Just for today, let’s have an alphabetical list of what happened yesterday. Don’t forget, there’s also a full rundown of what’s to come later this week, starting with today’s sporting fixtures, at the bottom.
Scotland’s men’s team failed to progress into the final after a close encounter with New Zealand saw them on the losing end. Graeme Archer lost out to Tony Grantham with a score of 7-5 6-7 3-2.
Scotland remain one of two unbeaten sides in the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship after another comprehensive win in their Group C match. After taking four points from their first two ends, Gina Aitken and Bruce Mouat remained in control throughout the rest of the game and won 8-3.
England, on the other hand, remain bottom of their pool after losing their sixth consecutive game, this time against Finland. Ben Fowler failed to take advantage of having the last stone with the scores tied at at 4-4 and the struggling Finland stole the point and picked up their first win.
Sir Bradley Wiggins found himself six minutes off the pace after the two opening stages of the Giro del Trentino, one of the final warm-ups before the Giro d’Italia. The Tour de France winner finished 40th after “Stage 1”, but a team time trial win for Team Sky allowed him to move up to twelfth at the end of the day. He finds himself led by the Isle of Man’s Peter Kennaugh, his Sky team-mate in ninth after day one. Jonny McEvoy was 120th, whilst Adam Blythe is lying in 122nd.
Neither side will have been truly happy with the 0-0 draw between Arsenal and Everton last night as the race for the UEFA Champions League places come down to the final few games. The visitors to the Emirates refused to park the bus and gave as good as they got, yet the deadlock was never broken. Everton remain in sixth with both Chelsea and Tottenham above them still with games in hand.
Just outside the Premier League, the first team to be promoted from the Championship has been decided. In another stalemate, Cardiff City held off the in-form Charlton Athletic to return to the top flight for the first time in over five decades. It sets up the enticing prospect of at least two all-Welsh derbies next year involving League Cup winners Swansea.
Tony Southern reached the semi-finals of the wheelchair competition at the European Championships but was unable to maintain his momentum against Ireland’s Fred Dinsmore. In a race to five frames, Southern was just one point away from a place in the final against Henrik Larsson (not that one) of Sweden but couldn’t finish his opponent off, going on to lose 5-4.
Number one seed Peter Creed from Wales is out NSA Open in South Africa after just two matches. Following his straight games win in the first round, Creed came up against Egypt’s Fares Dessouki and, despite a strong 11-7 start, went on to lose the next three games to crash out at the round of 16.
The other two Brits in the second round, Alex Ingham and Tom Ford, squared up to each other. The match was one apiece at the halfway point, but Ford won the next two 11-7 11-6 to advance. The Englishman is Great Britain’s final prospect in Pretoria and will face Dessouki, Creed’s victor, in the quarters.
*Three more English Premier League matches, including Man City v Wigan and West Ham v Man United.
*Andy Murray begins his clay court season against Edouard Roger-Vasselin at the Monte-Carlo Masters.
*County Championship matches in cricket in both divisions.
*Stephen Cummings, Joshua Edmondson and Jonathan Tiernan-Locke take in the Fleche Wallonne, plus more from the Giro del Trentino as Bradley Wiggins bids to make up time on the leaders.
*Great Britain’s ice hockey team try to pick up their first win in the World Championships Division A.
*Tom Ford versus Fares Dessouki in the NSA Squash Open.
*Opening races from the America’s Cup World Series in Naples, including Ben Ainslie’s J.P. Morgan BAR.
*England and Scotland continue in the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship.
*Max Whitlock, Daniel Purvis, Daniel Keatings and Sam Oldham just some of the Britons opening the European Individual Championship in gymnastics.
*Qualification rounds of the archery European Grand Prix in Riom, including Larry Godfrey and Naomi Folkard.
*9-ball competitions in all three classes at pool’s European Championships.
*The third modern pentathlon World Cup of the year in Chengdu.
*Two Elite League speedway meetings, including King’s Lynn v Eastbourne and Poole Pirates against Wolverhampton Wolves.
*The Bowls World Cup final that includes Alison Merrien of Guernsey.