The Week in Sport (6-12 Jul)

Time for another round-up of the week that was here on Balls and Brawls, and the highlights this week saw Conor McGregor win UFC gold for the first time, while it was another grandslam for Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon.


Novak Djokovic retained his Wimbledon men’s singles title after he overcame Swiss man Roger Federer in four sets to win his 12th career grandlsam.

Novak Djokovic won his third Wimbledon title in five years image:

Novak Djokovic won his third Wimbledon title in five years

in the semi-finals, Roger Federer outclassed Andy Murray as the Swiss man reach the final for a tenth time, while Novak Djokovic saw off the challenge of Richard Gasquet in straight sets.

In the women’s action, Serena Williams followed up on her demolition of Maria Sharpova in the semi-finals with a straight sets win over 21-year-old Spaniard Garbine Muguruza to complete the ‘Serena Slam’.

Other highlights of the week saw Novak Djokovic come from 2-0 down in his match with Kevin Anderson to advance to the final four, while Richard Gasquet reached the semis for just the second time as he dumped out French Open champion Stan Wawrinka.

You can follow a day-by-day guide to Wimbeldon here


It has been a busy week for Man United as they close in on the signings of midfield duo Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin from Bayern Munich and Southampton respectively, just days after completing a deal for Torino defender Matteo Darmian.

Heading to the exit door is Robin Van Persie, who arrived in Turkey on Sunday night to complete a move to Fenerbache, while David DeGea could be set to resolve his transfer drama to Real Madrid after Iker Casillas join Portuguese side Porto after 17 years at the Bernabeu.

Bastian Schweinsteiger will join Man United after 17 years at Bayern Munich image:

Bastian Schweinsteiger will join Man United after 17 years at Bayern Munich

Man City also look set to make their first major signing of the window after agreeing a £49m fee for want-away Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling.

In other transfer news, Toby Alderweireld completed a move from Atletico Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee, while Republic of Ireland goalkeeper signed for Stoke on a free transfer from Aston Villa. Follow all the Premier League transfers here.

In world transfer news, Barcelona wrapped up a £24m deal to bring Atletico’s Turkish midfielder Arda Turan to the Nou Camp, while Juventus’ Andrea Pirlo has joined Frank Lampard at MLS side New York City FC.

There are heavy rumours that Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is set to quit as head coach of Ireland and return to manage former club Leicester City.

In further bad news for Ireland, the Boys in Green will be fourth seeds for the World Cup qualifying draw later this month despite an eight place rise in the latest rankings.

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