Good Week/Bad Week: Looking back at a packed week of sporting drama

Last Updated: 12/02/13 9:15am

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Manchester City: lost more ground in the Premier League title race to rivals Manchester United

Manchester City: lost more ground in the Premier League title race to rivals Manchester United

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This week saw Manchester City lose further ground in the Premier League title race. Elsewhere Wales ended their losing streak to hand France back-to-back defeats in the Six Nations and England cruised to an easy T20 win.

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Good Week...

Mark Cavendish

The Manx Missile proved this last week why he left Team Sky. He secured victory in the general classification of the Tour of Qatar. He eased to a 25-second win overall.

Cavendish didn't just win the event but dominated it; he won four stages in a row to add to his impressive tally of six wins already this season.

The victory was also only the second time the 27-year-old has topped the general classification of an event following the 2012 Ster ZLM Toer.

Wales

George North scored a try in the 78th minute to secure a much-needed win for under fire interim-coach Rob Howley.

Wales ended their unwanted record of eight successive defeats with a tense display in Paris against a poor France outfit. The win was the first time Wales have won in the French capital since 2005.

Howley's side will have the weight lifted off their shoulders after victory and can now look ahead to the rest of the tournament in expectation.

Brandt Snedeker

Snedeker claimed a two-shot win in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, after successive second place finishes in the two events before. He cruised to victory with an impressive closing seven-under par 65 ahead of Chris Kirk.

Last year's Fed Ex cup winner has now risen to a career high number four in the world after victory. The 32-year-old's win came after narrowly missing out the week before in the Phoenix Open, which was won by Phil Mickelson.

England

England's T20 side smashed New Zealand by 40 runs in the opening match in the series. Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan again proved how destructive they can be with the bat.

The tourists not only won but set their highest ever T20 total of 214-7. The victory was all the more impressive considering England had lost their previous warm up game.

Stuart Broad led from the front after returning from a heel injury to take an impressive haul of 4-24.

Bad Week...

Manchester City

Last week was arguably Roberto Mancini's worst week at the club following his side's defeat to Southampton. The 3-1 loss has now left them 12 points adrift of arch-rivals Manchester United and City must improve if they are to have any hope of defending their crown.

Mancini came out and openly criticised number one goalkeeper Joe Hart for his howler which led to Steven Davis' goal. To cap their week off Gareth Barry passed the ball into his own net to score a bizarre own goal.

Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos continued their preparations for the World Club Challenge with a shock 14-12 defeat against Castleford. They face Melbourne Storm on February 22 and head coach Brian McDermott will be demanding more from his players.

In horrendous conditions Jamie Ellis held his nerve to secure a huge and deserved victory for the Tigers with a last minute penalty. Leeds' indiscipline cost them and they paid dearly.

After a fine start to the Super League in the first round against Hull FC, this setback will send the Rhinos crashing back down to reality.

Kell Brook

The Sheffield boxer was all set to face Devon Alexander for the IBF light-welterweight title on 23rd February. Only for Alexander to pull out with an arm injury last week.

The Brit's quest for a world title has been put on hold and there is further doubt that the fight will happen. Floyd Mayweather Jr came out this past week and declared via Twitter that Alexander is to fight him in May.

Brook is just going to have to bide his time and wait for the title fight he deserves.

Adrian Lewis

Jackpot has had a poor start to the year by his high standards. The former two-time world champion was dumped out in the quarter-finals by Michael van Gerwen of this years' competition.

This past week, Lewis lost his opening game in the Darts Premier League, succumbing 7-3 to Australian Simon Whitlock. The defeat leaves him propping up the rear of the table with Wes Newton.

He is also now facing competition for the title of "Phil Taylor's heir apparent" after the rise of Van Gerwen in the last six months.

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