The Week in Sport (13-19 Mar)

Irish eyes were smiling with St. Patrick’s Day festivities and a successful Week in Sport, including Sizing John winning the Gold Cup at Cheltenham and Ireland denying Six Nations champions England the grand slam.

Football

In the Premier League, Gary Cahill scored a late winner as Chelsea edged closer to the Premier League title in a 2-1 win over Stoke, while West Brom stunned Arsenal 3-1 to pile the pressure on Arsene Wenger. More week 29 results here.

Leicester are the only English side through to the quarter-finals
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Goals from Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton helped Leicester stun ten-man Sevilla 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions league, while Monaco sent Man City packing as a 3-1 home win saw them advance on the away goals rule. More results here.

Leicester will now face Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals, while the draw also produced two heavyweight ties as Barcelona take on Juventus and holders Real Madrid face Bayern Munich. Full draw here.

In the Europa League, Juan Mata scored the only goal in as Man United reached the quarter finals with a 1-0 win over Rostov, Lyon’s first leg triumph helped them through despite a 2-1 loss to Roma and Ajax bounced back to beat Copenhagen 2-0. More results here.

Man United now face Belgian side Anderlecht for the a place in the semi-finals, while the quarter-final draw also sees Lyon take on Besiktas, Genk play Celta Vigo and Ajax will take on Schalke.

N’Golo Kante scored the only goal as Chelsea knocked holders Man United out of the FA Cup in a 1-0 win over the Red Devils to set up a semi-final with Tottenham. Arsenal were drawn to face Man City in the other semi-final.

Goals from Karim Benzema and Casemiro helped Real Madrid to a hard-fought 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao to remain top of the La Liga table, while Barcelona kept the pressure on the leaders with Lionel Messi’s brace guiding them to a 4-2 win over Valencia.

Thomas Muller scored the only goal as Bayern went 13 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga in a 1-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach. Leipzig’s poor form continued as they fell to a 3-0 defeat to Werder Bremen and Dortmund closed the gap on second with a 1-0 win at Ingolstadt.

In Serie A, Juan Cuadrado scored the only goal as Juventus remain eight points clear of the table with a 1-0 win at Sampdoria. Joe Hart made two costly mistakes as Inter Milan grabbed a 2-2 draw at Torino.

Kylian M’Bappe scored twice as Monaco remain of Ligue 1 with a 3-0 victory at Caen, but PSG remain three points behind in second after a 2-1 win over Lyon. Nice lost ground on the top two after a 1-1 draw against Nantes.

In other news, Middlesbrough have sacked manager Aitor Karanka after no win in ten league games, while Tottenham are set to be without star man Harry Kane for a few weeks after suffering ankle ligament damage in their FA Cup win over Milwall.

Horse Racing

On Day One at the Cheltenham Festival, Buveur D’Air gave trainer Nicky Henderson his sixth victory in the Stan James Champion Hurdle, while 17-year-old jockey Jack Kennedy claimed a stunning victory on 25-1 shot Labaik in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

There was a big shock on day two at Cheltenham as 11-1 shot Special Tiara claimed victory in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, as favourite Douvan struggled to only manage seventh place.

Sizing John gave trainer Jessica Harrington her first Gold Cup victory
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Day Three saw Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins wrap up a quartet of victories on the day with 10-1 shot Nichols Canyon beating Lil Rockerfeller to the post in the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle.

There was also a comfortable victory for Un De Sceaux in the Ryaniar Chase, while Walsh also guided Yorkhill to victory in the JLT novices Chase and Lets Dance won the Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle in a very good day for trainer Mullins.

Sizing John claimed the Timicio Cheltenham Gold Cup on the final day of action, as the 7-1 shot pounced at the final two fences edge past Minella Rocco and Native River for the win and hand Irish trainer Jessica Harrington her first Gold Cup win.

Golf

Australia’s Marc Leishman earned his second PGA Tour title as he scored a final round 67 to finish on 11 under par, just one shot clear of Americans Kevin Kisner and Charlie Hoffman to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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