Good week/Bad week: The winners and losers from around the world of sport
Last Updated: 21/10/13 1:49pm
Andros Townsend: Must have felt a bit like King Midas this week
There has been plenty of action to keep us occupied in the world of sport over the last seven days.
England helped reach the World Cup finals in Brazil next summer thanks in part to a new hero while the Heineken Cup returned at the weekend and there were plenty of thrills and spills on offer.
Manchester United manager David Moyes is finding life at Old Trafford not quite as rosy as planned while England suffered a major setback ahead of this month's Rugby League World Cup.
The England international must have felt like King Midas this week as everything he touched turned to gold. The Tottenham winger enjoyed a week to remember for club and county. After helping the Three Lions reach next summer's World Cup in Brazil he played a key role in Spurs' 2-0 win over Aston Villa.
Townsend has rapidly become a key man for Roy Hodgson. He was selected to start Tuesday's must-win game against Poland and he did not disappoint. His direct style of play and attacking flair caused the visitors all sorts of problems and he was desperately unlucky to see his left-footed shot crash off the crossbar to safety.
On Sunday Townsend scored his first Premier League goal of the season, albeit he was slightly lucky his cross-come-shot nestled into the far corner, however, he claimed it nonetheless. He was a constant threat throughout and deservedly picked up the Man of the Match award as Spurs secured a 2-0 success.
Northampton picked up their first Heineken Cup victory by toppling Ospreys
Northampton gave their Heineken Cup quarter-final hopes a shot in the arm with a 27-16 success over high-flying RaboDirect Pro12 Ospreys on Sunday. The Saints could ill-afford to drop anymore points if they harboured serious hopes of qualifying from Pool 1 and that mission was secured, largely in part to Courtney Lawes' stand-out performance.
Saints ran in three tries at Franklin's Gardens, all of which were converted by Stephen Myler, leaving Ospreys winless from their opening two fixtures and Northampton well-placed in the Pool after registering a losing bonus point at Castres last weekend.
Steve Davis still has what it takes with success in Portsmouth
Steve Davis proved that he still has what it takes to win a title by claiming the World Seniors Championship on Sunday. The 56-year-old beat defending champion Nigel Bond in the final. Davis, who won six world crowns when dominating the sport in the 1980s, captured his first title at seniors level by edging Bond 2-1 in the best-of-three final at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth.
Tom Sykes is making a name for himself in the world of World Superbikes
If you are like me you might not have heard of Tom Sykes, but you have now. The Huddersfield-born rider is a champion, winning the World Superbike Championship title after finishing third in the first race of the final round at Jerez. Sykes became the fourth British winner of the title after Carl Forgarty, Neil Hodgson and James Toseland.
England have to pick themselves off the floor following their shock defeat to Australia
England rugby league
England were expected to lay down the gauntlet to Australia on Saturday by putting rugby league minnows Italy to the sword in Saturday's friendly at the City of Salford Stadium. However, the script did not go to plan for Steve McNamara's troops.
With Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens watching in the stands, England had the perfect opportunity to give him plenty of food for thought. England did outscore Italy by three tries to two, scores coming from Sam Tomkins (2) and Carl Ablett, but missed conversions proved costly.
The hosts led 14-12 at the break, but Raymond Nasso's 71st minute penalty levelled the scores before Josh Mantellato's last-gasp drop-goal secured a famous victory for the Azzurri.
David Moyes is finding life at Old Trafford a little harder than expected
Managing the Red Devils should be easy right? You have the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic, Michael Carrick and David de Gea at your fingertips and a winning mentality already ingrained in the playing staff.
However, Moyes would testify to the contrary. This time last year Sir Alex Ferguson's men were flying high in the Premier League. It's quite a different story 12 months on with the former Everton manager at the helm.
On Saturday, United dropped yet more points, conceding a late levelled at home to Southampton courtesy of Adam Lallana's strike. The draw means they have claimed just 11 points from eight league outings, ensuring the pressure is firmly on Moyes to turn the flagging ship around.
Peyton Manning missed the chance to get one over his former club after losing to the Colts
To be fair to the Denver Broncos hero he didn't have a bad game against former club the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, but he did end up on the losing team. The veteran quarterback, who has been in blistering form for the Broncos this season, was back at the club where he made his name and he would have been desperate to secure the victory.
He had three touchdown passes and threw for 386 yards, although he did get picked off once. Manning was released by Colts in March 2012 and the loss also snapped Denver's incredible 17-game regular season win streak. The 37-year-old spent 13 seasons with Indianapolis from 1998 and holds virtually every record going for the franchise.
Harlequins have it all to do in the Heineken Cup after going down to Clermont Auvergne
Harlequins find themselves with a huge mountain to climb in Pool 4 in the Heineken Cup following back-to-back defeats to open this year's tournament. However, in Clermont Auvergne they came up against an opposition who rarely lose on home soil. The Top 14 club entered the game unbeaten in 64 games at home, an imposing stat to say the least.
Quins gave a good account of themselves, but were ultimately undone courtesy of first-half tries from Lee Byrne, Wesley Fofana and Thierry Lacrampe. The visitors did claim a last-gasp losing bonus point thanks to Nick Evans' drop-goal, but the result means they are bottom of their group.