The sports wrap, Monday 23 September

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Manu Tuilagi goes over for one of his two tries in England's win over Tonga

Ireland, England, All Blacks start cup with wins

The fancied Rugby World Cup nations all had wins in their opening matches in the qualifying pools in Japan at the weekend with world No.1 ranked Ireland looking the most impressive with a solid win over Six Nations rivals Scotland while champions New Zealand battled to a 23-13 win over South Africa. France and England also won while Wales open their campaign against Georgia on Monday.

In Pool A, Ireland were ruthless in their 27-3 victory against a disappointing Scotland in Yokohama. The Irish went over in their first two incursions into the Scottish 22, James Ryan and Rory Best ploughing over to put them 12-0 ahead after 15 minutes. Greig Laidlaw got the Scots on the board, but a wretched bounce led to Tadhg Furlong adding a third try before the half was out. Andrew Conway then crossed after the break to secure Ireland’s bonus point. Hosts Japan won the first match in Pool A on Friday, defeating Russia 30-10.

In Pool C, England got off to a winning 35-3 start as they fought their way past unfancied Tonga in Sapporo while in the same group France scraped past Argentina 23-21. For the English, two first-half tries from the buccaneering man-of-the-match Manu Tuilagi

France celebrate their narrow 23-21 win over Argentina at the Rugby World Cup in Tokyo

and a second-half rumble from Jamie George off a driving maul opened a gap, Owen Farrell landing three penalties and two conversions. Replacement hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie grabbed the bonus-point fourth try late on. France had to hold off a second-half comeback by Argentina to win a gripping match in Tokyo. The Pumas overturned a 20-3 half-time deficit to take a 21-20 lead until Camille Lopez’s drop-goal put France ahead again. Tries from Gael Fickou and Antoine Dupont gave France the advantage.

In Pool B, defending champions New Zealand produced a clinical display to hold off a spirited South Africa 23-13 in Yokohama. The Springboks started brightly and took the lead with a Handre Pollard penalty before the All Blacks hit back. Richie Mo’unga drew New Zealand level and two quick tries by George Bridge and Scott Barrett put them in front. Pieter-Steph du Toit’s try and a Pollard drop-goal made it tense before Mo’unga and Beauden Barrett penalties. In the other Pool B match, Italy easily despatched Namibia 47-22.

In Pool D,  Australia ran in four second-half tries as they fought back to beat Fiji 39-21 in their opening match. The 2015 finalists were trailing until halfway into the second half before hooker Silatolu Latu went over for two tries inside five minutes. Peceli Yato’s try gave Fiji an early 8-0 lead, and a shock looked possible when Waisea Nayacalevu scored under the posts early in the second half. But Australia roared back to end fears of a first loss to Fiji since 1954. Yato was outstanding, but was forced off after only 25 minutes with a head injury following a collision with Australia winger Reece Hodge who has since been cited for the tackle and will attend a hearing before an independent judicial committee in Tokyo.

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

https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/49539605

Vettel ends win drought with victory in Singapore

Sebastian Vettel ended a 13-month win drought by leading a Ferrari one-two victory at the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday, while Britain’s Lewis Hamilton finished fourth but stretched his championship lead to 65 points. The German, whose last victory was in Belgium in August 2018, took the chequered flag 2.641 seconds ahead of unhappy Monegasque team mate Charles Leclerc. Monagesque Leclerc, 21, had started on pole position for the third race in a row but ended seething at a strategy call that played into Vettel’s hands by pitting the German first while his team-mate

Sebastian Vettel celebrates Ferrari’s one-two win at the Singapore Grand Prix

was leading. The decision leapfrogged Vettel, who had started third, into the lead after Leclerc had pitted. The victory was a record fifth in Singapore for four-times Formula One world champion Vettel, and third in a row this season for Ferrari. t was also the first time a team had finished one-two in Singapore. Red Bull’s Dutch 21-year-old Max Verstappen took third place in a floodlit night race that saw the safety car deployed three times. Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate and closest rival Valtteri Bottas finished fifth and now has 231 points to Hamilton’s 296. Mercedes now have 527 points with six races remaining to Ferrari’s 394.

Liverpool ride high despite Man City 8-0 Watford rout

Liverpool kept their 100 per cent record with six wins out of six and a five-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League despite the champions’ 8-0 victory over hapless Watford and a second-half scare at Chelsea where the Reds had to hang on for a 2-1 win. Leicester City moved up to third on the table after a 2-1 home win over Tottenham Hotspur while Arsenal go to fourth after beating Aston Villa 3-2 at home. West Ham beat Manchester United 2-0 at home to move up to fifth.

