Wednesday 28 January 2015

Sport week in pictures

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12 March: Horses from Henry de Bromhead's stable exercise on the gallops during Champion Day of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse
12 March: Jack Wilshere has sustained an ankle injury that will keep him sidelined for the next three weeks, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed this morning. The 21-year-old has endured an unfortunate run with injuries in recent times, missing the whole of last season with niggling ankle and knee problems.
12 March: The protective covers are removed from the racecourse ahead of the first day's racing at Cheltenham
11 March: Shamrock Rovers players celebrate after Thomas Stewart scored their side's first goal against Linfield in the Setanta Cup. Rovers beat the Belfast side 3-1 on the night, 7-2 on aggregate.
11 March: Shamrock Rovers' Thomas Stewart removes a flare which was thrown onto the pitch during the game. Riot police were called in midway through the first half after bottles and other missiles were thrown by both sets of fans.
10 March: Rafael Benítez accused Sir Alex Ferguson of snubbing his attempt to shake hands before a 2-2 draw that the Chelsea manager said United were lucky not to lose. Inspired by the second-half introduction of Eden Hazard and Jon Obi Mikel Chelsea rallied from going two goals down in the opening 11 minutes, and were only denied a winner when David de Gea saved from Juan Mata in injury time.
10 March: Liverpool completed their first defeat of a top four side all season after beating Spurs to leapfrog Everton in the table. Steven Gerrard scored the winner for Brendan Rodgers' side in 82nd minute
10 March: Rory McIlroy re-established his reputation as the pop star of his sport with a virtuoso final-round 65 at the Cadillac Championship. The round left Rory on 10-under for the tournament and a share of eighth place.
10 March: A dejected Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney after his side's 13-point defeat at the hands of Dublin. The game finished Dublin 2-20 Kildare 2-7.
10 March: Kerry's Michael Geaney can't hide the disappointment after his side's defeat to Donegal in Ballybofey. The Kingdom are now sitting without a point from four games in the league.
10 March: Rafa Nadal made a successful return to Indian Wells with a 7-6 6-2 victory over Ryan Harrison in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open.
09 March: A bloodied Brian O’Driscoll reacts to Ireland's draw with France in the Six Nations
08 March: Ireland's Ian Madigan, left, Paddy Jackson, and Donnacha Ryan with head coach Declan Kidney during the captain's run ahead of their RBS Six Nations game against France
08 March: Manchester City's Carlos Tevez has been arrested on suspicion of driving whilst disqualified, police sources confirmed. The Argentinian striker, who was banned from driving for six months on January 16, was arrested yesterday near his home in Alderley Edge, Cheshire.
07 March: Graeme McDowell watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the first round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at the Trump Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, Florida. McDowell made the most of fabulous scoring conditions by landing six birdies in a faultless first-round 66.
07 March: Luis Suarez's exceptional season has catapulted him to the highest tier of earners at Liverpool thanks to the club's policy of incentivised contracts. The Uruguayan doubled his salary to around £80,000 a week when he signed his last deal in 2012, but significant performance-related enhancements have now taken him to around £120,000.
07 March: Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale scores against Inter Milan during their Europa Cup soccer match at White Hart Lane
07 March: Tottenham's Gareth Bale goes down under what appeared to be a soft challenge from Inter Milan's Walter Gargano
07 March: Bale is shown a yellow card for diving by referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz
07 March: Republic of Ireland players, from left, Shane Long, Keiren Westwood and James McClean teamed up with team sponsors, Three, to launch the new Umbro Ireland Away jersey. The new Three sponsored jersey will be available to pre-order online from March 11th and in all leading sports retailers nationwide from Thursday 21st March.
07 March: Manchester United's Wayne Rooney looks dejected during their UEFA Champions League clash with Real Madrid. There is mounting speculation about the striker's future at the club after he was left out of Alex Ferguson's starting line-up for the game.
06 March: Celtic's Giorgos Samaras looks reacts as his side are beaten 2-0 by Juventus in their UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match. The Glasgow side were defeated 5-0 on aggregate.
06 March: Rory McIlroy faces the media in Miami ahead of the WGC Cadillac Championship. McIlroy has promised not to repeat the mid-round walk-off at the Honda Classic and blamed his swing, not the switch to Nike for his course troubles.
05 March: Nani of Manchester United celebrates after Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos scored an own goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second leg match at Old Trafford.
05 March: Manchester United's Luis Nani receiving a red card from referee Cuneyt Cakir for a foot-up challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa.
05 March: Manchester United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson protests after Luis Nani is sent off.
05 March: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo made made no celebration after scoring his team's second goal against his former club, Manchester United.
05 March: Actor Ben Stiller comes out to play with Rafael Nadal in the second set against Juan del Potro during the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden.
05 March: Ben Stiller talks as he plays doubles with Rafael Nadal in the second set against Juan del Potro.
05 March: Imperial Commander, the 2010 Gold Cup winner, has been ruled out of the forthcoming Cheltenham Gold Cup after suffering a lung infection.
05 March: Brian O'Driscoll in action during squad training ahead of Ireland's Six Nations clash with France
04 March: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during a training session ahead of his team's Champions League clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford
04 March: Ireland's Fionnuala Britton and Ciaran O Lionáird, with the bronze medals they won in the Women's and Men's 3000m respectively. They are pictured with other members of the Irish team, Ciara Everard, left, Kevin Ankrom, Director of High Performance, Athletics ireland, Emma Gallivan, team physio and Amy Foster, right, on the Irish team's return from the 2013 European Indoor Athletics Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden
