Marathonbet’s Hot and Cold: Reed reigns supreme at Augusta
It’s been another relentless sporting weekend, with plenty of drama to pore over.
Here’s our weekly look at who’s hot and cold in the world of sport…
Reed may not be the most popular player on the golfing circuit due to his sharp tongue and occasionally questionable antics, but he answered his critics in some style at Augusta National to claim the Green Jacket and his maiden major with a one-shot victory from crowd favourite Rickie Fowler.
It’s only two races in to the F1 season, but the German will be delighted to already hold a commanding 17-point lead over bitter rival Lewis Hamilton after back-to-back victories. Can Vettel claim the championship after a four-year drought? Hamilton certainly now has work to do to rein in the Ferrari driver’s advantage.
The much-maligned West Ham keeper gave pundits a reminder of his former class with a rock-solid performance as the Hammers gained a precious unexpected point away to Chelsea. The 30-year-old made three outstanding saves at Stamford Bridge as he makes a late bid to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s summer plans.
The Exeter Chiefs and England star made a triumphant return from a long injury lay-off to score two tries in the Chiefs’ thumping 46-10 victory over Gloucester at Sandy Park, a result which has secured their place in the Aviva Premiership play-offs and puts them in a strong position to secure a second consecutive title.
The Impvasion of London left the capital with memories to last a lifetime as Lincoln City secured the Checkatrade Trophy with a battling 1-0 victory over League One promotion chasers Shrewsbury Town on their first ever trip to Wembley. Danny Cowley’s stock only continues to rise and it wouldn’t be surprising to see higher level clubs making enquiries this summer.
2-0 up at half time, 45 minutes away from claiming the title against your cross-city rivals. What could possibly go wrong? Pep Guardiola’s side experienced a second half to forget as Man Utd staged an amazing comeback to seal the derby day honours 3-2. It’s a result that will keep City waiting a bit longer to lift the Premier League trophy.
That elusive Masters victory continues to haunt the Northern Irishman, who needs to don the Green Jacket in order to complete his clean sweep of majors. He looked well placed to do just that coming into Round Four but faded badly on the final day to finish in a tie for fifth.
After double Olympic golds in Rio, a repeat performance looked a mere formality for the English gymnast on the Gold Coast, but a below-par performance on both the floor and the pommel horse meant the 25-year-old had to settle for a solitary silver in the latter – the first time he had been beaten on that apparatus since 2015.
Stoke City and Southampton
Tight 2-1 and 3-2 losses to Big Six opposition respectively make it hard to criticise these two Premier League strugglers too harshly, but both Paul Lambert and Mark Hughes will be acutely aware that their teams have continued to lose ground on the teams immediately above the drop zone, all of whom picked up at least a point. All is not lost given Brighton and Huddersfield look particularly vulnerable with difficult run-ins, but the Potters and Saints now have little margin for error.
The Welsh veteran suffered injury heartbreak on the Gold Coast, with hamstring trouble forcing the former world 400m hurdles champion to withdraw from the Games. At the age of 31, it’s unlikely Greene will get another chance to pull on the red vest for his home nation.
Two missed penalties on home soil, the Championship title effectively handed on a plate to Wolves, a classic Neil Warnock rant for the ages… all in all a weekend to forget for the Bluebirds.
— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) April 6, 2018
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