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Highlights from last week and a look ahead to sport on Aus TV nextweek.

By William Thompson

There’s been plenty of action over the past seven days with the Premier League once again churning out some cracking games and unpredictable results. The UEFA Champions League first knock out stage was drawn on Friday, which results in Beckham returning to Old Trafford with AC Milan and Jose Mourinho returning to Chelsea with Inter Milan.  Fulham and Everton both progressed to the knock out stages of the Europa League, with Liverpool joining them as one of the “best losers” from the Champions League.  Mark Hughes got the chop at Manchester City with Mancini being named instantly as his replacement.  And finally, England salvaged a draw in their first test match against South Africa in Centurion.

Pick of the week: Fulham 3 Manchester United 0

Fulham destroyed Manchester United 3-0 at Craven Cottage on Saturday, with the current champions fielding a severely weakened team due to mass injury problems.  Nevertheless, Manchester United still had plenty of experience on the field with the likes of Carrick, Scholes, Rooney and Owen all in action.  Fulham played extremely well and limited United to only a handful of chances.  Berbatov came on midway through the second half and gave United a glimmer of hope, to no avail.  Bobby Zamora was Fulham’s stand out man, scoring Fulham’s second just after the break and setting up Duff brilliantly for a well taken third goal.  Zamora, who made it 10 goals for the season, was given a standing ovation by the Fulham fans as he departed the field after being substituted in injury time.  He’s taken some stick on PomSport over the past couple of weeks but if he keeps this form up he may well be in with a shout for England.  The confidence is there and he’s definitely answering his critics (for which I’m one) the best way possible!

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Premier League Highlights

With Manchester United losing, Chelsea failed to take advantage drawing 1-1 with West Ham at Upton Park. The Hammers took the lead just before half time after Ashley Cole gave away a reckless penalty by fouling Collison.  Chelsea levelled the score just after the hour, also via the penalty spot, after Upson brought down Sturridge, although replays showed he won the ball.  Frank Lampard showed great composure to net his penalty three times, after it was disallowed twice for players infringing the penalty area prior to him striking the ball. View highlights here.

Arsenal, Villa and Spurs all took advantage of the top two’s inability to secure three points, with Arsenal beating Hull 3-0 at the Emirates in a fiery affair, Villa beating Stoke 1-0 at Villa Park, making it four league wins on the trot, and Spurs building on their 3-0 home win against Manchester City mid-week winning 2-0 away at Blackburn.  Elsewhere, Liverpool continued their downward spiral losing 2-0 away at Portsmouth, ending the game with 10 men after Mascherano was sent off.  Mark Hughes ended his reign at Manchester City on a high in a thrilling 4-3 win over Sunderland. Having lead 2-0 after 12 minutes it seemed City were in for an afternoon cruise, however Sunderland fought back and levelled the game on 24 minutes. City took the lead again before Sunderland equalised for a second time, with City finally wrapping up all three points when Santa Cruz scored the winner on 69 minutes.  Although speculation surrounding Mark Hughes future at Eastlands was rife, he waved to the City fans for the last time as he exited the field, not knowing it would be his last game in charge.  He was sacked just hours later.  Wolves continued their good form with a 2-0 win at home to Burnley, taking 9 points out of their last 12 on offer.  Mick McCarthy took a lot of stick mid-week for fielding a weakened side in their 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford, however Mick will feel vindicated with his team’s recent victory after some tough fixtures, which sees Wolves move up to 12th place in the Premier League. Finally, Everton played out a 1-1 draw at home to Birmingham. At the top of the table Chelsea still lead by 4 points with United in second place, Arsenal sit in third with Villa sitting in fourth on equal points.  Both Arsenal and Villa trail Chelsea by six points, with Arsenal carrying a game in hand.  Portsmouth remain bottom despite their victory over Liverpool, with West Ham in 19th and Bolton in 18th.  Only 5 points separates Portsmouth and Wolves, who sit 12th spot.

Other Sporting Highlights over the past seven days

England salvaged a draw in their first test match against South Africa in Centurion, but they made hard work of it.  England looked odds on for the draw going into tea on the final day, only to collapse in spectacular fashion, losing 5 wickets for 13 runs.  Collingwood steered England home with some great batting, whilst shielding Graham Onions, who also played well under extreme pressure coming in at the end.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has been named FIFA World Footballer of the Year, adding to the Ballon d’Or prize he won recently, becoming the first Argentine player to win the award.

The Champions League draw for the first knock out stage was made on Friday and has thrown up some mouth watering fixtures for the three English Clubs still involved.  Manchester United take on AC Milan, with Beckham returning for the first time since he departed United, Chelsea face Mourinho’s Inter Milan, and Arsenal take on FC Porto.  The first legs are scheduled to take place on February 16th, 17th and 24th.

The Europa League knock out stage draw sees Everton take on Sporting, Fulham face Shakhtar Donetsk whilst Liverpool take on European giants Unirea Urziceni, who sound more like an STD than a football team.

England are set to play a friendly against reigning African Cup of Nations champions, Egypt, in March.  This will be a handy warm up game for Capello’s England team in preparation for next summer’s World Cup, given they face Algeria in the group stages who play a similar style of football.

