Football

This weekend saw new Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp draw his third game in charge, thanks to a late equaliser by Southampton at Anfield, with other local side Everton losing 2-1 away at Arsenal on Saturday. This weekend also saw the Manchester derby end in a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, putting Manchester City to the top of the table on goal difference. Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood was sacked on Sunday morning, leading to the rumour mill putting names like David Moyes and Remi Garde as possible successors for the job. Champions Chelsea’s defeat at the hands of West Ham have also led to speculation that manager José Mourinho is one defeat away from losing his job, as Chelsea languish in 10th place, with 11 points from a possible 30.

Rugby Union

The weekend saw the 2 semi-finals of the Rugby Union rugby-world-cup-2013_2974029World Cup, with previous winners New Zealand narrowly beating South Africa 18-20 at Twickenham. Australia, in the mean time, progressed with relative ease to the final, defeating Argentina by 29 points to 15. The final will be held on Saturday at 4pm. Some matches return to normal next weekend, with 6 matches set to take place next weekend in the Aviva Premiership.

Formula 1

Lewis_Hamilton_2014_ChinaMercedes-Petronas and British driver Lewis Hamilton became World Champion for the 3rd time after the USA Grand Prix on Sunday, becoming only the second British driver to do so. Mercedes-Petronas have also won the constructor’s championship for the 2nd year in a row, with drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

 

Other Sports

In international cricket, at the second test in Dubai, England lost by 178 runs to Pakistan. Cricket is also witnessing mass calls from figures like Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar to become a sport to be competed at the Olympics, but with the next Olympics in 2016, it wouldn’t be until 2020 that we would be able to see it. Whilst overshadowed by the Rugby Union World Cup, the Rugby League European Cup got underway on the 16th of October, with 3 matches yet to play, and France at the top of the table. The Royal and Ancient announced the dates for the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush, the first Open in Northern Ireland since 1951, to be the 18th-21st of July.

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Royal Portrush Golf Course