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Ricciardo wins after Vettel, Hamilton clash on track
Baku: Sebastian Vettel was penalised for dangerous driving after deliberately crashing into title rival Lewis Hamilton in a wild and chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix won by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo on Sunday. Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas snatched second place from 18-year-old Williams driver Lance Stroll in the final straight, as Vettel finished fourth ahead of Hamilton to extend his championship lead to 14
 
 
Debutant Malan leads England to series win
Cardiff: Dawid Malan became England’s top-scoring Twenty20 international debutant as they beat South Africa by 19 runs at Cardiff on Sunday to seal a 2-1 series win despite resting regular skipper Eoin Morgan. Malan, playing in place of fellow Middlesex left-hander Morgan, made 78 in a total of 181 of eight after England were sent into bat by South Africa captain AB de Villiers. South Africa then collapsed to 86 for five, with
   
Federer beats Zverev, seals ninth Halle title
Halle: Swiss great Roger Federer thrashed Alexander Zverev to win his ninth title at the Wimbledon warm-up tournament in Halle on Sunday. The top seed lost his first match of the grass-court season last week in Stuttgart to Tommy Haas, but was in imperious form all week at Halle, culminating in the 6-1, 6-3 final victory over the home favourite Zverev. Federer will head into Wimbledon, which starts on July 3, as favourite to
 
 
Werner fires Germany into semis
Sochi: Timo Werner netted twice as Germany set up a Confederations Cup semi-final against Mexico with a 3-1 win on Sunday against 10-man Cameroon, who initially had the wrong player sent off. Germany midfielder Kerem Demirbay opened the scoring just after the break before Werner struck either side of Vincent Aboubakar’s consolation effort for Cameroon on 78 minutes. But the video assistant referee system was again thrust into
   
Lopez crowned king of Queen’s
London: Feliciano Lopez won the Queen’s Club title in dramatic fashion as the Spaniard saved a match point before defeating Marin Cilic 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (10/8) on Sunday. Trailing by a set to the big-serving Cilic, Lopez held his nerve in a gripping finale to overwhelm the world number seven and secure his first ATP title since Gstaad in July 2016. It was a sweet moment for world number 32 Lopez, who held a championship
 
 
‘France whitewash sets record straight’
Johannesburg: South Africa coach Allister Coetzee heralded the beginning of a new era after his side swept all three matches of France’s tour, cruising to a 35-12 victory in Saturday’s final Test. “We wanted to set the record straight and prove that we had flipping good players, it’s self-pride,” he said following the whitewash in front of 55,820 spectators at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park stadium. The Boks’ stellar series
   
Portugal’s Santos, Ronaldo criticise St Petersburg pitch
Saint Petersburg: The relaid pitch at the St Petersburg stadium was criticised again on Saturday, this time by Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Fernando Santos after their 4-0 win over New Zealand in the Confederations Cup. The 68,000-seat stadium, the home of Russian football powerhouse Zenit, will be a flagship venue at the 2018 World Cup. It will also host the final of the current tournament next Sunday. The
 
 
Russia coach shrugs off early Confed Cup exit
Moscow: Russia struggled for positives on Sunday after they crashed out of the Confederations Cup on home soil in an ominous sign of how the hosts might fare at next year’s World Cup. Football bosses shrugged off fans’ fears after the team’s early exit following a 2-1 defeat by Mexico in Kazan on Saturday, insisting the squad was making progress despite the disappointing results. “The tournament is unfortunately over for us but
   
Lions ‘second best by a distance’: Woodward
London: The British and Irish Lions were “second best by quite a distance” in losing the first Test against New Zealand, according to former coach Clive Woodward. A much-anticipated clash between New Zealand and the combined side saw the world champion All Blacks win 30-15 at their Eden Park fortress in Auckland on Saturday. That was despite the Lions scoring a stunning try, with Ireland flanker Sean O’Brien finishing a
 
