Best of the Weekend: Dec 9-10

The runaway leaders in Germany and England enjoyed a good weekend, but they weren’t the only winners in the sporting world. Join us as we recap the Best of the Weekend!

Bayern extend Bundesliga lead

The first half of the Bundesliga season is nearing a close with the table having an all-too familiar look to it.

FC Bayern Munchen hold a huge eight-point lead at the top following their 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt at the weekend, a state of affairs that looked impossible eight weeks ago.

RB Leipzig’s draw at the weekend, coupled with the spectacular collapse of early leaders Borussia Dortmund, who parted company with Peter Bozs following their defeat to Werder Bremen, means it will take a minor miracle for anyone to stop Bayern from a record sixth-straight title.

Food for thought for Bayern’s rivals as they prepare to enjoy their Christmas break, although Jupp Heynckes is not getting carried away.

City too slick for United

A similar state of affairs is playing out over in England, where runaway leaders Manchester City extended their lead to a massive 11 points after racking up a fourteenth consecutive win after beating nearest rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has already given up on the title if his post match comments following their defeat to West Ham are to be believed, while Liverpool soldier on, despite their recent impressive form coming to an end as they were held 1-1 by a revitalised Everton.

Can anyone catch Pep Guardiola’s side?

Lexi does LPGA proud in shootout

In golf, LPGA star Lexi Thompson proved she can mix it with the boys after she and partner Tony Finau finished tied for fourth at the QBE Shootout in Florida.

Thompson and Finau finished on 21-under-par, five behind winners Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair, who fired a superb final-round 64 to claim the title by two shots from Irish duo Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell.

Cub gets burned in California

There was a surprise in the Octagon at the weekend as Brian Ortega upset Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night in Fresno.

The up-and-coming 26-year old featherweight choked out favourite Swanson for a fifth straight win that left the veteran’s UFC future in doubt.

It remains to be seen how things will play out for Swanson after Saturday’s shock, but for Ortega things are definitely on the way up!