At Stamford Bridge, Liverpool became the first team to win their opening six Premier League games in successive seasons with a fiercely-fought victory over Chelsea. Jurgen Klopp’s title pace-setters looked on course to win in comfort as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s magnificent free-kick and Roberto Firmino’s header gave them complete control at the interval. Chelsea, who had been denied an equaliser when Cesar Azpilicueta’s close-range effort was ruled out for offside by VAR, equalized when N’Golo Kante scored with a superb strike with 19 minutes to play to set up a grandstand finish..

At the Etihad Stadium, five goals in the first 18 minutes set Manchester City on their way as they ripped apart a woeful Watford team. Bernardo Silva scored a hat-trick as Pep Guardiola’s side ran riot to clinch their biggest league win since he took charge in 2016.

James Maddison scores Leicester’s winner against Tottenham Hotspur to move up to third

They also hit the woodwork twice and continued to chase further goals until the end, but a record victory eluded them. City scored the opener after 52 seconds through David Silva before Sergio Aguero added a penalty and Riyad Mahrez struck via a deflection.  Bernardo Silva headed the fourth and Nicolas Otamendi slid in the fifth. After the break City’s intensity eased but Bernardo Silva struck twice more and Kevin de Bruyne slammed in the eighth.

At the King Power Stadium, Leicester City continued their fine start  with James Maddison’s first league goal of the season helping them to come from behind to beat Tottenham 2-1.  Maddison drilled a superb low effort into the far corner from distance to lift Brendan Rodgers’ side into the league top four. Ricardo Pereira had put the Foxes back on level terms, moments after Harry Kane’s fourth league goal of the campaign had given Spurs the lead in the first half, the England striker slotting Son Heung-min’s clever flick beyond Kasper Schmeichel despite being knocked off balance by Foxes defender Caglar Soyuncu.

In the Scottish Premiership, Celtic remain three points clear of Rangers with a 100 per cent record after delivering a devastating response to Kilmarnock’s shock opener. Eamonn Brophy’s deflected strike gave the visitors a first-half lead against the run of play. But an Odsonne Edouard double either side of half-time turned Celtic’s deficit into a lead and Ryan Christie netted their third before the hour for a 3-1 win. Rangers stay second after 4-0 away win over St Johnstone.

PSG stay top of Ligue 1 with 1-0 victory over Lyon

Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain remained top after a late Neymar goal gave them a 1-0 victory at Lyon on Sunday night. The Brazilian superstar took the ball with his back to goal, swivelled and stabbed the ball beyond the reach of Anthony Lopes to end Lyon’s stubborn resistance. The surprise team in second place behind PSG are Angers who beat Saint-Etienne 4-1 while Patrick Vieira’s Nice are third after a 2-1 win at home to Dijon. Nimes had a good 1-0 home win over Toulouse while Montpellier slipped to 12th on the table, one place behind Nimes, after a 1-1 away draw at Marseille.  In the Spanish La Liga, Real Madrid moved up to second place behind unbeaten Athletic Bilbao after beating Sevilla 1-0 away from home with a goal from Karim Benzema.  Sevilla’s first loss sent them down to fifth. The shock of the weekend was newly promoted Granada’s 2-0 victory over champions Barcelona which moved them to third spot on the table.The result condemned Barcelona to their worst league start for 25 years and leaves them in eighth. In the Italian Serie A, Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku scored in his first Milan derby as Inter beat AC Milan 2-0 to go top of the table. Marcelo Brozovic gave Antonio Conte’s Inter the lead with a deflected strike, which was confirmed

Romalu Lukaku is the first Belgian to score in the Milan derby since 1914

after a VAR review. Former Manchester United forward Lukaku headed home his third goal in four Serie A matches from Nicolo Barella’s cross. Inter, who have won all four of their league games this season, are two points ahead of champions Juventus who beat beat Verona 2-1.  In the German Bundesliga,  RB Leipzig stayed top with a 3-0 win at Werder Bremen while Philippe Coutinho scored his first Bayern Munich goal as the defending champions climbed to second with a 4-0 rout of Cologne. A first-half header by defender Willi Orban and a stunning free-kick by playmaker Marcel Sabitzer saw Leipzig go 2-0 up. Despite losing midfielder Konrad Laimer to a red card, they grabbed a late third through Marcelo Saracchi.

