5 Big Champions League Shocks

After Chelsea’s shock 2-1 defeat to FC Basel, here’s a look at some of the biggest shocks in Champions League history. People always choose the Liverpool-AC Milan final or the Bayern Munich-Manchester United final when making this sort of list, so I decided to go for ones that were a little more obscure.

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Singapore Grand Prix Preview

Singapore marks the start of Formula 1’s tour of Asia, which consists of see five races in seven weeks that will go a long way to deciding who is going to be crowned this year’s world champion. Sebastian Vettel has a significant lead of 53 points and will take some catching, but the tight and twisty Singapore street circuit is a challenge for all the drivers, and the stifling humidity makes it a test of fitness as well as skill.

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Sky Bet Championship Round-up

My Championship round-up from Football League World

Football League World

Millwall caused the shock of the week by beating league leaders Blackpool, with Leicester City taking their place at the top of the table. Burnley’s strong start to the season continued but Bolton remain without a win after drawing with Derby.

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The Championship is renowned for its unpredictability but few would have predicted that Millwall would defeat league leaders Blackpool 3-1 at The Den on Tuesday. Tom Ince gave the away side the lead but Liam Trotter levelled with a controversial penalty just before half-time. The game was won with two goals in the space of two minutes – Nicky Bailey volleyed home from a corner, then Steve Morison scored to give Steve Lomas’ side a well-deserved first victory of the season. Blackpool have slipped to third in the table, with Millwall leaping up to 19th.

Leicester City moved to the top of the league on goal difference after a…

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Champions League: Barca, Dortmund and Chelsea return

After last night’s fixtures, tonight sees the remaining 16 teams begin their Champions League group stage. Highlights include Arsenal’s visit to Marseille and Barcelona’s match at home to Dutch champions Ajax, while Rafa Benitez’s Napoli side face last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund.

Here is the full list of tonight’s fixtures. All games start at 7.45pm BST.

Group E

Chelsea v FC Basel

Schalke v Steaua Bucharest

Group F

Marseille v Arsenal

Napoli v Borussia Dortmund

Group G

Austria Vienna v FC Porto

Atletico Madrid v Zenit St Petersburg

Group H

AC Milan v Celtic

Barcelona v Ajax

The return of the Champions League

Tonight marks the eagerly-anticipated start of the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. Tuesday’s fixtures feature the current holders Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and the champions of France, England and Italy.

Here is a full list of tonight’s fixtures. All games kick off at 7.45pm BST.

Group A

Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen

Real Sociedad v Shakhtar Donetsk

Group B

FC Copenhagen v Juventus

Galatasaray v Real Madrid

Group C

Olympiakos v Paris Saint-Germain

Benfica v Anderlecht

Group D

Bayern Munich v CSKA Moscow

Viktoria Plzen v Manchester City

England-Australia ODI Series Review

After the main event of the summer, there was always a danger that the one-day series was going to be a damp squib and so it proved, with two games washed out by rain. After the first match at Headingley was washed out, Australia comfortably won at Old Trafford. Michael Clarke scored a century as the tourists racked up 315, which England never looked like challenging, slipping to an 88-run defeat. Only 15.1 overs of play were possible at Edgbaston before England levelled the series with a tense three-wicket win at Cardiff. Having bowled Australia out for 227, Clint McKay took a hat-trick to reduce England to 8-3, but half-centuries from Michael Carberry, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler saw the home side to victory. Australia easily won the decider, scoring 298 including 143 from Shane Watson before bowling England out for 249.

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Draw for African World Cup qualifying play-offs

Ghana’s tie with Egypt is the stand-out fixture in the play-offs to decide which five teams will represent Africa at next year’s World Cup.

The teams were seeded for the draw on the basis of their world ranking, meaning that Egypt, who have a 100% winning record so far, were unseeded. Senegal play the Ivory Coast and Tunisia, who qualified for this stage after Cape Verde had points docked for fielding an ineligible player, face Cameroon. The lowest-ranked side left in the competition is Ethiopia, and they have a tricky tie against Nigeria, while Burkina Faso will play Algeria.

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Championship Round-up

My Championship round-up from Football League World

Football League World

Blackpool continued to defy the odds with a 2-1 win at Bournemouth yesterday to stay top of the Championship. Queens Park Rangers kept up the pressure with another win, but Millwall’s start went from bad to worse with a humiliating home defeat to Derby County.

Bournemouth had started the new season strongly, particularly at home, but they came unstuck against Paul Ince’s Blackpool side, who took their fifth league win of the season. Ricardo Fuller scored after seven minutes but Lewis Grabban quickly levelled the game with his fifth goal of the season. Tom Ince, who was making his first start of the season, hit the post but Neil Bishop’s headed goal soon after the break restored Blackpool’s lead. They were reduced to ten men after an hour when on-loan defender Jack Robinson was dismissed for two bookable offences. Paul Ince was sent to the stands late on when he…

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Zimbabwe claim famous victory over Pakistan

Zimbabwe took their first Test victory over a side other than Bangladesh in twelve years with a thrilling 24-run win over Pakistan at Harare. Tendai Chatara was the star of the final innings, taking 5-61 to help his side to a win that levels the series at 1-1. Misbah-ul-Haq did his best to prevent an embarrassment with a determined 79 not out but there was not much support from the rest of the order, with only Khurram Manzoor passing fifty. Rahat Ali was run out for one trying to keep Misbah on strike, which sparked wild celebrations by the home side.

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