Another massive weekend of sport has come and gone. While the action across the board was gripping, there were a few major stories that simply have to be told. Here they are.
Guess who’s back, back again
Rickie Fowler closed the Hero World Challenge with an incredible 61 that gave him the victory by four shots but the biggest headline from Albany was this – Tiger Woods is back and he is healthy and swinging smoothly. The former world number one was impressive at his own tournament in the Bahamas.
He never won but his eight-under-par total had plenty of positives. It was his first competitive appearance after another lengthy injury lay-off but he looked fresh, hit the ball straight and had THAT fire in his eyes.
If the weekend is anything to go by, Tiger isn’t going to stay on 79 PGA Tour victories for long. Let the games begin!
Mourinho minces Wenger… again
It was a strange weekend of football. Real Madrid and Barcelona were held to draws by Athletic Bilbao and Celta Vigo in La Liga respectively. PSG slipped up to Strasbourg in Ligue 1. In the Bundesliga, there was a routine triumph for FC Bayern Munchen over Hannover 96 while TSG 1899 Hoffenheim stunned RB Leipzig 4-0.
However, the biggest result was in North London at The Emirates where Jose Mourinho got another one over his foe Arsene Wenger as Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-1.
The fixture was a cracker though and both teams deserve plenty of credit for displaying the Premier League in such a positive light. The difference between the sides was simply a matter of chance-conversion. Arsenal created plenty but were wasteful in front of goal while United were not quite as enterprising but were clinical when opportunities presented themselves.
Formula E starts with a bang
Formule E returned with a race on Saturday and a race on Sunday in Hong Kong. Sam bird claimed Race One in relatively straight forward manner but it was on Sunday where the drama really went down.
Daniel Abt thought he had claimed his maiden victory in the series, and Audi Sport Abt’s first as a works FE team, after long-time leader Edoardo Mortara spun late in the race.
However, a post-race inspection revealed that the FIA security stickers on the inverters and motors did not correspond with those declared on the car’s technical passport.This breaches the series’ technical and sporting regulations, and so Abt was disqualified from the race. Felix Rosenqvist was then announced as the victor. Harsh!
Holloway stamping his mark on the UFC featherweight division
In the world of combat sports, the UFC yet again took centre stage as Max Holloway and Jose Aldo went toe-to-toe in a violent scrap in Michigan at UFC 218.
Holloway successfully defended his featherweight belt after winning the striking contest and surviving Aldo’s kicks. It was a bloody affair with a brutal conclusion – Aldo took a number of significant blows before the referee was forced to intervene. Holloway has his sights set on Conor McGregor next… but who doesn’t considering how big that pay-day is?
As for Aldo, he has now lost three of his last four fights and his future in the UFC seems unclear at the moment.
Green claim gold
The 2017/2018 IRB Sevens Series kicked-off in Dubai and it was South Africa’s Blitz Bokke who took the honours.
The defending champions beat New Zealand in a fiery final to get their campaign off to the perfect start.
The star of the show for the southern hemisphere outfit was Seabelo Senatla as he crossed the whitewash no less than 10 times over the course of the tournament.
Jin shines in front of home crowd
In Badminton, it was Jeon Hyeok Jin of South Korea who lifted his home tournament – the VICTOR Korea Masters.
On Sunday, he edged Min Ki Kim 21-17, 19-21, 21-12 in a pulsating finale on the courts of the Yeomju Gymnasium in Gwangju City.
The 22-year-old now has two BWF Grand Prix titles to his name.