Don’t worry, I won’t be making a habit of this. With some time to myself, here’s a list of last week’s results, separated by sport. With a bit of luck, I’ll looking to carry on putting some sport-by-sport summaries in the future to carry on covering the minority sport that nobody else is. Enjoy.
With just one round to go in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, veteran Paul Bonhomme has slipped off the boil with a poor performance in Las Vegas.
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The championship leader before this race, Bonhomme could only manage seventh place in qualifying. High winds affected the first round of the race proper, seeing it cancelled and points being assigned by qualifying position. Actually good news for Bonhomme as a poor first run would have seen him miss out on the Super 8 round. Better news for Nigel Lamb; his second place sees him rise to the top of the standings with just an Austrian race to go.
Nigel Lamb – 2nd, 49.734 sec
Paul Bonhomme – 7th, 51.092 sec
This week saw the inaugural National Badminton League evening, with four teams vying for the first top-spot. Surrey Smashers took the honour with a 4-1 win over MK Badminton, with Birmingham Lions hot on their heels after a 3-2 victory against Team Derby.
They might have been opponents on the night, but Birmingham’s Fontaine Chapman and Derby’s Rajiv Ouseph were the best performers at the Dutch Open, both reaching the semi-finals – in Chapman’s case, being her first Grand Prix semi. The event saw a testing of new rules bringing in best of five sets (first to 11 in each) rather than conventional three.
Rajiv Ouseph 0-3 Ajay Jayaram (IND)
Fontaine Chapman 0-3 Yu Po Pai (TPE)
Pangua Riou 1-3 Yu Po Pai (TPE)
Heather Olver/Lauren Smith 1-3 Eefje Muskens/Selena Piek (NED)
Rhys Walker 0-3 Brice Leverez (FRA)
Peter Briggs/Chris Coles 1-3 Chia Hao Lin/Chia Hsuan Lin (TPE)
Sophie Brown/Emily Westwood 0-3 Maretha Dea Giovani/Rosyita Eka Putri Sari (INA)
Harley Towler/Emily Westwood 1-3 Riky Widianto/Puspa Richi Dili (INA)
Michael Spencer-Smith 0-3 Pavel Florian (CZE)
Sam Parsons 1-3 Dmytro Zavadsky (UKR)
Kieran Merrilees 0-3 Arvind Bhaat (IND)
Toby Penty 0-3 Eric Pang (NED)
Nicola Cerfontyne 0-3 Beiwen Zhang (MAS)
Harley Towler/Paul Van Rietvelde 2-3 Chia Hao Lin/Chia Hsuan Lin (TPE)
Chloe Birch/Alyssa Lim 1-3 Shendy Puspa Irawati/Vita Marissa (INA)
Matt Nottingham/Alyssa Lim 2-3 Jorrit De Ruiter/Samantha Barning (NED)
BBL new boys Leeds Force and Bristol Flyers both had good weekends in the BBL Cup, both progressing to the quarter finals. Bristol also enjoyed success in the league, earning an away victory over Manchester Giants. Fellow advancers in the cup are Leicester, Glasgow and Cheshire.
BBL Cup, First Round
Leeds Force 80-69 Manchester Giants
Bristol Flyers 93-92 Plymouth Raiders
Leicester Riders 98-80 Surrey United
Glasgow Rocks 62-56 London Lions
Cheshire Phoenix 88-65 Durham Wildcats
British Basketball League
Newcastle Eagles 95-84 Sheffield Sharks
Plymouth Raiders 91-99 Leicester Riders
Manchester Giants 73-82 Bristol Flyers
In ten-pin bowling’s version of golf’s Ryder Cup, Team Europe staged their own “Miracle of Medinah” with a last-minute comeback to usurp Team USA and retain their Weber Cup trophy. Going into Sunday morning, Europe were 4 points behind an American team who only needed 3 more to win. Fortunately, USA crumbled and, coming right down to the wire, Dominic Barrett threw the winning score to seal an amazing final session. Stuart Williams was the other Englishman in the team that beat USA 17-16.
Elsewhere, England’s Samantha Hannan won the women’s division of the Dubai International and also made it on the reserves list for the open competition. Tracey van Dyk also reached the stepladder but was knocked out in the second of five steps.
Lee Selby earned himself a shot at the featherweight title with a ninth round stoppage of Australia’s Joel Brunker. Despite starting to fall behind, Selby, who had vacated his European title for a chance at this fight, unleashed a flurry of punches in the ninth, leaving the referee no choice but to jump in.
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Olympian Anthony Joshua made it nine in nine with a brutal second round stoppage of Denis Bakhtov. Although not immediately, the WBC International title holder is being lined up to fight David Price.
