The sports wrap, Monday 28 September, 2020

Jamie Vardy scored a hat-trick as Leicester City hammered Manchester City 5-2

Leicester thrash Man City to stay top of  Premier League

Jamie Vardy scored a hat-trick to inspire unbeaten visitors Leicester City to a stunning 5-2 victory over Manchester City on Sunday to keep their place at the top of the English Premier League. They lead Everton on goal difference after the Toffees defeated Crystal Palace 2-1 away to keep their 100 per cent record.  The 33-year-old Vardy converted a penalty either side of a clever, flicked finish over goalkeeper Ederson from Timothy Castagne’s low cross. Former Foxes midfielder Riyad Mahrez had put the hosts ahead after four minutes, smashing a sublime first-time strike into the top corner.  At Selhurst Park, Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s fifth league goal of the season opened the scoring for Everton following neat build-up from James Rodriguez and Seamus Coleman. Cheikhou Kouyate’s free header drew Palace level, but Richarlison restored the visitors’ lead from the penalty spot to make it three wins out of three. Unbeaten Arsenal and Liverpool, in third and fourth place on the table, play each other on Monday night, while Leeds United moved up to sixth spot behind Crystal Palace after a 1-0 away win over Sheffield United thanks to a late headed goal from striker Patrick Bamford. Tottenham Hotspur are seventh after a 1-1 home draw with Newcastle United.

In the Scottish Premiership, unbeaten Rangers remained top after a 5-1 drubbing away to Motherwell while Celtic moved up to second after a comfortable 3-0 home win over Hibernian.  Champions Celtic, who are now only a point behind Rangers with a game in hand, won with goals from Callum McGregor, Ajeti and Mohamed Elyounoussi. Despite their defeat, Hibs remain third, but have played two games more than fourth-placed Aberdeen.

In the French Ligue 1, unbeaten Rennes sit on top of the table after an easy 3-0 away win over Saint-Etienne, which gave them their four wins and a draw in their first five matches. Two points behind are Lille, also unbeaten, who beat Nantes 2-0 on Friday night. Montpellier who drew 2-2 at Dijon are third while Nimes are 14th after a 1-1 home draw against Lens. Champions Paris Saint Germain, who lost their first two matches, moved up to seventh spot after beating Reims 2-0.

In the Spanish La Liga, champions Real Madrid won a five-goal thriller against top-of-the

Sergio Ramos slots home a penalty to give Real Madrid a last-gasp win against Real Betis

table Real Betis. Federico Valverde put Madrid ahead from close range but Aissa Mandi – with a header – and William Carvalho scored two quickfire goals as Betis led. Madrid were level early in the second half through an own goal by Emerson. Sergio Ramos scored the winner with a chipped penalty. The win took Madrid up to sixth place after two matches while troubled Barcelona opened their campaign with a comfortable 4-0 home win over Villarreal.

In the German Bundesliga, 1899 Hoffenheim stunned Bayern Munich 4-1 as they suffered their first defeat since December 2019.  Bayern had won their past 23 matches, and were unbeaten in 32, a run that saw them win last season’s treble and the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla on Thursday. Ermin Bicakcic headed the hosts ahead and Munas Dabbur made it 2-0, before Joshua Kimmich’s fine goal for Bayern.But Andrej Kramaric scored twice, including an injury-time penalty, to seal a famous win for Hoffenheim who now top the table after two matches. Borussia Dortmund also suffered a shock defeat, going down 2-0 to FC Augsburg.

Bottas win Russian Grand Prix with Hamilton third

Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas won the Russian Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday after team-mate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton collected two time penalties for infringements before the race had even started. Hamilton, who started on pole position in

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas wins the Russian Grand Prix  ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen

Sochi hoping for a 91st Formula One victory to equal Ferrari great Michael Schumacher’s all-time record, finished third behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. The Briton’s lead over Bottas shrunk to a still healthy 44 points after 10 of 17 races, with the Finn collecting a bonus point for fastest lap The win was Bottas’ second of the season, and the first since the Austrian opener in July. Hamilton’s hopes were dashed when stewards issued two five-second penalties for making practice starts outside the designated area as he headed to the grid.“Not the greatest day…I take the points that I got and move on,” said Hamilton, who also collected two penalty points on his licence that leave him just two away from a one-race ban.

