After 132 years, Leicester City has finally secured its first top flight English association football title, holding an unassailable seven point lead over Tottenham with two games remaining in the 2015-16 EPL season.
Plenty happening in over the weekend in the world of sport, we’ll do our best to bring you up to speed on what went on!
The Japanese Grand Prix was marred by the severe injury to French driver Jules Bianchi. Up to date information on how Bianchi is progressing can be found here – http://tbldaily.com/jules-bianchi-crash/
Lewis Hamilton won the shortened race, ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg in second and Sebastian Vettel in third. Daniel Ricciardo finished in fourth.
FIBA Women’s World Cup of Basketball:
The Jayco Australian Opals have defeated the home team of Turkey to win bronze in the FIBA Women’s World Cup of Basketball. The Opals won 77-47 and this bronze medal marks the 9th medal from the last 10 major international tournaments for the Opals.
The Opals got out of the gates quickly, scoring the first 17pts of the game and keeping Turkey off the scoreboard for the first eight minutes. Penny Taylor, Erin Phillips and Marianna Tolo playing amazing games for the Opals. Skipper Penny Taylor was named to the tournament All-Star starting five.
The USA overcame Spain to win the gold medal with a 77-64 victory.
Argentina got their first win in the Rugby Championship against the Wallabies on Saturday with a 21-17 victory. It started poorly for the Aussies when Marcelo Zelada absolutely destroyed (not in a good way) Advance Australia Fair –
The Argentinians completely overpowered the Aussie side, making them play a full-on, tough 80 minutes of rugby after their lengthy travel before the game. The Wallabies seemed to have no answers as the Pumas ran them into the ground to get their maiden win of the tournament.
The NZ All Blacks unbeaten run of 22 matches was brought to an end by the Springboks, as the team from South Africa got a hard fought 27-25 victory. Going into the final 10mins of play, the All Blacks hit the lead by one point – the score 25-24. The Springbok win came from a somewhat controversial penalty call that Pat Lambie put through the posts from 55m to give the Springboks the win.
NRL Grand Final:
After 43 years, the South Sydney Rabbitohs have won the NRL Grand Final – defeating the Canterbury Bulldogs 30-6.
Sam Burgess busted his cheekbone on the very first tackle of the game and then went on to not only play the full 80mins but also to win the Clive Churchill Medal.
It was a great night for the Burgess brothers, as George Burgess run across the game winning try with just over 20mins remaining. He broke through four would-be Bulldogs tacklers to run home the 20m try in an unstoppable display.
Co-captain for the Bulldogs last night James Graham played his heart out and did everything he could for his team. Graham also has to have the hardest head in the NRL, twice he had head clashes with South players and twice he was the one standing over the fallen man.
It was South Sydney’s night though as Russell Crowe looked on from the stands and then had a long embrace with Sam Burgess after the game, the man he brought over from England.
In front of a ripper crowd of 83,833 the atmosphere throughout the game was electric and this game showed that the NRL is still alive and well in Australia.
English Premier League:
West Ham d QPR 2-0
Chelsea d Arsenal 2-0
Tottenham d Southampton 1-0
Manchester United d Everton 2-1
Manchester City d Aston Villa 2-0
Hull d Crystal Palace 2-0
Leicester drew Burnley 2-2
Liverpool d West Brom 2-1
Sutherland d Stoke 3-1
Swansea drew Newcastle 2-2
In the first T20 between Australia and Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan could only manage 96 in their 20 overs as Australia cruised to an easy victory. Glenn Maxwell doing the damage with the ball, finishing with figures of 3/13 off his three overs, debutant Cam Boyce also chipping in with figures of 2/10 from his four overs.
David Warner then destroyed the Pakistan bowling attack to finish 53* off 39 balls, hitting four four’s and three sixes (more than the entire Pakistan batting innings).
Pakistan 9/96 (20 overs) – Saad Nasim 25(32), Glenn Maxwell 3/13 (3ov)
Australia 4/97 (14 overs) – David Warner 53*(39), Raza Hasan 2/17 (4ov)
Surfing World Tour:
Steph Gilmore has claimed the number one ranking in the world of surfing, dislodging fellow Aussie Sally Fitzgibbons.
Gilmore defeated Fitzgibbons in the Cascais Women’s Pro in Portugal to reclaim the top ranking with one event left to go on the World Tour which takes place in Maui next month.
As the Tour heads to Maui it is a race between three Aussies for the overall victory with Tyler Wright hot on the heels of Fitzgibbons and Gilmore.
The win is Gilmore’s third of the Samsung Galaxy ASP Women’s World Championship Tour.
Novak Djokovic seemed to stroll through the final of the China Open against Tomas Berdych to maintain an unbeaten record at the event.
Djokovic won in straight sets 6-0, 6-2 and was 5-0 up in the second set at one point before Berdych avoided complete annihilation and won a couple of games.
Djokovic stunned Berdych with some great serving throughout the match as he won his fifth title at this event (he has only entered this event five times!).
In the women’s side of the draw Maria Sharapova had a harder time overcoming Petra Kvitova needing three sets to get the win, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
Sharapova was forced back in the court during the second set as Kvitova stepped up the aggression but in a match that lasted 2hrs 28mins, Sharapova was able to get her sixth win in eight meetings against Kvitova.