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Monday, 5th December

History in Malaga

Major tennis history was created at the Palacio de Deportes José María Martín Carpena in Malaga on Sunday when Canada won the Davis Cup Finals for the first time in the nation's history. Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov took their team to a 2-0 unassailable lead over Australia. It is a fantastic result for a team who previously also reached the final in 2019, but lost out 2-0 to Spain. 

At the Puerto Rico Convention Center, San Juan, Spain's Francisco Sánchez Ruíz continued his incredible year by beating Poland's Wiktor Zieliński 10-6 in the final of the Predator World 8-Ball Championship. At the same venue, Poland's Szymon Kural, Estonia's Karl Gnadeberg and Taiwan's Xin Yu Hong took home the titles in the Predator World Juniors 9-Ball Championships

In bobsleigh and skeleton news, last week saw the start of the BMW IBSF World Cup circuit with Whistler in Canada opening the new season. Skeleton wins were achieved by Britain's Marcus Wyatt and Germany's Hannah Neise. Local star Bianca Ribi won the Women's Monobob, while Germany's Olympic champion Francesco Friedrich lead the 2-man and 4-man Bobsleigh teams to gold. Kim Kalicki continued Germany's dominance by winning the 2-woman Bobsleigh. 

Alpine, Nordic Combined, Ski Jumping, and Cross Country were the main disciplines over the weekend. Ruka staged three FIS World Cup events. Starting with Nordic Combined, Germany's Julian Schmid claimed gold in the Gundersen Large Hill HS142/5.0 km, while the 10.0 km and Mass Start titles went to Norway's Jarl Magnus Riiber. Cross Country was divided in three categories. Sweden's Emma Ribom and Norway's Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo won gold in the Sprint Final Classic. The 10 km Individual Start Classic gold went the Sweden's Ebba Andersson and again Klaebo. To complete a fantastic weekend, Klaebo then won the 20 km Pursuit Free, with the women's title going to Sweden's Frida Karlsson. Austria's Stefan Kraft was the champion of the Ski Jumping HS142 World Cup. The picturesque Lake Louise in Canada hosted the men's Alpine event. Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde claimed Downhill, while Switzerland's Marco Odermatt is the Super G champion. Across the border to Killington in Vermont, Switzerland's Lara Gut-Behrami won the Giant Slalom, with Downhill gold going to Sweden's Anna Swenn Larsson. 

The Ski Mountaineering season also started over the weekend in Val Thorens, France. Sprint Race titles went to Emily Harrop (FRA) and Arno Lietha (SUI), with France winning the Mixed Relay title. 

Bermuda's Flora Duffy claimed a record fourth World Triathlon Championship Series title on Saturday. The world series came to a conclusion in Abu Dhabi. Leo Bergere of France won the men's championship. Great Britain reigned in the U23 category with gold claimed by Kate Waugh and Connor Bentley. A landmark moment was achieved for para sport with the first-ever Para Triathlon Mixed Relay. 

In chess news, China are the FIDE World Team Champions after defeating Uzbekistan in the final. The 30th edition of the FIDE World Senior Chess Championship took place in Assisi. Georgia's legendary Nona Grapindashvili won the female Open 65+, while the men's title was claimed by Britain's John Nunn. It was Georgia again who won the 50+ final standings with Zurab Sturua taking gold. 

In the latest FIBA rankings, Spain's men have made history by becoming the new number one ranked basketball team of the world. Scotland completed the defence of their title with a 5-4 win over Switzerland at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2022 for men. The main cycling news of the weekend is the UCI Cycle-Ball World Cup Final hosted in Sulgen, Germany. The Austrian duo of Stefan Feurstein and Patrick Schnetzer are the 2022 champions. The Netherland's Mathieu Van Der Poel and Puck Pieterse won the next round of the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup over the weekend in Hulst, Netherlands.

Egypt’s Mazen Hesham claimed his first Professional Squash Association world tour title in seven years at the Malaysian Open Squash Championships, while Belgium's Nele Gilis became the first female winner from outside of Malaysia since Raneem El Welily in 2014. The International Boxing Association celebrate 12 new world champions at the Youth World Championships hosted in La Nucía, Spain.

In motor sport news, two World Championships were decided on Sunday. Spain's Mikel Azcona is the FIA World Touring Car Racing champion, while the driving team of Cristina Gutiérrez (ESP) and Sébastien Loeb (FRA) have claimed the Extreme E title by one point. 

Twelve titles were decided at the Professional Fighters League World Championships hosted in New York. Biaggo Ali Walsh, Mohammad Ali's grandson, won his second amateur title in the Lightweight division. Dakota Ditcheva is the women's Flyweight champion, while Magomed Magomedkerimov comprehensively won the Catchweight title. Nathan Schulte wins Lightweight, Sheymon Moraes claims Featherweight, Rob Wilkinson wins Light Heavyweight, Sadibou Sy wins the Welterweight title, and Olivier Aubin-Mercier claims the Lightweight title. Women's Featherweight goes to Aspen Ladd, while the Heavyweight title was won by Ante Delija. Brendan Loughnane is the Featherweight champion, while Larissa Pacheco produced the shock of the night by claiming the women's Lightweight world title. 

Nuremberg hosted the Teqball World Championships 2022 over the weekend. USA's Carolyn Greco and Romania's Apor Györgydeák win their first titles. The men's doubles title was claimed by Serbia's Bogdan Marojevic and Nikola Mitro, while Hungary's Zsanett Janicsek and Lea Vasas won the Women's Doubles title. Hungary's Adam Bako and Lea Vasas are the Mixed Doubles champions.

Walter Tempelman, founder of Discover the Games, attended the event and provided the following image of Thailand's Boonkom Tipwong in action.

Click on the photo to read more on the Teqball World Championships.

Michael van Gerwen has won the Professional Darts Corporation Players Championship Finals hosted in Minehead. Angling fans headed to Hammamet in Tunisia for the men's and women's Shore Angling World Championships. Tunisia's Abdelmonem Elgliou and Italy's Manuela Pasquali won the individual titles, while the team gold medals were claimed by the host nation.

Until next time, have a great week in sport.

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