The Week in Sport (17-23 Aug)

It’s Monday and at Balls and Brawls it can only mean one thing: another recap of The Week in Sport. This week saw the start of the IAAF World Championships, while Man City continued their winning start to the new season.

Football

Week 3 of the Premier League saw Man City maintain their winning start after a 2-0 win at Everton, but Man United’s 100% start come to an end as the Red Devils were held to a scoreless draw by Newcastle. More results can be found at this link.

Alexsandar Kolarov scored in Man City's 2-0 win over Everton image: bbc.com

Alexsandar Kolarov scored in Man City’s 2-0 win over Everton
image: bbc.com

In Champions League action, Man United will take a two-goal advantage to Belgium as Memphis Depay scored his first goals for the club in a 3-1 play-off win over Club Brugge.

It was also the opening weekend of La Liga and Luis Suarez scored the only goal in Barcelona’s 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao –  just days after Bilbao beat Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate to win the Spanish Super Cup – while Real Madrid were held to a scoreless draw by Sporting Gijon.

In transfer news, Barcelona winger Pedro signed for Chelsea in a £21m deal after Man United pulled out of a deal, while Nicolas Otamendi – also rumoured for a move to Man United – joined Man City for £32m. You can see a full list of transfers here.

Sergio Ramos put any chance of a move to Man United to bed after the Spaniard signed a new five-year contract with Real Madrid, while Man United were also rumoured to make a world record move for Barcelona’s Neymar.

Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has handed a first call-up to Bournemouth midfielder Eunan O’Kane in his extended squad for next month’s Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Rugby

England suffered a set-back in their World Cup preparations as France inflicted a 25-20 defeat on Stuart Lancaster’s side, while Scotland ended their eight-month winless run with a 16-12 victory over Italy.

France play in the same pool as Ireland at the RWC image: theguardian.com

France play in the same pool as Ireland at the RWC
image: theguardian.com

A new Hawk-Eye system will be used in the upcoming Rugby World Cup to aid referee’s decision-making following a series of successful trials.

Leinster have confirmed that Leo Cullen will take over the reigns of the province on a permanent deal, after he had been in temporary charge since the departure of head coach Matt O’Connor.

Former Wales captain Ryan Jones has announced his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect.

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton extended his lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the race for the drivers championship after the Briton cruised to victory at the Belgian Grand Prix – his sixth win of the season.

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