This week saw plenty of deadline day drama, as Arsenal rushed to complete signings of Mertesacker, Arteta and Park chu-Young. This was welcome news for Arsenal fans after losing important players over the summer. Bolton fans will be delighted at keeping Gary Cahill despite a large last minute bid from Spurs. At Liverpool a number of players left, including Raul Meireles (Chelsea) and Joe Cole (Lille). Liverpool also managed to secure a return for Craig Bellamy an unlikely but welcome addition to their squad. Spurs produced a surprise fire sale of a number of fringe players to free some space in an overcrowded squad. The most notable of these were Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios signing for Stoke.
There was no action in the Premier League this week due to Euro 2012 qualifiers. England comfortably cruised to a 3-0 victory over Bulgaria, as Rooney scored a couple. Wales gained a heartening 2-1 win against a good Montenegro side, which showed they plan on finishing the group stage strongly. Wales meet England tomorrow, (Tuesday) and will hope to cause a shock against their neighbours. Scotland performed admirably with a 2-2 draw against the Czech Republic, but this was not enough to put them in contention for qualification and they now need wins in all their remaining games – including against world champions Spain – to stand a chance of qualifying.
Last Monday, The US Open began in Flushing Meadows and a number of three Brits made it through to the second round of the grand slam. Elena Baltacha and Laura Robson were both beaten. Baltacha made a good start against two time grand slam winner Kuznetsova by leading 3-0, but Kuznetsova showed her class and won in two sets 6-4, 6-3. Laura Robson lost in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 to number 30 seed, Anabel Medina Garrigues. She showed flashes of brilliance by hitting 20 winners, but overall her inconsistency proved decisive, as she made 32 unforced errors. Andy Murray managed to ease his way through to the final 16 by destroying Feliciano Lopez. In spite of this assured display Murray is lucky to still be in the competition, as he came from two sets down in the second round to beat Robin Haase. All of the top four seeds have made it through to the second week. Djokovic in particular looks like the man to beat. Nadal caused drama yesterday (Sunday) when he fainted halfway through a press conference after his match. He received medical assistance and resumed the interview 15 minutes later. The culprit was a particularly bad onset of cramp.
At the World Championships in Daegu it has been largely disappointing for the Brits, as Jessica Ennis and Philips Iduwu only managed to take silver. The first gold of the championship for a British athlete went to Dai Greene in the 400m hurdles. The final gold for the British athletes went to Mo Farah in the 5000m. There was drama in the very final event as Jamaica smashed the world record for the 4x100m relay with a blistering time of 37.04 seconds.
In cricket England have continued their excellent display against the Indians by winning the T20 match by 6 wickets. India batted first and started well as they looked to set a big total, but Jade Dernbach produced an excellent spell of bowling in the batting powerplay and at the death to take 4-22. England managed to surpass the the total of 165 in the final over thanks to a good team performance including a swashbuckling 49 off only 27 balls by Morgan. The first 50 over match was unfortunately abandoned after the match was evenly poised, so this means India have yet to win a match in this tour of England. They have four more oppurtunities including tomorrow (Tuesday) and with a more youthful side look far more impressive than the ageing test side. Parthiv Patel and Rayanne in particular looked to be good addition to the side.
In Moto GP Lorenzo ended Casey Stoner’s winning streak by cruising to victory in the San Marino GP. Stoner ended the race in third after team mate Pedrosa overtook him with 6 laps to spare. This meant his championship lead was cut to 35 points.
In basketball Great Britain recorded their first ever win at Eurobasket. They beat Portugal 85-73 thanks to NBA superstar Luol Deng’s 32 points and 10 rebounds. This was likely to be Great Britain’s penultimate game in the tournament, as the have suffered three losses already in the tournament. At the time of writing Great Britain were leading Poland 18-17 in their final group stage match.
At the World Rowing Championship Great Britain rowers secured a record breaking 14 medals including 7 golds, 3 silvers and 4 bronzes. This has meant 13 of the 14 GB boats managed to qualify for the Olympics next year.