SOCCER

Manchester City are keeping the pressure on Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table.

The champions beat Aston Villa 3-0 at the Etihad in the lunchtime game.

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith felt V-A-R missed an offside for one of the goals.

There was a lengthy check for City’s second goal to see if Kevin de Bruyne’s (pron: der bry-ner’s) free-kick hit David (pron: dav-id) Silva or Raheem Sterling on the way into the net.

The Reds lead at the top is now just three points, at least until they play Spurs tomorrow.

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In the 3-o’clock games,

A controversial penalty awarded after a V-A-R review helped Brighton come from behind to secure a 3-2 win over Everton.

Watford’s wait for a first league victory goes on after they were held to a goalless draw by Bournemouth.

West Ham and Sheffield United also shared the spoils after it finished 1-all at the London Stadium.

After 20 minutes of action it’s still scoreless between Burnley and Chelsea at Turf Moor.

RUGBY

England have made it to their first Rugby World Cup final since 2007.

Eddie Jones’ side beat back-to-back champions New Zealand 19-7 in Yokohama this morning.

Manu Tuilagi scored the only try with Owen Farrell sending the conversion through the posts.

George Ford then kicked four penalties to see them into the showpiece next weekend where they’ll face either Wales or South Africa.

It will mark Jones’ second final after he guided Australia to the 2003 decider, which they lost to England.

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Here at home, after 32 minutes Connacht lead the Cheetahs 7-5 in the PRO 14.

While Leinster lead Zebre 3-0 where they’re look to maintain their 100% start to the season.

CRICKET

Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for next summer’s T20 Cricket World Cup are looking good.

They thumped Nigeria by 8 wickets this morning in their final Group Stage match in Abu Dhabi to go top of Group B.

If Jersey beat Oman tomorrow Ireland will automatically qualify.

If Oman win meanwhile, the Irish will go into a play-off against the third-placed side from Group A, which is currently Scotland.

GOLF

Tiger Woods holds a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of golf’s Zozo Championship on the PGA Tour.

The 15-time major winner birdied the last two holes in his second round in Japan as he shot a six-under-par 64 to take the outright lead ahead of fellow American Gary Woodland.

Rory McIlroy is three-under after two rounds with Open champion Shane Lowry level-par.



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