The Grand Slam of Darts is a tournament unlike any other in the darting calendar. For every other week in the year, the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) and British Darts Organisation (BDO) host tournaments in direct competition with each other. But, for one week only, the best players from both organisations compete against one another at the Grand Slam. The Grand Slam also has a group stage before the usual knockout rounds. That gives the event a unique feel and helps provide top class sporting drama at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall.
After winning the WGC HSBC Champions in Shanghai, Justin Rose hopped on a plane to Turkey and repeated the trick with victory at the Turkish Airlines Open. That win has taken Rose to within 135,000 points of Tommy Fleetwood at the top of the Race to Dubai rankings. However, the Olympic champion is not competing at the Nedbank Golf Challenge this week which gives Fleetwood the chance to sew up the title with victory in Sun City.
The weather is beginning to turn in America. With winter starting to take hold, the PGA Tour are heading to warmer climes for the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Held at El Camaleon Golf Club in the tourist resort of Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s east coast, this tournament continues to grow in popularity with big names including Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed and Zach Johnson making their debut this week.
Irish football is currently a tale of two O’Neills. North of the border, Michael O’Neill is rightly praised from every quarter for the incredible job that he’s done with Northern Ireland. Things are a little different south of the border with Martin O’Neill though. The praise for the Republic of Ireland manager is much less fulsome than his Northern Irish counterpart even though the Republic were equally competitive at Euro 2016 and are also just two games away from booking their place at the 2018 World Cup. Whether it’s because of his prickly demeanour in press conferences or the rather dour football that his Ireland team have played over the past few years, it feels as though the jury is very much our for Martin O’Neill. Will he be able to silence the doubters and prove himself to be among the elite of football managers by getting a huge performance out of his Republic of Ireland team in the first leg of their playoff on Saturday night?
England versus Germany is one of those special international fixtures that resonates with fans around the world. The history of this footballing rivalry includes the 1966 World Cup final at the old Wembley, that heart breaking encounter in Euro 1996 and Germany’s 4-1 humbling of the Three Lions at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The two teams have also played out some very entertaining friendly matches in recent years with the latest instalment coming on Friday night at Wembley Stadium.