The sports wrap, Monday 9 September

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Australia celebrate Josh Hazlewood's wicket which retained the Ashes

Australia break England resistance to retain Ashes

Australia finally broke England’s dogged resistance to retain the Ashes with a 185-run victory and a 2-1 series lead in the fourth Test at Old Trafford on Sunday. Amid incredible tension on the fifth evening, England’s ninth-wicket pair Craig Overton and Jack Leach survived for 14 overs, delighting a partisan crowd. There was hope that England could pull off one more stunning achievement in a summer of astonishing moments, only for it to be sucked away when Leach turned the leg-spin of Marnus Labuschagne to short leg. Overton was then lbw to Josh Hazlewood with 13.3 of the day’s 98 overs remaining, sparking Australian jubilation. England began the day on 18 for two, chasing 383, but more realistically looking to bat through the day and set up a series decider at The Oval. Joe Denly made 53, while Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler showed defiance and the big-hearted Overton spent 105 balls at the crease. But the relentless Australia attack was simply too much to hold back as brilliant pace bowler Pat Cummins ended with four for 43. It means Australia will leave the UK with the urn for the first time since 2001, while England will not add the Ashes to the World Cup they won in July. England must now win the final Test if they are to avoid suffering their first home series defeat against any side since 2014. The fifth Test begins on Thursday.

Nadal beats Medvedev to win US Open in thriller

Rafael Nadal won his 19th Grand Slam title after holding off Russian Daniil Medvedev’s exhilarating fightback in one of the greatest US Open finals on Sunday. Spain’s Nadal, 33, won 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 against the fifth seed at Flushing Meadows. Nadal, seeded second, was cruising at two sets and a break up, only for Medvedev to force a decider. But Nadal stopped his momentum to eventually clinch a thrilling victory in four hours and 51 minutes. Nadal’s victory moves him within one of Swiss rival Roger Federer’s all-time leading tally of Grand Slam victories. “It has been one of the most emotional nights in my tennis career,” Nadal said. “It has been an amazing final. It has been a crazy match.” After taking his third match point, Nadal collapsed to the court in celebration, covering his face as he contemplated another famous victory. Medvedev, 23, trudged around the net to warmly congratulate his opponent, who looked on the verge of tears as he covered his face with his sweat-soaked vest while taking rapturous acclaim. The near 24,000 capacity crowd were regularly left open-mouthed at what they witnessed, with the majority jumping to their feet and celebrating wildly after every point, helping create an electric atmosphere in a noisy Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Teenager denies Williams a 24th major in US Open

A Canadian teenager almost half Serena Williams’ age denied the great American a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam in a gripping US Open final on Saturday. Bianca Andreescu claimed a major title as 37-year-old Williams went down 6-3 7-5 to the 19 year old. The 15th seed Andreescu, in the main draw here for the first time, blew a double break in the second set before taking her third match point and falling to the ground in disbelief. “This year has been a dream come true,” Andreescu told the crowd. To the disappointment of a

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu sinks to the court in joy after winning the US Open women’s final

stunned home crowd on a passionate Arthur Ashe Stadium, Williams has now lost four successive major finals. “Bianca played an unbelievable match,” Williams said. “I’m so proud and happy for you, it was incredible tennis out there.” Williams, seeded eighth, looked edgy throughout as she aimed to match Australian Margaret Court’s tally of all-time major wins, handing over the first three of Andreescu’s five breaks of serve with double faults. In the men’s doubles, Colombian top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah have won their second consecutive Grand Slam.beating Spaniard Marcel Granollers and Argentine Horacio Zeballos 6-4 7-5. Britain’s Jamie Murray and American Bethanie Mattek-Sands defended their U.S. Open mixed doubles title, defeating Taiwan’s Chan Hao-Ching and New Zealand’s Michael Venus 6-2 6-3, while in the women’s doubles final, Belgian Elise Mertens and Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka won their maiden Grand Slam title beating Australian Ashleigh Barty and Belarusian Victoria Azarenka 7-5 7-5.