The Tour of Beijing is ongoing this week but Simon Yates was making good progress on Sunday, finishing 11 seconds behind Philippe Gilbert in 22nd. Team Sky’s Ben Swift was in 52nd and also held 30th in the points competition. Stephen Cummings of BMC abandoned in the first stage. The event is due to finish today.
Phil Taylor was unable to win a 12nd World Grand Prix, knocked out by James Wade in the quarter-finals. The seventh seed went on to challenge Michael van Gerwen in the final but lost out 3-5.
James Wade 3-5 Michael van Gerwen (NED)
Stephen Bunting 0-4 Michael van Gerwen (NED)
Gary Anderson 3-4 James Wade
Mervyn King 2-3 Michael van Gerwen (NED)
Richie Burnett 1-3 Stephen Bunting
Phil Taylor 1-3 James Wade
Kevin Painter 2-3 Gary Anderson
Second Round exits
First Round exits
Great Britain finished second behind an experienced New Zealand in the Boekelo leg of eventing’s Nations Cup. The team featured Emilie Chandler, Gemma Tattersall and Laura Collett and accrued 178.8 points between them, Chandler earning the fewest.
A dramatic Women’s Super League came to a close with Liverpool Ladies edging their rivals to the title. Despite the top spot being wide open at the start of the day, Chelsea Ladies threw it away with defeat to Manchester City Women and Birmingham City Ladies were unable to thwart Notts County Ladies, leaving the door open for Liverpool to hold on to their trophy.
Arsenal Ladies 3-1 Everton Ladies
Birmingham City Ladies 2-2 Notts County Ladies
Liverpool Ladies 3-0 Bristol Academy Women
Manchester City Women 2-1 Chelsea Ladies
The men were also in action with European Championship qualifiers. Last week, England snook in 2 performances, a regulation win against San Marino and a much more unconvincing win against Estonia. Wales held Bosnia to go top of their group, and Scotland and Northern Ireland rounded off a quartet of Home Nations clean sheets with wins against Georgia and Faroe Islands respectively. Gibraltar continued their tough entrance to world football with a 7-0 loss to Ireland.
England 5-0 San Marino
Wales 0-0 Bosnia
Scotland 1-0 Georgia
Republic of Ireland 0-7 Gibraltar
Northern Ireland 2-0 Faroe Islands
England 1-0 Estonia
Lewis Hamilton pushed ever closer to his second World Championship win with victory in the inaugural Russian Grand Prix, held in Sochi’s Olympic Park.
He had rival Nico Rosberg to partially thank, his team-mate making an error on the first corner that put himself out of contention. Jenson Button was uncharacteristically down after a great fourth-place performance and Max Chilton did well to even get in the car whilst Marussia colleague Jules Bianchi lies in intensive care – although he was forced to retire with problems early in the race.
Birmingham 5-4 Loughborough
Bristol City 7-2 Gloucester
Baku United 8-0 FC Baltic United
The 2014-2015 got into full swing with the Frys.com open and Scotland’s Martin Laird secured third place in the first tournament of the season, tied with three others. Ryder Cup winner Lee Westwood was also present, finishing just outside the top ten.
Martin Laird – 3
Lee Westwood – 12
Russell Knox – 68
Missed cut: Brian Davis/Greg Owen
However, the European Tour season is just reaching the exciting end with players picking up vital points in the Portugal Masters. Inclement weather reduced play to 36 holes, meaning no use for a cut.
4 – Richard Bland
7 – Danny Willett, Chris Wood, Scott Jamieson, Michael Hoey
12 – Tommy Fleetwood, Paul Waring
17 – Graeme Storm
21 – Marc Warren
30 – Ryan Evans, David Drysdale
33 – Ross Fisher, Simon Khan, Steve Webster, Peter Whiteford
47 – Daniel Brooks, David Horsey, Andy Sullivan
58 – Matthew Baldwin, Tyrrell Hatton, Tom Lewis, David Lynn, Matthew Nixon, Eddie Pepperell
68 – Seve Benson, John Parry, Lee Slattery, Anthony Wall, Oliver Wilson, Chris Doak, Paul Lawrie
80 – David Howell, Gareth Maybin
89 – Simon Wakefield, Darren Clarke
97 – James Morrison
101 – Oliver Fisher
107 – Simon Dyson, Craig Lee, Jamie McLeary
116 – Robert Rock
Withdrawn – Mark Foster, Richie Ramsay, Stuart Manley
The World Artistic Gymnastics Championships went out with a little bit of a whimper this weekend as Great Britain were unable to show their recent muscle on a global stage. Max Whitlock was the only real success, earning a silver in the Individual All-Around event – but it was one he almost missed out on. Nile Wilson earned the place above him in qualifying but had to retire with a wrist injury, handing Whitlock the place.
