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 images from Friday to Sunday.

Enable an equine superstar

It may not have been a sparkling Breeders' Cup for the European raiding party, whose team was one down when Polydream was denied the chance to run, but Enable's victory over Magical one of the highlights of the meeting.

John Gosden's filly became the first horse in history to win the Arc and follow-up stateside as she dug deep to repel the runner-up, who had been given every chance under Ryan Moore.

Enable wins the Breeders' Cup Turf
Enable wins the Breeders' Cup Turf

It was the second part of a double for Frankie Dettori, who had earlier delivered a masterclass to produce Sir Michael Stoute's Expert Eye on the line to win the Mile.

Expert Eye gets up late to land the Breeders' Cup Mile
Expert Eye gets up late to land the Breeders' Cup Mile

Dettori was in ebullient form after both victories, latterly pleading with Teddy Grimthorpe to keep Enable in training, who has nothing more to prove.

For the home contingent, Newspaperofrecord was an impressive winner on Friday night but perhaps the most poignant was Accelerate, who defied a market drift to win the Classic and end trainer John Sadler's long wait for a win at the Breeders' Cup.

Accelerate's jockey Joel Rosario punches the air
Accelerate's jockey Joel Rosario punches the air

Yorkshire chalks-up Charlie success

Earlier on Saturday, the field for the Charlie Hall Chase might have been small but the race did not lack for drama as Definitly Red made a winning return.

Brian Ellison's horse just got the better of Black Corton, aboard whom Bryony Frost had performed miracles to stay in the saddle after a mistake early in the race.

Perhaps that cost the second but horse and rider will live to fight another day as Yorkshire ended a long wait for victory in the biggest race on Wetherby's calendar.

Definitly Red wins the Charlie Hall
Definitly Red wins the Charlie Hall

Joy of six for City

Manchester City maintained their devastating assault on the Premier League with a 6-1 victory over Southampton on Sunday, as Sergio Aguero scored his 150th Premier League goal.

Raheem Stirling was also among the scorers as the champions powered back to the top of the table.

Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring Manchester City's fifth against Southampton
Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring Manchester City's fifth against Southampton

That came after Liverpool had drawn 1-1 at Arsenal on Saturday, the Gunners responding well to having gone behind as their unbeaten run was extended.

Alexandre Lacazette celebrates his goal for Arsenal at home to Liverpool
Alexandre Lacazette celebrates his goal for Arsenal at home to Liverpool

Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester United were winners on a good weekend for the big-guns but the most notable success belonged to Leicester, who edged past Cardiff in Wales - a victory in tribute to owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who had died a week earlier after his helicopter crashed outside the King Power Stadium.

Leicester City team hold up a tribute banner to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
Leicester City team hold up a tribute banner to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Away from the Premier League, you can now watch every Sky Bet Championship goal while there are League One and League Two reviews to pore over.

Unbeaten as a dad!

James Wade became a father for the first time last month, almost five years after his last TV title.

It was a frustratingly barren run for the previously formidable Machine, who has endured some tough times away from the oche, but twenty days after the arrival of his little man, the happy dad has now won two big trophies in the space of a week!

Last weekend the 34-year-old won the European Championship and on Sunday he claimed the World Series of Darts Finals in dramatic circumstances against Michael Smith in a deciding leg.

That's Two For Arthur alright!

James Wade after winning the World Series of Darts Finals (Picture: PDC/Michael Braunschadel)
James Wade after winning the World Series of Darts Finals (Picture: PDC/Michael Braunschadel)

From Russia with love

Karen Khachanov sprung one of the biggest upsets of the year by stunning four-time champion Novak Djokovic in the final of the Paris Masters.

The Russian is expected to challenge for grand slam honours in future and his turn may not be far away judging by this success.

It came against an opponent who had gone the distance in his semi-final on Saturday and will return to the top of the world rankings on Monday.

Karen Khachanov celebrates after the biggest win of his burgeoning career
Karen Khachanov celebrates after the biggest win of his burgeoning career

World at his feet

Another man returning to number one is Justin Rose, who was the beneficiary of some late mistakes by Hao-tong Li to win the Turkish Airlines Open in a play-off.

Rose had taken over in front with four holes to play before Li's remarkable eagle at the 15th levelled things up. Rose then moved back in front only to three-putt the 17th and the young Chinese then returned the favour at the 18th after Rose had made bogey, too.

That meant extra holes and while Li was again in prime position and had a putt for the tournament from inside 10 feet, he missed that and the next one as a shell-shocked Rose completed a successful title defence.

Justin Rose wins the Turkish Airlines Open
Justin Rose wins the Turkish Airlines Open

DeChambeau lands Vegas jackpot

A brilliant eagle at the 16th helped Bryson DeChambeau claim his fourth PGA Tour title of the calendar year at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.

DeChambeau trailed defending champion Patrick Cantlay by a single shot with three holes to play but he holed his 58-foot eagle putt from just off the 16th green to jump to 21 under par.

And with Cantlay unable to save par at the 17th, DeChambeau suddenly found himself in possession of a two-shot lead and on-course for victory.

Bryson DeChambeau celebrates with his latest trophy
Bryson DeChambeau celebrates with his latest trophy

Alive and kicking

It wasn't pretty, but Owen Farrell kicked England to victory over South Africa in the first round of Autumn internationals.

England's Owen Farrell
England's Owen Farrell

Wales beat Scotland 21-10 while Ireland ran out ready winners against Argentina in a game which took place in Chicago.

Wales proved too strong for Scotland
Wales proved too strong for Scotland

Leagues ahead

Switching codes and there was also success for England's rugby league team as a fine second-half rally saw them beat New Zealand and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

England players celebrate
England players celebrate

Rhys Williams scored a hat-trick to keep alive Wales' hopes of automatic qualification for the 2021 World Cup with a 50-12 rout of Scotland.

Rhys Williams in action for Wales
Rhys Williams in action for Wales

Wade in, weighed in

James Wade won his second TV title in succession on Sunday as he survived match darts to beat Michael Smith 11-9 in the World Series Finals.

Wade appeared to be staring at a heartbreaking defeat but five misses from Smith handed him a reprieve and The Machine needed no second invitation.

James Wade (Picture: PDC/Michael Braunschadel)
James Wade (Picture: PDC/Michael Braunschadel)

Final countdown

Josh Taylor beat Ryan Martin in the quarter-final of the World Boxing Super Series to keep alive his hopes of going all the way.

The 27-year-old from Prestonpans took his time to get going but when he floored his hitherto unbeaten opponents with a left to the head and a left to the body, referee Victor Loughlin stepped in to call a halt, with two minutes 21 seconds of the round gone.

Josh Taylor
Josh Taylor celebrates a popular victory

And finally...

Mark Allen secured his fourth ranking title with a convincing success over Neil Robertson in the final of snooker's International Championship.


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