The sports wrap Monday, 22 July

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Shane Lowry soaks up the cheers from fans after winning The British Open

Ireland’s Shane Lowry wins the British Open

Ireland’s Shane Lowry claimed a first major championship win with an emphatic six-shot victory on 15 under par amid raucous scenes at the British Open on Sunday. The 32-year-old Lowry started the celebrations early, his arms aloft as he squeezed through the partisan fans who swarmed the 18th fairway at Northern Ireland’s Royal Portrush. Lowry held his nerve in the wind and rain to shoot a one-over 72, with England’s Tommy Fleetwood second on nine under. Fleetwood briefly threatened but a double bogey on the 14th effectively ended his challenge as he finished with a three-over 74. “I can’t wait to wake up on Monday morning and find out what it’s going to feel like then. It’s just going to be incredible,” said Lowry who was mobbed before he reached the green on the last hole. Thousands of fans lined the 18th to cheer Lowry’s victory procession and as he turned to embrace his caddie Brian ‘Bo’ Martin after hitting his second shot to the green, hundreds flooded the fairway ahead of him. There will also have been a sense of redemption for Lowry following his final-round capitulation at the US Open three years ago when, like on Sunday, he started with a four shot lead but a 76 saw him fall away as Dustin Johnson won. American Tony Finau carded a one-over-par 71 to end third on seven under, his best finish at a major. An up-and-down round for England’s Lee Westwood saw him card a two-over 73 for a share of fourth that guarantees him a place at next year’s Masters. He finished six under overall alongside world number one Brooks Koepka who struggled to a 74.

Yates wins stage as Alaphilippe keeps Yellow Jersey

Britain’s Simon Yates claimed his second Tour de France stage win on Sunday as defending champion Geraint Thomas clawed back time from leader Julian Alaphilippe. Yates, who added the Stage 15 win to his Stage 12 victory, kicked clear of Simon Geschke with 8.6km left to ride on the Prat d’Albis. Team Ineos rider Thomas stays second overall but gained 27 seconds on Alaphilippe after a late attack distanced the Frenchman. Yet Alaphilippe’s

Frenchman Thibaut Pinot moved up to fourth overall after finishing second in the Tour’s 15th Stage

compatriot Thibaut Pinot was the biggest winner among the overall contenders. He backed up his Stage 14 win by repeatedly attacking his rivals and finished second on the day to move up to fourth overall, now just 15 seconds down on Thomas. Deceuninck Quick-Step rider Alaphilippe fought hard to limit his losses and retain the yellow jersey but showed his first signs of weakness in the mountains, with the final week set to be one of the closest races in years. Egan Bernal again looked more comfortable than Thomas on the steeper sections, the young Colombian gaining 31 seconds on his Ineos team-mate. “I felt better than yesterday but I needed to try to pace it when it all kicked off,” Thomas told ITV4. “It’s a difficult one, tactics wise – I wanted to go, I had the legs to go but I wasn’t going to chase down Egan [Bernal] with Alaphilippe on my wheel.”

New Zealand stun Australia to win netball World Cup

New Zealand stunned Australia 52-51 in a nail-biting final in Liverpool on Sunday to dethrone the champions and claim their first netball World Cup title in 16 years. In the earlier bronze medal match, England recovered from their heart-breaking semi-final loss to New Zealand on Saturday with an emphatic 58-42 win over South Africa. The Silver Ferns were runners-up in the last three editions that Australia won

Jubilant Kiwis after winning the netball World Cup

but were determined not to let history repeat itself, soaking up the pressure in a tense final quarter to prevail. “It’s been hard work as the Diamonds have been the benchmark in netball, but Liverpool has been amazing,” Kiwi Maria Folau, who top-scored for her team in the final with 28, said in a courtside interview. New Zealand coach Noeline Taurua said victory was a boost for netball in the country after they missed out on the Commonwealth Games final last year.

