Good Week/Bad Week: Looking back at sporting glory and disappointment

By Emma Bird.   Last Updated: 12/11/12 5:06pm

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Over the past seven days Scotland has been in the sporting limelight, with a historic victory yet also a high-profile dismissal.

We take a look back at the moments of triumph and disappointment during the past week from across the world of sport. Feel free to leave your thoughts on the form below...

Good Week...


Celtic Park came alive on Wednesday night, as Celtic secured a famous 2-1 victory over Spanish giants Barcelona in the Champions League.

It helped to celebrate the Scottish champions' 125th anniversary in remarkable style and no matter how they now advance in the competition, this particular game will not be forgotten.

With goals from Victor Wanyama and Tony Watt, Neil Lennon's side boosted their chance of reaching the knockout stages, despite a late goal from Lionel Messi in stoppage time.

Rory McIlroy

The Northern Irishman has had a stunning year with another major win and that epic Ryder Cup, and a third placed finish in Singapore capped it off in style.

Although he did not bring home another win, McIlroy finished top of the European Tour money list for the first time after a number of near misses.

It also means that McIlroy is top of the standings on both the PGA and European Tour's - matching the achievement of Luke Donald from last year.

Nathan Cleverly

Nathan Cleverly retained his WBO light-heavyweight title with an eighth round stoppage victory over Shawn Hawk in Los Angeles at the weekend.

The Welshman put Hawk down twice in the seventh round before finishing him off in the next.

The 25-year-old was making his fourth defence and is now said to be eager to box in America again.


There was good news this week too for British athletes, including London 2012 silver medallist Nick Dempsey, as the sport of windsurfing was retained for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The International Sailing Federation opted to overturn their previous decision, which was to remove the discipline for Rio and replace it with kiteboarding.

As well as Dempsey, British competitors Saskia Sills and Beijing 2008 bronze medallist Bryony Shaw are also considered medal contenders, so with the sport back in, the road to Rio can begin.

Bad Week...

Bradley Wiggins

After a superbly successful summer, British cyclist Bradley Wiggins was injured in a crash in Wrightington on Wednesday, being thrown from his bike after colliding with a van near the exit of a petrol station.

The Olympic champion and Tour de France winner suffered a bruised lung, a fractured rib and a dislocated finger but is now out of hospital and focused on his recovery.


It was not a good start to the autumn campaign in Europe for the Australian rugby team as they were thrashed 33-6 by a very impressive France side.

Despite looking good in the first half, with plenty of possession, the Wallabies were then totally stunned after the break.

As they head into next weekend's clash with England, who beat Fiji 54-12 in their opening match, Robbie Deans' side are now the ones with something to prove.

Craig Levein

Craig Levein was this week sacked as the manager of the Scottish national football team.

The decision by the Scottish Football Association signified that the manager felt the force for Scotland's poor start to their World Cup qualifying campaign.

They are bottom of Group A with two points from four games. Billy Stark, Scotland's U21 coach, is currently in temporary charge of the team.

Charlotte Dujardin

Following on from such an amazing summer at Greenwich Park, double Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin has been knocked off the top of dressage's world rankings.

Dujardin, based in Gloucestershire, with her London 2012 horse Valegro, had held first place on the back of winning team and individual gold medals in London this summer.

However, following recent World Cup successes in Denmark and France, Holland's Jerich Parzival and Adelinde Cornelissen have now regained pole position.

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