The sports wrap, Monday 27 July, 2020

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Antony Martial is bundled over for a penalty which helped secure Manchester United a Champions League place

Man  United and Chelsea claim last two Champions League places

Manchester United and Chelsea joined Liverpool and Manchester City in securing places in the Champions League with wins on the final day of the English Premier League season on Sunday while Watford and Bournemouth were relegated along with bottom club Norwich City. Aston Villa survived thanks to a 1-1 draw at West Ham United which moved them to 35 points, one more than Bournemouth, who go down despite a 3-1 win at Everton and Watford who lost 3-2 at Arsenal. A penalty from Bruno Fernandes and late goal from Jesse

Divock Origi’s goal for Liverpool was his first this year, ending a 23-game run without scoring

Lingard gave United the three points with a 2-0 win at Leicester City, who missed out on the Champions League by finishing fifth. Chelsea ended in fourth spot after a 2-0 home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. In other matches, champions Liverpool finished the season with 99 points after a comfortable 3-1 win at Newcastle with goals from Virgil van Dijk, Divock Origi and Sadio Mane, while Manchester City thrashed the already relegated Norwich City 5-0 highlighted by two goals from brilliant Belgian midfielder Kevin de Bruyne. Liverpool finished 18 points above City, matching the top-flight record for wins in a season (level with City’s 32 in 2017-18 and 2018-19) but fell just short of City’s biggest winning margin of 19 points in 2017-18. Tottenham Hotspur joined Leicester City with a Europa League spot by finishing sixth after a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.

PSG win Coupe de France against 10-man St Etienne

Paris Saint Germain’s Brazilian striker Neymar scored early to secure a 1-0 win over 10-man St Etienne as they claimed a record-extending 13th Coupe de France on Friday night in a near empty stadium as French soccer came out of a four-month break. He scored on the rebound in the 14th minute after French international Kylian Mbappe sprinted clear and saw his shot blocked by goalkeeper Jessy Moulin. Some 5,000 fans were allowed into the 80,000-seater Stade de France to watch the game due to strict health protocols. Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron had met the players on the pitch but kept his distance and wore a face mask. The match started eventfully with Yvann Macon felling Neymar in the opening seconds to earn a yellow card and St Etienne’s Denis Bouanga hitting the post in the fifth minute. But it was the Parisians who scored when Neymar pounced on Moulin’s save to fire in. Loic Perrin’s rough tackle in the 26th put Mbappe out of the game and earned the St Etienne captain a red card in his last game. Four other players were booked as tempers briefly flared. With Ligue 1 champions PSG chasing a quadruple of titles this season. The 21-year-old Mbappe returned on crutches to the bench after the interval and will be a serious doubt for PSG’s Champions League quarter-final with Atalanta in August.

In the Italian Serie A,  Juventus clinched a record-extending ninth successive title as they defeated Sampdoria 2-0 in Turin on Sunday night. Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 31st league goal of the season from Miralem Pjanic’s short free-kick in first-half injury time and Federico Bernardeschi sealed the victory after 67 minutes. Maurizio Sarri’s side are the only team to ever win nine consecutive titles in one of Europe’s top five leagues. It extends their own record, which Bayern Munich had matched in June. Inter Milan moved into second place,  seven points behind Juventus, with a 3-0 away win over Genoa thanks to goals from former Manchester United forwards Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez. There are two matches still to play.

Brilliant Broad puts England on verge of West Indies series win

Stuart Broad produced a brilliant spell of pace bowling to snare six wickets and put England in a dominating position for a series victory over West Indies in the deciding Test at Old Trafford on Sunday. Broad took all of the West Indies wickets to fall across two innings on the third day, starting with four in four overs for six for 31 in the first, leaving the tourists 197 all out, 172 behind. Late in the day with Jason Holder’s side set 399 to win after England declared their second innings at 226 for two, the inspired Broad struck twice more, leaving West Indies 10 for two and staring at defeat in the three Test series. Broad  is

Stuart Broad celebrates after taking the wicket of West Indies nightwatchman Kemar Roach

poised on 499 Test wickets, one away from becoming only the fourth pace bowler to reach 500. England’s lead had been extended first by an opening stand of 114 between Rory Burns and Dom Sibley, who made 56. The arrival of captain Joe Root was the signal to accelerate, with the hosts mindful of a forecast predicting rain will heavily disrupt Monday’s play. The second-wicket pair added 112 at 6.5 an over, Root skating to 68 not out from 56 balls. When Burns top-edged a sweep to fall 10 runs short of his third Test century, it was the signal for England to declare. Since Broad publicly voiced his displeasure at being left out of the first Test, he has taken 14 wickets at 10.50 and averaged 73 with the bat. His morning burst was his third destructive spell in as many innings, begging the question as to why England ignored him for almost the entire first hour of the day.

