The sports wrap Monday, 8 July

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Dutchman Mike Teunissen wins the Tour de France first stage centimetres ahead of Peter Sagan

Teunissen keeps yellow jersey after 2nd stage

Dutchman Mike Teunissen clung on to the yellow jersey for a second day as his Jumbo-Visna team powered to victory in the Tour de France’s Stage 2 on Sunday — a 27.6 km Team Time Trial around the streets of Brussels. It had looked as though Team Ineos, with defending Tour champion Geraint Thomas leading them home, had done enough to lay down an ominous marker, but Jumbo-Visna, the last team to start, obliterated their rivals with a show of power. With the extra motivation of keeping Teunissen, the first Dutchman to don the yellow jersey since 1989, in the overall lead, the eight Jumbo-Visna riders hammered around the city streets to beat the British outfit by 20 seconds. Three of their riders were dropped but Teunissen and team-mates Steven Kruijswijk, George Bennett, Wout van Aert and Tony Martin roared across the line next to the city’s iconic Atomium landmark in 28 minutes 58 seconds. The 26-year-old Teunissen surprisingly won Saturday’s bunch sprint, outsprinting Peter Sagan to win by centimetres. Australian Caleb Ewan of Lotto Soudal finished third and Team Dimension Data’s Giacomo Nizzolo took fourth. Defending champion Thomas had stayed out of trouble all day on the 194.5km stage but crashed with about 1.6km remaining, finishing around two minutes behind the stage winner. Because he crashed inside the final 3 km on a designated sprint stage, he was credited with the same time as the group he was riding with, so ended up losing no time on his rivals for the overall win. He told reporters he was fine and there was no damage done.

USA beat the Dutch to win Women’s World Cup

The United States won a fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in Lyon on Sunday as second-half goals from co-captain Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle confirmed their status as the leading power in the women’s game. The defending champions struggled to gain dominance for an hour before a Rapinoe penalty, her sixth goal of the tournament, broke the deadlock and then a fine individual effort from

Carli Lloyd lifts the World Cup after beating the Dutch

Lavelle in the 69th minute settled it. The Dutch made an aggressive start with some strong challenges in front of a capacity crowd of 57,900, and the U.S, who had scored in the opening 12 minutes of every previous game at this tournament, were struggling to settle as they were harried and closed down quickly. But the Dutch aggression proved to be their downfall in the second half as Stefanie van der Gragt’s foot caught Alex Morgan’s upper arm after a high challenge in the box and Rapinoe coolly slotted home the resulting penalty, awarded after a video review. The Dutch then seemed to lose both cohesion and energy and Lavelle took the game directly to them, bursting out of midfield towards the heart of the defence and dropping her shoulder to the left before unleashing a sublime shot into the bottom corner.  In the bronze medal play-off in Nice, England had to settle for fourth place after a frustrating 2-1 loss to Sweden on Saturday. Kosovare Asllani and Sofia Jakobsson’s early first-half goals saw Sweden take full advantage of a disjointed England display, before Fran Kirby’s well-taken strike in the 31st minute put Phil Neville’s side back in the game. The Lionesses then saw an Ellen White equaliser ruled out for handball after a pitchside video review by the referee, before having the better of the second half, but they could not prevent Sweden securing a top-three finish for a fourth time.

In the Copa America final in Rio de Janeiro, Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus scored one goal and assisted another before being sent off as Brazil won their first title in 12 years, beating Peru 3-1. Jesus set up Everton to volley in the opener before scoring the decisive second. Paolo Guerrero had briefly given Peru hope when he equalised from the penalty spot minutes before Jesus struck. Jesus was shown a second yellow with 20 minutes left but Everton’s Richarlison’s late penalty sealed the win.

Big three through to Wimbledon second week

Tennis’s leading three male players over the last decade – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic – made it safely through to the second week of Wimbledon while in the women’s singles, defending champion Angelique Kerber crashed out in the second round as world No.1 Ashleigh Barty easily made it through to the last 16 and looks set to face the formidable Serena Williams in the quarter-finals..

