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Glas­gow War­riors edged out Con­nacht in a grip­ping Guin­ness Guin­ness Pro14 opener at the Sports­ground, with Stu­art Hogg’s 73rd-minute dropped goal earn­ing the Scot­tish side a 27-26 bonus-point vic­tory. Craig Ron­ald­son had a last-gasp chance to pinch the re­sult for the hosts but his long-range penalty bounced off a post.

At Rod­ney Pa­rade, Benet­ton started their PRO14 cam­paign with an ex­cel­lent 21-17 de­feat of Dragons. The Ital­ian side, who had a su­perb 2017/18 cam­paign win­ning 11 of 21 games, con­tin­ued where they left off with tries from lock Alessan­dro Zanni (two) and flanker Braam Steyn.

At the Kingspan Stadium, a last-minute penalty from scrum-half John Cooney se­cured Ulster a hard-fought 15-13 win over the

Scar­lets in the same com­pe­ti­tion. Scar­lets’ Rhys Patchell scored the only try of the game in the first half.

Cy­cling

Ale­jan­dro Valverde won his sec­ond stage of the Vuelta a Es­pana to close the gap on race leader Rudy Mo­lard.

Spain’s Valverde (Mo­vis­tar) edged out Peter Sa­gan (Bora-Hans­grohe) in a dra­matic up­hill sprint in Al­maden at the end of stage eight from Linares.

French­man Mo­lard (Groupa­maFDJ) fin­ished safely in the main group to re­tain his over­all lead, although the 10 bonus sec­onds for the stage vic­tory moved sec­ond-placed Valverde to within 37 sec­onds.

“They said it was a hard fin­ish and peo­ple could lose time,” Valverde said. “My DS [sport­ing direc­tor] told me to get on Sa­gan’s wheel but I told him, ‘I’m go­ing to fo­cus on not los­ing time’. But in the end I got on Sa­gan’s wheel and was able to get past him. I know I’m in good shape but I was sur­prised with that.”

Bri­tain’s Si­mon Yates is fourth over­all, 51.5sec­onds off the lead, hav­ing fin­ished in the lead­ing pack.

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