Manchester City’s long unbeaten run and invincible tag came to an end in a seven goal thriller at Anfield. Liverpool were 4-1 up, playing some scintillating football, however two late goals from City made it a very nervy ending for the reds but held on to win 4-3.¬† Defeat for City means they are still 15 points clear at the top from Manchester United who have a game in hand against Stoke¬†on Monday¬†night. Liverpool are now third with Chelsea dropping to fourth after a disappointing 0-0 home draw with Leicester. Spurs thrashed Everton 4-0 at Wembley with a brace from Harry Kane to stay fifth.
Swansea stay bottom but earned a point with a 1-1 draw at Newcastle. West Brom and Stoke make up the bottom three, however it is very tight with six points separating the bottom six teams.
Wolves are now 10 points clear at the top after a 0-0 draw at Barnsley. Derby won 3-0 at relegation threatened Birmingham to remain in second place with Cardiff two points behind after a 3-0 home win over bottom of the table¬†Sunderland.¬† Aston Villa, Bristol City and Sheffield United make up the top six.
After a pathetic performance in the Ashes series, a totally different England turned up for the first ODI in Melbourne. Australia batted first a posted a very respectable 304 for 8 in their 50 overs with a century from Aaron Finch.¬† An amazing run chase from England included a 221 partnership for the 3rd wicket between Joe Root who finished on 91 not out and Jason Roy who made a fantastic 180.¬† England cruising to victory by 5 wickets with Roy’s innings the highest individual score by an Englishman in ODI cricket. A¬†great display from England who do excel in this form of the game.
The second ODI is in Brisbane¬†on Friday.
The prestigious Masters tournament got underway at the Alexandra Palace this weekend. Only the world’s top 16 players take part and there was a shock in the very first match. World No1 and current World champion Mark Selby losing a thrilling match 6-5 to former two time World Champion Mark Williams. In the other match played¬†on Sunday, Mark Allen beat Luca Brecel 6-3.The final is due to be played¬†next Sunday¬†with Ronnie O’Sullivan now the bookies favourite.
The BDO World darts final was an absolutely fantastic match between two Englishmen Glen Durrant and Mark McGeeney. It was nip and tuck the whole way and went to a final set decider. The BDO No 1 Durrant finally won 7-6 and retained his title after an epic battle. McGeeney will be haunted by missing two darts at double 18 to win but it was Durrant who takes home the ¬£100k first prize. The only question remains is will Durrant move over to the PDC, for higher quality darts and the increased prize money.
The first major of the year got underway this weekend down under, the Australian Open. The only British man in the draw Kyle Edmund had a superb five set victory over the no 11 seed Kevin Anderson, who was the runner up in the US Open last year. Edmund flying the flag for Britain after the withdrawl of Andy Murray won in a 4 hour epic and will now face Uzbek Denis Istomin in the 2nd round.
It was European Cup weekend again and Leinster made the quarter finals with a 55-19 win over Glasgow. Wins also for Harlequins 33-28 over Wasps, Exeter 41-10 over Montpellier and Northampton 34-21 over Clermont. Leicester were thrashed 39-0 at Castres and Saracens and Ospreys fought out a 15-15 draw.
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