The Week in Sport (3-9 Aug)

Time for another round-up of the week that was on Balls and Brawls and this week’s highlights saw the return of the Premier League, while Ireland geared up for the Rugby World Cup with victory over Wales.

Football

The new Premier League season kicked-off this past weekend and champions Chelsea were held to a 2-2 draw by Swansea after Thibaut Courtois saw red for the Blues. More results here, including Man United picking up all three points against Tottenham.

A Kyle Walker own goal handed Man Utd a 1-0 win  image: theguardian.com

A Kyle Walker own goal handed Man Utd a 1-0 win
image: theguardian.com

The Angel DiMaria transfer saga came to end on Tuesday night after the Argentine midfielder completed his move to French champions PSG. More details here.

Rafael has also left Man United after eight seasons and joined French club Lyon for a fee of around £2m, while Man United also learnt that they will face Club Brugge in the Champions League play-offs with a place in the group stages for grabs.

West Ham crashed out of the Europa League after a 2-1 defeat to Astra Giurgiu, but were there no such problems for Southampton who cruised through to the next round after a 4-0 aggregate win over Vitesse Arnhem.

Irish pair Ciaran Clark and James McCarthy have committed themselves to Aston Villa and Everton respectively by signing new five-year deals with their clubs.

There was also a new contract for Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini who has signed a two-year deal, while Jose Mourinho has also committed to Chelsea with a new four-year deal.

Rugby

Ireland geared up for the Rugby World Cup with a convincing 35-21 win over a lacklustre Wales side, but a late injury to flanker Tommy O’ Donnell will be a concern for Irish coach Joe Schmidt.

Ireland rise to second in the rankings thanks to victory over Wales image: bbc.com

Ireland rise to second in the rankings thanks to victory over Wales
image: bbc.com

Australia won their first Rugby Championship as substitute Nic White scored 10 points in the last 11 minutes to hand the Aussies a 27-19 victory over New Zealand.

Argentina claimed a first ever victory over South Africa as a Juan Imhoff hat-trick of tries helped them to a 37-25 win in their Rugby Championship match.

Swimming

Michael Phelps swam a third 2015 world-best time in as many days with a time of one minute 54.75 seconds in the 200m individual medley at the USA National Championships.

The 30-year-old also recorded the year’s fastest times to win the 100m and 200m butterfly.

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