Coming Up

There’s plenty of footie action taking place over the festive season with the pick of the action seeing 3rd place Arsenal taking on 4th place Aston Villa at The Emirates, on Sunday.  Tottenham travel to in-form Fulham, whilst Hull host champions Manchester United.  There’s two Lancashire derbys, with Burnley taking on Bolton and Wigan facing Blackburn.  Two days on and the second round of festive fixtures has Tottenham hosting West Ham, Fulham taking on Chelsea at The Cottage, whilst Villa face Liverpool.  I’m fairly sure by the end of it all we’ll be none the wiser as to which direction the second half of the season is heading, given the ups and downs of the first half!  England begin their second test against South Africa in Durban on Boxing Day and will be looking to improve on their average first test performance.

POMSPORT on Australian TV this week

2nd Test – South Africa v England TV Schedule

Saturday December 26

International Test Cricket, Day 1 – South Africa v England (7pm – 2.30am) Fox Sports 3

Sunday December 27

International Test Cricket, Day 2 – South Africa v England (7pm – 2.30am) Fox Sports 3

Monday December 28

International Test Cricket, Day 3 – South Africa v England (7pm – 2.30am) Fox Sports 3

Tuesday December 29

International Test Cricket, Day 4 – South Africa v England (7pm – 2.30am) Fox Sports 3

Wednesday December 30

International Test Cricket, Day 5 – South Africa v England (7pm – 2.30am) Fox Sports 3

Saturday December 26
Birmingham v Chelsea (11.40pm – 1.55am) Fox Sports 2
Fulham v Tottenham (11.55pm – 2am) Fox Sports 1

Sunday December 27
Manchester City v Stoke (1.55am – 4.25am) Fox Sports 2
Liverpool v Wolves (4.25am – 6.30am) Fox Sports 2
Leicester v Sheffield United (4.30am – 7.30am) Fox Sports 1

Monday December 28
Arsenal v Aston Villa (12.25am – 2.30am) Fox Sports 2
Hull City v Manchester United (2.55am – 5am) Fox Sports 2
Football EPL Highlights (6pm – 7pm) Fox Sports 1
Tottenham v West Ham (11.30pm – 1.55am) Fox Sports 1

Tuesday December 29
Chelsea v Fulham (1.55am – 4am) Fox Sports 1
Newcastle v Derby County (4am- 6.40am) Fox Sports 1
Wolves v Manchester City (6.40am – 9am) Fox Sports 1

POMSPORT Classic Goal of the Week
Joe Cole scored England’s best goal by far at the last World Cup in Germany.  If we’re to stand any chance at next year’s tournament we’ll definitely need Cole’s services! Let’s hope he gets back to full fitness and stays that way.

