The sports wrap, Monday 21 September, 2020

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Tadej Pogacar proudly wears the yellow jersey after winning Saturday's Stage 20 and the Tour de France

Pogacar beats compatriot Roglic to win Tour de France

Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar confirmed his victory as the second youngest Tour de France champion in history after Irishman Sam Bennett won the final sprint in Paris on Sunday. The 21-year-old Pogacar  overhauled long-term race leader and compatriot Primoz Roglic with a stunning time trial win on Saturday to claim the yellow jersey on his Tour debut. With the race leader not challenged on the final stage, Pogacar finished comfortably in the peloton. It was one of the most sensational turnarounds in the race’s history with Pogacar the youngest winner for 111 years at the end of Sunday’s largely processional Stage 21 to Paris. The UAE-Team Emirates rider on Saturday overhauled a 57-second deficit to Roglic, who was thought to be a far stronger rider on Stage 20’s time trial to La Planche des Belles Filles. It was a first Grand Tour victory for Pogacar, who took the yellow jersey from compatriot Roglic after he had held it for 13 days. A jubilant Bennett, who crossed the line ahead of World Champion Mads Pedersen, secured victory in the points classification to become only the second Irishman to win the green jersey, Sean Kelly winning four from 1982 to 1989. Roglic, 30, finished 59 seconds back in second, while Australia’s Richie Porte, 35, claimed his first Grand Tour podium finish in third, three minutes 30 seconds down. Pogacar, who is the first Slovenian winner and first champion on debut since Laurent Fignon in 1983, won three stages in total and also won the polka dot jersey as king of the mountains and the white jersey as the best young rider. The legendary Eddy Merckx, who won a joint-record five titles, is the only other rider to win three jerseys in the same Tour. Merckx won the yellow, green and combination jerseys in 1969, before the polka dot and white jerseys were introduced.

Liverpool join four clubs at top of Premier League

Champions Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-0 to join unbeaten city neighbours Everton, Leicester City, Arsenal and Crystal Palace at the top of the Premier League after two matches of the new season. Manchester City, who finished second last season, begin their campaign away to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday. Striker Sadio Mane scored two goals for Liverpool at Stamford Bridge after the break following Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen’s sending off on the stroke of half-time. Everton followed up their away win over Tottenham Hotspur with a convincing 5-2 home win over newly promoted West Bromwich Albion, striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min scored four goals in the victory over Southampton

contributing with his first-ever hat-trick. Arsenal have followed up their FA Cup and FA Community Shield victories with a confident start to the season though they left it late to beat West Ham United 2-1 at home. Crystal Palace provided the shock of the weekend for a 100 per cent start with a 3-1 victory at Manchester United while Leicester City, who are top on goal difference, dispatched Burnley 4-2. The most bizarre result of the weekend was Tottenham’s 5-2 defeat of Southampton, who after dominating the first half allowed South Korean international Son Heung-min to run rampant, scoring four goals, all assists from striker Harry Kane.

In the Scottish Premiership, Rangers conceded their first goals of the season in a gripping 2-2 draw away to Hibernian but stay top though they are now only one point ahead of champions Celtic in second place who beat bottom club Livingston 3-2 in a closely fought exchange and have a game in hand over their arch rivals. Hibs’ draw moved them into third place ahead of Aberdeen.

In the French Ligue 1, champions Paris Saint Germain beat Nice 3-0 away from home to move up to seventh on the table after losing their first two matches of the new season. French international Kylian Mbappe scored on his comeback to the team after missing their opening three games – two defeats and one win – having tested positive for coronavirus. But it is Saint-Etienne and Rennes who are setting the pace at the top with 10 points after three matches. Montpellier moved up to third after a convincing 4-1 win over mid-table Angers while Nimes registered a creditable goalless draw at Lyon.

In the German Bundesliga, all-conquering Bayern Munich began their new campaign with an 8-0 home demolition of FC Schalke 04. Serge Gnabry scored a hat-trick and Leroy Sane scored on his debut after a 44.7million sterling move from Manchester City, giving Hansi Flick’s side 22 wins in a row. Robert Lewandowski, Leon Goretzka, Thomas Muller and 17-year-old Jamal Musiala scored their other goals. Bayern’s record now reads 30 wins and one draw since their last defeat in any competition on 7 December. Possible title challenger to Bayern, Borussia Dortmund, also had a comfortable 3-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach.

