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Championship fixtures 2019-20: Derby start at Huddersfield, Fulham visit Barnsley

Huddersfield Town face a tricky opening fixture against Derby County on their return to the Championship, while Fulham play newly promoted Barnsley first up.

Huddersfield and Fulham were relegated from the Premier League last season, along with Cardiff City, but start the new campaign with contrasting fixtures.

Beaten play-off finalists Derby – managed by Frank Lampard, the favourite for the Chelsea job – go to Huddersfield to conclude the opening round of fixtures on August 5.

Jan Siewert’s side face a particularly tough start, with Fulham and Cardiff also on the agenda in their first four matches.

The season starts on August 2 with League One winners Luton Town hosting Middlesbrough, while Charlton Athletic travel to Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff visit Wigan Athletic the following day.

The regular season will end on May 2, with Leeds United versus Charlton perhaps the pick of the final-day fixtures.

The ‘spygate’ saga from 2018-19 saw Leeds and Derby forge a rivalry that included a play-off semi-final win for Lampard’s men, and they play at Elland Road on September 21, before a crunch clash at Pride Park on the penultimate weekend.

Cardiff’s relegation means a reprisal of the South Wales derby with Swansea City on October 26 and January 11.

Luton host Fulham on Boxing Day, while West Brom – also beaten play-off semi-finalists – entertain Leeds on New Year’s Day.

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Who will win the Africa Cup of Nations?

The 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on June 21st and many of the world’s top players will be hoping that they can guide their country to success.

Three-time winners Nigeria will be in with a shout, whilst Senegal will be looking to claim their first ever AFCON title. However, there are some more likely candidates to claim the trophy.

Hosts Egypt are the favorites but Cameroon will be looking to defend their crown. Ghana, Ivory Coast and Morocco all have very strong squads.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the tournament favorites.

Egypt

Egypt are the most successful team in the history of the competition and come into the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations as favorites. They have won the tournament seven times and will be hoping that they can add to their tally with another triumph this year.

In Mohamed Salah, they possess one of the world’s finest players. He helped Liverpool to win the Champions League last season and has been scoring goals for fun since his move to Anfield. Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny is another high-profile name in the Egyptian ranks.

Egypt won four a drew one of their five qualification matches last year. Their good form coupled with their home advantage makes them favorites to lift the trophy next month.

Ghana

The Black Stars have won the Africa Cup of Nations four times but their last triumph came all the way back in 1982. They have fallen short in recent times and will be looking to bounce back as they boast a strong squad this time around.

Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey is perhaps their most elite player. The combative defensive midfielder is considered to be one of the best in the world in his position. Brothers Jordan and Andre Ayew and veteran striker Asamoah Gyan will also be players to keep an eye on.

Ghana will be desperate to put their recent poor tournament performances behind them and mount a serious challenge for the trophy this year.

Ivory Coast

The Elephants have won the competition twice; first in 1992 and then more recently in 2015. Whilst the days of their ‘golden generation’ may have passed, they still have one of the strongest squads of all the African countries.

Premier League stars Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) and Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur) are two of the continent’s top players and winger Nicolas Pepe is in dazzling form after a terrific season with French club Lille.

The Ivory Coast are unbeaten in their last ten matches and will be eager to continue on from their impressive run of results at this year’s tournament.

Morocco

Morocco’s only Africa Cup on Nations title came in 1976. They haven’t had much to shout about since then but they have been a country on the rise for some time now.

20-year-old Achraf Hakimi is one the Africa’s hottest prospects and has just spent a successful season on loan at Borussia Dortmund from Real Madrid. Exciting forwards Hakim Ziyech and Sofiane Boufal are both capable of magic and can singlehandedly change a game.

Morocco had a disappointing 2018 World Cup; finishing bottom of their group. They have seemingly bounced back since then and went unbeaten throughout the 2018 AFCON qualifying games. If they continue with similar performances in this tournament, they could go all the way.

