Good week/Bad week: The winners and losers from around the world of sport
By Sam Drury - Follow on Twitter. Last Updated: 28/10/13 2:45pm
Sebastian Vettel: Won his fourth drivers championship in fine style in India
The last seven days of sport have not disappointed but as always whilst some were celebrating, others were inevitably left despairing.
The Premier League season is now in full flow, the Rugby League World Cup is under way and the Formula 1 season is winding down with just three races remaining after the Indian Grand Prix.
Arsenal remained top of the Premier League pile after victory over Crystal Palace, England's Rugby League side lost to Australia and the Jacksonville Jaguars remain winless in the NFL after their Wembley mauling at the hands of the 49ers. But were any good enough or bad enough to make this week's cut?
The controversial Liverpool striker was in irresistible form as he scored the first Premier League hat-trick of the season in the Reds 4-1 win over West Brom. After a superb opener where he nutmegged Baggies skipper Jonas Olsson before finishing with aplomb, the Uruguayan scored an extraordinary header from the edge of the box, somehow managing to curl it into the top corner. He glanced home another header in front of the Kop to complete his hat-trick and keep Brendan Rodgers' team within two points of leaders Arsenal.
South Africa claimed a comprehensive innings victory over Pakistan in the second Test and it was in no small part down to a magnificent double century from their captain. Smith hit 234 in the visitors first innings of 517 and was involved in a 338-run partnership with AB de Villiers, who himself scored 164, for the fifth wicket. Having rolled Pakistan over for just 99 in the first innings, Smith's bowlers were on form again to skittle the hosts for 326 - 92 runs short of making Smith and co don their pads for a second time in the match.
Vettel lands fourth title
Another Grand Prix, another win for Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel. The German secured his fourth consecutive world title with a dominant display in India. The race victory was Vettel's tenth of the season and sixth in a row. With three races remaining, the champion will now have his sights set on matching Michael Schumacher's record of 13 wins in a season.
'The Special One' produced a magnificent display to stop the Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko in the fourth round and maintain his unbeaten record. Brook sent his opponent tumbling to the canvas with a devastating right hand and give the crowd in his hometown of Sheffield a triumph to celebrate. A fight with Devon Alexander is now a real possibility once more.
The Wales and Lions scrum-half has reportedly been sacked by French club Bayonne for turning up drunk to a video analysis session. Phillips had only returned to the club after being suspended following a number of off-field misdemeanors and it appears this latest incident was the final straw for the Top 14 club's management.
Just when the England goalkeeper appeared to be rediscovering some form, another calamity gave Hart the headlines form all the wrong reasons. With Manchester City just a matter of moments away from securing a valuable and well-earned point at Chelsea, the former Shrewsbury stopper inexplicably charged out of his goal towards a hopeful punt forward. Matija Nastasic looked to have the situation under control but as Hart kept coming towards him could only head the ball beyond the 'keeper allowing Fernando Torres to score the simplest of winning goals.
Wales Rugby League
Not the start the Rugby League World Cup co-hosts will have wanted. A very winnable game against Italy at the Millennium Stadium turned into a disaster as the Azzurri recorded a shock 32-16 win. Despite taking a 16-14 lead early in the second half, Wales rarely looked comfortable and Italy ran in a further four tries to seal the victory.
Whilst England's players will have been disappointed to lose their Rugby World Cup opener to Australia they still arguably had a better week than Gareth Hock. The second rower was thrown out of the England squad for 'serious breaches' of team discipline as the squad prepared for the clash with Australia at Loughborough University. The forward who will join Salford ahead of next year's Super League will now miss the chance to play at a home World Cup.