Just a quick experiment, this one. I’ve done results briefs in the past, but they get tedious quickly. I’ve just had a quick go at doing one for Monday but, even with the limited numbers of sports, it still took a while. Don’t expect too many more of these.
Current world champion Nick Matthew made relatively light work of Australia’s Zac Alexander as he progressed to the quarter-finals of the PSA World Squash Championships. Dropping just one set, Matthew corrected his opening blunder to win the next three sets 11-5 each. In the shock of the round, he was joined in the last 8 by Chris Simpson, who defeated Dutch ninth seed Laurens Jan Anjema in a thrilling encounter. Unfortunately, Adrian Grant and qualifier Joe Lee were both whitewashed by Egyptians Ramy Ashour and Amr Shabana respectively.
England’s male curling side did their chances a world of good in the European Championships by beating Slovakia and Finland in the latest pool matches. It wasn’t such good news for the women, especially after a 9-0 thrashing at the hands of the Slovakians. Wales and Ireland’s male teams remain rooted to the bottom of their pools after losses of their own.
The Mosconi Cup, pool’s answer to the Ryder Cup, got underway yesterday and saw USA pick up a narrow lead over Europe. Neither Darren Appleton or Chris Melling could take the points in their pairs matches, each of them succumbing to a 4-5 loss against the American partnerships. On his own, though, Appleton showed his stuff with a 5-2 victory over Brandon Shuff.
Newcastle United’s season isn’t showing any signs of improving following another loss in the English Premier League, this time dealt by mid-table Fulham. The 2-1 win may have flattered the home side but it continues Newcastle’s awful form and long record of no away wins.
Robert Bullen took 7th place at the S. Caterina Valfurva Giant Slalom event with a total time of 2:00.63. Roy-Alexander Steudle could only manage 23rd out of 83 finishers, but Joseph Norcross Webb failed to finish his second run.