04 March: Linfield’s David Armstong exchanges words with Sean O'Connor at Tallaght Stadium as Shamrock Rovers beat the visitors 4-1 in the Setanta Cup
04 March: Shamrock Rovers' Ciaran Kilduff celebrates after scoring his side's second goal against Linfield
04 March: Carlos Tevez scores to give Manchester City three points against Aston Villa. The goal cut Manchester United's lead to 12 points in the Premier League but Roberto Mancini's champions had to fight hard, resisting a late surge from the home side.
04 March: Paddy Jackson and Luke Fitzgerald take a breather during Ireland squad training ahead of their Six Nations clash with France
04 March: Jonathan Sexton looks on as his Ireland team-mates go through their paces at Carton House
04 March: Manchester United's Tom Cleverley catches Wayne Rooney in the face during training at the Carrington complex in Manchester.
03 March: Rafael Nadal wearing a sombrero, poses with his trophy after defeating compatriot David Ferrer during their men's singles final match at the Acapulco International tennis tournament
03 March: Ireland's Fionnuala Britton with the bronze medal she won in the Women's 3000m Final at the 2013 European Indoor Athletics Championships
03 March: Arsene Wenger reacts during Arsenal's game against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. The Gunners were defeated 2-1 by the home side, heaping more pressure on the French man
03 March: Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale celebrates after the final whistle of their 2-1 win over north London rivals Arsenal
03 March: Tyrone's Stephen O'Neill in action against Paddy McGrath of Donegal. Mickey Harte's men recorded a deserved four-point win over 13-man Donegal at Healy Park, Omagh.
02 March: Bernard Brogan produced a fine display to help Dublin beat Mayo in the Allianz Football League at Croke Park
02 March: Luis Suarez scored a hat trick for Liverpool as they beat Wigan 4-0
02 March: Manchester United's Robin van Persie and Norwich City's Sebastien Bassong battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford. United beat the Canaries 4-0 to cement their place at the top of the table.
02 March: Ireland's Brian Gregan is helped from the arena while receiving medical attention after leaving the track during his semi-final of the Men's 400m.
02 March: One of Ronan O'Gara's best performances of recent months may not have been enough to impress Declan Kidney, but his Munster boss Rob Penney praised the resilience of his out-half, despite being forced to settle for two points from an intense Pro12 clash at Thomond Park.
01 March: World number one and defending champion, Rory McIlroy walks off the course after the ninth hole at the Honda Classic. He later blamed the move on a toothache
01 March: Ulster's Paddy Jackson is tackled by Robert Barbieri of Treviso in their Pro12 clash at Ravenhill. The match ended in a draw.
01 March: Derval O'Rourke cruised through her 60m hurdles heats at the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg to earn her an automatic semi-final slot.
01 March: Brian Gregan starts in the 400m Men Round 1 event at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Goteborg. He went on to win the heat.
01 March: Ciaran O'Lionaird wins his heat ahead of Florian Carvalho (R) of France in the 3000m Men Round 1 event at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Goteborg. Photo: Reuters
01 March: Sebastian Vettel of Infiniti Red Bull Racing runs wide into the gravel at the hairpin during day two of Formula One winter testing at the Circuit de Catalunya
28 February: Rory McIlroy's slow start to the new season continued as he began the defence of his Honda Classic title at Palm Beach. The world No 1 was level par for his first round, placing him six shots behind leader Camilo Villegas.
28 February: Rory Best in action with his team-mates during Ireland squad training ahead of their RBS Six Nations game against France on Saturday
28 February: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watch an exhibition basketball game in Pyongyang, North Korea
27 February: Victor Moses and eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrate Moses' goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Fifth Round match between Middlesbrough and Chelsea at Riverside Stadium. Chelsea beat the home side 2-0 to progress to the next round.
27 February: After defeating Middlesbrough in the FA Cup last night, Rafael Benítez launched an astonishing attack on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich for calling him an interim manager. The Spaniard also warned the club's supporters who continue to barrack him that they will ruin the club.
27 February: Dennis Bergkamp is to become the next Arsenal legend to be immortalised outside the Emirates Stadium later this year with a statue.
27 February: Sunderland midfielder James McClean has closed down his Twitter account after once again finding himself embroiled controversy. The Derry-born player made the move after sparking an angry response when he tweeted about a Wolfe Tones song, the Broad Black Brimmer, at the weekend.
26 February: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is congratulated by team mate Alvaro Arbeloa after scoring his second goal against Barcelona during their Spanish King's Cup semifinal second round match at Camp Nou. Real beat their rivals 3-1 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate.
26 February: Everton's Kevin Mirallas celebrates scoring against Oldham Athletic during their FA Cup fifth round replay soccer match at Goodison Park.
25 February: That man again... Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale (left) celebrates scoring the late winner against West Ham.
24 February: Swansea City's manager Michael Laudrup is tossed in the air by the players as they celebrate after defeating Bradford City in the League Cup final. This was the club's first ever major honours.
24 February: A dejected Brian O'Driscoll leaves the pitch after Ireland were defeated by Scotland in the RBS Six Nations.
24 February: A supporter shows her disappointment as Ireland are defeated by Scotland at Murrayfield
24 February: Katie Taylor recorded her second victory of the weekend with a unanimous decision over Germany’s Maike Kluners at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin. The World No 1, who routed Poland’s Karolina Graczyk at the National Stadium on Friday, now improves to 134 victories – a 95pc win rate – from 141 career outings.

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