Cameroon

Although Cameroon don’t have the quality of some of the other teams in the competition, they are the reigning tournament champions and should not be disregarded.

The Indomitable Lions’ goalkeeper Andre Onana has just enjoyed a brilliant season with Ajax. He helped his club to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League and will be full of confidence coming into the tournament.

The five-time Africa Cup of Nations winners have a tough group which will see them come up against Ghana in their second match. Despite their difficult start, you’d be foolish to bet against Cameroon winning the tournament again.

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Richard Carapaz wins the 2019 Giro d’Italia

Richard Carapaz (Movistar) completed a flawless execution of the 2019 Giro d’Italia, speeding home to hold onto the overall victory in the 17km time trial in Verona.

It was an historic ride by Carapaz who made history as the first Ecuadoran Grand Tour champion.

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) put in a spirited effort to hold onto second place at 1:05, while Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) bumped Mikel Landa (Movistar) off the final podium by eight seconds for third overall, 2:30 behind Carapaz.

The emotional final stage victory went to American Chad Haga (Team Sunweb), who overhauled Victor Campenaerts’ (Lotto Soudal) pace-setting effort to sit in the hot seat for the bulk of the day. His time of 22:07 was four seconds faster than the Belgian, and six up on Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), who took third on the day. It’s by far the biggest win of Haga’s career, and saves a Giro for his team, who finished with just four riders.

After two and a half hours in the hot seat, Haga beamed as Roglic failed to threaten his time, heaving a huge sigh of relief before the tears of realization of his victory began to flow.

 

