Through The Lens: The best sporting images of the weekend

A review of the weekend's best sporting moments from the best images
A review of the weekend's best sporting moments from the best images

Revisit the sporting weekend through the lens of the photographer as we pick out images from the best of the action.

The Magic of the Cup

The FA Cup's magic was on display throughout a weekend of third-round upsets, the most remarkable of which came on Sunday.

We'll get to events at Craven Cottage, but first to Newport where Leicester were beaten 2-1.

The Foxes had looked set to salvage a result when equalising with less than 10 minutes to play, but Newport regathered themselves and earned a penalty which Padraig Amond coolly converted.

Newport's Padraig Amond holds his nerve
Newport's Padraig Amond holds his nerve

Newport goalscorers Jamille Matt (left) and Padraig Amond
Newport goalscorers Jamille Matt (left) and Padraig Amond

Leicester boss Claude Puel
Leicester boss Claude Puel

Not to be outdone, Fulham somehow conspired to lose 2-1 at home to Oldham in the most remarkable of circumstances.

After being pegged back to 1-1, the home side earned a late penalty which Aleksandar Mitrovic missed, allowing the visitors to go up the other end and score thanks to Callum Lang.

It was fairytale stuff, with caretaken boss Pete Wild a lifelong supporter, and sparked wild celebrations on the pitch at full-time.

Oldham players and staff celebrate
Oldham players and staff celebrate

Predictably, Manchester City found things rather more straightforward, with Phil Foden among the scorers in a 7-0 demolition of Rotherham.

Saturday's action was less dramatic, but there was still room for Gillingham to shock Premier League side Cardiff to draw a particularly long face from Neil Warnock.

Gillingham's Elliott List celebrates his goal in the FA Cup win over Cardiff
Gillingham's Elliott List celebrates his goal in the FA Cup win over Cardiff

Neil Warnock looks on during Cardiff's FA Cup shock at Gillingham
Neil Warnock looks on during Cardiff's FA Cup shock at Gillingham

Game, set and match

It was one of those weekends in racing, by which we mean the action was fairly limited as a whole - a product of the calendar among other things.

Laurina was at least sighted and confirmed she remains a living, breathing horse by winning a match at Sandown, well enough for some firms to trim her for the Champion Hurdle.

Laurina skips over the final flight
Laurina skips over the final flight

Also on the card in Esher, Elixir De Nutz ground out victory in the Grade One Tolworth Hurdle...

Elixir De Nutz beats Grand Sancy in the Tolworth
Elixir De Nutz beats Grand Sancy in the Tolworth

...while the popular veterans' chase went to Houblon Des Obeaux, who 'rolled back the years' according to one pre-written headline.

Houblon Des Obeaux jumps the last at Sandown
Houblon Des Obeaux jumps the last at Sandown

Onto Sunday and Plumpton were rewarded for their forward-thinking approach to running a smaller course with Master Dino's win on Sunday.

The champion four-year-old hurdler in France, he showed himself to be a very smart novice chaser, one now JLT favourite after winning under our columnist Daryl Jacob.

Master Dino wins at Plumpton
Master Dino wins at Plumpton

Let's (keep) play(ing) darts!

The BDO World Darts Championships got under way at the Lakeside and there was an early shock in the women's draw, as Lisa Ashton was beaten.

Ashton was last seen proving competitive in the PDC World Championship and was expected to cruise through only to suffer a shock defeat to Mikuru Suzuki.

Lisa Ashton
Lisa Ashton

Changing fortunes

Wasps stopped their miserable run of form with a much-needed 27-16 win over Northampton in the Gallagher Premiership.

The hosts had won only one of their last 13 fixtures in all competitions but they deserved this morale-boosting victory by scoring three tries to one.

Josh Bassett, Juan De Jongh and Willie Le Roux scored their tries with Liam Sopoaga converting all three and kicking two penalties.

Wasps' Josh Bassett dives over for a try
Wasps' Josh Bassett dives over for a try

On Saturday, Leicester's upturn continued with a 34-16 victory over Gloucester, which is covered in our review of the action.

Spanish ace scores unlikely win

Roberto Bautista Agut followed up his semi-final victory over world number one Novak Djokovic by defeating wild card Tomas Berdych to win the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha.

The world number 24 claimed a ninth ATP Tour title on Saturday with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory in just under two hours.

In the women's game, Johanna Konta's Australian Open preparations were interrupted by an injury which forced her withdrawal from the Sydney International, but there was better news for compatriot Heather Watson.

Roberto Bautista Agut
Roberto Bautista Agut

Cowboys shoot down Seahawks

And finally, it's playoff time in the NFL and Dallas Cowboys hung on for a 24-22 Wild Card win over the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night.

We will of course have more from the NFL on Monday.

Dak Prescott in action
Dak Prescott in action

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