The week started with a dominant display by Man City who beat newly promoted Swansea 4-0 to take top spot of the Premier League. Man City continued this form on Sunday, as they beat an excellent Bolton side 3-2. On the other side of Manchester, the Glazers decided to sell off a stake of Manchester United to the Asian market in a bid to rid much of the club’s debt. Arsenal have not had a good week. Firstly, Arsene Wenger was banned from the touchline by UEFA during Arsenal’s narrow win against Udinese. Then criticism mounted as it became increasingly likely that not just Fabregas, but Nasri will leave the Emirates. They are in desperate need of experienced players who can lead Arsenal on the pitch and that showed, as Liverpool beat them 2-0 on Saturday.
Aston Villa showed goalscoring prowess against Blackburn when all three strikers netted in a 3-1 victory over Blackburn. Chelsea recorded their first win of the season to come from behind against an impressive West Brom side. QPR recorded their first Premier League victory against Everton, who are struggling through a backdrop of money problems. Newcastle recorded a win over their Tyneside rivals in a match, which saw 5 yellow cards and a red card to Bardsley. Swansea recorded their first point in a 0-0 draw against Wigan. Wolves saw a second win of the season to briefly take top spot of the League. Stoke scraped a point against Norwich thanks to a 94th minute goal from Jones.
In Olympic sports news Great Britain’s basketball team recorded four narrow defeats and a win, including a 91-90 overtime loss to Australia. The four losses came without their NBA star, Luol Deng who made all the difference by scoring 15 points in 64-56 win over China. Team GB fared better in the BMX arena, as Shanaze Reade secured a gold medal in her sprint. Great Britain also performed well in the sprint canoeing by achieving 3 silver medals. Ed Mckeever will be disappointed,as his second place finish meant he has lost his world title to Piotr Siemionowski of Poland. Great Britain shone in the Team Triathlon World Championships, as they took gold. The Browlee brothers performed excellently with Jonathan crowned the solo champion and Alistair clinching victory on the final leg. Great Britain also clinched the gold medal in the European dressage championships, a feat never achieved before, due to Holland and Germany’s dominance.
In Hockey news, England’s women recorded a 2-0 victory over hosts Germany in the Euro hockey semi-finals thanks to two powerful strikes by Crista Cullen. England’s men also performed well by beating Ireland in a hard fought 4-2 victory.
In motor sport the British Racing Driver’s Club want to expand the Silverstone circuit to include a business park, technology park an education campus and three hotels. In WRC news Sébastien Ogier won the German Rally to end Sébastien Loeb’s dominance of the circuit. Loeb had secured wins at the previous eight Rally Germany.
In Rugby news Ireland lost narrowly to France amid criticism of their demanding pre-world cup schedule, which has included three losses. Scotland played their final warm-up match against Italy on Saturday, a 23-12 victory. Wales continued their good form ahead of the World Cup and comfortably beat Argentina 28-13. They will need this form to continue into the World Cup as they face a difficult group which contains South Africa, Fiji and Samoa.
In Tennis Murray secured a title win over Djokovic in Cincinnati, as the Serbian’s shoulder failed, as a result of a heavy schedule. The world number one had to pull out of the match with the score 6-4, 3-0 to Murray, due to this injury. This is a promising sign for Murray in the run up to the US Open, as Federer is a shadow of his former self and Nadal is still struggling with the foot injury sustained during Wimbledon. This is possibly his best chance to secure his first grand slam.
In cricket England completed a 4-0 whitewash of India in the test series. England won the toss and batted first and declared at 591-6 after a number of rain delays. India replied with 300 all out with Dravid making an excellent 146 not out. Despite this they were forced to follow on and India slumped again despite determined resistance from Sachin Tendulkar and Amit Mishra, who scored 91 and 84 respectively. India succumbed to an excellent spell of bowling in the afternoon from Swann and Broad which saw the fall of 7 wickets for only 21 runs. This meant India lost by an innings and 8 runs.