Ok, before I begin, I would like to tell you all that this will be a new weekly feature in SnK. This post simply highlights all the sporting news and events of the past week and is not meant to be a substitute for ESPN. A special ‘Thank You’ goes out to the Boss who, after years of my asking and pleading, allowed me to write this. Well actually, it doesn’t hurt knowing someone’s weakness and using it against them. XD
Anyways, I’ll start with football (or soccer, depending on where you’re from). News from England and the English Premier League title is destined for the city of Manchester. Manchester United had their 8-point lead cut to five after the midweek fixtures where they suffered a shock defeat. But they came back strongly to post a 4-0 win Aston Villa on Sunday. City have racked up the pressure with two handsome victories, including Saturday’s 6-1 win over Norwich. Arsenal, who are five points clear in third, will play their game on Monday.
Rooney scores from the spot as United ship 4 past Villa
In Spain’s La Liga, Real Madrid maintain their 4-point advantage over rivals Barcelona with a 3-1 victory over Sporting Gijon. Barcelona overcame a resolute Levante side 2-1. Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are on 41 goals for the season and it will be interesting to see who wins this particular duel. Meanwhile Valencia remain in third.
Germany now and the title is all but Borussia Dortmund’s, who are eight points clear with three games remaining after a 2-1 win over Schalke 04. Bayern Munich were held to a scoreless draw at Mainz and lie second in the standings.
In the Italian Serie A and the tussle at the top between AC Milan and Juventus continues after both teams won in midweek. Juventus lead Milan by a solitary point. The Sunday fixtures were cancelled due to the tragic death of Udinese player Peirmario Morosini who suffered a heart attack on the pitch while playing on loan for Liverno. R.I.P. Morosini
Chinese Grand prix this weekend and Nico Rosberg becomes the first Mercedes driver to take the chequered flag in 57 years. After taking pole during qualifying, Rosberg led from start to finish to win his first ever Grand Prix. Jenson Button finished second with teammate Lewis Hamilton taking the final step on the podium. The Drivers standings has a new leader in Hamilton on 45 points, two better than Button. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is third with 37 points.
Nico Rosberg with his maiden F1 victory in the Chinese Grand Prix
No major news in tennis as most of the world’s top players are gearing up for this year’s clay court Grand Slam, French Open. However, a former champion had a reason to be cheerful about despite the sweltering summer heat. Three time Grand Slam winner Jennifer Capriati was elected in the International Tennis Hall of Fame this week, a move which the 36 year old American has described as “a dream come true.”
Former World No.1 Capriati
The only major international match that was played this week was the first test between the West Indies and Australia. In a game where the Aussies were on the backfoot for most of the game, the Windies capitulated in their second innings to give the visitors a sniff at victory. Australia put on a determined batting display in their second innings to beat the Windies by three wickets. This despite having rain play spoilsport for some time on Day 5.