Great Britain Men – Team All-Around – 4th place, 269.17
Team contained Daniel Keatings, Daniel Purvis, Courtney Tulloch, Max Whitlock, Nile Wilson, Kristian Thomas
Max Whitlock – Individual All-Around – 2nd place, 90.473
Daniel Purvis – Individual All-Around – 11th place, 87.699
Daniel Keatings – Pommel Horse – 8th place, 15.133
Courtney Tulloch – Rings – 6th place, 15.400
Nile Wilson – Horizontal Bar – 4th place, 14.766
Great Britain Women – Team All-Around – 6th place, 168.495
Team contained Ruby Harrold, Gabrielle Jupp, Rebecca Downie, Claudia Fragapane, Kelly Simm, Hannah Whelan
Claudia Fragapane – Individual All-Around – 10th place, 56.098
Ruby Harrold – Individual All-Around – 11th place, 55.615
Claudia Fragapane – Vault – 5th place, 14.716
Rebecca Downie – Uneven Bars – 5th place, 15.166
Ruby Harrold – Uneven Bars – 8th place, 13.166
Claudia Fragapane – Floor – 8th place, 13.1
Nile Wilson – Individual All-Around – 13th place, 88.323 (see above)
Daniel Keatings – Individual All-Around – 19th place, 87.465
Daniel Purvis – Floor – 11th place, 11.433
Max Whitlock – Pommel Horse – 11th place, 15.233
Kristian Thomas – Vault – 9th place, 15.033
Kristian Thomas – Horizontal Bar – 9th place, 14.800
Rebecca Downie – Balance Beam – 12th place, 14.200
Super 8 Men
Olympia 22-30 Warrington Wolves
London GD 29-25 Cambridge
Men’s Premier Division
Beeston 7-1 Brooklands MU
Surbiton 2-0 Hampstead and Westminster
Canterbury 1-2 Cannock
Wimbledon A-A Reading (abandoned after 60 mins, Reading were 2-0 up)
Women’s Premier Division
Beeston 2-4 University of Birmingham
Canterbury 2-0 Buckingham
Clifton 1-2 Surbiton
Holcombe 2-2 Leicester
Bowdon 0-2 Reading
Nottingham Panthers finished their first Champions Hockey League campaign with a punishing loss, falling the wrong side of a 6-0 scoreline against the Hamburg Steelers, a team they beat at home. With just one victory out of six, it was a tough tournament for the Elite Ice Hockey League team and they finished bottom.
Back home, there were a number of League, Challenge Cup and Conference matches throughout the week.
Sheffield Steelers 6-3 Hull Stingrays
Braehead Clan 4-3 Fife Flyers
Cardiff Devils 7-2 Hull Stingrays
Belfast Giants 7-1 Dundee Stars
Sheffield Steelers 3-1 Coventry Blaze
Hull Stingrays 2-3 Sheffield Steelers
Elite League only
Edinburgh Capitals 0-4 Braehead Clan
Nottingham Panthers 3-4 Fife Flyers
Coventry Blaze 1-3 Cardiff Devils
Dundee Stars 0-4 Braehead Clan
Fife Flyers 1-2 Nottingham Panthers
Natalie Powell was Britain’s most successful judoka at the Grand Prix Astana, the only one to win gold in Kazakhstan. Nekoda Davis came close with bronze.
Lewis Keeble (-66kg), second round exit
Tom Reed (-81kg), second round exit
Max Stewart (-81kg), second round exit
Nekoda Davis (-57kg), third place
Stephanie Inglis (-57kg), first round exit
Gemma Howell (-63kg), second round exit
Jodie Mullen (-63kg), first round exit
Megan Fletcher (-70kg), fifth place
Natalie Powell (-78kg), winner
Sarah Adlington (+78kg), fifth place
Premier League Final, Salzburg
Aimee Sell (Kata), 5th place
Albert Forsythe (+84kg Kumite), 11th place
The England Korfball League returned last week and it was a tough new season for Birmingham City. They only just survived relegation in 2013-14 and were made to remember this with a pummelling 5-21 loss to semi finallists Nomads.
Birmingham City 5-21 Nomads
Bec 26-16 Norwich Knights
Trojans 22-16 Kingfisher
Bradley Smith – 9th place
Scott Redding – 16th place
Michael Laverty – 18th place
Cal Crutchlow – DNF
Old Trafford welcomed the traditional Super League curtain call once again this weekend and it was a resurgent St Helens that wrenched the title from Wigan’s hands with a 14-6 Grand Final win.
