Compared to previous efforts, that was a relatively quiet weekend for Sports. That’s not to say, however, that there wasn’t plenty of action across the country and the globe.
In golf, it was Gary Woodland who emerged victorious in the US Open, overcoming the threat of Brooks Koepka. It was the Americans first major of his career. McIlory couldn’t build on his Canadian Open win but did manage a respectable joint 9th place while McDowell had a decent run, finishing with 3 under par. The other Irishman in the US Open, Shane Lowry finished with 1 under par.
Elsewhere, Dublin triumphed over Galway in the All-Ireland Championship. A late onslaught from the Dubs blew Galway away with Dublin emerging 3-19- 0-24 winners . Galway moved down to 4th place in the table while Kilkenny, Wexford and Dublin occupy the top three places respectively. However, just goal difference separates the top four, all of whom are on 5 points.
Maurizzio Sarri’s departure as Chelsea manager was confirmed yesterday as the Italian takes over Juventus. Sarri managed a third place finish in last seasons premier league while also winning the Europa League at the cost of Unai Emerys Arsenal. Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is the strong favourite to take over. His appointment would be a popular choice with the Chelsea faithful. It’s likely that Chelsea may not have a huge amount of choice in terms of successors with their transfer ban unlikely to be overturned.
The Womens World Cup continued over the weekend with Italy thumping Jamaica by 5 goals to nil on Friday. On the same night England narrowly overcame Argentina to win 1-0. Saturday saw Holland beating Cameroon 3-1 while Canada emerged as 2-0 winners against New Zealand. Yesterday, Sweden beat Thailand 5-1 while USA continued their perfect start by beating Chile 3-0. There are four matches today with China facing up to Spain, South Africa play Germany at 5 o’clock while later on Nigeria play France and South Korea face Norway, both of which kick off at 8 o’clock. The US are currently the favourites for the tournament with France, Germany and England amongst the other countries in the running according to the bookies.