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POMSPORT 17/12/09

Highlights from last week and a look ahead to sport on Aus TV nextweek.
By William Thompson
It was all about the Premiership this weekend with the title race once again being blown wide open.  Everton came away from The Bridge with a point, whilst Villa picked up their first win at Old Trafford for 26 years.  The season so far has been the strongest for many years, and the so called top four are really being put to the test.  We’re almost at the halfway stage and only 10 points separates Chelsea at the top of the table to Tottenham in 5th place.  Furthermore, only seven points separates Arsenal in 4th spot to Sunderland in 10th, making this season’s fight for those lucrative Champions League spots an interesting proposition going into the second half of the season. Ryan Giggs was also crowned sports personality of the year on Sunday and became the first footballer to pick up the award since David Beckham in 2001.
Pick of the Week:  Manchester United 0 Aston Villa 1    
Manchester United failed to capitalise on Chelsea’s misfortunes as a well organised Aston Villa outfit picked up their first win at Old Trafford since 1983.  Gabriel Agbonlahor headed Villa ahead after 21 minutes from an Ashley Young Cross and never looked back.  Manchester United piled on the pressure in the second half but lacked any real creativity in the final third, with Brad Friedel having to make only a few saves.  The win takes Villa up to third place, eight points behind leaders Chelsea and five points behind second place Manchester United.  Martin O’Neil’s men have now seen off Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United this season and they’ll be hoping to make it four out of four when they face Arsenal at home later on this month.
Premier League Highlights 
Arsenal took advantage of the weekend’s results with a 2-1 win away at Liverpool.  Only two weeks ago they were comprehensively beaten 3-0 at home by Chelsea and trailed the blues by eleven points.  Fast forward 14 days and they now trail Chelsea by 6 points with a game in hand.  Arshavin netted the winning goal with a superbly struck shot from just inside the area, which had Reina well beaten.  Liverpool dominated the first half and could have led 2-0 at the break, but it was all Arsenal in the second half and, once again, Rafa was left scratching his head at full time with the pressure mounting.  View Liverpool v Arsenal highlights here.
Chelsea again showed their defensive frailties in a 3-3 draw at home to Everton. Chelsea led twice, however Everton came back both times, equalising from set pieces.  Chelsea have now conceded 10 goals in their last four games and, worryingly for Ancelotti, all have come from set pieces. View Chelsea v Everton highlights here.
 Tottenham suffered a setback at home to Wolves, with the visitors grabbing an early goal and holding on for all 3 points.  Kevin Doyle’s glancing header gave Wolves their first successive top flight victories for the first time in 26 years.  With Defoe missing a penalty in the last game against Everton, dropping all 3 points in the dying minutes, and this home defeat to Wolves, it hasn’t been a good week for the Spurs.  Manchester City got back to their drawing ways with an entertaining 3-3 draw away at Bolton.  City came from behind three times and had Craig Bellamy sent off for two yellow cards, with the second card being handed out for diving.  Replays suggest this was a little harsh and that some contact was made.  Tevez kept up his scoring record with two goals, whilst Bolton’s Gary Cahill scored a beautiful, if uncharacteristic, curler from outside the box just before the break.  Birmingham made it four wins out of four with a 1-0 win over West Ham at St Andrews. This win moves them above Fulham up into 8th spot.  Burnley came from 1-0 down at home to Fulham to rescue a point in 1-1 draw at Turf More.  Bobby Zamora scored his second goal in two games with a well taken finish, leading to more speculation in the press of a potential England call up, should he be able to maintain his form.  To his credit he is having a good season, bagging a few goals and also creating a fair few.  Still, it would be a low point for English football.  Hull played out a goalless draw with Blackburn at the KC Stadium, whilst Portsmouth nabbed a point away at Sunderland, equalising in the 94th minute in a 1-1 draw.  Unfortunately for Portsmouth goal scorer Kaboul, he earned his second yellow card of the game for his goal celebration, and was dismissed. 
And finally, Wigan’s Maynor Figueroa scored one of the goals of the season with an audacious effort from just inside the halfway line, which had Stoke’s Thomas Sorensen well beaten.  The game finished 2-2, with Sorensen making up for his error with a late penalty save from Hugo Rodallega, although the penalty was a tame effort to say the least.  Portsmouth still remain at the foot of the table despite their last gasp point away at Sunderland, with Wolves now sitting in 17th, five points clear of Pompey.  West Ham drop into 18th and Bolton remain in 19th position.  
Other sporting highlights over the past seven days:  
Ryan Giggs was crowned sports personality of the year on Sunday and became the first footballer to pick up the award since David Beckham in 2001. Michael Owen, Paul Gascoigne and Bobby Moore are the only other football players to win the prestigious award.  Jenson Button picked up second spot whilst Jessica Ennis secured third place – she’s our heptathlon champion, if your wondering.  
Tiger Woods has received his first major sponsorship blow, with corporate giants Accenture ending their relationship with him, stating he’s no longer the right representative for the company.  This could be the first of many withdrawals with Gillette cutting back his role as their main face, however Nike have vowed to stick by the troubled star.
Coming Up
England take on South Africa in their first test match in Centurion on Wednesday.  England should go into this series with confidence having won their ODI series just recently against the Saffers.  This is the first of four test matches England will play against South Africa, with the second test starting on Boxing Day.  
As we enter the busy Christmas period, where the football comes thick and fast, the pick of this weekend’s action sees West Ham take on Chelsea in what will be a hotly contested London derby. Manchester United travel to West London to take on Fulham, Liverpool travel down to Portsmouth, and Hull, away against Arsenal at Emirates, will be looking to repeat their famous victory from last season when they beat the Gunners 2-1. Everton, Fulham and Celtic are all in action this week as the UEFA Cup returns with Fulham needing a win away at Basle if their to progress to the knock out stage. 
POMSPORT on Australian TV this week   
1st Test – South Africa v England TV Schedule
Wednesday December 16
International Test Cricket, Day 1 – South Africa v England (7.30pm – 3am) Fox Sports 1
Thursday December 17
International Test Cricket, Day 2 – South Africa v England (7.30pm – 3am) Fox Sports 1
Friday December 18
International Test Cricket, Day 3 – South Africa v England (7.30pm – 3am) Fox Sports 1
Saturday December 19
International Test Cricket, Day 4 – South Africa v England (7.30pm – 3am) Fox Sports 1
Sunday December 20
International Test Cricket, Day 5 – South Africa v England (7.30pm – 3am) Fox Sports 1
Thursday December 17
Chelsea v Portsmouth (6.40am – 9am) Fox Sports 3
Basel v Fulham (4.55am – 7am) ESPN
Friday December 18
Everton v Bate (7am – 9am) ESPN
Saturday December 19
Portsmouth v Liverpool (11.40am – 1.55am) – Fox Sports 2
Sunday December 20
Fulham v Manchester United (1.55am – 4.25am) – Fox Sports 2
Arsenal v Hull City (4.25am – 6.30am) – Fox Sports 2
Monday December 21
Wolves v Burnley (12.25am – 2.30am) Fox Sports 2
West Ham v Chelsea (2.55am – 5am) Fox Sports 2
Newcastle v Middlesbrough (5am – 7am) Fox Sports 2
Football EPL Highlights (6pm – 7pm) Fox Sports 1
Tuesday December 22
Wigan v Bolton (6.55am – 9am) Fox Sports 1
POMSPORT Classic Goal of the Week
This wonder goal from John Barnes against Brazil back in 1984 surely has to be up there amongst England’s greatest goals of all time!