Provisional Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb 0:22:07
2 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:04
3 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:06
4 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:09
5 Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Team 0:00:11
6 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ
7 Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:17
8 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:00:20
9 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:23
10 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:26
11 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:27
12 Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:34
13 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 0:00:36
14 Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:37
15 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:40
16 Jos van Emden (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:42
17 Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:44
18 Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:48
19 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:00:53
20 Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Ineos 0:00:57
21 Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team
22 Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:58
23 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:00
24 Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott
25 Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:01:03
26 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team 0:01:04
27 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
28 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:06
29 Victor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Team 0:01:07
30 Kamil Gradek (Pol) CCC Team 0:01:09
31 Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar Team
32 Jay Mc Carthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
33 Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:01:10
34 Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC Team
35 Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First 0:01:12
36 Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team
37 Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:17
38 Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension Data 0:01:18
39 Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb
40 Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ 0:01:19
41 Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy
42 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:01:20
43 Ben O’Connor (Aus) Dimension Data 0:01:22
44 Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education First 0:01:23
45 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) CCC Team 0:01:26
46 Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:01:27
47 Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:01:28
48 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:29
49 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:01:30
50 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
51 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott 0:01:36
52 Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Dimension Data 0:01:37
53 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:01:38
54 Ruben Plaza (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy
55 Sean Bennett (USA) EF Education First 0:01:39
56 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott
57 Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 0:01:40
58 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team
59 Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:01:42
60 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Team Sunweb
61 Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:01:43
62 Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
63 Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:01:46
64 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:48
65 Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
66 Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:49
67 Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:01:50
68 Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First 0:01:51
69 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin 0:01:53
70 Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Team
71 Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:01:55
72 Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:01:58
73 Will Clarke (Aus) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:01
74 Larry Warbasse (USA) AG2R La Mondiale
75 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:02:07
76 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
77 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:09
78 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
79 Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane 0:02:11
80 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
81 Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
82 Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:13
83 Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:02:15
84 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Dimension Data
85 Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data 0:02:19
86 Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
87 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy 0:02:21
88 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
89 Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Ineos 0:02:22
90 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin 0:02:23
91 François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
92 Jonathan Caicedo (Ecu) EF Education First 0:02:25
93 Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:27
94 Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:02:29
95 Danilo Wyss (Swi) Dimension Data
96 Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott 0:02:31
97 Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:02:32
98 Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro Team
99 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ 0:02:33
100 José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team
101 Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:02:34
102 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Ineos
103 Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin 0:02:35
104 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Ineos
105 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane 0:02:36
106 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:02:37
107 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:02:39
108 Jonnathan Narvaez (Ecu) Team Ineos 0:02:41
109 Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 0:02:42
110 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
111 Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:43
112 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin
113 Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:02:50
114 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
115 Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:02:54
116 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJ 0:02:57
117 Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:02:59
118 Luca Covili (Ita) Bardiani CSF
119 Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:03:00
120 Andrea Garosio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:03:01
121 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal
122 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy 0:03:03
123 Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:03:05
124 Conor Dunne (Irl) Israel Cycling Academy 0:03:07
125 Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane 0:03:08
126 Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:03:12
127 Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:03:17
128 Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First
129 Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team 0:03:18
130 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:03:21
131 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:03:23
132 Paul Martens (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:03:25
133 Awet Andemeskel (Eri) Israel Cycling Academy 0:03:27
134 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy 0:03:31
135 Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy 0:03:33
136 Manuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
137 Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:03:34
138 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:03:36
139 Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane 0:03:37
140 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane 0:03:54
141 Ivan Sosa (Col) Team Ineos 0:04:04
142 Edward Dunbar (Irl) Team Ineos 0:04:20
Final general classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team 90:01:47
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:01:05
3 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:02:30
4 Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:38
5 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:05:43
6 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:06:56
7 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:07:26
8 Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 0:07:49
9 Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Ineos 0:08:56
10 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 0:12:14
11 Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First 0:16:36
12 Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First 0:20:12
13 Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:21:59
14 Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:22:38
15 Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
16 Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:27:19
17 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott 0:27:46
18 Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education First 0:30:11
19 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:33:40
20 Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:34:52
21 Victor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Team 0:39:51
22 Edward Dunbar (Irl) Team Ineos 0:42:26
23 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:49:06
24 Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Ineos 0:58:45
25 Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 1:05:04
26 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 1:05:28
27 Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro Team 1:05:38
28 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 1:09:11
29 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:12:04
30 François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:16:55
31 Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team 1:17:41
32 Ben O’Connor (Aus) Dimension Data 1:17:49
33 Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-QuickStep 1:22:57
34 Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb 1:24:02
35 Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb 1:28:09
36 Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team 1:28:25
37 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep 1:32:21
38 Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep 1:32:54
39 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 1:33:00
40 Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott 1:33:12
41 Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 1:36:40
42 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 1:38:34
43 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Team Sunweb 1:49:34
44 Ivan Sosa (Col) Team Ineos 1:54:16
45 Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Dimension Data 1:54:33
46 Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team 1:56:03
47 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:56:44
48 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 1:57:41
49 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 1:59:02
50 José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team 2:03:31
51 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 2:06:26
52 Larry Warbasse (USA) AG2R La Mondiale 2:07:02
53 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 2:07:24
54 Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC Team 2:09:51
55 Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 2:12:22
56 Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma 2:15:24
57 Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF 2:18:35
58 Manuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani CSF 2:20:43
59 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 2:24:42
60 Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro Team 2:27:26
61 Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2:31:42
62 Jay Mc Carthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe 2:40:04
63 Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 2:41:00
64 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal 2:41:58
65 Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 2:43:16
66 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin 2:44:14
67 Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First 2:44:52
68 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal 2:46:43
69 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Dimension Data 2:50:28
70 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott 2:50:33
71 Ruben Plaza (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy 2:55:14
72 Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 2:57:12
73 Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Team 3:00:02
74 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 3:03:12
75 Paul Martens (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma 3:03:30
76 Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 3:04:26
77 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy 3:06:36
78 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 3:09:24
79 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 3:09:32
80 Jonnathan Narvaez (Ecu) Team Ineos 3:10:04
81 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 3:14:04
82 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ 3:15:57
83 Danilo Wyss (Swi) Dimension Data 3:18:24
84 Luca Covili (Ita) Bardiani CSF 3:20:58
85 Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF 3:25:08
86 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Ineos 3:25:43
87 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) CCC Team 3:28:10
88 Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team 3:33:45
89 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 3:35:14
90 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team 3:35:32
91 Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data 3:39:32
92 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep 3:43:50
93 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 3:52:52
94 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin 3:53:05
95 Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott 3:53:06
96 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Ineos 3:54:54
97 Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo 3:58:26
98 Andrea Garosio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 4:00:28
99 Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 4:06:17
100 Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy 4:06:28
101 Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep 4:07:49
102 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane 4:08:19
103 Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF 4:11:52
104 Jos van Emden (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 4:13:34
105 Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb 4:13:46
106 Sean Bennett (USA) EF Education First 4:17:00
107 Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane 4:18:19
108 Jonathan Caicedo (Ecu) EF Education First 4:18:35
109 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 4:20:44
110 Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 4:22:27
111 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal 4:25:03
112 Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 4:27:17
113 Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy 4:29:11
114 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 4:29:32
115 Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Team 4:31:48
116 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin 4:31:59
117 Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin 4:35:35
118 Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension Data 4:44:40
119 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 4:51:26
120 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team 4:53:09
121 Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 4:56:00
122 Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 4:56:45
123 Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 4:56:59
124 Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale 4:58:12
125 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy 4:58:58
126 Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar Team 5:00:44
127 Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 5:02:30
128 Awet Andemeskel (Eri) Israel Cycling Academy 5:06:26
129 Kamil Gradek (Pol) CCC Team 5:07:15
130 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy 5:08:52
131 Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 5:09:31
132 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJ 5:16:07
133 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ 5:21:10
134 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane 5:26:51
135 Conor Dunne (Irl) Israel Cycling Academy 5:26:52
136 Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 5:28:23
137 Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane 5:29:19
138 Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ 5:33:49
139 Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team Emirates 5:34:50
140 Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF 5:35:22
141 Will Clarke (Aus) Trek-Segafredo 6:00:17
142 Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane 6:05:56
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Tottenham 0 Liverpool 2: Salah on the spot as Reds seal Champions League glory

