Best of the weekend – Mar 18-19

It was a busy weekend of action around the globe, so sit back and relax as we round up the best of it all from the pitches, rings, octagons, courses and courts of the sporting world.

Bundesliga stakes becoming one horse race

RB Leipzig’s title dream seems to be well and truly over after they suffered a second successive defeat at the weekend, this time going down 3-0 at lowly Werder Bremen.

The wheels have come off for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men in recent weeks and from challenging Bayern Munich for the title just a few weeks ago the gap is now 13 points. What’s worse is that Leipzig now find Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim breathing down their necks.

Still, it’s not a bad position to be in for a newly promoted club and they will continue to make more friends than enemies – well, perhaps not in Dortmund – if they can finish the season with a flourish.

Conte’s Chelsea cruising towards crown

Another team that seem to have sewn up their domestic title with a few weeks left are Chelsea, who managed to grind out a gritty 2-1 win at Stoke, despite the absence of star man Eden Hazard.

The chasing pack, lead by Tottenham have not given up but with each week and each win, it’s becoming more and more difficult to see anyone catching Antonio Conte’s men, although he’s not celebrating yet.

What was that about not celebrating?

Federer wins ‘Waw’ with Stan at Indian Wells

Roger Federer continues to roll back the years, the 36-year old taking his second big tournament of the year on Sunday with victory over younger compatriot Stan Wawrinka at Indian Wells.

The win was Federer’s 25th ATP Masters 1000 crown and the 90th title of his career. And if he can keep fit then there’s the likelihood he could add to that total given the patchy form of rivals Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

Roger and out!

Meanwhile, in the women’s final Elena Vesnina defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova in an all Russian affair to prove that like fine wine, tennis players can also improve with age.

Just last year, Vesnina went out in the first round of qualifying at Indian Wells, but now she is the champion after battling past Kuznetsova to win the longest women’s final on record at three hours and one minute.

All good things come to those who wait, or do they?

Leishman unleashes a monster winning putt

Australia’s Marc Leishman took the honours and the red cardigan that goes with it as he collected a first PGA title in five years at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida.

Leishman took control after overnight leaders Charley Hoffman and Kevin Kisner struggled, grabbing the lead with a monster putt at the 16th and holding on for the win – which also earns him a spot at the upcoming Masters.

Bet he would just love to add a green jacket to that cardigan.

On the LPGA, Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist followed up her incredible 11-under 61 on Saturday with a 68 to hold off a challenge from Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn and take the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

The Swede kept her cool in the near 100-degree heat to finish 25-under par for her seventh LPGA title.

Hot stuff!

Posterboy posts an impressive win!

Meanwhile, over in old London town, Jimi ‘Posterboy’ Manuwa turned a few heads – including that of his dazed opponent Corey Anderson – with a devastating first-round KO to win their light heavyweight bout.

The Londoner now says he wants to face the winner of the Daniel Cormier and Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson.

And who are we to argue with him?


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