Weekend That Was – 5th-6th March 2016

Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th March 2016

Football

Premier League

Leicester City moved five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League with only nine games left of the season after beating Watford 1-0 at Vicarage Road. The win followed on from an intense North London derby that saw a ten man Arsenal fight back to hold Tottenham to a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane which saw the gap at the top widen.

Manchester City however made no mistakes, getting themselves back into the title race by easing to a 4- 0 home victory against Aston Villa. Pressure has been maintained on the top four by West Ham though who came from 2-0 down in the last twelve minutes to beat Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park, moving them only a point behind the Champions League places. The Irons leapfrogged Manchester United who lost their first ever Premier League game away at West Brom 1-0, Solomon Rondon with the only goal of the game.

 

La Liga

Cristiano Ronaldo scored four as Real Madrid hammered Celta Vigo 7-1. However, the galactico’s stay 12 points behind league leaders Barcelona after they beat Eibar 4-1. Lionel Messi adding another two to his seasons tally, and with Luis Suarez on the scoresheet too it meant that Barca’s front three now have over 100 goals between them this season.

 

Scottish Cup

Celtic will play Rangers in the semi finals of the Scottish Cup after both sides eased past their quarter final opponents. Rangers beat Dundee 4-0 and Celtic beat Morton 3-0.

 

UFC

UFC196

It was a weekend of huge upsets in the world of mixed martial arts. Women’s World Bantamweight Champion, Holly Holm, the first woman to famously beat Ronda Rousey last year, was beaten herself in her first title defence by Miesha Tate. Holm was choked unconscious by Tate in the second round, giving Tate her first UFC title!

 

That upset was quickly followed by a shock defeat for UFC megastar Conor McGregor! The Irish fighter, who had moved up two weight divisions for the fight with Nate Diaz, who was a late replacement following the drop out of original opponent Rafael dos Anjos, forced McGregor to tap out in the second round of the bout. It was McGregor’s first ever UFC defeat.

 

Cycling

UCI Track Cycling World Championships

Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish won gold in the Track Cycling World Championships.

The result means that individually Wiggins now has seven track world titles on the track spanning 14 years, while Cavendish now has three on the track, all in the Madison.

 

Tennis

Davis Cup

 Great Britain are into the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup after Andy Murray overcame Japan’s Kei Nishikori in a five-sets in Birmingham.

In Belgrade, Viktor Troicki defeated Aleksandr Nedovyesov in straight sets to set up a quarter-final tie with Great Britain in July, the week after Wimbledon.

 

NFL

Manning Retires

NFL great Peyton Manning has informed the Denver Broncos that he has decided to retire from the sport.The 39-year-old is one of the finest quarterbacks to have graced the NFL and will end his career on a high, having helped the Broncos to Super Bowl glory last month.

It was a second championship for Manning, who also triumphed during his time with the Indianapolis Colts, and he was named the League’s Most Valuable Player on five occasions.

 

Golf

World Golf Championship

Adam Scott won the World Golf Championship at Doral, to record back to back victories on the PGA Tour. Scott, who finished 12 under par, began the final day three shots behind Rory McIlroy, but the Northern Irishman could only manage a final round of 74 to finish tied third along with England’s Danny Willet on 10 under par.  Bubba Watson claimed second place.

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