10 August 2015
Weekend Sport Round Up
England regains the Ashes
England regained the Ashes with a fantastic innings and 78-run victory over Australia in the morning on day three of the fourth Test at Trent Bridge – 599 days after losing the urn in Perth in 2013. Alastair Cook’s side completed an amazing transformation by getting an untouchable 3-1 lead after just 62 deliveries in 40 minutes of play, finishing off the tourists on only the 14th day of the series with the fifth Test at the Oval still to go. Speaking to Sky Sports after the victory, Cook said: “It’s an unbelievable moment. I couldn’t be happier. From what we’ve been through as a side through the last 18 months to play like we have in three of the four Tests against a good Australia side is incredible”. We are extremely proud Cooky – congratulations. Take a look at our Ashes Sledging infographic here or take a sneak peek at what Cooky carries in his bag.
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Shane Lowry wins WGC-Bridgestone Invitational title in Ohio
Ireland born Shane Lowry won his first title and held off three major champions to claim the greatest victory of his career at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The world number 48 began the final day in third, two shots behind co-leaders Justin Rose and Jim Furyk. But as they both shot over par, Lowry carded four birdies in a 66 to finish on 10 under, ahead of Bubba Watson. “It’s hard to believe but I played good and hit the ball well,” said Lowry, “I was nervous but made a lot of good decisions and had a bit of luck as well. It’s great for me and everyone who has supported me over the years.” Lowry further added, It’s great to be able to pull something off. I was kind of doubting myself a little this year, things haven’t been going my way but when you come out the other end it’s always nice.”
Premier League Returns
A star has been born after the performance of West Ham newbie Reece Oxford in the 2-0 win at Arsenal. The 16-year-old started in midfield for his league debut, becoming the seventh youngest player to appear in the Premier League. Oxford did not appear out of place, physically or technically, He’s got a great build, his physique is good and his mobility is very good, he handled the ball really well, he knew when to drop back and make a fifth defender. Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Stoke City thanks to a Philippe Coutinho’s late wonder strike at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday afternoon was a huge result for manager Brendan Rodgers, according to Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher, and with the Reds facing tough-looking trips to Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City in their next seven away fixtures, Carragher says it was vital the Merseysiders made a winning start to the new campaign. Manchester United began the new Premier League season by beating Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday. Louis van Gaal’s side needed a Kyle Walker own goal, however, midway through the first half to claim all three points in a game with few chances. And United were grateful to a late double save by new goalkeeper Sergio Romero for the win.
Australia win the 2015 Rugby Championship
The Wallabies scored three tries to two as replacement scrum-half Nic White proved the hero with a late clinching try. Australia’s fighting win keeps alive their hopes of winning the Bledisloe Cup against New Zealand, with the final Test in Auckland next weekend. It was Australia’s first win over New Zealand in four years and their performance, especially at scrum-time and at the breakdown, would have sent a warning message to their World Cup Pool A rivals England and Wales. It was not the fairytale night for All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw who won his 141st Test cap for New Zealand, matching the record for most caps set by Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll.
Ireland victory over Wales in Cardiff
First-half tries by captain Jamie Heaslip, centre Darren Cave and his midfield colleague Keith Earls sent Ireland on their way, before substitute Simon Zebo’s early second-half score sealed the deal after Wales lost debutant flanker Ross Moriarty to the sin-bin following a swinging high hit on Zebo.Ireland, march on under the masterly coaching direction of Joe Schmidt, and with many pundits tipping them to reach at least the World Cup semi-finals in October, it is difficult to doubt that prediction at this stage.
Argentina made history by beating South Africa
For the first time ever Argentina were successful with an impressive 37-25 win in Durban on Saturday. After narrow losses to both Australia and New Zealand, South Africa were expected to lay down a World Cup marker against Argentina, but the Pumas had other ideas. Argentina were outstanding from the start and physically dominated South Africa at the scrum and breakdown. It was only Argentina’s second win in four seasons in the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship, and while it gave the Pumas a huge boost in their own World Cup buildup, it was a third straight loss for South Africa. It left South Africa last in the Rugby Championship, the first time since 2012 and the introduction of the South Americans that the bottom team has not been Argentina.
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