Best of the Weekend: Aug 26-27

The crossover boxing match took most of the sporting headlines over the weekend but there was lots of other action to savour over the last two days. Join us as we round up the best of the weekend.

McGregor meets his match

The much-anticipated boxing match between MMA fighter Conor McGregor and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather finally took place in Las Vegas on Saturday.

The fight went pretty much according to the predictions, despite McGregor’s strong start, as Mayweather’s boxing skill and experience eventually proved too much for the novice.

The fight was stopped in the tenth round as an exhausted McGregor struggled to defend himself, but it wasn’t all bad news for the over-confident Irishman.

With a guaranteed purse of $30 million, his fee for the fight is predicted to rise to around $100 million when pay-per-view revenue is factored in, while Mayweather is expected to make almost three times that amount.

Nice work, if you can get it!

Hamilton ‘Spa-s’ with Vettel before claiming win

The Formula 1 season continues to excite as Lewis Hamilton managed to hold off the advances of rival and championship leader Sebastian Vettel to claim the chequered flag at Spa in Belgium on Sunday in what was his 200th F1 start.

The Englishman’s win draws him to within seven points of the German at the top of the standings after 12 rounds.


With only eight rounds left to go, it’s looking more and more like the season will go right down to the wire. Next stop – Italy.

Bundesliga a four-horse race

Defending champions FC Bayern Munchen continue to keep up with the early season runners in the Bundesliga race.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men saw off Werder Bremen at the weekend thanks to two goals from goal-getter extraordinaire Robert Lewandowski to stay level with the other three teams yet to drop a point – Borussia Dortmund, Hamburger SV and Hannover 96.

Let’s see how long the others can keep up the pace.

Premier punishment for Gunners

Meanwhile, in the Premier League things went from bad to worse for Arsenal and coach Arsene Wenger as they were torn to shreds by a rampant Liverpool at Anfield.

The game finished 4-0 but it could have been worse for Wenger, who later ripped into his team, calling their performance ‘disastrous’.

The manner of defeat is also likely to ramp up the pressure on Wenger, even though he was recently handed a new two-year deal.

Things look less grim up north as Manchester United continued their perfect start to the season with a win over a stubborn Leicester side thanks to goals from subs Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini.

Jose Mourinho seems to have finally found a winning formula, although he’s not getting carried away.

Johnson sneaks past Spieth

It was a clash of the titans at The Northern Trust as Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson went head-to-head over the back nine after Spieth threw away a five-shot lead at Glen Oaks Club.

Finishing tied for top spot after 72 holes it went to a playoff, in which Johnson triumphed following a bold tee shot across the lake earned him a birdie three.

The win also earned Johnson a cheque for $1.575 million dollars, plus the appreciation of his watching wife.

Everyone’s a winner!

Park ‘putts’ down a marker

In the LPGA, it was yet another win for South Korea as Sung Hyun Park shot a phenomenal seven birdie final round of 64 to finish two strokes clear of compatriot Mirim Lee.

It was Park’s second victory on the tour this year. Her first coming in the ladies US Open.

Not bad for a rookie!

On the European tour, American Julian Suri also fired a seven birdie final round to clinch the Made in Denmark 2017 by four strokes for his maiden title.

Gavrilova gears up for Flushing Meadow

On the WTA, Australia’s Daria Gavrilova upset a number of seeds on the way to her first WTA title at the Connecticut Open in New Haven.

After beating top seed Agnieszka Radwanksa in the semis, the unseeded Aussie defeated the second seed Dominika Cibulkova in the final.

The win lifted Gavrilova into the world’s top 20 and gave her a major boost ahead of the final grand slam of the year – the US Open, which starts on Monday.

Dovi delight as Marquez blows up

Back on the track, MotoGP title race leader Marc Marquez’s hopes of victory went up in smoke at Silverstone as his engine gave up mid race.

Marquez’s untimely demise left the way open for Andrea Dovizioso to take the win – his fourth of the season, with Maverick Vinales second and Valentino Rossi rounding off the podium.

Dovi’s win puts him nine points ahead of Marquez (174), with Vinales just four points further back (170).

With just six races to go, things couldn’t get much tighter.

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