World Sport Report - Hypocritical referees
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It was a weekend of thumpings and cross-town derbies over the weekend in the EPL.
In the Merseyside derby Liverpool beat Everton 2-0 after a controversial red card saw Everton's Jack Rodwell sent off after just 23 minutes. Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez scored for the Reds.
Down in London, Fulham made light work of QPR with a 6-0 win including a hat-trick from Andrew Johnson, while Tottenham were two strong for Arsenal winning 2-1. Rafael Van der Vaart and Kyle Walker scored for the Spurs.
And in other games, a Frank Lampard hat-trick helped Chelsea easily dispatch of Bolton 6-1, Manchester City beat Blackburn 4-0 and Man United got over Norwich City 2-0.
Now usually something like this would sit down in the 'more' section below, but really it's just too special for that. Promoted to the football section, here's a fine goal from Eren Derdiyok in the Bundesliga...
A brake issue on lap 5 robbed Casey Stoner of the chance to all but wrap up the MotoGP title at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan on Sunday. Dani Pedrosa took the win with Jorge Lorenzo second while Stoner was able to recover for third.
Stoner had led from pole and held a comfortable lead when his bike got out of shape and wouldn't brake momentarily forcing him wide and into the gravel trap. Luckily he was able to keep the bike upright, escaped the trap and made his way back through the field to third but couldn't reign in the leaders.
Stoner's lead in the championship has been cut to 40 points now over Lorenzo with just 3 races remaining in the season. He has the opportunity to seal the title at Phillip Island next weekend should he win and Lorenzo finish third or below.
Australia's top two female tennis players at the moment, Samantha Stosur and Jarmila Gadjosova, both made early exits in the second round of the China open this week.
Stosur, who's been out of sorts since winning the US Open last month, went down to world for the second time in a week to number 24 Maria Kirilenko 7-5 1-6 7-5 on Wednesday.
Gadjosova had a tougher match-up in her round 2 clash losing to world number one Caroline Wozniacki 6-2 6-3.
Believe it or not we're now a quarter of the way through the NFL season, and there are just two teams who remain undefeated - and they're both in the same division. The defending super bowl champions the Green Bay Packers kept their well oiled machine rolling with a big win over the Denver Broncos 49-23, while the Detroit Lions - who just a couple of years ago were a laughing stock - also moved to 4-0 with a 24-30 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
In the Packers' win over the Broncos, quarterback Aaron Rogers was his usual beastly self as he set a new personal record throwing 4 touchdown passes and 408 yards to go with 2 rushing touchdowns.
Sunday night's game was an amazingly defensive affair in which 51 points were scored with only one offensive touchdown. The Baltimore Ravens beat the New York Jets 34-17 in a game which included two interceptions, two fumbles and a kickoff all returned for touchdowns.
We've made it through the group stage of the World Cup in what really is one of the longest tournaments known to man.
The quarterfinals will be held this weekend and it's pretty much gone accoding to plan with Australia to play South Africa, New Zealand to take on Argentina, England versus France and Ireland against Wales. The only surprises there would be Ireland finishing above Australia in Group C to put the Wallabies on the harder side of the finals tree, while Argentina beat Scotland into the knockout stage of the tournament.
There's also been a touch of bad news for the All Blacks with star fly-half Dan Carter out for the tournament with a torn groin muscle.
Be sure to check back to the Sports section throughout the week for plenty of RWC coverage.
Could be the worst athlete/person ever...
Chill out Luis...
NBA's locked out, but that doesnt mean its stars can't still put on a show...
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