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Highlights from last week and a look ahead to sport on Aus TV nextweek.
By William Thompson

The past seven days have been very eventful with the main sporting news being the 2010 FIFA World Cup draw, that saw the football gods shining on England with a group stage draw that, given the opportunity Capello would have been close to hand picking.  We won the ODI cricket series, even if the heavens did open up, resulting in the final ODI being called off, but hey, a win’s a win! And once again the Premiership threw up some great games, which included 4 squandered penalties, two of which proved costly for Chlesea and Spurs.  And finally, Manchester City won a game, after 7 consecutive draws, in the money bags derby against Chelsea.
Pick of the Week: 2010 World Cup Draw
The 2010 FIFA World Cup draw took place on Friday with England drawing Algeria, Slovenia and the USA in Group C.  All but drawing New Zealand makes this one of the best possible outcomes for England, with their opening fixture against the States proving the sternest test.  However, there’s no room for complacency, and with Capello at the helm we can be sure of this.  If you’re not heading back to England or heading over to South Africa for the World Cup, England’s group stage matches aren’t on at favourable hours, given the time difference, however the first two games are on over the weekend, with the final group game against Slovenia on at midnight on a Wednesday.  Either way, there will be some sleep depravation involved if you’re going to follow England on this journey.
England v USA (Sunday 13th June, 4.30am)
England v Algeria (Saturday 19th June, 430am)
England v Slovenia (Thursday 24th June, 12am)
Some of the tougher groups see Australia up against Germany, Ghana and Serbia, whilst Brazil face the Ivory Coast, North Korea and Portugal. 

If England win their group, which they really should if they’re to stand any chance of lifting the World Cup, they could potentially face the Socceroos in the first knock-out stage if they finish second in their group, setting up a tense match for every English expat in Australia.  The thought of this happening worries me a little given they released a DVD of their 3-1 victory over England at Upton Park back in 2003, which was, for most England fans, a fairly meaningless friendly.  For the Aussies this game sits up there with some of their finest sporting achievements; it wasn’t a friendly, they’ll tell you – it was a test. Australia doesn’t play friendlies, hence the DVD, and which is why if we do play them and lose I’m moving to Mongolia.  However, putting the ghost of 2003 to bed would be nice and provide every English football fan down under with a little peace and quiet – and that’s one DVD I would definitely buy, although somehow I don’t think the Aussies would be rushing to stock the shelves.    
Premier League Highlights
Manchester City ended their run of seven consecutive draws, with a win over Chelsea at Eastland’s. Frank Lampard had his late spot-kick saved by Given, to deny Chelsea a point. Watch City v Chelease highlights here. Manchester United scored four away on the road for the second week running, beating West Ham 4-0, and now trail leaders Chelsea by only two points.  Arsenal ended their 3 game losing streak with a 2-0 win over Stoke at the Emirates, although they made hard work of it, missing numerous chances, including a penalty miss by Cesc Fabregas.  Tottenham could have leaped-frogged Arsenal into third had Jermain Defoe not missed a last minute penalty with the score poised at two a piece.  In an action packed second half  Spurs took a 2-0 lead, only for Tim Cahill to equalise 4 minutes from time. Watch Spurs v Everton highlights here.  Liverpool got back to their point-dropping ways with a 0-0 draw away at Blackburn, in a mostly drab affair.  Villa sent Hull packing with a 3-0 home win – Jimmy Bullard, who was last week’s hero, not only for his goal but celebration, was stretchered off in the first half with a knee injury. James Milner scored a superb if cheeky goal for Villa:

Birmingham notched up an impressive 3-2 away win at the JJB against Wigan, who from week to week seem to turn up a completely different side to that of the week before.  Wolves beat relegation rivals Bolton 2-1, with Milijas scoring a second half pearler for the home side.  Fulham beat Sunderland 1-0 at the Cottage, with Steve Bruce’s men failing once again to recapture their home form on the road.  And finally, Avram Grant picked up his first win as Portsmouth manager with a 2-0 win at home over Burnley.  Dindam, who missed a first half penalty, made up for his error with a goal six minutes from time, sealing a much needed win for Pompey and their beleaguered fans.  This result sees Pompey still a the foot of the table 4 points off West Ham, who sit in 17th.               
Other sporting highlights over the past seven days:
England won their five day international series against South Africa 2-1, with the final match in Durban being called off due to heavy rain.  This will hopefully give England a boost going into their first of four test matches against South Africa, next Wednesday in Centurion.
Roy Hodgson came out this week and said that he believes Bobby Zamora may be worthy of an England World Cup spot! Either Roy has an Algerian passport or has a tasty bet on at Ladbrokes as to who will miss the most sitters in South Africa next summer.  Emile, I take it all back! 
Silverstone has agreed a 17 year deal to host the British Grand Prix starting from 2010, and will undergo major modernisation starting early next year.  This ensures the oldest race on the F1 calendar will retain its place.
Newcastle United have opened up a 4 point lead over closest rivals West Brom in the Championship after a 2-0 home win against Watford.

