The sports wrap, Monday 6 July 2020

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There was no proper podium or cheering fans but the champagne still flowed for the F1 season opener

Formula 1 returns with dramatic Bottas victory

Formula One returned in an incident-packed race on Sunday as Finland’s Valtteri Bottas won the Austrian season-opener for champions Mercedes in a race with only 11 finishers and no spectators. Monagesque Charles Leclerc finished a surprise second for struggling Ferrari with McLaren’s Lando Norris celebrating his first F1 podium after a time penalty for a collision with Red Bull’s Alex Albon dropped Mercedes’ six-times world champion Lewis Hamilton to fourth. “I managed to keep it together and control the race from my side and it’s a good start to the season,” said Bottas, who started in pole position and had to keep his cool through three safety car periods. Norris, at 20 the youngest driver in the race and now the youngest Briton to stand on an F1 podium, also claimed a bonus point for fastest lap. The race, on a sunny afternoon at the scenic Red Bull Ring in Spielberg was behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic that had put the season on hold since March. The drivers gathered on the grid before the start in a show of unity against racism, with Hamilton and 13 others taking a knee in solidarity. Spaniard Carlos Sainz made it a double points haul for McLaren in fifth, with Sergio Perez sixth for Racing Point and Pierre Gasly seventh for AlphaTauri. Esteban Ocon, who last raced in 2018, took eighth for Renault on his return while Antonio Giovinazzi bagged ninth for Alfa Romeo and Sebastian Vettel, who had another nightmare, completed the top 10 for Ferrari.

Liverpool bounce back to beat Aston Villa 2-0

Champions Liverpool reinstated their 23-point lead at the top of the Premier League after beating Aston Villa and seeing second-placed Manchester City go down 1-0 in a shock defeat to Southampton.  Leicester City remained in third place after beating Crystal Palace 3-0 while  Chelsea stayed in fourth spot with an easy 3-0 home win over relegation-threatened Watford. In-form Manchester United hammered Bournemouth 5-2 to move above Wolverhampton Wanderers into fifth on the ladder.

At St Mary’s,  Che Adams scored his first Premier League goal in spectacular style as Southampton withstood a Manchester City barrage to earn a shock 1-0 victory and condemn them to a third straight away loss.  Adams, who joined Saints from Birmingham City for 15 million pounds last July, lobbed goalkeeper Ederson with a first-time strike from 40 metres out after Oleksandr Zinchenko had surrendered possession in midfield. The goal drew an intense reaction from City, as Fernandinho hit the post and the in-form Alex McCarthy kept out David Silva’s header in the aftermath.

At Anfield, newly crowned Premier League champions Liverpool bounced back from their 4-0 mid-week drubbing by Manchester City scoring twice in the second half to see off relegation-threatened Aston Villa. The Reds were far from their best with the opening goal

Sadio Mane scored the first goal in the 71st minute

coming from just their second shot on target, Sadio Mane lashing Naby Keita’s cross in via the underside of the crossbar. Until then Villa had looked like earning a precious and unexpected point but the goal clearly deflated the visitors who fell further behind just before full-time when Curtis Jones celebrated signing a new long-term deal by volleying home his first Premier League goal.  Liverpool now have 89 points from 33 games and can still break Manchester City’s top-flight record of 100 points in a season with five matches remaining and 15 points available.

At King Power Stadium, Leicester City retained third spot on the ladder with a comfortable 3-0 victory over mid-table Crystal Palace, with 33-year-old striker Jamie Vardy ending his goal drought with a second-half double to reach 101 Premier League goals. It was City’s first win since the restart.  His century goal was a simple finish, tapping into an open net and he added   a second, running clear of the Palace defence before chipping a neat finish past Vicente Guaita.

