Manchester City extended their winning run to 11 games, but were made to work very hard to beat Huddersfield 2-1 in a somewhat bad tempered game at the John Smith Stadium. Raheem Sterling scored the winner with 5 minutes remaining to ensure City lead Manchester United by 8 points at the top of the table. United were rather fortunate to beat Brighton at home 1-0 courtesy of a deflected own goal. The big game at Anfield ended 1-1, enough to keep Chelsea in third place, however Liverpool will feel aggrieved as the Chelsea equaliser was a cross from Willian that went straight in! A controversial penalty given in the 92nd minute and converted by Alexis Sanchez at Burnley was enough to send Arsenal up to fourth place with a 1-0 win. Spurs rather surprisingly drew 1-1 at home to West Brom, with maybe the Champions League efforts now taking their toll. Crystal Palace with a win and draws for both Swansea and West Ham were still not enough to change the bottom three, but things are now very tight with manager less Everton and West Brom just outside the drop- zone.
Wolves are looking very good for automatic promotion even at this early stage of the season and top the table by 4 points after a 5-1 home thrashing of Bolton. Cardiff are second and just keeping in touch with a good 2-0 away win at Notts Forest. Down at the bottom, Sunderland won 2-0 at Burton to record a first win for new manager Chris Coleman but remain in the bottom three with Bolton and Burton.
All conquering Celtic won the first silverware of the season winning the League Cup at Hampden Park with a comfortable 2-0 win over Motherwell. Second-half goals from James Forrest and a Moussa Dembele penalty ensured Celtic stay on course for domestic treble.
In the League, Aberdeen won 3-1 at Kilmarnock to cut Celtic’s lead at the top to three points.
In the final race of the season, World Champion Lewis Hamilton finished second to team mate Valterri Bottas for a Mercedes one-two in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. With 9 wins this season, Hamilton finished the overall standings with a 46 point lead over Sebastian Vettel.
The World Cup final will be between England and Australia next weekend after two very different semi finals. England just held off a brave fightback from Tonga 20-18 and Australia thrashed Fiji 54-6 and will go into the final as overwhelming favourites.
England continued their unbeaten form this season in the Autumn Internationals with a 48-14 (seven tries scored) against Samoa at Twickenham. Pride of place goes to Scotland, who produced a magnificent display to thrash Australia 53-24 and will give the Scots great confidence for the Six Nations coming up next February. Wales went down 33-18 to New Zealand and Ireland beat Argentina 28-19.
The PDC Players Championship took place in Minehead over the weekend and televised live on ITV. There were a lot of shock results along the way but, in the end, it was business as usual as World no 1 and defending champion Michael Van Gerwin took the title with an 11-2 win in the final against Welshman Jonny Clayton. Van Gerwin extended his unbeaten run to 28 matches and scooped the £100k first prize.
The Northern Ireland trophy final was between 17 year old Chinese sensation Yan Bingtao and experienced Welsh star Mark Williams in another tournament of shock results. In a very thrilling finish, it was Williams who prevailed 9-8 and move back into the world’s top 16-ranked players.
England got off to the worst possible start in the Ashes series down under after a 10-wicket defeat in the first test at the Gabba in Brisbane. After gaining a first innings lead of 26 runs, Australia then bowled England out for 195 in the second innings and easily reached the winning score without losing a wicket. After such a poor performance, England must re-group very quickly as the second test, a day-nighter, starts in Adelaide next Saturday.
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