We officially reached a third of the way through the English Premier League season over the weekend and it was Arsenal who were the big winners as they continued their march towards the title. The Gunners scored an easy 3-0 win away to Cardiff but more importantly they saw a number of their main rivals suffer serious setbacks. Liverpool produced their worst performance of the season to go down 3-1 at Hull while Tottenham and Manchester United drew 2-2 at White Hart Lane.
It looks like the biggest threats to Arsenal’s dominance could be Chelsea and Manchester City. The Blues overcame a 0-1 half-time deficit against Southampton to secure a vital 3-1 win which keeps them within four points of the Gunners and they appear to be building nicely. And City beat Swansea 3-0 to continue their stunning home form.
The Australian Open golf produced one of the greatest finishes in recent times as Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy secured his first win of the year to deny world No.2 Adam Scott the Australian triple crown. Having won both the Australian Masters and Australian PGA in recent weeks, Scott looked on track to add the Open as well when he led by one stroke with a hole to play, but an uncharacteristic error saw him bogey the 18th while McIlroy birdied to steal victory by a shot.
The Rugby League World Cup final was all one way traffic with Australia stomping all over the Kiwis to win back the title of world champions with a 34-2 thrashing at Old Trafford. The Aussies never looked like losing after a spectacular campaign that saw them not concede a try in their final five games of the tournament, with halfback Johnathan Thurston named man of the match and man of the series.
And Kansas’ City’s slide continued in the NFL as the previously undefeated Chiefs slumped to their third straight loss against the Denver Broncos. The Chiefs now slip to 9-3 while the Broncos are looking good at 10-2.