Best of the Weekend: Nov 11-12

Marc Marquez cemented his place as one of the best MotoGP riders in recent decades with a fourth win in five years in Valencia on Sunday, while there were also lots of other tales of success. Join us as we round up all the big winners of the last two days in Best of the Weekend!

Marquez makes his mark once more!

A third place finish was all that was required for Marc Marquez to seal his fourth MotoGP title in five years in Valencia on Sunday.

Marquez only needed to finish in the top 11 to beat off the challenge of only rival Andrea Dovizioso and the result never looked in doubt as Marquez, even though overcame a near-crash that left him temporarily behind the Italian.

When Dovizioso crashed out of the race moments later the title was confirmed for the Spaniard, who was obviously very happy.

“It is an amazing feeling,” said Marquez after the race.

Vettel vindicated!

The Formula 1 title may have slipped through his fingers a couple of weeks ago, but Sebastian Vettel managed to claw back a bit of respectability following a difficult second half to the season with a convincing win in Brazil on Sunday.

Vettel raced past pole man Valtteri Bottas off the grid and never looked back as he wrapped up his fifth win for the season.

Lewis Hamilton, who started from the pit lane after a crash in qualifying battled back to take fourth position.

Swiss, Croats claim Russia places!

The international break saw lots of friendly matches being played, but in the matches where something mattered it was Switzerland and Croatia who were celebrating after securing places at the 2018 World Cup in Russia next summer with two-legged wins over Northern Ireland and Greece respectively.

Both games finished 0-0, but the victors won’t care as they can look forward to a place in next year’s festival of football with the following teams.

Feng blows her way to the top!

Shanshan Feng had a weekend to remember in her native China after a victory in the Blue Bay LPGA saw her claim a second title in two weeks.

Feng, who finished one stroke ahead of Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn, also won in Japan last weekend, and her double happiness means she will become the world number one on Monday when the new rankings are released – the first Chinese player to achieve the feat.

Congratulations!

On the European Tour, Branden Grace became the first South African to win the Nedbank Challenge in 10 years after seeing off Scotland’s Scott Jamieson by a single stroke in Sun City.

Grace, who also found out his wife was expecting a boy in midweek, was overcome with joy, as you can see!

On the PGA Tour, Patton Kizzire held off the challenge of Rickie Fowler to claim a first ever win on the tour at the 63rd time of asking.

The win means Kizzire, who turned pro nine years ago, will be able to take part in the Masters for the first ever time.

Bonus!

US end long wait for Fed Cup

In tennis, Coco Vandeweghe and Shelby Rogers won the deciding doubles rubber to give the US a 3-2 win over Belarus in Minsk and a record 18th Fed Cup title.

The win was also the first time the Americans had won the title in 17 years, no wonder they were so happy!

Poirier impresses again

Lightweight contender Dustin Poirier continued to impress on Saturday at UFC Fight Night in Norfolk, Virginia as he defeated former champion Anthony Pettis.

Pettis tapped out after 2:08 of the third round of their fight and afterwards Poirier said he wants to fight the winner of the Alvarez-Gaethje fight next month before a title shot.

Seems he’s got it all worked out.

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