Weekly Sports Review

24th to 30th December

In this edition we once again look back at some of the main results of the past week. Real Madrid CF won the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 by beating the local side Al Ain FC 4-1 in the final. This is also the third time the champions have won the tournament. In the World 9-ball Pool Billiards Championship held in Doha, Germany's Joshua Filler won his first world championship. The final was won 13-10 against Carlo Biado from the Philippines. In the final World Surf League professional event for 2018, Gabriel Medina of Brazil won the Billabong Pipe Masters held in Oahu. 

The Olympia London Horse Show comes to an end today, but we soon head over to Mechelen in Belgium for the Jumping Mechelen 2018 from Wednesday to Sunday. World Chess also resumes after a short break with the Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship 2018 to be hosted in St. Petersburg from Christmas Day. Traditionally Boxing Day is also a favourite for cricket supporters with three tests starting on Wednesday. Australia play India in the third test, New Zealand play Sri Lanka in their second test, while South Africa play the tourists Pakistan in their first test. This week there are Alpine, Ski Jumping and Cross-Country World Cups in various locations in Europe. Vancouver will host the 2019 IIHF World Men U20 Ice Hockey Championship starting on Wednesday until the 5th January. In addition, the main Darts tournament of the year is still in progress in London until New Year's Day. 

All the international sporting events are listed below. We wish you a Merry Christmas!

Chess

Tuesday to 31st December - World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship 2018 - St. Petersburg

Cricket

Wednesday - New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test - Christchurch; Australia v India, 3rd Test - Melbourne; South Africa v Pakistan, 1st Test - Centurion

Cycling

Wednesday - 2018-2019 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup - Heusden-Zolder

Darts

13th December to 1st January - William Hill World Championship - London

Draughts

Friday to 12th January - World Title Match: A.Shvartsman v R.Boomstra - various cities, Netherlands

Equestrian

Wednesday to Sunday - Showjumping - Jumping Mechelen 2018 

Wednesday - Racing (Group 1) - Malibu S.; La Brea S. - Santa Anita Park

Friday - Racing (Group 1) - The Hopeful S. - Nakayama

Saturday - Racing (Group 1) - American Oaks - Santa Anita Park

Ice Hockey

Wednesday to 5th January - 2019 IIHF World Men U20 Championship - Vancouver

Ski & Snowboarding

Wednesday to Saturday - Alpine - Men's Downhill and Super G - Bormio

Friday to Saturday - Alpine - Women's Giant Slalom and Slalom - Semmering

Saturday to Sunday - Ski Jumping - Men's HS137 - Oberstdorf

Saturday to Sunday - Cross-Country - Women's and Men's Sprint F, 10 km F and 15 kn F - Toblach

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