Late thrills and controversy punctuated another eventful sporting weekend which brought joy and pain in equal measure.
Manchester City triumphed over Tottenham in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final at Wembley – which was watched by a crowd of 8,000 – as ‘big six’ counterparts Manchester United and Liverpool found themselves on the wrong end of a fans backlash over their involvement in the European Super League proposal.
On the pitch, there was misery for Jurgen Klopp’s men after their Champions League qualification hopes were dealt a further blow by a Newcastle fightback, while a rare Chris Wood hat-trick at Wolves eased Burnley’s relegation fears.
There were celebrations for England’s Women as they clinched a third successive Six Nations title, but disappointment for reigning champion Ronnie O’Sullivan as his hopes of a record-equalling seventh World Snooker Championship success were dashed.
Here, the PA news agency reflects on a dramatic weekend of sport.
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British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has urged World Rugby to take action against Rassie Erasmus as the Springboks' second Test win was overshadowed by a number of controversial incidents - including questions about whether Stuart Hogg may have bitten Willie le Roux. Gatland says that the Lions now face a “cup final” in the third Test with the Springboks dominating a second half, which they won 21-0, with tries from Makazole Mapimpi and Lukhanyo Am. South Africa, however, got the ru
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) -South Africa’s backs Makazole Mapimpi and Lukhanyo Am scored second half tries as the Springboks beat the British & Irish Lions 27-9 to win Saturday’s second test at the Cape Town Stadium and level the series. Handre Pollard added five penalties and a conversion for a 17-point contribution while the Lions points all came off the boot of Dan Biggar in a niggly and ill-tempered contest that again was one for the purists rather than the enthusiast. The result sets up a decider next Saturday after the Lions had won an attritional first test 22-17.
Formula One championship leader Max Verstappen said he would race in a manner that was "hard but fair" against Mercedes title rival Lewis Hamilton at the Hungarian Grand Prix following their opening lap collision at Silverstone earlier this month. The duo were caught up in a war of words after Verstappen crashed out of the British Grand Prix and ended up in hospital following the collision. Hamilton was handed a 10-second time penalty by stewards but the Briton still went on to win his home race to cut the Dutchman's lead in the championship standings from 33 points to just eight.
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has urged World Rugby to take action against Rassie Erasmus as South Africa benefited from several controversial calls in their 27-9 second Test victory. Gatland says that the Lions now face a “cup final” in the third Test with the Springboks dominating a second half, which they won 21-0, with tries from Makazole Mapimpi and Lukhanyo Am. South Africa, however, got the rub of the green with Cheslin Kolbe getting only a yellow card for taking Conor
More than any team in world rugby, the Springboks are masters of sniffing out weakness and ruthlessly targeting it, like Floyd Mayweather punching a swollen eye. In their first Test victory, full-back Stuart Hogg had looked shaky under the high ball. What were wobbles became a full on collapse this time. That was not just limited to Hogg. Wings Anthony Watson and Duhan van der Merwe similarly suffered under a high-ball barrage as a lack of confidence became contagious. In the second half of the
Simeon Woods-Richardson, the youngest U.S. baseball player at the Tokyo Olympics, was woken up at 2 a.m. on Saturday by an unexpected phone call. On it, the 20-year-old Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect learned he had been traded to the Minnesota Twins for young phenom Jose Berrios hours before Major League Baseball's annual trading deadline. "I was half-asleep," he told Reuters late Saturday after the United States beat South Korea.
South Africa's 27-9 win over the British and Irish Lions in the second Test of the three-match series was packed full of physicality and incidents galore. With the series now going to a winner-takes-all third Test we look at the crucial calls during the brutal battle in Cape Town. Incident One - Duhan van der Merwe trips Cheslin Kolbe
(Reuters) - "Almost perfect" - that's how Jamaican sprint coach Stephen Francis described Elaine Thompson-Herah's performance as she retained her 100 metres title at the Tokyo Olympics in a scorching 10.61 seconds to become the second fastest woman ever. "Almost perfect, but we'll work on it," Francis said when he greeted Thompson-Herah in the halls of the Tokyo Olympic Stadium. Thompson-Herah led a Jamaican clean sweep of the medals, with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce finishing second in 10.74, while Shericka Jackson claimed bronze in a career-best 10.76.