Exeter will play Racing 92 in Champions Cup final

Exeter Chiefs ground down free-running, fast-starting Toulouse to overcome the French side 28-18 and reach their first Heineken Champions Cup final in a hard-earned victory at Sandy Park on Saturday. They will meet the in-form side Racing 92 who beat defending champions Saracans 19-15 in the other tense semi-final.  French champions Toulouse began well with a couple of Thomas Ramos penalties to show for their early dominance.

Joe Simmonds scored Exeter’s fourth try to take Exeter into the Champions Cup final

But Exeter dug in and close-range tries from Harry Williams and Sam Simmonds gave them a narrow half-time lead. After a second try from Williams, Joe Simmonds waltzed in to ensure Matthis Lebel’s try would not alter the result. Exeter’s players leapt in delight at the final whistle with only the shouts from their backroom staff and fellow squad members echoing around the empty stands. The final will be played at Bristol’s Ashton Gate on Saturday 17 October in a match that will ensure a new name on the trophy. In the other semi-final, five Alex Goode penalties had helped Sararcens to a 15-12 lead with five minutes remaining. But Scottish fly-half Finn Russell’s delicate chip opened up the away side’s defence with Argentine winger Juan Imhoff going over in the corner from Virimi Vakatawa’s pass.

Warrington beat Dragons for ninth straight win

Warrington Wolves won their ninth game in a row on Friday night to go top of the Super League with a 30-16 home victory over Catalans Dragons, who only just made it after their plane was diverted. The Wolves head Wigan Warriors on points difference after their 28-16 home defeat of Wakefield Trinity.  Gareth Widdop scored on his Warrington return but Tom Davies and Samisoni Langi crossed as Catalans fought back. Matty Ashton levelled before the break while Matt Davis sent them ahead after the restart. Blake Austin and Fouad Yaha exchanged tries but Danny Walker wrapped up victory

Blake Austin has scored seven tries for Warrington Wolves in the Super League this season

for the Wolves late on. Catalans raced against the clock to make it to the Halliwell Jones Stadium in time for kick-off after flight disruption. The team had been due to board a charter flight from Perpignan but high winds in the Mediterranean forced the plane to divert to Toulouse, two-and-a-half hours away. The players made their own way to the airport and eventually landed in Liverpool just under two hours before kick-off. The win continues Warrington’s fine form to reach the league summit, while Catalans now sit fifth in the table but have played three games less than Warrington and Wigan.

Wawrinka knocks out Murray in Paris Open first round

Andy Murray’s return to the clay proved to be a chastening experience as he lost in straight sets to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open first round at Roland Garros on Sunday. The 33-year-old Scot was well below the level of 2015 champion Wawrinka, who eased to a 6-1 6-

Andy Murray was well beaten by Stan Wawrinka in the first round of the French Open on Sunday

3 6-2 victory. Murray’s exit came after British No.1 Dan Evans lost to Japan’s Kei Nishikori in a fluctuating five-setter. Evans has lost on all three appearances in the main draw at Roland Garros after a 1-6 6-1 7-6 (7-3) 1-6 6-4 defeat. In the Strasbourg International, world No.5 Elina Svitolina held off a spirited challenge from Elena Rybakina to lift thel title with a 6-4 1-6 6-2 win on Saturday. The second seed Ukrainian, the 2010 French Open junior champion, fended off eight of the 10 break points faced in a hard-fought encounter and made only 23 unforced errors in comparison to the Russians 34. After losing the second set, Svitolina responded in the opening game of the decider by saving four break points before racing away with the final four games to seal victory in just under two hours. Svitolina, chasing her maiden Grand Slam title, will meet Russian Varvara Gracheva in Monday’s first round of the French Open at Roland Garros.

Essex draw with Somerset but win Bob Willis Trophy

Essex defied Somerset’s bowlers to draw the Bob Willis Trophy final at Lord’s on Sunday but take the first title after they had secured a first-innings lead of 36 runs. The county champions were set a target of 237 to win, but after being reduced to 98 for four batted out for a draw. Ryan ten Doeschate (46) and Adam Wheater (14 not out) survived for almost two hours under the floodlights before Essex finished on 179 for six. It means Somerset’s wait for a first red-ball county title continues.