DeChambeau wins US Open by six shots for first major 

American Bryson DeChambeau produced a brilliant final round on Sunday to win the US Open by six shots and claim the first major title of his career. The 27-year-old was the only player to break par at the notoriously difficult Winged Foot, in New York. Renowned for his big-hitting game, the world No.9 showed maturity and composure to card an impressive three-under 67 to win on six under par. Overnight leader Matthew Wolff faded on the back nine, shooting 75 to finish second at level.

Bryson DeChambeau was the only player to finish the US Open under par at Winged Foot on Sunday

South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, who finished third at two over, and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy were the only non-Americans to place inside the top 10. World No.4 McIlroy ended joint eighth at six over after a final-day 75 that included two double bogeys, while England’s Lee Westwood was a stroke further back. DeChambeau, who began the day two behind 21-year-old Wolff, was the only player to score an under par round on Sunday. He was firmly in control by the time they hit the final stretch after playing the front nine in 33 shots – two under par and he then had one birdie and eight pars in his final nine holes.

Saracens beat Leinster to go into Champions Cup semi-finals

Saracens held off a stirring Leinster fightback for a 25-17 victory to keep their hopes of retaining the Heineken Champions Cup alive, while ending the province’s undefeated season in a thrilling Dublin contest on Saturday. Alex Goode’s try helped Sarries to a 22-3 half-time lead as they dominated every facet of a one-sided 40 minutes. Leinster roared back through Andrew Porter and Jordan Larmour to reduce the deficit to five points with 18 minutes left, before Goode’s last minute penalty

Alex Goode’s try helped Saracens’ sink Leinster in the Champions Cup quarter-final win

sealed a brilliant Sarries win. Racing 92 await the reigning champions in the last four after they saw off fellow French side Clermont Auvergne 36-27 in Saturday’s other quarter-final. For Leinster it was their first defeat in their 24th outing this season. With relegation to the Championship and a minimum two-year European absence coming at the conclusion of the season, Sarries came out of the traps like a side determined to write one final chapter in the story of an immensely successful squad. Exeter Chiefs will play Toulouse in the other semi-final after the Gallagher Premiership leaders eased past a battling Northampton Saints 38-15 while the French club hammered Ulster 36-8, ending any Irish presence in the competition.

Dragons and St Helens knocked out of Challenge Cup

Catalans Dragons were beaten 22-18 by Salford Red Devils in a nail-biting Challenge Cup quarter-final while last season’s winners Warrington Wolves repeated their Wembley victory with a narrow 20-18 over St Helens for a place in the last four against Salford. Dan Sarginson’s try in golden point extra-time saw Salford home at St Helens’ ground. Salford

Dan Sarginson’s try in golden-point extra-time sank Catalans Dragons against Salford Red Devils

never led in normal time after Catalans opened up an early 12-0 lead through Fouad Yaha and James Maloney. But they hit back through quickfire tries from Sarginson and Krisnan Inu to only trail by two points at the break. Matt Whitley extended Catalans’ lead but James Greenwood’s try and an Inu penalty levelled the scores before Sarginson’s dramatic winning effort. In the other quarter-finals Leeds Rhinos cruised past Hull KR with a 48-18 dominant victory and will meet Wigan Warriors in the semi-finals after they blitzed Hull FC 36-4.  The game was won in a five-try first-half, with Ava Seumanufagai, Ash Handley, Tom Briscoe, Harry Newman and Kruise Leeming crossing.

Djokovic to play Schwarzman in Italian Open final

World No.1 Novak Djokovic booked his place in Monday’s final of the Italian Open against Argentine Diego Schwarzman with victory over Casper Ruud on Sunday. The Serbian, who has won the clay court tournament four times, claimed a 7-5 6-3 victory over the Norwegian, who is ranked 34 in the world. Schwarzman, who earlier beat Rafa Nadal,  fought back to beat Canadian Denis Shapovalov 4-6 7-5 7-6 in the other semi-final.  A maximum of 1,000 people were allowed in the stands for the first time this week to watch the Djokovic match.. The tournament is 33-year-old Djokovic’s first since his US Open disqualification and victory would be a record 36th Masters title. “I don’t take anything for granted, even after 15 years on the tour, I still enjoy it,” he said. “I still have a hunger for the titles and putting myself in a position to fight for the title is exactly where I want to be.”

Romania’s Simona Halep on her way to the Italian Open final on Sunday

In the women’s singles, world No.2 Simona Halep stayed on course to win her first Italian Open title after beating Garbine Muguruza 6-3 4-6 6-4 in the semi-finals. She will play Karolina Pliskova in the final after she beat fellow Czech Republic player Marketa Vondrousova 6-2 6-4. The 28-year-old top-seeded Romanian overpowered her 26-year-old opponent in the first set. The pair then traded several breaks in the second set before Spain’s Muguruza forced a decider. Halep edged the third set for her third Italian Open final appearance.