Mohamed Salah put last season’s final heartbreak behind him by setting up a 2-0 win over Tottenham in Madrid and a sixth Champions League triumph for Liverpool.

Egypt star Salah was infamously injured in a challenge with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos before the Reds subsided to a 3-1 defeat in Kiev 12 months ago but grabbed the opener in a largely forgettable contest at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The Premier League Golden Boot winner dispatched a second-minute penalty after Moussa Sissoko was penalised for handball.

Liverpool and their Premier League counterparts played in fits and starts thereafter, with Spurs enjoying their most consistent spell of pressure before substitute Divock Origi added to his semi-final brace against Barcelona by drilling clinically into the bottom-right corner three minutes from time.

After a moment’s appreciation was observed for the late Jose Antonio Reyes the game began in dramatic fashion.

Sissoko errantly brought his arm away from his body and, under the current interpretations of the handball rule, was always likely to be punished once struck by Sadio Mane’s chipped cross.

Salah emphatically drilled the spot kick past Hugo Lloris.

Trent Alexander-Arnold sent a low drive whistling wide in the 18th minute and the Liverpool defender made a vital intervention as Son Heung-min threatened to go through on goal shortly afterwards.

Lloris tipped over from the Reds’ other full-back, Andy Robertson, as a scrappy first-half yielded no further goals.

Alexander-Arnold intervened to thwart Son once more after the break, with Klopp’s decision to send on Origi and James Milner suggesting a focus upon containment.

But Milner almost gave the Reds breathing space when he drove narrowly wide from 18 yards in the 69th minute.

Spurs’ semi-final hero Lucas Moura scuffed a shot too close to fellow Brazilian Alisson, who did well to repel Christian Eriksen’s rasping free-kick.

It fell to Origi to make sure for Liverpool and he made no mistake with a sweetly struck left-footed effort after Tottenham failed to clear a corner and Joel Matip nudged the ball into his path.

