By Euro Weekly News Media • 13 April 2012 • 9:15
FOOTBALL – Manchester United WILL NOW win their 13th Premiership title after the Easter results, but who’ll drop into the Championship?
Wolves look down and out and will be relegated with any two from Bolton, Blackburn, QPR, Wigan, Aston Villa and even Swansea.
It could be decided on the last day but I feel it will be done and dusted before that.
– Who’ll come up? Southampton and Reading, who meet tomorrow, look certainties but then it’s any one from four, with West Ham, Birmingham, Cardiff or Blackpool all in with a decent chance via the play-offs.
– Clint Dempsey has became Fulham’s record Premier League goal scorer in a season with two at Bolton…
West Ham claimed a record 12th away of the season (4-0 at Barnsley)…
WBA’s Peter Odemwingie was offside a record 10 times v Blackburn… Celtic beat Kilmarnock 6-0 to win the SPL title for the 43rd time…
Alloa Athletic won the SL3 title… and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi now has 60 goals in 2011-12. Wow!
– This weekend it’s Chelsea-Spurs and Everton-Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-finals.
– The Europa League semi-finals will feature three Spanish clubs, Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Athletic Bilbao, along with Sporting Lisbon.
– Therefore we could see, for the first time ever, two all-Spanish European finals, if Barcelona and Real Madrid beat Chelsea and Bayern Munich respectively in the Champions League semis next week.
GOLF – The American Bubba Watson won the US Masters, beating South African Louis Oosthuizen in a play-off.
Lee Westwood was the best placed Brit in joint third position.
CRICKET – England (460 & 97-2) beat Sri Lanka (275 & 278) by eight wickets to level the series and retain top Test nation status. Kevin Pietersen (151 & 42 not out), Alastair Cook’s (94 & 49 not out) and Graeme Swann (10 wickets in the match) were England’s star performers.
– It was a Spanish 1-2 in the opening MotorGP of 2012 in Qatar with Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa finishing ahead of reigning champion Casey Stoney.
– Cambridge won the 158th varsity boat race… after some controversy!
With the boats locked together, the race was stopped after 10½ minutes when a swimmer came between the two crews.
The race was restarted after 31 minutes and almost immediately Oxford lost an oar, leaving Cambridge to go on and win comfortably.
A 35 year-old man will appear in court on 23 April charged with a public order offence.
– The Grand National takes place at Aintree this weekend and I’m going for Ballabriggs, who I successfully tipped last year, to win again and so become the first horse since Red Rum in 1973 and 1974 to win the race in successive years.
My outsiders are West End Rocker and Planet of Sound.
– Edinburgh became the first Scottish team to reach Rugby’s Heineken Cup semi-finals after beating Toulouse 19-14 in front of a record crowd of 37,881 at Murrayfield. Leinster, Ulster and Cleremont make up the last four.
– GB won 12 medals at the world cycling championships in Australia, Ed Clancy, Jason Kenny, Sir Chris Hoy, with his 11th world title and his 4th Keirin, Laura Trott and Vicky Pendleton, who won the women’s sprint title for the sixth time, all collecting gold.
– Ex-Swansea, Lazio and Italian international Giorgia Chinaglia, has died aged 65. He scored 305 goals in 612 appearances during his 20-year career.
DID YOU KNOW? Snooker player Ray Reardon, ice-skater Christopher Dean and strong man Geoff Capes used to be policemen. And Muhammed Ali dyed his hair black for 10 years (1965-75).
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