In the men’s singles, the great Federer mopped up a few more records in defeating Frenchman Lucas Pouille 7-5 6-2 7-6(4) to reach the last 16. With his eyes on a 21st Grand Slam title, the Swiss became the first player – man or woman – to win 350 singles matches at the majors. The eight-time Wimbledon champion also set a professional era record of reaching the last 16 for the 17th time – surpassing the previous benchmark he had shared with Jimmy Connors. His great rivals also made it through to the last 16 with Nadal easily disposing of Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2 6-3 6-2 while world No.1 and defending champion Djokovic had a much tougher match before beating Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 7-5 6-7 6-1 6-4. Britain’s last male hope Dan Evans went down in a five-set epic to Portugal’s Joao Sousa.

In the women’s singles, last year’s champion Angelique Kerber and world No.2 Naomi Osaka fell by the wayside but other contenders for the title, the Australian Barty, Romania’s Simona Halep, the Czechs Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova, and Serena Williams all line up to battle for a quarter-final spot. Britain’s 19th seed Joanna Konta has been in fine form but after fighting

Cori Gauff has set Wimbledon alight in the first week

back to beat ninth seed Sloane Stephens in three sets she might find her next opponent, sixth seed Kvitova, much tougher. The most intriguing encounter will be seventh seed Halep against American teenage sensation Cori “Coco” Gauff who has won over the Wimbledon crowds with some awesome tennis. Ranked No.313 in the world and entered as a qualifier, she announced herself with a first-round 6-4 6-4 win over five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams. “It’s the first time I have ever cried after winning a match,” said the 15-year-old.

In the mixed doubles, Andy Murray has teamed up with Serena Williams in a stellar partnership and in front of a packed and expectant centre court on Saturday, they eased to a 6-4 6-1 win over unseeded Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi. The high-profile pair had too much quality for their battling opponents and will meet 14th seeds Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo in the second round. Earlier Murray, who is returning to tennis after a hip replacement, lost alongside Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the men’s doubles. But several hours later, there were contrasting emotions for the Scot – a the three-time Grand Slam singles champion – as he and 23-time major winner Williams breezed past their German-Chilean opponents in one hour and 16 minutes.

England to play Australia in ICC World Cup semi-final

England will play Australia while India take on New Zealand in the ICC World Cup semi-finals after the round-robin phase in the 10-nation tournament was wrapped up at the weekend. Australia were nudged from top position by India after a surprise loss to South Africa on Saturday while India easily beat Sri Lanka.

At Old Trafford, Australia were beaten by 10 runs in a thrilling run chase after South Africa set them a 326-run target for victory and top spot on the tournament table. But Australia were soon in trouble, falling to 95 for three wickets and losing Usman Khawaja to a hamstring problem. However, David Warner’s imperious century gave the defending champions hope of a win. Wicketkeeper Alex Carey hit out in the final 10 overs as he scored a fine 85 but, with 51 needed from 28 balls, he holed out, and Australia could not regain the momentum, ending on 315 all out. South Africa’s total had been set up by a fine ton from captain Faf du Plessis and 95 from Rassie van der Dussen. Australia travel to Edgbaston for Thursay’s clash with England with injury concerns over Khawaja, Marcus Stoinis and leading wicket taker Mitchell Starc.

At Headingley, Rohit Sharma became the first man to score five centuries in a single World Cup as India chased down 265 with 6.3 overs to spare to beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets. Angelo Mathews made 113 as Sri Lanka recovered from 55 for four wickets to post 264 for seven. Playing his 16th World Cup match,

Rohit Sharma celebrates his fifth World Cup ton

Rohit 32,reached three figures in 92 balls and equalled the record of six World Cup centuries overall, held by legendary compatriot Sachin Tendulkar, who played 44 innings in the event. He now has 647 runs in this year’s tournament and needs only 27 more to eclipse another of Tendulkar’s World Cup landmarks, the 673 he scored in the 2003 competition. With KL Rahul, who made 111, they put on 189 for the highest opening stand in this year’s competition, eclipsing their own  180 against Bangladesh on Tuesday.

