UNDERDOGS Wigan Athletic score a stunning win in the FA Cup final while Aussies Tyler Wright and Cadel Evans are on the move. Get your Sports Fix.
WIGAN STUN MAN CITY IN FA CUP FINAL
Football: Substitute Ben Watson scored an injury-time winner to give Wigan Athletic a sensational 1-0 win over Manchester City at Wembley Stadium in the biggest FA Cup final upset in 25 years.
With extra time beckoning, Watson met a Shaun Maloney corner with a near-post header to stun 2011 cup winners City and give Wigan the first major trophy in their 81-year history.
Victory represented a fairytale moment for the modest northwest club and their chairman, Dave Whelan, who punched the air with delight at the final whistle, after a shock that stands comparison with Wimbledon’s 1988 success over Liverpool.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez celebrated with his players on the pitch as the Latics temporarily forgot their perilous fate in the Premier League, where they are on the brink of relegation.
LAMPARD BREAKS CHELSEA GOAL RECORD
Football: Frank Lampard beat Bobby Tambling’s Chelsea record of 202 goals when he scored twice in their 2-1 Premier League win at Aston Villa.
England international Lampard struck in the 61st minute at Villa Park when he collected a pass from Eden Hazard, shifted the ball onto his left foot and let fly from some 15 yards.
His goal drew the visitors level at 1-1 after both sides had had a man sent-off in Ramires (Chelsea) and Christian Benteke, who opened the scoring for Villa.
Lampard then added a second 88 minutes to give Chelsea the lead going into stoppage time.
Third-placed Chelsea now have a six-point advantage over Tottenham, who have a game in hand in fifth, but have a superior goal difference over their London rivals of 17 goals.
ROSBERG CAUTIOUS DESPITE SPANISH GP POLE
Formula One: Nico Rosberg secured his third career pole position as Mercedes completed a hat-trick of qualifying successes – and then warned that he is worried his tyres will let him down in tonight’s Spanish Grand Prix.
The 27-year-old German led the way as his team locked out the front row of Saturday’s grid but he was immediately concerned afterwards that he does not endure a repeat of his problems at last month’s Bahrain Grand Prix where he limped home ninth.
“I had a really good lap at the end and it is great motivation for the team but we have to be cautious because of what happened in Bahrain,” he warned.
Rosberg clocked a dazzling best lap time of one minute and 20.718 seconds to outpace his nearest rival and Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by two-tenths of a second.
After poles secured by Hamilton in China and Rosberg in Bahrain, this was a magnificent treble top for the resurgent Mercedes outfit as they outclassed their rivals at the Circuit de Catalunya.
EVANS SECOND OVERALL IN GIRO
Cycling: Former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans rose to second in the overall standings of the Giro d’Italia with a solid performance in the individual time trial.
Evans managed seventh fastest time, 39 seconds behind British winner Alex Dowsett who clocked 1hr 16min 27sec.
Fellow Australian Luke Durbridge was sixth at 35sec.
Vincenzo Nibali took over the leader’s pink jersey by finishing fourth at 21sec.
The Italian leads BMC rider Evans by 29 seconds overall.
ENGLAND CRICKETERS TOLD TO PERFORM
Cricket: Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan were both recalled by England cricket selectors in a 12-man squad for the first Test against New Zealand following their respective recoveries from elbow surgery.
National selector Geoff Miller urged the hosts to play to their potential when they face New Zealand in a two-Test series starting at Lord’s on Thursday.
Alastair Cook’s men encountered unexpected resistance during their recent series in New Zealand, where all three Tests were drawn.
And it was the Kiwis who so nearly took the honours, coming within one wicket of victory in the third Test at Auckland two months ago only for England wicket-keeper Matt Prior to defy them with an unbeaten hundred.
England first Test squad:
Alastair Cook (capt), Nick Compton, Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Jonathan Bairstow, Matt Prior (wkt), Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Tim Bresnan
TYLER WRIGHT LEADS WOMEN’S SURFING
Surfing: Tyler Wright grabbed the lead in the women’s surfing world championship with victory over fellow Australian Sally Fitzgibbons in the fifth event of the year in Brazil.
Wright won the final with a two-wave score of 17.80 points out of 20 to Fitzgibbon’s 15.67 in punchy one-metre waves at Barra da Tijuca in Rio.
The NSW surfer now has a lead of 1800 points over second-placed Hawaiian Carissa Moore.
Fitzgibbons climbed from fourth to third in the standings, having accounted for Moore, the 2011 world champion, in the semi-finals.
TOMIC TO MISS ROME MASTERS
Tennis: Bernard Tomic has pulled out of next week’s Rome Masters as his father fights an assault charge in a Spanish court.
Tomic, the ATP’s number 53, was missing from the draw for the crucial French Open warm-up which starts tonight in the Italian capital.
John Tomic is due to appear again at a Madrid court facing charges of assaulting his son’s practice partner in the Spanish capital last week.
NADAL TO FACE WAWRINKA
Tennis: Rafael Nadal reached a seventh consecutive final since returning from a seven-month injury layoff with 6-0 6-4 win over compatriot Pablo Andujar at the Madrid Masters.
The 26-year-old will next face Stanislas Wawrinka who beat Tomas Berdych 6-3 4-6 6-4.
World number 113 Andujar was blown away in the opening set, winning just nine points, as Nadal broke three times to take it 6-0.
Victory extended Nadal’s incredible run to 31-2 since returning from the tendinitis problem in his knee.
KINGS BEAT HIGHLANDERS
Rugby union: Captain Luke Watson scored two first-half tries before his Southern Kings clung on grimly for a 34-27 win over fellow Super Rugby strugglers the Highlanders.
No.8 Cornell du Preez and scrumhalf Shaun Venter also went over for the South Africans in the second 40 in a spell of 21 unanswered points that delivered a third win in their debut season.
Backs Shaun Treeby and Hosea Gear struck with tries late on to secure a four-try bonus point and put the Highlanders within a converted try of a draw, but time ran out and the Kings celebrated with huge relief and joy at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
NEW ZEALAND STILL DOMINATING SEVENS
Rugby union: Only world series champions New Zealand went unbeaten on the first day of rugby’s London Sevens at Twickenham.
The Kiwis, who clinched their 11th series in 14 seasons the previous weekend in the Glasgow Sevens, easily beat Canada and Wales in their pool but found themselves 17-0 down at halftime to Kenya.
They won 31-17, with Kurt Baker and David Raikuna – yellow-carded in the first half – scoring two tries each.
In pursuit of a first London title since 2007, New Zealand will play Argentina in the quarter-finals on Sunday.
Defending champions Fiji meet Kenya, England tackle South Africa, and Australia play the United States.
Hosts England looked the most impressive side early on, thrashing third-ranked Fiji 27-0 and fourth-ranked Samoa 34-7 in front of a world record sevens crowd of 71,898.
But it all unravelled in the last game of the day, a 26-17 loss to Argentina.
England still topped the pool on points difference, and Fiji scraped into the last eight with a 33-7 defeat of Samoa.
Australia topped the other pool, beating the United States and France after losing to second-ranked South Africa 5-0.