Good Week/Bad Week
We analyse the winners and loses from the last seven days in the sporting world
By Alex Williams. Last Updated: 09/12/13 4:41pm
Connacht: Staged one of the biggest upsets in Heineken Cup history
Another week in the world of sport and another batch of heroes and zeroes have emerged for us to analyse.
A packed week of European rugby and domestic football threw up surprises aplenty, while there were spectacular results in the world of golf, boxing and the NFL.
Here is our selection of the best and the worst from the last seven days:
Connacht cause Heineken shock
As Connacht currently sit bottom of the RaboDirect PRO12 table after taking just one win from their first nine games, many felt their Heineken Cup clash with four-times champions Toulouse on Sunday would be a foregone conclusion.
The Irish province were huge outsiders heading into the clash at Stade Ernest-Wallon but produced one of the biggest shocks in European history, emerging with a 16-14 victory.
Connacht were good value for their win, which could have been achieved with an even greater margin had Robbie Henshaw not had a try chalked off by the television match official.
The result leaves Pat Lam's side just one point behind Toulouse and Saracens at the top of Pool 3 and a historic repeat win over the French giants at the Sportsground next Saturday would put them right in contention for a place in the quarter-finals.
The former Masters champion must have thought his hopes of winning the World Challenge had been drowned along with his ball when he found the water while level with Tiger Woods on the last hole of the final round.
But Johnson then went from the ridiculous to the sublime, incredibly holing his next shot from the fairway to save a dramatic par, meaning Woods was forced into a play-off at the end of his own tournament.
On the first extra hole, Woods missed a simple putt to hand Johnson the victory and a cheque for $1 million.
Christine: This is an honour
British athlete Ohuruogu was rewarded for a year which saw her crowned world champion for a second time when she was named Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year.
The 2008 Olympic champion won a thrilling gold medal in the 400 metres in Moscow this year, edging out Botswana's Amantle Montsho on the line to take the title and break Kathy Cooke's 29-year-old British record in the process.
The achievement was enough to see her take the award ahead of track cyclist Becky James and triathlete Non Stanford during Thursday's ceremony at Sky Studios in London.
Cold Decembers are par for the course in the north-eastern United States, but Sunday's contest between the Eagles and Detroit Lions at Lincoln Financial Field took wintry playing conditions to new extremes.
In a virtual whiteout, both teams struggled to mount any kind of offence early on but as the snowfall gradually began to slow, the hosts took control and eventually cantered to a 34-20 victory.
LeSean McCoy rushed for a franchise record 217 yards - with two touchdowns thrown in for good measure - as the Eagles maintained their challenge for the NFC East title.
Alastair Cook: Searching for answers following heavy England defeat
England are on the brink of handing back the Ashes for the first time in seven years after being subjected to a 218-run drubbing in the second Test of the current series at Adelaide.
The loss puts them 2-0 down with three Tests still to play and Alastair Cook's side cannot suffer another defeat if they are to retain the urn.
With several top-order batsmen struggling to find form and Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson firing on all cylinders, the hosts are now big favourites to wrap up the series.
If England are to mount a miracle comeback it must start on Friday at the WACA in Perth, where they have only ever won once and have lost on their last six visits to the venue.
Sturm stuns Barker
The London fighter claimed a fairytale win over Daniel Geale to win the IBF middleweight title in August, but on Saturday night he was brought crashing back down to earth in stunning fashion.
Barker travelled to Germany to make the first defence of his world crown against experienced campaigner Felix Sturm, a contest most expected to be a tight, tense affair which would go to the scorecards.
Sturm's second-round stoppage came completely out of the blue, with Barker going down twice after taking several heavy blows and injuring his hip. His trainer Tony Sims eventually threw in the towel and Barker's career is now in doubt due to the injury he sustained.
More Moyes Misery
The very thought of trying to get a win at Old Trafford used to be too much for some teams to bear, but last week the reigning Premier League champions suffered two stunning home defeats to Everton and Newcastle.
On Wednesday United manager David Moyes had an unhappy reunion with his old club, the Toffees scoring late on to secure a 1-0 victory - their first success at Old Trafford for 21 years.
Three days later United had a chance to rebound against Newcastle, but a solitary goal from Yohan Cabaye ended the Magpies' 41-year wait for a win at the Theatre of Dreams. All in all it was a disastrous week for United's title challenge.
Danilo Di Luca
The inevitable was confirmed last Thursday as cyclist Di Luca was given a lifetime ban for committing a third doping offence.
In 2007, a year in which he won the Giro d'Italia, Di Luca was banned for three months for his involvement in the 'Oil for Drugs' scandal. He kept on riding but in 2009 was caught with CERA, a substance derived from EPO, in his system.
A two-year ban followed but he was back at the Giro in 2013, during which it was revealed he had failed an out-of-competition test, this time for plain old-fashioned EPO. After a lengthy arbitration process it was a case of three strikes and out, and the Italian will not make another return.