RTN Sports by Tony Matthews – October 27th 2017

Football round up
SPORT by Tony Matthews

Start with football and these teams currently lead their respective ‘Premier’ Divisions: Barcelona. Borussia Dortmund, Brugge, Celtic, Porto, Manchester City, Napoli and Paris St Germain.

Celtic, who beat Hibs 4-2 to reach the SLC Cup final are unbeaten in 60 domestic games. Motherwell beat Rangers 2-0 in the other ‘semi-final.

Chelsea, 2-1 winners v Napoli; Liverpool, record 7-0 victors in Maribor; Tottenham, who drew 1-1 with Real Madrid; Barcelona with Lionel Messi’s 100th ‘European’ goal; Bayern Munich, Juventus and PSG are looking strong in the Champions League, likewise Arsenal in the Europa League, but not Everton who are also in the PL’s bottom three!

England’s women lost their first match, 1-0 in France, since the sacking of Mark Sampson.

FLC games this week featured Arsenal-Norwich, Bristol City-Crystal Palace, Chelsea-Everton, Leicester-Leeds, Manchester City-Wolves, Spurs-West Ham and Swansea-Manchester United.

Overweight fans can have extra-large seats at the 2018 World Cup in Russia… if they’re 5ft 10ins tall and weigh 18st.

Nineteen ‘foreigners’ started last week’s Chelsea-Watford PL game and four more came on as subs!

Huddersfield’s 2-1 win over Manchester United was their first over the ‘Reds’ since 1961-62.

Sergio Aguero has equalled Eric Brook’s record of 177 goals for Manchester City. In nine PL games this season, City have scored 32 goals and can equal, even beat Everton’s 1894 record of 35 in ten at WBA tomorrow.

There were record attendances last weekend at Huddersfield, 24,426 v. Manchester United; Stoke, 29,498 v. Bournemouth and for a PL game, 80,827 for Spurs v. Liverpool at Wembley.

And why did Leicester (normally in blue) and Arsenal (red) both wear black last weekend?

After winning the USA F1 Grand Prix in Texas, Lewis Hamilton is now 66 points clear of Sebastian Vettel in the driver’s championship. A fifth place finish in Mexico’s GP on Sunday will give him his fourth world title.

Marc Marquez won last weekend’s Australian MotoGP and he can clinch the world title in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

At last Saturday’s Champions Day at Ascot trainer Aidan O’Brien equalled the record for top-level wins in a flat racing year when Hydrangea (Ryan Moore) won the Fillies & Mares Stakes. O’Brien is now level with American Bobby Frankel on 25 wins.

AB De Villiers’ highest ODI score of 176 helped South Africa beat Bangladesh by 104 runs. And England’s women lost their first Ashes ODI in Australia by two wickets.

Sergio Garcia won the Andalucian Masters golf championship at Valderama, his sixth major victory in Spain. And Ronnie O’Sullivan, wearing trainers, claimed the English Open snooker title at Barnsley.

In rugby’s European Champions Cup, there were recent wins for Exeter, Leicester, Leinster, Munster, Saracens and Wasps (41-10 over Harlequins).

This weekend’s PL matches include Arsenal-Swansea, Bournemouth-Chelsea, Liverpool-Huddersfield, Manchester United-Tottenham and WBA-Manchester City and next mid-week we have Champions League and Europa League action.

Rugby League’s World Cup starts today with Australia-England, followed by New Zealand-Samoa, Papua New Guinea-Wales, France-Lebanon, Ireland-Italy and Scotland-Tonga.

And 80,000 fans will attend the Anthony Joshua-Carlos Takam fight in Cardiff tomorrow.

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