cup champions France moved a step closer to qualifying with an important 1-0 away win over Iceland with their prolific striker Olivier Giroud scoring the winning penalty. France sit in second place in Group H on the same number of points as Turkey and are six points ahead of Iceland. Defending Euro champions Portugal also closed in on qualifying behind unbeaten Ukraine with an easy 3-0 home win over Luxembourg, Cristiano Ronaldo scoring to move one strike away from 700 career goals. The Netherlands and Germany top Group C ahead of Northern Ireland on goal difference after wins over Belarus and Estonia respectively while Spain drew 1-1 in Norway to stay five points clear of Sweden despite their 4-0 win over Malta. England can qualify on Monday if they beat bottom-placed Bulgaria in Group A.  England and the Czech Republic are both on 12 points, four ahead of Kosovo. The Republic of Ireland are still on track for qualifying after a 0-0 at Georgia, a result that keeps them on top of Group D ahead of Denmark on goal difference, both with 12 points from six games.

Biles wins five golds at world championships

US gymnastics superstar Simone Biles won her fifth gold medal in the women’s floor final on Sunday to conclude her “best ever” world championships and extend her all-time record to 25 medals at the competition. Biles, who won the beam title earlier in the day, claimed an unrivalled 19th world gold following her previous successes in the team, all-around and vault events in Stuttgart. “This is really the best worlds performance I have ever put out,” the 22-year-old said after finishing her fifth world

US superstar Simone Biles becomes the most decorated gymnast in world championship history

championships with five titles. Biles was crowned world floor champion for the fifth time in her career after winning the final by a full point from team-mate Sunisa Lee, who earned silver with Russia’s Angelina Melnikova taking bronze. Her double gold success came within a two-hour spell after earlier winning the beam final with China’s Liu Tingting, 19, taking silver with 16-year-old team-mate Li Shijia in bronze. Her victories on the beam and floor made Biles the most decorated gymnast in history, surpassing the previous all-time record of 23 world medals won by men’s star Vitaly Scherbo of Belarus in the 1990s. This is the first time Biles has finished a world championships with five golds, but she has said she is “99 percent” sure Stuttgart will be her last.

Lyon retain Top 14 lead with win over Pau

Lyon remain top of the French Top 14, four points ahead of Bordeaux Begles, thanks to a 27-8 win over Pau that allowed them to claim a seventh win in seven games. Bordeaux beat fourth-placed Clermont Auvergne 42-15 and are five points ahead of newly promoted Bayonne who are third following their 28-24 win over 10th-placed Montpellier, the Basques’ fifth victory in seven games. Fifth-placed La Rochelle celebrated a 50th straight sold-out home league match by running in five tries to beat Brive 41-17. Racing 92’s woes continued when a 27-27 draw with Agen left Laurent Travers’s side with a record of just one home win in four outings at their La Defense Arena. Racing could have won it with the game’s last piece of meaningful action but Sam Hidalgo-Clyne’s ambitious 50-metre penalty attempt sailed wide.

Medvedev beats Zverev to win Shanghai Masters

Russia’s Daniil Medvedev won the Shanghai Masters, beating Alexander Zverev in straight sets in the final. The world No.4 won 6-4 6-1 in 73 minutes for his first victory over the German in five attempts. It is the 23-year-old’s fourth title this year and his second consecutive ATP Masters 1000 win after victory in Cincinatti in August.    The US Open runner-up has played in more finals than anyone else on the Tour this season. He has reached the final in his last six tournaments, winning three, and his win-loss record for 2019 stands at 59-17. Since losing to Rafael Nadal in the US Open final last month, Medvedev has won each of the 18 sets he has played and victory in Shanghai follows his win at the St Petersburg Open.

 Gauff is youngest player to win WTA title in 15 years

Teenager Coco Gauff became the youngest player to win a WTA title in 15 years with victory in the Austrian Linz Open on Sunday. The 15-year-old American beat Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 1-6 6-2 and is projected to move inside the world’s top 75. “It has been an amazing week, I hope to come back here again. I will remember this moment for the rest of my life,” said Atlanta-born Gauff. The youngster rose to fame at Wimbledon this year

Teenager Coco Gauff wins her first WTA title in Linz

when she beat five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round. Gauff held off two break points in her opening service game before breaking Ostapenko in the next to take control of the opening set. However, 22-year-old Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, hit back in the second set, breaking Gauff three times before levelling the match with an ace. The teenager rallied in the decider though, breaking twice to lead 5-0. However, Ostapenko saved two match points and then broke Gauff to love to trail 5-2. She immediately broke back, winning the match and title when Ostapenko sent a forehand long.