Leclerc wins again and triggers Ferrari fan frenzy

Charles Leclerc triggered a frenzy of Ferrari celebration on Sunday after holding off a race-long Mercedes challenge to take the Italian Formula One team’s first home Grand Prix victory since 2010. Finn Valtteri Bottas was second for Mercedes with five-times world champion Lewis Hamilton a distant third after tyre wear took its toll in a thrilling battle with the 21-year-old Monegasque who won his second successive race after victory in Belgium. “What a race! I have never been so tired,” said Leclerc as a sea of fans, starved of success at Monza since Fernando Alonso won in the red overalls, swept on to the pit straight to party below the overhanging podium with flags and flares. Hamilton’s lead over closest rival Bottas was cut to 62 points from 65, with

Charles Leclerc celebrates his victory in the Italian GP

the Briton limiting the damage by making a late pit stop for fresh tyres to set the fastest lap and gain an extra point. “He did a great job, congratulations to Ferrari,” said Hamilton, who took the fight to Leclerc from the start but dropped behind Bottas 10 laps from the end when he cut the first chicane. Leclerc’s German team-mate Sebastian Vettel had an afternoon to forget, going from bad to worse at the one circuit where every Ferrari driver wants to impress. While Leclerc led from pole position, the four-times champion spun off, plunged to last place and served a 10 second stop/go penalty for a dangerous return to the track. He was then lapped by his impressive team-mate and is now 13 points above him in the standings and fast becoming the main man at Maranello.

Easy wins for England and France in Euro qualifiers

England and France both had easy wins at the weekend to top their European Championship qualifying groups while world No.1 ranked Belgium beat San Marino 4-0 to make it five wins out of five. The surprise team has been Kosovo who only gained FIFA recognition three years ago but beat the Czech Republic 2-1 and will overtake Group A leaders England if they beat them on Tuesday. Also making waves are the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland who lead their qualifying groups.

There are 10 qualifying groups, of five and six teams, with the top two countries from each group going through automatically. Twenty-four teams in total will play in the finals next summer.

At Wembley, England captain Harry Kane scored a hat-trick as they cruised to a 4-0 victory against Bulgaria to make it three wins from three in Euro 2020 qualifying. Kane and Raheem Sterling were deadly once more as England built momentum from a low-key first 45 minutes to brush Bulgaria aside. The pair combined to give England a 24th-minute lead

Harry Kane scores from the penalty spot in England’s easy 4-0 victory over Bulgaria at Wembley

when Sterling pounced on an error by Bulgaria goalkeeper Plamen Iliev at a goal-kick to set up Kane for a smart finish on the turn. Kane scored England’s second from the spot four minutes after the break, then completed his treble with another spot-kick after he was hauled down by Kristian Dimitrov. It took his outstanding international record to 25 goals from 40 appearances.

At Stade de France, France eased to a 4-1 victory over Albania with Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman scoring twice for the world champions, who returned to the top of qualifying Group H on goal difference. Coman raced on to Raphael Varane’s defence-splitting pass as the hosts led after eight minutes, and Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud added a second from Lucas Hernandez’ low cross with 27 minutes played. Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann missed a penalty before the interval, but Coman pounced on a loose ball to double his tally midway through the second half. Lille’s Jonathan Ikone emerged from the bench to score on his France debut with five minutes remaining.

Ireland are No.1 after beating Wales in cup warm-up

Ireland will travel to Japan for the World Cup campaign in Japan later this month as the world’s No.1 ranked side after defeating Wales while England and Scotland both had comfortable warm-up wins over Italy and Georgia respectively. Ominously the All Blacks sounded a warning to the northern hemisphere nations with a 92-7 hammering of Samoa in their last warm-up game.

At the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland beat Warren Gatland’s side 19-10 and on the back of two wins over Wales overtake them as the top-ranked nation for the first time in their history. Rob Kearney and Hadleigh Parkes traded first-half tries before scores from Tadhg Furlong and James Ryan put the hosts in control after the break. Both sides will travel to Japan later this week with Ireland beginning their campaign against Scotland on 22 September and Wales facing Georgia a day later.

Welsh defenders try to halt the progress of Josh van der Flier in Dublin

At St James’Park In Newcastle, 2003 winners England completed their warm-up schedule with a comfortable 37-0 win over Italy. Three Owen Farrell penalties gave the hosts a 9-0 lead following a lacklustre first half, but Ben Youngs’ try brought the match to life after the break. Centre Joe Marchant broke free for a stylish solo effort before prop Ellis Genge scored his first England try. Anthony Watson then cruised through a gap created by Owen Farrell’s delayed pass to add England’s fourth and final score.

At Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland pulled away from a stubborn Georgia in the second half to earn a 36-9 victory, their third win in four World Cup warm-up matches. It was a one-point game at the break, with unconverted tries by Ali Price and Blair Kinghorn met by three Tedo Abzhandadze penalties. But Sam Johnson darted over to edge the Scots clear, and tries by Darcy Graham, and the Horne brothers – George and Pete – sealed victory in Scotland’s final game before their opener in Japan against Ireland on 22 September.

Kuss wins stage but Roglic keeps the red jersey

American Sepp Kuss won stage 15 of La Vuelta a Espana on a strong day for overall leader Primoz Roglic and his Jumbo-Visma team. Kuss claimed victory with a powerful display on the 154.4km ride from Tineo to Santuario del Acebo. The 24 year old crossed the summit finish 39 seconds clear of Ruben Guerreiro of Portugal and British rider Tao Geoghegan Hart. Roglic put time on all of his nearest rivals except the Spaniard Alejandro Valverde. It

Slovenian Primoz Roglic keeps the red jersey for the sixth day after the Vuelta a Espana 15th stage

was a first Grand Tour stage victory for Jumbo-Visma rider Kuss and he celebrated with high fives with spectators on the approach to the finishing line. Valverde, roared on by his home supporters, launched an attack on the final climb of a tough day in the mountains in northern Spain, which dropped all of the main challengers except for Roglic. The Slovenian retains the leader’s red jersey with Valverde still in second place. Stage 16 is another day in the mountains with a 144.4 km ride on Monday from Pravia to Alto de la Cubilla.

Lyon beat Toulon to keep 100 per cent record

Lyon beat Toulon at the Stade Felix Mayol for the first time on Saturday with a 20-6 victory that keeps their 100 per cent record and moves them above Bordeaux-Begles on points difference, who squeezed past Castres 34-32, at the summit of the French Top 14 table. Clement Ric and Pierre-Louis Barassi scored in the second half for the visitors. With Toulon’s only points coming from two penalty goals from Anthony Belleau, last year’s semi-finalists Lyon are still yet to concede a try this season while the three-time European champions failed to avoid a second defeat of the season after losing to Bordeaux-Begles last weekend. Bordeaux continued their impressive start to the campaign sneaking a third victory in as many games at Castres while Montpellier moved up to third on the Top 14 ladder with a 30-16 win over La Rochelle, with France lock Paul Willemse, who was omitted from the World Cup squad due to an injury, scoring twice.

Casey wins Porsche European Open by one stroke

Paul Casey won his first European Tour title for five years with a one-stroke victory at the Porsche European Open on Sunday. Casey shot a six-under 66 in Hamburg to finish ahead of Scotland’s Bob MacIntyre, German Bernd Ritthammer and Matthias Schwab of Austria. It was a second victory of 2019 for the 42-year-old after success at the Valspar Champions on the PGA Tour. It was a third second of the year for MacIntyre, 23, as he seeks his maiden win on tour. Casey began the final round one shot behind joint leaders MacIntyre and Ritthammer, but he produced a flawless round of six birdies and not a single bogey. Schwab had finished at 13 under, but was overtaken by Casey’s birdies at 16 and 17, although the English golfer left the door open as he could only three-putt for a par five at the last. Casey’s target of 14 under was too much for MacIntyre and Ritthammer, who both left putts short on the final green to force a play-off. The Englishman, a four-time Ryder Cup player, celebrated his first win in Europe since the 2014 KLM Open in the Netherlands.

Catalans top five hopes over with Wigan demolition 

Catalans Dragons remote hopes of a top-five Super League finish are now over as Wigan Warriors demolished the Perpignan side 46-12 to move the home to within a point of a second-place finish.  Bevan French’s classy hat-trick helped them to an 11th win in 12 Super League games. French’s tidy score out wide and a fine finish led to a 14-0 interval lead. After French sealed his treble, Michael McIlorum’s try gave Dragons some hope, but Zak Hardaker, Thomas Leuluai, Harry Smith and Dan Sarginson all crossed to bury the French side. Lewis Tierney replied but Oliver Gildart crossed for an eighth home try. Warriors, who will now secure second spot and a home play-off qualifier if they avoid defeat in next Friday’s final fixture at home to Castleford, were convincing winners against outclassed opponents. Victories for both Warrington and Salford leave them both trailing Wigan by two points with one match remaining. Wigan’s second big home win over Catalans at the DW Stadium this season looked inevitable once the visitors had failed to breach a resolute backline in an encouraging start. Warriors dominated from the moment that new Australian winger French touched down on the right after a brilliant pass by George Williams.

