The Week in Sport (26 Dec – 1 Jan)

It is time for The Week in Sport and in the final week of 2016 we saw Premier League leaders Chelsea made it 13 wins in a row and Ronda Rousey’s UFC return ended in defeat after just 48 seconds.

Football

Pedro bagged a brace as Chelsea made it a record 12 wins on the bounce in a 3-0 win over Bournemouth, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored again as Man Utd thrashed Sunderland 3-1. More Boxing Day results here.

Giorgino Wijnaldum headed Liverpool to victory over Man City image: skysports.com

Giorgino Wijnaldum headed Liverpool to victory over Man City
image: skysports.com

In the weekend’s action, Chelsea were made to work for win number 13 on the trot with a 4-2 victory over Stoke, while Giorgino Wijnaldum headed Liverpool to a 1-0 win over Man City. More week 19 results here.

Swansea are once again looking for a new manager after giving Bob Bradley the boot after just 11 league games in charge, while Italian Cesare Prandelli quit as Valencia manager after just 10 games with the La Liga strugglers.

Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua have confirmed the capture of former Man United and Man City striker Carlos Tevez for €84m, but have failed in a €300m bid for Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Celtic came from a goal down to beat Rangers 2-1 in the Old Firm derby as Brendan Rodgers’ side moved 19 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Horse Racing 

Willie Mullins’ Min stormed to victory in the Racing Post Novice Chase after the Henry de Bromhead-trained Identity Thief was pulled up half-way on the opening day at Leopardstown,

Douvan was the star of day two as he continued his unbeaten run by cruising to victory in the Paddy Power Cashcard Chase, while Saturnas also gave Willie Mullins victory in the Grade One Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Chase.

Day three at Leopardstown saw 17-year-old Jack Kennedy guided 11-1 Outlander to victory ahead of Don Poli and favourite Djakadam in the Lexus Chase and Vroom Vroom Mag held off a late charge from stable mate Clondaw Warrior to win the Christmas Hurdle.

Petit Mouchoir beat favourite Nichols Canon to the Ryanair chase at Leopardstown image: rte.ie

Petit Mouchoir beat favourite Nichols Canon to the Ryanair chase at Leopardstown
image: rte.ie

Petit Mouchoir beat favourite Nichols Canon to the win in the Ryanair Hurdle in the feature race on the final day of action, while Our Duke edged Coney Island to victory in the Neville Hotels Novice Chase.

Thistlecrack lived up to his favourite tag with an impressive victory over stable-mate Cue Card to win the King George VI Chase at Kempton, while Altior extended his unbeaten run over fences to three with victory in the 32Red.com Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase.

Elsewhere, Whisper grabbed a narrow win over Clan Des Obeaux in the BetBright Dipper Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham and Hennessy Gold Cup hero Native River romped to victory in the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow.

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