Sporting Life Through The Lens: A review of the weekend sport in pictures

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 some of the best images from Friday to Sunday.

Champion of Champions

QIPCO Champions Day belonged to John Gosden, who landed a big-race treble thanks to Stradivarius, Roaring Lion and Cracksman, confirming his place at the top of the British Flat trainers' championship in the process.

Gosden, ever eloquent, hailed a Frankie Dettori miracle on the former, the champion stayer of the year and very much a flagbearer for a yard which doesn't lack for them.

Frankie Dettori celebrates on Stradivarius
Frankie Dettori and Stradivarius

Later, Roaring Lion showed guts and class in equal measure before Cracksman bounced right back to his best in the Champion Stakes.

Roaring Lion wins the QEII under Oisin Murhpy
Roaring Lion wins the QEII under Oisin Murhpy

Reflecting on the day, Gosden said: "Frankie, how he got through the Houdini hole on Stradivarius, I don't know.

Frankie Dettori and Cracksman on their way to more Champion Stakes success
Dettori and Cracksman on their way to more Champion Stakes success

"I thought Roaring Lion was beyond brave, as he was never enjoying the ground, but he had the guts to win it, and I thought Oisin (Murphy) was cool and didn't panic.

"Cracksman had been showing it home and the vibes were pretty strong from the work reports in Newmarket. I knew that just focus his mind and he will fly, and he literally flew. It's not a bad day to have a treble."

John Gosden collects his QEII trophy from The Queen
John Gosden makes clear his delight to The Queen

Perhaps the picture of the day, though, came courtesy of another Dettori flying dismount, one no doubt laced with relief after Stradivarius got his day off to an ideal start.

Frankie Dettori celebrates in his usual style
Frankie Dettori celebrates in his usual style

It wasn't all Gosden and Dettori, with Aidan O'Brien winning the opener thanks to Magical and Sands Of Mali dominating the sprint for our columnist Richard Fahey.

Sands Of Mali wins at Ascot
Sands Of Mali wins for trainer Richard Fahey

Late drama at the Bridge

Oh, Jose. It all looked to be going so well. Manchester United are leading 2-1 in the closing minutes of their Premier League clash with Chelsea. A few seconds later, Mourinho is fighting...

Tempers boil over with Jose Mourinho (centre) in Chelsea v Manchester United
Tempers boil over...

It all came about because a) Ross Barkley scored in the 96th minute to earn his side a 2-2 draw and b) Chelsea assistant coach Marco Ianni celebrated this fact in front of Mourinho in what you might term an act of antagonism.

Now, we know what you're thinking. It likely involves a pot and a kettle. Still, Ianni has been asked to explain himself although Mourinho could also be in trouble with the FA. Again.

Chelsea's Marco Ianni celebrates in front of Jose Mourinho
Chelsea's Marco Ianni celebrates in front of Jose Mourinho

On the pitch, Barkley capped an excellent fortnight, a turning point in his career perhaps, with a vital goal to keep Chelsea on the heels of the Premier League leaders. Click here for some fallout in the form of talking points.

Ross Barkley scores a late equaliser for Chelsea against Manchester United
Ross Barkley scores a late equaliser for Chelsea against Manchester United

Manchester City and Liverpool both won, the former easily, the latter less than convincingly. You can read about all Saturday's action here.

Meanwhile on Sunday, midway through the second half of Everton versus Crystal Palace it looked like a case of 'nothing to see here'. Then Palace's Wilfried Zaha earned a penalty. Then Jordan Pickford saved it. Then the home side scored twice in a couple of minutes late in the game.

Jordan Pickford celebrates after his vital penalty save
Jordan Pickford celebrates after his vital penalty save

Dominic Calvert-Lewis scored the opener for Everton before fellow sub Cenk Tosun added a second. Man of the match: Marco Silva?