Mo Farah wins sixth successive Great North Run

Britain’s Mo Farah won a record sixth successive Great North Run on Sunday with a personal best time. Farah, 36, finished in 59 minutes seven seconds after racing ahead of Ethiopian Tamirat Tola in the final mile. Kenyan Brigid Kosgei, who won the London Marathon in April, set a new half marathon world record to take the women’s race in 1:04:28. David Weir won his eighth wheelchair title, with Jade Jones-Hall making it a

Mo Farah breasts the tape to win his sixth successive Great North run on Sunday with a personal best time

British double in the women’s race. Behind Farah, Tola finished second in 59:13, with Dutchman Abdi Nageeye in third. Britain’s Callum Hawkins, 27, was fourth. Kenya dominated the women’s race, claiming the top four places. Behind Kosgei’s record run, Magdalyne Masai finished second, with older sister Linet third and Mary Keitnay, last year’s champion, in fourth. At the IAAF Diamond League in Brussels, Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith posted a season’s best time over 100m to beat Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Asher-Smith, 23, clocked 10.88 seconds to edge out double Olympic and seven-time world champion Fraser-Pryce, as Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta Lou took third. The Briton will attempt a 100m and 200m sprint double at the 2019 World Championships in Doha later this month.

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Calendar Keynotes: 9-15 September

Monday, 9 September

Football: European Championship qualifying (major nations) – Group C, Estonia v Netherlands, Northern Ireland v Germany, Group E – Azerbaijan v Croatia, Hungary v Slovakia, Group G, Poland v Austria, Slovenia v Israel, Group I, Russia v Kazakhstan, Scotland v Belgium. Friendly – Wales v Belarus.

Cycling: UCI World Tour – La Vuelta a Espana, Spain (till 15 September), UCI Europe Tour, OVO Energy Tour of Britain (till 14 September).

Tennis: WTA Japan Women’s Open, Hiroshima, Japan (till 15 September), WTA Jiangxi Open, Nanchang, China (till 15 September), WTA Zhengzhou Open, Zhengzhou, China (till 15 September).

Tuesday, 10 September

Football: European Championship qualifying (major nations) – Group A, England v Kosovo, Montenegro v Czech Republic, Group B, Lithuania v Portugal, Luxembourg v Serbia, Group H, Albania v Iceland, France v Andorra, Moldova v Turkey. Friendly – Republic of Ireland v Bulgaria.

Cycling: UCI World Tour – La Vuelta a Espana, Spain (till 15 September), UCI Europe Tour, OVO Energy Tour of Britain (till 14 September).

Tennis: WTA Japan Women’s Open, Hiroshima, Japan (till 15 September), WTA Jiangxi Open, Nanchang, China (till 15 September), WTA Zhengzhou Open, Zhengzhou, China (till 15 September).

Wednesday, 11 September

Football: Friendlies – USA v Uruguay, Argentina v Mexico, Brazil v Peru.

Cycling: UCI World Tour – La Vuelta a Espana, Spain (till 15 September), UCI Europe Tour, OVO Energy Tour of Britain (till 14 September).

Tennis: WTA Japan Women’s Open, Hiroshima, Japan (till 15 September), WTA Jiangxi Open, Nanchang, China (till 15 September), WTA Zhengzhou Open, Zhengzhou, China (till 15 September).

Thursday,12 September

Cricket: The Ashes series, England v Australia 5th Test, The Oval, London (till 16 September – Australia lead series 2-1).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – La Vuelta a Espana, Spain (till 15 September), UCI Europe Tour, OVO Energy Tour of Britain (till 14 September).

Golf: USPGA Tour, A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier, The Old White Course, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia (till 15 September), PGA European Tour, KLM Open, The International, Amsterdam, Netherlands (till 15 September),

Tennis: WTA Japan Women’s Open, Hiroshima, Japan (till 15 September), WTA Jiangxi Open, Nanchang, China (till 15 September), WTA Zhengzhou Open, Zhengzhou, China (till 15 September).

