Good Week/Bad Week

Literal ups and downs in the Premier League

Blues sunk at Spurs as Tottenham send Birmingham down

Martinez riding high after Wigan stay up

The Premier League was literally full of ups and downs this week while James DeGale found himself relegated to the ranks of losers in his grudge match.

An amazing final day of the Premier League season saw a multitude of changes in the bottom three, with two eventual sides being condemned to Championship football next season.

DeGale had been predicting an easy win against hated rival George Groves but came unstuck, while Ian Poulter proved to be the king of Match Play golf out in Spain.

Here's what else caught our eye this week, let us know your thoughts and selections from the last seven days of sport.

Good Week


Wigan started Sunday in the bottom three with a tough trip to Stoke in prospect, and it was not looking good for them when Birmingham equalised at Tottenham, before more late drama ensued.

Hugo Rodallega was the hero as he netted 12 minutes from time and, despite some frantic defending late on, Wigan held out to secure their top-flight survival for another season.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez was the only loser on the day as he threw his lucky coat into the ranks of Latics fans only to later realise he had left his wallet in it!


The Irish province produced one of the greatest comebacks in Heineken Cup history, and certainly the best in a final, to stun Northampton with a remarkable second half turnaround in Cardiff.

Saints looked to have the game sewn up at half time as tries from Phil Dowson, Ben Foden and Dylan Hartley saw them open up a 22-6 lead with some brilliant rugby running Leinster ragged at the Millennium Stadium.

Jonathan Sexton inspired the Leinster comeback though as they blanked Northampton in the second half to win 33-22 and claim the trophy in remarkable fashion.

Ian Poulter

Ian Poulter was at his battling best to come through a host of tough scraps and win the prestigious Volvo World Match Play at Finca Cortesin in Spain, beating Luke Donald in the final.

Poulter squared his two group games and every match he was involved in went down the 18th, before he beat Nicolas Colsaerts on the 19th in the semis to face Donald in the first all-English final since 1964.

Donald went ahead three times but Poulter survived a fall down a hill to come back and fight his way to the title, and also deny Donald the chance to claim the world number one spot in the process.

Gary Anderson

Scotland's Gary Anderson won his first major darts title in the PDC by crushing world champion Adrian Lewis 10-4 in the final of the Premier League during an exciting night at Wembley.

Lewis had previously knocked out Phil Taylor while Anderson battled past Raymond van Barneveld, but it was Anderson who found his top form in the final and powered to a 9-1 lead before crossing the line to take the £125,000 first prize.

Bad Week


Birmingham joined West Ham and Blackpool in suffering the heartbreak of relegation, but in more devastating fashion as results elsewhere saw their needs at Spurs switch late on.

Losing 1-0, Craig Gardner levelled things up in the second half and that result at the time was enough to keep them up - until Wigan and Wolves scored to drop them into the relegation zone and then needing a win at White Hart Lane.

The message took a while to get onto the pitch with their players looking happy with a draw only then to be told from the sidelines that another goal was needed - and in a desperate attempt to net a winner they left the door open for Roman Pavlyuchanko to seal a win and send Blues down.

James DeGale

DeGale and bitter rival Groves got it on at the O2 Arena with the Olympic champion rubbishing Groves' chances during the pre-fight build-up, but he was left red faced as he lost out again just as he did in their fight in the amateurs.

Groves only just about took it though, winning by just a round on two judges' scorecards while the other scored it a draw - but it was enough to take DeGale's British title to add to his own Commonwealth super-middleweight strap.

DeGale is furious and calling for a rematch, but Groves is the one left smiling as the dust settles and insists he is moving on to bigger and better things.


Ian Holloway's Blackpool suffered heartbreak at Old Trafford as they led 2-1 before going down with a 4-2 defeat to bring their entertaining spell in the Premier League to a disappointing end.

Holloway's men showed tremendous spirit to come from behind with goals from Charlie Adam and Gary Taylor-Fletcher giving them hope of a producing a huge upset and achieving a memorable survival story.

However, Manchester United came back to win the game and send Blackpool down, and Holloway has already admitted it could take the club years to get over relegation with so many of their top players set to leave in the summer.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods continues to drop like a stone down the world rankings, with his recent injury withdrawal from the Players Championship and subsequent lay-off seeing him fall to his lowest position for 14 years.

Woods has been haemorrhaging ranking points ever since his infamous car crash signalled the breakdown of his marriage, and as a result he has now slipped down to 12th in the latest world rankings.

Without a win since the 2009 Australian Masters, the man who spent a total of 623 weeks at the head of the rankings is struggling with injuries and loss of form and could face an even lower slump if he fails to turn things around quickly.