In the Women’s Ashes third ODI,  England were thrashed by 194 runs after a dismal batting performance against Australia that put the tourists within touching distance of retaining the Women’s Ashes. Chasing 270 for victory, England were reduced to 21 for six inside the first 10 overs and were ultimately bundled out for 75 with 103 balls remaining. All-rounder Ellyse Perry took a career-best 7 for 22 as only three England players made double figures at Canterbury. The loss means Australia have a 6-0 lead in the multi-format series and victory in the Test will ensure they retain the trophy.

Catalans bounce back with win over Wakefield

A hat-trick from Jodie Broughton helped Catalans ease to a 44-10 victory over Wakefield in Perpignan and end a run of five defeats. Former Leeds Rhinos winger Broughton opened the scoring before efforts from Matt Whitley and Samisoni Langi added to the home side’s lead. Reece Lyne crossed for the visitors but Broughton went over for his second to make it 20-6 at the break. Broughton, playing for just the second time this season, completed his treble before

Jodie Broughton scored three tries for the Dragons

Kenny Edwards and Tony Gigot (two) tries rounded off the win. The home side stayed in fifth spot with victory over a Wakefield side who scored the game’s final try through Bill Tupou, but who have now lost six of their past seven matches. The hat-trick will feel especially sweet for Broughton, who made his first appearance in almost a year in the defeat at Leeds Rhinos last week after suffering anterior cruciate ligament and biceps injuries. At the top of the table, St Helens went eight points clear of second-placed Warrington Wolves with a 40-12 demolition away at third-placed Hull FC. Lachlan Coote scored two tries and six goals as Saints ran riot in the second half for a fourth straight win. Regan Grace scored his 17th try of the season with Morgan Knowles, Theo Fages, Jack Ashworth and Jonny Lomax also going over. The table-toppers have now won 13 of their past 14 games.

Rahm wins Irish Open with final round of 62

Spaniard Jon Rahm shot an eight-under-par final round of 62 to win the Irish Open for the second time in three years  Rahm, 24, posted an eagle and eight birdies in his closing 18 at the Lahinch Golf Club in County Clare on Sunday to finish on 16 under, two shots ahead of Andy Sullivan and Bernd Wiesberger. The world-ranked 11 player claimed his fourth European title in just his 34th start. The victor’s 62 equalled the lowest final-round winning

Jon Rahm on his way to victory in the Irish Open

score set by Colin Montgomerie in 1997 and saw him collect a winner’s cheque of 1.036m euros. Trailing overnight leader Robert Rock by five shots at the start of play, Rahm birdied five of his first 10 holes but still trailed compatriot Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who picked up three in his first five, by three. A monster putt for an eagle three at the 12th moved him to within one of Cabrera-Bello as Englishman Rock struggled to find the form which saw him card a 60 in his third round. A bogey at 13 proved to be a temporary blip for Rahm as he went on to birdie three of the next four holes, his exquisite iron shot to set up a three at the par-four 15th being arguably the shot of the day. The Ryder Cup player, who had moved onto the leaderboard with a 64 on Saturday, struggled his way to a par five at the 18th but that proved enough as he enjoyed a two-shot cushion by the end of the day.

Crutchlow finishes 3rd in German GP after leg break

Britain’s Cal Crutchlow finished third at the German MotoGP on Sunday, just four days after breaking his leg while out cycling. Honda rider Crutchlow, 33, fractured his tibia and damaged knee ligaments in the incident on Wednesday. He finished 7.741 seconds behind MotoGP champion Marc Marquez, who won his fifth race of the season on a Honda, while fellow Spaniard Maverick Vinales was second on a Yamaha. Marquez has stretched his lead at the top of the championship to 58 points. He is on 185 points after nine of the season’s 19 races with Italian Andrea Dovizioso his closest rival on 127 points after finishing fifth in Germany. It was also Marquez’s 10th win at the Sachsenring circuit across all classes.

