The Week in Sport (19-25 Dec)

It is time for the another recap of The Week in Sport with the action including victory for Liverpool in the Merseyside derby and Superbowl champions Denver Broncos play-off hopes came to an end.

Football

A 94th minute winner from Sadio Mane gave Liverpool the bragging rights in the Merseyside derby with a 1-0 win over rivals Everton on Monday night. More week 17 results here.

Bayern Munich extended thier Bundesliga lead with a 3-0 win over scond placed Leipzig image: theguardian.com

Bayern Munich extended their Bundesliga lead with a 3-0 win over second placed Leipzig
image: theguardian.com

Bayern Munich will head into the winter break three points clear the top of the Bundesliga as they secured a comfortable 3-0 win over second place Leipzig.

Nice are top of Ligue 1 heading into the winter break but a 0-0 draw with Bordeaux allowed Monaco to close the gap to two points with a 2-1 win over Caen. PSG are a further three points behind Monaco after a 5-0 thrashing of Lorient.

Arda Turan scored a hat-trick as Barcelona smashed seven past Hercules to reach the last 16 of the Copa del Rey, while there were also comfortable victories for Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao.

Crystal Palace have sacked their manager Alan Pardew after nearly two years in charge, with former England boss Sam Allardyce taking over the reigns at Selhurst Park.

In transfer news, Chelsea have agreed to sell Brazilian midfielder Oscar to Chinese club Shanghai SIPG for £52m, while Wolfsburg’s want-away midfielder Julian Draxler has agreed to join French champions PSG for €42m.

Man United are reportedly closing in on the £38m signing of Benfica defender Victor Lindelof, while Morgan Schneiderlin could be on his way out of the club after West Brom tabled a £15m bid for the ex-Southampton midfielder.

Jamie Vardy will miss Leicester’s next three games after the Foxes appeal for his red card in a 2-2 draw with Stoke was rejected by the FA, while Tottenham goalkeeping duo Hugo Lloris and Ben Foster have signed new contracts at Tottenham and West Brom respectively.

Rugby

Ulster moved into the to four in the Pro 12 but missed out on a bonus point as they ran out comfortable 23-7 winners over reigning champions Connacht, while Tommaso Allan inspired Benneton Treviso to a 23-12 win over Zebre in the Italian derby.

American Football.

New York Giants handed Dallas Cowboys the top seed in the NFC Play Offs after a 24-19 defeat to Philadelphia Eagles, but Superbowl champions Denver Broncos have failed to reach the play-offs after a heavy 33-10 loss to Kansas City Chiefs.

Pittsburgh Steelers sealed their play-off berth as Antonio Brown’s touchdown with nine seconds remaining earned them a last-gasp 31-27 win over Baltimore Ravens to clinch the AFC North title.

Kansas City Chiefs eliminated Denver Broncos from play-off contention image: espn.com

Kansas City Chiefs eliminated Denver Broncos from play-off contention
image: espn.com

Cam Newton threw for 300 yards and scored two touchdowns as Carolina Panthers dented Washington Redskins’ play-off hopes with a 26-15 win at FedEx Field.

Elsewhere, there were also wins for Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers. More results here.

Tennis

Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova will miss six months of action, after the two-time Wimbledon champion underwent surgery on a hand injury she suffered during a knife attack in a burglary at her home.

Juan Martin Del Potro will miss next month’s Australian Open due to fitness concerns having returned from serious injuries in 2016, while American Madison Keys will also miss the grand slam tournament after undergoing wrist surgery

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