Willett wins PGA Golf Championship by three shots

England’s Danny Willett has won the BMW PGA Championship by three shots after a five-under-par 67 on the final day at Wentworth on Sunday.  Willett began the day tied for the lead with Spain’s Jon Rahm, who shot 70 to finish second, with South Africa’s Christian Bezuidenhout third. It is the 31-year-old’s biggest win since 2016 USA Masters and the seventh of his career. Justin Rose was eighth after a 72, one place ahead of Rory McIlroy.

Danny Willett wins the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth

Willett was catapulted into golf’s higher echelons when he took advantage of Jordan Spieth’s spectacular collapse to pick up the Green Jacket at Augusta three years ago. But from the high point of that April afternoon in Georgia, Willett’s game nosedived. After this event last year, he was 462nd in the world but his game came together in stunning fashion over the four days at Wentworth. Scores of 68, 65, 68 and 67 were testament to that. With victory, Willett climbs back to 31st in the world and he takes an immediate lead in the qualification process for Europe’s Ryder Cup team for the 2020 match at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin.

Team Europe clinch dramatic win over Team World

Alexander Zverev won a deciding rubber against Milos Raonic in Switzerland to earn Team Europe a dramatic 13-11 win over Team World in the Laver Cup. Zverev beat Raonic 6-4 3-6 10-4 for Team Europe’s third victory in a row. Team World were 7-5 down overnight but John Isner and Jack Sock overcame Roger Federer and Stefanos Tsitsipas 5-7 6-4 10-8 in the doubles to put them 8-7 up. Taylor Fritz beat Dominic Thiem to make it 11-7 but Team Europe won after Federer beat Isner and Zverev also won. Fritz secured a narrow 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 10-5 victory over Thiem, while 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer, playing in his home country, claimed a 6-4 7-6 (7-3) win over Isner in Geneva. Both sides had player withdrawals for injuries on the final day, with Rafael Nadal pulling out for Team Europe and Nick Kyrgios for Team World. Nadal was supposed to partner Federer in the doubles and face Kyrgios in a singles tie. The Spaniard was replaced by Tsitsipas in the doubles, while Thiem came in for him in the singles ties – in which Fritz stood in for Kyrgios. Team World have yet to win the competition since its inception three years ago.

Osaka wins in Osaka for first trophy since Melbourne

Naomi Osaka lifted her first trophy since winning the Australian Open in January, blasting past Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 6-3 in her home town, Osaka, at the Pan Pacific Open final on Sunday. Her victory marked a return to the ruthless form that helped world No.4 Osaka claim last year’s U.S. Open crown before her Melbourne success, with the 21-year-old not dropping a set all week in Osaka, Japan. “This is the city where I was born and that gave me a lot of power to play match after match.

Naomi Osaka wins the Pan-Pacific Open Final in the town of her birth

I just wanted to win this really bad,” Osaka, who has endured several lows this season and sacked two coaches in the space of seven months, told a news conference. She became the first Japanese player to win the title since Kimiko Date in 1995. Osaka relied on her powerful serve and groundstrokes to break world No.41 Pavlyuchenkova early in the contest and cruise through the opening set.

Warriors beat Salford in Super League qualifying final

Champions Wigan Warriors are one win away from a Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford after getting past Salford Red Devils18-12 in the qualifying final on Firday. George Griffin’s effort cancelled out Oliver Gildart’s try for Wigan in an enthralling first half. Tommy Leuluai and George Williams tries and a stunning defensive display ensured victory, with Jackson Hastings grabbing Salford’s only reply. Wigan next face St Helens, and Salford will  meet Castleford in an eliminator after the Tigers ended Warrington Wolves campaign18-12 in Thursday’s elimination final.. An incredible run of form from both sides set up the qualifying final meeting, with Adrian Lam’s Warriors winning 12 of their past 13 matches to finish second in the table at the end of the regular season, while an eight-game winning run saw Salford finish third.

Essex beat Worcester for first T20 title

Essex captain Simon Harmer came in to play a cameo captain’s innings at the end to lead the Eagles to their first T20 Blast title with a stunning final-ball victory over holders Worcestershire at Edgbaston on Saturday. Chasing a Worcestershire total of 145 for nine wickets, Essex looked on the ropes at 82 for five. But Ravi Bopara smashed an unbeaten 36 to keep them in touch, before Harmer came in to hammer 18 off just seven balls to see his side over the line on 148 for six and a four-wicket victory.. Worcestershire had faced the same situation of two needed to win off the last ball in their semi-final win over Notts, although one would have been enough in both games because their opponents had lost fewer wickets.