Coming Up

The Champions League returns this week with Chelsea at home to Apoel Nicosia, Manchester United travel to Wolfsburg, needing just a point to secure top spot in their group.  Liverpool, whose hopes of qualifying for the next stage were slashed in the last round of games, face Fiorentina at Anfield, and Arsenal travel to Olympiakos and, like Chelsea, already have top spot in the bag.  Rangers, who sit at the bottom of Group G, travel to Sevilla.  There’s plenty of Premiership action taking place over the next seven days with the pick of the weekend fixtures seeing Manchester United taking on Aston Villa at Old Trafford, whilst Liverpool face Arsenal at Anfield.  Next week’s big mid-week clash sees Tottenham up against Manchester City at White Heart Lane, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Villa also in action. 

POMSPORT on Australian TV this week

Thursday December 10
Olympiacos v Arsenal (8.45am – 11am) ESPN 
Stoke v Wigan (11.30pm – 1.55am) Fox Sports 2

Saturday December 12

Sunday December 13
Chelsea v Everton (1.55am – 4.30am) Fox Sports 2
Manchester Utd v Aston Villa (4.30am – 6.30am) Fox Sports 2

Monday December 14
Middlesbrough v Cardiff (12am – 2.30am) Fox Sports 2
Liverpool v Arsenal (2.55am – 5am) Fox Sports 2
Football EPL Highlights (6pm – 7pm) Fox Sports 1
POMSPORT Classic Goal of the week

This week’s PomSport classic goal comes from Trevor Sinclair, back in 1997 during his QPR days, in an FA Cup tie against Burnley.  Quite possibly one of the best bicycle kicks ever scored!

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Highlights from last week and a look ahead to sport on Aus TV nextweek.
By William Thompson

The Premiership threw up some great games this weekend with Chelsea severely denting Arsenal’s title ambitions with a 3-0 win at the Emirates.  Rooney bagged a hat-trick for United away at Portsmouth with Avram Grant at the helm in his first game in charge for Pompey.  Liverpool rose to the occasion to see off Everton at Goodison in the Merseyside Derby, and Hull produced one of the best goal celebrations of the season so far in their 1-1 draw with, you guessed it, Manchester City.  In the Cricket England now lead 2-1 against South Africa with one match to play, which means there’s no chance of losing this series! Tiger Woods’ driving isn’t all it’s cracked up to be with the golf ace being taken to hospital with minor face injuries after an “incident” near his home in Orlando, Florida.  It’s all a bit sketchy at the moment but it’s comforting to know that even the richest sportsman on the planet is prone to the odd domestic! 

