Good week/Bad week: Best and worst from the sporting world in the past seven days

By Mark Kendall - Twitter: @SkySportsMK.   Last Updated: 03/03/14 5:27pm

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Manchester City lifted the Capital One Cup trophy at Wembley on Sunday

Manchester City lifted the Capital One Cup trophy at Wembley on Sunday

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With Hollywood having assembled to recognise the good and great of the big screen on Oscars night, we follow suit by selecting the triumphs and the turkeys from another seven days in sport.

While there have been plenty of performances worthy of red carpet treatment, some will undoubtedly now be wishing their efforts had not been caught on camera.

As ever you can let us know what you think of our nominations, or add your own suggestions, by using the feedback form at the bottom of the page.

Good week

Manchester City

Manchester City completed the first leg of their bid for an historic domestic treble (or unprecedented quadruple for the more ambitious/deluded of their fans) as they beat Sunderland 3-1 to win the Capital One Cup on Sunday.

It was a first piece of silverware for City boss Manuel Pellegrini, although his charges certainly didn't have things all their own way at Wembley as they were forced to come from behind before eventually seeing off the challenge of a spirited Sunderland side who played their part in a thrilling spectacle.

Fabio Borini's early strike gave the Black Cats something to hold on to and it required two strikes of superlative quality from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri to change the complexion of the game, before substitute Jesus Navas ensured the blue half of Manchester could start the party in earnest.

Russell Henley

Russell Henley proved to be the last man standing after an incredible finish to the Honda Classic at PGA National in Florida.

The tournament had long looked Rory McIlroy's to lose with the Northern Irishman leading from the first round, but - like every contender on Sunday evening - he unravelled down the stretch and, despite a superb effort at a winning eagle on the last, found himself in a four-man play-off.

It would be Henley who held his nerve to emerge victorious at the first extra hole as the 24-year-old clinched his second career PGA Tour title in dramatic circumstances.

Roger Federer

Roger Federer showed there is still very much life in the old dog yet as he landed a sixth Dubai title over the weekend.

What made the achievement all the more notable for the Swiss master was that he came from a set down to beat world No 2 Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals - his first win over the Serb in 18 months.

Federer would produce another come-from-behind victory in the final as he got the better of Tomas Berdych and the partnership with Stefan Edberg really looks to be bearing fruit for the resurgent 32-year-old.

Ronnie O'Sullivan

Ronnie O'Sullivan celebrates sealing the Welsh Open title with a 147

Not only does Ronnie O'Sullivan win titles (and lots of them!) he invariably tends to do so with a sense of style.

That was never truer than on Sunday when 'The Rocket' produced the 12th competitive 147 break of his career to get over the winning line in the grandest of styles against Ding Junhui in the final of the Welsh Open.

O'Sullivan was an emphatic winner of the Masters at Wembley back in January and, following his latest 9-3 success in Newport, will head to next month's World Championships as a worthy favourite to add a sixth title at the Crucible.

Bad week

Ricky Burns

After a difficult couple of years that had seen unconvincing performances against Jose Gonzalez and Raymundo Beltran, Ricky Burns had plenty to prove in his WBO lightweight title defence against Terence Crawford on Saturday.

A broken jaw had been blamed for his poor showing against Beltran, but sadly for the Scot there were no mitigating circumstances against the undefeated Crawford who proved too quick, too slick and too strong in recording a one-sided points victory.

Gracious as ever, Burns conceded he had been beaten by the better man on the night and insisted he would be back, but now faces a real battle to prove he is enduring a lull in his career, rather than being in terminal decline.

Red Bull

Things were certainly bad at Jerez and during Bahrain Test One, but the final test of the winter marked a serious and damaging new low for the world champions.

Sebastian Vettel endured two breakdowns on Saturday, managing not a single timed lap, another frustrating on-track stoppage on Sunday and then conceded that the RB10 currently doesn't have the pace of the frontrunners, to say nothing of reliability.

It would be fair to state that things are rapidly approaching a full-blown crisis and, while a team with such a vast arsenal of resource and record of success will not be down for long, the question is whether it will already be too late by the time they do find an answer.

Alan Pardew

After a comprehensive 4-1 victory at Hull, Newcastle should have been staking a claim for a spot in our Good Week section... but boss Alan Pardew ensured any talk of that win soon became an afterthought.

In quite remarkable scenes the Magpies manager squared up to Hull's David Meyler before appearing to headbutt the midfielder in a turn of events that, unsurprisingly, sparked uproar at the KC Stadium.

Despite quickly issuing a frank apology and being hit with a hefty fine and warning by his own employers, a contrite Pardew seems certain to face further censure with plenty of voices within the game claiming his job could and should be on the line.

Tiger Woods

An injured Tiger Woods has plenty to ponder ahead of next month's Masters

With the Masters now just over a month away there is plenty to concern Tiger Woods who is struggling with both form and injury.

Without a top-10 on American soil since last August, the 38-year-old endured another week to forget at the Honda Classic as he withdrew after 12 holes of his final round complaining of back spasms.

Despite a 65 in round three offering brief hope, the world No 1 was never genuinely in contention at any point during the event and, with the season's first major now looming large, Woods will know his chances at Augusta currently look particularly bleak.

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