What does it mean? Liverpool cap historic season by ending Klopp’s final woes

After six consecutive losses in major finals, Jurgen Klopp has his hands on silverware once more. Although this was not the contest to set pulses racing that many expected, few will begrudge the affable German and his fabulous team this success after a 97-point haul was not enough for Premier League glory.

The scale of Mauricio Pochettino’s achievement in getting Tottenham to this showpiece should be similarly appreciated, although attention will now turn towards his future after some mixed messages from the Argentine in that regard.

Record-breaking Alexander-Arnold displays poise of a veteran

The 20-year-old England right-back became the youngest player to start consecutive Champions League finals.

Although there was nothing as eye-catching as the quick-thinking corner that helped to down Barcelona, Alexander-Arnold snuffed out two of Tottenham’s most dangerous moments with exemplary defending and was a persistent threat when he raided forward.

Ailing Alli falls short as Spurs’ frontline fail to fire

Tottenham steadied themselves impressively after a nightmare start but their much-vaunted attacking quartet failed to build upon that foundation.

Son’s touch was frequently loose and a lack of ammunition from Eriksen meant questions over Harry Kane’s match sharpness never received a clear answer either way. Dele Alli, so impressive in the quarter-final and semi-final triumphs was the worst of an underwhelming bunch – a tame 73rd-minute chip into Alisson’s palms and subsequently misjudged header from Kieran Trippier’s cross encapsulating his performance.

Key Opta Facts:

– Liverpool have won their sixth Champions League/European Cup trophy – twice as many as any other English team has won (Man Utd, three).
– Jurgen Klopp is the fourth Liverpool manager to win the Champions League/European Cup, after Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Rafael Benitez.
– Klopp is the fifth German boss to win the Champions League/European Cup, after Dettmar Cramer, Jupp Heynckes, Ottmar Hitzfeld and Udo Lattek but he is only the second German to win the trophy with a non-German side (also Heynckes, with Real Madrid).
– Mauricio Pochettino has lost both of his major finals as Tottenham boss, also losing the EFL Cup final versus Chelsea in 2015.
– Tottenham appeared in their first ever European Cup/Champions League final, becoming the eighth different English side to do so. Indeed, the last six first-time finalists have ended up on the losing side (Spurs 2019, Chelsea 2008, Arsenal 2006, Monaco 2004, Bayer Leverkusen 2002 and Valencia 2000).
– Mohamed Salah’s opener for Liverpool was the second fastest goal in a Champions League final, only behind Paolo Maldini (00:50) for AC Milan versus Liverpool in 2005.

What’s next

A well-earned rest will have to wait for the 10 Liverpool and Spurs players who have Nations League Finals commitments in Portugal next week. Jurgen Klopp’s men will contend the Community Shield against treble-winners Manchester City at Wembley in August.

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Farewell Eden? Hazard´s best goals for Chelsea

Eden Hazard put in a typically brilliant display in what looks certain to be his last appearance for Chelsea in Wednesday’s Europa League final against Arsenal.

The Belgium international’s contract at Stamford Bridge will expire at the end of next season and Real Madrid are the clear favourites for his signature.

After the Blues’ closing Premier League outing at Leicester City, Hazard said he had made up his mind and informed the club of his decision, but no official announcement on his future has been made.

Following his two-goal display in Chelsea’s 4-1 win in Baku, Hazard confirmed the game was likely his farewell match after seven years at the club.

Here, we look back at some of the goals that saw Hazard develop from a promising talent, signed from Lille in 2012, to undoubtedly the best player in Maurizio Sarri’s side.

Stoke City 0 Chelsea 4 – January 12, 2013

Chelsea were already leading 3-0 when Hazard received the ball in a central area 40 yards from goal. He made light work of turning inside Glenn Whelan, who appeared to be running on rails, and then unleashed a fierce left-footed effort that swerved beyond Asmir Begovic and into the top-left corner.

