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Good Week/Bad Week

Skysports.com picks out the best and the worst from the last week

By Alex Williams.   Last Updated: 05/09/11 3:26pm

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Another entertaining week of sport passes us by, and as usual there are plenty of intriguing storylines that have come out of it.

From the triumphant history-makers to the tormented tantrums, skysports.com has run the rule over the biggest winners and losers of the past seven days.

Check out our pick of the bunch and have your say using the feedback form below.

Good Week

Warrington

With a sluggish Wigan side suffering from a Challenge Cup hangover, the Wolves capitalised to put themselves in pole position to win the Super League Leaders' Shield.

Michael Monaghan grabbed two tries as the hosts claimed a surprisingly easy 39-12 victory at Halliwell Jones Stadium to take over at the top of the table with one week of the regular season remaining.

The Warriors' heaviest defeat of the season came just one week after they were celebrating their biggest win of the campaign, while Warrington can finish top of the table for the first time in the Super League era with victory over Hull FC.

Mo Farah

Farah finished as Britain's most successful athlete at the World Championships in Daegu after adding a thrilling 5,000 metres gold to his silver in the 10,000m.

One week after falling agonisingly short in the 10,000m, the 28-year-old became the first British man to win a global distance running title as he held off Bernard Lagat on the home straight.

Farah will now head into the London Olympics with three major championship gold medals in the past two years and has cemented himself as one of the home nation's star names ahead of the Games.

Team Sky

There was further endurance-related British success over the past seven days as Team Sky duo Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome took the second week of the Vuelta a Espana by storm.

Froome took over the overall leader's jersey in a time trial at the start of the week before Wiggins overtook him in the mountains as their spectacular double act distanced many of the race favourites.

Juan Jose Cobo eventually grabbed the lead on the absurdly steep Alto de L'Angliru but Froome and Wiggins now sit second and third, with the former still in with a good chance of becoming the first British rider to win a Grand Tour.

Nick Dougherty

Dougherty's torrid run of missed cuts finally ended at 21 after he finally managed to stay for the weekend at the European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre in Switzerland.

The Englishman shot a brilliant first round of 63 to take a two-shot lead after the opening day before safely making the cut after carding a second round of 72.

Although he could not reproduce the fireworks in the remaining two rounds, Dougherty's 45th-place finish must be viewed as a big step forward.

Bad Week

Scotland

Scotland's hopes of qualifying for Euro 2012 are hanging by a thread after they could only manage a controversial 2-2 draw against the Czech Republic at Hampden Park.

The result left a bitter taste as Jan Rezek admitted he dived to win a crucial penalty, while the hosts were denied a spot-kick of their own in the dying stages when Christophe Berra had a solid claim turned down.

Craig Levein's side now face a must-win clash with Lithuania on Tuesday, although they will have to cope without midfielder Charlie Adam and striker Kenny Miller.

Maria Sharapova

Sharapova has been enjoying a return to top form this year after fully recovering from her injury nightmare, but could not make it past the third round of the US Open.

The third seed was pushed all the way by Britain's Heather Watson in the opening round before crashing out at the hands of Italian Flavia Pennetta.

The Wimbledon finalist was made to pay the price for several unforced errors as she became the highest seed in either the men's or women's draw to fall in the opening week.

Saracens

The reigning Aviva Premiership champions suffered opening-day embarrassment at Twickenham as they were condemned to a 20-15 defeat by Wasps.

Sarries became the ninth team in 11 years to begin the defence of their title with a loss after a second-half try from Tom Varndell proved to be the difference between the two London teams.

Five penalties had allowed Saracens to edge ahead in the contest but Wasps, who outscored their opponents by two tries to none, defended with determination and grabbed the win thanks to some glimpses of attacking flair.

Leon Clarke

The big striker seems destined never to play for League Two Swindon Town again after being involved in a highly-publicised touchline bust-up with manager Paolo Di Canio.

Clarke took exception to words from his boss after a League Cup tie against Southampton, with the pair rowing at the side of the pitch and continuing their physical altercation in the tunnel.

The Italian coach subsequently vowed never to pick the former QPR man again and produced the put-down of the season so far by calling Clarke "absolutely a lazy person", leaving the 26-year-old firmly out in the wilderness at the Robins.

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