Best of the weekend – Apr 1-2

Another action-packed weekend of sport saw goals galore and a sporting first as an arm-chair viewer had a say in the result of a major golf-tournament. Join us as we look back at the Best of the Weekend.

Bundesliga Hat-trick heroes

It was a weekend of trebles in Germany as three players hit hat-tricks in the Bundesliga.

At the top of the table Robert Lewandowski was, according to coach Carlo Ancelotti, ‘just doing what he does’ as his treble fired the league leaders to a massive 6-0 mauling of Augsburg and closer toward yet another title.

Meanwhile, at the other end Thomas Delaney of Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg’s Mario Gomez hit three goals each (Gomez’s in the space of just seven minutes) to help their respective teams earn crucial points in the battle to climb away from the wrong end of the table.

Now you know why they say good luck always comes in threes!

Palace burn their (Stamford) Bridges

In the Premier League, Crystal Palace showed everyone why people who live in glass houses SHOULD throw stones as they downed Antonio Conte’s high-flying Chelsea side at home to give hope to the chasing pack.

Goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke doing the damage for the Eagles.

The lead still stands at seven points, but Big Sam’s men proved that anything is possible.

Tottenham and Liverpool will be watching with interest!

Armchair referee has say in the ANA Inspiration

The most controversial moment of the sporting weekend – and possibly of the year so far – came on Sunday in California at the first major of the women’s golfing calendar – the ANA Inspiration.

A composite screenshot of the alleged offence.

America’s Lexi Thompson was leading the pack by two shots after the 12th hole when an official came over and informed her she’d been docked four penalty shots for an infringement that occurred on the 17th green the day before.

What’s more amazing is that the decision to penalise Thompson came about after an eagle-eyed member of the viewing public reported the apparent infringement after seeing it on TV.

The penalty dropped Thompson back into the field, but fighting on through the tears she managed to birdie the final hole to get into a playoff with the clubhouse leader South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu.

Unfortunately, Thompson couldn’t complete the fairytale comeback as Ryu birdied the first extra hole to take the title, while leaving Lexi and her fans devastated.

Even Ryu was feeling a little embarrassed.

The tournament may be over for now, but you can guarantee the debate over the LPGA’s decision will rage on for a long time yet!

There was no such controversy in the Houston Open as Russell Henley hit a staggering 10 birdies in a final round 67 to take the title and earn a spot at next week’s Masters.

The modest Henley had been planning a quiet week next week, but now he’ll have to reschedule.

We’re sure he’s not too disappointed about that!

Rea doesn’t get it all his way at WSBK

Jonathan Rea enjoyed another superb weekend at the Superbike Championship at Aragon, winning the first race after rival Chaz Davies crashed out on the final lap.

The win saw Rea extend his perfect run this season to five wins out of five.

Credit to Davies though, he picked himself up and dusted himself off for Sunday, and earned his first win of the season after a titanic battle with the serial-winning Ulsterman.

Looks like the Superbikes championship will not be a one-horse race after all!

Federer Express ‘wraps up’ another trophy!

Roger Federer’s renaissance continued on Sunday as the veteran Swiss defeated arch enemy Rafael Nadal in their second final of the year to claim the Miami Open.

Many had written Federer off after an injury-plagued 2016, but the Swiss master has come storming back this season to win the three biggest titles this year.

Must be something in the water in Switzerland!

In the ladies’ tournament, Britain’s Johanna Konta won her third and by far the biggest title of her career after defeating Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-4 in a hard-fought final.

Konta will now climb to seventh in the world in the latest world rankings and now she will be looking for a Grand Slam title to cement her place among the women’s elite.