Chelsea 2 Tottenham 2 – May 2, 2016

There was little for Chelsea fans to cheer in a dismal 2015-16 season that saw them suffer a dramatic fall from grace after clinching the Premier League title in the previous campaign. However, half-time substitute Hazard sent them into raptures when he finished a move he initiated inside his own half by curling a first-time finish into the top-right corner, ending rivals Tottenham’s challenge to unlikely champions Leiceste

Chelsea 3 Arsenal 1 – February 4, 2017

Pouncing on a loose ball in the centre circle, Hazard shuffled past Laurent Koscielny and sent Francis Coquelin spinning as he headed diagonally towards the touchline. Free of the terrier-like Coquelin, the Belgian angled his run towards the box, turned Koscielny inside out and got his shot away before Shkodran Mustafi could get a block in. The victory sent eventual champions Chelsea nine points clear at the top of the Premier League and opened up a 12-point cushion to the third-placed Gunners.

Liverpool 1 Chelsea 2 – September 26, 2018

Hazard looked destined to lose the ball when he shifted away from Jordan Henderson and towards Fabinho, who he turned away from and into Roberto Firmino. However, he slipped a pass to Cesar Azpilicueta between Firmino’s legs and followed it out to the right wing. His change of pace and shielding of the ball enabled him to get around Naby Keita and into the box, where he switched direction by nutmegging Alberto Moreno before rifling a stunning finish across Simon Mignolet to seal a late win in the third round of the EFL Cup.

Chelsea 2 West Ham 0 – April 8, 2019

One thing you cannot afford Hazard is space to run into, and West Ham did exactly that in this Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge. He breezed past Mark Noble and proved too quick for the recovering Declan Rice as he surged towards the box. Two sensational, rapid touches saw him evade the challenge of Fabian Balbuena and leave the Paraguayan’s centre-back partner Angelo Ogbonna rooted to the spot. Hazard followed it up by stabbing into the bottom-right corner from 12 yards for another sensational solo goal as Ryan Fredericks lunged in from the left.

Chelsea 4 Arsenal 1 – May 29, 2019

His final Chelsea goal? It certainly looks as though Hazard’s second in Wednesday’s win will be his last in the blue jersey. While it may not have been a 30-yard screamer or coming after a solo run, it was well-worked and deserves inclusion for its significance. The winger seized upon a loose ball, darted forward and fed Olivier Giroud into the left side of the box. He continued his run and received the Frenchman’s chipped pass, sweeping home with aplomb and signing off in style.

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Bayern Munich 3 RB Leipzig 0: Lewandowski´s brace helps secure domestic double

Lewandowski’s double and a thumping finish from Kingsley Coman ensured Bayern Munich beat RB Leipzig 3-0 to win the DFB-Pokal and complete a domestic double in Niko Kovac’s first season.

Having secured a seventh straight Bundesliga title last time out, Bayern went ahead against a resilient Leipzig – featuring in their first ever major final – thanks to Lewandowski’s wonderful 29th-minute header.

Things would have been different if not for Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who on his return from injury pulled off a pair of fantastic stops to deny Yussuf Poulsen and Emil Forsberg.

Thiago Alcantara passed up a golden chance to extend the lead, but his miss mattered little as Coman made sure of Bayern’s first domestic double in three years before Lewandowski’s delicate chip rounded off a fine day for Kovac’s side.

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Legendary Swimmer Katinka Hosszú to Continue Until 2024 Olympics

Hungarian swimming legend Katinka Hosszú discussed her short and long-term goals and the new International Swimming League (ISL).

She also revealed her plans for after the Tokyo Olympic Games. Hosszú will continue swimming professionally and has her eyes set on the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

The Iron Lady revealed her struggle with depression following her fourth-place finish in the 2012 London Olympics. For Hosszú, London “was the failure of my life. I even considered retiring. I wanted to go back to university for my Masters in Psychology.” Despite the setback, she continued to train with her ex-husband, Shane Tusup, and became the legendary Iron Lady, snagging gold medal after gold medal.

