Seven sporting events that caught our attention last week

Odion Ighalo

It was finally hurrah for Odion Ighalo even after he had a goal chalked off his list as he was named the best player in the EPL for December and 35-year old David Haye returned to the ring with a first round knockout.

Here are the seven things that caught our attention last week.

Ighalo wins EPL Player of the month award

Odion Ighalo joined the list of players to win the individual player award in the Barclays Premier League when he was awarded the best player in December. The Nigerian forward at Watford scored five goals, including two against Liverpool to finally land the award he had been threatening to clinch since September.

But always the modest man he is, Ighalo said, “It was a great month, but not just me, for the team as well because we worked hard and we got as many points as we could.”

The Nigerian continues to be the subject of a big transfer speculation in the summer.

Hingis and Mirza reach second longest winning doubles streak

Top-ranked Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis survived a scare to win their 30th consecutive match as a pair when they claimed the Sydney International over Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic. Hingis, in the new rankings, will now become joint No.1 with Sania, after being World No.1 in 2000 in the singles event. The pair now have 11 titles together and can add the Australian Open to continue their winning streak as they continue their chase of the longest streak record held by the Czech pair of Jana Novotna and Helena Sukova, who won 44 successive matches in 1990.

Rooney scores at Anfield and sets records

Childhood Evertonian, Wayne Rooney, achieved a dream feat on Sunday as he scored his 176th goal for Manchester United against Liverpool at Anfield.

Rooney had not scored on the Anfield pitch since 2005, but his goal, which proved the winner for United, ensured that Louis van Gaal stayed on his job and he thus became the man with the most goals for a single club in EPL history. He was tied on 175 with former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry. Afterwards, he said, “It’s great obviously to have records but I don’t think that will beat the feeling I have now.” Feeling on top of the world!

Haye returns to the ring with first-round win

One of boxing’s charismatic entities, David Haye, returned to the ring after almost four years of retirement and recorded a first round win over Mark de Mori. Haye, a former two-time champions had revealed he would come out of retirement to fight Vitali Klitschko, but Klitschko was surprisingly defeated by Tyson Fury last year. And Fury, a fellow British boxer, has vowed he would never defend his titles against the former champion after Haye pulled out of two scheduled bouts in 2013.

South Africa record lowest test score since 1957

England demoted South Africa from the top of Cricket’s top spot when they demolished the Rainbow nation at the Wanderers with South Africa claiming a lowly 83 all out, their lowest score against England since 1957.

The protagonist for the third test defeat was Stuart Broad, who was simply unplayable as he took five for five in eight overs after lunch, as five of South Africa’s top six were toppled in 40 balls for one run. England are building another side that could end up as one of the best in their history while South Africa have to get their chin up after a chastening defeat.

O’Sullivan equals Hendry’s Snooker record

Englishman, Ronnie O’Sullivan beat, more appropriately – thrashed Barry Hawkins 10-1 in the Masters final to win a sixth title, thereby equaling Stephen Hendry’s record. The thrashing caused Hawkins to wish retirement on his opponent as it was a 10th consecutive loss, even though O’Sullivan had not played in a major championship in eight months.

O’Sullivan was peerless in the match and took a 7-1 lead into the evening session, and when they resumed they played out the longest frame of the match.

O’Sullivan scooped the £200,000 first prize and a sixth Masters title to go with his successes in 1995, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2014, matching old foe Stephen Hendry’s record from the 1990s.

And finally…

You can get suspended for dozing

A Russian television commentator, Vasily Utkin, was suspended after falling asleep during Barcelona’s Champions League group stage draw with Bayer Leverkusen last season.

But Utkin claims he suffers from a chronic sleep disorder. “I am convinced that [the suspension] is due to this commentary in the game between Bayer and Barcelona. But I wasn’t spoken to just about this game. I can explain what happened in the match. For a few years, I’ve been suffering from chronic sleep disorder. It just so happened that at the end of the first half, I fell asleep and I was talking in my sleep. Naturally, it is very easy to understand that this is the case, because in the second half there were no problems at all.”

But with Match TV created by Russian president Vladimir Putin, it is understandable that it was a costly snooze.

As you go through this week, do not be caught dozing on the job!


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