India break home Test record in South Africa rout

India thrashed South Africa by an innings and 137 runs in the second Test in Pune to secure a record 11th straight home Test series win. With the visitors trailing by 326 after the first innings, India enforced the follow-on and removed opener Aiden Markram for a second-ball duck. South Africa then slipped to 129 for seven wickets. Vernon Philander (37) and Keshav Maharaj (22) resisted until India took

Slow bowler Ravindra Jadeja took key wickets in India’s thrashing of South Africa

the final three wickets for just four runs to dismiss the visitors for 189. Fast bowler Umesh Yadav and slow left-armer Ravindra Jadeja both claimed three wickets, with off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin taking two dismissals on day four. World No.1 side India have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series heading into the final Test in Ranchi, which starts on 19 October. India’s run of consecutive Test series wins at home began with victory over Australia in February 2013. England were the last visiting side to win a series on Indian soil in December 2012.

Austrian Wiesberger wins Italian Open

Austrian Bernd Wiesberger moved to the top of the Race to Dubai list after winning the Italian Open by one shot on Sunday. The 34-year-old rises to a career-best No.22 in the world rankings after a bogey-free six-under 65 for a 16-under total. England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick led since the second round but had a double bogey at the ninth and was second after a 69, with Scot Robert MacIntyre tied fourth. Justin Rose took 14 fewer shots than in the third round, his 64 leaving him seven under for a share of 15th. Wiesberger began the final round three shots back but was at the top of the leaderboard into the back nine after four birdies in five holes, with Fitzpatrick taking seven at the ninth, having sent his tee shot out of bounds. The Austrian holed from the back of the 12th green to save par, while Fitzpatrick missed a birdie chance from inside five feet at the 11th. Fitzpatrick, putting with the flagstick in, saw his eagle chance from 10 feet at the 17th out spin out of the cup and he could only par the final hole as Wiesberger celebrated his sixth European title, his third of the year.

St Helens beat Salford in Super League Grand Final

St Helens claimed their seventh Super League title and first since 2014 by comfortably beating Salford Red Devils 23-6 in the Grand Final at Old Trafford. Morgan Knowles and Zeb Taia scored as Saints began at a terrific tempo. Salford, playing in their first Grand Final, were given hope when Jake Bibby slid over in the corner. But Mark Percival scored a sensational try under the posts from his own grubber kick,

St Helens celebrate their Grand Final victory

and Tommy Makinson landed a 40m drop-goal to seal victory. Makinson’s stunning effort, on the verge of the full-time hooter, followed two Lachlan Coote penalties which put the game beyond Salford’s reach and ensured that Justin Holbrook ended his time as Saints coach with a major trophy. The win ends a spell of five years without major domestic silverware for St Helens, who were defeated on the way to the Grand Final in the past two Super League play-offs in addition to their defeat by Warrington in August’s Challenge Cup final. The wait goes on for Salford, meanwhile, who have not won a major honour since their title win of 1976.

 For reports on all the weekend sporting events go to: 

http://www.bbc.com/sporthttp://www.espn.comhttp://www.lequipe.frhttp://www.reuters.com/news/sportswww.sports.yahoo.com,www.skysports.comwww.eurosport.frmidilibre.fr.

Calendar Keynotes: 14-20 October

Monday, 14 October

Football: European Championship qualifying (major nations) – Group A, Bulgaria v England, Kosovo v Montenegro, Group B – Lithuania v Serbia, Ukraine v Portugal, Group H, France v Turkey, Iceland v Andorra.

Tennis: ATP & WTA VTB Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia (till 20 October), ATP European Cup, Antwerp, Belgium (till 20 October), ATP Intrum Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden (till 20 October).

Tuesday, 15 October

Football: European Championship qualifying (major nations) – Group J, Finland v Armenia, Greece v Bosnia-Herzegovina, Liechenstein v Italy, Group D – Gibraltar v Georgia, Switzerland v Republic of Ireland, Group F – Romania v Norway, Sweden v Spain.

Tennis: ATP & WTA VTB Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia (till 20 October), ATP European Cup, Antwerp, Belgium (till 20 October), ATP Intrum Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden (till 20 October).

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Gree-Tour of Guangxi, China (till 20 October).

Wednesday, 16 October

Tennis: ATP & WTA VTB Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia (till 20 October), ATP European Cup, Antwerp, Belgium (till 20 October), ATP Intrum Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden (till 20 October).

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Gree-Tour of Guangxi, China (till 20 October), UEC European Track Championships, Apeldoorn, Netherlands (till 20 October).