Essex celebrate winning the Bob Willis Trophy – their fourth domestic trophy in the last three years

In a repeat of the County Championship-deciding fixture of last season, it was again Essex taking the silverware at Somerset’s expense. They proved the only team throughout the competition able to keep Somerset’s four-pronged seam attack, plus England spinner Jack Leach, at bay as they restricted them to just 14 wickets over the two innings. In Derby, England’s women cruised to a 20-run victory over West Indies to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match Twenty20 series  on Saturday. Nat Sciver’s 82 from 61 balls was the standout performance as England made 154 for six on a sluggish pitch, with Shamilia Connell taking two for 13. West Indies made a better attempt at their chase than in the previous two games, led by 63 from Deandra Dottin, but she fell with three overs to go. The tourists could only reach 134 for five as England secured a comfortable win at the Incora County Ground.

John Catlin clinches Irish Open with a two-shot win 

American John Catlin clinched a second European Tour title in three weeks with a six-under-par 64 earning him a two-shot win in the Irish Open at Galgorm on Sunday. The 29-year-old started four off the pace but as the leaders stalled Catlin moved through to finish on 10 under. England’s Aaron Rai needed a birdie on the final hole to tie but bogeyed to

American John Catlin wins the Irish Open by two strokes at Galgorm on Sunday

end in second place.  Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond and Australian Maverick Antcliff shared third on seven under in a round delayed by frost and mist.  It was an Irish Open to forget for the home contingent – Clandeboye’s Jonathan Caldwell the best on eight over while amateur James Sugrue followed three good rounds with an 80 on Sunday to end on 12 over. Open champion Shane Lowry and three-time major winner Padraig Harrington missed the cut at the County Antrim venue.

Alaphilippe wins Road World Championships road race 

Julian Alaphilippe won the Road World Championships men’s road race in Imola on Sunday, following a breakaway attack. The Frenchman joined many of cycling’s greats in claiming the rainbow jersey in the 258.2km one-day race. Alaphilippe, 28, beat a chasing group containing many of the world’s in-form riders by 24 seconds. He burst into tears as he crossed the line, just as he did when he won Stage 2 of the Tour de France – remembering his father, who died in June.  Alaphilippe, who wore the yellow jersey for two days during the Tour earlier this month, broke away from the peloton with about 17km to go with typically aggressive riding. A group containing Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark, Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland, Wout van Aert from the Netherlands and Switzerland’s Marc Hirschi followed off the peloton and sought to hunt Alaphilippe down. But the Deceuninck-Quick Step rider’s supreme descending skills ensured he managed to hold an average gap of about 10 seconds between himself and the group – many of whom have won major races this season.

LeBron James leads LA Lakers to first NBA Finals in 10 years

Basketball superstar LeBron James will be going to a 10th NBA Finals after hjs Los Angeles Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets 117-110 on Saturday night in Orlando, Florida, to win the Western Conference finals in five games   Lakers will play Miami Heat in the finals after they beat Boston Celtics 4-2 on Sunday night in the Eastern Conference finals. James punctuated his 27th postseason triple-double with a big fourth quarter to finish with 38 points, 16 rebounds. It took him two seasons to make it with the Lakers, after falling short of the playoffs in an injury-plagued first season following eight consecutive trips with Miami and Cleveland.  The Lakers will be maring their 32nd NBA Finals appearance, the most in league history. They haven’t played for the title since beating the Celtics in 2010 for the most recent of their 16 titles.

Frenchman Quartararo wins to head MotoGP championship

Frenchman Fabio Quartararo won the Catalonia Grand Prix on Sunday to regain the MotoGP championship lead from Italy’s Andrea Dovizioso. The Yamaha-SRT rider, 21, dominated the season’s eighth race after Dovizioso fell on the first lap in Barcelona. Joan Mir finished

Frenchman Fabio Quartararo is back on top of the MotoGP championship after his victory in Spain

second with fellow Spanish Suzuki rider Alex Rins third. Nice-born Quartararo’s third win this year puts him eight points ahead of Mir in the standings, with Dovizioso now trailing by 24 in fourth place. Franco Morbidelli started in pole position but team-mate Quartararo took the lead on the ninth of 24 laps, before holding off Mir and Rins. Seven-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi, who was chasing his 200th podium finish, was second before crashing on the 16th lap. After Quartararo won the first two races of the season, there had been different winners in the next six.

