Best of the Weekend: Sept 16-17

This weekend saw the Formula 1 action descend on Singapore as Lewis Hamilton enjoyed a fruitful weekend in the Lion City. But there were lots of other sporting success stories out there!

Join us as we round up all the winners from another two days of exceptional sporting action.

Hamilton sneaks win in Singapore

The F1 gods were shining down on Lewis Hamilton this weekend in Singapore as a spectacular crash on the first lap took out three of the four cars expected to challenge for the chequered flag in the city state.

The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, plus Max Verstappen’s Red Bull ‘came together’ just seconds into the race in a smash that saw all three of them retire.

That left Hamilton to fend off the challenge of Daniel Ricciardo, which he duly did, to record his third straight win and seventh of the season.

More importantly, Vettel’s early exit leaves Hamilton with a 28-point lead with just six races to go.

Lewandowski brace boosts Bayern

Poland striker Robert Lewandowski was in inspired form on his 100th Bundesliga appearance for Bayern Munich on Saturday, bagging his 81st and 82nd goals with a smart low finish and a laser-like header as the reigning champions smashed Mainz 4-0 at the Allianz Arena.

Lewandowski’s record betters that of legendary striker Rudi Voller, who only managed 73 in 100 games for Werder Bremen.

He also has 156 goals in the Bundesliga, the most of any currently active player.

A real legend!

Manchester reigns supreme in England

Over in England, Manchester United kept up their impressive early-season form with a 4-0 drubbing of Everton to make Wayne Rooney’s ‘home-coming’ a thoroughly miserable afternoon.

Although not everyone in Manchester was happy.

Ronald Koeman can’t be feeling too happy either, after his expensively assembled side suffered yet another defeat which left them sitting in 18th position.

Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Arsenal means both Manchester sides are sitting pretty at the top of the table with exactly the same record following City’s 6-0 demolition of Watford.

It’s certainly not grim up north so far this season!

Leishman hits back in style!

Australia’s Marc Leishman made up for the disappointment of a final round collapse at the Dell Technologies Championship two weeks ago with a superb wire-to-wire win at the BMW Championship in Chicago.

The victory was never in doubt for the 33-year old, who held on to his five-shot overnight lead as he wrapped up a third career PGA Tour win and collected the $1.575 million winner’s cheque.

Even better for Leishman and his bank manager is that the win now gives him a great chance of sealing the $10 million prize should he win the FedEx Cup next week!

Nordqvist takes the honours at Evian

Across the Atlantic in the final women’s major of the year, Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist took the title with a playoff win over Brittany Altomare of the US.

Nordqvist won at the first extra hole to claim her second major title after the 2009 Women’s PGA Championship.

The tournament also marked a return to form by former world number one Lydia Ko, the Kiwi narrowly missing out after finishing one shot behind the leading duo.

Wattel wins at last

On the men’s European Tour, it was the turn of France’s Romain Wattel to lift a trophy, as the 26-year old earned a maiden win at the KLM Open in Split.

It was a great turnaround for Wattel, who arrived in Croatia in poor form and in 130th position in the Race to Dubai.

He leaves with his tour card secure for next season and his first win in 187 starts to boot.

Rea closing in on three-peat!

Britain’s Jonathan Rea closed in on a third consecutive World Superbikes championship at the weekend with victory in both races at Portimao in Portugal.

Starting in ninth place on Sunday, Rea produced an immaculate ride as he tore through the field to claim the chequered flag, his second of the weekend following victory in Saturday’s Race One.

The Ulsterman now needs just a second place in the next race at Magny Cours to claim the title yet again.

Rockhold returns!

Former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold earned a win in his first fight for 15 months on Saturday with a second round victory over David Branch at UFC Fight Night.

Rockhold eventually came out on top after a slow start, but it remains to be seen where this win will take him given the chaotic current situation in the middleweight division.

He may be hoping for a shot at the winner of November’s Bisping vs GSP fight but in reality, it could well be another 15 months before his next fight.

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