 
Swansea will reap benefits of full pre-season: Clement
London: Swansea City manager Paul Clement hopes that having a full pre-season with his side will help them start the 2017-18 Premier League campaign strongly and avoid another relegation scrap. Clement joined Swansea in January, when they were bottom of the table, and led them out of the relegation zone with the team collecting 26 points from 18 games to finish 15th after four wins in their last five league matches. The
   
Cheika believes Wallabies can tame All Blacks
Brisbane: Coach Michael Cheika has raised eyebrows by claiming the Wallabies can upset the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup series following their shaky win over Italy. Australia, coming off a home loss to Scotland the previous week, made six changes as they scrambled to a 40-27 win over the Six Nations strugglers in Brisbane on Saturday. The Wallabies held a tenuous 28-27 lead with four minutes remaining, but conjured two late
 
 
Moyano shines in Argentina victory over Georgia
San Salvador de Jujuy: Ramiro Moyano was the villain and the hero as Argentina won for only the second time in 11 Tests by defeating Georgia 45-29 on Saturday in San Salvador de Jujuy. The winger was sin-binned during the first half of the one-off international for tackling an airborne opponent, but atoned by scoring three second-half tries within 14 minutes. Victory was a timely morale booster for the Pumas, whose next outing
   
US and Canada draw in World Cup qualifying opener
Montreal: Mike Te’o and Nick Civetta each scored two tries for the United States as the Eagles played host Canada to a 28-28 draw Saturday in a 2019 rugby World Cup qualifier. South African-born DTH van der Merwe scored two tries for Canada and Irish-born Shane O’Leary added two conversions and three penalty kicks, the last in the 78th minute to lift the hosts into a deadlock. The dramatic result before 13,187 at the home of
 
 
India’s Srikanth stuns Chen to win Australian Open
Sydney: India’s Kidambi Srikanth claimed a first victory over Olympic and two-time world champion Chen Long to win the Australian Open Superseries final in Sydney on Sunday. The 11th-ranked Srikanth outgunned the sixth-ranked Chinese star 22-20, 21-16 in 46 minutes for his second successive Superseries title after winning the Indonesia Open earlier this month. It was Srikanth’s first win in six encounters against the Rio
   
McLeod sets Jamaican 110-metre hurdle record
Kingston: Olympic gold medallist Omar McLeod set a Jamaican national record in the 110-metre hurdles on Saturday with a blistering time of 12.90 seconds during the 2017 Jamaican track and field championships. McLeod says he is dedicating the next few weeks to setting his sights on Aries Merritt’s world record of 12.80 seconds, which he hopes to break before the London World Championships in August. “I did not get it, so I am
 
 
Pacquiao vows to leave Oz as champion
Brisbane: Philippine boxing great Manny Pacquiao arrived in Australia ahead of his title fight with Jeff Horn and declared: “I will be going home as world champion.” The “Pac Man” touched down in Brisbane late Saturday from Manila with a large entourage for his World boxing Organization welterweight title bout at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane next weekend. “In all my years of boxing, I have never been as motivated and fired up as
   
Rossi claims Dutch MotoGP crown
Assen: Italian MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi won a gripping Dutch Grand Prix on Sunday to reignite the evergreen 38-year-old’s dream of a 10th world title, as Maverick Vinales’ nightmare run continued. Vinales went into this eighth leg of the season in Assen leading the 2017 championship, but after making up ground from 11th on the grid to fifth, he crashed out on lap 12. The Yamaha rider leaves the circuit known as ‘the
 
 
Romero wins BMW Open title; Spieth keeps PGA Travelers Championship lead
MUNICH: Andres Romero, the world number 837, fired a stunning seven-under-par final round of 65 to win his second European Tour title at the BMW International Open in Munich on Sunday. The Argentinian, 36, went into the final day three strokes adrift of Richard Bland and world number five Sergio Garcia, but ended up winning by one shot from that pair and Belgian Thomas Detry. Romero, who has struggled with form and fitness in
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