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Dovizioso wins last corner thriller in Austria

Monday, 2019-08-12 06:52:27
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MotoGP - Austrian Grand Prix - Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria - August 11, 2019 Ducati Team's Andrea Dovizioso celebrates by spraying sparkling wine on the podium after winning the MotoGP race REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
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Andrea Dovizioso surged past MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez at the last corner to win a thrilling Austrian Grand Prix for Ducati on Sunday and trim the Spaniard’s runaway lead to 58 points.

The pair were in a private duel at Spielberg’s Red Bull Ring, with the Italian making a seemingly decisive move with nine of the 28 laps to go after running wheel-to-wheel with his Honda rival. Spaniard Marquez, starting from a record 59th MotoGP pole, then went back in front with three laps remaining but Dovizioso muscled through at the last corner of the final lap and powered through to the line.

* Patrick Reed secured his first victory since last year's Masters when he beat Mexican Abraham Ancer by one stroke at the Northern Trust in New Jersey on Sunday. Reed emerged on top from a packed leaderboard by carding two-under-par 69 in the first of three PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff events at Liberty National. The American sank his winning putt from three feet to finish at 16-under 268, while Ancer remains in search of his PGA Tour breakthrough after also shooting 69 for second place.

* Teenager Gabriela Ruffels became the first Australian to win the US Women's Amateur championship when she birdied the final two holes to beat Albane Valenzuela 1-up in the 36-hole final in Mississippi on Sunday.

* Paris St Germain's star-studded attack brushed off the absence of Neymar as Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and substitute Angel Di Maria all got on the scoresheet in a comfortable 3-0 home win over Nimes in their Ligue 1 opener on Sunday.

* Eintracht Frankfurt's Croatian striker Ante Rebic scored a 12-minute hat-trick late in the second half as they came from two goals down to beat Waldhof Mannheim 5-3 on Sunday and move into the German Cup second round. RB Leipzig and Hertha Berlin also advanced with Leipzig beating VfL Osnabrueck 3-2 away on coach Julian Nagelsmann's debut in a competitive game.

* Serena Williams' first US Open tune-up ended in dramatic fashion as the tearful American was forced to retire with a back injury while trailing Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu 3-1 in the Rogers Cup final on Sunday. Williams, who hopes to chase a record-equalling 24th career Grand Slam title at the US Open, seemed fine on court but suddenly sat crying in her chair before deciding to retire 19 minutes into the match with back spasms.

* Guangzhou Evergrande took a huge stride towards reclaiming the Chinese Super League title on Sunday as Fabio Cannavaro's side won 3-1 at second-placed Beijing Guoan to move seven points clear at the summit with eight games remaining. The win was Guangzhou's 13th in a row in the league and moved them on to 58 points, seven more than Beijing and a further point clear of defending champions Shanghai SIPG.

* Hur Mi-jung notched six birdies in the final 10 holes en route to an emphatic four-stroke victory in saturated conditions at the Ladies Scottish Open on Sunday.

* Steve Bruce's reign as Newcastle United manager began in disappointing fashion as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's second-half goal sealed a 1-0 victory for Arsenal at a subdued St James' Park on Sunday.

* Wolverhampton Wanderers had a goal by Leander Dendoncker ruled out by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in an entertaining 0-0 Premier League draw against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

* Former world number one Andy Murray has added two tournaments in China to his schedule as he prepares to return to singles action next week at the Cincinnati Masters. The 32-year-old, who had career-saving hip resurfacing surgery in January after losing in the first round of the Australian Open, will play singles at Zhuhai and Beijing. Murray has still not said whether he will play singles at the US Open later this month.

* Title favourite Jamie Chadwick took pole position for the championship-deciding Brands Hatch round of the all-female W Series on Sunday with Dutch rival Beitske Visser qualifying fifth. The Briton is 13 points clear of Visser after five of the six rounds and need only finish on the podium to take the champion's prize of US$500,000. She has finished every race in the top three so far.

* Italian cyclist Elia Viviani became European champion on the road in Alkmaar on Sunday. On the windy and flat roads in the province of North Holland, Viviani, Belgian Yves Lampaert and German Pascal Ackermann broke away from the peleton. Viviani held off Lampaert in the final kilometers and beat the Belgian in the sprint to win the 172.6 km with start and finish in Alkmaar. German Ackermann finished third.

* Organisers of next year's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics checked on Sunday the barrier-free conditions for people with disabilities during a test competition, as part of preparations for the Games.

Reuters, Xinhua