Mark Selby claims first European Masters snooker title 

Mark Selby claimed his first European Masters title after beating fellow Englishman Martin Gould 9-8 on Sunday. Gould, 39, came back from 4-0 down to make it 4-4 at the interval and scored the biggest break of the final – 131. There was no more than one frame between them in the second session as a break of 96 from the world number 53 Gould took the match to a decider. And three-time world champion Selby, 37, produced a break of 72 to clinch victory in Milton Keynes. The world No.4, who suffered a narrow defeat by Ronnie O’Sullivan in the World Championship semi-finals last month, beat Shaun Murphy 6-3 to reach the final. Gould, who almost retired at the end of last season after struggling with mental health,, had upset world No.1 Judd Trump 6-3 in the semi-finals.

Duplantis makes it 16 successive pole vault victories

Armand Duplantis claimed a 16th successive victory as he won the pole vault in Doha on Friday in the final World Athletics Diamond League event of the year. A height of 5.82m was enough for the Swede, who cleared an outdoors record of 6.15m earlier this year, to win. America’s Sam Kendricks was second, with Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie in third as they also cleared 5.82m but took more attempts to do so.

Armand Duplantis has now won 16 pole vault tournaments in succession

Britain’s Elliot Giles was an impressive second in the men’s 800m. He ran a personal best of one minute 44.56 seconds, with Kenya’s Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich winning in 1:44.16. Fellow Briton Adelle Tracey was third in the women’s 800m – won by Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon – as she ran a season’s best of 1:59.87. Britain’s David King was third in the men’s 110m hurdles in 13.54 seconds, while compatriot Cindy Ofili also claimed third in the women’s 100m hurdles in 13.02 seconds.

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Calendar Keynotes: 28 September  – 4 October

Monday, 28 September

Football : English Premier League – Fulham v Aston Villa, Liverpool v Arsenal, Italian Serie A – Bologna v Parma.

Tennis: French Open, Grand Slam, Roland Garros, Paris (till 11 October).

Rugby Union – Gallagher English Premiership – Harlequins v Wasps.

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

Tuesday, 29 September

Football:  Champions League qualifying play-offs – Dynamo Kiev v KAA  Gent, Fercenvarosi TC v Molde, Omonia Nicosia v Olympiakos, English League Cup fourth round – Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea, Spanish La Liga – Real Sociedad v Valencia, Getafe v Real Betis.

Tennis: French Open, Grand Slam, Roland Garros, Paris (till 11 October).

Rugby Union: Gallagher English Premiership – Northampton Saints v Sale.

Rugby League: Super League – Salford Red Devils v Warrington Wolves, Wigan Warriors v St Helens.

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Binck Bank Tour, Netherlands and Belgium (till 3 October).

Wednesday, 30 September

Football: Champions League qualifying play-offs – FC Midtjylland v Slavia Prague, FC Red Bull Salzburg v Maccabi Tel Aviv, PAOK Salonika v FK Krasnodar, English League Cup fourth round – Newport County v Newcastle United, Burnley v Manchester City, Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester United, Everton v West Ham United, Spanish La Liga – Huesca v Atletico Madrid, Villareal v Alaves, Eibar v Elche, Real Madrid v Real Valladolid, Italian Serie A – Benevento v Inter Milan, Udinese v Spezia, Lazio v Atalanta.

Tennis: French Open, Grand Slam, Roland Garros, Paris (till 11 October).

Rugby Union: Gallagher English Premiership – Bristol v Leicester Tigers, Exeter Chiefs v London Irish, Worcester Warriors v Saracens.

Rugby League: Huddersfield Giants v Hull Kingston Rovers, Leeds Rhinos v Catalans Dragons.

Cricket: Women’s internatonal Twenty20, England v West Indies, Incora Ground, Derby.

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Binck Bank Tour, Netherlands and Belgium (till 3 October).

Basketball: NBA finals, Game 1, Miami Heat v LA Lakers, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando Florida.

Thursday, 1 October

Football: English League Cup fourth round – Brentford v Fulham, Aston Villa v Stoke City, Liverpool v Arsenal, Spanish La Liga – Athletic Bilbao v Cadiz, Sevilla v Levante, Celta Vigo v Barcelona.

Tennis: French Open, Grand Slam, Roland Garros, Paris (till 11 October).

Rugby League: Super League – Castleford Tigers v Hull FC.

Golf: USPGA tour, Sanderson Farms Championship, Country Club of Jackson, Mississippi (till 4 October), European Tour, The Scottish Open, The Renaissance Club, North Berwick (till 4 October).