Sky Sports will make a number of matches available “free to air”. Here’s the full breakdown of the restart programme: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11661/11996682/premier-league-restart-kick-offs-and-sky-sports-matches-announced

In La Liga, Sergio Ramos scored the only goal for a second consecutive game as Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao to stay four points clear of champions Barcelona who beat in-form Villareal 4-1 on Sunday night. Ramos slammed home a penalty – just as he did on Thursday against Getafe – after Dani Garcia fouled Marcelo in a decision given by VAR. Barcelona took an early lead against Villareal when Pau Torres turned in Jordi Alba’s cross but Gerard Moreno levelled. Lionel Messi brilliantly won the ball in midfield before feeding Luis Suarez – who curled in from 20 metres – and the Barca captain then backheeled to Antoine Griezmann, who scored a magnificent chip. Ansu Fati blasted in a late fourth.

In Serie A, defending champions Juventus beat Torino 4-1 in the local derby to move seven points clear of second-placed Lazio who were shocked at home 3-0 by AC Milan. Juve legend Cristiano Ronaldo finally scored a free-kick to become the first player to score 25 Serie A goals in a season for the club since 1961.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores from a free kick in Juventus’ 4-1 win over Torino to edge them closer to the title

Paulo Dybala put Juve ahead and Ronaldo set up a Juan Cuadrado goal. Andrea Belotti pulled one back before Ronaldo struck, with the final goal a Torino own goal. Former Juve forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped AC Milan stun Lazio by doubling his side’s lead with a penalty. A 3-0 victory was sealed after the interval when Ante Rebic slotted the third from close range.

In the German DFB Cup, Polish striker Robert Lewandowski passed 50 goals for the season as Bayern Munich beat Bayer Leverkusen4-2  to win a record 20th German Cup and 13th domestic double. David Alaba’s free-kick put them ahead and Serge Gnabry added a second, before Lewandowski’s long-range shot was fumbled in by Lukas Hradecky. Sven Bender’s header gave Leverkusen hope but Lewandowski’s delicate dink put the result beyond doubt. Kai Havertz scored a penalty with the last kick for Leverkusen. Bayern Munich have set a new club record of 26 games unbeaten, only drawing once in that run since December.

Bryson DeChambeau wins Rocket Mortgage Classic

A bulked-up Bryson DeChambeau played jaw-dropping drives and some clutch putts to win the USPGA Tour Rocket Mortgage Classic by three strokes on Sunday for his first victory of the season and sixth overall. DeChambeau shot a 7-under 65 at Detroit Golf Club, birdieing four of the first seven holes and closing with three straight. He finished at a career-best 23-

Bryson DeChambeau celebrates his Rocket Mortgage Classic win in Detroit on Sunday

under 265. Fellow American Matthew Wolff (71) was second. He started the day with a three-shot lead and hurt his chances with five bogeys over his first 10 holes. Kevin Kisner (66) finished another stroke back. DeChambeau removed all doubt with a strong finish. He made a 10-metre birdie putt at No. 16, a short putt for birdie on the next hole and unleashed a 335-metre drive to set up another short putt at 18. DeChambeau came into the week with six straight top-eight finishes and was the only player with top 10s in the first three events after the restart from the coronavirus. He won for the first time since the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in November 2018. DeChambeau has dramatically changed his body, adding 18kg of mass, and took advantage of the time he had to work on his physique during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Long shot Serpentine wins the Epsom Derby

Serpentine stunned Epsom with a runaway success to give trainer Aidan O’Brien a record eighth Derby win The 25-1 shot was sent into a clear lead by jockey Emmet McNamara and could not be caught to triumph by five-and-a-half lengths. Khalifa Sat (50-1) was second

Outsider Serpentine races away to win the Derby

with 66-1 chance Amhran Na Bhfiann third. It completed a Classic double for Serpentine’s Irish trainer after Love set a new record time to win the Oaks by nine lengths under Ryan Moore. In his debut Derby ride, McNamara showed enterprise and confidence to front-run and clock up his first victory since October 2019. The first three horses home had been in the same positions after a couple of furlongs and the surprise result paid out 56,000 pounds to a pound stake on the Tote. The two pre-race favourites, 1,000 Guineas winner Kameko and Lingfield Derby victor English King, finished fourth and fifth.

