Rob Barnett’s Sports Round Up
There were goals galore in the Premier League on Saturday – an amazing 41 in only eight games.
Leaders Manchester United surrenderd their unbeaten record, losing 2-1 at bottom side Wolves. However, second-placed Arsenal failed to take full advantage, letting a 4-0 lead slip after going down to 10 men to draw 4-4 at Newcastle.
The other results on a record day were Aston Villa 2 Fulham 2, Everton 5 Blackpool 3, Manchester City 3 West Brom 0, Stoke 3 Sunderland 2, Tottenham 2 Bolton 1 and Wigan 4 Blackburn 3.
Sunday’s two games only yielded one goal each as £50million striker Fernando Torres’ Chelsea debut against former club Liverpool was a losing one and Birmingham won at West Ham. Sunday also saw West Brom sack manager Roberto Di Matteo.
The Six Nations began in style on Friday evening with England beating Wales 26-19 in Cardiff thanks to two Chris Ashton tries. On Saturday Ireland needed a late Ronan O’Gara drop-goal to see off Italy 13-11 in Rome and France were 34-21 victors over Scotland in Paris. Next Saturday England host Italy and Wales travel to Scotland. On Sunday Ireland face France in Dublin.
England’s tour of Australia ended on a low note with the hosts completing a 6-1 one-day series win in Perth. Both sides have a raft of injury concerns ahead of the World Cup, which begins on February 19.
Green Bay Packers won a pulsating Super Bowl, beating Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Dallas. It is the fourth time they have won American Football’s most coveted prize.
Finally, the Super League season starts next weekend with all seven games at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.