Manchester City opened up a massive eight-point gap at the top of the Premier League after a 3-1 home victory over Arsenal. After the game, Arsene Wenger was very critical of some of the refereeing decisions, in particular the penalty which led to the City second goal and an offside third goal. Sour grapes maybe, however, City were far the better side on the day. Manchester United stay second despite losing 1-0 at Chelsea. A very intense, entertaining game was decided by a superb header from Spanish striker Alvaro Morata. Tottenham remain third after just scraping past bottom of the table Crystal Palace 1-0 at Wembley. The woes continue for West Ham and in particular manager Slaven Bilic after a 4-1 home thrashing to fifth place Liverpool. Surely an announcement on the future of Bilic will happen during the upcoming International break and also an appointment of a new manager at Everton, who came from 2-0 down to beat Watford 3-2.
In the Championship, it’s Wolves leading the way by two points after a 2-0 home win over Fulham. Leon Clarke scored all four goals for second place Sheffield United in a 4-1 victory over Hull. Things are looking bleak for Sunderland, now bottom of the table, without a home win in 2017 and looking for a new manager too.
In Scotland, Celtic are now three points clear at the top of the SPL after a 4-0 win at St Johnstone and in the process setting a British record of 63 unbeaten League games. Aberdeen are in second after a 2-2 draw at Hamilton.
In Golf, Justin Rose wins back-to-back tournaments after claiming the Turkish Open. Rose in fine form birdied 3 of the final 4 holes to win by one shot on eighteen under par.
The home nations are struggling to make an impression at the Rugby League World Cup down under. Wales were thrashed 72-6 by Fiji, Ireland lost 14-6 to Papua New Guinea and Scotland trounced 74-6 by New Zealand. England struggled to overcome Lebanon 29-10. I think it’s a safe bet to assume the World Cup will be staying in the Southern Hemisphere with Australia scoring over 100 points in their first two games.
Talking of down under, England’s cricketers drew their first tour match with a Western Australian XI. With the first ashes test match three weeks away, a cause of concern will be failures of batsmen Alistair Cook and captain Joe Root, however, James Anderson took four wickets with the ball and looked in good form. England will certainly need to improve after failing to beat one of the weakest Australian State sides.
In Snooker, world number 1 Mark Selby won the International Championship in China with a 10-7 victory over Mark Allen.
The World Series of Darts finals took place over the weekend in Glasgow with world no. 1 Michael Van Gerwin taking the title with an 11-6 final victory over local hero Gary Anderson. That’s back to back TV titles for Van Gerwin now in the lead up to the World Championships in December.
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