Peaty swims 100m breaststroke in under 57 seconds

British swimmer Adam Peaty has become the first man to swim 100m breaststroke in under 57 seconds – breaking his own world record with a time of 56.88 seconds in the semi-finals of the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. The 24-year-old has dominated both the 100m and 50m in recent years, setting the 14 best times in the 100m breaststroke. He is now unbeaten in five years over the distance in major competitions The Olympic champion eclipsed his own record by just over two-tenths of a

Adam Peaty celebrates becoming the first male to swim the 100m breaststroke in under 57 seconds

second and won comfortably. China’s Yan Zibei won the other semi-final in 58.67 to qualify second behind Peaty for Monday’s final. Peaty previously claimed he could break his own 100m world record in South Korea, calling it the “magic 57-second barrier”. In other events, Australian teenager Ariarne Titmus ended Katie Ledecky’s reign in the 400m freestyle. The American had been aiming for a fourth straight world title in the 400m and everything looked to be going according to plan as she powered into the lead, only for Titmus to claw back the deficit and hit the front over the final 50. “To be honest, I kind of thought to myself just hang in there but she’s going to have more and you’re not going to get her, then suddenly I just felt something,” said the 18-year-old Australian. Australia’s women delivered a world championships record of 3:30.21 in the 4x100m freestyle relay to win gold ahead of the United States and Canada, while the Americans won the men’s race ahead of Russia and Australia.

Fraser-Pryce shows class with 100m win in London

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce produced a superb display to outclass local favourite Dina Asher-Smith and Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou as she won the women’s 100 metres in 10.78 seconds at the London Diamond League on Sunday. The 32-year-old Jamaican double Olympic champion made a blistering start to dominate the race from start to finish, giving Asher-Smith (10.92) and Ta Lou (10.98) no chance of catching her. “It’s a long season and I’ve been training and training. To come out here and run 10.78 is a fabulous time,” Fraser-Pryce, whose season’s best time of 10.73 came at home in Jamaica last month, said.  In Saturday’s women’s 1500 m, European champion Laura Muir eased to victory, outsprinting German Konstanze Klosterhalfen in the final 150 metres to win in three minutes 58.25 seconds. Fellow Briton Zharnel Hughes finished second in the men’s 100m final behind South Africa’s Akani Simbine in a time of 9.95secs.

Catalans go down to Salford and slip down table

Catalans Dragons slipped down to sixth in the Super League table after a 40-14 drubbing at the hands of the Salford Red Devils who kept pace with the top five. Josh Johnson, Derrell Olpherts and Kris Welham crossed for the home side to give them a 16-8 half-time lead, with Sam Kasiano going over for Catalans. Brayden Williame reduced the deficit, but tries from Tui Lolohea, Niall Evalds, Welham and Mark Flanagan made it a convincing victory for the hosts. Salford moved two points behind fifth-placed Castleford with six games to go.. At the top of the table, bottom side London Broncos stunned runaway leaders St Helens for the second time this season to boost their hopes of Super League survival. Matty Fleming and Luke Yates ran in tries either side of Aaron Smith’s effort for a much-changed Saints to put the Broncos 14-6 up at the break. Danny Richardson’s try got Saints to within two point before Alex Walker went over to extend London’s lead. A Matty Gee try and second from Fleming completed the shock 32-12 victory. While the triumph is not enough to lift Danny Ward’s side off bottom, they do go equal on points with Hull KR and Leeds Rhinos with just six games remaining. Saints, who remain 10 points clear at the top of the table, have lost just three times this season.

Australia retain Women’s Ashes after tame Test draw

Australia have retained the Women’s Ashes as the one-off Test petered out into a draw at Taunton on Sunday.  England avoided the follow-on and declared on 275 for nine wickets  but they could not tear through the Australian batting line-up, which finished on 230 for seven with Ellyse Perry top scoring on 76 not out. England trail 8-2 in the multi-format series, but could still draw it if they win all three Twenty20 games, beginning in Chelmsford on Friday. Australia won all three one-day internationals to open up a 6-0 lead and the two points available for a draw in this four-day Test have guaranteed their retention of the Ashes. That knowledge was always at the back of their minds as they batted out the game before shaking hands with an hour of scheduled play remaining. At the start of the day’s play, all three results were still theoretically possible with England on 199 for six behind Australia’s 420 for eight declared.

