The Weekend That Was – 14th – 15th May 2016

The Weekend That Was – Saturday 14th May – Sunday 15th May

Football

Manchester United A – A Bournemouth

A controlled explosion was carried out at Old Trafford after Manchester United’s final Premier League match of the season against Bournemouth was called off.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed that bomb disposal experts had dealt with a suspicious item that had been discovered inside the ‘north west quadrant’ of the stadium before the scheduled 3pm kick-off on Sunday.

Swansea 1 – 1 Manchester City

Manchester City all-but secured Champions League football for next season with a 1-1 draw at Swansea City.

The result leaves Man City three points ahead of Manchester United in fourth, whose final game of the Premier League season with Bournemouth was abandoned because of a security threat. Man City have an 18 better goal difference.

In Manuel Pellegrini’s last game as manager before Pep Guardiola takes over in the summer, Man City took an early lead through Kelechi Iheanacho but a deflected Andre Ayew free-kick levelled the scores right on half-time.

Newcastle United 5 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur

Relegated Newcastle thrashed Tottenham 5-1 with 10 men to leave Spurs third in the Premier League, behind rivals Arsenal.

Georginio Wijnaldum put relegated Newcastle ahead on 19 minutes from inside the area, before Aleksandar Mitrovic’s fine header doubled their lead before half-time.

Erik Lamela halved the deficit from a tight angle just after the hour mark, and Newcastle were reduced to 10 men after Mitrovic dragged his boot down Kyle Walker’s shin with a quarter of the game remaining. But shortly after the red card Newcastle were awarded a controversial penalty after Moussa Sissoko went down in the area from Christian Eriksen’s challenge, and Wijnaldum converted for his second and the hosts’ third.

Spurs then capitulated at St James’ Park, allowing the 10 men of Newcastle to score two more goals on the break through Rolando Aarons and then Daryl Janmaat.

Arsenal 4 – 0 Aston Villa

Arsenal snatched second place from north London rivals Tottenham after they thrashed Aston Villa 4-0 thanks to Olivier Giroud’s hat-trick at the Emirates Stadium.

Formula One

Max Verstappen Wins The Spanish Grand Prix

Max Verstappen became the youngest ever winner in F1 history after winning the Spanish GP following a first-lap collision between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen held off Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen for victory with Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo third after running a three-stop strategy.

The two Mercedes drivers had collided on the run to Turn Four leaving both cars in the gravel and out of the race.

Tennis

Andy Murray Wins The Rome Masters

Andy Murray has claimed the biggest clay court title of his career, beating world No 1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the final of the Rome Masters.

The Scot celebrated his 29th birthday by winning 6-3 6-3 on Sunday, becoming the first British player since 1931 to win the tournament in Italy, just seven days ahead of the French Open.

In a contest lasting 96 minutes, Murray broke serve three times while saving three break points against him – all  in the second set.

Serena Williams beat Madison Keys 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 to win her first title in nine months at the Italian Open Final.

Rugby

Saracens Win The European Title

Owen Farrell kicked seven penalties as Saracens beat Racing 21-9 to lift the Champions Cup trophy in Lyon.

The game was billed as a head-to-head clash between Farrell and former All Black Dan Carter, and it was the England international who won the battle as he kicked seven goals from seven attempts while Carter left the field early in the second half after an indifferent game.

The win is the first Champions Cup title for Mark McCall’s men, who are in with a chance for a league and cup double when they host Leicester Tigers in the Premiership semi-finals next week.

Cycling

Gianluca Brambilla Wins Stage Nine Individual Time Trial At Giro D’Italia

Gianluca Brambilla clung on to the overall lead of the Giro d’Italia on stage nine’s individual time trial as just 26 seconds separated all of the favourites for victory.

Brambilla (Etixx – Quick-Step) posted the 17th-fastest time on a rolling and rain-soaked 40.5km course in Chianti, 2min 5sec down on winner Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), which was enough to remain top of the general classification by a solitary second from team-mate Bob Jungels, who was sixth on the day.

Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) was the fastest of the pink jersey hopefuls, beating Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) by 15 seconds, Mikel Landa (Team Sky) by 22 seconds, Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) by 25 seconds and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) by 26 seconds.

The result leaves Nibali 53 seconds adrift of Brambilla in fifth overall, Valverde 55 seconds down in sixth, Dumoulin 58 seconds back in seventh and Landa 1min 18sec adrift in eighth.

Swimming

European Aquatic Championships

Tom Daley, who who won mixed 3m synchronised gold and men’s 10m synchronised silver earlier in the week has won European 10m gold.

British divers will next compete at the GB national championships in Sheffield, from 10-12 May. These results will help determine the final line-up of divers heading for Rio forming the Team GB Olympic squad.

Athletics

Diamond League

US athlete Justin Gatlin won his 100m race in Shanghai with a time of 9.94 seconds in his first sub-1o second race of the year. Britain’s Lorraine Ugen received two points in the Diamond Race by finishing 5th in the women’s long jump with a jump of 6.55 metres. Jade Lally, the British discus thrower, came eighth in her heat throwing 58.51 metres with the winner, Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic, throwing 70.88 metres.

Usain Bolt recorded his third slowest time ever at the Cayman Invitational, but still managed to win! Bolt’s time of 10.05 secs was satisfactory according to the World’s fastest man, “I’m just glad i got out of that one injury free, its a season opener so you never know what to expect”, he said afterwards. However, Bolt did concede that he had much work to do before the Jamaican Olympic trials in June ahead of the summer games in Rio.

 

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