There are no easy answers to how football tackles its unloved billionaire owners . Fans are right to protest but unless the game’s riches are better redistributed the super-rich benefactors are here to stay
Aryna Sabalenka was in ominous form as she overpowered world number one Ash Barty 6-0 3-6 6-4 to win the Madrid Open on Saturday. On a windy day in Madrid, Sabalenka's first set shotmaking was nothing short of sensational as she combined her trademark big hits from the baseline with deft dropshots to leave the Australian reeling, serving it out inside 25 minutes. The world number seven had not dropped a set coming into the final and after threatening to run away with the title, Barty finally broke her momentum by breaking in the first game of the second set.
Bayern Munich celebrated their record-extending ninth consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday with a 6-0 demolition of Borussia Moenchengladbach and a hat-trick from Robert Lewandowski, who edged closer to a 49-year-old scoring record. The champions had sealed the title before kickoff following RB Leipzig's 3-2 defeat at Borussia Dortmund earlier on Saturday. Lewandowski, who now has 39 goals, one shy of Gerd Mueller's imposing record of 40 league goals in one Bundesliga season dating back to 1971/72, needed only two minutes to open his account with a shot from a tight angle.
The Belarusian powered her way to a 10th WTA title.
Marcos Alonso grabbed the winner deep into injury time from a Timo Werner cross.
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) -Manchester City will have to wait a little longer to be crowned Premier League champions after they were beaten 2-1 at home by Chelsea on Saturday. City, who made nine changes for the game, could still secure the title this weekend if second-placed Manchester United lose at Aston Villa on Sunday. With three games left to play Pep Guardiola' side are 13 points ahead of United, who have five games remaining.
Goals from Kevin Nisbet and Christian Doidge set up a meeting in the May 22 final against either St Mirren or St Johnstone.
The home side needed a victory to wrap up the championship.
Chelsea’s Ziyech and Alonso keep wasteful Manchester City waiting Reece James (left) congratulates Marcos Alonso after scored a late winner for Chelsea. Photograph: Andy Hooper/NMC Pool
Bryson DeChambeau is known as “the Scientist” because of his academic approach to the game and so certain was the former quantum physics student of the accuracy of his sums, that he departed this Wells Fargo Championship on Friday certain he had missed the cut. Yet when his private jet touched down in his hometown of Dallas, he realised – shock, horror – that his calculations had been wrong. In the three hours he had spent in the air, the wind had created havoc on the Quail Hollow leaderboard. “So yesterday I made triple bogey on the seventh [his 16th] and even though I chipped in at the eighth, I finished with a 74 on two over and thought there’s no way, I’m in 90th with 65 making it,” DeChambeau said. “But by the time I landed I was in 64th or 63rd and I’m like ‘whoops!’ ” Surely the aircraft could have performed a hasty about-turn. “I hoped so, but the problem was that the crew had done their hours, so we had to get a new crew and although we tried we couldn’t work it out, so had to leave it until the early hours,” DeChambeau explained. “I went to bed at 8pm, was up at 1am and I left Dallas at 2.45am, I got here at 6.20am, drove the 30 minutes to the course, put on my clothes in the locker room and headed out. I did get a workout in my gym last night, though.” Well, of course he did, and the exhaustion was worth it as the 27-year-old shot a 68 to move to one under. However, at one stage it seemed as if DeChambeau would take emphatic advantage of his unexpected Saturday tee-time, but he double-bogeyed the 18th.
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said he would not watch Real Madrid's La Liga game with Sevilla on Sunday after his side's 0-0 draw with Barcelona on Saturday put the title back within their local rivals' grasp. The draw leaves table-toppers Atletico on 77 points, and while Real sit three points back in third place, they can go top if they beat fourth-placed Sevilla thanks to a superior head-to-head record against the Rojiblancos. It would be the first time Atletico are not top of La Liga since Nov. 7 - and with just three games to go.
Real Madrid can move level on points with leaders Atletico Madrid if they beat Sevilla on Sunday.
The seamer claimed six for 56 and 10 wickets in the match as the visitors secured a comfortable win.
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Zverev won 6-3 6-4 in a repeat of the final three years ago.
The 22-year-old has done well during his first season of top-flight football and starred in the win over Sheffield United.
The opening stage was won by home favourite Filippo Ganna.
Kevin Nisbet and Christian Doidge were on target for Jack Ross’s side.
The seven-time world champion will start Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix from the front of the grid.
Gloucestershire 93/3 & 273 beat Middlesex 210 & 152 by seven wickets Gloucestershire nipped through the only gap in the clouds to dismiss Middlesex cheaply a second time and, set only 90 to win under the floodlights at Lord’s, won by seven wickets. They became the first county to win four championship games this season, and Middlesex to lose four. The surprising surge by Gloucestershire - given that they last played in the first division in 2005 - has put a fox rather than a cat among the pigeons in the Group 2 conference, because if they go on to qualify for the first division in September that will leave only one space between Hampshire, widely tipped for this year’s title, Somerset, still desperate for their first championship, and Surrey, with all their affluence. Middlesex, three wickets down overnight, threatened to put together a partnership when Nick Gubbins began to use his feet to the visiting medium-pacers in a stand with John Simpson. David Payne, Gloucestershire’s tall left-armer, was brought back, dismissed both batsmen, wrapped up the tail, and finished with six wickets in the innings and eleven in the match. The gap between the first and second divisions of the championship had traditionally been considered huge yet, with all the counties mixed up in conferences, Payne has taken 19 wickets at 17 and his new-ball partner Ryan Higgins 28 at 18 each, second in aggregate only to Craig Overton. In early season, especially damp May, the gap between the counties has narrowed. Another difference for Gloucestershire this season has been a top order toughened by the signing of the West Indies captain and opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite. In contrast to more eminent predecessors, Brathwaite has scored only 218 runs but has soaked up a lot of deliveries, almost 500, so the lower order has been freed to score off old balls. Brathwaite also took a sharp catch, at sole slip, off Payne, and made the observation about his adopted county: “they are like family.” "It was a difficult decision to come here having only had my daughter on Saturday and only had a few days with her, but I feel like it was the right thing now. To get 11 wickets is more than I could have ever expected," said Payne after the match. "I feel in a confident place with my cricket. I’m confident enough that I can have two weeks away and still know I’m not going to have lost my skills. I’ve played long enough now and have the experience to know what I need to do. "I look at the slope here and it always makes me feel the ball is going to do something." Stuart Law, Middlesex head coach said: "We didn’t get enough runs in the first innings. The wicket did plenty that first day, but I still think we should have scored another 50-100 runs on that pitch. "And getting bowled out again for 150 is not good enough. We batted under lights and gloomy skies, but the wicket wasn’t behaving too badly today. We are nowhere near going long enough with the bat in hand "Robbie White is a good template for the rest of our batsmen to have a look at. He keeps it very simple and does the basics really well. His technique is suited for when the ball is seaming around."