Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the Premier League after a 2-0 win at Leicester to eight points over city rivals Manchester United comfortable 4-1 winners over Newcastle. Chelsea are third after piling on more pressure on West Brom manager Tony Pulis winning 4-0 at the Hawthorns. West Brom are now without a win since August dropping to just above the drop zone now. A pulsating North London derby at the Emirates was won by Arsenal 2-0, although Tottenham were very much aggrieved with the refereeing decisions that led to both Arsenal goals. Crystal Palace are still bottom of the table but picked up a point in a home 2-2 draw with Everton. Swansea and West Ham make up the bottom three after defeats at Burnley and Watford respectively.
The top three in the Championship all won with Wolves top by 2 points from Sheffield United and Cardiff a further two points back in third. Sunderland remain bottom and still without a 2017 home win after a 2-2 draw with Millwall, a massive job in store for newly appointed manager Chris Coleman.
Scottish Premier League
Unbeaten leaders Celtic are now 6 points clear at the top after nearest challengers Aberdeen and Rangers both lost 2-0.
The Autumn Internationals continued this weekend with a very entertaining game at Twickenham between England and Australia. In very wet, tricky conditions England triumphed 30-6 although the match caused some talking points with the referee decisions to sin bin 2 Australian players and disallow a wallaby try at a vital stage in the game. England went on to score 4 tries to nil with three of them scored in the final 5 minutes of the match. New Zealand beat Scotland 22-17, Ireland pipped Fiji 23-20 and Wales beat Georgia 13-6.
In the Rugby League World Cup, England scored 6 tries and booked a semi final place with Tonga after thrashing Papua New Guinea. The other semi final is between favourites Australia and Fiji.
England’s Tommy Fleetwood won the race to Dubai title after finishing 21st in the end of season finale Tour Championship in Dubai. Fleetwood just pipped Justin Rose who needed an eagle on the 18th to win the overall money list but could only manage a birdie. The tournament was won by Spaniard Jon Rahm who finished on nineteen under par.
England head for this weeks First Ashes test in unconvincing form after drawing their final warm up match with a Cricket Australia XI. There were positives in the centuries scored by Mark Stoneman and Dawid Malan, however the inability to bowl out a weak opposition twice surely doesnt bode well against a free scoring Australian test match side.
Ronnie O’Sullivan won the Shanghai Masters with a 10-3 victory over Judd Trump in the final. It was the 30th ranking title of O’Sullivans career and in his own words one of his best ever victories, and there have been quite a few.
The ATP tour finals took place at the O2 arena in London and produced a surprise Final between Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin of Belguim. It was Dimitrov, on his debut in the event who triumphed 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to scoop the £1.9 million first prize and move to no 3 in the world rankings behind Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer.
The Grand Slam of Darts final in Wolverhampton was more predictable with the top two in the world making the final. It was world no1 Michael Van Gerwin who prevailed once again beating the Scot Peter Wright 16-12.
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