In a misguided attempt to keep providing you with everyone’s sporting achievements, I’m attempting to keep updating these results pages with yesterday’s news. It’s a hard slog trawling through every sport’s tournaments before writing about them, but it’s worth keeping a resource for some of the lesser-known sports stars. At the end, there’s also news on what’s happening today.
Yesterday, it was business as usual for the top snooker players, there were shocks a-plenty in the football and Britain’s Olympic sailors hold a strong position in the World Cup. So, without further ado…
Many of snooker’s big names survived day 1 of the Betfair German Masters. Judd Trump, not reaching his potential in recent majors, avoided a scare against Thai James Wattana, narrowly beating him 5 frames to 4. Masters winner Mark Selby came through 5-2 against Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, with semi-finalists Graeme Dott and Shaun Murphy also making it through safely. British 5-0 whitewashes came courtesy of Anthony Hamilton, Barry Hawkins and Joe Perry.
Adam Le Fondre stunned Chelsea as he came off the bench to score twice and scupper a certain win for Chelsea. The visitors had taken a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Juan Mata and Frank Lampard, prompting Reading to bring on Le Fondre for Jobi McAnuff. The swap didn’t pay off right away, but the in-form striker soon made the most of his brief appearance by scoring twice in the last five minutes.
Arsenal were another home side to fight back from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Liverpool. An early goal from Luis Suarez put Liverpool on the right path and Jordan Henderson made it two on the hour. Arsenal refused to lie down and goals in quick succession from Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott rescued the home side.
Elsewhere, it was another poor away showing for Tottenham Hotspur as they drew 1-1 to Norwich City. Spurs failed to create a win against Leeds United in the FA Cup this weekend and they faltered once more away to a side filled with former Leeds players. Manchester United came from 1-0 down against Southampton to win 2-1 thanks to a brace from Wayne Rooney. Similarly, two goals from Leighton Baines, including a penalty, won Everton the match against West Bromwich Albion, holding off a late fightback from Shane Long. Fulham were the other team in action, comfortably beating West Ham United 3-1.
An almost-full fixture list in the Scottish Premier League saw Celtic hammer Kilmarnock four goals to one, with two goals coming from young Welsh defender Adam Matthews. St Johnstone rose above Aberdeen into fifth thanks to a 3-1 win at McDiarmid Park. Hearts compounded Dundee’s misery with a 1-0 home win, Ross County shocked Hibernian 1-0 to rise further away from relegation, as did St Mirren against second place Inverness, Steven Thompson hitting them with a late winner.
In the Miami leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, Megan Pascoe returned to third place in the Paralympic 2.4M class, achieving two second-place finishes in the last two races. She remains level on points with Allan Leibel of Canada and some way behind the overall leader, Bruce Millar. Elliot Carney remains fifth in the RS:X windsurfing class despite a poor sixth race, whilst Nick Dempsey finished fifth twice in a row to fall way behind the Dutch leader.
A first and a second in the latest two races have helped female windsurfer Bryony Shaw grab second place and is only a single point behind Mexico’s Demita Vega. A win in race six for Isobel Hamilton hasn’t done her any harm and she moves up to sixth.
It’s still a tough time for the Finn class, with Alex Mills Barton the best of the British trio in ninth. Jack Wetherell placed fifth in the final race of the day but early results have consigned him to 25th, eleven places ahead of Matt Reid.
Sheffield Steelers were on shaky ground after the first leg of the Elite League Challenge Cup quarter-final, losing 2-4 at home to the Dundee Stars. Obviously eager to avoid going out at this early stage, the Steelers hammered the Stars in their own back yard, beating them 7-0. Scoring was shared around the team, with only Simon Ferguson grabbing more than one goal. Jason Hewitt was instrumental in three of the goals that see Sheffield into the semis.
In the other Challenge Cup match, Nottingham Panthers saw off a spirited Fife Flyers side to win 5-2 on the night and 8-4 on aggregate. Jeff Caister scored the Flyers’ only two goals, but they weren’t enough to rescue them from a dominant Panthers side.
The other game played last night, a regular season match, saw Hull Stingrays travel to Edinburgh Capitals. Jereme Tendler scored all four games for Hull in a rescue job, grabbing a late equaliser before scoring in overtime.
England’s polo team took on Chile in the quarter-finals of the Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup in China, coming away with a comfortable 6-3 win. Captain James Harper admitted: “It was in the second chukka we took control of ourselves and started working together as one… Chile played very well, and forced us to emphasize defence, defence, defence.” New Zealand were the other team to progress and they await the outcome of fixtures between South Africa/Canada and Argentina/France.
Jordan Fitzgerald secured 14th place in the Park City giant slalom event, four seconds off the pace of Tonje Sekse from Norway. Over in Snowbird, Lucas Underkoffler participated in the latest slalom race but could only manage 49th out of 61 finishers.
Of course, many of yesterday’s competitions continue, including the Sailing World Cup, German Masters and the Snow Polo World Cup. Heather Watson is in action in her second round clash at the Pattaya Open, golf returns to Dubai, the big seeds take to the Windy City in the squash, Harry Mattick represents Britain in the Nordic Figure Skating Championships and Shelley Rudman hopes to consolidate her position in the Skeleton World Championships!