Sport shorts: Spurs new stadium to host Tottenham vs. Arsenal WSL derby

Ten things from the world of sport on Wednesday 10 July

The new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium opened in April 2019
The new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium opened in April 2019
(Image credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images )

1. North London WSL derby at Spurs new stadium

The fixtures for the FA Women’s Super League (WSL) 2019-20 season have been revealed today and it has also been announced that the Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal derby will be played at the Spurs new stadium on 17 November.

This week the FA already confirmed that two WSL derbies will be played at Premier League stadiums in September and now the north London clash has followed suit.

On the opening weekend of the WSL season Manchester City will host Manchester United at the Etihad on Saturday 7 September and a day later Chelsea will play Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.

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FA WSL opening weekend fixtures Saturday 7 September

  • Manchester City vs. Manchester United (3pm; Etihad Stadium)

Sunday 8 September

  • Chelsea vs. Tottenham (12.30pm; Stamford Bridge; live on BBC Sport)
  • Birmingham City vs. Everton (2pm; Solihull Moors FC)
  • Liverpool vs. Reading (2pm; Prenton Park)
  • Arsenal vs. West Ham United (2.30pm; Boreham Wood FC)
  • Bristol City vs. Brighton & Hove Albion (3pm; Stoke Gifford Stadium)
  • For the full WSL season fixture list see

2. Bristol face Bath in rugby season opener

West Country rivals Bristol Bears and Bath Rugby will go head-to-head at Ashton Gate on the opening day of the 2019-20 English Premiership season on Friday 18 October. Champions Saracens host Northampton on Saturday 19 October.

Premiership opening weekend fixtures

  • Friday 18 October (7.45pm): Bristol vs. Bath
  • Saturday 19 October (3pm): Exeter vs. Harlequins; Sale vs. Gloucester; Saracens vs Northampton; Worcester vs. Leicester
  • Sunday 20 October (3pm): Wasps vs. London Irish

3. New F1 British GP deal expected

Silverstone’s current contract with Formula 1 to host the British Grand Prix expires this year, but according to reports a new deal is set to be confirmed. The Daily Mail says that a press conference has been called at Silverstone at 2pm today. It’s expected that F1 CEO Chase Carey, British Racing Drivers’ Club chairman John Grant and Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle will be in attendance to announce the new race deal.

F1 British GP race guide: predictions, TV schedule and betting odds

4. Konta hits out at journalists

Johanna Konta reacted angrily in the post-match press conference following her defeat at Wimbledon yesterday. After losing 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 to unseeded Barbora Strycova in the quarter-final Konta was questioned by journalists over her many unforced errors and the missed opportunity of reaching the semi-final. The British No.1 said some of the questions were “disrespectful and patronising”. She told one reporter: “I don’t think you need to pick on me in a harsh way.”

5. Big three in action at Wimbledon

After the drama of the women’s singles yesterday it’s the turn of the men to play in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. The “big three” - Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal - are all in action at the All England Club today. On Centre Court world No.1 Djokovic plays 21st seed David Goffin. This is followed on Centre by Federer’s clash against eighth seed Kei Nishikori. Guido Pella plays Roberto Bautista Agut in the first quarter-final on Court No.1 today. Nadal vs. Sam Querrey follows.

Wimbledon 2019: day nine order of play

England all-rounder Ben Stokes celebrates taking a wicket in the Cricket World Cup

(Image credit: Ian Kington/AFP/Getty Images)

6. Aussie loss still rankles for Stokes

England all-rounder Ben Stokes is seeking redemption against Australia in tomorrow’s Cricket World Cup semi-final at Edgbaston. Stokes was the only player to emerge with credit from England’s limp defeat to Australia in last month’s group game. The Durham star hit 89 of his side’s 221 runs, and he says the manner of the loss still rankles. He said: “Losing to them at Lord’s was massively disappointing, so I think there will be a bit of redemption for that, knowing we have the chance to beat them and get to that final.”

Australia vs. England: Stokes ready for biggest match of his career

7. Toon target Bruce

Newcastle United are being linked with a move for former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce. It’s widely reported that the Sheffield Wednesday boss has jumped to the top of the queue to become the Toon’s next manager.

8. PSG fans want Neymar out

A France Football poll has revealed that 79% of Paris Saint-Germain fans want Neymar to leave the club. The Brazilian, who missed the opening day of pre-season training, has been linked with a return to Barcelona.

Neymar no-show: PSG fume as rumours of Barcelona return intensify

9. Bale’s billions

Gareth Bale could become a billionaire by moving to China. According to reports the unsettled Real Madrid star has been offered a “ludicrous £1.2m a week” by the unnamed Chinese club. The 29-year-old currently pockets £600,000 a week in the Spanish capital, and the Welshman could double his money if he moved east. Manchester United have been linked with Bale in recent months and while their interest is apparently fading, it’s still unlikely that the Chinese club will get their man. That’s because they are unwilling to pay a transfer fee, and while Real are apparently “desperate to offload the winger”, they want to recoup some of the £95m they paid Tottenham for Bale in 2013.

Premier League transfer news: Eriksen, Pogba, Lukaku, Diaz, Lemina, Origi

10. Solskjaer wants one year from Pogba

The Sun says there is a new twist in the saga that is Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United. Mino Raiola, Pogba’s agent, confirmed at the weekend that the French midfielder wants to leave Old Trafford. He has been linked with Real Madrid and former club Juventus. Despite Pogba wanting to depart, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will ask the 26-year-old to wait one more season before quitting the Red Devils.

Today’s back pages: Solskjaer wants Pogba to stay and Konta hits out

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