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Rugby Union Autumn Internationals enter. Since then, it has carried more ranking points than any tournament other than the World Championship. SUNDAY 12 – SUNDAY 19 ATP World Tour Finals, London SATURDAY 11 FRIDAY 24 – SUNDAY 26 England v Argentina Ireland v South Africa Scotland v Samoa Wales v Australia Davis Cup Final SATURDAY 18 England v Australia Ireland v Fiji Scotland v New Zealand Wales v Georgia SATURDAY 25 England v Samoa Ireland v Argentina Scotland v Australia Wales v New Zealand Nerja Rugby Nerja Rugby home fixtures are played at the Enrique López Cuenca sports stadium at El Zocco, Nerja. (Next to the Municipal swimming pool). All home games kick off at 12:00. SUNDAY 26 Nerja v URA Almeria WEDNESDAY 29 – SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER UK Championships, York Barbican The UK Championship was first held in 1977 in Tower Circus, Blackpool as the United Kingdom Professional Snooker Championship, an event open only to British residents and passport holders. Patsy Fagan won the inaugural tournament by defeating Doug Mountjoy by 12 frames to 9 in the final and won the first prize of £2000. The following year the event moved to the Guild Hall, Preston, where it remained until 1998. The rules were changed in 1984 when the tournament was granted ranking status and all professionals were allowed to 47 The tournament has seen many memorable finals. In 1977 and 1979, it provided Patsy Fagan and John Virgo with their first and only major tournament wins respectively. In 1980, it was Steve Davis’s first of his 73 professional tournament wins. In 1981, the final between Davis and Terry Griffiths set the stage for four more final battles between Davis and Griffiths that were to dominate the rest of the season before their unexpected losses in the first round of the 1982 World Championship. In 1983, Alex Higgins beat Davis 16–15. In 1985, Willie Thorne led Davis 13–10 at the start of the evening session, only to miss a simple blue off its spot and lose 16–14. In 1988, Doug Mountjoy, widely viewed as just making up the numbers against the rising Stephen Hendry, produced a stunning display of character and ability to win 16–12 and become the second-oldest ever winner of a ranking event. Continued overleaf