24th November RTN Sports Round Up – By Tony Matthews

24th November RTN Sports Round Up - By Tony Matthews
Michael O’Neill - Northern Ireland football manager


  • Northern Ireland football manager Michael O’Neill could take over Scotland; Chris Coleman has left Wales for Sunderland with Ryan Giggs set to replace him as national team boss and WBA have sacked boss Tony Pulis.
  • Manchester City (2-0 winners at Leicester) lead the PL by eight points (34-26) from neighbours United (4-1 victors over Newcastle). Spurs (4th) lost 2-0 at Arsenal (6th); Liverpool (5th) beat Southampton 3-0; WBA (two wins in 21) crashed 4-0 at home to Chelsea (3rd) and West Ham (David Moyes’ first game in charge) lost 2-0 at Watford. Championship leaders Wolves won 2-0 at Reading; Shrewsbury and Notts County head Leagues 1 and 2; SPL pacesetters Celtic are now unbeaten in 64 domestic matches after beating Ross County 2-0 and Barcelona lie 10 points clear in La Liga following the 0-0 Madrid derby draw.
  • Gareth Southgate handed debuts to five players in England’s recent 0-0 friendly draws with Germany and Brazil.
  • Gregor Dimitrov won the end-of-season ATP tennis final (collecting £1.9m) and Andy Murray has ditched his coach Ivan Lendl again!
  • Tommy Fleetwood is Europe’s number one golfer after beating Justin Rose in the ‘Race to Dubai’ title. Spain’s Jon Rahm won the season’s last Tour Championship.
  • Jessica Breach’s six tries as England’s women blitzed Canada 79-5 in the first of three Rugby Union Tests.
  • Andrew Thornton has joined the elite band of NH jockeys (including Sir A.P. McCoy) to ride 1,000 winners and compete in 10,000 races.

Sad news

The 1998 Wimbledon women’s singles champion, Jana Novotna, has died from cancer, aged 49.

Diary of events:

  • In cricket, the first Australia-England Ashes Test is underway at the Gabba in Brisbane while England’s women must win their last game to share their Ashes series with the Aussies.
  • The 2017 F1 season ends on Sunday in Abu Dhabi.
  • Rugby League’s World Cup semi-finals – Australia Fiji and England v. Tonga – take place tomorrow. The final is on 2 December.
  • Also tomorrow there are ‘Union’ internationals featuring England (30-6 winners over Australia last Saturday – their 12th successive win at Twickenham) v. Samoa, Ireland-Argentina, Scotland-Australia and Wales-New Zealand.
  • In tonight’s Aviva PL, it’s Newcastle-Gloucester followed tomorrow by Bath- Harlequins, Leicester-Worcester and Sale-Northampton.
  • This weekend we have the world squash and weightlifting championships, Davis Cup tennis and golf’s Hong Kong Open, plus Burnley-Arsenal, Huddersfield-Manchester City, Liverpool-Chelsea, Manchester United-Brighton and Tottenham-WBA in football’s PL; Sheffield United-Birmingham and Wolves-Bolton in the Championship; Celtic-Partick in the SPL and Real Madrid-Malaga and Valencia-Barcelona in Spain.
  • On Tuesday, it was Apoel-Real Madrid, Dortmund-Tottenham, Manchester City-Feyenoord and Sevilla-Liverpool in the Champions League, followed on Wednesday by Basel-Manchester United, Juventus-Barcelona, PSG-Celtic and Qarabag-Chelsea. And last night Koln-Arsenal and Everton-Atalanta played in the Europa League.

Footy Facts?

  • Australia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Iran, Japan, Morocco, Panama, Saudi Arabia, Senegal and South Korea will join the big boys in the hat when the draw for the 2018 World Cup group stage takes place in Russia next Wednesday. Italy, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will not figure, having been eliminated last week!
  • Keith Burkinshaw is the only Englishman alive (out of 14) to have managed a team to victory in a major European competition – Tottenham Hotspur, 1984 UEFA Cup.
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