Best of the Weekend – Apr 22-23

It was another action-packed few days of sport around the globe. We take a look at who achieved sporting greatness in a look back at the weekend that was.

Predictable Footy Award (PFA) goes to Kante

The PFA surprised absolutely no-one on Sunday evening when Chelsea’s one-man midfield machine N’Golo Kante scooped the prestigious POTY award.

Of course, the award was fully deserved as Kante has been in superb form this term and no member of Antonio Conte’s squad has done more for the cause as the Blues have swept all before them.

The only doubt now remains as to whether N’Golo and Chelsea can seal the deal and make it over the line, as things have begun to get a bit tight at the top in the last few weeks.

Enjoy it while you can, N’Golo!

Clasico by name, Clasico by nature

Sunday’s game between Spain’s arch enemies Real Madrid and Barcelona certainly lived up to it’s billing.

It had everything. Terrific goals, amazing misses, spectacular saves, a red card and some injury-time drama as the flea really got under the skin of Zinedine Zidane and his team with a last-gasp winner to throw the La Liga title race wide open.

Lionel Messi’s amazing goal not only won the game for Barca – taking then top of the table on goal difference (Madrid still have a game in hand), but it was also his 500th goal in all competition for the Spanish giants – a truly remarkable achievement.

Of course it will all count for nothing if Barca don’t win the league, but it’s sure going to be interesting watching the last few weeks of the season!

Bayern botch it, but Leipzig do too

Bayern suffered another slip up in the race for the Bundesliga with a 2-2 home draw to Mainz, but they needn’t have worried too much as RB Leipzig squandered the chance to make things interesting by also drawing with Schalke.

Seems like Carlo Ancelotti’s team will be allowed to get over their Champions League hangover without any trouble as they prepare to celebrate yet another league title.

Still, it’s not the same as lifting the Champions League, now is it?

Chelsea on course for double?

The FA Cup final line-up is settled after the weekend’s action and we will see a London derby in north London.

Chelsea overcame London-rivals Tottenham at Wembley (no, surprise there) thanks to wonder strikes from Willian, Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic to set up a tie with fellow Londoners Arsenal, who defeated Manchester City in extra-tie.

Luckily, London-based fans won’t have far to travel!

Marquez magic again in Austin

Marc Marquez certainly likes it in Austin. The Spaniard won his fifth race in five at the Circuit of the Americas at the weekend to pull himself back into the race for the MotoGP Championship.

Maverick Vinales suffered a pointless weekend after mysteriously sliding off the track on the second lap.

Veteran Valentino Rossi took advantage to come in behind Marquez and grab the championship lead after three rounds.

Still, there’s a long way to go.

Chappell finally comes good in Texas

Well, it was a long time coming for Kevin Chappell – 180 tournaments to be precise.

The American golfer finally managed a PGA Tour win on Sunday after shooting a final round 68 to win the Valero Texas Open.

Chappell withstood the pressure of needing to birdie the final hole for the outright win after Brooks Koepka had put the clubhouse heat on him with a Sunday-best round of 65.

And birdie it he did, holing out from eight feet for the win. You could probably guess that he was more than a little bit happy about it!

Here’s to many more, Kevin!

Cub too strong for Lobov in Nashville

In the Octagon, it was another successful weekend for Cub Swanson, who outfought Artem Lobov over five rounds on Saturday night in Nashville for a fourth straight win.

After the win, Swanson said he wants a shot at the featherweight title and take on the winner of the Jose Aldo-Max Holloway fight.

The fight would give Swanson a chance at revenge having lost to both previously, and who would deny him the chance given his recent form.

First, however, Swanson is set to take some time off to spend with his soon-to-be-born first child.

So enjoy the rest, Cub. You deserve it!