Sky Sports reviews the latest week of sporting highlights

By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 14/01/14 3:31pm

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Cheick Tiote argues with referee Mike Jones after disallowed goal

Cheick Tiote argues with referee Mike Jones after disallowed goal

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There have been more big-scoring victories and morale-sapping defeats over the last week, illustrating once again just how much sport can hurt, let's look at our weekly pick of the bunch.

Things are starting to heat up in both the Premier League and Heineken Cup this week, while there were also a couple of Capital One Cup semi-finals to pick through, as well as more disappointment for England's cricketers Down Under.

The Australian Open tennis had barely begun before British hopes had been reduced down to Andy Murray once again, while over in America we're just one step away from finding out who will be playing in this year's Super Bowl.

Good Week

Man City

Another week and a couple more wins for Manuel Pellegrini's expensively-assembled City squad, adding three more points to their title challenge and effectively sending them into the Capital One Cup final after they handed out a 6-0 hammering to West Ham in the first leg of their semi. They can now just go through the motions at Upton Park to book a place at Wembley.

It was more of a battle up at St James' Park on Sunday as City managed to come away with a 2-0 victory against Newcastle, but the game was not without incident as Cheick Tiote's disallowed screamer had Alan Pardew absolutely fuming with referee Mike Jones.

Louis Oosthuizen

King Louis reigns

Louis Oosthuizen always goes well after a break, as he showed by producing a birdie-birdie finish to win the Volvo Golf Champions at Durban Country Club for the second year running.

The South African struggled with back problems late last year but showed no signs of that as he delighted the home crowd once more by firing a closing four-under 68 to edge out compatriot Branden Grace by a shot.

Northampton

Northampton knew what they were getting when they splashed out to sign George North from Scarlets, and the giant Welsh winger showed exactly why he is one of the best in the business as he produced a brilliant try to help Saints to a Heineken Cup win at the Ospreys.

Returning to Wales obviously inspired North, as he sprinted 70 metres to score a try in Northampton's 29-17 victory that keeps them clinging to their qualification hopes, with a bonus-point triumph at home against Castres next week needed along with other results going their way.

NFL big guns

We're closing in on the Super Bowl and now just four teams are left in the pay-off mix, and it was the four favoured teams that made it through the Divisional games at the weekend, with top seeds Seattle and Denver now set to face San Francisco and New England respectively for a place in the big game in New York.

The Seahawks beat the Saints and 49ers won in Carolina to set-up a huge NFC title clash between those two heated rivals, who have already played twice this season. While in the AFC Peyton Manning and Tom Brady will clash after the Broncos beat the Chargers and Patriots destroyed the Colts.

Bad Week

Jason Puncheon reacts after badly missing a pen

Jason Puncheon

You know when you're trending on Twitter that you've done something memorable, sadly for Jason Puncheon he was also trending alongside 'worst penalty ever' after his miss from the spot at Spurs.

Struggling Crystal Palace had a golden chance to take the lead at Tottenham after just eight minutes when they were awarded a penalty, but Puncheon fluffed his lines from 12 yards as he skied his effort miles high into the stand - and Spurs went on to win 2-0 to add to his troubles.

England

A new format but the same old story for Alastair Cook and England's cricketers, as their miserable tour of Australia continued with a six-wicket defeat in the opening one-day international in Melbourne.

A new-look side had the same old problems, with their batting not up to scratch and then bowling too generous meaning Australia made light work of their 270 victory target as Aussie openers Aaron Finch and David Warner put on 163 to set up the easy win.

Leeds

Being embarrassed 6-0 is never a nice feeling, but when it comes in a big Yorkshire derby in front of the live Sky Sports cameras it just makes things ten times worse for Leeds fans who were embarrassed at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Having Matt Smith sent off just after half time didn't help, but they were always second best and it also made if four defeats in a row including an FA Cup shock at Rochdale to add to the misery for Brian McDermott's side.

Robson & Watson

British tennis fans woke up after the first day of the Australian Open and already had just Andy Murray to cheer on after British duo Laura Robson and Heather Watson suffered first round exits in the early stages of the event.

British No. 1 Robson last just 50 minutes in Melbourne as she was beaten by Belgian 18th seed Kirsten Flipkens, while Watson put up a brave showing but was eventually beaten 7-5 3-6 6-3 by Daniela Hantuchova with Murray being the only Brit left just three hours into the Australian Open.

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