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Binck Bank Tour, Netherlands and Belgium (till 3 October). :

Friday, 2 October  

Football: Socttish Premiership – Aberdeen v St Mirren, Dundee United v St Mirren, Hibernian v Hamilton Academical, Kilmarnock v Motherwell, French Ligue 1 – Paris Saint Germain v Angers, Italian Serie A – Fiorentina v Sampdoria, German Bundesliga – 1.FC Union Berlin v Mainz 05.

Tennis: French Open, Grand Slam, Roland Garros, Paris (till 11 October).

Rugby Union: French Top 14 – Brive v Pau, Stade Francais v Bayonne.

Golf: USPGA tour, Sanderson Farms Championship, Country Club of Jackson, Mississippi (till 4 October), European Tour, The Scottish Open, The Renaissance Club, North Berwick (till 4 October).

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Binck Bank Tour, Netherlands and Belgium (till 3 October).

Basketball: NBA finals, Game 2, Miami Heat v LA Lakers, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando Florida.

Saturday, 3 October

Football: English Premier League – Chelsea v Crystal Palace, Everton v Brighton & Hove Albion, Leeds United v Manchester City, Newcastle United v Burnley, French Ligue 1 – Lens v Saint-Etienne, Nice v Nantes, Spanish La Liga – Real Valadolid v Eibar, Atletico Madrid v Villareal, Elche v Huesca, Real Sociedad v Getafe, Valencia v Real Betis, Italian Serie A – Sassuolo v Crotone, Genoa v Torino, Udinese v Roma, German Bundesliga – 1.FC Koln v Borussia Monchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund v SC Freiburg, Eintracht Frankfurt v 1899 Hoffenheim, Werder Bremen v DSC Arminia Bielefeld, VfB Stuttgart v Bayer 04 Leverkusen, RB Leipzig v FC Schalke 04.

Tennis: French Open, Grand Slam, Roland Garros, Paris (till 11 October).

Rugby Union: French Top 14 – Lyon v Bordeaux Begles, Clermont Auvergne v Agen, La Rochelle v Racing 92.

Rugby League: Challenge Cup semi-finals – Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors, Salford Red Devils v Warrington Wolves.

Golf: USPGA tour, Sanderson Farms Championship, Country Club of Jackson, Mississippi (till 4 October), European Tour, The Scottish Open, The Renaissance Club, North Berwick (till 4 October).

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Binck Bank Tour, Netherlands and Belgium (till 3 October).

Sunday, 4 October

Football: English Premier League –Leicester City v West Ham United, Southampton v West Bromwich Albion, Arsenal v Sheffield United, Wolverhampton Wanderers v Fulham, Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, Scottish Premiership – St Johnstone v Celtic, Rangers v Ross County, French Ligue 1 – Montpellier v Nimes, Borddeaux v Dijon, Brest v Monaco, Metz v Lorient, Strasbourg v Lille, Rennes v Reims, Lyon v Marseille, Spanish La Liga (major clubs)  – Osasuna v Celta Vigo, Alaves v Athletic Bilbao, Levante v Real Madrid, Cadiz v Granada, Barcelona v Sevilla, Italian Serie A –  Atalanta v Cagiliari, Benevento v Bologna, Lazio v Inter Milan, Parma v Hellas Verona, AC Milan v Spezia, Juventus v Napoli, German Bundesliga – VfL Wolfsburg v FC Augsburg, Bayern Munich v Hertha Berlin.

Tennis: French Open, Grand Slam, Roland Garros, Paris (till 11 October).

Rugby Union – Gallagher English Premiership – Gloucester v Northampton Saints, Leicester Tigers v Harlequins, London Irish v Bristol, Sale v Worcester Warriors, Saracens v Bath, Wasps v Exeter Chiefs, French Top 14 – Montpellier v Castres, Toulouse v Toulon.

Cricket: International Twenty20 – Australia v West Indies, Townsville, Queensland.

Golf: USPGA tour, Sanderson Farms Championship, Country Club of Jackson, Mississippi (final day), European Tour, The Scottish Open, The Renaissance Club, North Berwick (final day).

Cycling: UCI World Tour, Binck Bank Tour, Netherlands and Belgium (till 3 October).

Horse Racing: Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, ParisLongchamp.

Athletics: London Marathon.

Basketball: NBA finals, Game 3, LA Lakers v Miami Heat, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando Florida.