The sports wrap, Monday 24 August, 2020

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Kingsley Coman scores with a header to sink PSG in the Champions League final on Sunday night

Bayern end PSG’s dreams of a Champions League title

German champions Bayern Munich beat Paris Saint Germain 1-0 in the Champions League final in Lisbon on Sunday night with a headed goal from their former boyhood player Kingsley Coman which ended the French club’s dream of winning the trophy for the first time. The victory for the Bavarian giants was their sixth Champions League title but their first since 2013. For PSG it was another disappointment despite more than $1 billion being spent on players in nine years. More than $500 million was spent on Brazilian Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and Angel Di Maria but PSG looked far from formidable or threatening against the Germans who were more assured on European club football’s biggest stage. As the costly front three were frustrated by man-of-the-match goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, it was instead a winger who grew up in Paris and started his career at PSG who inflicted the blow. The 24-year-old Coman ghosted in at the far post unchecked by the PSG defence and was ready to meet a cross from Joshua Kimmich in the 59th minute in an eerily empty stadium. Bayern’s victory completed an incredible transformation this season under coach Hansi Flick, who took charge in November with Bayern fourth in the Bundesliga. The season is now over – three months later than planned due to the coronavirus pandemic pause in play – with Bayern treble winners. The European Cup joins the Bundesliga trophy – won for an eighth successive season and the German Cup. Bayern join deposed champions Liverpool as six-time champions of Europe, only behind AC Milan (seven) and Real Madrid (13).

Sevilla beat Inter Milan to win sixth Europa League title

Sevilla, kings of the second-tier Europa League competition, triumphed for a record sixth time with a 3-2 victory over Inter Milan in a thrilling final in Cologne on Friday night. The drama began in the ninth minute when Sevilla defender Diego Carlos fouled Romelu Lukaku for an Inter penalty and it all ended ended when Lukaku deflected Carlos’ bicycle kick into his own net late in the second half. The Italian side were searching for their first major

Romelu Lukaku diverts the ball into his own net to give Sevilla victory over Inter Milan

trophy in 10 years and seemed to be well on the way when  Lukaku scored his 34th goal of the season, extending his record of scoring in consecutive Europa League games to 11. But Luuk de Jong scored with two headers – from Jesus Navas and Ever Banega crosses – to put Sevilla into the lead in a frantic first half. Inter were level when Diego Godin nodded in to make it 2-2 in the 35th minute. The game slowed down after the interval, but with extra-time looming, there was a twist to come. Carlos flew into the air to meet a high ball with an overhead kick which was going wide until Lukaku stuck out a leg and diverted it past his own goalkeeper. It was a first trophy in the managerial career of Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui, whose side are unbeaten since February, a run of 21 games.

In the Scottish Premiership, Rangers retained their lead at the top over Hibernian with a 2-0 home win over Kilmarnock. Kemar Roofe and Ryan Kent were on target as Steven Gerrard’s side remained unbeaten, having won four and drawn one of their opening five games without losing a goal. Hibernian are second on goal difference after beating St Johnstone 1-0 while champions Celtic lie fourth with a 1-0 win at Dundee United but have played two games less than Rangers.

In the French Ligue 1, Nimes found themselves in an unfamiliar spot at the top of the table as the new season opened with the major clubs not playing on the first weekend. Nimes, who narrowly escaped relegation last season, thrashed Brest 4-0 at home and share the heady heights of the summit with Lorient who beat Strasbourg 3-1 and Angers who beat Dijon 1-0.

Anderson bags five as England force follow-on v Pakistan

Jimmy Anderson took five wickets as England forced Pakistan to follow on on day three of the final Test at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, despite a defiant century by visiting captain Azhar Ali. Azhar’s controlled 141 not out dragged his side from 75 for five and the point of implosion in reply to England 583 for eight declared. He shared a sixth-wicket partnership of 138 with wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan, who battled to 53. After Rizwan was removed by Chris Woakes, England could have run through the tail had it not been for an incredible passage of play that saw three catches

Jos Buttler takes a brilliant catch to dismiss Shaheen Afridi in Pakistan’s first innings

dropped in the space of 10 James Anderson deliveries. Anderson eventually had last man Naseem Shah caught at third slip to complete figures of five for 56 and move to 598 Test wickets. With Pakistan 273 all out, 310 behind, they were given half an hour to bat again in the evening gloom, and Azhar promoted himself to open. However, just as the players returned for the start of the Pakistan second innings, the umpires decided the light was not good enough to resume.With rain forecast for Tuesday, there may be added pressure on England to wrap up victory on day four in order to seal a 2-0 series win.

