The week in sports.
English Premier League
The league kicked off over the weekend with both Manchester teams victorious. Liverpool were able to extract revenge against Stoke City through a Philippe Coutinho scorcher. Chelsea squandered away a two-goal advantage to draw 2-2 with Swansea while Arsenal’s Petr Cech had a debut to forget, conceding two goals against West Ham. The Hammers successfully debuted Reece Oxford, the second youngest player, at 16, ever to start in an EPL game. Mile Jedinak’s Crystal Palace had a comfortable 3-1 win over newly promoted Norwich.
Bledisloe halfway home
Australia took out the Rugby Championship with a hard-fought 27-19 victory over the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium on Saturday evening. Prop Sekope Kepu scored his first try in 54 tests, redeeming himself after a yellow card. Debutant Nehe Milner-Skudder scored two tries in a valiant performance for the All Blacks but Adam Ashley-Cooper and reserve halfback Nick White assured Australia of victory. They now head to Eden Park looking to secure the Bledisloe Cup; a trophy they have not held since 2002.
NRL referees facing heavy scrutiny
NRL referees are under the microscope for not punishing professional fouls. Newcastle lock Jeremy Smith was lucky to stay on the field after tripping a Roosters player, as was Melbourne Storm winger Marika Koroibete who held back a Titan’s player attempting to score. The referees did enforce the law in Monday night’s Raiders and Tigers clash. David Shillington was marched off for heading-butting Tigers prop Aaron Woods.
Ronda Rousey is making headline off the canvas. The UFC women’s world champion said she could beat boxing champion Floyd Mayweather in a no-rules fight. Although she conceded he is the best boxer of all time, she believes she could beat anyone in MMA. – Marc Summers
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