FOOTBALL – It’s as you were at the top of the PL after Manchester City’s result at Wigan and United’s 3-0 victory over Bolton.
Next in line come Tottenham, 1-1 with Wolves, Chelsea 1-0 winners v Sunderland, Arsenal, despite losing 3-2 at Swansea and Newcastle 1-0 victors over QPR, who at the bottom with Bolton and Wigan.
Southampton (3-0 at Nottingham Forest), Charlton (1-0 winners at Sheffield Wednesday) and Southend (who belted lowly Northampton 5-2) lead the Championship and Leagues One and Two respectively.
It’s been FAC 3rd round replay week and I wonder if Mark Hughes’s new charges QPR (playing MK Dons) ended their record 16 game winless run in this competition?
Real Madrid beat Mallorca 2-1 and Barcelona defeated Real Betis 4-2 (two goals for Messi) to stay one and two in La Liga while Inter won the Milan derby 1-0.
Yesterday (Wednesday) all of Spain was glued to their television sets as Real Madrid were due to play Barcelona in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinal at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
This will be the eighth ‘clasico’ in nine months.
Spurs have won 14 of their 21 Premiership games this season – the last time they did this was in 1961 when they won the League.
Walsall ‘keeper Jimmy Walker broke Colin Harrison’s 20-year club record with his 530th appearance last Saturday.
Birmingham’s 6-0 win at Millwall was their biggest-ever over the Lions. Bolton’s Gary Cahill has joined Chelsea, LA Galaxy’s Robbie Keane is loan to Aston Villa and Scott Allan has signed for WBA from Dundee Utd. And Dimitar Berbatov could return to Bayer Leverkusen.
And according to reports, Inter Milan have offered £20m for Carlos Tevez! Two ex-Chelsea managers have found new clubs: Avram Grant at Partizan Belgrade and Carlo Ancelotti at PSG. Chris Coleman could be Wales’ next manager.
Dean Windass (Hull City) has admitted he has attempted to commit suicide Ex-Real Madrid & Yugoslavia coach Miljan Miljanic has died aged 81.
CRICKET – Mervyn Westfield (Essex) is the first Englishman found guilty of corruption. England, thanks to Monty Panesar’s eight wickets, beat CBI by 100 runs in their warm-up game before the first Test v Pakistan which started on Tuesday.
Sri Lanka’s 43 against South Africa was their lowest ODI score ever. Sussex’s Luke Wright set a new 20/20 record with a 44-ball 100 for Melbourne v Hobart.
Australian David Warner hit the fourth fastest Test century ever (in 69 balls) in his country’s innings and 37 runs Third Test victory over India, whose skipper MS Doni has been suspended for a low over-rate.
And West Indian Chris Gayle has joined Somerset for this year’s 20/20 campaign.
TENNIS – Andy Murray could face holder Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Australian Open – but Brits Heather Watson and James Ward are out.
DARTS – The 2012 World Champion is 100-1 outsider Christian Kist (Holland) who beat Tony O’Shea to win £100,000.
MOTOR SPORT – 2007 World champion Kimi Raikennan (34) will drive for Lotus/Renault this year, but Poland’s Robert Kubica will not be involved (yet) after breaking the same leg he fractured a year ago – this time in his Italian garden.
Andrea Dovizioso (injured) will miss the start of the MotorGP season.
RUGBY – England coach Stuart Lancaster has named nine uncapped players in his Six Nations squad, leaving out Tindall, Cueto, Easter, Flutey etc.
Cardiff, Harlequins, Leinster, Munster, Northampton, Ospreys, Saracens and Ulster all had good Heineken Cup wins.
England RU Under-20s star Selorm Kuady (forced to retire) has committed suicide, aged 24 and ex-GB RL legend Charlie Pawsey has also died, aged 88.
DID YOU KNOW? Scot Jamie Burnett holds the World record for the highest break in snooker with a 148 clearance against Leo Fernandez in a 2004 UK championship qualifier.
Fernandez fouled at the start of the 14th frame.
Burnett received a free ball and potted the brown as his red, followed by another brown, 15 reds, 12 blacks, two pinks, a blue and all the colours.