Dominic Calvert-Lewin celebrates scoring for Everton
Dominic Calvert-Lewin celebrates scoring the opener for Everton

Edmund breaks through

In 2005, Greg Rusedski won his final ATP Tour singles title. For the next 13 or so years, British hopes were pinned solely onto the shoulders of Andy Murray, arguably (not arguably) the greatest sportsman in the history of this once proud nation.

On Sunday, Murray was finally able to share the load as Kyle Edmund fought back from a slow start to beat Gael Monfils in the final of the European Open, winning his first ever ATP Tour singles title in the process.

The freedom of Hull awaits.

An emotional Kyle Edmund after sealing his first ATP Tour singles title
An emotional Kyle Edmund after sealing his first ATP Tour singles title

Hold on, the reliable source that is Wikipedia says he lives in the Bahamas. All that travel must be... taxing.

Kyle Edmund (left) with his first ATP Tour trophy
Clear by the expressions which one of these two won...

Poles apart!

Poland's Krzysztof Ratajski won Players Championship 21 on Saturday. Then he won Players Championship 22 on Sunday.

For that achievement, one matched only by Gary Anderson and MVG this year, he earns 'best of the rest' after racing, football and a monumental tennis achievement - even if darts wouldn't be known for its iconic images.

Here he is making the universal sign for peace, which in this case means 'I won twice!'. Well done sir.

Krzysztof Ratajski (credit: PDC)
Krzysztof Ratajski (credit: PDC)

Hamilton made to wait

The laconic Kimi Raikkonen declared himself "happy" at winning the US Grand Prix, more than five years and some 113 races on from his previous victory.

That's the longest gap between grand prix wins in history and was enough to prolong the Drivers' Championship, which will now likely conclude in Mexico next Sunday after Lewis Hamilton extended his lead over Sebastian Vettel to 70 points.

Vettel needs to win all three remaining races and hope his rival suffers a series of incidents if the German is to pull off the unthinkable, with Hamilton on the verge of a fifth title despite finishing only third in Texas.

Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and another man
Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and another man

Brooks the best in Korea

Golf has another new world number one, and this one is hard to argue with.

With his third win of the year - the other two happened to be majors - Brooks Koepka takes over at the top of the rankings and in some style, a stunning back-nine earning him a four-shot win over a charging Gary Woodland.

Brooks Koepka celebrates his latest victory
Brooks Koepka celebrates his latest victory and graduation to top spot in the world

England seal series

Joe Root (32*) and Eoin Morgan (31*) led England to a rain-affected victory over Sri Lanka, taking them into a 3-0 lead with just one match to go in the series.

Hopefully the weather has less of a say in the Test series to come, for which Jonny Bairstow is now an injury doubt.

Joe Root and Eoin Morgan in ODI action for England
Joe Root and Eoin Morgan in ODI action for England

Bingham beats Davis

Mark Davis came up one short in his quest to win a first snooker ranking title at 46, losing the final 9-7 to friend and former world champion Stuart Bingham.

An engrossing final looked set to go the distance until Bingham produced a classy century in the 15th frame and then edged the next to seal his fifth ranking event.

For Davis, it was a first final appearance at this level in a career which has spanned three decades. Applause all round.

Stuart Bingham
Stuart Bingham

Newcastle in last-gasp win

The football team might be fairly miserable, but Newcastle Falcons are flying high in the Champions Cup after making it back-to-back victories for the campaign.

The latest, a 23-20 victory over Montpellier, came in dramatic fashion and is summed up nicely by this picture...

Newcastle Falcon's Sonatane Takulua celebrates
Newcastle Falcon's Sonatane Takulua celebrates

Also in rugby, Saracens benefited from Glasgow's win against Cardiff, while Leinster were beaten by Toulouse.

All that came on Sunday, with Saturday no less engrossing and covered in detail right here.

On the Marc again

In the bike racing, Marc Marquez secured a third straight MotoGP crown - and fifth of his career - with victory in Japan.

The win at Motegi was the eighth of the season for the Spaniard and drew him level on five titles with Mick Doohan. Only Valentino Rossi and Giacomo Agostini have won more.

Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez celebrates

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