The sports wrap, Monday 2 September

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Charles Leclerc dedicated his first Formula One victory to Anthoine Hubert

Hubert death overshadows Leclerc’s Belgian GP win

Charles Leclerc fended off a charging Lewis Hamilton to claim a bittersweet first Formula One win on Sunday as the Belgian Grand Prix brought the curtain down on a dark weekend for the sport after the death of French racer Anthoine Hubert. Monegasque Leclerc, who had started from pole, crossed the line less than a second ahead of Mercedes driver Hamilton, who nevertheless extended his lead in the overall standings to 65 points over team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who finished third. It was Ferrari’s first win this year. But Leclarc

Charles Leclerc’s  Belgium GP victory was Ferrari’s first win this year

took little joy in it after French racer Anthoine Hubert, 22, was killed in a high speed crash in a Formula Two race at the Spa-Francorchamps track on Saturday. “One hand I’ve got a dream since being a child that has been realised, on the other hand it has been a very difficult weekend since yesterday,” said Leclerc, who dedicated his win to Hubert. “We grew up together, my first ever race I did it with Anthoine, Esteban (Ocon), Pierre (Gasly).  Leclerc kept his lead off the line. Behind him, Sebastian Vettel, starting second in a front row lockout for Ferrari, went wheel-to-wheel with Hamilton who began third. The Briton briefly got past but Vettel used the formidable straight line speed of his Ferrari to take second place back from the silver car. Hamilton finally overtook Vettel on the 32nd lap, with the German a sitting duck on fading tyres and chased Leclerc down. The Mercedes was clearly faster but ultimately ran out of laps.

Djokovic pulls out as Federer and Nadal go through

World number one Novak Djokovic has pulled out of the US open while Swiss legend Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal made it through to the second week with Federer the first to win a place in the quarter-finals with an easy straight sets win over David Goffin.  Defending champion Djokovic quit through injury against Swiss 23rd seed Stan Wawrinka as defeat loomed in an electrifying fourth-round match. Djokovic, 32, retired with a shoulder problem seconds after a double fault left him two sets and a break down. The 18-time Grand Slam winner Nadal will play Marin Cilic for a place in the last eight. Federer thrashed 15th seed David Goffin 6-2 6-2 6-0 in just 78 minutes. The five-time US Open champion fell a break down early in the first set but then won six games in a row to establish control in the fourth-round match. Federer, 38, hit 34 winners while Belgian Goffin could only manage eight. He will face Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, a former world No.3 whose ranking has

Serena Williams needed a medical time-out after injuring her ankle

dropped to 78, beat Australian Alex de Minaur 7-5 6-3 6-4. In the women’s singles, world No.1 Naomi Osaka beat US teenage prodigy Coco Gauff 6-3 6-0 to make the quarter-finals while world No.2 Australian Ashleigh Barty was surprisingly beaten in straight sets, 6-2 6-4, by China’s 18th seed Qiang Wang. Britain’s number one Joanna Konta also made it through to the last eight with a tremendous 6-7 6-3 7-5 win over third seed Karolina Pliskova. The great Serena Williams is also in the last eight and looking for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title after a 6-3 6-4 win over Petra Martic. But there is concern over Williams’ fitness after injuring her ankle and needing a medical time-out.

Liverpool beat Burnley to keep 100 pct record

Liverpool made it four straight wins to stay on top of the English Premier League while champions Manchester City sit in second place after a comfortable win over Brighton & Hove Albion. While it is already looking like a repeat of last year’s two-team race for the title, Leicester City continue to surprise and sit in third place on the ladder after a 3-1 home win over Bournemouth. Crystal Palace who nearly went down last season are in fourth place after a 1-0 win over newly promoted Aston Villa. The North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur ended in a 2-2 draw.