Rather than setting out to win an Olympic gold medal, she focused on hitting time targets and setting world records. As a result, the gold medals followed. Hosszú said:

It didn’t matter if someone preceded me, I just had to finish within the target time I wanted to reach.

She also spoke about her new coach and her contact with her fellow swimmers. According to Hosszú, it was difficult to “find the balance between Katka and the Iron Lady, and most of the time I was the latter. Now, I’m the Iron Lady when I train or compete, otherwise, I’m Katka. I like to talk to the other swimmers about serious subjects such as ISL or how to improve the swimming scene.”

After the World Championship, she will compete in the World Cup in Asia in August. Afterward, in autumn, she will head to the first ISL competition prior to attending the Hungarian and European championships.

When asked about her plans after the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Hosszú revealed her choice to continue swimming. She said that she doesn’t “have much time left in the sport, five years if I’m lucky, we’ll see.” However, her FINA Champions Swim Series results suggest she could be even better after 30. She explained that most swimmers retire at a young age because of lack of motivation; swimming and training can be monotonous and it’s not motivating financially either.

In swimming, I’m the one in control and I want to enjoy it for a while longer.

Hosszú definitely plans “to swim in the Paris Olympics in 2024. I don’t really feel that I’ll have enough of the sport next year. I love it. (…) The only thing that could stop me before 2024 is getting pregnant. But, this isn’t really a possibility right now.” She added that even after Paris and the retirement from professional sport, she will continue to swim just for the love of it.

On her side projects, such as her swim school, swimming association and the International Swimming League and the upcoming first season of the new competition series, Hosszú said that as she reached the top in swimming she started to look for new challenges as well: “When I decided to change direction, the world suddenly opened up and the possibilities started to flow in. It wasn’t a conscious decision that I’ll continue to swim and at the same time I will build a brand, do the League, the school and the club.”

In regards to her side projects – such as the swim school, swimming association, International Swimming League and upcoming first season of the new competition series – Hosszú explained that she started to look for new challenges after reaching the top in swimming: “When I decided to change direction, the world suddenly opened up and the possibilities started to flow in. Continuing to swim while also building a brand and doing the League, school and club wasn’t a conscious decision.”

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Niki Lauda: Hill mourns ´remarkable´ three-time F1 champion

Niki Lauda was a remarkable individual who had a positive impact on all who knew him, says Damon Hill.

Three-time Formula One world champion Lauda died “peacefully” on Monday at the age of 70, his family confirmed.

Lauda survived a near-fatal crash during the 1976 German Grand Prix at Nurburgring but, despite suffering severe burns and being administered the last rites, he returned to the sport six weeks later and won the title the following year.

He also worked in various management roles within the F1, including as non-executive chairman of Mercedes since 2012, and Hill paid tribute to a sporting great.

“Everyone who was in Formula One knew Niki’s personality as one of the most potent individuals in the sport,” 1996 world champion Hill told Sky Sports.

“He was highly intellectual, stoic, someone who didn’t have any time for any of the BS in the business at all. He was eminently quotable all the time.

“It’s very sad to hear that we’ve lost Niki but so many people have been affected positively by having known him.

“There are so many stories about Niki Lauda. He was involved in the drivers’ strike in South Africa.

“He was one of the few men who could sit down with Bernie Ecclestone and Enzo Ferrari and they knew that he meant business.

“He was a remarkable individual in every way.”

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Hill said Lauda’s career was marked by the respect other drivers in the paddock had for him.

“I certainly was one person who looked at Niki and thought I’ll never would be half the man he was.

“His career was stylised and characterised by his intelligent approach. When he came up against Alain Prost he knew he couldn’t beat him on speed, so he beat him on tactics.

“He wasn’t Machiavellian at all. He was thoughtful, he was intelligent, he was pragmatic and he just got the job done.”

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HARRISON, NORMAN AND ECHEVARRIA SET FOR STOCKHOLM – IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUE

World record-holders, world leaders and world ranked No.1 athletes will compete at the Bauhaus-galan when the IAAF Diamond League reaches Stockholm on Thursday 30 May.