Spain’s Vinales wins Emilia Romagna MotoGP in Italy

Spaniard Maverick Vinales became the sixth winner in seven MotoGP races this season with victory at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Italy on Sunday. Yamaha’s Vinales, 25, hit the front after race leader Francesco Bagnaia crashed with seven laps to go. Suzuki rider Joan

Spain’s Maverick Vinales on his way to winning his first MotoGP race  in Italy

Mir was second and Pol Espargaro of KTM completed an all-Spanish podium. Vinales is now within one point of championship leader Andrea Dovizioso who finished eighth in Rimini. Yamaha-SRT’s French rider Fabio Quatararo had originally finished third but was penalised three seconds for straying off the track and demoted to fourth. Seven-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi, who was chasing his 200th podium finish, crashed on the second lap.

Toyota wins Le Mans endurance race for third successive year

Toyota won the 24 Hours Le Mans endurance race for the third year in a row on Sunday. It was also the third successive title for Japan’s Kazuki Nakajima, who was at the wheel of the number eight car for the chequered flag at the Sarthe circuit, and Switzerland’s Sebastien Buemi. New Zealander Brendon Hartley, the third member of the crew who replaced double Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso in the lineup after the Spaniard’s wins in 2018 and 2019, previously won with Porsche in 2017.

Duplantis produces highest ever outdoor pole vault jump

Sweden’s Armand Duplantis produced the highest ever outdoors jump in the pole vault as he cleared 6.15m at the Diamond League meeting in Rome on Thursday night. The 20-year-old set the world record at 6.18m at the Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow in February. Elsewhere, Jemma Reekie beat fellow Scot Laura

Armand Duplantis produced the highest ever outdoors pole vault jump

Muir in the 800m in a time of one minute 59.76 seconds. Muir could not live with Reekie’s fast finish and came third, just behind Norway’s Hedda Hynne. Karsten Warholm’s hunt for the world 400m hurdles record continued after he posted 47.07 seconds in victory. The Norwegian world champion came within nine hundredths of a second of American Kevin Young’s 1992 mark of 46.78 last month.

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Calendar Keynotes: 21-27 September  

Monday, 21 September

Football : English Premier League – Aston Villa v Sheffield United, Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City, Italian Serie A – AC Milan v Bologna.

Rugby Union – Premiership Rugby Cup final – Sale v Harlequins.

Tennis: WTA Internationaux de Strasbourg (till 27 September).

Cricket : Women’s Twenty20 international – England Women v West Indies Women, Dubai.

Snooker: European Masters, Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, UK (till 27 September).

Tuesday, 22 September

Football:  Champions League qualifying play-off (major clubs) – Maccabi Tel-Aviv v FC Red Bull Salazburg, Slavia Prague v FC Midtjyland, League Cup third round – Leyton Orient v Tottenham Hotspur, Newport County v Watford, West Bromwich Albion v Brentford, West Ham United v Hull City, Luton Town v Manchester United.

Rugby Union: Gallagher English Premiership – Bath v Gloucester.

Tennis: ATP German Tennis Championships, Am Rothenbaum (till 27 September), WTA Internationaux de Strasbourg (till 27 September).

Basketball: NBA Western Conference finals – Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets, Game 3, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, Florida.

Snooker: European Masters, Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, UK (till 27 September).

Wednesday, 23 September

Football: League Cup third round – Fulham v Sheffield Wednesday, Millwall v Burnley, Preston North End v Brighton & Hove Albion, Stoke City v Gillingham. Chelsea v Barnsley, Fleetwood Town v Everton, Leicester City v Arsenal, Morecambe v Newcastle United.

Tennis: ATP German Tennis Championships, Am Rothenbaum (till 27 September), WTA Internationaux de Strasbourg (till 27 September).

Cricket: Women’s Twenty20 international, England Women v West Indies Women, The Incora County Ground, Derby.

Basketball: NBA Eastern Conference finals, Boston Celtics v Miami Heat, Game 4, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, Florida.

Snooker: European Masters, Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, UK (till 27 September).

Thursday, 24 September

Football: Super Cup – Bayern Munich v Sevilla, League Cup third round – Bristol City v Aston Villa, Lincoln City v Liverpool, Manchester City v AFC Bournemouth.

Rugby League: Super League – Hull KR v Leeds Rhinos, Hull FC v Salford Red Devils, Castleford Tigers v Huddersfield Giants.

