Sky Sports pick out the sporting highlights from around the world

By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 25/02/13 12:35pm

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It's been another scintillating week of sport around the globe, with England tasting success both at home and on the other side of the world, while the first trophy of the football season was handed out at Wembley.

The world's number one golfer came under more scrutiny after another below-par performance and there was good and bad news for two of Britain's heavyweight boxers.

Here's our pick of the sporting bunch from the last week, let us know your choices using the form at the bottom of the page.

Good Week


Whoever won Sunday's Capital One Cup final would complete a fairytale success, but for once this season the game went to form as Premier League Swansea did what the likes of Arsenal and Aston Villa failed to do previously and dispatched League Two Bradford.

The Bantams performed miracles to make it to Wembley, but Michael Laudrup had taken this competition seriously from the start and the final proved the same as the Welsh side ran out easy 5-0 winners.

Matt Kuchar

After a long tough week in the Arizona desert, it was laid-back American Matt Kuchar who kept his cool to land the WGC World Matchplay title in Tucson with a win in the final over defending champion Hunter Mahan - who had knocked out Ian Poulter in the semis.

Kuchar does not appear to have the killer instinct usually associated with top matchplay golfers, but his relentless hitting of fairways and greens, plus his skills with the putter, made him impossible to beat all week in tough conditions, especially when the wind got up on the final day.

England rugby

England beat France in Six Nations

Stuart Lancaster's men continued rolling towards a possible grand slam after they won their third Six Nations game out of three with a battling performance against France, who have now lost three out of three, at Twickenham on Saturday.

The French came out with a point to prove after two defeats, and they made it tough for England for much of the game, until Manu Tuilagi's try broke the French resistance and that gave the hosts the boost they needed to go on to record a 23-13 victory.

Joe Root

Young Yorkshireman Joe Root has been the stand-out performer for England in their limited-overs encounters in New Zealand so far - and many think we could be looking at England's next big batting star after his recent displays.

Root hit 56 as England lost the opening ODI, but then steered them home with an unbeaten 79 in the second game and also scored 28 not out in the third, which Alastair Cook's men won by five wickets, to complete a series victory on the back of his superb batting performances, showing not only skill but confidence beyond his years.

Audley Harrison

The A-Force is back! Again! Yes, that's right, Audley Harrison will just not go away as he again won the Prizefighter heavyweights title and yet another comeback for the former Olympic gold medallist is on the cards as he again goes in search of a world heavyweight title fight.

Harrison looked in better shape than ever as he dispatched old foe Martin Rogan en route to a convincing Prizefighter win. The 41-year-old then insisted he was not just a three-round specialist and says he can complete his 'journey' by becoming a world heavyweight champion this year.

Bad Week

David Price

David Price gets KO'd

Right at the opposite end of the spectrum to Harrison's weekend was David Price. The giant Liverpudlian lost his unbeaten record in devastating fashion as he suffered a shock second-round knockout at the hands of veteran American Tony Thompson at the Echo Arena on the banks of the Mersey.

Price was caught around the ear by Thompson which sent him crashing to the canvas, and although he got back on his feet his legs had completely gone the referee waved off the contest to the dismay of most of the 6,000 fans inside the area. Price remains defiant that it is only a setback but it remains to be seen just how his big KO will impact his bid for a world title going forward.

Rory McIlroy

The world's number one golfer was also the subject of a knockout blow over at the WGC World Matchplay golf in Arizona, and he went even earlier than Price as he lost in the first round against his old friend from the amateurs Shane Lowry.

McIlroy now has to deal with the pressure of being top of the rankings and his mega-money deal with Nike has only intensified that scrutiny. Missing the cut in his first event in Abu Dhabi was bad enough but now a first-round loss has only served to heighten the murmurs around the golfing world about the logic of changing his equipment.

Ireland rugby

Ireland travelled to Murrayfield and totally dominated their Six Nations clash with Scotland, but were left in a state of stunned disbelief as they somehow manage to turn that domination into a 12-8 defeat.

The Irish had a remarkable 80 per cent of possession at Murrayfield and Scotland even played 10 minutes of the first half with 14 men after Ryan Grant's yellow card, but Ireland could only muster Craig Gilroy's try and a Paddy Jackson penalty - and Scotland's four penalties from Greig Laidlaw gave them an astonishing victory.

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