Good Week/Bad Week

We pick out the winners and losers in sport over the last seven days

Last Updated: 20/05/13 6:25pm

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Manchester United celebrate their 20th league title

Manchester United celebrate their 20th league title

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There has been plenty of action to keep us occupied in the world of sport over the last seven days.

The football season is reaching its climax with championships and relegation issues being decided, while several sports are gearing up for a big summer.

We've picked out some notable examples of the twin imposters - triumph and disaster - from the last week and you can send in your own suggestions using the feedback form at the bottom of the page.

Good week

Manchester United

Robin van Persie scored on his return to Arsenal

Manchester United clinched their 20th league title at the start of the week with victory over Aston Villa.

Robin van Persie's first-half hat-trick ensured it was party time at Old Trafford as United sealed the title with four games to spare.

Van Persie returned to his former club Arsenal later in the week and United's players were given the traditional guard of honour as they walked out at Emirates Stadium.

The Dutchman's celebrations were subdued when he scored a penalty to salvage a point in a 1-1 draw with the Gunners.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal extended his winning streak to 39 matches at Barcelona's Real Club de Tenis

Nadal quickly bounced back from the end of his winning streak at the Monte Carlo Masters the previous week by lifting his eighth Barcelona Open title in nine years.

The left-hander sent his fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro packing 6-3 6-3 in the final.

Nadal has now won 39 matches in a row at the Real Club de Tenis, with his last defeat coming 10 years ago.

And, with four titles in the bag since his return from injury, Nadal is well placed ahead of his French Open title defence.

Chris Froome

Chris Froome took a wire-to-wire victory at the Tour de Romandie

Team Sky's Chris Froome continued his preparations for the Tour de France with victory in the Tour de Romandie.

Froome held the yellow jersey throughout the six-day race after winning the prologue and his final margin in the GC was 54 seconds from Simon Spalik.

"It has been a really good week for us," said Froome. "I am really happy with my condition now in the build-up to the Tour de France.

"Every race I do now is a good test for me, to see exactly where my condition is and what I need to work on. It has been a really good experience for me this week."

Gareth Bale

Spurs' Gareth Bale was named PFA Player and Young Player of the Year

Tottenham's Gareth Bale was named PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.

The Welshman became the first player since Cristiano Ronaldo in 2007 to win both awards after a season in which he has scored 19 goals in 29 games.

Bale was preferred to Liverpool's Luis Suarez and last year's winner Robin van Persie in the vote of his fellow professionals.

He said: "It's a massive honour. To be voted by your peers is one of the biggest things in the game. It's great to win it and I am delighted."

Menelik Watson, Lawrence Okoye and Tom Wort

Menelik Watson was drafted in the second round by Oakland Raiders

Three British players landed lucrative NFL contracts this week, including Manchester's Menelik Watson.

Watson was taken in the second round - 42nd overall - by the Oakland Raiders and will earn at least $405,000 in his first year.

Lawrence Okoye and Tom Wort were not picked up during the draft but both have subsequently signed for teams as free agents.

Okoye, who reached the discus final at the Olympic Games last summer before deciding on a change of sport, has joined San Francisco 49ers, while Wort - a Crawley-born linebacker who made 33 starts for Oklahoma Sooners in college football - was picked up by Tennessee Titans.

Bad Week

QPR and Reading

QPR and Reading were left to reflect on relegation after a goalless draw

A 0-0 draw at the Madejski Stadium seemed a fitting way for Reading and QPR's relegation from the Premier League to be confirmed.

The bottom two had been cast adrift for some time and must now prepare for life in the Championship.

The two teams took a contrasting approach to building their squads - QPR splashing the cash, while Reading largely kept faith with the players that brought them up 12 months ago.

Either way, they both must now readjust for the second tier in the hope of making an instant return next season.

Audley Harrison

Audley Harrison is considering his future after being stopped in a round by Deontay Wilder

Even Audley Harrison admits his career might be over after his latest defeat.

The veteran British fighter was stopped after 70 seconds by unbeaten American prospect Deontay Wilder on the undercard of Amir Khan's win over Julio Diaz in Sheffield.

Harrison's record is now 31-7, including being knocked out three times in his last seven fights, and the world title dream he has harboured since turning professional in the wake of his Olympic gold medal in 2000 now appears further away than ever.

He said: "It's going to be hard to come back from here. I'm 41 years old and it won't be easy to get (more) opportunities... It is looking like it could be the end for me."

Mahmood Al Zarooni

Mahmood Al Zarooni was banned for eight years by the BHA

The British Horseracing Authority disqualified Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni for eight years after he admitted administering anabolic steroids to horses in his care.

Al Zarooni said he had made a "catastrophic error" in using the banned substances on a number of runners, including Qipco 1000 Guineas favourite Certify.

In total, 11 of his horses returned positive samples following random testing at his Newmarket yard earlier in April. Al Zarooni made further admissions to the BHA concerning four horses that had not been tested.

The case, widely regarded to be the most serious doping scandal in recent British racing history, has already caused Godolphin principal Sheikh Mohammed to lock down Al Zarooni's stables, saying he was "appalled and angered" by events.


Owen Farrell came off second best against Jonny Wilkinson at Twickenham

Toulon beat Saracens 24-12 at a sparsely populated Twickenham to end English interest in the Heineken Cup.

Jonny Wilkinson kicked all of Toulon's points in a try-less contest and they go forward to face Clermont Auvergne in an all-French final.

The match was bad news for several players looking to make a last-minute impression on the Lions selectors, in particular Owen Farrell, who was outplayed by veteran Wilkinson.

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