The Week in Sport (11-17 Jul)

Monday’s mean only one thing on Balls and Brawls and that is a recap of The Week in Sport. Over the past seven days, we saw Chris Froome continue to dominate in the Tour de France, while Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson won his first major.


Brendan Rodgers’ first Celtic game ended in defeat as Gibraltar side Lincoln Red Imps stunned the Scottish champions 1-0 in their Champions League qualifier.

Jose Mourinho got off to a winning start as Man Utd manager image:

Jose Mourinho got off to a winning start as Man Utd manager

Jose Mourinho took charge of Man United for the first time as they beat Wigan 2-0 in a pre-season friendly, but it wasn’t a great start for Antonio Conte as he saw his Chelsea side lose 2-0 to Rapid Vienna. More pre-season friendly action here.

In transfer news, Chelsea have snapped up Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kante for £30m, while Liverpool winger Jordan Ibe has moved to Bournemouth in a £15m.

In European transfer news, Barcelona have finalised the signing of Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti for €25million and also snapped up PSG left-back Lucas Digne for €16.5m.

Belgium have sacked head coach Marc Wilmots after a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign, while former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko takes over the reins of Ukraine.

In other news, Willian has signed a new four-year at Chelsea, while former Chelsea striker Demba Ba suffered a potential career-ending leg breaking injury while playing for Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.


Australian Michael Matthews edged out world champion Peter Sagan to win stage 10 from Escaldes-Engordany to Revel while Chris Froome held on to the yellow jersey and he extended his advantage in the yellow jersey as Peter Sagan won stage 11 in Montpellier.

Chris Froome he retained the yellow jersey in a dramatic stage 12 as he ran up Mont Ventoux following a crash and despite initially losing the lead a jury revised the stage results which was won by Thomas De Gendt.

Chris Froome runs up image:

Chris Froome runs up Mont Ventoux after a crash in stage 12 of the Tour De France

Tom Dumoulin won Friday’s stage 13 time trial, Mark Cavendish won his 30th stage of his career to win stage 14 in Parc des Oiseaux in Villars-les-Dombes and  Jarlinson Pantano won stage 15 from Bourg-en-Bresse to Culoz as Froome remains in the yellow jersey.

Alberto Contador looks set to miss the Olympics due to injuries that made him pull out of the Tour de France.

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