Welcome to another week of the weekly Sporting round up. It’s on a Tuesday this week for no good reason, and given the usual amount of readers shouldn’t cause too much trouble.
FA CUP: FOUR GOALS GOOD, NO GOALS BAD.
Pity about the kick off time for Australian fans but it was some performance from Arsenal as they dismantled Aston Villa 4-0. We predicted 4-2 on the back of Christian Benteke’s recent goal scoring form, but he was missing as was the rest of the team.
Arsenal put one of those performances together that they threaten to do so many times throughout the year, and a repeat against the big boys might see us with more than a one horse race for the EPL next year. A couple of more buys like Alexis Sanchez and they will be some prospect.
Aston Villa turned their promising end of the year into a turd as they were flogged by Southampton, lost to relegated Burnley at home and well beaten in the FA Cup. If that form continues into the new season and Benteke’s chips are cashed in, they might follow through on the relegation they’ve been threatening for some time.
I’d better be careful, if we say too much it will end up our fault the alleged millions were siphoned off for decades. Sepp Blatter was returned for a term that will hopefully provide him enough time to clean up the evidence from his time in charge. Looking for plenty of smoke around Zurich.
ANOTHER GREAT AUSTRALIAN BATTLER WINS ON US GOLF TOUR
Hot on the heels of Gurgler favourite Rod Pampling’s win on the Web.com tour, another Aussie down on his luck won the tournament that Pampling used to put his name in lights a few years back.
Steven Bowditch won the Byron Nelson with ease. An 8 under first round set him up nicely, but the 6 under finishing round proved his quality and the four stroke gap was a deserved reward for a man who recently battled depression.
Battling depression can’t be easy when as a golfer you spend 5 hours at a time by yourself, and for lowly amateurs that time is spent using and discovering new four letter words. So we tip our Hat to another Aussie golfer who now will have the comfort of a tour card and lots of zeroes to move onwards and upwards.
YOUR OFFICAL ROD PAMPLING UPDATE
Ranking 182 down from 185
AT & T BYRON NELSON – Tied 22nd
Playing on exemption for a previous win, our man ended up a very respectable equal 22nd. Some of his best.
MIGUEL ANGEL JIMINEZ HOLE IN ONE UPDATE
No Aces this week. But you should still check out his dancing from last week’s Weekly here.
RANGERS STAY DOWN FIGHTING
Glasgow Rangers long fightback to the Scottish Premier League ended at the playoff stage with Motherwell who gave Rangers a touch up at home and away.
A fight duly broke out as Rangers showed glimpses of why they aren’t exactly missed in Scotland’s top flight. Another year of second tier football may give them a chance to do it better next year.
ASK DR SPORTZ
Q. What have been your favourite on field sporting fights?
Ric Nattrass-Creeque, Richlands, QLD
Great question, whilst this Doctor is not for fighting in general, sometimes sporting fights can be funny, and that’s what I enjoy.
There’s nothing better than a scuffle between team mates, or funnier than at a boxing weigh-in.
But the best sports fighting of all time belongs to the F1 classic between Nelson Piquet and Eliseo Salazar. Watch for the worst attempt of kickboxing ever, and around the 54 second mark where Salazar looks for the biggest hole he can dig himself into.
Here’s our weekly video collection of finest fights.
THIS WEEK’S SUPER MULTI
AUSTRALIA to beat West indies
FREMANTLE to beat Richmond
MELBOURNE +30.5 start v Collingwood
VETTEL to win Canadian GP
BARCELONA to win Champions League Final
TIGER WOODS to win Memorial Tournament
$1 pays $786
THU to MON
CRICKET – FIRST TEST – Aust v WI (Fox Sports)
NRL – BRONCOS v MANLY (Ch9)
FRI to MON
CANADIAN F1 GP (Fox Sports)
P1/P2 from 11:45pm Fri
P3 from 11:45pm Sat
Qual from 3:00am Sun
Race from 4:00am Mon
FRI to MON
GOLF – MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT (Fox Sports)
BARCELONA v JUVENTUS CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL (SBS)