It’s been yet another week of sporting drama, but who’s up and who’s down in the world.
Hot and Cold looks back at the highs and lows of the last seven days of sport…
The FA Cup continuously gets written off, so it was encouraging to see Watford FC give the competition a much-needed shot in the arm with one of the most stirring comebacks in the history of the competition. The old magic is still there as Javi Gracia’s side reached only the second FA Cup Final in their 121-year history.
One of the most inspired substitutions of all time? Watford’s tricky winger can often infuriate with his inconsistency but delivered the goods as the Hornets advanced to the FA Cup Final. They will need the Spaniard to show off any trick in his locker to give them a fighting chance against heavy favourites Manchester City.
The little horse with a huge heart thrilled racegoers all over again at Aintree by becoming the first horse since Red Rum to win back-to-back Nationals.
Could he possibly match Red Rum’s record by winning a third? If he wins next year, he would be the first horse in the history of the race to win three on the spin.
The Hibees sealed a Top Six spot for the Scottish Premiership split in some style as they claimed the derby day bragging rights and sealed a famous comeback victory over Edinburgh neighbours Hearts at Tynecastle. Daryl Horgan was the hero as his two goals helped Paul Heckingbottom’s side leapfrog their rivals.
Putting ‘fortysomething’ men to shame across the UK, the former Olympic champion showed an old dog can still show new tricks as at age 46 he became the oldest person to win the Boat Race as part of Cambridge’s crew this Sunday.
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Is the title dream now dead for Dortmund? The odds are now stacked against them after they were drubbed 5-0 by reigning champions Bayern at the Allianz Arena.
With just six games to go, Bayern are now firmly in the box seat to retain their title with their destiny now in their own hands.
A harsh lesson for the 23-year-old Belgian in just how cruel football can be if you mess up your timing. With his Wolves side on the brink of reaching this year’s FA Cup Final, Dendoncker’s reckless lunge to allow Troy Deeney to slot home an equalising penalty in the 94th-minute shifted momentum decisively in Watford’s direction.
To his credit, Dendoncker fronted up, admitting his ‘stupid foul’ was costly.
Could one of football management’s most experienced campaigners finally be losing his magic touch after nearly 30 years in the dugout.
Many expected the Welshman to comfortably guide Middlesbrough towards automatic promotion after his appointment in December 2017, but Boro appear to be going backwards after Pulis’ side slipped to another damaging defeat away at Swansea. Boro are still only four points off the play-offs, but with other teams around them hitting form, an extended Championship campaign beyond 5th May currently looks unlikely.
The barren run goes on for one of the most respected jockeys on the National Hunt circuit as Johnson’s ride Rock the Kasbah fell at the 19th fence to make it 21st time unlucky for the 41-year-old in the race every jockey wants to win.
Horse racing fans will be hoping Johnson will stick around the circuit a little longer to finally realise his dream.
A frustrating week for former world number one Azarenka. The Belarusian gamely battled through to her first singles final in three years at the Monterrey Open but agonisingly had to withdraw through injury during the final. Her withdrawal with a calf injury handed Spain’s Garbine Muguruza victory by default.
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