Sam Barnard | 21 November 2016
Weekend in pictures for November 19-20
The weekend gone by saw even more top sporting action than usual on TV, and if you missed any of it don’t worry as Coral have it all covered through the medium of pictures.
There was a new ATP World Tour finals champion and season-ending number one in men’s tennis, intriguing live Premier League fixtures across the two days, a controversial light-heavyweight title fight, high-profile racing at Ascot, Haydock and Punchestown, as well as cricket and rugby union on show.
Read on to re-live all of the most prominent events in images with Coral’s weekend in pictures from November 19-20…
Football: Premier League
There’s a new leader in the Premier League after the weekend’s matches that included live fixtures Manchester United v Arsenal, Tottenham v West Ham United and Middlesbrough v Chelsea.
Giroud spoils Old Trafford party
Despite a fine opener from Juan Mata, Arsenal silenced the Old Trafford crowd in the dying minutes as Oliver Giroud nodded in a late equaliser.
Kane double downs Hammers at the death
Harry Kane is well and truly back as two late goals from the England striker cruelly denied the Hammers an away London derby win. Spurs claimed a 3-2 victory, after an injury time penalty.
Blues on top of the league after Costa winner
Diego Costa was once again Chelsea’s hero, as his strike not only helped beat Boro but also lift them to the summit of the table.
Among the top racing action across Saturday and Sunday was the prestigious Coral Hurdle at Ascot. See how the likes of Yanworth, Cue Card, Nichols Canyon and Identity Thief got on in their respective races…
Yanworth triumphs in thrilling Coral Hurdle
Yanworth got the better of a titanic tussle with Lil Rockerfeller to make a winning return to action in the Grade 2 Coral Hurdle at Ascot. The Alan King trained six-year-old, who was one of last season’s top novices, travelled well throughout under jockey Barry Geraghty but had to dig deep after the last to get up close home and win by 3/4 of a length as the runner-up battled bravely all the way to the line.
Cue Card captures third Betfair Chase
Cue Card put a disappointing seasonal reappearance firmly behind him when storming clear to land the Grade 1 Betfair Chase at Haydock for a third time. The Colin Tizzard trained 10-year-old stalked 2015 Gold Cup hero Coneygree until taking up the running four from home and pulling clear from the second last to win by 15 lengths. He now has a chance of landing a £1m bonus if going on to land the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day and the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Nichols Canyon provides Mullins with sixth Morgiana at Punchestown
Nichols Canyon justified odds-on favouritism to record back-to-back wins in the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown and provided his trainer Willie Mullins with a sixth successive victory in the Grade 1 contest. Jer’s Girl pressed Nichols Canyon the whole way and approaching the penultimate hurdle the pair were locked together. But when they emerged from the fog Nichols Canyon had asserted under Ruby Walsh and won easing down by 12 lengths.
Identity Thief maintains unbeaten record over fences
Identity Thief maintained his unbeaten record over fences in the Ryans Cleaning Craddockstown Novice Chase at Punchestown to lead home a one-two-three for Irish trainer Henry de Bromhead. The six-year-old only had to be driven out by Bryan Cooper to assert on the run-in and beat Ordinary World by a length in a race run in poor visibility due to fog and remains firmly on course for a crack at the 2017 Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Rugby union: Autumn Internationals
The Autumn Internationals in rugby union continued with Home Nations quartet England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland all in action again…
England thrash Fiji to maintain momentum
Eddie Jones oversaw a comfortable Red Rose victory, with England extending their unbeaten run to a dozen match and 11 under the Australian coach with a comprehensive 58-15 victory over Fiji. Jonathan Joseph and Semesa Rokoduguni (above) both crossed for braces.
Wales need late drop goal to beat Brave Blossoms
A much-changed Wales’ blushes were spared by a last-gasp drop goal from Sam Davies, as the Dragons ran out 33-30 winners over Japan in Cardiff.
Fekitoa double allows All Blacks to avenge Ireland defeat
Two tries from Malakai Fekitoa and another from Beauden Barrett gave New Zealand a 9-21 revenge victory over Ireland in Dublin following the All Blacks’ shock loss a couple of weeks ago. Fekitoa has since been cited for an alleged dangerous tackle, however.
Scotland finally dish out late drama with win over Argentina courtesy of Laidlaw
The Tartan Army roared as Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw kicked a winning penalty to inflict a 19-16 defeat of Argentina at the death.
Prior to this light-heavyweight, Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev were both undefeated, but only one would hold on to that feat after this incredibly tight bout in Las Vegas…
Ward wins battle of flawless fighters
Ward beat Kovalev to take the Russian’s IBF, WBA and WBO light-heavyweight belts after a controversial points win, despite being knocked down in the second round. All three judges gave handed the still-undefeated American a scorecard result of 114-113.
England threatened a late second innings resistance after being 75-0 in chase of 405 to win, but how did they get on in Visakhapatnam?
India claimed a 1-0 series lead after skittling England out in the second innings of the second Test. The hosts triumphed by 246 runs after eventually breaking down stubborn openers Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed.
Tennis: ATP World Tour Finals
Despite having broken his own record of playing the longest match in the event’s history against both Kei Nishikori and then Milos Ranoic in the semis, Andy Murray had to somehow ready himself against Novak Djokovic, who was determined to regain top spot in the ATP rankings, in the final.
Murray remains on top of the world after taming Djokovic
Britain’s Murray signed off the year by not only claiming his first ever ATP World Tour Finals trophy, but also securing the world number one spot after defeating old rival Djokovic in the final.
Snooker: Coral Northern Ireland Open
Barry Hawkins and Mark King battled out an unlikely final in the Coral Northern Ireland Open on Sunday, but who claimed the inaugural tournament?
King crowned Coral NI Open champion
King, 42, upset fellow Englishman The Hawk in a thrilling final to win 9-8 after being 5-1 down. It resulted in The Romford Battler claiming his first ranking title after a 25-year wait.
For more superb snaps visit our weekend in pictures archive.