RTN Sports round-up

Sports Round Up
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  • All-round cricketer Ben Stokes will not accompany the official England party to Australia for the Ashes Test. Police are still investigating his night club brawl. The first Test starts at the Gabba in Brisbane on 23 November.
  • Lewis Hamilton won last Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka, finishing one second ahead of Max Verstaffen with Daniel Ricciardo third. Sebastian Vettel’s car ‘packed up’ on lap 4 and as a result, the grumpy German is now 59 points behind Hamilton in the driver’s championship with four races remaining.
  • This weekend we have the Japanese MotoGP from Motegi where again we could have a Spanish 1-2-3.
  • FIFA is considering fewer international breaks but they could be made longer than they are now.
  • Countries who have qualified for the 2018 World Cup include Belgium, Brazil, England, Germany, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Russia (as hosts), Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain and either Wales of the Republic of Ireland. Australia, Northern Ireland and Syria are still in contention, but not Scotland. And Argentina, Ghana and The Netherlands could miss out as well. In fact, Lionel Messi’s ‘Argies’ haven’t missed a WC finals since 1970.
  • Rafael Nadal (Spain) and Caroline Garcia (France) won their respective singles titles at the China Open. Garcia beat world number Simona Halep. And underway right now are major events in Hong Kong and Shanghai with more to come next week in Belgium (European Open), Luxemburg, Russia (Kremlin Cup) and Sweden.
  • GB golfer Hatton Tyrrell retained his Dunhills Links title at St Andrew’s, finishing three strokes ahead of Ross Fisher who carded a course record last round score of 61.
  • Leeds Rhinos beat Castleford Tigers 24-6 in Rugby League’s Grand Final in front of almost 73,000 fans at Old Trafford last Saturday. And Saracens defeated Wasps 38-19 to go top of Rugby Union’s Aviva PL
  • GB Olympic champion Max Whitlock (pommel horse gold) and Claudia Fragapane (floor exercise bronze) both won medals at the World Gymnastics Championships in Canada.
  • There were wins (at various weight levels) last weekend for boxers Anthony Crolla, Andrew Selby, Chris Eubank junior and Pat Gallagher. However, sad news is that the former GB champion Terry Downes has died, aged 81.
  • The ten Premiership football matches this weekend are Brighton & Hove Albion v Everton, Burnley v West Ham United, winless and goalless Crystal Palace v Chelsea, Leicester City v WBA, Liverpool v Manchester United, Manchester City v Stoke City, Southampton v Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth, Swansea City v Huddersfield Town and Watford v Arsenal.  Birmingham City play leaders Cardiff City and second-placed Wolves meet Midland rivals Aston Villa in the Championship, while it’s top against bottom in League One as Shrewsbury Town travel to south Devon to take on out-of-form Plymouth Argyle.


DID YOU KNOW?   Striker Rickie Lambert, who retired as a professional last week, has scored more Football League/PL goals this century than any other player – 219 in 605 appearances.

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