At Turf Moor, Liverpool beat Burnley 3-0 in a dominant display that registered a club-record 13th consecutive league victory. The home team’s Chris Wood was unfortunate to deflect Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross beyond his own goalkeeper in the 33rd minute and Sadio Mane doubled the lead soon after. Roberto Firmino sealed the points late on to maintain Liverpool’s perfect start as they broke their record of 12 consecutive league victories set under Kenny Dalglish in 1990.

At the Etihad Stadium, Sergio Aguero hit two goals in the 4-0 defeat of Brighton, continuing his record of scoring in all four of his team’s Premier League games this season.

Argentina’s Sergio Aguero scored two goals in Man City’s win  over Brighton

The Argentinian, who has scored with each of his last seven shots on target in the top-flight, also provided the assist for substitute Bernardo Silva to score as the champions eased to victory. Kevin de Bruyne had opened the scoring from close range with the Premier League’s quickest goal of the season in just 68 seconds after kick-off, before Aguero finished off a free-flowing move to double the lead. He made it 3-0 with a sumptuous finish from the edge of the penalty area following half-time.

At the King Power Stadium, Jamie Vardy scored twice and made another as an impressive Leicester maintained their unbeaten league start by easing past Bournemouth 3-1. Brendan Rodgers’ side have won two and drawn two of their opening four games. Vardy’s opener was simple, yet stunning. He latched on to Ben Chilwell’s punt into the left channel, took a touch before lobbing a perfectly-executed finish over Aaron Ramsdale. His hard work for Youri Tielemans’ goal for 2-1 epitomised his display, rolling the ball across the six-yard box for the Belgium international to tuck home from a yard out.

In the Scottish Premiership, champions Celtic beat Rangers 2-0 away from home to end their 12-game unbeaten run and move three points clear at the top of the table. Neil Lennon’s side had lost their past two derbies at Ibrox, but a makeshift defence thwarted Rangers’ attempts to win for a third time in four meetings. Odsonne Edouard netted his fifth goal in seven games against Rangers just after the half-hour, then Jonny Hayes rolled in after a stoppage-time counter-attack before Jordan Jones was sent off for a lunge on Moritz Bauer. It was just a second defeat in 19 games for Steven Gerrard’s side and the first time in six Old Firm games that the home side have failed to win.

PSG move top after Rennes lose 100 pct record

Rennes lost their 100 percent record in Ligue 1 on Sunday when visitors Nice came from behind to beat them 2-1 with a stoppage time goal by Racine Coly. Champions Paris Saint Germain moved into a familiar first place ahead of Rennes after a 2-0 win at Metz on Friday night. Rennes, the only team to win their opening three games, dominated the first half and went ahead after 25 minutes when Gautier Lloris turned a Jeremy Morel header into his own net. Nice, bought by British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe’s company Ineos last week, levelled with a penalty in the 63rd minute, Wylan Cyprien scoring from the spot for the second game in a row after Youcef Atal was fouled by Hamari Traore. Patrick Vieira’s side then took all three points to move up to third place on the tablewhen Coly turned the ball in at the far post after a corner was headed on.

In the Spanish La Liga, Atletico Madrid sit on top of the table on nine points with three wins out of three after coming from behind to beat Eibar 3-2 on Sunday night. Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla are second and third on seven points after three matches with champions Barcelona languishing in eighth place after a 2-2 draw at Osasuna. Barcelona were held by promoted Osasuna as 16-year-old Ansu Fati became the champions’ youngest La Liga goalscorer. Roberto Torres gave Osasuna the lead early on with a sweet volley from Brandon’s cross. Fati came on at half-time for his second Barca appearance and headed in Carles Perez’s cross six minutes later to equalise. Perez then set up Arthur to put Barca ahead with a 16-yard shot but Torres equalised with a late penalty.

In the Italian Serie A, champions Juventus beat Napoli 4-3 in a remarkable game as Kalidou Koulibaly’s injury-time own goal negated the visitors’ three-goal comeback. The champions led 3-0 through goals from debutant Danilo,

A Koulibaly own goal settles a dramatic 4-3 win for Juventus over Napoli

former Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo’s first of the season But three summer signings scored to put Napoli level – Kostas Manolas, Hirving Lozano and Giovanni di Lorenzo. Juve top the table as the only team with a 100 per cent record after two matches ahead of Lazio and Bologna.

