Good Week/Bad Week picks out the heroes and villains of the last seven days

By Ben Hampshire.   Last Updated: 24/01/12 2:32pm

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Sky Bet picks out the winners and losers from another busy seven days in the world of sport.

Manchester City retained their lead at the top of the Premier League, England suffered a humiliating Test defeat and Andy Murray enjoyed serene progress through the early rounds of the Australian Open.

Take a read through our selections and use the feedback form at the bottom of the page to add your own.

It's been a good week for...

Manchester City

With Manchester United second on the Super Sunday bill, Roberto Mancini's City had the chance to, momentarily at least, extend their lead at the top of the table against Tottenham.

Goals from Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale allowed Spurs to come from two goals down to level, before Defoe missed a chance to win it late on.

And it was Mario Balotelli who stole the headlines yet again with a penalty in the 95th minute to secure all three points for City.

Andy Murray

Hopes of a first grand slam title are still alive for Andy Murray after he cruised through week one of the Australian Open.

American Ryan Harrison gave the Brit his longest test with a four-set opener, since when Murray has enjoyed three straight-sets victories.

The Scot goes into the second week of the tournament having barely being tested and will face Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals with a possible clash against world number one Novak Djokovic in the last four.

Sri Lanka

After losing the first three ODIs against South Africa, Sri Lanka were in danger of a whitewash in the five-match series.

However, 87 from captain Tillakaratne Dilshan and a Kumar Sangakkara century meant the tourists restored a semblance of pride with wins in the final two games.

Chasing 300 plus for victory on both occasions, Sri Lanka won the fourth match with only eight balls remaining and the final encounter was even closer, only a single delivery was left when Sachithra Senanayake launched Robin Peterson for six.


They have been struggling in the RaboDirect Pro12 with only four wins under their belt so far this season and sitting a lowly ninth in the league but Edinburgh scored four tries against London Irish to secure a home quarter-final in the Heineken Cup.

It's been tough going for Michael Bradley's side but a convincing 34-11 victory on Sunday means they will now host Toulouse at Murrayfield after making the knockout stages for the first time in eight years.

It's been a bad week for...

Andrew Strauss

The skipper took his England side out to Dubai as the number one Test nation in the world, the evidence to support such ranking was however absent in the series opener against Pakistan.

A woeful performance resulted in defeat inside three days as Pakistan put the pressure on Strauss and his men.

Strauss himself managed only 25 runs as England set Pakistan a target of 15 to win, not such a difficult challenge with 10 wickets in hand and two days to spare.

Ledley King

Up until the 94th minute at the Etihad Stadium it could have been a great week for Spurs but when Ledley King bundled down Mario Balotelli things took a turn for the worse.

Spurs' comeback from two down counted for nothing as King's foul in the penalty box opened the door for Balotelli to win it from the spot.

Warren Gatland

The injury worries are mounting for Wales ahead of the Six Nations with fly-half Rhys Priestland, flanker Dan Lydiate and centre Jamie Roberts the latest to suffer fitness scares.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland is already without World Cup forwards Luke Charteris, Alun-Wyn Jones and Lloyd Burns for the Six Nations and can do without further absentees.

Billy Cundiff

New England Patriots are heading to the Super Bowl after they edged their way past Baltimore Ravens, but it all could have been different if Billy Cundiff hit the target.

Cundiff had the opportunity to level the scores and force the match into overtime with a 32-yard field goal attempt.

But Cundiff missed the kick, ending the Ravens' season and sending the Patriots through to a Super Bowl date with the New York Giants.

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