Weekend sports review including Enable, The Tin Man, England's Wembley defeat and more

Recap the action with the Sporting Life Weekend Review
Recap the action with the Sporting Life Weekend Review

Catch up on a busy weekend of sport with the Sporting Life Weekend Review, which includes links to all the major sports stories.

Horse Racing

The anticipation ahead of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at the newly-renovated ParisLongchamp on October 7 went up a notch on Saturday after last year's winner, Enable, returned to the racetrack with a bang at Kempton Park.

Rarely has an all-weather track in Britain garnered so much attention on a Saturday afternoon as John Gosden's superstar filly made her long-awaited return to a racecourse 342 days after last year's stunning Arc success at Chantilly.

The unexpected obstacle of Crystal Ocean provided a rare treat for polytrack fans but the daughter of Nathaniel, in receipt of 8lb, brushed aside that rival despite her trainer insisting she was only 80-85 per cent fit afterwards.

It was no wonder Sky Bet cut her to 2/1 from 5s in the immediate aftermath of the race, but she's a top-price 7/4 now as punters clamour to back the Khalid Abdullah-owned four-year-old for the Paris highlight.

Frankie Dettori chats to the press after Enable's win
Frankie Dettori chats to the press after Enable's win

Meanwhile, Frankie Dettori was denied in his bid to make it from Enable's back to James Garfield's up at Haydock due to an incident involving a couple of planes at the Merseyside track earlier on.

Instead, it was that man Oisin Murphy who made the headlines again, his ride aboard The Tin Man ensuring Group One triumph for James Fanshawe in a wet edition of the 32Red Sprint Cup.

Given how he handled conditions Sky Bet more than halved his odds for the Qipco British Champions Sprint, from 8/1 to 7/2.

That wasn't the only top-level action over the weekend, though, as Recoletos just denied Wind Chimes in a thrilling renewal of the Group One Prix du Moulin de Longchamp on Sunday.

It was a close run thing as Wind Chimes battled well once headed and was only just denied in a photo, with Expert Eye running on for a never-nearer third.

Sky Bet cut Recoletos to 6/1 from 8/1 for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on British Champions Day (October 20).

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Football

Gareth Southgate says England are a ‘work in progress’ and pledged to "keep faith" with his principles after Spain delivered an uncomfortable reality check on Saturday.

The Three Lions, playing their first match on home soil since their World Cup heroics, were beaten 2-1 by Luis Enrique’s side, who came back after Marcus Rashford’s opening goal.

Gareth Southgate (right) shakes hands with Harry Maguire (left) after England's defeat to Spain
Gareth Southgate (right) shakes hands with Harry Maguire (left) after England's defeat to Spain

An eventful match saw Luke Shaw worryingly stretchered off in the second half after a nasty collision which saw him land on the turf uncomfortably, but the FA allayed concerns of his injury and the Man United left-back soon took to social media to reassure fans that he was feeling ‘fine’.

England could have snatched a draw in stoppage time at Wembley, with substitute Danny Welbeck having a goal disallowed after he was, rather harshly, adjudged to have fouled David De Gea.

Three Lions captain Harry Kane was not best pleased with the decision, accusing referee Danny Makkelie of bottling a big call – read the forward’s quotes here and catch Sporting Life’s match report here.

Staying with England, injuries to Shaw and other members of the camp have led to Southgate handing Leicester’s Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray (below) first senior call-ups.

Ben Chilwell (left) and Demarai Gray: Called up by England
Ben Chilwell (left) and Demarai Gray: Called up by England

A good day for City and England fans, as the news came hours after Harry Maguire committed his future to the East Midlanders after agreeing a new five-year deal.

Elsewhere, it was not a great weekend for the home nations, with Scotland thrashed by Belgium, Northern Ireland losing to Bosnia and Herzegovina while Wales – captained by Gareth Bale for the first time – were beaten in Denmark.

In other football results, catch up on the Sky Bet EFL, with our League One and League Two reviews.

Cricket

Alastair Cook can dream of a 33rd Test century in the final innings of his record-breaking career after steering England to stumps against India at The Oval.

Alastair Cook of England gets off the mark in his final appearance
Alastair Cook of England gets off the mark in his final appearance

Cook was still battling away unbeaten, on 46, as he so often has throughout his 161 Tests, in a total of 114 for two as England extended their overall lead to 154 after bowling India out for 292 - get the report here and check out our piece on Cook in numbers.

Tennis

Naomi Osaka won her first grand slam title as Serena Williams suffered an extraordinary meltdown in the US Open final.

Naomi Osaka celebrates winning the US Open
Naomi Osaka celebrates winning the US Open

The headlines were supposed to be about Williams' bid for a record-equalling 24th grand slam title and Osaka trying to become Japan's first slam winner, but instead an argument with umpire Carlos Ramos that escalated dominated the match.

Williams was furious when she was given a coaching violation early in the second set after a hand gesture from her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

She was then docked a point for a second violation when she smashed her racket after dropping serve at 3-3. Continuing her argument with Ramos at the change of ends, Williams accused him of being a thief for taking a point away from her.

Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos in the US Open final
Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos in the US Open final

Ramos gave her a third violation, which resulted in a game penalty, putting Osaka 5-3 ahead. A tearful Williams argued her case with tournament officials but, although she held serve in the next game, Osaka served out the victory 6-2 6-4.

Williams has since been fined over £13,000 for three code violations.

Elsewhere, Jamie Murray successfully defended his US Open mixed doubles title as he and Bethanie Mattek-Sands came from a set down to defeat Alicja Rosolska and Nikola Mektic.

Novak Djokovic kisses the US Open trophy
Novak Djokovic kisses the US Open trophy

Meanwhile in Sunday's men's singles final, Novak Djokovic claimed his 14th Grand Slam title - and second in a row - by defeating Juan Martin Del Potro in straight sets in the US Open final.

Djokovic is now joint-third with Pete Sampras on the all-time list of male Grand Slam winners and, after following up his Wimbledon triumph two months ago, is closing in once more on Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Golf

Matt Fitzpatrick has no issues with being left out of the Ryder Cup, despite winning the Omega European Masters title in Switzerland.

The Englishman claimed a play-off victory over Lucas Bjerregaard to become the first man since Seve Ballesteros in 1978 to defend the crown in the week where he missed out on a captain's pick for this month's match play competition.

Matt Fitzpatrick: The 24-year-old is presented with the Omega European Masters title
Matt Fitzpatrick: The 24-year-old is presented with the Omega European Masters title

European skipper Thomas Bjorn chose to go with experience for his four wild cards, picking Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia, meaning Fitzpatrick will have to wait to add to his 2016 appearance.

The 24-year-old accepts he has not played well enough to warrant a call. Asked if he had any regrets at missing out, he told Sky Sports: "Not at all, genuinely I don't.

"I didn't play well enough this summer, it's as simple as that. I don't hold anything against Thomas for not picking me, I completely understand why he has gone for experience, it is vital in Ryder Cups.

"This is what I wanted to achieve this season - another win. To get it here is so special and to get my fifth is amazing."

Fitzpatrick had to work hard for his repeat success in the Swiss Alps, though, as he needed to birdie the final hole to force a play-off - despite coming into the final round with a two-shot lead - read the full report here.

With excitement ramping up for the Ryder Cup, why not read Ben Coley's venue guide here and our golf expert's overview of Team Europe and Team USA.

Boxing

Amir Khan maintained his desire to fight Manny Pacquiao rather than fellow Brit Kell Brook after coming through his latest comeback with a points victory.

Khan had to climb off the canvas to before comfortably beating the game but limited Samuel Vargas in Birmingham.

Amir Khan climbed off the floor to beat Samuel Vargas on points
Amir Khan climbed off the floor to beat Samuel Vargas on points

The Bolton welterweight, in his second fight since returning to the ring after a two-year absence, was knocked to the floor in the final seconds of the second round.

Colombian-born Vargas had already been put down himself when he stunned Khan and the capacity crowd.

But, with Brook watching at ringside, Khan recovered and floored Vargas again before eventually running out unanimous points winner - read our report here.

The 31-year-old told Sky Sports: "What I really wanted to do was go the distance. I wanted to get the experience.

"There were times in the fight when I wanted to put him away, there were times when I could have pushed it and knocked him out."

Darts

Ian White and Ricky Evans after the final (Picture: Kelly Deckers/PDC Europe)
Ian White and Ricky Evans after the final (Picture: Kelly Deckers/PDC Europe)

Ian White won his first PDC European Tour title after beating surprise package Ricky Evans 8-5 in the Dutch Darts Championship final.

Six years to the day since his previous European Tour final, 'Diamond' followed up his superb triumph over Peter Wright in the last four to see off Evans at the MECC in Maastricht and scoop the top prize of £25,000.

The biggest surprise came 24 hours earlier when hot favourite Michael van Gerwen was thrashed 6-1 by world number 50 William O'Connor, who was delighted to do the "undo-able"!

The Irishman's dream ended in the next round against Evans.

Cycling

The likelihood of all three Grand Tours being won by Britons increased after Simon Yates retained the race leader's red jersey on stage 15 of La Vuelta.

After Chris Froome's Giro d'Italia triumph in May and Geraint Thomas' Tour de France success in July, there could be a unique hat-trick for British cycling if Yates can hold on for another week, to the finish in Madrid.

The Mitchelton-Scott rider holds a lead of 26 seconds over Spain's Alejandro Valverde entering Monday's second rest day.

Thibaut Pinot celebrates his stage 15 La Vuelta win
Thibaut Pinot celebrates his stage 15 La Vuelta win

Check out our summary of Sunday's action from Spain here while we also have a report from the final day of the Tour of Britain, as Julian Alaphilippe claimed the crown.

In other cycling news, there was a big boost for Team Sky as Geraint Thomas resisted interest from elsewhere by signing a new long-term deal.

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