DID YOU KNOW?
Gareth Barry, ex-Aston Villa, Manchester City and now Everton, has received more yellow cards in the PL than any other player (105). And Newcastle have had a record 15 players sent off since 2010 (West Ham 10).
FOOTBALL – José Mourinho’s 100th home PL game in charge of Chelsea ended in a 2-1 defeat by Crystal Palace. This was also his 200th match as manager of the Blues, and only the second time Chelsea had lost at home in the PL under his control. For Palace it was only their second ever League win at Stamford Bridge, and boss Alan Pardew is the only manager in the world to win three games against Mourinho.
Both teams had a player sent off as West Ham beat Liverpool 3-0 – their first victory at Anfield since 1963. Unbeaten leaders Manchester City defeated Watford 2-0 to register a record 10th win in a row; WBA won 1-0 at nine-man Stoke; Arsenal pipped 10-man Newcastle by the same score – their eighth successive win over the Magpies – Southampton beat 10-man Norwich 3-0 and Swansea came back from a goal down to beat Manchester United 2-1. The matches between Aston Villa-Sunderland, Bournemouth-Leicester and Spurs-Everton ended in draws.
At the start of this week, Brighton, 3-2 winners at Ipswich, sat on top of the Championship; Walsall and Leyton Orient led Leagues 1 and 2 and Celtic were the new SPL leaders. Both Barcelona (1-0 v Malaga) and Real Madrid (5-0 v Betis), won their home La Liga games.
- There is no major League action this weekend due to 2016 European Championship qualifiers which include Cyprus-Wales (Thursday), Georgia-Scotland, Gibraltar-Republic of Ireland and Faroe Islands-Northern Ireland (Friday) and San Marino-England and Spain-Slovakia (Saturday)
- The summer transfer window has closed – details next week.
ATHLETICS – Olympian Brendan Foster has described Mo Farah as Britain’s “greatest ever sportsman” after the 32-year-old became the first runner ever to win the official long distance triple-double.
Farah won the World 5,000m and 10,000m titles in Beijing – a ‘double’ feat he also achieved at the London 2012 Olympics and 2013 Worlds.
Farah now has five World Championship golds, two Olympic golds and five European golds, and is unbeaten on outdoor tracks in major races since finishing second in the 10,000m at the 2011 World Championships. New IAAF President Sir Seb Coe said, “Wow, he’s something special,” and even the Queen admitted, “Wasn’t he terrific.”
Also in China, Usain Bolt completed the 100m and 200m double and helped Jamaica win the 4x100m relay gold medal. GB’s Shara Proctor gained silver in the women’s long jump while the GB ladies (fourth) set a new national record of 42.10 seconds in the 4x100m relay.
Greg Rutherford (long jump) and Jessica Ennis-Hill (heptathlon) were GB’s other gold medallists.
CRICKET – Last Saturday, 24,762 fans saw Lancashire beat Northants by 13 runs in the T20 Blast final at Edgbaston. On Friday England play Australia in an ODI at Lords and on Saturday, Yorkshire meet Gloucestershire in the Royal London Cup final at Leeds.
RUGBY – Leeds Rhinos smashed hapless Hull KR by a record 50 points to nil in last weekend’s Super Challenge Cup final Wembley, Tom Briscoe scored five tries. And in friendly ‘Union’ internationals, Scotland beat Italy 48-7 while Wales edged Ireland 16-10. And England have included League convert Sam Burgess in their WC squad but there’s no room for Danny Cipriani.
MOTOGP – ‘Doctor’ Valentino Rossi (Yamaha/Movistar) won last Sunday’s ‘wet and rainy’ British MotoGP, his 86th victory overall. Fellow Italians Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso were second and third. Rossi, chasing his 10th World title, leads the riders’ championship by 12 points from Spain’s Jorge Lorenzo.
CYCLING – Britain’s Chris Froome avoided a huge crash which caused four riders, including Ireland’s Dan Martin, to abandon the Vuelta a Espana during stage eight in Murcia. Sadly, Belgian Kris Boeckmans was an induced coma after suffering concussion and facial fractures in the accident. Froome was eighth at the start of the week, one minute 11 seconds behind the leader, and still has hopes of winning this gruelling race, which ends on September 13.
ROUND-UP – Jordan Spieth has been replaced by former leader Rory McIlroy as the world’s number one golfer… The Italian F1 Grand Prix takes place at Monza this weekend… The US Grand Slam tennis tournament continues at Flushing Meadows… The World Rowing Championships are taking place in France… And we have the European wheelchair basketball championships in Worcester.