Johnson blasts opposition away to win the Northern Trust

American Dustin Johnson won his second title in three months in imperious style when he cruised to victory in the Northern Trust at TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts, by 11 shots on Sunday. The 36-year-old, tied second at the US PGA in August, made six birdies

US golfer Dustin Johnson won the Northern Trust by a huge margin on Sunday

and an eagle on his way to a stress-free 63. Johnson, who is the latest player to become world No.1, was 30 under for the week as his closing 63 followed sub-70 rounds of 67, 60 and 64. Harris English was second with fellow American Daniel Berger third. England’s Justin Rose and Tyrrell Hatton finished on 11 under with Ian Poulter two shots further behind and Tommy Fleetwood finishing on eight under. Tiger Woods, winner of 15 majors, bounced back from his two-over 73 on Saturday with a five-under 66 for six-under overall, while Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy shot a 69 to finish two under. Johnson did not quite reach the heights of his Friday 60, but his unblemished final round featured an eagle on the par-five second before he reeled off another four birdies on the front nine to move further away from English. He picked up another shot on the 12th and then, after an hour-long weather delay, rounded off his inevitable victory with a birdie at the last.

Exeter retain eight-point lead top with away win over Sale  

Exeter Chiefs underlined their title credentials as the Premiership leaders came from behind to secure a 32-22 bonus-point win at Sale Sharks on Saturday. An early Sam Simmonds try put Exeter ahead but Sale quickly hit back with converted scores from Tom Curry and Rob du Preez for a 14-10 half-time lead. However, Jacques Vermeulen and Stuart Hogg crossed to put the Chiefs back in front as the visitors took control. Luke Cowan-Dickie scored Exeter’s fourth after Curry was sin-binned.

Luke Cowan-Dickie scored Exeter’s fourht try

Denny Solomona notched a late consolation, with a fine finish in the corner despite pressure from Henry Slade, but it came too late for the Sharks to find another score which would have salvaged a bonus point. Exeter’s second-half performance was epitomised by energy and determination, with Chiefs scoring 22 unanswered points to wrest command of the game from the Sharks. The Devon side have now won both matches since the season resumed earlier this month following the coronavirus lockdown, and Rob Baxter’s men are firmly on course to reach a fifth consecutive Premiership final. Bristol moved up to second place on the Premiership table eight points behind Exeter with a 33-24 win at Gloucester while Wasps are in third spot four points behind after a 38-24 defeat by relegated Saracens.

Dragons beat Trinity for place in Challenge Cup quarters

Papua New Guinea winger David Mead scored a hat-trick of tries as Catalans Dragons beat Wakefield Trinity 36-24 on Saturday to set up a Challenge Cup quarter-final against Salford Red Devils. Australian Josh Drinkwater created Catalans’ three first-half touchdowns, two of them for Mead and the other for Frenchman Fouad Yaha, while Jay Pitts replied for Wakefield. Max Jowitt’s score took Trinity back within eight points, only for the Perpignan club to pull clear once more. Ben Garcia, Mead and Matt Whitley all crossed in the last 25 minutes. Tinirau Arona and Jacob Miller

David Mead scored a hat-trick of tries in Catalans Dragons’ win over Wakefield Trinity

grabbed late consolations for Trinity, but the game was already long gone. The Dragons thrashed Wakefield 58-0 last weekend to move up to third on the Super League table but this was a much more competitive and feisty affair played in wet conditions in Huddersfield. Man-of-the-match Drinkwater’s kicking was on point throughout, leading to four of Catalans’ six tries. Wakefield briefly threatened a second-half comeback but a quick trio of scores from Catalans, coming immediately after both teams had a player sin-binned for 10 minutes following a melee, sent the tie firmly in the Dragons’ favour. Three of the quarter-finals have been been confirmed  with Wigan awaiting the winners of the one outstanding sixth-round tie between Hull FC and Castleford Tigers.

Tour de France starts without Froome and Thomas

The Tour de France, delayed from July because of Covid-19, starts this weekend but without four-time winner Chris Froome and 2018 winner Geraint Thomas. Their team Ineos would be focusing on last year’s winner Colombian Egan Bernal and 2019 Giro d’Italia victor Richard Carapaz. There were doubts over Froome following injuries from a crash a year ago. “Chris needs that little bit longer to get to the highest level,” said team boss Dave Brailsford. Froome, who is leaving Ineos at the end of the current season,  will instead lead them

Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas are notable absentees in the Tour de France

at the Vuelta a Espana in October, while Thomas will do so at the Giro d’Italia. The 35-year-old Froome has won seven Grand Tour races, including the Vuelta in 2011 and 2017, and the Giro d’Italia in 2018. Another Briton missing from the tour will be Mark Cavendish who said he would not have been ready to race after being left out of Bahrain McLaren’s squad. It is the second year in a row the 35-year-old has missed the Tour. The British sprinter has won 30 Tour stages, four short of Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 victories. The race starts on Saturday in Nice.

Portuguese rider Oliveira wins maiden MotoGP

KTM Tech3’s Miguel Oliveira became the first Portuguese rider to claim a MotoGP victory in the Styrian Grand Prix on Sunday in a race that was restarted after a horror crash involving Championship contender Maverick Vinales produced a red flag. Oliveira edged Pramac Ducati’s Jack Miller and pole-sitter Pol Espargaro of KTM in a three-way battle on the final lap, sealing a first-ever premier class victory for the KTM Tech3 team. Earlier, Vinales was approaching turn one at around 140 mph when

Portugal’s Miguel Oliveira won his first-ever MotoGP

he was forced to jump off his Yamaha due to a brake failure with the bike crashing into the air wall and bursting into flames. The Spaniard escaped serious injury. Championship leader Frenchman Fabio Quartararo, who finished 13th, retains his lead by three points from Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso. KTM rider Espargo had started from pole but it was Joan Miro who was at the head of affairs when Vinales jumped from his Yamaha.

