The football season may be back with us, but there was plenty of other heart-racing sporting action as a cornucopia of titles were settled around the globe. Join us as we round up the best of the sporting weekend.
Chelsea’s penalty charity hands Gunners shield
Arsenal drew first blood in the English football season, lifting the Community Shield trophy after beating Chelsea 4-1 on penalties.
The game finished 1-1, but Blues boss Antonio Conte was unhappy after Chelsea once again finished a Wembley game against Arsenal with 10 men after Pedro was dismissed.
It didn’t make any difference in the shootout though. Thibaut Courtois and Alvaro Morata missed as the new ‘ABBA’ penalty format made its debut.
The winner still takes it all!
Bayern bully Borussia
Over on the continent, German champions FC Bayern Munchen claimed the German Super Cup despite the latest in a series of lacklustre performances.
Reserve keeper Sven Ulreich was the hero, saving two spot kicks as another season opener was decided on penalties.
Bayern now have a couple of weeks to find some form before the start of the Bundesliga proper.
— FOX Sports Asia (@FOXSportsAsia) August 7, 2017
Does anyone seriously doubt this will happen?
More penalties in Holland saw Feyenoord claim the Dutch Super Cup at the expense of Vitesse Arnhem.
The big talking point of the match, however, was the use of the VAR system, as Feyenoord were denied a second goal as play was brought back to an earlier foul that instead saw Vitesse awarded a penalty.
VAR’s teething troubles continue!
Hideki Matsuyama fired a sensational final round 61 at the Firestone Country Club to tie the course record and win the Bridgestone International.
The Japanese star’s superb round saw him capture the title by five shots and earn his second big win in a World Golf Championship.
— FOX Sports Asia (@FOXSportsAsia) August 7, 2017
Matsuyama recorded the lowest final round at Firestone in four decades to finish at 16-under par.
It was his third victory on the PGA tour this season, tying him with Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson.
Four years later, Hideki shot a 61 of his own. pic.twitter.com/oF8jAE0dfd
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 7, 2017
Matsuyama now takes the momentum into the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow as he bids to become the first Japanese golfer to win a major.
In form In-Kyung gets major monkey off her back
Another Asian player shining at the weekend was South Korea’s Kim In-Kyung, who held her nerve to claim a maiden major victory at the Women’s British Open in Scotland.
Kim’s win finally helped to exorcise her major demons of five years ago when she missed a one-footer that would have given her victory at the 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
The 29-year-old is currently in the form of her life with three wins on the tour this season and now her first major title.
— LPGA (@LPGA) August 6, 2017
Reason to smile, for sure!
Gatecrasher Gatlin poop’s Bolt’s party
Justin Gatlin pooped Usain Bolt’s party plans for a glorious send off at the weekend by beating the Jamaican in the 100m final at the World Championships in London.
Gatlin and America’s Christian Coleman took advantage of Bolt’s poor start to claim first and second place, leaving Bolt to add a rare bronze medal to his large collection of gold ones.
Bolt was magnanimous in defeat, but the crowd just couldn’t warm to the two-time banned drug cheat Gatlin, no matter how much he smiled.
Even mix of boos and applause when Gatlin awarded his gold by Coe. US anthem respected. Rancour seems to have eased
— Dan Roan (@danroan) August 6, 2017
Zverev revs up ahead of US Open
Germany’s Alexander Zverev claimed yet another title this weekend in Washington, defeating Kevin Anderson in straight sets to claim the Washington Open – his fourth of the season.
The 20-year old Zverev is now tied with Rafael Nadal, and just one win behind the resurgent Roger Federer for the most successful player on tour.
Zverev-fied air. ?
— Citi Open (@CitiOpen) August 6, 2017
Next stop, a grand slam championship?
In the women’s event, Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova was triumphant, beating Germany’s Julia Goerges after coming back from a set down.
Makarova claimed her third WTA title and her first since Pattaya in 2014.
— WTA (@WTA) August 7, 2017
Congratulations! Raise your glass!
Meanwhile, Madison Keys was the big winner at the Stanford Classic, beating Coco Vandeweghe in the battle of the big hitters.
Marquez moves ahead of the pack
In two wheeled action, Marc Marquez started the second half of the race calendar where he left off with a superb tactical victory in Brno.
The Spaniard started poorly, but pitted early to take advantage of a drying track that saw him surge through the field as the other drivers struggled to deal with the conditions.
BY the time everyone else had realised the need for a change, Marquez was way out in front and stormed to victory by more than 12 seconds over Dani Pedrosa.
The win saw Marquez extend his lead in the championship race to 14 points and it now looks like he could be in line for a fourth MotoGP title in five years.
Pettis plays hard down in Mexico
Down in Mexico, Sergio Pettis overcame a strong challenge from home favourite Brandon Moreno to win their flyweight contest at UFC Fight Night in Mexico City.
Moreno started strongly and had Pettis on the mat for the entire first round as he tried to complete a choke.
Pettis held on admirably, and then started to take control of Moreno from the second round onwards, landing some good quality jabs and kicks that saw Moreno’s confidence drain.
— FOX Sports Asia (@FOXSportsAsia) August 6, 2017
Pettis continued to outclass Moreno on his feet, rightly taking the unanimous decision after a hard-fought five rounds of action to put himself among the top contenders in the division.