Good Week/Bad Week

By Stephen Pass.   Last Updated: 15/07/13 5:17pm

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Jimmy Anderson: Man-of-the-match performance to help England win the first Ashes Test

Jimmy Anderson: Man-of-the-match performance to help England win the first Ashes Test

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Another seven days in the world of sport has thrown up another batch of heroes and villains for us to analyse.

The start of the Ashes, the Tour de France and Scottish Open have been just some of the sporting events taking place over the last week.

Check out our take on the pick of last week's storylines.

Good Week

Jimmy Anderson

The man-of-the-match took ten wickets in England's thrilling 14 run win to go one-up in the series.

The English paceman bowled superbly to claim five wickets in each innings, and all four on the tense final morning as Alastair Cook's side just scraped home.

A special mention must go to Ashton Agar's world-record 98 knock for a No. 11 on Day Two, which gave his side real impetus and showed the Australians - written off by some before the series - will battle all the way.

Ian Bell also deserves plaudits, batting imperiously to notch the only century of the game in England's second innings.

Chris Froome

The Team Sky rider produced a magnificent solo ride on the iconic Mont Ventoux to win stage 15 of the Tour de France and extend his overall lead.

Froome launched two devastating attacks, first to shed Alberto Contador 6.3km from the summit finish, and then again to dispense with Nairo Quintana 1.3km out to claim the spoils.

It was the perfect response, having lost time in Friday's 13th stage, and extended his lead over second-placed Bauke Mollema (Belkin) to 4min 14sec.

Froome hailed it as his biggest win and the victory kept him in pole position to become the second successive British Tour winner in Paris in a week's time.

James Dasaolu

The 25-year-old became the second fastest Briton of all time in the 100m with a blistering 9.91 seconds in the semi-finals at the Sainsbury's British Championships in Birmingham.

With the run, the 25-year-old catapulted himself into 100 metres medal contention at next month's World Championships in Moscow.

Dasaolu's time, which shattered his previous best of 10.03, was a stadium record. Former Olympic champion Linford Christie is the only Briton to have ever gone faster, with his mark of 9.87 set 20 years ago.

Dasaolu then opted to pull out of the final after experiencing cramp and in his absence, 35-year-old Dwain Chambers took the title and sealed his place at the World Championships with a winning time of 10.04secs - a season's best.

Phil Mickelson

Mickelson notched his first European Tour success on European soil - and warmed up for this week's Open Championship - with victory in the Scottish Open.

But all was not easy for the 43-year-old, with Mickelson contriving to three-putt from 15 feet at the 72nd hole to hand South African Branden Grace a reprieve.

The contest at Castle Stuart went into a play-off and Mickelson produced a sublime pitch shot from just off the green to secure a birdie at the 18th which Grace could not match.

Mickelson admitted afterwards he was looking to add the Open Championship to his victory.

Bad Week

Tyson Gay: Failed a drug test

Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell

It was announced this week American 100m record holder Gay and Jamaican ace Powell had both failed drug tests.

Gay's A sample from an out-of-competition test in May returned a positive result, while Powell later confirmed he was among five Jamaican athletes who had tested positive for a banned substance at last month's national championships.

Gay, the 2007 world champion and the fastest man over 100m this year, claims 'I basically put my trust in someone and I was let down. I made a mistake.'

Powell insists he has 'never knowingly or wilfully taken any supplements or substances that break any rules. I am not now nor have I ever been a cheat.'

Wayne Rooney

The England striker was on a plane home from Bangkok just hours after arriving with his team-mates for Manchester United's pre-season tour of Asia.

Rooney suffered a hamstring injury in training which is expected to keep him out for a month.

This would make Rooney doubtful to face Wigan in the Community Shield at Wembley on 11 August and Swansea in United's Premier League opener on 17 August.

The blow came after new United boss David Moyes had declared Rooney to be in 'the best shape' he had been for many years, and amid continuing transfer speculation concerning the striker.

Carson Jones

The American went into the re-match with Kell Brook in high hopes, having taken the Sheffield welterweight all the way in their IBF eliminator last year, when Brook was handed a narrow points verdict.

Jones was looking to finish the job in Hull and boost his hopes of a world title shot, while Brook insisted he would take out his frustration on his old rival after enforced absence through injury.

And the Sheffield ace came out looking very sharp in the fight, before securing a deserved eighth-round stoppage victory.

Brook - who has seen a fight with IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander fall by the wayside on no fewer than three occasions this year - will now return to the ring in Sheffield in September against a big name, while Jones must himself regroup.

Huddersfield Giants

The Giants suffered a crushing 44-24 defeat to Warrington to crash out of the Tetley's Challenge Cup.

The Giants arrived at the Halliwell Jones Stadium second in Super League, having won seven of their last eight games, but events on the pitch soon unravelled.

The rampant Wolves raced into a 20-0 lead and despite a brief rally from the Giants, two Joel Monaghan tries either side of half-time swung the game decisively back in Warrington's favour.

The hosts ran in eight tries in total to reach the semi-finals, leaving Giants coach Paul Anderson to admit his side had saved one of their worst performances of the season for the game.

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