Algeria fans celebrate in France after AFCON win

Tens of thousands of Algeria supporters across France celebrated the Desert Foxes’ victory against Senegal in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cairo on Friday night, with major street parties taking place in Paris, Lyon, and Marseille. Around 2,500 police officers were mobilised around the Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe to prevent street clashes.  Nearly 200 people were arrested nationwide during celebrations, according to the authorities. Paris had the lion’s share with 102.

Algerian fans celebrate their team’s African Cup of Nations win over Senegal  in Paris on Friday night

A freakish second-minute goal from Baghdad Bounedjah was enough for Algeria to seal a 1-0 win in a scrappy match. Bounedjah’s shot deflected off Salif Sane’s outstretched leg before looping into the back of the net, with Senegal goalkeeper Alfred Gomis left stranded. Senegal dominated a dour Algeria with 62.2 per cent of possession but could not convert some superb second-half chances and also had a withdrawn penalty after a VAR review. They were unable to go one better than their last appearance in an Africa Cup of Nations final in 2002, while Algeria have won the competition for the second time.

Manny Pacquaio wins world title at 40

Legendary Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao has become the WBA Super champion at the age of 40 – outpointing previously undefeated welterweight Keith Thurman in a split decision in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The American Thurman, who was looking for his 30th straight victory,  was knocked down in the first round but a thrilling fight went the full distance. Two judges scored it 115-112 to Pacquiao, while the other gave it 114-113 to Thurman. Pacquiao – a world champion at eight weights – was fighting

Manny Pacquaio sparring with Keith Thurman in the seventh round of his world title bout in Las Vegas

for the 71st time in a stellar career that has seen seven defeats, but with four of those losses coming in his past 11 fights. Thurman had a height, reach, weight and age advantage over Pacquiao, but was chasing the fight from the beginning and started to bleed from his nose in the fifth round. He recovered in the middle of the fight, but Pacquiao – a senator in The Philippines – stormed back to take the last few rounds.

Quotes of the weekend:

“It’s like an out of body experience. I was so calm coming down the last, I cannot believe it. The weather was awful but I had a look around, and everyone was struggling,” – golfer Shane Lowry after winning the British Open at Portrush on Sunday.

“There’s no other word except for ‘incredible’,” – British swimmer Adam Peaty after becoming the first man to swim the 100m breaststroke in under 57 seconds.

 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.skysports.comwww.eurosport.frmidilibre.fr, https://www.cyclingstage.com/tour-de-france-2019-route/

Calendar Keynotes: 22-28 July

Monday, 22 July

Cycling: Tour de France (till 28 July) – rest day.

Tennis: ATP German Tennis Championships, Hamburg (till 28 July), ATP Swiss Open, Gstaad (till 28 July), ATP Atlanta Open, Georgia, US (till 28 July), WTA Moscow River Cup, Russia (till 28 July), WTA Palermo Ladies Open, Italy (till 28 July),

Swimming: FINA World Championships. Gwangju, South Korea (till 28 July)

Tuesday, 23 July

Cycling: Tour de France (till 28 July) – Stage 16, Nimes – Nimes, 177 km, flat.

Tennis: ATP German Tennis Championships, Hamburg (till 28 July), ATP Swiss Open, Gstaad (till 28 July), ATP Atlanta Open, Georgia, US (till 28 July), WTA Moscow River Cup, Russia (till 28 July), WTA Palermo Ladies Open, Italy (till 28 July),

Swimming: FINA World Championships. Gwangju, South Korea (till 28 July).

Wednesday, 24 July

Cycling: Tour de France (till 28 July) – Stage 17, Pont du Gard – Gap, 200 km, flat.

Cricket: England v Ireland, one-only Test, Lord’s London (till 27 July).

