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BMC win Vuelta opening stage
NIMES: BMC Racing emerged victors from Saturday’s team time trial as the Vuelta a Espana got underway under heightened security measures following two terrorist attacks in northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia. For just the third time the Vuelta started outside Spain in the southern French city of Nimes as American team BMC beat out Quick-Step Floors and Team Sunweb by six seconds in a time of 15mins 58secs for the 13.7km
 
 
Lukaku on mark as Utd hit 4 again; Mane lifts Reds
LONDON: Romelu Lukaku was on target again as Manchester United continued their fine early-season form with a second successive 4-0 win on Saturday, this time at Swansea City. Eric Bailly, Paul Pogba and substitute Anthony Martial also found the net at the Liberty Stadium, giving Jose Mourinho’s side their second big win after last weekend’s 4-0 victory over West Ham United. Sadio Mane struck in the 73rd minute to give
   
England in driver’s seat as West Indies made to follow on after being shot out for 168
BIRMINGHAM: West Indies were made to follow-on after being dismissed for just 168 in reply to England’s first innings 514 for eight declared, a deficit of 346 runs, on the third day at Edgbaston on Saturday. James Anderson, England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, led the attack in the inaugural day/night Test in Britain with figures of three for 34 in 15 overs and ran out Kieran Powell as well. Jermaine Blackwood was 79
 
 
All Blacks wallop Wallabies as SA beat Argentina
SYDNEY: The world champion All Blacks rebounded spectacularly to down the Wallabies 54-34 and continue the gloom in Australian rugby in their Rugby Championship opener in Sydney on Saturday. It was New Zealand’s biggest score over Australia, eclipsing their 51-20 win in Auckland three years ago. While the Wallabies added some respectability to the score after trailing 54-6 with four tries in the final half-hour, the contest was
   
McIlroy confirms return to FedEx Cup opener
Los Angeles: World number four Rory McIlroy is in the field for next week’s Northern Trust Open, first event of the US PGA’s FedEx Cup playoffs won by the Northern Ireland star last year. McIlroy had indicated after a disappointing 22nd-place finish in the PGA Championship that he might sit out the rest of the year. He said the effects of a broken rib suffered early in the season continued to hinder his practice and had led to
 
 
Barca told to meet Dembele asking price
Berlin: Borussia Dortmund will sell wantaway winger Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona if their price is met, the German club said on Saturday. “We have a clear position and a clear idea (of the price). If this idea is met, then he will transfer this summer,” Dortmund director of sport Michael Zorc told Sky before their match at Wolfsburg on the first weekend of the new Bundesliga season. “Otherwise he will stay with us - it’s as
   
Kyrgios rips Nadal to reach semis
CINCINNATI: Reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza trounced top-ranked defending champion Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-2 Saturday to reach the final of the WTA and ATP Cincinnati Masters. The sixth-ranked Spaniard reached her first US event final by flipping the script in a rematch of their 2016 Cincinnati semi-final. “I’m just happy to be in the final,” said Muguruza. “I was hoping to get it and my concentration was really
 
 
Smith banks on India experience to beat Bangladesh
DHAKA: Australia captain Steve Smith said on Saturday his team’s experience in India earlier this year will help overcome the challenge of Bangladesh in the forthcoming two-Test series “I think Bangladesh have played some very good cricket and they won a Test match here not very long ago. So we are seeing it as a big challenge,” Smith said in his first press conference in Dhaka since arriving here late Friday amid tight security.
   
US lead in Solheim Cup; Ormsby ahead in Fiji as Simpson, Armour share Wyndham apex perch
LOS ANGELES: The United States swept all four fourball matches to surge to a three-point lead over Europe on Friday, the first day of the Solheim Cup women’s golf matches. The Americans’ afternoon surge at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in Iowa marked the first time in the history of the Ryder Cup-style competition that the US have swept an entire session — something Europe has done three times. Europe held a slim 2 1/2 to
 
 
India aim to carry Test supremacy vs SL into ODIs
Dambulla: Fresh from a 3-0 Test cricket series whitewash over Sri Lanka, India will aim to continue with their ruthless approach as the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series begins at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium here on Sunday. Virat Kohli’s men routed the Islanders in the three Tests, posting easy wins through all-round performances. In the first Test at Galle, India registered a 304-run triumph, while in
   
Farah bids to give British fans memorable farewell
London: British athletics great Mo Farah will hope his final track race on home turf on Sunday will have a happier ending than last Saturday’s world 5,000 metres final. The 34-year-old, who will compete in the 3,000 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Birmingham, produced a courageous performance just falling short of overhauling Ethiopian Muktar Edris. That defeat, his first since the 10,000m in the 2011 world
 
 
Machado’s slam helps Orioles sink Angels
BALTIMORE: Manny Machado capped a three-homer night with a grand slam in the ninth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied to beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-7 on Friday night in a game that featured 10 home runs. Machado hit his seventh career slam off Keynan Middleton (4-1), who entered with two on and one out in the ninth. After Tim Beckham singled to load the bases, Machado hit a drive far over the center-field wall to give
   
Forget Wembley woes: Pochettino
LONDON: Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says his side will only have themselves to blame if they cannot make themselves feel at home at Wembley this season. Spurs flopped at Wembley last term after moving their Champions League home games there and will play all of their home matches at the stadium this season while White Hart Lane is rebuilt. Their poor record at the national stadium has led to talk of a Wembley
 
 
Real look to kick off title defence with victory
MADRID: Zinedine Zidane has lifted Real Madrid to such heights in less than two years in charge as coach that the challenge now facing the Frenchman is simply maintaining the status quo. Real kick off their La Liga defence away at Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday as European and world champions and having added the UEFA and Spanish Super Cups to their trophy haul in the past fortnight. However, it was wresting the Spanish title
   
Dortmund outclass Wolfsburg as Bayern beat Leverkusen in season opener
BERLIN: American teenager Christian Pulisic scored and created a goal to spark Borussia Dortmund to a 3-0 win over Wolfsburg on Saturday. Pulisic only turns 19 next month, but the US international was superb in Wolfsburg as he deputised for Dembele on the right wing. He drilled home Dortmund’s first goal on 23 minutes in a move involving Mario Goetze, back in the Borussia line-up after seven months out with a metabolic disorder.
 
 
Chelsea still a work in progress, admits Conte
London: Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admits it could be years before his troubled team are capable of dominating at home and abroad. Although Conte won the Premier League in his first season with Chelsea, the Blues boss claims the champions still lack the solid foundations required to compete for top prizes every year. Under fire after Chelsea’s turbulent start to the season, Conte sent a pointed message to demanding Blues
   
Rogic shines as Celtic extend winning start
GLASGOW: Australia international Tom Rogic was Celtic’s star man as the champions extended their 100 per cent start to the Scottish Premiership season with a 2-0 win at Kilmarnock on Saturday. James Forrest marked his 150th league appearance for the Hoops by converting Rogic’s cut-back for a 40th-minute opener. The Socceroos star then provided the killer pass for Callum McGregor to add a late second in the 88th minute.
 
 
Falcao strikes late as Monaco set win record
Paris: Monaco shrugged off the absence of want-away star striker Kylian Mbappe as skipper Radamel Falcao’s late goal secured a 1-0 victory at Metz on Friday that saw them set a new French top-flight win record. Falcao’s goal came with 12 minutes left at the Stade Saint-Symphorien, and the win makes it three in a row at the start of the new season for Leonardo Jardim’s reigning Ligue 1 champions. It is also now 15 on the bounce
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