Top Sport Stories of the Week – 09th December

Updated: December 9, 2013

It’s the start of a new week, as we have entered the festive month the Let’s Talk Sport crew take a look back at the biggest sporting headlines on the opening week of December.

2014 FIFA World Cup Draw


England have been drawn in the same group as Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica for the 2014 FIFA world cup in Brazil as all four teams represent group D.

Roy Hodgson‘s side have been put in a group that is being called the ‘group of death’.

Hosts Brazil will kick-off the tournament against Croatia and will afterwards compete against Mexico and Cameroon.

World and European champions Spain have been slotted into group B starting their campaign against the runners-up of the last world cup in South Africa, Holland.

Full report –


Premier League


Yohan Cabaye scored the only goal at Old Trafford to make it the first win for the Geordies away to Manchester United in 41 years.

A late winner from Stoke City’s Oussama Assaidi overcome Chelsea in a 3-2 victory after the blues nearly performed a 2-1 comeback. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said that the team “failed to kill off the game”.

Arsenal‘s attempts to extend their Premier League lead to 7 points were denied from a late equalizer after a superb strike from Everton substitute Gerard Deulofeu to end the game level.


Other results:

Crystal Palace 2 – 0 Cardiff
Liverpool 4 – 1 West Ham
Southampton 1 – 1 Man City
West Brom 0 – 2 Norwich
Sunderland 1 – 2 Tottenham
Fulham 2 – 0 Aston Villa




Neil Robertson wins the 2013 UK Championship for the very first in his career.

The thunder from down under fought back from 5-1 down to beat Mark Selby 10-7 to take home the prize.

The win for the Australian places Robertson as world number 1 in the snooker rankings taking over Selby to place him as world number 2.




According to the Australian press, England could be staring their first whitewash defeat of a test series since the 2006-07 Ashes after being

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humiliated into another test match defeat at Adelaide to be left trailing the series 2-0. England were hoping to enter the last day, with only four wickets remaining, to bat for as long as possible, at least until lunch, but were dismissed within one hour of the start of play.

After a first day of ups and downs, Australia dominated the second declaring on 570/9, after centuries for captain Michael Clarke and wicket-keeper Brad Haddin. England in reply were all out for 172 with the defiant Michael Carberry (60) and BBC sports personality of the year nominee Ian Bell (72*) being only 2 of 3 players who made double figures. The deadly Mitchell Johnson for Australia had devastating stats of 7-40, which eventually earned him the title of man of the match, an impressive turn around after being left out entirely of the summer Ashes squad. A quick declaration after getting to 132-3 (with David Warner scoring 83*) was enough for the Aussies to take the momentum into the final innings, and even half centuries from Joe Root, Kevin Pietersen and Matt Prior weren’t enough to save England from being all out for 312 and losing by 218 runs.

This means that England have now only passed a score of 200 once in four innings, their batsmen frequently contributing to their own downfalls. In fact, of England’s 40 dismissals, 21 have come to catches on the leg side. Former England batsmen Geoffrey Boycott said that England are facing “annihilation” in the Ashes because they lack the “desire and heart” to compete with Australia.

The 3rd test in Perth will start this Friday.




Jean Todt has been re-elected as the the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) president.

Todt was confirmed to stay as president of the motorsport governing body after candidate David Ward withdrew from the election due to lack of support.

The Frenchman will now start on his second four year term at the FIA.


Formula 1


Sebastian Vettel is officially the world champion for the fourth consecutive time in Formula 1.

The Red Bull driver picked up his championship trophy at last Friday’s FIA Gala as the president of FIA, Jean Todt presented the award.

Red Bull are also officially the constructors’ champions for the fourth year in a row after picking up their award.

Both Vettel and his team became world and constructors’ champions 6 weeks ago at the Indian Grand Prix.


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