Cricket is a very different sport to just 10 years ago. The growth of the T20 form of the game and new innovations like day-night tests have changed the landscape but the importance of the Ashes remains untouched.
This week’s Monday Night Football takes in a trip to the seaside as Brighton host Stoke at the Amex Stadium. The Seagulls are on a run of four games without defeat and have only lost once at home since winning promotion to the Premier League. While the Brighton fans will be confident about their chances, manager Chris Hughton knows not to treat Stoke lightly. After some tough results and his fair share of criticism, Mark Hughes strengthened his position at the Potters thanks to four points from their last two games. That included a 1-0 win away to Watford which will give Stoke belief of their own. With two capable, confident teams, we should be in for an interesting encounter in front of the TV cameras.
The National Hunt season is really starting to heat up. This weekend sees some exciting races over fences but winter racing is about more than just the biggest obstacles. We’ve also got top quality encounters over hurdles including, not least with the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown.
The National Hunt season is cooking on gas now. We had some quality racing last week and it goes up another gear this weekend with The Open meeting at Cheltenham.
The European Tour season comes to an end this week with the annual stop off at Jumeirah Golf Estates for the DP World Tour Championship. Only the top 60 players in the Race to Dubai rankings (with adjustments made for the players who qualified but are injured) earned a place to compete at Jumeirah’s Earth Course. That’s guaranteed a top quality field, full of potential champions. However, when it comes to the season long Race to Dubai, only three men remain in the running. Current leader Tommy Fleetwood is the odds-on favourite to complete the job but he’ll be wary about the challenge of both Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia. Those two have won some of the biggest tournaments in golf and will not wilt under the pressure. Can Fleetwood hold out? And, who will win this prestigious tournament?