Good Week/Bad Week
We look at the latest installment of sporting drama over the last week
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: 27/02/12 11:34pm
Liverpool celebrate Wembley glory
More thrills and spills during the last week with silverware handed out over the weekend in football, rugby and over in America in the world of golf.
The weekend summed up just what sport is about with a dramatic finish to the huge RBS Six Nations clash at Twickenham.
The twists and turns continued in the North London derby and what else can we say that hasn't been said already about the game at Wembley, as the first football silverware of the season was handed out.
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Only one place to start this week, and that's at Wembley where Liverpool ended a six-year trophy drought in the most dramatic of finals with a penalty shoot-out victory over Championship side Cardiff. The Welsh side threatened to pull off the upset when going ahead and then grabbing a dramatic equaliser deep into extra time, forcing penalties. Steven Gerrard missed, but crucially so did his cousin Anthony and that handed Liverpool an eighth success in the competition.
Another big turnaround came at the Emirates, not just for Arsenal but for Theo Walcott, who has had his fair share of criticism but fired two in against Spurs in a 5-2 rout for the Gunners. Coming from 2-0 behind made it an even sweeter success for the Arsenal faithful, who must have feared the worst when going 2-0 behind with some huge holes in the heart of their defence. They did turn it around though, with Walcott possibly starting to turn his fortunes around as well.
The American really spoilt the script at the WGC World Match Play event in Arizona, as he pipped Rory McIlroy to the title and stopped the Northern Irishman from becoming world number one. McIlroy had earlier disposed of Lee Westwood in what looked to be the battle for the world number one spot in the semi-finals, coming from behind to sink the Englishman. But Mahan would not lay down and roll over for McIlroy in the final, meaning he collected the biggest title of the golfing season so far.
Two wins and one defeat in a busy week for the England cricket team, but their improvement continued as they also continued to wipe away the memory of their Test whitewash against Pakistan. The ODI team firstly finished of a whitewash of their own with a four-wicket win in the final match of that series, before the Twenty20 boys took over. Stuart Broad's men lost the first game but hit back in style to win the second by 38 runs and set up a final-match decider on Monday.
Wales made history by winning the Triple Crown at Twickenham for the first time, with Scott Williams the hero as his try proved to be the difference in a terrific tussle at England's HQ. Stuart Lancaster's men produced a vastly improved performance and it looked for a long time like they may upset the pre-match favourites. However, they suffered heartbreak at the death when David Strettle crossed only for the TV match official to rule it a 'no try' in an agonisingly tight call.
Tottenham's flourishing season was marching on when they went 2-0 up against Arsenal on Sunday, until the walls fell in on their North London derby and also possibly their title chances. A 5-2 defeat was hard to stomach, but wins for Manchester City and United looks to have put them out of reach of Harry Redknapp's men. All of a sudden the future England manager's gone from hero to zero and his team are struggling - although still being seven points clear of the Gunners in third is not too bad a place to be!
The Vikings are back in Super League, but despite having a secret weapon in their synthetic playing surface, they still can't find a way to win their first game back in the big time. This time it was the reigning Super League and world champions Leeds who visited Widnes and they had few problems with the Vikings or their pitch in a 44-16 romp.
It was McAllister's big night at the weekend, in front of his home fans in Aberdeen he was challenging unbeaten Russian Denis Shafikov for his European light-welterweight title, but it all went horribly wrong. Already being outclassed by his opponent, McAllister then suffered a hand injury and was unable to continue and he retired from the fight after seven rounds.