However, it will be remembered more for a cowardly attack by Wigan’s Ben Flower, punching Lance Hohaia whilst on the ground. The incident got Flower sent off, possibly ruining their chance of defending their crown, whilst Hohaia has also been banned from his next match.
Whilst one rugby season, another begins. England got off to a great start, reaching the semis before losing to Fiji, although they secured third place in the fledgling HSBC World Series standings with a 19-0 win over South Africa. Scotland and Wales reached the semis of the Bowl and Plate competitions respectively in Australia’s Gold Coast.
Cup Third Place: 19-0 South Africa
Cup Semi: 7-48 Fiji
Cup Quarter: 7-31
Bowl Semi: 0-26 France
Bowl Quarter: 24-12 American Samoa
Plate Semi: 5-39 New Zealand
Cup Quarter: 10-31 Fiji
Leicester Tigers 22-16 Harlequins
London Welsh 3-23 Newcastle Falcons
Exeter Chiefs 44-24 London Irish
Saracens 28-21 Gloucester
Northampton Saints 43-10 Sale Sharks
London Wasps 29-22 Bath
Munster (IRL) 6-17 Scarlets
Edinburgh 24-10 Newport-Gwent Dragons
Ulster (IRL) 29-9 Glasgow Warriors
Ospreys 26-15 Cardiff Blues
Great Britain fielded an understrength team in the Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, with the quartet of William Whitaker, Joe Clee, Spencer Roe and Michael Whitaker finishing sixth. Birmingham, meanwhile, hosted the Horse of the Year Show, John Whitaker finishing second on Argento in the main event, the “Leading Show Jumper of the Year”.
Coventry Bees booked their place in the Elite League final with a 50-45 win away to Swindon Robins, making it an aggregate victory of 99-86.
On a more global scale, Tai Woffinden finished sixth in Torun for the final Grand Prix of the season. The defending champion congratulated new winner Greg Hancock from USA, Woffinden himself finishing the year in fourth. Chris Harris came 15th out of an overall 35 competitors this season.
The Carol Weymuller Open leaked into last week with the final taking place on Monday and it was England’s Alison Waters that beat Omneya Abdel Kawy of Egypt 3-1.
The US Open began on Saturday for the men but there have already been a number of casualties. Top seed Nick Matthew wasn’t one of them, pushing aside England’s Eddie Charlton.
US Open First Round exits
Adrian Grant 0-3 Alan Clyne
Greg Lobban 0-3 Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY)
Joe Lee 0-3 Max Lee (HKG)
Eddie Charlton 0-3 Nick Matthew
Andy Murray didn’t make his task to reach the ATP World Tour Finals any easier with a third round exit in the Shanghai Masters. However, he was the best player in a bad week for British tennis.
Andy Murray 1-2 David Ferrer (ESP), Third Round
James Ward [Q] 1-2 Kevin Anderson (RSA), First Round
Jamie Murray/John Peers (AUS) [Alt] 0-2 Eric Butorac (USA)/Raven Klaasen (RSA)
Japan Women’s Open
Heather Watson 0-2 Yulia Putintseva (KAZ), Second Round
Heather Watson/Christina McHale (USA) 1-2 Lisa Raymond (USA)/Sam Stosur (AUS)
Generali Ladies Linz
Naomi Broady 0-2 Johanna Larsson (SWE), First Qualifying Round
Jocelyn Rae/Anna Smith 0-2 Lucie Hradecka/Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova (CZE), First Round
World Cup Cartagena
Thomas Bishop (Men’s), 16th place, 1:49.17
Emma Pallant (Women’s), 31st place, 2:01.34
Men’s Super 8
CBL London Polonia 3-1 Malory Eagles (London)
Solent 2-3 Wessex BU M1
Women’s Super 8
Polonia SideOut London 3-0 Surrey Orcas
City of Salford VC 3-1 Team South Wales
Team Northumbria 3-0 Team South Wales
Men’s Division One
Cheltenham 9-7 Bristol Central
Invicta 13-10 Polytechnic
Bristol Central 13-11 Polytechnic
Cheltenham 20-10 Invicta
Cheltenham 20-11 Polytechnic
Bristol Central 20-9 Invicta
Women’s Division One
Manchester 5-10 Liverpool Lizards
Caledonia 10-12 Otter Lutra
Manchester 10-2 Otter Lutra
Liverpool Lizards 21-1
Manchester 14-4 Caledonia
Liverpool Lizards 18-3 Otter Lutra
WORLD TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP
Mixed fortunes for Britain’s racers this weekend in Shanghai.
Lada’s Rob Huff was the only one to finish the first race but crept in a lap behind the winner in 15th. Race 2 was altogether different, with Huff retiring 4 laps in and Tom Chilton and James Thompson crossing the line in 7th and 10th respectively.