Good Week/Bad Week picks out the heroes and villains of the last seven days

Last Updated: 27/06/11 12:12pm

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Another action-packed week in the world of sport has thrown up plenty of stories of triumph and disaster.

From golf to boxing, speedway to cricket, there has been no shortage of drama during the past seven days. has mulled over the action and picked out the main winners and losers to emerge.

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Good Week...

Freddie Jacobson

Fredrik Jacobson enjoyed a weekend to remember as he claimed his maiden PGA Tour title with a one-shot victory at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

The 36-year-old Swede headed into the final round one shot clear and closed with a four-under-par 66 to finish on 20-under - one ahead of American duo John Rollins and Ryan Moore.

It meant Jacobson finally broke his PGA Tour duck on what was his 188th start on the American circuit.

"It feels unbelievable and it's a been a long time," said Jacobson. "I feel I've been getting closer and closer so it's really nice to pull this one off."

Greg Hancock

American veteran Greg Hancock proved the class of the field at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday as he won the British Grand Prix in Cardiff.

That ensured that the 41-year-old American took over at the top of the Speedway World Championship, pulling 12 points clear of defending champion Tomasz Gollob.

In the final itself, Hancock got the better of Nicki Pedersen and Chris Holder after Emil Sayfutdinov had been excluded.

It was the 1997 world champion's second victory of the season and has him dreaming of landing the world crown once again.


It has proved quite a week for Gloucestershire who excelled in both the longer and shorter formats of the game.

Having clinched a thrilling four-wicket County Championship triumph over Surrey at The Oval on Tuesday, the Gladiators then broke a host of records in their 105-run Friends Life t20 victory over Middlesex on Sunday.

Gloucestershire smashed 254-3 from their 20 overs at Uxbridge - the highest-ever total in the competition's history, eclipsing the previous best of 250-3 which was posted against them by Somerset in 2006.

Both Kevin O'Brien (119) and Hamish Masrhall smashed centuries, the first time two batsmen have scored tons in the same Twenty20 innings - O'Brien blazing an incredible 11 sixes.

Aidan O'Brien

Sunday proved a perfect day for trainer Aidan O'Brien as he posted a 1-2-3 in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

Treasure Beach - runner-up in the Derby at Epsom - led home stablemates Seville and Memphis Tennessee to give O'Brien a clean sweep at the Curragh.

Colm O'Donoghue gave the winner an assured ride, eventually emerging triumphant by three-quarters of a length with the Queen's charge, Carlton House, back in fourth.

It was the sixth successive season that Ballydoyle kingpin has won Ireland's premier classic and his ninth victory overall.

Bad Week...

Stuart Broad

Having taken over captaincy of England's Twenty20 side from Paul Collingwood, Broad would have been hoping to get his reign off to a positive start against Sri Lanka on Saturday... but things didn't quite go to plan for the new skipper.

England were comprehensively outplayed at Bristol as the tourists romped to an emphatic nine-wicket success.

Eoin Morgan and Kevin Pietersen's rapid 83-run stand had briefly given England fans hope that their team could triumph in the one-off T20 encounter, but things went rapidly downhill after that as Sri Lanka chased down their victory target of 137 with plenty to spare.

Broad and the England set-up - who came in for heavy criticism for omitting in-form Ian Bell - will now have to go back to the drawing board as they look for a winning formula.

River Plate

A week, month and season to forget for River Plate as the most successful club in the history of Argentinian football was relegated on Sunday.

The Buenos Aires giants went into their relegation/promotion play-off against National B side Belgrano needing to overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit but fell short, drawing the return at a sold-out Monumental 1-1.

River have won a total of 33 championships - the last back in the second half of the 2007-08 season - but have now suffered the ignominy of relegation for the first time in their 110-year history.

Home supporters did not take the result well and, at the final whistle, players of both sides had to leave the pitch under protection of stewards while police used high-power hoses to try to stop rioting fans.

Matthew Macklin

Birmingham's Macklin endured heartbreak in Germany over the weekend as he came up short in his bid to claim the WBA middleweight title from veteran champion Felix Sturm.

What made it worse for the 29-year-old was the fact that he felt he had clearly won the 12-round contest in Cologne, only to be denied by a split decision on the judges' cards.

Coming into the fight on the back of a five-year, 11-bout unbeaten run, Macklin looked full of confidence as he dominated the first half of the fight, but it was Sturm who was awarded the contest 116-112 by two of the judges, with the other seeing Macklin as a 115-113 victor.

A devastated Macklin could not hide his disgust at the decision and insisted Sturm had offered him a rematch in the wake of the controversial decision.


There was more disappointment for McLaren over the weekend as Sebastian Vettel put in another dominant performance to win Sunday's European Grand Prix in Valencia.

McLaren's drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button were well off the pace, Hamilton finishing a distant fourth and Button further back in sixth.

The British duo admitted afterwards that their team will have to make major improvements, and quickly, if they are to keep pace with rivals Red Bull and Ferrari.

Indeed, a despondent Hamilton admitted the title was all but over with Vettel now a commanding 77 points clear in the championship standings.

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