Results 15/5/13 – Chelsea win the Europa League final

Yes, it isn’t quite the same achievement but Chelsea have followed on from 2012’s Champions League win by claiming the Europa League title, beating Benfica 2-1. Extra time and penalties weren’t necessary this time, but it went close. With the score at 1-1, it took a speculative, looping header from Branislav Ivanovic to secure the win in stoppage time and claim Chelsea’s second consecutive major European trophy in as many years. That means that Fernando Torres is now World Champion, European Champion and holder of the Champions League and Europa League trophies. It also means that “interim manager” Rafa Benitez is the latest to depart having secured a major trophy. Such is life at Chelsea.

It was bad news for British players at the World Table Tennis Championships, with all singles entrants knocked out in the first round and all doubles teams following suit shortly after. Andy Murray retired after completing the second set of his opening Rome Masters match through injury, leaving him in doubt for the French Open. Laura Robson got back to winning ways, however, advancing to the quarter-finals of the doubles competition.

Sandown Sociedad didn’t get off the best start in the Beach Soccer Euro Winners Cup, going down 5-12 to Ukraine’s Griffin. Adam Ravenscroft was Britain’s best hope, reaching the last eight whilst also finishing second in mixed team qualification alongside Paralympic archer Danielle Brown. In King’s Lynn, British champion Tai Woffinden guested for Poole in their shock win away from home.

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Football: UEFA Europa League
Final
Chelsea 2-1 Benfica

Football: Scottish Premier League
Kilmarnock 1-3 Hibernian

Football: Women’s Super League
Lincoln City Ladies 1-1 Arsenal Ladies
Everton Ladies 0-0 Birmingham Ladies
Doncaster Rovers Belles P-P Liverpool Ladies

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Table Tennis: World Table Tennis Championships
Round of 128
Liam Pitchford 3-4 Damien Eloi (FRA)
Daniel Reed 0-4 Kenta Matsudaira (JPN)
Andrew Baggaley 1-4 Kim Minseok (KOR)
Gavin Rumgay 2-4 Gao Ning (SIN)
Joanna Parker 3-4 Irene Ivancan (GER)
Kelly Sibley 0-4 Liu Shiwen (CHN)
Naomi Owen 1-4 Doo Hoi Kem (HKG)

Round of 64
Joanna Parker/Kelly Sibley 1-4 Petra Lovas /Szandra Pergel (HUN)
Liam Pitchford/Kelly Sibley 2-4 Ovidiu Ionescu/Bernadette Szocs (ROU)

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Cycling: Giro d’Italia
Stage 11 – Tarvisio (Cave del Predil) to Vajont (Erto e Casso)
Stage Results: Bradley Wiggins 29th (+5’41”), Mark Cavendish 121st, Alex Dowsett 170th, Adam Blythe 175th, Stephen Cummings 176th, David Millar 181st
General Classification: Wiggins 4th (+2’05”), Dowsett 151st, Cavendish 155th, Cummings 170th, Millar 185th, Blythe 188th
Points Classification: Cavendish 3rd (58 points), Wiggins 14th (34), Dowsett 25th (25), Blythe 52nd, Millar 115th

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Tennis: Internazionali BNL d’Italia
Second Round
Andy Murray [3] retired against Marcel Granollers (ESP) – 3-6 7-6 (7-5)

First Round
Laura Robson/Lisa Raymond (USA) beat Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)/Flavia Pennetta (ROU) [WC] 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 10-7

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Pool: China Open
Allison Fisher 7-1 Carlynn Sanchez (VEN)
Karl Boyes 5-9 Alex Pagulayan (CAN)
Chris Melling 5-9 Jeffrey De Luna (PHI)
Darren Appleton 9-5 Jalal Yousef (VEN)

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Beach Soccer: Euro Winners Cup
Group Stage
Sandown Sociedad 5-12 Griffin (UKR)

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Archery: World Cup Shangai
Individual
Qualification Rounds

Adam Ravenscroft (Compound Men) – 594, 2nd place
Duncan Busby (Compound Men) – 578, 24th place
Danielle Brown (Compound Women) – 568, 12th place
Andrea Gales (Compound Women) – 561, 22nd place
Lucy Holderness (Compound Women) – 557, 28th place
Pauline Burfitt (Compound Women) – 551, 37th place

Round 1/24
Duncan Busby (Compound Men) 139-140 Yip Pui Lam (HKG)
Pauline Burfitt (Compound Women) 139-137 Lucy Holderness
Andrea Gales (Compound Women) 142-133 Svetlna Shepotko (KAZ)

Round 1/16
Adam Ravenscroft (Compound Men) 147-144 Luigi Dragoni
Danielle Brown (Compound Women) 140-141 Ashley Wallace (CAN)
Pauline Burfitt (Compound Women) 142-143 Jamie Van Natta (USA)
Andrea Gales (Compound Women) 139-142 Youn So Jung (KOR)

Round 1/8
Adam Ravenscroft (Compound Men) 146-147 Dave Cousins (USA)

Team
Qualification Rounds

Brown/Gales/Holderness (Compound Women) – 1686, 5th place
Brown/Ravenscroft (Compound Mixed) – 1162, 2nd place

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Speedway: Elite League
King’s Lynn Stars 39-50 Poole Pirates

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Cricket: Yorkshire Bank 40
Kent Spitfires 111-7, Worcestershire Royals 110-9
Kent win by 3 wickets

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