Recreational cricket to resume in the UK from 11 July

The British government said on Friday that recreational cricket which has been suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic will be allowed to resume from 11 July. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would set out a timetable next week for when amateur cricket can return as well as the reopening of indoor gyms and swimming pools which were closed due to the coronavirus lockdown. “We are delighted that the UK Government have given their permission for recreational cricket to return from next weekend,” the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Twitter.  “We will shortly be publishing our approved guidelines to help clubs and players prepare for cricket’s return.” The ECB said it had “positive discussions” with culture secretary Oliver Dowden about the return of recreational cricket with groups of more than six people being able to gather.

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Calendar Keynotes: 6-12 July

Monday, 6 July

Football: English Premier League –  Tottenham Hotspur v Everton,  Spanish La Liga – Levante v Real Sociedad, Sevilla v Eibar.

Cricket: Women’s ODI series – England v India, Canterbury.

Tuesday, 7 July

Football: English Premier League – Crystal Palace v Chelsea, Watford v Norwich City, Arsenal v Leicester City,  Spanish La Liga – Valencia v Real Valladolid, Celta Vigo v Atletico Madrid, Italian Serie A – Lecce v Lazio.

Wednesday, 8 July  

Football: English Premier League – Manchester City v Newcastle United, Sheffield United v Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Ham United v Burnley, Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool, Spanish La Liga –, Getafe v Villareal, Real Betis v Osasuna, Barcelona v Espanyol, Italian Serie A – Fiorentina v Calgiari, Genoa v Napoli, Atalanta v Sampdoria, Bologna v Sassuolo, Roma v Parma.

Cricket: Test series, England v West Indies, Southampton (till 12 July).

Darts: PDC Players Championship, Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes (till 12 July).

Thursday, 9 July

Football: English Premier League – AFC Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur, Everton v Southampton, Aston Villa v Manchester United, Spanish La Liga, Eibar v Leganes, Mallorca v Levante, Athletic Bilbao v Sevilla, Italian Serie A – SPAL v Udinese, Hellas Verona v Inter Milan.

Golf: USPGA Tour, Charity Open, Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio (till 12 July), European PGA Tour, Austrian Open, Diamond CC, Atzenbrugg, Austria (till 12 July).

Cricket: Test series, England v West Indies, Southampton (till 12 July), Women’s ODI series, England v India, Hove.

Athletics: IAAF Diamond League, Zurich, Switzerland.

Darts: PDC Players Championship, Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes (till 12 July).

Friday, 10 July

Football: Spanish La Liga –  Real Sociedad v Granada, Real Madrid v Alaves.

Formula One – Styrian Grand Prix, Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Australia (till 12 July).

Cricket: Test series, England v West Indies, Southampton (till 12 July).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Charity Open, Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio (till 12 July), European PGA Tour, Austrian Open, Diamond CC, Atzenbrugg, Austria (till 12 July).

Darts: PDC Players Championship, Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes (till 12 July).

Saturday, 11 July

Football: English Premier League – Norwich City v West Ham United, Watford v Newcastle United, Liverpool v Burnley, Sheffield United v Chelsea, Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City, Spanish La Liga – Osasuna v Celta Vigo, Real Valladolid v Barcelona, Atletico Madrid v Real Betis, Italian Serie A – Lazio v Sassuolo, Brescia v Roma, Juventus v Atalanta.

Formula One – Styrian Grand Prix, Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Australia (till 12 July).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Charity Open, Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio (till 12 July), European PGA Tour European PGA Tour, Austrian Open, Diamond CC, Atzenbrugg, Austria (till 12 July).

Cricket: Test series, England v West Indies, Southampton (till 12 July).

Darts: PDC Players Championship, Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes (till 12 July).

Sunday, 12 July

Football: English Premier League –  Wolverhampton Wanderers v Everton, Aston Villa v Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal, AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City, Spanish La Liga – Espanyol v Eibar, Levante v Athletic Bilbao, Leganes v Valencia, Sevilla v Mallorca, Italian Serie A – Genoa v SPAL, Cagliari v Lecce, Fiorentina v Hellas Verona, Parma v Bologna.

Formula One – Styrian Grand Prix, Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Australia (race day).

Cricket: Test series, England v West Indies, Southampton (final day).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Charity Open, Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio (final day), European PGA Tour European PGA Tour, Austrian Open, Diamond CC, Atzenbrugg, Austria (final day).

Darts: PDC Players Championship, Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes (final day).