Pick of the week: Arsenal 0 Chelsea 3 (Sunday November 29)
Arsenal now trail Premier League leaders Chelsea by 11 points after the blues comfortably beat Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.  Didier Drogba opened the scoring with a lovely cushioned volley into the top right-hand corner from a well placed Ashley Cole cross.  The game was all but over four minues later when Thomas Vermaelen turned another Ashley Cole cross into his own net. Drogba sealed it 4 minutes from time with a superbly struck free kick.  Arsenal were unlucky not to get back into it after the break when Andrey Asharvin’s goal was disallowed for a foul by Eduardo on Petr Cech, although replays showed very little contact was made.  Wenger remains adamant his young guns are still in the title race – Arsenal do have a game in hand, however it will be a tall order for the Gunners with Chelsea going from strength to strength at the moment.
Premier League Highlights 
Manchester United remain hot on Chelsea’s heels after a convincing 4-1 away win at Portsmouth.  There was an air of expectation around Fratton Park with Avram Grant taking over as Pompey’s new manager after Paul Heart was sacked last week.  Unfortunately it wasn’t to be a debut to remember in a game that saw 3 penalties and Ryan Giggs notching up his 100th Premier League goal for United.
Liverpool got back to winning ways in the Merseyside derby with a less than convincing win away at bitter rivals Everton. At Villa park is was literally a game of two halves with Spurs hitting back late in the second half to snatch a point after Villa had dominated earlier in the game in an entertaining 1-1 draw.  Hull produced the goal celebration of the season after Jimmy Bullard levelled the score late on in their 1-1 draw away at Manchester City.  After Bullard converted his spot kick the players mocked Phil Brown’s infamous half-time telling off that occured in last season’s clash at Eastlands, when he kept his players on the pitch after a dismal first half performance and grilled them in front of their own travelling support.  Great Stuff Jimmy! 
Phil Brown didn’t seem to mind after the game but I’m sure that has more to do with his team taking 4 points from their last two games.  West Ham beat Burnley 5-3 having lead 5-0 at one stage – this season’s throw away specialist held on to take all 3 points on this occasion.  Wigan showed great character after last week’s 9-1 mauling at Spurs to come back and beat Sunderland 1-0 at the JJB.  Blackburn and Stoke played out a 0-0 draw at Ewood Park.  Lee Bowyer scored a cracker for Birmingham City as they saw off Midlands rivals Wolves at Molineux.  And finally, Fulham came back from 1-0 down to grab a point at home to Bolton.    
South Africa v England (3rd & 4th ODI)
England now lead the series 2-1 but it’s been up and down to say the least.  After an impressive victory last weekend to take a 1-0 lead South Africa crushed England in Cape Town on Friday by 112 runs, having racked up 354 runs during their 50 overs.  This ended England’s run of 6 successive 50-over wins against South Africa.  However, on Sunday it was again a completely different story as England romped to victory in Port Elizabeth by seven wickets, with Jimmy Anderson the star of the show taking out his first five-wicket haul.  The poor old Saffers were all out for a measly 119 runs!  England can now seal victory in the 5th and final ODI on Friday in Durban, with the worst possible outcome for the visitors being a draw.  However, the way this series has gone so far I wouldn’t say England have this in the bag just yet.                      
Other sporting highlights over the past seven days: 
Barcelona beat their fierce rivals Real Madrid 1-0 in the El Clasico to leapfrog them back to the top of La Liga.
The Republic of Ireland have asked FIFA for an extra spot at next year’s World Cup in South Africa, following Henry’s hand ball incident during their world cup play-off match.
Benitez has said Liverpool’s win against Everton is a turning point……that is until they lose to Blackburn next weekend.
The third round of the FA Cup has been drawn with the pick of the fixtures seeing Manchester United potentially playing Leeds, should they win their 2nd round replay against Kettering (how the mighty have fallen).  Six Premier League sides will face each other with West Ham taking on Arsenal, Villa playing Blackburn and Hull taking on Wigan.  Cup holders Chelsea meet Watford at Vicarage Road.   
In the Rugby Union, Ireland beat South Africa 15-10, the Aussies beat the Welsh 33-12 and Scotland went down 9-6 against Argentina.
In the Tennis, some Russian bloke called Davydenko (sounds like a Telly Tubbie) won the ATP World Tour Finals.  After knocking out Federer in the semi-finals he went on to beat Juan Martin Del Potro in the final to lift the biggest title of his career.  
Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been named European footballer of the year, winning the prestigious Ballon d’Or award.
Coming Up 
There’s UEFA Cup action this week with Celtic, Fulham and Everton all in action.  The Carling Cup quarter finals sees both Arsenal and Spurs visiting Manchester with Spurs taking on United and Arsenal facing City.  In the other two quarter finals, Blackburn take on Chelsea whilst Portsmouth host Villa.  
The 2010 World Cup draw takes place this Friday, December 4 (Saturday 9am Australian time) with England in amongst the seeded teams.  England play out their final ODI against South Africa in Durban and will be hoping to finish the series as 3-1 winners. 
The pick of the weekend’s Premiership action see the big spenders, Manchester City, take on Chelsea at Eastlands.  Manchester United travel to Upton Park whilst Liverpool will be looking to build on their recent derby win away at Blackburn.    
POMSPORT on Australian TV this week
Thursday December 3
Athens v Everton (4.55am – 7am) ESPN
Celtic v Tel Aviv (7am – 9am) ESPN
Manchester City v Arsenal (6am – 9am) Fox Sports 2
Friday December 4
5th ODI Cricket South Africa v England (11.30pm – 7.30am) Fox Sports 3
Saturday December 5
2010 World Cup Draw (9am – 10am) Fox Sports News
Portsmouth v Burnley (11pm – 1.55am) Fox Sports 2
Sunday December 6
West Ham v Manchester Utd (1.55am – 4.25am) Fox Sports 2 
Manchester City v Chelsea (4.25am – 6.30am) Fox Sports 2 
Monday December 7
Fulham v Sunderland (1.55am – 4am) Fox Sports 1
Everton v Tottenham (2.55am – 5am) Fox Sports 2
Football EPL Highlights (6pm – 7pm) Fox Sports 1
As the World Cup draw is taking place this Friday I thought it fitting that this week’s POMSPORT classic goal should get us into the World Cup spirit!  A young Michael Owen did just that for a moment back in France 1998.