In the German Bundesliga, Timo Werner scored his first league hat-trick as unbeaten RB Leipzig beat Borussia Monchengladbach for a third win to put them on top of the table ahead of Bayern Munich who beat Mainz 05 6-1. The Germany international opened the scoring as he placed the ball through the legs of keeper Yann Sommer. His second was brilliant as he sped away from the entire Gladbach defence before slotting home. He clinched his hat-trick in injury time.

Ireland beat Wales to spoil Gatland’s Cardiff farewell

Ireland, inspired by two-try Jacob Stockdale and flyhalf Jack Carty, bounced back to ruin Warren Gatland’s Cardiff farewell with a 22-17 World Cup warm-up win over Wales on Saturday. Gatland, stepping down after the tournament in Japan following 12 years as Wales coach, fielded a reserve side against an equally experimental Irish line-up in his last home game in charge. But he left the Principality Stadium wondering what could have been as Ireland’s fringe players, with Carty to the fore, gelled immediately while Wales struggled for fluency before staging a late fightback. The result ended Wales’ 11-game winning home run and also saw them lose their short-lived status as the world’s top-ranked side – that accolade will be reclaimed by New Zealand next week when the rankings are published. Ireland, shocked 57-15 by England at Twickenham last week, made 11 changes, while Wales made 14.

At the Stade de France, France got their rugby World Cup preparations back on track by overpowering Italy, scoring seven tries in a flamboyant and sometimes chaotic 47-19 win on Friday. The home side, in their final warm-up match before the tournament in Japan, played a bold, expansive game and, despite being reduced temporarily to 13 players midway through the first half, had too much pace and power for a stubborn yet outclassed Italian side. The French, whose previous two games were back-to-back encounters against Scotland – a home win followed by an away defeat – never looked back after winger Yoann Huget went over in the third minute after a superb break by centre Wesley Fofana.

Lyon are top with win over Toulouse

French Top 14 champions Toulouse lost for a second straight weekend as they were beaten 22-12 by last year’s losing semi-finalists Lyon who top the table  with Bordeaux Begles after two matches. The record 20-time league winners, without 13 players away on Rugby World Cup duty, continued the sluggish form they showed in their opening round defeat to Bordeaux-Begles with a disappointing display against 14-men for the final 20 minutes. Lyon fly-half Jonathan Wisniewski scored 14 points in a perfect display from the boot for the hosts  Wisniewski slotted the first of his four penalty goals on four minutes after Xavier Mignot’s try had been ruled out by the television match official. Toulouse host Racing 92 next weekend in their first home match of the campaign after winning the French title in Paris in June and former France international Mathieu Bastareaud returns to Toulon with Lyon. Bordeaux Begles beat Toulon 34-21 while Montpellier beat Pau 43-22 and move up to fourth place.

Quintana takes red jersey in Vuelta a Espana

Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar claimed victory on a gruelling stage nine of the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday as Colombian Nairo Quintana took the overall lead. Team UAE rider Pogacar, 20, beat Quintana by 23 seconds on the summit finish in Cortals d’Encamp as Jumbo-Visma’s Primoz Roglic finished third. Movistar’s Quintana leads Roglic by six seconds overall, while

Tadej Pogacar wins ninth stage of Vuelta a Espana on Sunday

Miguel Angel Lopez sits a further 11 seconds behind. It is the first time Quintana has led the race since his victory in 2016. The brutal 94.4km stage from Andorra saw the riders taken through the Engolasters mountain pass for the first time in the event’s history. Cofidis’ French rider Nicolas Edet – having taken the red jersey on a wet stage eight on Saturday  – fell to seventh overall in Sunday’s stormy conditions, two minutes 21 seconds down on Quintana. Pogacar’s impressive win takes him from ninth to fifth in the general classification, one minute 42 seconds off the lead. Team Ineos’ British rider Tao Geoghegan Hart finished 10th. Monday brings the first rest day of the 2019 race before Tuesday’s individual time trial from Jurancon to Pau.

