Good Week/Bad Week
Skysports.com picks out the winners and losers from a tumultuous seven days in the sporting world.
By Graeme Mair - Twitter: @gmair 1
Last Updated: 13/02/12 11:37am
An eventful seven days in the world of sport has seen plenty of drama on and off the pitch.
Skysports.com has picked out the main winners and losers over the course of the week.
Once you have read through our selections, feel free to add your own using the feedback form at the bottom of the page.
Harry Redknapp: The Spurs manager started the week on trial and ended it as the clear favourite to become the next England manager. Redknapp was cleared of tax evasion by a jury at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday, the same day as Fabio Capello resigned from the England job. Redknapp has received widespread backing from his peers to succeed Capello and his stock rose further on Sunday when Tottenham thrashed Newcastle 5-0 to consolidate third place in the Premier League table.
Jessica Ennis: Britain's big hope for heptathlon gold at the London Olympics this summer showed her winter training has gone well by winning two events at the UK indoor championships. Ennis, in front of her home fans in Sheffield, cleared 1.91 metres to take victory in the high jump on Saturday and added the 60m hurdles title the following day in an equal personal best time of 7.95 seconds.
Phil Mickelson: The American left-hander claimed his 40th PGA Tour title in style with a closing 64 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Six back at the start of the final round, Mickelson reached the turn in 31 with three birdies and an eagle and added three more birdies on the way home, including at the 18th to round off a two-shot win.
Zambia: Nineteen years after a plane crash which killed 18 members of their squad in Libreville, the Chipolopolo returned to the Gabon capital to claim their maiden Africa Cup of Nations crown. After playing out a goalless 120 minutes with Ivory Coast, Zambia prevailed 8-7 on penalties, Stophira Sunzu stepping up with the decisive strike after Gervinho's miss opened the door.
Dan Evans: In Andy Murray's absence, the world number 276 carried Great Britain to a 3-2 victory over Slovakia by winning both his singles matches against higher ranked opponents. Evans saw off Lukas Lacko in straight sets on the opening day in Glasgow. Two defeats for James Ward sandwiched a doubles win for British duo Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins to leave everything hanging on Evans' showdown with Martin Klizan. And the Solihull-born right-hander came through 6-1 6-1 4-6 3-6 6-3 to earn Great Britain a home tie with Belgium in April for place in World Group play-offs.
Luis Suarez: Liverpool's Uruguayan forward failed to shake the hand of Manchester United captain Patrice Evra prior to Saturday's Premier League match at Old Trafford. Suarez, who served an eight-match suspension after being found guilty of racially abusing Evra when the two teams met at Anfield in October, later apologised for his actions.
Mick McCarthy: In the thick of the Premier League relegation battle, Wolves needed a result at home to midlands rivals West Brom on Sunday. Instead they were thrashed 5-1, a defeat that resulted in manager Mick McCarthy being sacked the next morning.
Scotland: Leigh Halfpenny's 22-point haul, including two of Wales' three tries, condemned Scotland to their second RBS Six Nations defeat in a row. Andy Robinson's men did at least break a four-Test try drought when Greig Laidlaw crossed the whitewash.
Tanja Poutiainen: The Finn was on course for her first World Cup slalom victory of the season in Soldeu-Granvalira after setting the fastest time on the first run. She looked set for a safe win when, halfway down her second run, gusts of wind blew her off the course, sending snow flying and forcing her to miss a gate. Austria's Marlies Schild was the beneficiary, taking her sixth slalom success out of seven races.
Roger Federer: The only member of the 'big four' in Davis Cup action this week probably wished he hadn't bothered. Federer lost to John Isner on Friday, his first defeat in the competition for nine years, as Switzerland went down 5-0 to the United States on home clay in Fribourg. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray were all sat at home with their feet up after their exertions at the Australian Open.