Top Sport Stories of the Week

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Updated: November 26, 2013

It’s the end of another dramatic week of sports, as another week begins the Let’s Talk Sport team look back and highlight the last seven days.

Cricket

After slumping to an embarrassing 1st test defeat at the Australian Ashes, England have been met with even worse news that batsman Jonathan Trott has gone home and will be ruled out of the rest of the series with a stress related illness. Andy Flower, England coach, has since commented to say that Trott needs to spend time with his family.

Trott was part of an England side that didn’t look half the side that blew away the Aussies earlier in the year. After a promising first day in which Australia were bowled out for 295, England were crushed by the bowling attack of Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris and were all out for an awful score of 136. Centuries from David Warner and captain Michael Clarke ensured that England had no hope of saving the first test and won by 381 runs.

Trott himself only made 19 runs in the first test and had been struggling for form all summer. Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance and Ben Stokes will all be waiting in the wings to try and replace Trott in the England batting order.

Formula 1

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Sebastian Vettel (GER) ends the Formula 1 season with the last word by winning an historic ninth consecutive race in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

It was the German’s 13th Grand Prix victory of the season matching Michael Schumacher and Alberto Ascari’s record.

It was an emotional day for Vettel’s team-mate Mark Webber (AUS) as the 36 year-old made the most out of his last race in Formula 1 by finishing runner-up in the race claiming Red Bull‘s fourth 1-2 finish of the season.

Championship runner-up Fernando Alonso (SPA) completed the podium in third place.

The new season gets underway in Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix in March 2014.

 

Football

Boruc The Dribble Master

Manchester City thrashed title rivals Tottenham 6-0 with Lloris being unfortunately one of main talking points in the match. Arsenal fended off an ever-rising Southampton 2-0 with Boruc famously failing to dribble past Giroud who marked his international return with a brace. The Liverpool derby was well contested (3-3) with a thriller as a controversial tackle from Mirallas didn’t receive the correct card and two late goals from Lukaku and one very late goal from Sturridge meant that the derby at Goodison Park was evenly contested. Chelsea managed to stay within touching distance of Arsenal with a comfortable win over West Ham 3-0 as Lampard scored a brace against his former club without any hesitation of celebrating. Manchester United were held to a draw at The Cardiff City Stadium 2-2 as Cardiff ferociously battled it out until the 91st minute to get a late equaliser from Kim from a set-piece. Swansea beat struggling Fulham with a late cracking Shelvey strike after coming off the bench. Bottom of the table and manager-less Crystal Palace managed to get an away win at also newly promoted Hull City from summer-signing Barry Bannan‘s goal although they went down to ten men just a few minutes before getting the goal. Two early goals were cancelled out by two goals later on by Aston Villa as the midlands derby against West Brom ended in a draw 2-2 following a brace from Long and a goal from El Ahmadi and Westwood. Two first-half goals from Remy and Gouffran were just too much for Norwich even though Fer got a goal late on. A bottom of the table clash between Stoke and Sunderland ended with one controversial talking point as Sunderland’s Wes Brown seemed to be sent off for an almost perfect tackle.

 

Boxing 

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The biggest fight of the weekend was between Carl Froch and George Groves, which Froch won after a controversial end to the fight in the ninth round, allowing Froch to retain his WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles.

Groves hit Froch to the floor in the first round to the surprise of many. He was ahead on all three of the judges’ cards going into the ninth round, but Froch managed to turn things around. Groves got in some trouble in the ninth so the referee stepped in and stopped the fight but some say he stepped in too early. Others however think the referee made the right decision as they think if the fight continued, Froch could have ended Groves’ career.

Elsewhere, Manny Pacquiao won the WBO International Welterweight title after defeating Brandon Rios through a unanimous decision in 12 rounds. This was Pacquiao’s first win in two years and he has also challenged Floyd Mayweather to a fight. It’s up to Mayweather if the fight happens though.

 

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