Soderberg wins European Masters in play-off

Sweden’s Sebastian Soderberg held his nerve to claim his first European Tour title in a dramatic five-way play-off at the European Masters in Switzerland. Soderberg, 28, finished tied at 14 under alongside Rory McIlroy, Lorenzo Gagli, Kalle Samooja and overnight leader Andres Romero following Sunday’s final round at Crans-sur-Sierre. The Swede then birdied the first play-off hole to win the red jacket.   World No.2 McIlroy – who won the Tour Championship to secure a prize of £12.2m in the US last Sunday – recorded five birdies in the last seven holes for a final-round score of 67 to race back into contention. The Northern Irishman claimed on Saturday the exertions at the

Sebastian Soderberg with the European Masters trophy after a five-way play-off on Sunday

play-offs on the PGA Tour had caught up with him, but on Sunday he appeared to have the momentum as he chased victory 11 years on from missing out on a maiden European Tour title in a play-off defeat by Jean-Francois Lucquin. Soderberg, who began the day four shots off the lead, missed a fine birdie opportunity to take the outright lead on the 18th, while Argentina’s Romero arrived at the final hole aware a birdie would seal the win.

Dragons beaten again as play-off hopes dim

Catalans Dragons went down 24-6 at home to Hull Kingston Rovers on Saturday, making it four defeats in five Super League matches and seriously damaging any chance of a place in the play-offs. The victory boosted Hull’s hopes of avoiding relegation. Three Rovers tries, two for Ryan Shaw who also added six goals, and one for Danny McGuire, settled the contest. David Mead’s first-half score was not enough to make Catalans competitive. While all the pressure was on Smith’s Rovers for a win to avoid relegation, Catalans were also desperate for a win and now sit seventh on the table two points behind Castleford Tigers. The play-off ambitions for Steve McNamara’s side were well and truly dented after an error-strewn display, undoing much of their excellent defensive work with a series of knock-ons which handed the initiative back to the visitors. Rovers showed signs of nerves but they were ruthless enough to unlock the Dragons in the first-half and kept the scoreboard ticking over from the tee in the second half to take them clear.

Lomachenko beats Campbell to win WBC title

Ukraine’s Vasyl Lomachenko produced a battling display on Saturday night to beat Britain’s Luke Campbell on points and add the WBC lightweight title to his WBA and WBO belts. Lomachenko, 31, regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers, was made to work hard for the thrilling win. Campbell, also 31, was aiming to become a world champion for the first time but was floored in the 11th as his opponent’s class proved decisive. Lomachenko got the verdict 119-108, 119-108, 118-108 at London’s O2 Arena. Campbell, an Olympic gold medallist in 2012, suffered the third loss of his 23-fight professional career but deserves huge praise for the way he fought back to hear the final bell. The Hull man was in trouble at the end of the fifth when he was caught by a crushing left hook and then a barrage of body and head shots, but was saved by the bell. Campbell took more punishment in the sixth, but had success of his own later in that round and the next in a captivating contest. He was floored in the 11th after a barrage of body shots and then a jab. But he got up to finish the fight, although two of the three judges did not give him a round, only a share of one.

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Calendar Keynotes: 2-8 September

Monday, 2 September

Tennis: US Open, Flushing Meadows, New York, US (till 8 September).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – La Vuelta a Espana, Spain (till 15 September).

Tuesday, 3 September

Football: Women’s friendly – Norway v England.

Tennis: US Open, Flushing Meadows, New York, US (till 8 September).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – La Vuelta a Espana, Spain (till 15 September).

