It was FA Cup 3rd round weekend where the Premier League big boys enter the competition and there were two massive upsets. Firstly the 13 times winners and holders Arsenal were beaten 4-2 by championship side Nottingham Forest in a cracking cup tie at the City ground. Arsenal fielded an under strength side but were outplayed by a very youthful Forest team, surely some difficult questions about team selection for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to answer. Another shock at the Ricoh Arena where League 2 Coventry City beat struggling Premier League Stoke City 2-1 and a result which has cost manager Mark Hughes his job.
There were replays earned by lower league sides against Premiership opposition, Wigan drew 2-2 at Bournemouth, Fleetwood drew 0-0 at home to Leicester, Shrewsbury drew 0-0 at home with West Ham and Norwich drew 0-0 at home with Chelsea.
The favourites Manchester City came from a goal down to beat Burnley 4-1 to keep their hopes of a domestic treble still alive.
Manchester United beat Derby 2-0 at Old Trafford and Tottenham also through beating AFC Wimbledon 3-0 at Wembley.
Liverpool won the merseyside derby 2-1 against Everton with the winner from £70 million new signing Virgil Van Dijk.
Other notable victories included League 2 Newport knocking out Championship Leeds United 2-1 and League 1 Peterborough winning 3-1 at Championship Aston Villa. League 1 MK Dons won 1-0 at Championship side Queens Park Rangers.
It was a tremendous 3rd round weekend full of goals, incidents and shocks but amazingly no non league clubs making it through especially after last season where Lincoln City made it to the quarter finals.
The Ashes series down under has been nothing short of a disaster for England as they lost the 5th and final test match to Australia by an innings and 123 runs and the series overall by 4 matches to nil. England have been a better limited overs team recently so maybe the ODI series will be a little bit more competitive than the Test matches.
The BDO World Darts Championship got underway at the Lakeside, with wins in the first round for the defending champion and No 1 seed Glen Durrant 3-0 over Gary Robson and No 2 seed Mark McGeeney 3-2 over the legend Martin Adams. The tournament is being televised live all this week on Channel 4 and BT Sport.
In the Aviva Premiership, the leaders Exeter Chiefs were beaten 28-20 at mid table Newcastle allowing Saracens to cut the lead at the top to five points with a 38-15 win at third place Wasps.
With the Australian Open just a week away, the British challengers are more concerned with injuries than their current form. Andy Murray has already withdrawn from the tournament and now Kyle Edmund has picked up an ankle injury and pulled out of this weeks Auckland Open. British No 1 womens player Johanna Konta retired last week in Brisbane with a hip injury, however is set to play this week in Sydney.
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