Latest sports news, results and fixtures: Sunday 11 October

Dricus du Plessis made a superb debut in UFC overnight; we cover that and all the latest sports news, results and fixtures.

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MMA

South African MMA star Dricus du Plessis knocked out Brazil’s Markus Perez at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi on Sunday morning.

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Tennis

Polish teenager Iga Swiatek stunned American Sofia Kenin to win the French Open Women’s Singles on Saturday. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will both be chasing record’s when they meet in Sunday’s Men’s Singles Final at Roland Garros.

Rugby

Super Rugby Unlocked launched over the weekend with wins for all three host teams, the Bulls, the Sharks and the Cheetahs in the first local competition since rugby was halted in mid-March because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The All Blacks and Wallabies played to a 16-16 draw in Wellington on Sunday in the first Bledisloe Cup Test.

South African Rugby World Cup winner Cheslin Kolbe scored his sixth try in as many games this season as Toulouse won 30-24 at European Champions Cup finalists Racing 92 in the French Top 14 on Saturday.

Wasps and Exeter will meet in the English Premiership final after thrashing Bristol and Bath in the play-off semi-finals on Saturday. Wasps powered into their first Premiership final since 2017 with a brilliant 47-24 demolition of Bristol at the Ricoh Arena. Lee Blackett’s side made it 12 wins from their last 13 Premiership matches and they were joined in the final by Exeter, who crushed Bath 35-6 at Sandy Park.

Cole Alexander, formerly of Bidvest Wits, has moved to Indian Super League team Odisha FC joining former Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter at the club.

Veteran Brazilian striker Robinho has rejoined his boyhood club Santos, who he left to join Real Madrid as a 21-year-old rising star before spells with Manchester City and AC Milan.

Major League Soccer announced two match postponements on Saturday after two positive Covid-19 tests each for Minnesota United players and Columbus Crew staffers.

Mikel Oyarzabal pounced on a horror slip by Swiss captain Granit Xhaka to seal a 1-0 victory for Spain in the Nations League on Saturday. The night’s other League A Group 4 match saw Germany beat Ukraine 2-1 in Kiev. In the evening’s other games, Luxembourg beat Cyprus 2-0 and Montenegro eased past Azerbaijan by the same scoreline in Group 1 of League C. In League D action, the Faroe Islands were held to a 1-1 draw at home against Latvia and Andorra fought out a goalless draw with Malta in Group 1, while Gibraltar edged Liechtenstein 1-0 in Group 2.

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne says he is willing to sign a contract extension amid reports the Belgian is close to agreeing a new deal, according to AFP.

Golf

US Open runner-up Matthew Wolff made three eagles in a five-hole span, but it was Patrick Cantlay and Martin Laird who shared the lead after Saturday’s third round of the PGA Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

England’s Tyrrell Hatton takes a three-shot lead into the final round of the PGA Championship after a dominant display on Saturday. Hatton shot 69 in the third round and that was enough to move him ahead of Denmark’s JB Hansen and France’s Victor Perez at Wentworth.

Baseball

A power-hitting Los Angeles Dodgers squad and a tough-pitching Atlanta Braves lineup meet in the Major League Baseball playoffs with each trying to end a World Series title drought. The Dodgers and Braves, both unbeaten in this year’s post-season run, open their best-of-seven National League Championship Series on Monday at Arlington, Texas. The winner advances to the 116th World Series to face the winner of the American League Championship Series, which sends the Houston Astros against the Tampa Bay Rays starting Sunday in San Diego.

Cricket

West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has been reported for suspect bowling action in the Indian Premier League during his team Kolkata Knight Riders’ narrow win on Saturday.

Skipper Virat Kohli hit an unbeaten 90 as Royal Challengers Bangalore outplayed Chennai Super Kings by 37 runs in the Indian Premier League on Saturday.

Motorsport

Last year’s winner Dani Sordo of Spain held off France’s Sebastien Ogier and Belgian Thierry Neuville to extend his lead in the Rally of Sardinia on Saturday.

Valtteri Bottas produced a blistering track record on his final qualifying lap on Saturday to edge Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton and claim pole position for the Eifel Grand Prix. 

Fabio Quartararo’s dream season continued when he claimed pole position in qualifying for Sunday’s French MotoGP at Le Mans.

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Basketball

Anthony Davis insisted he’ll be ready to go on Sunday when the Los Angeles Lakers try again to close out the Miami Heat for the 2020 NBA title, despite an early injury scare in the Lakers’ game-five loss on Friday.

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Football – Nations League results on Saturday:

League A

Group 4

Ukraine 1 (Malinovskyi 76-pen) Germany 2 (Ginter 20, Goretzka 49)

Spain 1 (Oyarzabal 14) Switzerland 0

League C

Group 1

Luxembourg 2 (Sinani 12, 26) Cyprus 0

Montenegro 2 (Jovetic 9, Ivanovic 71) Azerbaijan 0

League D

Group 1

Faroe Islands 1 (Faero 28) Latvia 1 (Ikaunieks 25)

Andorra 0 Malta 0

Group 2

Liechtenstein 0 Gibraltar 1 (De Barr 10)

Rugby – Pro 14 results on Saturday:

Benetton 25 Leinster 37

Ospreys 12 Ulster 24

Cardiff Blues 29 Connacht 7

Munster 25 Edinburgh 23

Rugby – French Top 14 results on Saturday:

Agen 3 Stade Francais 20

Toulon 25 Montpellier 21  

Racing 92 24 Toulouse 30

Rugby – Super Rugby Unlocked first round results Saturday:

At Bloemfontein

Cheetahs 53 Pumas 31

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At Pretoria

Bulls 30 Griquas 23

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Played Friday

At Durban

Sharks 19 Lions 16

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Golf – Leading third-round scores on Saturday from the Women’s PGA Championship at Aronimink in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania (USA unless noted, par-70):

203 – Kim Sei-young (KOR) 71-65-67

205 – Brooke Henderson (CAN) 71-69-65, Anna Nordqvist (SWE) 69-68-68

206 – Park In-bee (KOR) 70-70-66

207 – Bianca Pagdanganan (PHI) 77-65-65

208 – Mina Harigae 74-68-66, Gaby Lopez (MEX) 68-72-68, Carlota Ciganda (ESP) 68-69-71, Jennifer Kupcho 72-65-71

209 – Nasa Hataoka (JPN) 72-69-68

210 – Nanna Koerstz Madsen (DEN) 72-69-69, Charley Hull (ENG) 70-71-69, Chun In-gee (KOR) 72-67-71, Kelly Tan (MAS) 67-71-72, Danielle Kang 68-69-73

211 – Park Sung-hyun (KOR) 71-71-69, Jodi Ewart Shadoff (ENG) 72-67-72, Brittany Lincicome 67-72-72

212 – Ally McDonald 71-71-70, Lee Jeong-eun (KOR) 70-72-70, Moriya Jutanugarn (THA) 72-68-72, Lauren Stephenson 70-68-74, Ashleigh Buhai (RSA) 70-68-74, Lydia Ko (NZL) 68-70-74

213 – Ji Eun-hee (KOR) 71-72-70, Yealimi Noh 74-68-71, Amy Yang (KOR) 69-72-72, Jennifer Song 72-68-73

Tennis – French Open results

Women

Singles final

Iga Swiatek (POL) bt Sofia Kenin (USA x4) 6-4, 6-1

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Men

Doubles final

Kevin Krawietz/Andreas Mies (GER/GER x8) bt Mate Pavic/Bruno Soares (CRO/BRA x7) 6-3, 7-5

Rugby – English Premiership results on Saturday:

Play-off semi-finals

Exeter 35 Bath 6

Wasps 47 Bristol 24

Golf – Leading third round scores and totals in the European Tour PGA Championship at Wentworth (GBR and IRL unless stated, par 72): 

202 – Tyrrell Hatton 66, 67, 69 

205 – Joachim B. Hansen (DEN) 68, 67, 70; Victor Perez (FRA) 69, 66, 70 

206 – Shane Lowry 67, 65, 74; Tommy Fleetwood 71, 68, 67; David Horsey 70, 69, 67; Patrick Reed (USA) 70, 68, 68 

207 – Ian Poulter 69, 70, 68; Eddie Pepperell 67, 70, 70 

208 – Masahiro Kawamura (JPN) 70, 69, 69; Matthew Fitzpatrick 67, 65, 76; Pablo Larrazabal (ESP) 73, 69, 66 

209 – Andy Sullivan 71, 69, 69 

210 – Adri Arnaus (ESP) 66, 70, 74; Andrew Johnston 68, 71, 71; Marcus Kinhult (SWE) 72, 67, 71; Steven Brown 75, 67, 68; Martin Kaymer (GER) 73, 68, 69; Renato Paratore (ITA) 73, 69, 68; Scott Hend (AUS) 68, 69, 73; Jordan Smith 72, 67, 71

UFC results – Fight Night: Moraes vs Sandhagen

Cory Sandhagen def. Marlon Moraes via second-round TKO (kick, punches)

Edson Barboza def. Makwan Amirkhani via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-28)

Marcin Tybura def. Ben Rothwell via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

Dricus du Plessis def. Markus Perez via first-round TKO (punches)

Tom Aspinall def. Alan Baudot via first-round TKO (elbows, punches)

Ilia Topuria def. Youssef Zalal via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Latest sports fixtures

Tennis – French Open 

Rafael Nadal faces Novak Djokovic in a blockbuster men’s final at Roland Garros with both men chasing Grand Slam history (15:00).

Football – UEFA Nations League: 

England vs Belgium (18:00). Ireland vs Wales, Kazakhstan vs Albania (both 15:00), Finland vs Bulgaria, Norway vs Romania, Lithuania vs Belarus, Croatia vs Sweden, Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Netherlands, Armenia vs Georgia, Estonia vs North Macedonia (all 18:00), Northern Ireland vs Austria, Scotland vs Slovakia, Poland vs Italy, Greece vs Moldova, Kosovo vs Slovenia, Iceland vs Denmark, France vs Portugal, Israel vs Czech Republic, Russia vs Turkey, Serbia vs Hungary (all 20:45).

Formula 1 – Eifel GP

Lewis Hamilton starts from second on the grid in the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring as he renews his bid to equal Michael Schumacher’s record 91 wins (14:10).

Cycling – Giro d’Italia

Stage nine heads back into the mountains on a 207km ride from San Salvo to Roccaraso.

MotoGP – French GP

Championship leader Fabio Quartararo is on pole for his home French MotoGP at Le Mans (13:00).

Cricket – Indian Premier League 

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals (12:00) in Dubai, Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals (16:00) in Abu Dhabi.

Rugby – Pro14

Glasgow vs Scarlets (18:15)

Rugby – French Top 14 

Pau vs Lyon (21:10)

Golf

Final rounds of the PGA Championship; US PGA Tour at TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas; Women’s PGA Championship at Aronimink, Pennsylvania.

WRC – Rallying

Final day of the Rally of Sardinia, with Elfyn Evans and Sebastien Ogier battling for the title.

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