Good Week/Bad Week
We're back for 2011, and looking at who has started off the year well and who has already had a year to forget.
Last Updated: 04/01/11 10:56pm
Good Week/Bad Week returns for 2011 as we look at who has started off the year on the right foot and who has already had a year to forget.
As the year came to a close, England fans half way around the world rejoiced as Andrew Strauss and his boys ended over two decades of hurt on Aussie soil.
There can surely be no better way to start the New Year than by being crowned a world champion of your sport, but in Adrian Lewis' case he did so by also creating some history in front of the Sky Sports TV cameras.
On the flip side, the New Year brought no respite for Chelsea, who slipped further behind in the title race after being stung late on at home by Aston Villa.
England won the Ashes in Australia for the first time in 24 years as they inflicted another humiliating beating on the home side in Melbourne, this time winning by an innings and 157 runs to retain the urn.
Jonathan Trott scored 168 not out after the Aussies crumbled for just 98 in their first innings, and their 268 at the second attempt meant England did not need to bat again as they went 2-1 in front in the series.
Strauss and his troops still want to go all out to claim the series though, and they started well in Sydney by bowling Australia out for 280 before reaching 167-3 on day two as they push to make it a real success story on this tour.
'Jackpot' Lewis lit up the World Darts Championship final at Alexandra Palace, as he claimed the title and became the first man to throw a nine-darter in the biggest game in the sport.
The Stoke man hit his perfect nine-darter in just the third leg of his match with Gary Anderson, and he maintained his relentless pace to prevail 7-5 in the end after a brave fightback from the Scotsman.
Playing so well on the big stage will be a huge boost for Lewis as he looks to climb out of the shadow of Phil Taylor, and there is no doubt on this showing he can also become a multiple world champion.
Despite seven defeats in their last ten matches of the season, a win at home against St Louis saw Seattle somehow make the NFL play-offs - albeit making unwelcome history as the first team to do so with a losing record.
The seeding system in the league also means that despite a 7-9 record, the fact they won a desperately poor NFC West division gives them a home tie against the 11-5 New Orleans Saints in the play-offs.
Head coach Pete Carroll will be delighted just to make the post-season, although if they can somehow get beyond the defending Super Bowl champions then they really will have something to shout about.
Chelsea have slipped down to fifth in the Premiership after limping through the festive period, with even their 1-0 win at home against Bolton a close-run affair for the champions.
Carlo Ancelotti's men also suffered a damaging 3-1 reverse against Arsenal at the Emirates and they continue to struggle to find anywhere near their best form.
Even at home against Aston Villa they found no real change in fortunes, as they fought back from 2-1 down to lead 3-2 in stoppage time only to concede a last-gasp equaliser to see another two points dropped.
What more can go wrong for the Australian skipper? He was forced to undergo an operation on his finger injury after watching the Ashes slip out of his grasp against England in Melbourne.
Seriously out of form throughout the series, Ponting became the first Aussie captain to lose the Ashes at home in 24 years, and the manner of two huge defeats has him under all sorts of pressure.
Ponting is not even able to try and rescue a series draw in Sydney due to his injury, with Michael Clarke now the man in the hot seat.
Wales back-row Dafydd Jones has been forced to hang up his boots after losing his battle with a shoulder injury.
Jones, who has spent 13 years playing for Llanelli and the Scarlets, suffered the problem to his A/C joint against New Zealand in November 2009.
And despite twice undergoing surgery in a bid to repair the damage, Jones has now admitted defeat and announced his retirement.