Good Week/Bad Week

We once again look back at who flourished and flopped in the world of sport over the past seven days

By Joe Drabble - Twitter: @SkySportsDrabs.   Last Updated: 21/11/11 11:34am

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The good, the bad and the ugly were once again in action over the last seven days as misery, joy and despair were all felt in equal measure.

In football no-one seems capable of stopping the Manchester City juggernaut, while Luis Suarez grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons as race rows continue to tarnish the beautiful game.

Australia rugby league legend Darren Lockyer was given the perfect send off at Elland Road, while David Beckham could also be leaving on a winning note.

Here are our winners and losers from the last seven days...

Good Week


The Kangaroos gave stalwart Darren Lockyer the perfect send-off as the men in gold and green lifted the Four Nations title at Elland Road.

The Aussies gave England another rugby league lesson on Saturday evening, powering to an emphatic 30-8 victory.

An impressive win over New Zealand had seen Steve McNamara's men reach the tournament showpiece, however they were simply blown away in the second half of the final at Leeds United's home ground.

A penalty try and Kevin Sinfield's penalty had seen England draw level at 8-8 early in the second period, however tries from Jharal Yow Yeh, Jonathan Thurston, Greg Inglis and fittingly Lockyer, saw Australia regain the crown.

David Beckham

The England legend claimed his first piece of silverware in America as LA Galaxy lifted the MLS title on Sunday night.

Beckham, in what could be his last match for the California-based club, inspired Galaxy to a 1-0 win over Houston Dynamo.

The final was staged in Galaxy's own Home Depot Center Arena and the majority of the 30,000-plus crowd left celebrating after Landon Donovan's 72nd minute goal proved the difference.

Beckham almost capped another impressive display with a goal, however his last minute free-kick was superbly saved by Dynamo keeper Tally Hall.

Manchester... again

The Premier League title is looking increasingly like a two-horse race as Manchester giants City and United continue their dominance at the top.

Defending champions United continue to trail their 'noisy neighbours' by five points, however defeats for Chelsea and Newcastle now mean the same margin separates the Reds from the chasing pack.

City made it nine successive wins in all competition with a Micah Richards-inspired 3-1 victory over the previously unbeaten Magpies, while United scraped past Swansea 1-0 in south Wales.

The question is: Can anyone stop Roberto Mancini's men??

Phil Taylor

The 15-time world champion delivered yet another darting masterclass on Sunday evening to clinch his fourth Grand Slam of Darts title.

Despite his advancing years, 'The Power' once again proved he is the best in the business with a 16-4 demolition of Gary Anderson in the final.

Taylor recorded a stunning a 109 average against the Scot, who was forced to watch on from the oche in amazement as his opponent reeled off seven successive legs to motor to glory.

The Stoke thrower will now head into the World Championships as the odds-on favourite and it would take a brave man to bet against him recording title No.16.

Bad Week


Andres Villas-Boas is beginning to find out what being a manager in the Premier League is all about.

On Sunday afternoon he watched/crouched from the dug-out as his side crashed to a 2-1 defeat at home to rivals Liverpool.

The result leaves his side 12 points adrift of leaders Manchester City and the Portuguese tactician admits the setback was "a bad blow for us in the Premiership".

Not only will the result have disappointed Villas-Boas and the Chelsea fans, but the manner of it was most concerning. The usually watertight Blues defence looked distinctly ragged and Liverpool cashed in courtesy of well-taken goals from Maxi Rodriguez and Glen Johnson.

Martin Johnson

A legend as a player, not so as a coach, England manager Martin Johnson left his post on Wednesday following a forgettable World Cup campaign.

Johnson, a World Cup-winning captain with England. was manager for 38 games, winning 21, losing 16 and drawing one.

He led the team to their first Six Nations title for seven years in 2011 but then presided over a disastrous World Cup trip in New Zealand.

A number of names are now in the frame to replace Johnson, who believed now was the perfect time to walk away from a job he undertook with pride for three-and-a-half years.

The Rest of the World

Not you guys, but the so-called best golfers outside of the United States let us down by failing to regain the Presidents Cup Down Under at the weekend.

Internationals captain Greg Norman admitted his team "had their butts kicked" during a 19-15 reverse at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

America led the event from the first day to the last and it was then left to Tiger Woods to step up and clinch the match-winning point on Sunday afternoon.

While Woods will undoubtedly grab the headlines, it was Jim Furyk, with five points from five, who was the real star for USA.

Luis Suarez/Sepp Blatter

Liverpool and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez faces an FA hearing after he was charged for racially abusing Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra on Thursday.

Suarez denies the charge, however the incident has once again left football with more negative publicity to contend with.

Indeed, the 24-year-old is not the only player currently involved in a Premier League race storm. He and John Terry went head-to-head at Stamford Bridge on Sunday with the England captain facing a Met Police probe over claims he abused QPR's Anton Ferdinand in a London derby.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter made a pathetic attempt to diffuse the race controversy by declaring racism on the field could be forgotten with a handshake, comments he later admitted he "deeply regretted".

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