The Weekend That Was – Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th May 2016
Leicester City 3 – 1 Everton
Jamie Vardy scored twice as Leicester celebrated being crowned Premier League champions with a 3-1 win against Everton at the King Power Stadium.
In a carnival atmosphere, opera legend Andrea Bocelli started the title party by singing before kick-off before a Vardy double sparked the festivities into life on the pitch. Andy King, who has won League One, the Championship and now the Premier League with Leicester also got himself on the scoresheet as Leicester made history in style!
Sunderland 3 – 2 Chelsea
Sunderland took a huge step towards Premier League survival after a dramatic second-half fightback inspired them to a 3-2 win over Chelsea.
The Black Cats trailed 2-1 at the break after Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic scored either side of Wahbi Khazri’s sweetly struck volley.
But Fabio Borini levelled the match in the 67th minute and Jermain Defoe fired his 18th goal of the season soon afterwards to put the hosts ahead for the first time.
Norwich 0 – 1 Manchester United
Juan Mata was the hero as Manchester United beat relegation-haunted Norwich 1-0 to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
The visitors took a crucial three points when Wayne Rooney played in Mata and the Spain international kept his cool to beat John Ruddy with a close-range finish after 72 minutes.
The result leaves Norwich four points behind Sunderland with just two games left to play.
Aston Villa 0 – 0 Newcastle United
Newcastle’s survival hopes suffered a major setback after they were held to a goalless draw by already relegated Aston Villa on Saturday.
Jack Colback and Aleksandar Mitrovic each squandered second-half opportunities to break the deadlock at Villa Park as Rafa Benitez’s side failed to break down the Premier League’s worst defence.
The draw, combined with Sunderland’s victory over Chelsea, means Newcastle drop into the relegation zone and they will be relegated if Sunderland beat Everton on Wednesday night.
Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 2 Southampton
Steven Davis struck twice as Southampton earned a 2-1 win at Tottenham, opening the door for Arsenal in the battle for second.
Son Heung-min put Spurs in front at White Hart Lane after 16 minutes, capitalising on sluggish Southampton defending to round Fraser Forster and slot home.
Davis equalised for Southampton on 31 minutes and the Saints midfielder put his side ahead in the second half with a low finish past Hugo Lloris.
Manchester City 2 – 2 Arsenal
Manchester City’s top-four chances are in the balance after they twice gave up a lead to draw 2-2 with Arsenal.
Sergio Aguero put City ahead in the eighth minute but Olivier Giroud quickly levelled when he headed home from a corner.
Kevin de Bruyne made it 2-1 early in the second half with a fine individual effort, only for Alexis Sanchez to fire in an equaliser from the edge of the box.
Saul Alvarez KO’s Amir Khan!
Amir Khan was knocked out in brutal fashion by Saul Alvarez in the sixth round of the stellar Las Vegas showdown on Saturday night.
A single overhand right left the Bolton boxer flat on his back with his dream of producing one of boxing’s biggest shocks shattered with 30 seconds of the round remaining.
Khan couldn’t even try to get back to his feet and even Alvarez, and the sold-out T-Mobile Arena, delayed their celebrations following a vicious shot.
Anthony Crolla Retains World Title
Anthony Crolla retained his WBA world lightweight title by knocking out Ismael Barroso in the seventh round of a classic fight of two halves.
The champion absorbed the raw power from his challenger and slowly but surely turned the tables in an exhilarating and emotional first defence at the packed Manchester Arena.
Crolla’s seventh-round knockdown and subsequent 10 count not only proved the Mancunian is an established world champion, but also that his challenger had run out of gas.
Novak Djokovic Wins The Madrid Open
Andy Murray was thwarted by world No 1 Novak Djokovic once again as the Serb claimed the Madrid Open title for the second time.
The world No 1 was taken to a deciding set by Murray, who was attempting to defend the title he won in the Spanish capital last year, before prevailing 6-2 3-6 6-3 to record his 15th straight victory over top 10 players.
The Serb collected his fifth title of 2016 after winning the Qatar Open, Indian Wells, the Miami Open and the Australian Open, in which he also defeated Murray in the final.
Marcel Kittel Takes The Lead In The Giro D’Italia
Marcel Kittel produced another awesome display of sprinting power to win stage three of the Giro d’Italia and take the overall race lead.
Twenty-four hours after his crushing victory on stage two, the 27-year-old Etixx – Quick-Step rider repeated the feat in Arnhem by comfortably beating Elia Viviani (Team Sky) into second place and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) into third by several bike lengths.
Kittel started the day one second behind race leader Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) in third, but the 10 bonus seconds he received for his win lifted him to the top of the general classification and into the pink jersey for the first time in his career.
Surrey Storm retain Netball Superleague Title
Surrey Storm survived a late onslaught by Manchester Thunder to successfully defend their Vitality Netball Superleague title with a 55-53 win in the Grand Final.
Storm had comfortably led Thunder throughout an exhilarating contest at the Copper Box Arena in London until the final quarter when Dan Ryan’s side staged a remarkable comeback.
The 2014 winners reduced the deficit to just one goal with seconds remaining before Rachel Dunn made sure of victory as Storm held on to make it back-to-back titles.
Badminton Horse Trials
The normally sleepy village of Badminton saw a wonderful turnout for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2016. The dressage on Thursday and Friday saw Michael Jung in the lead on La Biosthetique. Saturdays cross country did nothing to change his reign and Sunday saw him crowned not only Badminton 2016 champion but the Grand Slam winner having already won at Burghley and Kentucky. Jung said of his win ‘…it will take some time for it to sink in, Sam is not only a horse but my friend.’ Fellow German Andreas Ostholt riding So Is Et came second while our own Gemma Tattersall came third on Arctic Soul. Zara Tindall née Phillips made the Rio qualification mark, finishing 23rd on High Kingdom who carried her to Silver at London 2012. The Tactic Counsel office had a day out on Friday to watch the dressage, enjoying Oliver Townsend’s late afternoon test immensely riding.
British Basketball League Play-offs
Sheffield Sharks were on song to beat Leicester Raiders 84 – 77 at the O2 Arena. This win saw the Sharks win the title for the first time in 22 seasons.
The Women’s play-offs were won by Northumbria who beat Nottingham 75 – 68.