Boom wins in Britain
The Netherland’s Lars Boom held his nerve to win the Tour of Britain in the final stage in London on Sunday. Boom, riding for the Rabobank team, landed the general classification title, while Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) won the final stage and Steve Cummings (Team Sky) finished in second place overall. Boom took second place in stage 8a, the individual time trial, and then held his position in the circuit race, stage 8b, where Cavendish’s powerful sprint saw him cross the line first. Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas secured the points jersey, while Cavendish’s performance, as he finished runner-up to his fellow British rider, delighted HTC-Highroad sport director Allan Peiper.
Pakistan sweep Zimbabwe
Pakistan completed a clean sweep of Zimbabwe by winning the second and final Twenty20 international by five runs at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday. Pakistan made 141 from their 20 overs, with man of the match Mohammed Hafeez top-scoring with 51 before Zimbabwe were held to 136 for seven as the tourists gave coach Waqar Younis a winning send-off. “We really thank Waqar. The way he worked with everybody. He did a wonderful job, the way he came in at a difficult time. He had good inputs. A lot of youngsters came in. I’m going to miss him,” skipper Misbah-ul-Haq said. “I’m really satisfied with the way the team played. All the players got a fair chance and everybody performed. It’s been a good tour for us. The Sri Lanka series [in the UAE next month] means a lot for us, we’re going to prepare well and play well against them.”
McGinley’s men win
Britain and Ireland held off a last-day rally by Continental Europe to win the Vivendi Seve Trophy in Paris on Sunday. Paul McGinley’s team went into Sunday’s singles needing just three of the 10 points on offer, but by midday the scores were level at 11-and-a-half points apiece. Britain and Ireland secured victory after wins for Scott Jamieson, Ian Poulter and Mark Foster, with the last match between Ross Fisher and Europe’s Peter Hanson finishing all square. The final result was Britain and Ireland 15-and-a-half, Continental Europe 12-and-a-half. Jean Van De Velde’s Europeans put themselves right back in contention by winning on Sunday’s first five singles to square the match to give them hope of ending their 11-year wait for the trophy. However, McGinley’s lower order then came good, with David Horsey taking a half a point from his match up with Nicolas Colsaerts.
Strycova captures title
Czech sixth seed Barbora Zahlavova Strycova captured her first WTA title on Sunday, rallying to beat New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 and win the US$220,000 Quebec City Challenge final. The 25-year-old, ranked 10 spots ahead of Erakovic at 75th in the world, had lost her only prior WTA final last year on clay in Prague. Erakovic broke to open her first WTA final, but the Czech fought off two break points in the third game to hold serve and broke back. Erakovic, 23, broke again in the ninth game and held to take the first set after 53 minutes. Zahlavova Strycova, who denied Erakovic on nine of 11 break-point chances in the first two sets, responded by winning 12 of the last 13 games to capture the match in one hour, 57 minutes. Erakovic, a 2008 Olympian, had lost all three of her prior WTA semi-finals until ousting third-seeded defending champion Tamira Paszek of Austria on Saturday.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
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