Sky Sports picks out the best and worst from the sporting world over the last week

By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 23/09/13 3:01pm

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Vincent Kompany shakes hands with Wayne Rooney after the Derby

Vincent Kompany shakes hands with Wayne Rooney after the Derby

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More twists and turns in the world of sport this week, with an emphatic winner of the big Derby day in Manchester and an emphatic winner on the PGA Tour.

Henrik Stenson picked up the biggest pay day on offer in golf, and had plenty of time to think about how he would spend that money having led from start to finish.

David Haye was also building up towards a huge showdown of his own before disaster struck and he had to call off his big clash with Tyson Fury.

Here's the pick of the bunch from this week's sporting offerings.

Good Week

Henrik Stenson

Henrik Stenson walked off with a cool $11.4m after victory in the Tour Championship in Atlanta secured him the FedEx Cup.

Stenson, the leader since day one in the FedEx Cup finale at East Lake, kept a lively chasing pack at bay by posting a final round 68 to finish at 13-under, three shots clear of Americans Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker.

The Swede, who had led by nine shots at the turn on Saturday, saw that lead whittled down to just one after an electric burst of seven birdies in 10 holes by 20-year-old Spieth.

But he held his nerve down the stretch to secure the $1.4m first prize for winning the Tour Championship plus the mighty $10m bonus prize for winning the FedEx Cup.

Man City

A magnificent Manchester City display earned them a 4-1 derby-day home win over United on Sunday, and third spot in the Premier League.

The champions were comprehensively outplayed and beaten by their rivals at the Etihad Stadium, with Sergio Aguero netting twice either side of a Yaya Toure goal before Samir Nasri also got in on the act.

Wayne Rooney's fantastic free-kick in the 87th minute made him the top scorer in Manchester derbies with 11 goals, but it was scant consolation for David Moyes' men.

City are two points behind joint leaders Arsenal and Tottenham after five games played, and three above United who lie eighth in the early table.

Smith Brothers

Liam Smith joined brothers Paul and Stephen as a current British champion when he beat Erick Ochieng via unanimous points decision.

Smith added the Lonsdale Belt to his Commonwealth strap by out-working the London-based Ochieng over 12 busy and entertaining rounds.

Eldest brother Paul recently won back the super-middleweight title, Stephen is the super-featherweight champion while youngest sibling Callum won the English title in just his eighth fight, on Saturday's undercard.


Nottinghamshire have been crowned Yorkshire Bank 40 champions after beating Glamorgan by 87 runs in the Lord's final.

The Outlaws, who ended a 22-year wait for a limited-overs trophy, set a total of 244-8 which proved far too much for the Welsh county.

A fifth-wicket stand of 99 between skipper Chris Read (53) and David Hussey (42) proved crucial, stabilising the Notts innings following a bright start by Glamorgan, who won the toss and elected to bowl.

Bad Week

Paolo Di Canio out of a job after being sacked by Sunderland

Paolo Di Canio

Sunderland are on the hunt for a new manager after sacking Paolo Di Canio following a miserable start to the season.

Defeat to West Brom at The Hawthorns on Saturday left the Wearsiders bottom of the Premier League with just one point from their opening five games.

The club confirmed on Sunday evening that they had "parted company" with Di Canio but it is understood that Saturday's 3-0 loss, which saw the Italian face up to angry fans at the whistle, and a subsequent meeting forced Stadium of Light chiefs to act.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Sunderland AFC confirms that it has parted company with head coach Paolo Di Canio this evening.

David Haye

David Haye has been forced to postpone his eagerly-awaited heavyweight clash with Tyson Fury after suffering an injury.

Haye picked up a deep cut in training on Friday and the fight, scheduled for Manchester Arena on Saturday 28 September, has had to be put on hold.

He was training with sparring partner Filip Hrgovic - a 6ft 6" Croatian - when he was cut, and the wound required six stitches. Haye said: "Gutted isn't even the word.

St Helens

Leeds kept their hopes of defending the Super League title alive after a late Danny McGuire drop goal gave them a thrilling 11-10 victory over St Helens at Headingley.

The Rhinos surged into a 10-point lead thanks to tries from Kallum Watkins and Joel Moon but the visitors fought all the way back to level things up as Willie Manu crossed the whitewash twice.

Saints, who have lost to Leeds in four of the last six Grand Finals, then had the chance to edge in front heading into the closing stages but Jordan Turner sliced a difficult conversion wide of the posts.

With the final minutes ticking down the contest became a race to convert the one-pointer, and after Jon Wilkin scuffed his attempt, McGuire coolly slotted over after being fed the ball from Kevin Sinfield.


A difficult week for Liverpool after starting the new Premier League season with three straight wins saw that 100 percent start ended before also losing their first game of the campaign.

Former Anfield man Jonjo Shelvey first came back to haunt his old club as he had an eventful game, scoring one and setting-up the other for Swansea in a 2-2 draw on Monday night - although he also had a hand in both Liverpool goals.

The Reds looked to bounce back with an expected win against Southampton at Anfield on Saturday, but Dejan Lovren's second-half header was enough for the Saints to stun Liverpool in a fully deserved 1-0 success.

Mauricio Pochettino's side were also the last team to beat Liverpool back in March, and Saturday's win against what is truth was a dire display by Brendan Rodgers' side - who now have plenty to think about after a great start to the new season.

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