Weekend in pictures for December 10-11
Another compelling weekend of sport has been and gone but, before it’s consigned to history’s dusty pages, Coral review it in images with our latest editions of weekend in pictures (for December 10-11).
Football: Premier League
There were more twists and turns in the Premier League title race, the battle to avoid relegation and fight for a European place this weekend…
Vardy at the treble as Foxes stun Man City
Manchester City have now just won one of their last five in all competitions as struggling Premier League champions Leicester City put four past them, with Jamie Vardy hitting a hat-trick in a 4-2 King Power Stadium success.
Costa strike keeps Chelsea clear at top and sinks Baggies
Diego Cost’a fifth goal in his last six Premier League games maintained a three-point lead at the top of the table, as Chelsea beat a stubborn West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge.
Oh Mkhi you’re so fine as Red Devils topple Tottenham
Henrikh Mkhitaryan struck a sweet winner, though was later stretchered off as Manchester United beat Spurs to close on them and the top four.
Liverpool laxity see Hammers take point from Anfield
Liverpool’s poor defending allowed West Ham to take a point from their trip to Anfield with Dimitri Payet and Michail Antonio netting for the visitors.
Cheltenham and Punchestown hosted hot horse racing action this weekend…
The New One proves he is no back number with third International success
The New One showed that he is till a force to be reckoned with when landing the Grade 2 International Hurdle at Cheltenham for a third time. A winner of the 2m contest in 2013 and 2014, the Nigel Twiston-Davies trained eight-year-old made all in the hands of Richard Johnson to notch a sixth success at jump racing’s headquarters. My Tent Or Yours tried to make a race of it and looked a big danger turning for home, but The New One woukld not be denied and kept on dourly to prevail by 3 1/2 lengths.
Djakadam delivers again in John Durkan at Punchestown
Djakadam produced a gutsy display to land back-to-back runnings of the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase and further enhance his claims for the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Ruby Walsh’s decision to partner Willie Mullins’ charge, who has finished runner-up in the last two runnings of the Gold Cup rather than head to Cork for the Hilly Way Chase ride on superstar Douvan, paid dividends with a determined success over Outlander.
The 4-5 favourite tracked the front-running Sub Lieutenant until touching down over five out in a share of the lead, and when Outlander threw down a determined challenge at the last Djakadam found extra to forge clear and score by 1 1/4 lengths.
Douvan dazzles in Hilly Way romp
Douvan barely had to break sweat when making a winning return to action in the Grade 2 Kerry Group Hilly Way Chase at Cork.
Last season’s Arkle Trophy hero got his campaign off to a flying start by completely outclassing the opposition to stretch his unbeaten run since joining trainer Willie Mullins to 11.
After being sent straight to the front by jockey Paul Townend, Douvan jumped well apart from a minor error at the third-last to stroll home by 22 lengths from Days Hotel and cement his position at the head of the betting for the 2017 Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Boxing: Joshua beat Molina and more
Anthony Joshua fought Eric Molina in another defence of his IBF belt, while an all-action bout between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora took place on the undercard…
British boxing star Anthony Joshua (right) showed his class once more as he stopped challenger to his IBF belt Eric Molina (left) in the third round. Joshua now has a mouthwatering fight booked with Wladimir Klitschko on April 29, 2017.
Dillian Whyte (left) edged bitter rival Dereck Chisora (right) after a debatable split decision in one of the best heavyweight bouts in recent years.
England’s Test series in India came to a premature end, well as a competition anyway…
Hosts seal innings and 36 runs victory over Bayliss’ boys
Ravichandran Ashwin took two six-wicket hauls as England’s cricketers succumbed to a heavy innings and 36 runs defeat by hosting India, who now lead the Test series 3-0 with just one match left. Virat Kohli did the damage with the bat.
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