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Highlights from last week and a look ahead to sport on Aus TV nextweek.
By William Thompson
After the Theiry Henry “Hand of Frog” debarcle dominating the sporting pages, not only in the UK but around the world, last week, the Premiership returned in spectacular fashion. Spurs thumped Portsmouth 9-1, Sunderland defeated Arsenal 1-0 and Hull come from two goals down against West Ham in a 3-3 thriller at the KC Stadium. 
Elsewhere (hold on to your hats), England beat South Africa by seven wickets. Yes, that’s right – SEVEN wickets in their second ODI international, in Centurion.  Unfortunately it wasn’t to be a weekend of complete national chest-puffing, as the All Blacks defeated England 19-6 at Twickenham.
TOTTENHAM 9 WIGAN 1 (Sunday November 22nd)
Tottenham crushed Wigan 9-1 at White Hart Lane on Sunday with Jermain Defoe netting 5 second-half goals, whilst also bagging the second fastest hat-trick in Premier League history.  Spurs led 1-0 at the break after Peter Crouch had given them the lead, only to return to the field after the break to blitz their opponents and send out a clear message to the rest of the league that they mean business this season.  Even at 9-1, not even the most pessimistic of Spurs fans could have envisaged a Wigan comeback, which they’ve been accustomed to in the past!  This result is the second largest score margin in Premier League history, with Manchester United’s 9-0 demolition of Ipswich Town back in March 1995 still leading the way.  Spurs were unfortunate not to equal this record considering Scharner’s fantastic Henry impersonation, which grabbed one back for Wigan in the second half. Watch the highlights here.
Premier League Highlights
Sunderland handed Arsenal their third defeat of the season after an impressive display at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland are also the first team this season to keep a clean sheet against the Gunners.  Liverpool continued their run without a win after being held 2-2 by draw specialists Manchester City at Anfield.  Manchester United brushed aside Everton 3-0 at Old Trafford, with Darren Fletcher scoring the opening goal with a tasty strike that nestled in the top left hand corner.  Chelsea spanked Wolves 4-0 at the Bridge and remain 5 points clear at the top.  England fans will be pleased to know that Joe Cole is finally getting back into first team action after a long lay off and bagged the 4th goal for Chelsea.  Villa picked up a tough point away at Burnley, with Emile Heskey scoring his first goal since April.  World Cup Material? Surely not. 
Portsmouth remain bottom after going down 1-0 at Stoke, having also missed a penalty.  Hull and West Ham played out an early relegation battle which ended a 3-3 draw, with West Ham having led 2-0 at one stage.  And finally, Blackburn beat Lancashire rivals Bolton 2-0 away at the Reebok, whilst Birmingham took all the points at home against Fulham on a very soggy afternoon at St Andrews.     
England (252-3) BEAT SOUTH AFRICA (250-9) BY SEVEN WICKETS (Sunday November 22nd)
England’s 20/20 shocker last weekend is now a distant memory after they smashed the Saffers (did I mention by seven wickets?) in Centurion on Sunday night.  After the first ODI was washed out on Friday England came out guns blazing, with Paul Collingwood in his record 171st appearance notching up an unbeaten 105 to steer England to victory. England leads the series 1-0.
Other sporting highlights over the past seven days:
Algeria, France, Greece, Portugal, Slovenia and Uruguay have all booked a spot at next year’s World Cup in South Africa after winning their respective play-off matches.    
In the Rugby, Scotland ended their losing streak,spanning back 27 years, against Australia by beating them 9-8 at Murrayfield.
Wigan players have vowed to reimburse supporters who travelled down to North London only to witness their team’s humiliating defeat by Spurs.
Newcastle regained top spot in the Championship after a 1-0 win away at Preston, with Kevin Nolan bagging the winner.
Champions League Action 
There’s Champions League action mid-week with Liverpool desperately needing all 3 points away to Hungary’s Debrecen if they’re to have any chance of progressing to the knockout stage.  England can wrap up their ODI series with a victory against South Africa this weekend with matches scheduled for both Friday and Sunday.  In the Premiership Everton take on Liverpool in the Mersyside derby, whilst 4th place Spurs visit 5th place Villa, both of whom have Champions League aspirations this season.  Arsenal host Chelsea in what will be a hotly contested London derby.  A win for Chelsea will see them go 11 points clear of the Gunners and will severely dent Arsenal’s title hopes.       
POMSPORT on Australian TV this week 
Thursday November 26
UEFA Champions League FC Porto v Chelsea (6.30am – 9am) SBS 
Friday November 27
3rd ODI Cricket South Africa v England (11.30pm – 7.30am) Fox Sports 1
Sunday November 29
Portsmouth v Manchester Utd (1.55am – 4.25am) Fox Sports 2
Aston Villa v Tottenham (4.25am – 6.30am) Fox Sports 2
Wolves v Birmingham (10.55pm – 1.00am) Fox Sports 2
International Rugby Union
Ireland v South Africa (1.30am – 3.30am) Fox Sports 1
Wales v Australia (4am – 6.30am) Fox Sports 1
Scotland v Argentina (10.30am – 12pm) Fox Sports 1 (NOT LIVE)
4th ODI Cricket South Africa v England (7pm – 3am) Fox Sports 3
Monday November 30
Everton v Liverpool (12am – 2.30am) Fox Sports 1
Arsenal v Chelsea (2.55am – 5am) Fox Sports 1
Football EPL Highlights (6pm – 7pm) Fox Sports 1
The first PomSport classic goal comes courtesy of Dalian Atkinson back in his Villa days (1993) against old money Wimbledon FC.  Sheer class.

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Highlights from last week and a look ahead to sport on Aus TV nextweek.

By William Thompson

It’s not been a good weekend for England, spanked by the Aussies in the Four Nations Rugby League final, beaten by a solid Brazil outfit in the football, and crushed by the South Africans in the second 20/20 test in Centurion.  So how can we spin this to make ourselves feel better?
ENGLAND 16 AUSTRALIA 46 (Saturday November 14)
The 46-16 score line suggests England were comprehensively trounced, but actually, with 20 minutes to go, England were still very much in it, having led at the beginning and just after the break.  Two tries from 20 year old Sam Burgess, one of which was a cracking solo effort, will give hope to England fans for future contests, with coach Tommy Smith opting for youth rather than experience in this game.  In the end the Aussies were just too strong, and as England tired, the inexperience crept in and the Aussies punished them and proved why they’re still the best side in the world.  
For Rugby League fans, England’s Sam Burgess will be plying his trade in the NRL next season, having signed a 4 year deal with the Rabbitohs.
BRAZIL 1 ENGLAND 0 (Saturday November 14)
With nine first team players out for England, and Brazil fielding what will probably be close to their first eleven, I don’t think we need to worry too much about this result.  Brazil controlled the game and always looked the better side, and should have scored a few more, given they missed a penalty and struck the woodwork.  The game was played in Qatar under sweltering conditions, however you can guarantee if we do face the boys from Brazil at next year’s World Cup the line up will be very different and played in much cooler conditions, given it will be winter in South Africa.  I’ve already archived this game.

