The Bouras Bulletin

England lost the first test in India by nine wickets after an atrocious first couple of days at Ahmedabad.

England could only manage 191 in their first innings but, after being forced to follow, scored 406 to give them hope of a turnaround.

That was snuffed out by the top of the Indian batting order and, despite losing the wicket of Virender Sehwag for 25, they finished England off, racking up a score of 81-1 inside 16 overs.

Sunderland finally overcame their poor run of form with a 3-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Steven Fletcher opened the scoring with a neat finish but not before Brede Hangeland was sent off for Fulham for a dangerous tackle.

Mladen Petric tucked away Damien Duff’s drilled cross to equalise but within minutes Sunderland had regained the lead, again through Fletcher before Stephane Sessegnon scored a screamer to secure the points for his side.

The naivety of England captain Chris Robshaw was to blame for England’s 20-14 defeat to Australia in the second autumn international.

England turned down kickable penalties three times in favour of pushing for a try and were punished by Berrick Barnes’ clinical kicking, who scored 15 points.

Wales suffered another embarrassing defeat, this time losing 26-19 against Samoa and Scotland lost 21-10 to South Africa.

The only team from the British Isles to have any success was an Ireland XV, who ran out 53-0 winners over Fiji.

Lewis Hamilton took advantage of traffic ahead of Sebastian Vettel to pass the championship leader and on his way to winning the US Grand Prix in Austin.

Vettel was able to extend his lead over championship rival Fernando Alonso, who finished third but the result nonetheless sets up a nervy final race of the season for the Red Bull man, who needs a podium finish to guarantee his third straight title.

On Saturday Arsenal thrashed ten-man Tottenham 5-2, in a repeat of last season’s result.

Emmanuel Adebayor gave the away side the lead but was sent off for a high tackle and Arsenal capitalised.

Per Mertesacker made amends for his defensive mistake which gifted Spurs that opening goal by scoring the equaliser and Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud both scored before half-time to give Arsenal a comfortable lead.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas changed to a dynamic formation at half-time but despite Gareth Bale’s goal Arsenal continued to dominate and scored twice more through Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott.

Champions Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League table with a thumping 5-0 win over Aston Villa.

Two dubious penalties helped them on their way, though, and the scoreline flattered City. Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero shared penalty-taking duties, and both scored another, while David Silva grabbed the other goal.

City were allowed to remain at the top after Norwich held on to beat Manchester United 1-0 care of a header by former United junior Anthony Pilkington.

The Norwich defence remained resolute under a bombardment of crosses and goalkeeper John Ruddy deserved credit for maintaining a clean sheet for his side.

Chelsea also slipped up away at high-flying West Brom. Peter Odemwingie scored the winner after Eden Hazard had headed home an equaliser.