Marquez close to sixth MotoGP title with Aragon win

Honda’s Marc Marquez celebrated his 200th start and moved within reach of a sixth MotoGP title on Sunday with a commanding win from pole position in front of his home Spanish fans at the Aragon Grand Prix on Sunday. Reigning champion Marquez now has 300 points and a lead of 98 over nearest rival Andrea Dovizioso,

Another Marquez win in Aragon edges him closer to another MotoGP title

who finished second for Ducati at the MotorLand circuit near Alcaniz. Australian Jack Miller was third for non-works Pramac Ducati. The points tally means Marquez, 26, will wrap up his fourth successive championship with four races to spare if he wins the next race in Thailand on 6 October. The victory was his eighth of the season. Dovizioso could claim the ride of the day, with the experienced Ducati rider qualifying 10th on the grid but making the most of his bike’s power to carve his way back through the field.

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.

Timetable for IAAF World Championships

The IAAF World Athletics Championships start in Doha, Qatar, this Friday 27 September. If you want to check the daily timetable of events go to: https://www.iaaf.org/competitions/iaaf-world-championships/iaaf-world-athletics-championships-doha-2019-6033/timetable/byday

Monday, 23 September

Rugby Union: World Cup – Pool D, Wales v Georgia.

Cycling: UCI Road World Championships, Harrogate (till 29 September).

Tennis: ATP Chengdu Open, Chengdu, China (till 29 September), ATP Shenzhen Open, Shenzhen, China (till 29 September), WTA Wuhan Open, Wuhan, China (till 29 September).

Tuesday, 24 September

Rugby Union: World Cup – Pool A, Russia v Samoa.

Football: EFL Cup third round (major clubs) – Arsenal v Nottingham Forest, Colchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, Luton Town v Leicester City, Portsmouth v Southampton, Preston North End v Manchester City, Sheffield Wednesday v Everton, Watford v Swansea City. French Ligue 1 – Dijon v Marseille, Monaco v Nice. Spanish La Liga – Real Valladolid v Granada, Barcelona v Villareal. Italian Serie A – Brescia v Juventus.

Cycling: UCI Road World Championships, Harrogate (till 29 September).

Tennis:  ATP Chengdu Open, Chengdu, China (till 29 September), ATP Shenzhen Open, Shenzhen, China (till 29 September), WTA Wuhan Open, Wuhan, China (till 29 September).

Wednesday, 25 September

Rugby Union: World Cup – Pool D, Fiji v Uruguay.

Football: EFL Cup third round (major clubs) – Brightson & Hove Albion v Aston Villa, Burton Albion v AFC Bournemouth, Chelsea v Grimsby Town, Milton Keynes Dons v Liverpool, Oxford United v West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers v Reading, Manchester United v Rochdale. Scottish League Cup quarter-final – Celtic v Partick Thistle, Hearts v Aberdeen, Kilmarnock v Hibernian, Livingston v Rangers. French Ligue 1 – Amiens v Bordeaux, Brest v Lyon, Lille v Strasbourg, Montpellier v Nimes, Nantes v Rennes, Toulouse v Angers, Paris Saint Germain v Reims. Spanish La Liga – Leganes v Athletic Bilbao, Mallorca v Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid v Osasuna, Italian Serie A – Roma v Atalanta, Genoa v Bologna, Inter Milan v Lazio, Napoli v Cagliari.

Cycling: UCI Road World Championships, Harrogate (till 29 September).

Tennis: ATP Chengdu Open, Chengdu, China (till 29 September), ATP Shenzhen Open, Shenzhen, China (till 29 September), WTA Wuhan Open, Wuhan, China (till 29 September).

Thursday, 26 September

Rugby Union: World Cup – Pool B, Italy v Canada, Pool C, England v United States.

Football: Spanish La Liga – Eibar v Sevilla, Real Socieda v Alaves. Italian Serie A – Torino v AC Milan.

Rugby League: Super League play-off – Wigan Warriors/ Salford Red Devils v Castleford Tigers.

Cycling: UCI Road World Championships, Harrogate (till 29 September).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Safeway Open, Silverado Resort & Spa, Napa Valley, California, US (till 29 September), PGA European Tour, Alfred Dunhill Links, Championship, St Andrews, Carnoustie & Kingsbarns, Scotland (till 29 September).