Italian Renato Paratore wins British Masters

Italy’s Renato Paratore won the British Masters at Close House near Newcastle on Sunday to claim his second European Tour victory. The 23-year-old carded a two-under 69 to win on 18 under, three clear of 19-year-old Dane Rasmus Hojgaard (70), with South Africa’s Justin Harding third. English trio Andy Sullivan (67), Robert Rock (69) and Dale Whitnell (71) shared fourth place on 13 under. Tournament host 47-year-old Lee Westwood finished on eight over after a 79 that featured a quintuple-bogey eight at the ninth. The players, caddies, officials and media have all been in

Italian Renato Paratore is given a guard of honour by his fellow golfers after winning the British Masters

a bio-bubble this week, staying at the on-site hotel, while fans were not allowed in to watch. Paratore emerged victorious after a sparkling display that saw him play his first 62 holes this week without dropping a shot. He had been trying to become the first player to win a European Tour event without making a bogey since Jesper Parnevik at the 1995 Scandinavian Masters. But his first bogey of the tournament came at the par-three ninth in Saturday’s final round, and he dropped another shot at the 11th. But birdies at the fourth, seventh, 10th and 17th holes saw him run out a comfortable winner.

French rider Quartararo wins second MotoGP in Spain

Frenchman Fabio Quartararo made it back-to-back wins with victory in Sunday’s drama-packed Andalucia MotoGP. The Yamaha satellite rider, who claimed his maiden victory in last weekend’s season-opening Spanish MotoGP, was on form again from pole position at Jerez in a Yamaha 1-2-3. He was followed home by Yamaha’s factory duo Spaniard Maverick Vinales and Italian veteran Valentino Rossi, as only 13 of the 21 starters finished.

Young French rider Fabio Quartararo wins back-to-back MotoGPs with victory in Jerez, Spain

“It feels so good to make back-to-back wins,” the Nice-born Quartararo said. The 21-year-old Quartararo now has a 50-point lead over the reigning champion Marc Marquez, who missed Sunday’s race as he recovered from the broken arm he sustained last week. While Quartararo started from pole and was barely troubled, behind him Vinales and Rossi had to hold off challenges from the Ducati-Pramac pair of Italian Francesco Bagnaia, who climbed to second before his engine failed, and Australian Jack Miller, who crashed.Seven-time world champion Rossi showed his delight at another podium at the age of 41 by climbing onto a barrier and punching the air in a victory dance in front of a completely empty grandstand. The season’s third race is in the Czech Republic on 9 August.

Formula One cancels GPs in US, Mexico and Brazil

Formula 1 has called off the US, Mexican and Brazilian Grands Prix this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Americas. With infection rates rising in the three countries, F1 organisers believe it would be irresponsible to hold races there. Instead, three further races in Europe are to be added to the calendar. These will see a return for Germany’s Nurburgring and Imola in Italy, and an F1 debut for Portugal’s Portimao track. The US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, had been due to be held on 23 October, with the Mexican race in Mexico City a week later and Brazil on 13 November. But F1 officials have accepted that it will be impossible to hold the races. Any hopes of reviving the Canadian race, originally scheduled for June and postponed in April, have also been abandoned. The coronavirus has a much lower prevalence in Canada, but the country has local restrictions and travel rules that make impossible to hold a race. An F1 statement said: “Due to the fluid nature of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, local restrictions and the importance of keeping communities and our colleagues safe, it will not be possible to race in Brazil, USA, Mexico and Canada this season.” The next race is the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on 2 August.