British athletes excel at Diamond League Stockholm meet

Housemates Jemma Reekie and Laura Muir dominated their track events on a successful day for British athletes at the Stockholm Diamond League meeting on Sunday. Reekie, 22, won the 800m – her fourth victory this season – in one minute 59.68 seconds and fellow Scot Muir, 27, clocked three minutes 57.87 to take the 1500m. Fellow Briton Holly Bradshaw cleared 4.69m to win the pole vault while Londoner Adam Gemili was a class apart in the 200m as he won in 20.61 seconds. European champion Muir stayed up with

Jemma Reekie and Laura Muir both won their events in Stockholm on Sunday

the two pacemakers during the 1500m before sprinting away from the field in the final 200m to lead a British 1-2-3. Laura Weightman was second and Welshwoman Melissa Courtney-Bryant third with a personal best of 4:01.81. Reekie was also exceptional. The under-23 European champion pulled away from American Raevyn Rogers just before the final bend to claim a comfortable win. There were two attempts at world records. Norway’s Karsten Warholm, 24, ran the second-fastest 400m hurdles in history in clocking 46.87 to win, He also won the men’s 400m. Swede Mondo Duplantis won the men’s pole vault with 6.01m, but failed at his three attempts to break Ukrainian Sergey Bubka’s record of 6.14m set in 1994.

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Calendar Keynotes: 24 – 30 August

Monday, 24 August

Cricket: England v Pakistan, 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton (till 25 August – England lead series 1-0).

Tennis: Western & Southern Open, USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York (till 27 August).

Tuesday, 25 August

Cricket: England v Pakistan, 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton (till 25 August – England lead series 1-0),

Wednesday, 26 August

Football: Champions League qualifying second round (major clubs) – Lokomotiva Zagreb v Rapid Vienna, CFR Cluj v Dinamo Zagreb, Dinamo Brest v FK Sarajevo, Legia Warsaw v Omonia Nicosia, Celtic v Ferencvarosi TC.

Thursday, 27 August

Golf: USPGA Tour, BMW Championship, Olympia Fields Country Club, Chicago, Illinois (till 30 August), European Tour, UK Championship, The Belfry G and CC, Wishaw, Warwickshire (till 30 August).

Tennis: Western & Southern Open, USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York (till 27 August).

Friday, 28 August

Football: French Ligue 1 – Lyon v Dijon.

Formula One – Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francochamps, Francochamps (till 30 August).

Cricket: England v Pakistan, Twenty20, Old Trafford Manchester.

Golf: USPGA Tour, BMW Championship, Olympia Fields Country Club, Chicago, Illinois (till 30 August), European Tour, UK Championship, The Belfry G and CC, Wishaw, Warwickshire (till 30 August). :

Tennis: Western & Southern Open, USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York (till 27 August).

Saturday, 29 August

Football: FA Community Shield – Arsenal v Liverpool, Scottish Premiership – Kilmarnock v Dundee United, Livingston v Ross County, St Johnstone v St Mirren, Hamilton Academical v Rangers, French Ligue 1 – Rennes v Montpellier, Lens v Paris Saint Germain.
Cycling: Tour de France, Stage 1, Nice Moyen Pays – Nice, 156km (till 20 September),
Formula One – Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francochamps, Francochamps (till 30 August).
Rugby Union: Gallagher English Premiership – Sale v Bristol.
Rugby League: Super League – Leeds Rhinos v Salford Red Devils, Warrington Wolves v Wakefield Trinity.
Golf: USPGA Tour, BMW Championship, Olympia Fields Country Club, Chicago, Illinois (till 30 August), European Tour, UK Championship, The Belfry G and CC, Wishaw, Warwickshire (till 30 August).
Tennis: Western & Southern Open, USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York (till 27 August).

Sunday, 30 August

Football: Scottish Premiership – Celtic v Motherwell, Hibernian v Aberdeen, French Ligue 1 – Reims v Lille, Angers v Bordeaux, Metz v Monaco, Nantes v Nimes, Saint-Etienne v Lorient, Strasbourg v Nice, Brest v Marseille.
Cycling: Tour de France, Stage 2, Nice Haut Pays to Nice, 186km (till 20 September),
Formula One – Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francochamps, Francochamps (race day).
Cricket: England v Pakistan, Twenty20, Old Trafford Manchester.
Rugby Union: Gallagher English Premiership – Harlequins v Northampton Saints, Exeter Chiefs v Worcester Warriors, Gloucester v Leicester Tigers.
Rugby League : Super League – Huddersfield Giants v Hull FC, Wigan Warriors v Catalans Dragons, Hull KR v St Helens.
Golf: USPGA Tour, BMW Championship, Olympia Fields Country Club, Chicago, Illinois (final day), European Tour, UK Championship, The Belfry G and CC, Wishaw, Warwickshire (final day).
Tennis: Western & Southern Open, USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York (till 27 August).