The Weekend That Was 16th – 17th April 2016
The Premier League
Leaders Leicester City needed a 95th minute penalty from Leonardo Ulloa to salvage a point from their home game with West Ham. Jamie Vardy gave the Foxes the lead at half time but was then sent off after being shown a second yellow card for diving and West Ham exploited their numerical advantage with two goals in the final 10 minutes from Andy Carroll (penalty) and a fine strike from Aaron Creswell. It looked as though West Ham would take all three points until Ulloa’s late penalty enabled Leicester to extend their lead over Tottenham, who play Stoke City on Monday night, to 8 points.
Aston Villa’s relegation from the Premier League for the first time was finally confirmed after they suffered yet another defeat, this time going down 1-0 at Manchester United.
Elsewhere, Manchester City enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win at Chelsea, Sergio Aguero grabbing a hat-trick at Stamford Bridge, whilst Arsenal’s home draw with Crystal Palace was greeted at the final whistle by more boos from the unhappy home fans.
Nico Rosberg won his sixth Grand Prix in a row and has now opened up a commanding lead at the top of the championship. In an incident packed race, Sebastian Vettel took second place for Ferrari and Daniil Kvyat claimed Red Bull’s first podium finish of the season. Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth for the third consecutive race after a puncture put pay to his hopes of a podium place. Kimi Raikkonen was fifth, Massa sixth and reigning world champion, Lewis Hamilton, crossed the line in a frustrating seventh. Rosberg now has a 36 point lead over his Mercedes teammate (Hamilton) after three races in the championship.
Snooker legend, Steve Davis, has announced his retirement from the game after an illustrious 38 year career. He dominated snooker in its hey day in the 1980’s, winning six world titles and holding the world number one spot from 1983-1990.
His career makes very impressive reading;
6 world titles
28 ranking titles
53 non-ranking titles
1,453 professional matches
9 team titles
World number one for seven consecutive years
First ever televised maximum 147 break in 1982
The Spanish Open
England’s Andrew Johnston won his first European Tour title at Valderrama after a closing round of 70 saw him finish the four days at one over par. He finished on shot ahead of Holland’s Joost Luiten, with home favourite Sergio Garcia on shot further back after a very impressive final round of 67.
Monte Carlo Masters
Rafael Nadal has claimed victory in the Monte Carlo Masters. Nadal who beat Murry in the semi finals found himself in the final of the ninth occurrence playing Frenchman Gael Monfils. This marks the 100th final that Nadal, who is 29, has featured in. Nadal and Novak now equal with 28th Masters title.
Maria Sharapova, the ITF and WADA
The International Tennis Federation have released a statement detailing that the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme’s Maria Sharapova case. Sharapova’s meldonium case will proceed even in light of the fact that the World Anti-Doping Agency recently relaxed its view on players who have been found to have less than 1 microgram of the drug in their system. This may be good news for the tennis players making up these athletes could have a reprieve it doesn’t change Sharapova’s fate.
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series
The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series has not been without its excitement in Singapore this weekend. The defending champions, Fiji, have been ejected from their top spot by non-other than Kenya who until today were ranked 8th in the World. The tour moves to Paris next after its decade hiatus. Everyone’s eyes will no doubt be on this team as they head to Rio to try and win a medal.