Arsenal confirmed their return to form with a stunning 5-3 triumph against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The seventh-placed Gunners made a poor start to the season but gained their fourth consecutive Premier League win thanks to Robin Van Persie’s hat-trick.
Manchester City remained five points clear at the top with a 3-1 victory over Wolves and second-placed Manchester United were 1-0 winners against Everton.
Fourth-placed Newcastle were due to play Stoke on Monday evening, fifth-placed Tottenham beat Queens Park Rangers 3-1 and sixth-placed Liverpool overcame West Brom 2-0. Norwich drew 3-3 with Blackburn and Sunderland versus Aston Villa finished 2-2. Swansea defeated Bolton 3-1 and Fulham saw off Wigan 2-0.
England’s Cricketers ended their dismal tour of India on a high with victory in the one-off Twenty20 international to maintain their number one T20 status. Having been whitewashed 5-0 in the one-day series, Kevin Pietersen’s 53 helped the tourists overhaul India’s paltry 120 for nine with six wickets and eight balls to spare.
In Rugby League, Sam Tomkins scored four tries as England began their Four Nations campaign with a 42-4 win over Wales after Australia beat New Zealand 26-12.
Rugby Union Premiership leaders Harlequins made it seven wins from seven with a 19-13 victory over Exeter. Saracens stayed second by edging Gloucester 19-17. Bath beat London Irish 13-12, Leicester defeated Sale 34-13, Northampton thrashed Newcastle 44-15 and Wasps pipped Worcester 14-12.
Rory McIlroy won Golf’s richest prize – £1.24m at the Shanghai Masters. McIlroy beat Anthony Kim in a play-off, having finished level with Kim on 18 under par.
Already-crowned Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel took his 11th race of the season at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix. Jenson Button overtook Fernando Alonso to finish second ahead of the Spaniard.