Good Week/Bad Week

We look at the most dramatic twists and turns around the wide world of sport in the last seven days.

Last Updated: 06/05/13 at 13:28

Bayern celebrate making the final

Bayern celebrate making the final

The dramatic twists and turns of sport were again highlighted in the last week of action as a couple of real sporting giants suffered humbling defeats.

Elsewhere, a virtual unknown may have changed his life forever after a brilliant win on the PGA Tour on America and the Premier League welcomed the second new face for next season.

Here's out pick of the big stories this week.

Good Week

Derek Ernst

A real fairytale victory at Quail Hollow as the unheralded Derek Ernst beat England's David Lynn in a play-off to capture the Wells Fargo Championship despite only starting the week as the fourth alternate for the event.

He only got his place in the field due to the numerous pre-tournament withdrawals believed to be caused by the poor state of the greens, but the 22-year-old American rookie took his chance as a brilliant birdie at the 18th secured him a spot in a play-off and a two-putt par at the first extra hole edged out 2012 USPGA runner-up Lynn.

Ernst, ranked 1,207 in the world, wins full playing rights on the PGA Tour for the next two years with his win, on just his ninth start and he was actually driving to Athens, Georgia in a hire car to play a Web.com event before he received a phone call to say he had made it into the field at Quail Hollow.

Bundesliga Duo

It will be an all-German affair at Wembley for the UIEFA Champions League final after the Bundesliga emphatically put La Liga in its place with two comprehensive victories for Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

Dortmund did have a late worry in the second leg against Real Madrid in Spain with two late goals making it 4-3 on aggregate, but the Germans thoroughly deserved their passage to the final.

Bayern then somehow managed to outdo their domestic rivals with a 7-0 thrashing of Barcelona - their heaviest aggregate defeat in history, to make a third final in four years as German football became the top dogs in European football.

LeBron James

LeBron James has been crowned NBA MVP for a fourth time in his career, narrowly failing to win it with a clean sweep in the voting after landing 120 of the 121 fitrst places in the ballot.

James averaged 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.3 assists during the 2012/13 regular season, helping the Heat finish with the best record in the league, and the 28-year-old becomes the fifth player to be given the honour on four or more occasions having claimed the mantle four times in the past five years.

The only player to break his run of dominance in recent years was Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls point guard scooping the trophy after the 2010/11 campaign.

Hull

What a final day of Championship action it was as Hull shared a dramatic 2-2 draw with Cardiff but still managed to earn promotion into the Premier League after Leeds beat Watford 2-1.

Hull were heading up until they missed a penalty and Cardiff scored from the spot in the closing stages to mean the Tiger then had to wait an agonising 20 minutes with all eyes on Watford's game at home against Leeds, which was delayed due to a lengthy injury.

With the score at 1-1 Gianfranco Zola's men went all out for the winner that would have brought promotion, but in the end Leeds found the net to spark wild celebrations back up at Hull.

Bad Week

Messi look forlorn after defeat

Barcelona

They're still heading towards their domestic title, but the manner of their record 7-0 aggregate defeat against Bayern Munich sent shockwaves across Europe and for the first time in a long time had many doubting the Spanish giants.

An over dependence on Lionel Messi was highlighted as his injury led to a limited availability and how Bayern took advantage by dominating the tie from start to finish to book their place in the UEFA Champions League final.

Even Madrid's own defeat against Dortmund did little to ease the worry around the Barcelona camp after such a disappointing capitulation.

St Helens

Widnes ended a run of 16 straight defeats again St Helens with a thrilling 35-28 triumph at Langtree Park on Friday night, to heap more misery on a struggling Saints outfit.

The Vikings' success was their first ever over their rivals in the Super League, and it extend their own unhappy run as Nathan Brown's struggling Saints have now not registered a victory since beating Castleford on Easter Monday.

Bolton

Bolton were the big losers on the final day as they missed out on the Championship play-offs as they could only manage a 2-2 draw at home to Blackpool on Saturday.

A ninth successive home win would have capped a remarkable turnaround for a Wanderers team placed 20th at the start of February, and one point looked like being enough at the Reebok on Saturday until Anthony Knockaert gave Leicester a last-gasp 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest to secure sixth place for the Foxes.

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