Wednesday, 4 September

Football: Women’s friendly – USA v Portugal

Tennis: US Open, Flushing Meadows, New York, US (till 8 September).

Cricket: Ashes series, England v Australia 4th Test, Old Trafford, Manchester (till 8 September – series tied at 1-1).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – La Vuelta a Espana, Spain (till 15 September).

Thursday, 5 September

Football – European Championship qualifying (major nations) – Group J, Armenia v Italy, Finland v Greece, Group D, Gibraltar v Denmark, Republic of Ireland v Switzerland, Group F, Faroe Islands v Sweden, Norway v Malta, Romania v Spain.

Tennis: US Open, Flushing Meadows, New York, US (till 8 September).

Cricket: Ashes series, England v Australia 4th Test, Old Trafford, Manchester (till 8 September – series tied at 1-1).

Golf: PGA European Tour, Porsche European Open, Green Eagle Golf Courses, Winsen/Luhe, Germany (till 8 September).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – La Vuelta a Espana, Spain (till 15 September).

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

Friday, 6 September  

Football: European Championship qualifying (major nations) –  Group C, Germany v Netherlands, Group E – Slovakia v Croatia, Wales v Azerbaijan, Group G, Austria v Latvia, Slovenia v Poland, Group I, Cyprus v Kazakhstan, San Marino v Belgium, Scotland v Russia.

Formula One: Italian Grand Prix, Monza (till 8 September).

Tennis: US Open, Flushing Meadows, New York, US (till 8 September).

Cricket: Ashes series, England v Australia 4th Test, Old Trafford, Manchester (till 8 September – series tied at 1-1).

Rugby Union: Friendly internationals – Japan v South Africa, Scotland v Georgia, England v Italy.

Rugby League: Super League – Hull KR v London Broncos, Leeds Rhinos v Salford Red Devils, St Helens v Huddersfield Giants, Warrington Wolves v Wakefield Trinity, Wigan Warriors v Catalans Dragons.

Cricket: Ashes series, England v Australia 4th Test, Old Trafford, Manchester (till 8 September – series tied at 1-1).

Golf: PGA European Tour, Porsche European Open, Green Eagle Golf Courses, Winsen/Luhe, Germany (till 8 September).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – La Vuelta a Espana, Spain (till 15 September).

Athletics: IAAF Diamond League, Brussels, Belgium.

Saturday, 7 September  

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

Formula One: Italian Grand Prix, Monza (till 8 September).

Tennis: US Open, Flushing Meadows, New York, US (till 8 September).

Cricket: Ashes series, England v Australia 4th Test, Old Trafford, Manchester (till 8 September – series tied at 1-1).

Rugby Union: Friendly internationals – New Zealand v Tonga, Australia v Samoa, Ireland v Wales, French Top 14 – Castres v Bordeaux Begles, Toulon v Lyon, Montpellier v La Rochelle, Pau v Agen, Stade Francais v Bayonne.

Golf: PGA European Tour, Porsche European Open, Green Eagle Golf Courses, Winsen/Luhe, Germany (till 8 September).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – La Vuelta a Espana, Spain (till 15 September).

Sunday, 8 September  

Football: European Championship qualifying (major nations) – Group J, Finland v Italy, Greece v Liechtenstein, Group D, Georgia v Denmark, Switzerland v Gibraltar, Group F, Romania v Malta, Spain v Faroe Islands, Sweden v Norway.

Formula One: Italian Grand Prix, Monza (race day).

Tennis: US Open, Flushing Meadows, New York, US (till 8 September).

Cricket: Ashes series, England v Australia 4th Test, Old Trafford, Manchester (final day, series tied at 1-1).

Rugby Union: French Top 14 – Brive v Clermont Auvergne, Toulouse v Racing 92.

Golf: PGA European Tour, Porsche European Open, Green Eagle Golf Courses, Winsen/Luhe, Germany (final day).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – La Vuelta a Espana, Spain (till 15 September).

Athletics: Great North Run, Newcastle, England.