Ireland whip the Aussies, England beat India 8-0 and United remain top!

FOOTBALL – Last weekend 38 goals were scored in the Premiership. Manchester United extended their lead at the top by beating Chelsea 3-1; second-placed Manchester City drew 2-2 at Fulham;

Spurs thrashed nine-man Liverpool and Sunderland whipped sleepy Stoke, both by 4-0; Blackburn beat Arsenal 4-3; Swansea, the first Welsh team to score in, and win, a PL game, defeated WBA 3-0; Norwich won 2-1 at Bolton; it was Wolves 0 QPR 3; Everton 3 Wigan 1 and Villa 1 Newcastle. Elsewhere, Brighton have been replaced as Championship leaders by Southampton who beat Birmingham 4-1;

Charlton and Morecambe top Leagues 1 and 2 and Rangers beat Celtic 4-2 in Scotland. Tomorrow, George Eastham, ex-Arsenal, Newcastle, Stoke and England, now living in South Africa, will be 75.

*Apologies to Mojacar Veterans for comments made after the 2-2 draw with Venta del Pobre. It can only get better!  The ‘Vets’ lost 3-1 at Vicar last week (Matt Williams scored again) and on Saturday it’s Cuevas at home (5pm). 

CRICKET – Lancashire have won the County Championship outright for the first time since 1934 …and their ninth triumph overall. Warwickshire were runner’s-up.Yorkshire and Hampshire were relegated from Division One, replaced by Middlesex and Surrey.

The latter doubled up by winning the 40 overs final against Somerset for whom it was a fifth straight ‘Cup final’ defeat. England white-washed India 8-0 by winning one 20/20 encounter, four Tests and three One Day Internationals.

Graeme Swann will skipper the ‘Lions’ in the ODI series against the West Indies (Stuart Broad is injured).

RUGBY WORLD CUP – Brilliant Ireland stunned Australia 15-6 – their first win over the Aussies in World Cup history. England also made it two wins out of two with an unconvincing 41-10 victory over Georgia. Steve Shaw became his country’s oldest capped player and his country’s oldest skipper in this game.

Shane Williams scored his 55th try for Wales who beat Samoa 17-10.

CYCLING – Lars Boom (Holland) won the Tour of Britain…ex-World Super-bike champion James Toseland has retired (he wants to become a pop star, like girlfriend, Katie Melua)…. Casey Stoner brilliantly won last week’s MotoGp in Aragon, Spain.

SPORTS EXTRA – On Sunday Sebastian Vettel can clinch the F1 driver’s championship in Singapore….Floyd Mayweather beat Victor Ortiz in Las Vegas to win the WBC Welterweight title…in golf, Justin Rose won the BMW tournament in Chicago and GB & Ireland beat a strong Continental/Europe team to lift the Seve Trophy in France


DID YOU KNOW? Ryan Giggs – born Ryan Joseph Wilson – scored for the 23rd consecutive season when he equalised for Manchester United in the recent Champions League clash in Benfica.

He also became the oldest scorer in Champions League history and the first player to net in 16 different ‘CL’ campaigns, taking over from ex-Real Madrid star Raul, now with Schalke 04.

THE SPECTRUM RADIO CHALLENGE QUIZ, postponed in July, will take place at The New Kimrick, Mojacar on Thursday, 29 September (NOW 7pm). Entry is by ticket ONLY (€8 per person to include a buffet meal); teams of up to six members are allowed and tickets are available from The New Kimrick or Spectrum FM.

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