Good Week/Bad Week

Skysports.com guides you through a pick of this week's sporting headlines

By Emma Bird.   Last Updated: 14/09/11 12:02pm

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Warrington: Top of the League

Warrington: Top of the League

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The past week in sport has seen the usual recipe of success and defeat along with rumours and controversy.

Here, skysports.com has picked out the intriguing and the awe-inspiring from a packed week of sporting headlines.

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Good Week

Warrington

The Wolves finished off their regular season at the top of the Super League, ending their campaign at the peak of the table for the first time in 38 years after a 34-12 victory over Hull FC.

With six tries, Warrington's attack was superb in the first period of the match at the KC Stadium, which saw them pip champions Wigan to the League Leader's Shield.

The Wolves now head into their play-off campaign on Friday night, with a home tie against Huddersfield. They will be hoping they can overturn their conquerors of last season in order to reach Old Trafford for the first time.

Sam Stosur

Samantha Stosur ended her US Open campaign as the first Australian woman to win in New York since 1973 this week.

The ninth seed claimed her maiden grand slam title in stunning form, overcoming American favourite Serena Williams 6-2 6-3 at Flushing Meadows.

Margaret Court was the last woman to achieve such a feat back in the 70's but the Queensland player ensured that this long-standing record was broken in style in front of the Arthur Ashe crowd. The 27-year-old managed to handle the nerves better than last year, where she was unable to beat Italian Francesca Schiavone in the final at Roland Garros.

Simon Dyson

33-year-old Simon Dyson joined the likes of Severiano Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer this weekend, completing a hat-trick of victories at the KLM Open.

The Yorkshireman shot a final round of 66 at Hilversum, finishing one stroke clear of David Lynn and two clear of Rory McIlroy. Dyson's victory in the Dutch event adds to his Irish Open win earlier this summer.

England's Dyson is now concentrating on securing a place in the Ryder Cup team, having spoken to Mcllroy over the course of the four-day event, getting tips from the Irish youngster.

Manchester football teams

Manchester was alight with hat-trick magic this weekend, with both the red and blue sides of the city reigning victorious in their Premier League clashes.

City's red hot summer signing, Sergio Aguero grabbed his treble at the Etihad Stadium, helping Roberto Mancini's side to a 3-0 triumph over mid-table Wigan.

On the other side of Manchester, United ace Wayne Rooney bagged another hat-trick after his treble in the 8-2 thrashing of Arsenal earlier this season. United are now sitting at the top of the table, after a 5-0 rout of Bolton at the Reebok Stadium, but hot on their heels are Mancini's men pushing them every step of the way in this Premier League campaign.

Bad Week

Wales

Warren Gatland's side delivered an impressive performance in Wellington but it was not enough to stop the reigning world champions South Africa from cruelly stealing victory in the final moments of the game.

The Springboks were able to scrape the score line back in their favour, with a Francois Houggard try securing an intense 17-16 win.

It looked promising for Wales for much of the game, with the South African side being matched all the way by Gatland's men. However, drop goals were missed and James Hook had a penalty kick controversially disallowed in the close match at the Wellington Regional Stadium. It was not to be for Wales on this occasion but their impressive resilience will surely help them to victories in their forthcoming matches, with Samoa up next on Sunday.

Johnny Wilkinson

England's 2003 World Cup hero was left pondering his kicking technique, after missing five consecutive penalties against Argentina on Saturday.

The Toulon fly-half saw the majority of his kicks fail to hit the target under the permanent roof at the Otago Stadium, in England's 13-9 laboured win against the Puma's.

However, the ex- Newcastle Falcon has vowed to improve before England's next game against Georgia on Sunday; a game that Martin Johnson will be hoping his men can win with much more ease and skill than what was seen in their first World Cup pool game.

India

India's cricketers are still left searching for success over England, after rain meant the fourth match at Lord's finished in a tie.

The clash was looking like a great contest between the two sides, with Ravi Bopara once again taking England to the very edge but failing to perform when the end was in sight. He was on the brink of his maiden ODI ton when he fell for 96, suffering a similar disappointment to that at the Oval, in the third game of the series last Friday.

Having turned to the Duckworth-Lewis method to decide the result after rain interfered with play, England came off level with the par score.

Sunderland

Sunderland may have made 12 signings in the summer transfer market but their Premier League campaign has got off to a faltering start, with player and manager controversy surrounding the Black Cats.

With Asamoah Gyan's loan move to Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates only being announced before Saturday's kick off, the club, who are still looking for their first victory having scored only two goals in five games, have not got off to the dream start their transfer signings suggested.

The club also made headlines as reports claimed that the position of manager, Steve Bruce, was under scrutiny. These reports have been denied by sources at the club but it just adds to the misery Bruce's side have already suffered so far this season.

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