1 October 2006
Golf: Europe won the Ryder Cup for a record third consecutive time at The K Club, Ireland. Led by captain Ian Woosnam, Europe showed fantastic team spirit in dispatching the United States team 181/2 - 91/2. Europe have now won five of the last six Ryder Cups and 8 of the last 11. Although he did not sink the winning putt, Northern Irishman Darren Clarke has been billed the hero of the Cup, playing inspired golf only 6 weeks after the death of his wife Heather.
Englishman Paul Casey, who hit a hole-in-one to win his match at Hole 14 on Day 2, came to the tournament in fine form having won The World Match Play Championship at Wentworth the previous weekend, where he beat American Shaun Micheel a record 10 and 8 in the final. Casey is the first player to win The World Match Play Championship at his first attempt since Ernie Els in 1994, and only the third Englishman to take the title after Nick Faldo and Lee Westwood.
Tennis: Italy won the Fed Cup for the first time after Belgium's Justine Henin-Hardenne was forced to retire with an injury during the third set of the deciding doubles match in Charleroi (Belgium).
In the Davis Cup Argentina and Russia will contest the 2006 Final after the two nations scored semi final victories at home last weekend. Argentina whitewashed Australia 5-0 in Buenos Aires, while Russia had a 3-2 victory over the United States in Moscow. The Final will be played in Moscow between the 1st and 3rd December, with the venue set to be confirmed on the 2nd October.
Cricket: This month South African Mark Boucher scored the second fastest One Day International century of all time. Playing against Zimbabwe in Potchefstroom, Boucher blasted his ton from only 44 balls! He finished on 147 not out from 68 balls.
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Horse Racing: For the first time ever a non-European horse is favourite to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1st October). Bookmakers make Japanese colt Deep Impact, undefeated winner of the Japanese Triple Crown last year, co-favourite with French horse Hurricane Run.
Rugby League: Saturday 14th October sees the climax of the 2006 Rugby League season, with the Engage Super League Grand Final played at Old Trafford. Bradford, Warrington, St Helens and Hull are the four remaining teams battling it out for the top prize. Bradford are the reigning champions, gunning for their 6th straight Grand Final appearance.
Tennis: Rafael Nadal will be hoping to repeat last years performance by winning the ATP Masters Series in Madrid beginning on the 16th October. He faces stiff competition from arch rival Roger Federer, who withdrew from last year's tournament with injury. Federer is yet to win the title.
1 Horse Racing Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, FRA
1 Dancesport IDSF World Cup Ten Dance, TRE
5 Golf PGAET Dunhill Links Championship, SCO
7 Soccer Scotland v France (Euro 2008 Qualifier), SCO
7 Soccer Wales v Slovakia (Euro 2008 Qualifier), WAL
9 Tennis WTA Kremlin Cup, RUS
11 Soccer Wales v Cyprus (Euro 2008 Qualifier), WAL
14 Rugby League Engage Super League Grand Final, ENG
16 Tennis ATP Masters Series Madrid, ESP
16 Tennis WTA Zurich Cup, SUI
19 Golf PGAET Mallorca Classic, ESP
26 Golf PGAET Volvo Masters, ESP
28 Dancesport IDSF World Ten Dance, RUS
28 Horse Racing 2006 Breeders Cup, USA
30 Tennis ATP Masters Series Paris, FRA
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