The sporting week ahead (03/10/10)

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We're all European today. Will Monty's men spank the Yanks? Will Tiger drown his sorrows by zeroing in on a Welsh birdie? On planet football, Ian Holloway's tangerine-shirted heroes go to Anfield, while it's the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. Rumours that the piece de resistance is the entire stadium collapsing could not be confirmed as we went to press.


Fabio Capello announces his squad for England's table-topping clash with Montenegro next week. Not saying Il Capo's lost the plot, but he continues to ignore Michael "one goal every other game" Owen if favour of desperately trying to tempt Emile "one goal every other season" Heskey out of retirement.


The athletics starts in Delhi ... hooray! Elsewhere in India, let's hope the cricketers are giving Australia a good hiding in Mohali.


An International Cricket Council awards evening in Bangalore. It was going to be held in Pakistan, but everyone would have known the winners beforehand.


The poor man's Heineken Cup, the Amlin Challenge Cup, kicks off with only hardy north-east folk interested in Newcastle v Bourgoin. And it's after the Lord Monty's Show at Carnoustie, as the Alfred Dunhill Links tees off in the shadow of the Ryder Cup.


Some tasty Euro 2012 qualifiers (not including England). Northern Ireland host Italy while the Republic of Ireland are also at home, to Russia. Caretaker manager Brian Flynn will hope to sweep Wales past Bulgaria while Scotland are in the Czech republic.


The Commonwealth Games is likely to get interesting with a gold rush for the home nations while the Heineken Cup kicks off with a cracker between London Irish and Munster. But what are we all going to do without any real football?