Best start for Spurs since 1967, Federer wins in his 100th final, 16 sixes for Ryder

FOOTBALL – By winning 3-1 at West Brom, Spurs made it 28 points out of the last 30 – their best start in the top flight since 1967…

Unbeaten Manchester City and Newcastle earned points at Old Trafford and Anfield respectively…

Thomas Vermaelen scored for both Arsenal and Fulham (1-1)…

Juan Mata netted a superb goal in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Wolves…

Fans at the Swansea-Villa draw were shell-shocked at the news of Gary Speed’s sudden death…. and Bolton, Wigan (despite their win at Sunderland) and struggling Blackburn, are in the bottom three.

In the SPL Celtic (5-0 victors over St Mirren) closed the gap on Rangers (1-0 losers at Kilmarnock). In this week’s Champions League, Manchester United needed a point in Basle to join Arsenal in the last 16.

Chelsea had to avoid defeat by Valencia while Manchester City had to beat Bayern Munich and hoped that Napoli lost or drew against Villareal. Birmingham, Celtic, Fulham, Stoke and Spurs have played in the Europa League yesterday and today.

Footy Facts

*Goal-line technology could be used in the Premiership next season.

*The longest unbeaten run in English football is held by AFC Wimbledon who went 78 games without defeat in the Combined Counties League in 2003 and 2004.

* Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge since 1905 are contemplating building a new 55-60,000 stadium near Battersea Power Station.

* Carlos Tevez could leave Manchester City for AC Milan before the end of the year.

* Barcelona surprisingly lost 1-0 at Getafe as Cristiano Ronaldo scored in Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Atletico Madrid.

CRICKET – New Zealand’s Jess Ryder equalled the world record for most sixes in one innings, smashing 16 against Australia ‘A’.

He shares the record with Aussie Andrew Symonds and England’s Graham Napier.

Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir, have lost their appeals against sentences for a spot-fixing scam. India’s captain, Raoul Dravid, reached the milestone of 13,000

Test runs against the West Indies but Sachin Tendulkar failed to register his 100th first-class century, dismissed for 94 in the final drawn Test in Mumbai.

Forty-over cricket game might be scrapped and the 50 overs game brought back. Ex-England & Wales CB Chairman David Morgan said: “This is a must if we want to win the World Cup in 2015.” South African Mickey Arthur, Australia’s new head coach, is the first foreigner to hold this role, and ex-captain Ricky Ponting, without a century for two years, hopes to play until 2014.


* Mark Webber won the final F1 Grand Prix of 2011 in Brazil. Sebastian Vettel, starting in pole position for a record 15th time, was runner-up, with Jensen Button third.

* Roger Federer beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win the APT World tennis title for the sixth time in nine years. This was his 70th tournament victory in his 100th final.

* Americans Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland won golf’s World Cup in China. Ian Poulter and Justin Rose (England) came second with Germany.

* Reigning Six Nations champions England have no coach and no captain.

* Last weekend, Australia walloped the Barbarians 60-11 while Harlequins made it 13 Aviva Premiership wins out of 13 by beating Newcastle 39-8.

DID YOU KNOW? Nine players in last month’s England-Sweden game had links with Aston Villa: Scott Carson, Darren Bent, James Milner, Daniel Sturridge, Garth Barry, Kyle Walker, Stewart Downing and Gary Cahill of England and Olaf Mellberg (Sweden) donned the claret and blue … as did Swedish assistant boss Marcus Allback and co-TV presenter Gareth Southgate.

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