FOOTBALL – Only two of the five clubs battling to stay in the Premiership won last weekend.
Wigan pulled off the surprise of the day by winning for the first-time ever at Liverpool (2-1) and Bolton beat Blackburn 3-1 at an emotional Reebok Stadium. Elsewhere, QPR, who had Djibril Cisse sent-off again, lost 3-1 at Sunderland, Wolves went down 2-1 at Norwich and Aston Villa were defeated 3-0 by Arsenal, who registered their seventh successive PL win (the last time this happened was in 2004).
And two Englishman scored in a Premiership game for the Gunners for the first time – Kieran Gibbs and Theo Walcott.
Improving Everton won 2-0 at Swansea, Newcastle clipped WBA 3-1 and there were draws for temporary leaders Manchester City at Stoke (for whom Peter Crouch scored a wonder goal) and Tottenham at Chelsea.
Manchester United played Fulham on Monday.
Southampton still head the Championship, Charlton remain top of League One while Swindon, who last Sunday lost 2-0 to Chesterfield before 49,000 fans at Wembley in the FL Trophy final, lead League Two from Torquay. In Scotland, three players saw red in the Glasgow derby as Rangers beat Celtic 3-2.
In La Liga, Real Madrid lead Barcelona by six points (75-69) after 29 games.
The first legs of the Champions League quarter-finals took place earlier this week and included Apoel Nicosia v Real Madrid, Benfica v Chelsea and AC Milan v Barcelona.
And by now we should know whether Sunderland or Everton will be in the FA Cup semi-finals while Tottenham and Bolton played their re-arranged 6th round tie which was abandoned 12 days ago following Fabrice Muamba’s cardiac arrest.
I’m glad to report that the Bolton midfielder is making excellent progress.
Quite amazing really after his club doctor said he was ‘dead’ for 78 minutes. The medical staff then heard one heart beat, then two, followed by a third. Great joy all round.
FORMULA ONE – It was 1-2 for Ferrari with Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez finishing first and second in last Sunday’s rain-affected Malaysian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton was third with Sebastian Vetttel eleventh, his lowest placing since 2009.
CRICKET – Pakistan (236-6) beat Bangladesh (234-8) in a thrilling Asian Cup final.
The first England-Sri Lanka Test started on Monday and was scheduled to end today. England batters Cook, Strauss, Trott and Petersen were bang in form ahead of the match.
GOLF – 14-time tour winner PGA Tiger Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational by five shots from Graeme McDowell to ‘warm up’ for the US Masters (1-4 April).
This was Woods’ first tour win since 2009.
DARTS – Former world champion Jocky Wilson has died, aged 62.
AMERICAN FOOTBALL – Four New Orleans Saints players who reportedly received huge sums of money for deliberately injuring opponents, even knocking them out, have been suspended by the NFL for ‘committing outrageous fouls and using dirty play tactics.’
Three coaches are also in trouble.
DID YOU KNOW? Lionel Messi is now Barcelona’s all-time record scorer with 235 goals (and rising).
He has taken over from Cesar Rodriguez who netted 232 in the 1940s/50s. Pele holds the record for most goals for one club – 643 for Brazilian side Santos, 1956-74.
Second best is Franz Binder with 520 goals for Rapid Vienna (1930-49); between the Wars Celtic’s Bob McGrory struck 468 goals – the most by a British player – and top Englishman Dixie Dean bagged 395 for Everton, 1924-38. Gerd Muller hit 356 for Bayern Munich, Ian Rush 346 for Liverpool, George Camsell 345 for Middlesbrough, Steve Bloomer 332 for Derby, Vic Watson 326 for West Ham, Raul 323 for Real Madrid and Steve Bull 305 for Wolves.