Good Week/Bad Week
Skysports.com selects the winners and losers of the past seven days
By Joe Drabble - Twitter: @SkySportsDrabs. Last Updated: 20/02/12 11:45am
An eventful seven days in the world of sport has seen plenty of drama on and off the pitch.
Skysports.com has picked out those who starred and slumped over the course of the week.
Once you have read through our selections, feel free to add your own using the feedback form at the bottom of the page.
England: What a difference a week makes. After a humiliating 3-0 whitewash defeat in the Test series, England's cricketers bounced back impressively to claim the one-day series against Pakistan with a game to spare in UAE. Back-to-back victories in Abu Dhabi put Alastair Cook's men on the brink of the series and a third successive triumph in Dubai sealed the win outright. Captain Cook has been the cornerstone of the series triumph, scoring 319 runs in the opening three ODIs, while Steven Finn has starred with the ball, taking 11 wickets with one match still to play.
Roger Federer: After making a rare appearance in 'Bad Week' last time around, Federer put the record straight in Rotterdam by securing his 71st ATP Tour title and first of 2012. The Swiss ace had been given an almighty scare by Nikolay Davydenko in the semi-finals of the indoor event, but, having come through that match in three sets, he turned on the style in the final against Juan Martin Del Potro, winning 6-1 6-4 in quickfire time.
Bill Haas: The American right-hander held his nerve in a play-off to claim his fourth PGA Tour title at the Northern Trust Open in California. The 29-year-old was taken into a sudden-death situation after 72 holes when fellow Americans Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley both birdied the final hole. And it took something special to separate the players on the second play-off hole as Haas holed a monster 45-foot putt to claim the title.
Warrington: The Wolves maintained their 100 per cent start to the Stobart Super League campaign with a third successive victory on Saturday. Warrington were presented with their toughest test to-date as they visited the previously unbeaten Huddersfield Giants, however Tony Smith's men left West Yorkshire with the points after claiming an impressive 32-22 victory. The win was marred slightly by the news that key duo Ben Harrison and Simon Grix picked up serious injuries.
British boxing: While the heavyweight division may have 'just...got...interesting', the manner in which it did so dominated the tabloids for all the wrong reasons in Germany. British challenger Dereck Chisora had already ruffled some feathers with a pre-match slap on the face of champion Vitali Klitschko and that was only the start of the drama. The Ukrainian got his revenge inside the ring with a points victory at Olympiahalle on Saturday night, however it was the post-fight press conference which grabbed the headlines as Chisora and fellow Brit David Haye traded blows. Chisora was later arrested by German police and could be hit with a life ban as a result of the disgraceful scenes.
Ricky Ponting: Captain one minute, career seemingly over the next. The speculation over Ponting's international future has been never ending in recent times, however the greatest hint yet that his time is running out was given by chief selector John Inverarity this week when he dropped the 37-year-old from Australia's upcoming ODIs against Sri Lanka and India. Inverarity cited a 'lack of form' as the reason behind the snub and the Tasmanian's 375-match career appears to be over.
Andre Villas-Boas: The Chelsea manager came under yet more pressure at the weekend following an uninspiring 1-1 draw with Birmingham in the fifth round of the FA Cup. The Blues boss and his players were booed off the pitch by home 'supporters' at Stamford Bridge and AVB now faces a make-or-break week with a UEFA Champions League trip to Italy to face Napoli.
Essex Cricket Club: It was another sour week in the world of cricket following the jail sentence handed down to Essex seam bowler Mervyn Westfield for spot-fixing. The 23-year-old became the first the first county cricketer to be prosecuted for spot-fixing when he was handed a four-month jail term at the Old Bailey last week. The integrity of a number of his Essex team-mates has also come into question after court room revelations claimed that former team-mate Danish Kaneria set-up the deal, which involved Westfield accepting £6,000 to fix an over of a match between Durham and Essex in September 2009.