Tennis: ATP German Tennis Championships, Hamburg (till 28 July), ATP Swiss Open, Gstaad (till 28 July), ATP Atlanta Open, Georgia, US (till 28 July), WTA Moscow River Cup, Russia (till 28 July), WTA Palermo Ladies Open, Italy (till 28 July),

Swimming: FINA World Championships. Gwangju, South Korea (till 28 July).

Thursday, 25 July

Cycling: Tour de France (till 28 July) – Stage 18, Embrun – Valoire, 208 km, mountains.

Cricket: England v Ireland, one-only Test, Lord’s London (till 27 July).

Golf: USPGA Tour, World Golf Championships-Fedex St. Jude Invitational, TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee, US (till 28 July), Ladies Major Championships, The Evian Championship, Evian Resort Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, France (till 28 July),

Tennis: ATP German Tennis Championships, Hamburg (till 28 July), ATP Swiss Open, Gstaad (till 28 July), ATP Atlanta Open, Georgia, US (till 28 July), WTA Moscow River Cup, Russia (till 28 July), WTA Palermo Ladies Open, Italy (till 28 July),

Swimming: FINA World Championships. Gwangju, South Korea (till 28 July).

Friday, 26 July   

Cycling: Tour de France (till 28 July) – Stage 19, Saint-Jean-de-Mouriane – Tigne, 126.5 km, mountains.

Formula One: German Grand Prix, Hockenheim (till 28 July).

Cricket: England v Ireland, one-only Test, Lord’s London (till 27 July), Women’s International Twenty20 series – England v Australia, Chelmsford.

Golf: World Golf Championships-Fedex St. Jude Invitational, TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee, US (till 28 July), Ladies Major Championships, The Evian Championship, Evian Resort Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, France (till 28 July),

Tennis: ATP German Tennis Championships, Hamburg (till 28 July), ATP Swiss Open, Gstaad (till 28 July), ATP Atlanta Open, Georgia, US (till 28 July), WTA Moscow River Cup, Russia (till 28 July), WTA Palermo Ladies Open, Italy (till 28 July),

Swimming: FINA World Championships. Gwangju, South Korea (till 28 July).

Saturday, 27 July

Cycling: Tour de France (till 28 July) – Stage 20, Albertville – Val Thorens, 130 km , mountains.

Formula One: German Grand Prix, Hockenheim (till 28 July).

Cricket: England v Ireland, one-only Test, Lord’s London (final day). Women’s International Twenty20 series – England v Australia, Hove.

Rugby League: Challenge Cup semi-finals – Warrington Wolves v Hull FC, St Helens v Halifax RLFC.

Golf: World Golf Championships-Fedex St. Jude Invitational, TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee, US (till 28 July), Ladies Major Championships, The Evian Championship, Evian Resort Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, France (till 28 July),

Rugby Union: The Rugby Championship – New Zealand v South Africa, Australia v Argentina.

Tennis: ATP German Tennis Championships, Hamburg (till 28 July), ATP Swiss Open, Gstaad (till 28 July), ATP Atlanta Open, Georgia, US (till 28 July), WTA Moscow River Cup, Russia (till 28 July), WTA Palermo Ladies Open, Italy (till 28 July),

Swimming: FINA World Championships. Gwangju, South Korea (till 28 July).

Sunday, 28 July

Cycling: Tour de France (final day) – Stage 21, Rambouillet – Paris, 128 km, flat.

Formula One: German Grand Prix, Hockenheim (till 28 July).

Cricket:  Cricket: Women’s International Twenty20 series – England v Australia, Hove.

Golf: World Golf Championships-Fedex St. Jude Invitational, TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee, US (final day), Ladies Major Championships, The Evian Championship, Evian Resort Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, France (final day),

Tennis: ATP German Tennis Championships, Hamburg (final day), ATP Swiss Open, Gstaad (final day), ATP Atlanta Open, Georgia, US (final day), WTA Moscow River Cup, Russia (till 28 July), WTA Palermo Ladies Open, Italy (final day),

Swimming: FINA World Championships. Gwangju, South Korea (final day).