Friday, 13 September  

Football: French Ligue 1 – Lille v Angers, Amiens v Lyon, Spanish La Liga – Mallorca v Athletic Bilbao, German Bundesliga – Fortuna Dusseldorf v VfL Wolfsburg.

Cricket: The Ashes series, England v Australia 5th Test, The Oval, London (till 16 September – Australia lead series 2-1 ).

Golf: USPGA Tour, A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier, The Old White Course, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia (till 15 September), PGA European Tour, KLM Open, The International, Amsterdam, Netherlands (till 15 September), USLPGA Tour, Solheim Cup, Gleneagles GC, Scotland (till 15 September).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – La Vuelta a Espana, Spain (till 15 September), UCI Europe Tour, OVO Energy Tour of Britain (till 14 September).

Rugby League: Super League – Huddersfield Giants v Catalans Dragons, Hull FC v St Helens, Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves, Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers.

Tennis: WTA Japan Women’s Open, Hiroshima, Japan (till 15 September), WTA Jiangxi Open, Nanchang, China (till 15 September), WTA Zhengzhou Open, Zhengzhou, China (till 15 September).

Saturday, 14 September  

Football: English Premier League – Liverpool v Newcastle United, Manchester United v Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace, Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea, Norwich City v Manchester City, Scottish Premiership – Hamilton Academical v Celtic, Aberdeen v St Johnstone, Hearts v Motherwell, Kilmarnock v Hibernian, Rangers v Livingston, French Ligue 1 – Paris Saint Germain v Strasbourg, Bordeaux v Metz, Brest v Rennes, Dijon v Nimes, Montpellier v Nice, Spanish La Liga – Real Madrid v Levante, Real Sociedad v Atletico Madrid, Barcelona v Valencia, Italian Serie A – Fiorentina v Juventus, Napoli v Sampdoria, Inter Milan v Udinese, German Bundesliga – Borussia Dortmund v Bayer 05 Leverkusen, FC Augsburg v Eintracht Frankfurt, RB Leipzig v Bayern Munich.

Cricket: The Ashes series, England v Australia 5th Test, The Oval, London (till 16 September- Australia lead series 2-1 ).

Golf: USPGA Tour, A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier, The Old White Course, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia (till 15 September), PGA European Tour, KLM Open, The International, Amsterdam, Netherlands (till 15 September), USLPGA Tour, Solheim Cup, Gleneagles GC, Scotland (till 15 September).

Rugby Union: French Top 14 – La Rochelle v Toulouse, Clermont Auvergne v Pau, Bayonne v Castres, Lyon v Brive, Bordeaux Begles v Stade Français.

Cycling: UCI World Tour – La Vuelta a Espana, Spain (till 15 September),  UCI Europe Tour, OVO Energy Tour of Britain (final stage).

Tennis: WTA Japan Women’s Open, Hiroshima, Japan (till 15 September), WTA Jiangxi Open, Nanchang, China (till 15 September), WTA Zhengzhou Open, Zhengzhou, China (till 15 September).

Sunday,15 September  

Football: English Premier League – AFC Bournemouth v Everton, Watford v Arsenal, French Ligue 1 – Saint-Etienne v Toulouse, Monaco v Marseille, Spanish La Liga – Alaves v Sevilla, Real Valladolid v Osasuna, Italian Serie A – Genoa v Atalanta, SPAL v Lazio, Roma v Sassuolo, Hellas Verona v AC Milan, German Bundesliga – 1899 Hoffenheim v FC Freiburg.

Cricket: The Ashes series, England v Australia 5th Test, The Oval, London (till 16 September – Australia lead series 2-1).

Rugby Union: French Top 14 – Agen v Montpellier, Toulon v Racing 92.

Golf: USPGA Tour, A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier, The Old White Course, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia (final day), PGA European Tour, KLM Open, The International, Amsterdam, Netherlands (final day), USLPGA Tour, Solheim Cup, Gleneagles GC, Scotland (final day).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – La Vuelta a Espana, Spain (final stage).

Tennis: WTA Japan Women’s Open, Hiroshima, Japan (final day), WTA Jiangxi Open, Nanchang, China (final day), WTA Zhengzhou Open, Zhengzhou, China (final day).

Rugby League: Super League – Salford Red Devils v Hull KR, Wakefield Trinity v London Broncos.

Motor Cycling: MotoGP rd 13, San Marino Grand Prix, Rimini, San Marino.