Devastating Day, terrific Murray, glory for Lorenzo and super City

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DID YOU KNOW?
Yossi Benayoun,  as far as I know, is the only player to score a hat-trick in the PL, FAC and Champions League – doing so for Liverpool v Burnley, Havant and Waterlooville and Besiktas respectively.

GOLF – The final major of the year, the US PGA, was won by Aussie Jason Day who finished on a record 20 under par, three shots ahead of American and now world number one Jordan Spieth with Branden Grace third and Britain’s Justin Rose fourth. Spieth was attempting to win all three major events in the USA in the same year.

FOOTBALL – Albeit briefly, last Saturday teatime Leicester City topped the PL for the very first time after winning 2-1 at West Ham who had goalkeeper Adrian red-carded five yards outside Leicester’s penalty area. The Foxes took over pole position from Manchester United who won 1-0 at Aston Villa the previous evening. Twenty-four hours later Manchester City shot back to the top after whipping Chelsea 3-0 (their second successive win by this scoreline as Vincent Kompany netted again) and Arsenal won 2-1 at Crystal Palace, while Liverpool played Bournemouth on Monday.

Elsewhere, Norwich equalled a club record 10 away games without defeat with a 3-1 win at ‘desperately poor’ bottom of the table Sunderland whose  rivals 10-man Newcastle (also looking poor) lost 2-0 at Swansea while Everton won comfortably by 3-0 at Southampton.

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In-form Middlesbrough beat Bolton 3-0 to head the Championship and in FL1, Coventry won 4-0 at Millwall, while in FL2 the ‘sea port’ derby ended Plymouth Argyle 1, Portsmouth 2.
Ingolstadt won their first-ever game in the German Bundesliga last Saturday, beating Mainz 1-0.  Reigning champions Bayern Munich began with a 5-0 drubbing of Hamburg while Borussia Dortmund hammered rivals Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0.

In Spain’s Super Cup first leg, Barcelona were thrashed 4-0 by Athletic Bilbao where midfielder San José scored a stunning goal from 50 yards.

MOTOGP – Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi finished 1-2-3 in last week’s Czech Republic Grand Prix. Lorenzo and Rossi (211 points) are joint leaders, ahead of Marquez (159).

CRICKET – The semi-finals of the T20 Blast competition at Edgbaston in nine days time will feature Birmingham Bears (Warwickshire) against the holders Northants and Lancashire v Hampshire. The final takes place on the same day (August 29).   

RUGBY UNION – Last weekend’s friendly internationals (ahead of the World Cup) saw potent England, with sin-binned Sam Burgess making his ‘Union’ debut, beat France 19-14 and gritty Ireland defeated Scotland 28-22.      

TENNIS – Andy Murray claimed his 11th Masters title (and his 35th championship win overall) by beating world number one Novak Djokovic for the first time in two years in the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada,  breaking a run of eight successive defeats against  the Serbian.  Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic defeated world number one Serena Williams in the women’s semi-final before defeating Romania’s  Simona Halep in the final. The Cincinnatti Open is now under way which will be followed by the US Open at Flushing Meadows: August 31 to September 13.

CYCLING – The GB trio of Mark ‘The Manx Machine’ Cavendish (back on his bike after injury), Sir Bradley Wiggins and Joanna Rowsell all won medals at the Revolution Series in Derby.

NETBALL – England beat Jamaica 66-44 to win the bronze medal at the women’s World Championships. Hosts Australia beat New Zealand 66-55 in the final before a record 16,773 crowd.                                                                

DIARY of EVENTS
• This weekend’s top football matches are (PL) Manchester United-Newcastle (Saturday); Everton-Manchester City and WBA-Chelsea (Sunday) and Arsenal-Liverpool (Monday). Tonight it’s Southampton v Midtjylland in the Europa League. And in the draw for the second round of the Capital One League Cup Bournemouth (at Hartlepool), Exeter (at Sunderland), York City (at Swansea) and Carlisle (at QPR) will all make long mid-week journeys.
• In cricket, the fifth and final Ashes Test starts today at The Oval. England lead the series 3-1, and in women’s game, Ireland play Australia in T20 internationals tomorrow and Saturday.
• The F1 Belgium Grand Prix takes place at Spa on Sunday.
• The BMX World Championships are being held in Zolder, Belgium: 21-15 August.
• The men’s and women’s ten-day Euro-Hockey championships start tomorrow in London.
• The World Athletics championships are being held in Beijing, China: 22-30 August.
• The Vuelta a Espana (cycle race) will run from August 22 to September 13.
• And the World Judo Championships are being staged in Kazakhstan: 25-30 August.

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