Good Week/Bad Week

There has been plenty of action to keep us occupied in the world of sport over the last seven days.

Last Updated: 17/06/13 at 16:20 Post Comment

Justin Rose: Englishman stood tall in testing conditions at Merion

Justin Rose: Englishman stood tall in testing conditions at Merion

Justin Rose secured his maiden major title at the US Open, the Lions maintained their unbeaten tour record in Australia as they build towards the first Test and England's cricketers qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy.

We've picked out some notable examples of the twin imposters - triumph and disaster - from the last week and you can send in your own suggestions using the feedback form at the bottom of the page.

Good Week

Justin Rose

The only place to start this week is at Merion where Rose prevailed by two shots to become the first Englishman to win a major for 17 years.

Rose finished with two pars on the fiendishly difficult closing holes and then waited to see if anyone could match his one-over total.

Nobody came close, Phil Mickelson bogeyed the 18th when he needed a birdie to force a play-off and had to settled for his sixth second-place finish at his national championship, alongside Australian Jason Day at three over.

Rose ended England's major drought, which stretched back to Nick Faldo's Masters win in 1996 and is the first English US Open winner since Tony Jacklin in 1970.

England's ODI team

England advanced to the last four of the Champions Trophy to remain in contention for a first global 50-over title.

Alastair Cook's men needed victory over New Zealand in their final Group A match but looked like they would be denied the chance by inclement weather in Cardiff.

Thankfully the rain in the Welsh capital stopped just in time to allow a 24-over game and England, led by Cook's 64, made a total of 169.

New Zealand finished short in reply 159-8 and must now wait on the outcome of the final group match between Sri Lanka and Australia to learn their semi-final fate.

Jonathan Davies

The Welsh centre played himself into contention for the Lions' Test side with a towering display in the victory over the New South Wales Waratahs.

Davies was outstanding in all areas and got the Lions' fifth try in the 47-17 win in Sydney.

With his Wales team-mate Jamie Roberts struggling with a hamstring problem, Davies now has a good chance of featuring next weekend, possibly at inside centre with Brian O'Driscoll on his outside.

The Lions face Australia in the first Test in Brisbane on June 22.

Andy Murray

The British number one returned from injury to open his grasscourt campaign with victory at the AEGON Championships in London.

Murray had missed the French Open with a back problem and a period of rest and recovery seems to have done the trick.

He saw off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-finals and Marin Cilic in the final to lift the title at Queen's for the third time.

And the US Open champion now heads to Wimbledon - where he won the Olympic gold medal last year - in prime shape to end Britain's long wait for a men's singles champion, which stretches back to Fred Perry's triumph in 1936.

Bad Week

David Warner

Australia's Ashes preparations haven't gone too well recently and that trend continued this week thanks to the efforts of David Warner.

The opening batsman was fined £7,000 and banned until the start of the Ashes after admitting throwing a punch at England batsman Joe Root in a Birmingham pub.

The incident, which the England and Wales Cricket Board said was "unprovoked", occurred in the early hours of the morning following England's win over Australia in the Champions Trophy at Edgbaston.

Warner faced the press to apologise for his behaviour alongside his "disappointed" captain Michael Clarke.

England Under 21s

England's youngsters finished their European Under-21 Championship campaign without a win.

A 1-0 defeat to host nation Israel in Jerusalem condemned them to bottom place in Group A following earlier defeats against Italy and Norway.

Stuart Pearce's side mustered one goal in the process and, unusually, the manager refused to defend the performance of his players.

Pearce himself appears set to pay the price for England's abject displays with his job.

Laura Robson

While Murray was winning at Queen's, Britain's women were struggling to make the transition to grass at the AEGON Classic in Birmingham.

None more so than Laura Robson, who went out to Daniela Hantuchova in straight sets after enjoying a first-round bye.

Since beating Petra Kvitova at the Australian Open in January, Robson has struggled for consistency and has now lost her opening match of a tournament eight times this season.

The world number 37 has also switched coach with Miles Maclagan, who has worked with Murray in the past, brought in on a trial basis for the grasscourt season.

Cal Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow arrived at the Catalunya MotoGP bidding to become the first Briton since Barry Sheene 31 years ago to notch three consecutive podium finishes.

And the Tech3 Yamaha rider was running in fourth place early on before a crash on lap five ruined his chances.

The Coventry-born racer remounted but was too far off the pace and soon retired from the race.

Jorge Lorenzo produced a flawless ride to take victory and close the gap on his fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa in the title race.

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