Best of the Weekend – May 6-7

Another action-packed sporting weekend has whizzed by. We’re here to help you with a recap of all the highlights.

Leipzig make the leap into Europe

The fairytale that is RB Leipzig’s rise to the top continued when they confirmed automatic participations in the Champions League next season with a thumping 4-1 win over Hertha Berlin at the weekend – not bad for a team whose only goal this season was to avoid relegation!

The Bundesliga’s surprise package are not resting on their laurels though, and have vowed to bring in half a dozen new players in a bid to bolster their squad ahead of next year’s assault on Europe.

Given what they’ve achieved in Germany, that is not good news for the rest of Europe.

Arsenal still gunning for Top 4

On the subject of Europe, Arsenal continue to cling onto their distant Champions League dream after defeating Manchester United’s reserve team on Sunday, a result which gave Arsene Wenger his first win over Jose Mourinho in 13 Premier League meetings.

At least Wenger can retire at the end of the season satisfied, if he chooses to do so, of course!

Problem for Arsenal is, that they now have to hope that either Man City or Liverpool have a late season implosion if they are to fulfil their European dreams.

Stranger things have happened!

Pedrosa reins in Spain

Dani Pedrosa enjoyed an utterly dominant weekend in Jerez to claim the MotoGP Grand Prix of Spain.

The home boy claimed his first win of the season, leading from start to finish to stand atop the podium. This came after he was fastest in practice and during qualifying.

The win makes things very interesting in the standings with the top 4 racers all within 10 points of each other as the tour moves onto France for the next round.

Zverev driven to victory in Munich

The clay court season continued it’s build up to Roland Garros at the end of the month, with tournaments in Turkey and Munich, among others.

Croatia’s Marin Cilic came out on top in the battle of the serve bombs, topping Canada’s Milos Raonic to claim his first clay title in five years.

While in Germany, young gun Alexander Zverev defeated Argentine qualifier Guido Pella to win his first tournament on home soil and his third in total.

The win, in a tournament sponsored by a well-known German luxury car manufacturer, also bagged the 20-year old this rather nifty prize, and we’re not talking about the lederhosen!

Not bad work if you can get it!

Harman holes humongous putt to win

Out on the course, Brian Harman pulled off a shock as he became the first person to beat Dustin Johnson in a very long time at the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina.

He didn’t do it the easy way though, leaving himself a 28-foot putt on the final green for the win.

Still, he showed nerves of steel and he probably just about deserved the win after birdying the final two holes to squeeze past Johnson and Pat Perez.

One thing is for sure, he was very happy about it!

For the ladies, South Korea’s Sei Young Kim emerged victorious at the Lorena Ochoa Match Play down in Mexico after beating Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn 1-up in the final.

It marked a turnaround in fortunes for the LPGA’s 2015 Rookie of the Year, who had missed the cut in her last tournament and hadn’t won for nearly a year.

The 12th ranked player will now move into the top ten, which leaves only one question. What is she going to do with that huge trophy?