Saturday 16 December 2017

Something from the weekend

The good

Bent's revenge

After Harry Redknapp compared Darren Bent's goal-scoring abilities to that of his wife's during his dismal days at White Hart Lane, Sunderland's victory against Tottenham was always going to be about the striker's revenge. The Black Cats frontman scored the opening two goals in their 3-1 victory over his former club to bring his season's tally to 22. Although, Redknapp may have had a point. Since switching to Sunderland, Bent has missed three penalties against Spurs -- following his two mishaps on Saturday. Surely Redknapp's wife would have done better.

Vettel earning his wings

The build-up to the F1 season was dominated with talk about the return of a certain German to the paddock but the man dubbed 'baby Schumi', Sebastian Vettel, overshadowed his illustrious compatriot in Malaysia. The Red Bull driver started in third but never looked back until the finish after seizing the lead from Mark Webber. After being let-down in Bahrain when a spark plug worth €3.50 failed him, Vettel will be hoping this victory can ignite his title challenge.

The bad

Ref's off day

Referee Mike Dean was on the receiving end of Alex Ferguson's ire after Didier Drogba's off-side goal secured the three points for Chelsea. But after the official failed to send off Paul Scholes, failed to award Park Ji-Sung a penalty, failed to spot Gary Neville's foul on Nicolas Anelka in the box, and failed to spot the handball with which Federico Macheda gave United hope with 10 minutes remaining, it's safe to say that both sides could feel aggrieved.

Leeds splutter

Leeds United are facing the prospect of more play-off pain after Swindon's 3-0 victory at Elland Road saw the Yorkshire club fall from the automatic promotion places in League One. Leeds have now gone 385 minutes without a goal and lie 11 points behind leaders Norwich in fourth. They once said they were too big to go down, and now they're finding it almost impossible to go back up.

And the odd

That's not cricket

One of Pakistan's most famous cricketers has vowed to marry a top Indian tennis player -- despite protests from religious groups and threats of jail. Shoaib Malik wants to wed Sania Mirza, in an unprecedented sporting union bridging the South Asian rivalry.

Malik has, however, admitted that he had previously taken part in a "telephone marriage" with Ayesha Siddiqui, another Indian woman, in 2002. But he said that this union was not valid because the two never met -- and she deceived him by emailing photos of another, more attractive, woman.

Irish Independent

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