USA’s Kendra Harrison, world ranked No.1 in the 100m hurdles, returns to Stockholm for her first IAAF Diamond League appearance of 2019.

The world indoor champion won in Stockholm in 2016, just five weeks before she broke the world record with her 12.20 run in London.

Michael Norman has established himself as one of the most exciting up-and-coming athletes. The US sprinter opened his 2019 campaign with a world-leading 400m PB of 43.45 and he will contest his first 400m race in the IAAF Diamond League in Stockholm.

“Michael Norman is the most exciting runner in the world at the moment after opening his season a month ago, just four tenths of a second from the world record,” says meeting director Jan Kowalski. “On Sunday he ran 200m in 19.84 into a headwind and I think that he can challenge the 400m world record in Stockholm.”

Norman’s 43.45 places him fourth on the world all-time list behind Wayde van Niekerk’s world record of 43.03, set when winning the Olympic title in 2016.

“I’m excited to be running my first 400m race in Europe against a world-class field,” said Norman. “With so much depth in the 400m around the world, the anticipation leading up to Bauhaus-galan is getting me excited. I can’t wait to see what the atmosphere is like and what fast times will come out of this meet.”

Cuban long jumper Juan Miguel Echevarria will return to the scene of his headline-making leap of 8.83m from 12 months ago.

The world indoor champion, aged just 19 at the time, was denied a lifetime best in Stockholm last year as the wind was just marginally over the limit at 2.1m/s, but three weeks later he set a wind-legal PB of 8.68m to top the 2018 world list.

“It was a memorable day,” said Echevarria, who opened his 2019 outdoor campaign with a wind-assisted 8.92m. “The jump came in the sixth and final round so I was quite tired but I remember that I hit the board well and my take off was really good. It will be such fun to compete at Bauhaus-galan again. The crowd certainly inspires you to great results.”

World champion and world No.1 Luvo Manyonga, Olympic champion Jeff Henderson and European champion Miltiádis Tentóglou are also in the long jump field.

IAAF Diamond League champion Timothy Cheruiyot, world ranked No.1 at 1500m, will face all three Ingebrigtsen brothers – Henrik, Filip and Jakob – in the 1500m.

The other world No.1 ranked athletes set to compete in Stockholm are Ramil Guliyev (200m), Sam Kendricks (pole vault), Fedrick Dacres (discus), Laura Muir (1500m), Hellen Obiri (5000m), Mariya Lasitskene (high jump) and Sandra Perkovic (discus).

The star-studded field also includes the best Swedish athletes, including discus thrower Daniel Ståhl and pole vaulter Angelica Bengtsson.

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Neymar should not captain Brazil at Copa America – Edmilson

Neymar should not be Brazil’s captain for the Copa America as other players have more leadership experience, according to Edmilson.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward has had another injury-hit campaign but has returned to fitness in time for this year’s tournament.

Neymar appeared to be affected by the burden of expectation on his shoulders when playing for Brazil at the World Cup last year.

And PSG coach Thomas Tuchel has ruled out making Neymar captain of his club, preferring to keep faith with compatriots Thiago Silva and Marquinhos.

Brazil start their Copa America campaign with group games against Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru, and Edmilson has told coach Tite to look elsewhere for his captain.

“It’s a squad list where there are people with experience and who were already captains,” the former Barcelona and Brazil defender told reporters.

“In my opinion, this is not the ideal time to deliver the armband to Neymar, but the final decision is with Tite.

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“The list has once again been the subject of debate, the diversity of players is good and we have several alternatives in each position.

“It is clear that Tite feels the pressure of having to win this Copa America at home, these have been chosen by the coach to get the title.”

Tite left out Real Madrid duo Marcelo and Vinicius Junior for his Copa America squad, with Porto full-back Alex Telles another notable absentee.

Brazil face Qatar and Honduras in pre-tournament friendlies before getting the tournament underway on June 14.