Best of the Weekend: Oct 21-22

It was a big weekend on the racing tracks of the world, while there was lots of other top-class sporting action elsewhere. Join us as we round up the Best of the Weekend.

Hamilton homes in on number four

Lewis Hamilton all but wrapped up the 2017 Formula 1 Drivers Championship with a fifth victory in his last six races in Texas at the weekend, stretching the lead to 66 points over rival Sebastian Vettel.

And despite a much-improved display and second place from the Ferrari driver around the Circuit of the Americas, the Brit now only needs to finish fifth in Mexico to confirm the inevitable and win his fourth world title. A feat that would see him draw level with Vettel on four championships.

Mercedes also finalised a fourth successive constructor’s championship win which made it an all-round superb weekend for the German team.

Marquez moves closer

On two wheels, the weekend saw another figure move closer to claiming a world championship as Marc Marquez sealed a dominant win in Australia’s MotoGP race at Phillip Island.

Marquez took full advantage of challenger Andrea Dovizioso’s mistake in qualifying, coming home first as the Italian struggled home in 13th place.

The win saw the Spaniard stretch his lead to 33 points, and with just two races to go he could clinch the title in Malaysia next weekend.

Rea records yet more WSBK wins

Jonathan Rea may have already won the WSBK world title three weeks ago, but that hasn’t seen him ease up on the throttle.

The Ulsterman continued his amazing season with wins in both races at Jerez over the weekend.

The victories helped Rea’s Kawasaki team clinch the 2017 World Superbike Manufacturers’ Championship, while Rea can set a new points record if he wins both races in Qatar early next month.

He truly is a ‘rea-cord’ breaker!

Bundesliga back in the balance

In Germany, Borussia Dortmund stayed top of the Bundesliga after surrendering a two-goal lead at Eintracht Frankfurt, but only just as champions FC Bayern Munich continued their resurgence under Jupp Heynckes.

Injury-hit Dortmund were unlucky not to claim the three points as Frankfurt keeper Lukas Hradecky and Makoto Hasebe denied Peter Bosz’s side a late winner.
Dortmund are now level with Bayern after Corentin Tolisso’s second-half goal gave the Bavarians all three points against 10-man Hamburg.

Citizens sitting pretty

In the Premier League, Manchester City continued on their winning run, dispatching a brave Burnley side 3-0 at the Etihad as Sergio Aguero equalled the club’s scoring record.

The win saw the Citizens stretch their lead to five points following Man United’s shock 2-1 reverse at promoted Huddersfield.

Jose Mourinho was scathing in his criticism of his team, which they probably deserved after a lacklustre display.

Tottenham were the other big winners of the weekend as they put Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side to the sword in a 4-1 win to finally banish their Wembley blues, according to Mauricio Pochettino.

Evergrande rule again in China

In Asian football, Guangzhou Evergrande secured a seventh successive Chinese Super League title with a big 5-1 win over Guizhou in what is Luiz Felipe Scolari’s last season in charge of the team.

Thomas triumphs in Korea

The PGA and LPGA tours continued their sweep through Asia, the PGA tour making a stop in South Korea for the CJ Cup.

It may have been a different continent, but that didn’t stop Justin Thomas from winning yet again.

The American picked up his fifth win of the calendar year after defeating Australia’s Marc Leishman in a playoff.

The 24-year old, now number three in the world rankings after a truly spectacular year, added that he was excited – to be able to finally take a rest!

Ji ends drought in Taiwan

In Taiwan, South Korea’s Ji Eun-hee broke an eight-year winning drought with an impressive six-stroke win to claim the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship.

Ji never looked in trouble as she fired a final round 65 for a six shot win over New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, her first victory since the Women’s US Open back in 2009.

Some things are worth waiting for!

Garcia the master of Masters

On the European tour, Masters Champion Sergio Garcia earned a third win of the season at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters.

The Spaniard came out on top following a tight last-round battle with Joost Luiten as he won the tournament for a sixth time.

A master master-class!

Till checks out the Cowboy in Poland

UFC turned up in Poland at the weekend, and England’s Darren Till put on a show for the locals with a dominant win over veteran Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in their welterweight fight.

Till earned his 16th straight win and 12th stoppage before calling out Mike Perry who was ringside.

Perry responded almost immediately in the positive, handily saving the UFC the time of trying to find Till his next opponent.