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.skysports.comwww.eurosport.frmidilibre.fr, https://www.cyclingstage.com/tour-de-france-2019-route/

Calendar Keynotes: 8-14 July

Monday, 8 July

Tennis: All England Lawn Tennis Championships, Wimbledon, London (till 14 July).

Cycling: Tour de France (till 28 July) – Stage 3, Binche – Epernay, 215 km, hills.

Tuesday, 9 July

Cricket: ICC World Cup – semi-final, India v New Zealand, Old Trafford, Manchester.

Tennis: All England Lawn Tennis Championships, Wimbledon, London (till 14 July).

Cycling: Tour de France (till 28 July) – Stage 4, Reims – Nancy, 213.5 km, flat

Wednesday, 10 July

Tennis: All England Lawn Tennis Championships, Wimbledon, London (till 14 July).

Cycling: Tour de France (till 28 July) – Stage 5, Saint-Die-des-Vosges – Colmar, 175.5 km, hills.

Football: Africa Cup of Nations – quarter-finals.

Thursday, 11 July

Cricket: ICC World Cup – semi-final, Australia v England, Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Cycling: Tour de France (till 28 July) – Stage 6, Mulhouse –  La Planche des Belles Filles, 160.5 km, mountains.

Football: Africa Cup of Nations – quarter-finals.

Rugby League: Super League – Hull FC v London Broncos.

Tennis: All England Lawn Tennis Championships, Wimbledon, London (final day).

Golf: USPGA Tour, TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois (till 14 July), PGA European Tour, Scottish Open, The Renaissance Club, Dirleton, North Berwick (till 14 July),

Friday, 12 July   

Tennis: All England Lawn Tennis Championships, Wimbledon, London (till 14 July).

Cycling: Tour de France (till 28 July) – Stage 7, Belfort – Chalon-sur-Saone, 230 km, flat.

Formula One – British Grand Prix, Silverstone (till 14 July).

Rugby League: Super League – Huddersfield Giants v Catalans Dragons, Leeds Rhinos v Hull KR, St Helens v Wigan Warriors, Wakefield Trinity v Castleford Tigers, Warrington Wolves v Salford Red Devils.

Golf: USPGA Tour, TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois (till 14 July), PGA European Tour, Scottish Open, The Renaissance Club, Dirleton, North Berwick (till 14 July).

Netball: World Cup, Liverpool – preliminaries. For schedule –https://www.nwc2019.co.uk/schedule/.

Saturday, 13 July

Tennis: All England Lawn Tennis Championships, Wimbledon, London (till 14 July).

Cycling: Tour de France (till 28 July) – Stage 8, Macon – Saint-Etienne, 200 km, hills.

Formula One – British Grand Prix, Silverstone (till 14 July).

Golf: USPGA Tour, TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois (till 14 July), PGA European Tour, Scottish Open, The Renaissance Club, Dirleton, North Berwick (till 14 July).

Netball: World Cup, Liverpool – preliminaries. For schedule –https://www.nwc2019.co.uk/schedule/.

Sunday, 14 July

Cricket: ICC World Cup – final, Lord’s London.

Tennis: All England Lawn Tennis Championships, Wimbledon, London (till 14 July).

Cycling: Tour de France (till 28 July) – Stage 9, Saint-Etienne – Brioude, 170.5 km, hills.

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

Football: Africa Cup of Nations – semi-finals.

Golf: USPGA Tour, TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois (final day), PGA European Tour, Scottish Open, The Renaissance Club, Dirleton, North Berwick (final day).

Netball: World Cup, Liverpool – preliminaries. For schedule –https://www.nwc2019.co.uk/schedule/.