Good Week/Bad Week
Skysports.com runs through the heroes and villains from the last week of sporting drama
By Paul Higham - Twitter:@SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: 03/10/11 3:56pm
Another pulsating week of sporting action has left us with plenty of heroes to worship and villains to scowl at in our review of the last seven days.
No doubt about the week's big talking point - a certain Mr Tevez allegedly refusing do the job he is paid more than handsomely to do causing a huge stir at Manchester City.
Referee Martin Atkinson was the villain at Goodison as Everton saw red against the Reds, while Frank Lampard produced a heroic return to form to help Chelsea.
With golfing heroes on both sides of the Atlantic and the top two Super League sides failing to deliver, here's our weekly highlights.
More golfing dominance from Northern Ireland but this time it was the unheralded Michael Hoey who landed the spoils as he held off the challenge of countrymen Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Hoey's three-stroke overnight lead evaporated before the turn as he came under attack from his US Open-winning rivals, but three birdies in the last four holes saw him beat McIlroy by two with a final round 68 and a 22-under-par score.
The Northern Irishman only previous top-10 finish this season was a victory at the Madeira Islands Open in May and he held his nerve brilliantly once again to prevail at St Andrews.
Lampard has spent more time warming the bench than hitting the back of the net this season, but he made a goalscoring return to the Chelsea line-up this week that could also help get him back into the England side.
The vultures have already been circulating above Lampard amid the apparent demise of his career, but he returned to the Chelsea side to score against Valencia in the Champions League and then spoke of his desire to prove himself all over again.
And he did just that in emphatic fashion on Sunday as he scored a hat-trick in Chelsea's 5-1 thumping of Bolton at the Reebok Stadium to signal he is not finished just yet.
Korean-born American Kevin Na finally ended an eight-year wait for a victory by claiming the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas in Sunday.
It represented a maiden PGA Tour title came at the 211th attempt for Na, who had a host of second-placed finishes to his name and had thought that he would never get over the line to finally claim a winners' prize.
Na did, however, come through on Sunday to hold off Nick Watney by two shots and claim the title in his hometown of Las Vegas, making for an emotional victory for the 28-year-old.
Mark Cavendish sprinted to victory in a nail-biting finish in Copenhagen to claim the Road World Championship title for Great Britain for the first time in 46 years.
On a route that would just about play to his fast-finishing strengths, Manxman Cavendish came out on top in a thrilling bunch sprint up the final hill to the finish - pipping Matt Goss on the line.
Cavendish capped off a tireless performance by the eight-man Great Britain squad as he claimed the rainbow jersey for his country for the first time since Tom Simpson claimed victory in San Sebastian in 1965.
What more can we say about Tevez? He has spoken of his desire to leave, spent most of the season on the bench, but with City 2-0 down at Bayern Munich he had the chance to prove himself and help his team out of a hole.
He didn't though, and instead appeared to refuse to go on the pitch and do the job he gets paid a King's ransom for every single week, it's little wonder that few people have any sympathy for the Argentinian.
Roberto Mancini claims he will never play for the club again, Tevez claims it was a misunderstanding, maybe the fact he still couldn't speak any English despite spending over five years in the Premier League summed up his attitude - either way he was suspended and now a hearing is pending.
What a mixture of emotions for Dan Carter, with the New Zealand fly-half being ruled out of the rest of the World Cup just as he was about to captain the All Blacks against Canada.
Skippering his country in a home World Cup would have been a huge highlight for the record-breaking kicker, but he now will have to sit and watch his team-mates battle it out for the Webb Ellis Trophy.
The 29-year-old tore a groin tendon in kicking practice the day before the game, ending his participation in the tournament prematurely, and he did not hide his anguish after knowing the full extent of the problem.
Everton boss David Moyes and a packed house at Goodison Park watched in disbelief as Jack Rodwell's controversial red card resulted in them losing the Merseyside derby 2-0 to Liverpool.
Rodwell was dismissed midway through the first half after a perceived foul on Luis Suarez , but it was clear he got the ball and referee Martin Atkinson seemed far too quick to pull out the red card.
Atkinson was then up against it as much worse fouls from Tim Cahill and Tony Hibbert received a yellow and no punishment respectively, and an eventual 2-0 defeat by their arch rivals left the Toffees fans fuming.
Super League leaders
Both of Super League's top two finishers in the table failed to make it to the Grand Final as third-placed St Helens and fifth-placed Leeds managed to book their places at Old Trafford.
Table toppers Warrington had been superb all season and had hammered Leeds en route, but the Rhinos capitalised on two breakaway tries and some Wolves nerves to win a thriller 26-24 thanks to a late Kevin Sinfield penalty.
Defending champions Wigan started off like a train against fierce rivals St Helens, but Saints finished stronger and won 26-18 in the end to book yet another date with the Rhinos at Old Trafford.