Good Week/Bad Week

We pick out our top performers from another packed week on the sporting calendar.

Last Updated: 20/05/13 at 15:26

Broad proved too good for New Zealand

Broad proved too good for New Zealand

It's been another huge week around the world of sport, with the Premier League coming to a close while in other sports the action is just hotting up ahead of an exciting summer.

Wigan Athletic epitomise just what sport is about over the last week as they went from the highs of FA Cup winners to the lows of relegation in just three days.

There was also a North London battle for the final UEFA Champions League place available, while away from football England's cricketers started a huge Ashes summer with a welcome win.

Ahead of big events coming up next week, both Rafa Nadal and Graeme McDowell picked up welcome victories.

Here's our pick of the week.

Good Week


England came out on top in a topsy-turvy first Test against new Zealand at Lord's thanks to an explosive spell of bowling from Stuart Broad.

Chasing a target of 239, New Zealand collapsed to 68 all out with Broad claiming a career-best 7-44 as England won by 170 runs in the early afternoon of day four of the first Test.

England's batting was not quite up to scratch in the match, apart from young Yorkshireman Joe Root, but with Broad's spell and James Anderson taking his 300th wicket and also bowling beautifully the positives were obvious ahead of the Ashes.

Graeme McDowell

Top seed Graeme McDowell won the Volvo World Match Play Championship after fighting back to beat Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee in Sunday's final.

McDowell made amends for his narrow defeat at the hands of Nicolas Colsaerts in last year's final as he closed out a 2&1 victory at the spectacular Thracian Cliffs lay-out in Bulgaria.

Having overcome Branden Grace in his semi-final earlier in the day, McDowell showed patience and nerve as he overhauled an early deficit against Jaidee to secure his second title of the season - and just in time ahead of this week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Rafa Nadal

Just a week before the French Open, the king of clay Rafa Nadal took just over an hour to send Roger Federer packing and claim the Rome Masters title after winning the 30th ATP Tour clash between the two giants 6-1 6-3.

For their landmark meeting Federer produced one of his worst performances, with Nadal capitalising in ruthless fashion to move to 20-10 against Federer and 13-2 on his beloved clay surface.

In a perfect tune-up for next week's French Open for the 26-year-old Spaniard, Nadal took just an hour and eight minutes to pick up the trophy at the Foro Italica as he goes in search of an eighth Roland Garros title.

Jonny Wilkinson

Jonny Wilkinson's Toulon staged a dramatic fightback to edge out French rivals Clermont Auvergne 16-15 in a thrilling Heineken Cup final in Dublin.

Favourites Clermont looked on course to complete a perfect European campaign as two tries in eight second-half minutes gave them a nine-point lead, but Wilkinson - who finished with 11 points - kept his side in touch and then kicked what proved the decisive conversion after fellow Englishman Delon Armitage went over 15 minutes from time.

Wilkinson was rewarded with the European Player of the Year award for his efforts throughout the season, and it would be no surprise if he popped up on the Lions tour at some stage this summer.

Bad Week

A week of highs and lows for Martinez and Wigan


Just three days after lifting the FA Cup at Wembley, Wigan were relegated as a 4-1 defeat by Arsenal at Emirates Stadium ended their eight-year stay in the Premier League and saw the Gunners climb back into fourth place.

Hopes of another great escape from the Latics were briefly raised as Shaun Maloney's free-kick cancelled out Lukas Podolski's opener, but the shoddy defending which has blighted their season returned as Theo Walcott, Podolski and Aaron Ramsey sealed their fate in a devastating eight-minute spell.

Wigan now head into the Championship, and into Europe, with mixed emotions and it remains to be seen if manager Roberto Martinez and his best players will hang around for their promotion bid.

Bradley Wiggins

Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins was forced to withdraw from the Giro d'Italia due to a chest infection.

Team Sky medical staff monitored the 33-year-old Briton overnight following a difficult stage 12, and with his condition not improving, the decision was taken for Wiggins not to start the race's 13th stage from Busseto to Cherasco on Friday, with heavy rain once again expected.

Wiggins was aimed at the Giro this year but will now turn his attentions to Le Tour, even though Chris Froome has already been nominated as Team Sky's leader for the big race.


Gareth Bale scored a stunning goal as Tottenham beat Sunderland 1-0 at White Hart Lane, but they missed out on a place in the top four as Arsenal also won on the final day of the season, leaving doubts over Bale's future at White Hart Lane.

Spurs needed to win to stand any chance of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League but it looked like they would be frustrated until Bale rounded off a wonderful individual campaign with another special strike in the 90th minute.

However, Arsenal's victory at Newcastle United ensured that Tottenham would have to settle for a fifth-place finish despite a record points haul in the Premier League as they finished behind their North London rivals yet again.

David Warner

Australian Test cricketer David Warner faces a disciplinary hearing following his Twitter outburst against two senior Australian journalists.

The left-handed opening batsman criticised News Limited journalists Robert Craddock and Malcolm Conn in an expletive-filled tirade.

Cricket Australia said in a statement on Sunday that Warner had been charged because of "unbecoming behaviour, regarding comments posted on his Twitter account".

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