SOUTH AFRICA (241-6) BEAT ENGLAND (157-8) BY 84 RUNS (Sunday November 15)
20/20: Series Tied 1-1
There’s absolutely no spin I can put on this. England were dire, and once again gave their opposition the opportunity to notch up a world record stand with Bosman scoring 94 off 45 balls, and Smith 88 off 44 balls, in just 13 overs!  They also smashed us for 17 sixes!  However it’s only 20/20 and we won the Ashes, so who really cares!  

Other Weekend Highlights:
New Zealand have qualified for the World Cup finals in South Africa for only the second time in their footballing history, after beating Bahrain 1-0 in Wellington on Saturday night.

Ireland face an uphill struggle after losing 1-0 at home to France in their World Cup play-off. 
The worlds biggest cheat, Diego Maradona, has been banned for two months by FIFA, for his furious outburst after his side’s victory over Uruguay last month.
England beat Argentina 16-9 in the rugby union – the one sporting English highlight in what has been a weekend to forget.
Ireland ended the Wallabies hopes of a grand slam after scoring a last minute try to level the score 20-20 at Croke Park.   
The Socceroos came from 1-0 down with only 10 men to beat Oman 2-1 in Muscat and take a step further to Asian Cup qualification.

Coming Up…. The Premiership returns this weekend with everyone back in action after the international break.  In the cricket, England kick off their one day international series against South Africa.  In Rugby Union, England take on the All Blacks whilst Scotland take on the Aussies. Wales battle it out with Argentina and Ireland take on Fiji.

  POMSPORT on Australian TV next week

Friday November 20

South Africa v England 1st ODI (11.30pm – 7.30am) Fox Sports 1
Saturday/Sunday November 21 & 22

Liverpool v Manchester City (11am – 2am) Fox Sports 1
Sunderland v Arsenal (2am – 4.30am) Fox Sports 1
Manchester Utd v Everton (4.30am – 6.30am) Fox Sports 1

 Sunday November 22

International Rugby Union England v New Zealand (1.25am – 3.30am) Setanta
International Rugby Union Scotland v Australia (4am – 6.30am) Fox Sports 1
South Africa v England 2nd ODI (7pm – 3am) Fox Sports 1

Monday November 23

Bolton v Blackburn (12.25am – 2.30am) Fox Sports 2

Stoke v Portsmouth (2.55am – 5am) Fox Sports 2

Monday November 23

Tottenham v Wigan (1.55am – 4am) Fox Sports 3

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England v Australia Would be ROO-BISH

world-cup-001-1Sport & Style magazine  are suggesting that following Australia and England’s successful qualification for the 2012 World Cup, a dream scenario would see the two nations pitched against each other in the same group

Im not so sure. As Poms living in Australia this would have a unique impact on us. My take is that most UK expats in Australia support both Australia and England when it comes to football. In Germany 2008 I enjoyed having two teams to support – in fact given England’s terrible performances, following Australia was a saviour.

Pitching the two teams against each other would kill this. The office banter would be out of control. It would be the Ashes x10, and England loosing doesn’t bear thinking about, we would hear about for years. 

So my plea to the people pulling the balls out of the bag, or plastic box, or whatever contraption it is this time that holds our fate in December – please, for the sake of Poms keep us apart!

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Highlights from last week and a look ahead to sport on Aus TV nextweek.

1. Britain has a Heavyweight World Champ boxer again (and the other guy was 11 inches taller and 7st heavier)

 2. Chelsea beat Man United 1-0 to go top, 5 points clear. You can view video highlights from the game here or for the real highlight form the match….. a fan brushing his teath in the crowd (its caused quite a stir in the UK!)

3. Liverpool falter again and nearly loose to Birmingham City. The draw could have saved raffas job if you believe some reports that suggest Villas Martin O’Neil as his successor. The draw came as a result of a David N’Gog Dives dive. Watch it here:

 4. Peter Crouch is in the limelight as a result of his dancing again, this time in a nightclub.

 5. Portsmouth loose again to Blackburn in a propper 6 pointer to stay bottom of the league.

6. Check out this Zidane goal, he’s still got it!

POMSPORT – ON AUS TV (FROM 14th November)

Its International week so no Premier League, but there are some big games on offer, Portual could be out of the world cup and New Zealand in, who would have thought!

Sat 14th November

New Zealand v Bahrain – 6pm Setanta

England v Bazil in Qatar (friendly) – Not on Aus TV dam it – will try to find highlights from the game and post here next week.

Sun 15th November

Portugal v Bosnia 7.30am Setanta

Thursday 19th November

Ireland v France – 7am Setanta

Bosnia v Portugal 5.45pm Setanta

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