All tennis tournaments cancelled in China for 2020

The two main tennis tours last Friday cancelled all of their remaining tournaments in China for this year, including the flagship WTA Finals, in the wake of the country’s ban on international sporting events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The General Administration of Sport, China’s highest sporting body, announced two weeks ago that only trial events for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics would be held in 2020. The ATP and WTA had held out hope of getting exemptions for their events as they tried to play as many tournaments as possible in an already heavily disrupted season but released statements conceding defeat within minutes of each other. WTA chairman Steve Simon said the WTA was extremely disappointed. “We do however respect the decision that has been made and are eager to return to China as soon as possible next season,” he said. ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said: “We respect the Chinese government’s decision to do what’s best for the country in response to the unprecedented global situation. The ATP Tour is currently set to resume from 20 August with the Cincinnati Open and the US Open scheduled to take place back-to-back in New York. The WTA Tour is set to resume with the Palermo Open on 3 August, marking the return of top-level tennis after the professional tours were suspended because of the pandemic.

Belgian outsider wins World Matchplay darts final

A 200-1 outsider, Belgian Dimitri Van den Bergh, has won the World Matchplay darts final, easily beating Gary Anderson at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes on Sunday night. He becomes the first player to win the tournament as a debutant since its inception in 1994. Van den Bergh won by a comfortable 18-10 margin. A two-time World Youth Champion, the 26-year-old was ruthless in dispatching the

Dimitri Van den Bergh wins his maiden World Matchplay darts final on Sunday night

veteran Scot Anderson, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest darts players of all time. Van den Bergh registered a shock first-round triumph over Nathan Aspinall and followed it up with impressive results against Joe Cullen, Adrian Lewis and Glen Durrant, but arguably his greatest display was reserved for the final. The world No.26 moved through the gears after the second quarter and Anderson had no answer. Van den Bergh told Sky Sports: “I am the winner of this tournament. Wow. Give me a few extra hours, I think I need them. What a beautiful trophy I have in my hands.”

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Calendar Keynotes: 27 July – 2 August

Monday, 27 July

Football: English Championship play-off semi-final first leg – Cardiff City v Fulham

Cricket: England v West Indies, 3rd Test, Old Trafford (fourth day).

Tuesday, 28 July

Football: Italian Serie A – Parma v Atalanta, Inter Milan v Napoli

Wednesday, 29 July  

Football; English Championship play-off semi-final second leg – Brentford v Swansea City, Italian Serie A – Lazio v Brescia, Sampdoria v AC Milan, Sassuolo v Genoa, Udinese v Lecce, Hellas Verona v SPAL, Cagliari v Juventus, Fiorentina v Bologna, Torino v Roma.

Cricket: England v West Indies, 3rd Test, Old Trafford (final day).

Thursday, 30 July

Football: English Championship play-off semi-final second leg – Fulham v Cardiff City.

Cricket: ODI series, England v Ireland, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton.

Golf: World Golf Championships-Fedex St. Jude Invitational, Memphis, Tennessee, (till 2 August), European Tour, Hero Open, Marriott Forest of Arden, Birmingham (till 2 August).

Friday, 31 July

Formula One: British Grand Prix, Silverstone (till 2 August).

Golf: World Golf Championships-Fedex St. Jude Invitational, Memphis, Tennessee, (till 2 August), European Tour, Hero Open, Marriott Forest of Arden, Birmingham (till 2 August).

Snooker: World Championship, The Crucible, Sheffield, UK (till 16 August).

Motorcycling: Grand Prix of Spain, World Superbikes, Circuito de Jerez, Spain (till 2 August).

Saturday, 1 August

Football: FA Cup final – Arsenal v Chelsea, Wembley Stadium.

Formula One: British Grand Prix, Silverstone (till 2 August).

Cricket: ODI series, England v Ireland, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton.

Golf: World Golf Championships-Fedex St. Jude Invitational, Memphis, Tennessee, (till 2 August), European Tour, Hero Open, Marriott Forest of Arden, Birmingham (till 2 August).

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Strade Bianche, Siena, Tuscany, Italy.

Snooker: World Championship, The Crucible, Sheffield, UK (till 16 August).

Motorcycling: Grand Prix of Spain, World Superbikes, Circuito de Jerez, Spain (till 2 August).

Sunday, 2 August

Football: Scottish Premiership – Celtic v Hamilton Academical.

Formula One: British Grand Prix, Silverstone (race day).

Golf: World Golf Championships-Fedex St. Jude Invitational, Memphis, Tennessee, (final day), European Tour, Hero Open, Marriott Forest of Arden, Birmingham (final day).

Snooker: World Championship, The Crucible, Sheffield, UK (till 16 August).

Motorcycling: Grand Prix of Spain, World Superbikes, Circuito de Jerez, Spain (race day).