FOOTBALL – The 20th Premiership season is underway and on Saturday, it’s Arsenal v Liverpool and Sunderland v Newcastle.
Tonight, Hearts play Tottenham in a Europa League qualifier at Tynecastle, Arsenal having contested their Champions League qualifier v Udinese on Tuesday.
There were ‘opening’ wins for Bolton (4-0 at QPR), Wolves (2-1 at Blackburn – their first top-flight win at Ewood Park since 1965), Manchester United (2-1 at WBA) and Manchester City (4-0 v Swansea 4-0 with Sergio Aguero scoring twice on his debut).
The games between Fulham and Aston Villa, Liverpool and Sunderland, Newcastle and Arsenal (who had debutant Gervinho sent-off), Stoke and Chelsea and Wigan v Norwich all ended in draws.
Meanwhile, Cardiff, Derby, Southampton and Brighton have two wins out of two in the Championship; Charlton, Sheffield United and Tranmere likewise in League One and Rotherham, Gillingham and Southend in League Two while Motherwell top the SPL.
The first leg of Spain’s Super Cup ended Real Madrid 2 Barcelona 2. Lionel Messi scored another stunning goal for the latter who have completed the signing of Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas while Robbie Keane has joined LA Galaxy from Spurs. Watch out for more transfers before the window closes on 31 August.
* Newcastle and Arsenal (again) have been charged by the FA after a brawl at St James’ Park last Saturday
CRICKET – England are ‘Top of the World’ after thrashing India by an innings and 242 runs in the third Test at Edgbaston.
Andrew Strauss’s men dismissed the tourists for 224, then amassed 710-7 declared with Alastair Cook 294 and Eion Morgan 103, before shooing out India again for 244 to take over as the number one cricketing nation.
Cook’s 294 was the sixth highest-ever Test score by an Englishman, following Len Hutton’s 364 (v Australia, 1938), Wally Hammond’s 336 (v New Zealand, 1933), Graham Gooch’s 333 (v India, 1990), Andy Sandham’s 325 (West Indies, 1930) and John Edrich’s 310 (v New Zealand, 1965).
710-7 was England’s third highest Test total of all-time – 903-7 v Australia in 1938 and 849 v West Indies in 1930, before that.
105,000 spectators attended the four-day Test at the ‘new’ Edgbaston.
GOLF – The last major of 2011 – the 93rd US PGA in Atlanta – went to rookie Keegan Bradley in a play-ff with Jason Dufner. Bradley won at his first attempt and banked $1.44m. The best placed Brits, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, finished joint eighth. Tiger Woods missed the cut!
MOTOGP – The next Moto GP race is on Sunday week in Indianapolis.
Spain’s Dani Pedrosa (on pole for the first time this season) and Jorge Lorenzo, both crashed out of last Sunday’s race in Brno, Czech Republic, allowing Casey Stoner an easy victory and so extend his lead in the rider’s championship. This was the Aussie’s 29th MotoGP win.
RUGBY UNION – With the World Cup in New Zealand almost upon us, Wales boosted their confidence with a 19-9 friendly win over England in Cardiff.
TENNIS – Novak Djokovic won his fifth title this year by beating Mardy Fish in Montreal’s Rogers Cup final.
CYCLING – Britain’s super-sprinter Mark Cavendish thrilled his home crowd by winning the 87-mile London road race last Sunday afternoon. “I’m just revving up for the Olympics” said Cavendish.
DID YOU KNOW?
Goalkeeper Peter Shilton made a record 1,390 appearances during his career and during 1986-87 another ‘keeper, Rangers’ Chris Woods, didn’t concede a goal in 1,196 minutes.
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