Thursday, 17 October

Golf: PGA European Tour, Open de France, Le Golf National, Ile de France (till 20 October), USPGA Tour, The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, Nine Bridges Country Club, Jeju Island, South Korea (till 20 October).

Tennis: ATP & WTA VTB Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia (till 20 October), ATP European Cup, Antwerp, Belgium (till 20 October), ATP Intrum Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden (till 20 October).

Cycling: : UCI World Tour, Gree-Tour of Guangxi, China (till 20 October), UEC European Track Championships, Apeldoorn, Netherlands (till 20 October).

Friday, 18 October   

Rugby Union: Gallagher English Premiership – Bristol v Bath.

Football: French Ligue 1 – Nice v Paris Saint Germain. Spanish La Liga – Granada v Osasuna. German Bundesliga – Eintracht Frankfurt v Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Golf: PGA European Tour, Open de France, Le Golf National, Ile de France (till 20 October), USPGA Tour, The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, Nine Bridges Country Club, Jeju Island, South Korea (till 20 October).

Tennis: ATP & WTA VTB Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia (till 20 October), ATP European Cup, Antwerp, Belgium (till 20 October), ATP Intrum Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden (till 20 October).

Cycling: : UCI World Tour, Gree-Tour of Guangxi, China (till 20 October), UEC European Track Championships, Apeldoorn, Netherlands (till 20 October),

Saturday, 19 October  

Rugby Union: World Cup – Quarter-finals, England v Australia, New Zealand v Ireland. Gallagher English Premiership – Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins, Sale v Gloucester, Saracens v Northampton Saints, Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers. French Top 14 – Montpellier v Toulouse, Agen v Stade Francais, Brive v Bordeaux Begles, Pau v Castres, Toulon v Bayonne, La Rochelle v Racing 92.

Football: English Premier League – Aston Villa v Brighton & Hove Albion, Chelsea v Newcastle United, Leicester City v Burnley, Tottenham Hotspur v Watford, Crystal Palace v Manchester City. Scottish Premiership – Celtic v Ross County, Kilmarnock v Livingston, Motherwell v Aberdeen. French Ligue 1 – Lyon v Dijon, Nimes v Amiens, Reims v Montpellier, Toulouse v Lille. Spanish La Liga – Eibar v Barcelona, Atletico Madrid v Valencia, Mallorca v Real Madrid. Italian Serie A – Lazio v Atalanta, Napoli v Hellas Verona, Juventus v Bologna. German Bundesliga – 1.FC Union Berlin v SC Freiburg, FV Augsburg v Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig v VfL Wolfsburg, Borussia Dortmund v Borussia Monchengladbach.

Cricket: India v South Africa, 3rd Test, JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi, Jharkhand (till 23 October – India lead series 2-0).

Golf: PGA European Tour, Open de France, Le Golf National, Ile de France (till 20 October), USPGA Tour, The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, Nine Bridges Country Club, Jeju Island, South Korea (till 20 October).

Tennis: ATP & WTA VTB Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia (till 20 October), ATP European Cup, Antwerp, Belgium (till 20 October), ATP Intrum Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden (till 20 October).

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Gree-Tour of Guangxi, China (till 20 October), UEC European Track Championships, Apeldoorn, Netherlands (till 20 October),

Sunday, 20 October

Rugby Union: World Cup – Quarter-final,  Wales v France, Japan v South Africa. Gallagher English Premiership – Wasps v London Irish. French Top 14 – Clermont Auvergne v Lyon.

Football  English Premier League – Manchester United v Liverpool. Scottish Premiership – Hearts v Rangers. French Ligue 1 – Bordeaux v Saint-Etienne, Monaco v Rennes, Marseile v Strasbourg. Spanish La Liga – Real Sociedad v Real Betis, Athletic Bilbao v Real Valladolid, Sevilla v Levante. Italian Serie A – Sassuolo v Inter Milan, Sampdoria v Roma. German Bundesliga – 1899 Hoffenheim v FC Schalke 04.

Cricket: : India v South Africa, 3rd Test, JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi, Jharkhand (till 23 October – India lead series 2-0).

Golf: PGA European Tour, Open de France, Le Golf National, Ile de France (final day), USPGA Tour, The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, Nine Bridges Country Club, Jeju Island, South Korea (final day).

Tennis: ATP & WTA VTB Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia (final day), ATP European Cup, Antwerp, Belgium (final day), ATP Intrum Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden (final day).

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Gree-Tour of Guangxi, China (till 20 October), UEC European Track Championships, Apeldoorn, Netherlands (till 20 October).