Tennis: ATP German Tennis Championships, Am Rothenbaum (till 27 September), WTA Internationaux de Strasbourg (till 27 September).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship 2020, Corales Golf Club, Dominican Republic (till 27 September), European Tour, Irish Open, Calgorm Castle Golf Club, Northern Ireland (till 27 September).

Cycling: UCI Road World Championships, Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (till 27 September).

Basketball: NBA Western Conference finals – Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets, Game 4, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, Florida.

Snooker: European Masters, Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, UK (till 27 September).

Friday, 25 September

Football: French Ligue 1 – Lille v Nantes, German Bundesliga – Hertha Berlin v Eintracht Frankfurt.

Formula One: Russian Grand Prix, Sochi (till 27 September).

Rugby League: Super League – Warrington Wolves v Catalans Dragons, Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Trinity.

Golf: USPGA Tour, Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship 2020, Corales Golf Club, Dominican Republic (till 27 September), European Tour, Irish Open, Calgorm Castle Golf Club, Northern Ireland (till 27 September).

Tennis: ATP German Tennis Championships, Am Rothenbaum (till 27 September), WTA Internationaux de Strasbourg (till 27 September).

Cricket: Women’s Twenty20 international, England Women v West Indies Women, The Incora County Ground, Derby.

Cycling: UCI Road World Championships, Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (till 27 September).

Athletics: World Athletics Diamond League, Doha, Qatar.

Basketball: NBA Eastern Conference finals, Boston Celtics v Miami Heat, Game 5 (if needed), ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, Florida.

Snooker: European Masters, Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, UK (till 27 September).

Saturday, 26 September  

Football: English Premier League – Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester United, Crystal Palace v Everton, West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea, Burnley v Southampton, Scottish Premiership – Livingston v St Johnstone, French Ligue 1 – Saint-Etienne v Rennes, Marseille v Metz, Italian Serie A – Torino v Atalanta, Cagliari v Lazio, Sampdoria v Benevento, Inter Milan v Fiorentina, German Bundesliga – Mainz 05 v VfB Stuttgart, Bayer 04 Leverkusen v RB Leipzig, Borussia Monchengladbach v 1. FC Union Berlin, DSC Arminia Bielefeld v 1. FC Koln, FC Augsburg v Borussia Dortmund, FC Schalke 04 v Werder Bremen.

Formula One: Russian Grand Prix, Sochi (till 27 September).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship 2020, Corales Golf Club, Dominican Republic (till 27 September), European Tour, Irish Open, Calgorm Castle Golf Club, Northern Ireland (till 27 September).

Tennis: ATP German Tennis Championships, Am Rothenbaum (till 27 September), WTA Internationaux de Strasbourg (till 27 September).

Cycling: UCI Road World Championships, Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (till 27 September).

Basketball: NBA Western Conference finals – Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets, Game 5 (if needed), ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, Florida.

Snooker: European Masters, Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, UK (till 27 September).

Sunday, 27 September

Football: English Premier League –Sheffield United v Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United, Manchester City v Leicester City, West Ham United v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Scottish Premiership – Motherwell v Rangers, Celtic v Hibernian, Ross County v Aberdeen, French Ligue 1 – Bordeaux v Nice, Angers v Brest, Dijon v Montpellier, Monaco v Strasbourg, Nimes v Lens, Lorient v Lyon, Reims v Paris Saint Germain, Spanish La Liga (major clubs)  – Atletico Madrid v Granada, Barcelona v Villareal, Cadiz v Sevilla, Eibar v Athletic Bilbao, Real Betis v Real Madrid, Valencia v Huesca, Italian Serie A (major clubs) –  Napoli v Genoa, Crotone v AC Milan, Roma v Juventus, German Bundesliga – 1899 Hoffenheim v Bayern Munich, SC Freiburg v VfL Wolfsburg.

Formula One: Russian Grand Prix, Sochi (race day).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship 2020, Corales Golf Club, Dominican Republic (final day), European Tour, Irish Open, Calgorm Castle Golf Club, Northern Ireland (final day).

Tennis: ATP German Tennis Championships, Am Rothenbaum (final day), WTA Internationaux de Strasbourg (final day).

Cycling: UCI Road World Championships, Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (final day).

Motorcycling: MotoGP, Grand Prix of Catalunya, Spain.

Basketball: NBA Eastern Conference finals, Boston Celtics v Miami Heat, Game 6 (if needed), ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, Florida.

Snooker: European Masters, Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, UK (final day).