Best of the Weekend – Mar 4-5

It was another action-packed weekend on the pitches, courts, courses, rings and octagons of the sporting world. Join us as we review the best action of the sporting weekend.

Tuchel’s team hit top gear

After a dodgy first half of the season, Thomas Tuchel’s Borussia Dortmund side seem to finally have shifted into top gear.

Their 6-2 demolition of Bayer Leverkusen at the weekend was highly impressive, and ended up costing Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt his job.

With Bayern also hitting top form, however, it seems unlikely that they will be able to close the 13 point gap between the two.

The only other hope for ending Bayern’s Bundesliga dominance, RB Leipzig, dropped two points after a 2-2 draw at Augsburg.

Sanchez sliding towards the exit door?

Arsenal’s woes continued in the Premier League after they lost 3-1 at Liverpool, with manager Arsene Wenger taking some heat for dropping star player Alexis Sanchez for an important game.

Wenger originally said Sanchez was dropped for tactical reasons, although it now appears the fiery Chilean was cut after a training-ground spat.

Either way it was not good for the Gunners, with a summer exit for Sanchez and quite possibly Wenger the most likely outcome.

In other matches, Tottenham and Manchester City won to keep a modicum of pressure on Chelsea

Murray keeps cool in Dubai

In the world of racquets, balls and strings it was another successful weekend for world number one Andy Murray.

The Scot earned a cool $523,000 for a regulation win over Fernando Verdasco in Dubai.

Murray’s arch enemy Novak Djokovic’s poor form continues, the Serb suffering another defeat – losing in Mexico to Aussie bad boy Nick Kyrgios. The defeat then led to one of the shortest press conferences in history.

Sam Querrey eventually won the title, defeating Kyrgios in the semis before seeing off Rafael Nadal in the final.

In the women’s tourney, Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko beat Kristina Mladenovic of France for a second win in six months.

In other tennis tournaments, Australia’s Ashleigh Barty won her maiden WTA title with a victory over Japan’s Nao Hibino in the Malaysian Open.

DJ spins out another win in Mexico

In the golfing world, Dustin Johnson won his first tournament since becoming world number one, keeping cool under pressure on the final hole to take the WGC-Mexico Championship by one shot from England’s Tommy Fleetwood.

Johnson is only the fifth player to achieve such a feat and in fine form heading toward the Masters. A debut green jacket for DJ, anyone?

Down in South Africa, home boy Dean Burmester won his first European Tour event with a three-shot win at the Tshwane Open.

While on the women’s tour, Inbee Park came back with a bang after six months out, shooting a course record eight-under par 64 to take the HSBC Women’s Champions title in Singapore with a 19-under par total.

Park ‘putt’ on an amazing display of skill on the greens, holing out for nine birdies in total, with the hole appearing to be like a bucket at times.

Welcome back, Inbee!

Woodley downs Wonderboy to win

UFC 209 failed to live up to the hype as Tyron Woodley retained his Welterweight title with a unanimous decision over Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson.

In a slightly underwhelming contest, Woodley did just enough in the eyes of the judges to keep his belt, although Dana White begged to differ.

But as we all know, Dana is not a judge.

So Woodley was happy enough, even though Thompson and the audience were not. But did anyone really think it was going to be as good as their first fight?

C’mon. Really?

Bellew beats Haye in epic grudge match

The big fight of the weekend took place in London, with a grudge match between WBC Cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew and former world heavyweight champion David Haye finally taking place after months of trash talking.

Underdog Bellew eventually victorious in the 11th after the Haye corner threw in the towel following a Rocky-like battle during which both fighters hit the canvas.

It was a brutal battle that saw both men suffer injuries, Haye incredibly fighting on after rupturing his achilles in the sixth while Bellew suffering a broken hand.

It was an epic fight, and we wouldn’t be surprised if they get to do it all over again.

Rocky 2 anyone???