Tennis: ATP Chengdu Open, Chengdu, China (final day), ATP Shenzhen Open, Shenzhen, China (final day), WTA Wuhan Open, Wuhan, China (final day).

Friday, 27 September  

Rugby Union: Premiership Rugby Cup – Bristol v Gloucester, Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs. .

Formula One – Russian Grand Prix, Sochi (till 29 September).

Rugby League: Super League play-off semi-final – St Helens v Wigan Warriors/Salford Red Devils.

Athletics: IAAF World Championships, Doha, Qatar (till 6 October).

Cycling: UCI Road World Championships, Harrogate (till 29 September).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Safeway Open, Silverado Resort & Spa, Napa Valley, California, US (till 29 September), PGA European Tour, Alfred Dunhill Links, Championship, St Andrews, Carnoustie & Kingsbarns, Scotland (till 29 September).

Tennis: ATP Chengdu Open, Chengdu, China (till 29 September), ATP Shenzhen Open, Shenzhen, China (till 29 September), WTA Wuhan Open, Wuhan, China (till 29 September).

Saturday, 28 September  

Rugby Union: World Cup – Pool A, Japan v Ireland, Pool B, South Africa v Namibia, Pool C, Argentina v Tonga. Premiership Rugby Cup – Bath v Worcester Warriors, London Irish v Harlequins, Northampton Saints v Wasps, Saracens v Sale. French Top 14 – Brive v Toulon, Bayonne v La Rochelle, Castres v Agen, Toulouse v Pau, Racing 92 v Lyon.

Formula One – Russian Grand Prix, Sochi (till 29 September).

Football: English Premier League – Sheffield United v Liverpool,  Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion, Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton, Everton v Manchester City. Scottish Premiership – Hibernian v Celtic, Hamilton Academical v Livingston, Kilmarnock v Ross County, Rangers v Aberdeen. St. Johnstone v Motherwell. French Ligue 1 – Lyon v Nantes, Bordeaux v Paris Saint Germain, Metz v Toulouse, Monaco v Brest, Nice v Lille. Spanish La Liga – Athletic Bilbao v Valencia, Getafe v Barcelona, Granada v Leganes, Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid. Italian Serie A –,Juventus v SPAL, Sampdoria v Inter Milan, Sassuolo v Atalanta. German Bundesliga –  Mainz 05 v VfL Wolfsburg, RB Leipzig v FC Schalke 04, SC Paderborn 07 v Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund v Werder Bremen.

Athletics: IAAF World Championships, Doha, Qatar (till 6 October).

Cycling: UCI Road World Championships, Harrogate (till 29 September).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Safeway Open, Silverado Resort & Spa, Napa Valley, California, US (till 29 September), PGA European Tour, Alfred Dunhill Links, Championship, St Andrews, Carnoustie & Kingsbarns, Scotland (till 29 September).

Tennis: ATP Chengdu Open, Chengdu, China (till 29 September), ATP Shenzhen Open, Shenzhen, China (till 29 September), WTA Wuhan Open, Wuhan, China (till 29 September).

Sunday, 29 September  

Rugby Union: World Cup – Pool D, Georgia v Uruguay, Australia v Wales. French Top 14 – Montpellier v Bordeaux Begles, Stade Francais v Clermont Auvergne.

Football: English Premier League – Leicester City v Newcastle United, French Ligue 1 – Strasbourg v Montpellier, Nimes v Saint-Etienne, Marseille v Rennes. Spanish La Liga –, Levante v Osasuna, Sevilla v Real Sociedad, Italian Serie A – Napoli v Brescia, Lazio v Genoa, Udinese v Bologna, AC Milan v Fiorenti. German Bundesliga – Fortuna Dusseldorf v SC Freiburg.

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

Athletics: IAAF World Championships, Doha, Qatar (till 6 October), Berlin Marathon, Berlin, Germany.

Cycling: UCI Road World Championships, Harrogate (till 29 September).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Safeway Open, Silverado Resort & Spa, Napa Valley, California, US (final day), PGA European Tour, Alfred Dunhill Links, Championship, St Andrews, Carnoustie & Kingsbarns, Scotland (final day).

Tennis: ATP Chengdu Open, Chengdu, China (final day), ATP Shenzhen Open, Shenzhen, China (final day), WTA Wuhan Open, Wuhan, China (final day).