- This weekend we have the USA F1 Grand Prix in Austin, Texas where victory for Lewis Hamilton would virtually clinch the driver’s championship. He currently leads Sebastian Vettel by 59 points with four races remaining, including Sunday’s.
- Also it’s the Australian MotoGP from Phillip Island and there’ll be just two more races after this one – in Kuala Lumpur next Sunday and here in Valencia on 12 November.
- There are three tennis tournaments starting on the 23 October: The Erste Bank Open, Vienna; the Swiss Indoors, Basel and the WTA World Tour finals, Singapore. They all end on 29 October.
- The Rugby World Cup begins on 27 October with Australia v England. Twenty four hours later it’s Fiji-USA, New Zealand-Samoa and Papua New Guinea-Wales, followed on 29 with France-Lebanon, Ireland-Italy and Scotland-Tonga.
- Having won the championship for the first time in over 100 years, the Chicago Cubs will attempt to retain their World Series Baseball crown: 24 October-1 November.
- Several of the world’s top golfers tee-off today in the four-day WGC/HSBC Championship in Shanghai.
- The 2017 European Chess championships begin next Wednesday.
- This weekend’s football fixtures include Chelsea-Watford, Everton-Arsenal, Huddersfield-Manchester United, Manchester City-Burnley and Tottenham-Liverpool in the PL; Bristol City-Leeds, Derby-Sheffield Wednesday, Middlesbrough-Cardiff, Sheffield United-Reading and Wolves-Preston in the Championship; Blackpool-Wigan and Shrewsbury-Fleetwood in FL1 and Carlisle-Notts County and Exeter-Port Vale in FL2. In Scotland, it’s Celtic-Motherwell and Rangers-Aberdeen. The Dons then face Celtic next mid-week while Rangers play Kilmarnock.
- There are also FL Cup-ties on 24/25 October involving Arsenal-Norwich, Bristol City-Crystal Palace, Chelsea-Everton, Leicester-Leeds, Manchester City-Wolves, Spurs-West Ham and Swansea-Manchester United.
- This week’s Champions League fixtures included Anderlecht-PSG, Barcelona-Olympiakos, Bayern Munich-Celtic, Benfica-Manchester United, Chelsea-Roma, Juventus-Sporting Lisbon, Manchester City-Napoli, Maribor-Liverpool and Real Madrid-Spurs, while in the Europa League we have Crvena Zvezda-Arsenal and Everton-Lyon.
- At the start of this week, the leaders of their respective Leagues were Manchester City (PL) after smashing Stoke 7-2; unbeaten Celtic (SPL); Barcelona from Real Madrid (La Liga); Borussia Dortmund (Germany); Brugge (Belgium); PSG (France); Napoli (Italy); Porto (Portugal); Sturm Graz (Austria) and Young Boys (Switzerland). And congratulations to Crystal Palace, who last Saturday scored their first PL goal for 731 minutes in a surprise 2-1 win over Chelsea. Arsenal lost 2-1 at Watford; Spurs beat Bournemouth 1-0 and Liverpool drew 0-0 with Manchester United.
- Italy’s Andrea Dovizioso won last Sunday’s Japanese MotoGP. Marc Marquez was second with Danilo Petrucci third. Marquez leads the riders’ championship by 11 points.
- In Rugby’s Champions Cup, there were group wins for Bath, Exeter, Leinster, Saracens, Toulon and Ulster (over Wasps).
- Roger Federer (against Rafael Nadal) and Maria Sharapova won their respective tennis tournaments in Shanghai and Tianjin… and GB’s number 1 female, Johanna Konta, will miss the end-of-season WTA finals in Singapore after pulling out of Russia’s Kremlin Cup.
- Next year there’ll be 4-day cricket Test Matches, a nine-nation Test competition, players can be sin-binned or sent-off, there’ll be a mixed male-female team in India and bats must not be thicker than 40mm.
- Ex-Cornwall Pirates, England and Lions prop Brian Stevens has died, aged 77. He made 600 appearances on a RU pitch.
- GB golfer Tyrrell Hatton won the Italian Open to make it back-to-back major victories.
- Alexis Sanchez could leave Arsenal in January.
- And George Groves beat Jamie Cox in last Saturday’s Super Series boxing clash at Wembley Arena. But there was better fighting (between rival fans) outside the ring, than in it!
- The 20,000th Premiership goal will be scored before the end of the year. Over 19,850 have so far been netted in 7,585 matches.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Tottenham won the FA Cup in 1901, 1921, 1961, 1981 and 1991; the First Division in 1951 and the League Cup in 1971.
- Tennis star Johanna Konta was born to Hungarian parents in Sydney, Australia in May 1991. She moved to England at the age of 14 and switched her allegiance to the UK after becoming a British citizen in May 2012. A professional since 2008, she’s so far won three WTA and 11 ITA titles but a major Open still eludes her.