This Weekend In Sports 27 – 29 March

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This week in Sports History:

  • 1889 – John T Reid opens 1st US golf course (Yonkers, NY).
  • 1916 – Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens (NHA) beat Portland Rosebuds (PCHA), 3 games to 2.
  • 1997 – Southwestern Bell Dominion Senior Golf.
  • 2012 – Spanish Government cuts 27 Billion Euros from its budget in one of its toughest austerity driver in history.

What Happened This Weekend In Sports:

Formula 1
Malaysian Grand Prix   Sebastian Vettel wins.
‘Ferrari are coming’ says Niki Lauda as Sebastian Vettel roars back  Those with an eye for such symmetry will have noticed that the first three drivers to qualify for Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix were Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg – exactly the same as last year. The only difference is that Vettel was driving for Red Bull in 2014, while these days he is in the saddle of Ferrari’s prancing horse.
Nico Rosberg poses as journalist to open spat with Lewis Hamilton  Lewis Hamilton’s sometimes tense relationship with his Mercedes team-mate, Nico, took a bizarre and slightly farcical turn on Saturday when the German driver posed as a journalist during the post-qualifying press conference at the Malaysian Grand Prix.


Barclays Premier League Aston Villa 0 – 1 Swansea CityWest Ham 1 – 0 SunderlandLiverpool 1- 2 Man UtdQPR 1 – 2 EvertonNewcastle 1 – 2 ArsenalHull City 2 – 3 ChelseaMan City  3 – 0 West BromTottenham 4 – 3 Leicester City

Stoke City 1 – 2 Crystal Palace

Southampton 2 – 0 Burnley FC


La Liga Elche 0 – 4 ValenciaAtletico Madrid 2 – 0 Getafe CFLevante 0 – 1 Celta VigoGranada 0 – 0 EibarDeportivo 0 – 0 EspanyolReal Sociedad 3 – 1 CordobaRayo 1 – 0 MalagaAthletic 2 – 0 Almeria

Villarreal 0 – 2 Sevilla

Barcelona 2 – 1 Real Madrid

Bundesliga Hamburger SV 0 – 1 Hertha BSCHannover 96 2 – 3 DortmundVfB Stuttgart 3 – 1 EintrachtPaderbom 0 – 0 HoffenheimMainz 05 1 – 1 Wolfsburg1. FC Köln 1 – 1 WerderSC Freiburg 2 – 0 FC AugsburgSchalke 04 0 – 1 Bayer

Bayern Münich 0 – 2 Mönchengladbach


Horse Racing
Tense McDonald urges a battle-scarred Hartnell to BMW victory  It was a war, Godolphin’s jockey James McDonald thought might have been over before it started.The minutes before the start of The BMW, which Godolphin won with Hartnell, were more tense than the race itself for McDonald.
Pornichet headed for Doncaster Mile but Excess Knowledge remains an unknown quantity  Doncaster Prelude winner, Excess Knowledge won’t be at Randwick for the big mile next week but Pornichet will be part of Gai Waterhouse’s team after storming home in the Neville Sellwood Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.”This horse is going to the Doncaster. He’s very exciting,” Waterhouse said after he showed a turn of foot to leave his rivals floundering.

James McDonald ready for challengers from the rest of the world
James McDonald has owned the first month of the Sydney autumn carnival and will now head into the first day of The Championships full of confidence as jockeys from around the world come to town.The 22-year-old has been riding in the best form of his career and making the difference in group 1s, winning five across the past five weeks. Having arrived from New Zealand two years ago with a big reputation, McDonald is the first to admit he took time to adjust.


ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Australia win Cricket World Cup 2015 final against New Zealand.


Andy Murray beats Santiago Giraldo to reach Miami Open fourth round  Andy Murray brushed aside Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo with the minimum of fuss in the third round of the Miami Open. A single break earned the Scot the first set before an explosive start to the second helped him complete a 6-3, 6-4 victory in one hour and 24 minutes.
Australia’s Bernard Tomic booed in Miami Open defeat to Tomas Berdych  Bernard Tomic was booed late in his third-round loss to Tomas Berdych at the Miami Open as he let slip a huge chance to upset the world No9. The Australian took the first set in a tie-breaker and led 4-0 in the second set but failed to convert any of his four match points before going down to the Czech.
Heather Watson falls to Angelique Kerber in Miami Open despite fightback  Heather Watson’s challenge at the Miami Open ended in the second round as Angelique Kerber won their rain-affected clash. The German had edged the first set 7-5 on Friday though a rain interruption meant play was suspended and then abandoned for the day.
Rafael Nadal shocked by Fernando Verdasco at Miami Open  Rafael Nadal was dumped out of the Miami Open on Sunday as he suffered a shock defeat to fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.


Gwladys Nocera buries ghosts of 2014 with Lalla Meryem Cup win  France’s Gwladys Nocera made amends for the heartbreak of her play-off defeat 12 months ago by winning her 14th Ladies European Tour title in the Lalla Meryem Cup at Golf de L’Ocean in Agadir.
American trio emerge from Tiger Woods’ shadow to challenge Rory McIlroy  There was a commonly held theory last year relating to Rickie Fowler’s arrival as the man best placed to challenge Rory McIlroy. The fact this represented something of a cross-Atlantic battle merely added to the accepted, exciting narrative. There is, however, one difference between them.



My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.

– Hank Aaron