The 4th round of the FA Cup did produce a couple of shock results with League One leaders Wigan, the main headliners, knocking out Premier League West Ham 2-0 at the DW Stadium. One of the favourites to lift the trophy, Liverpool, were surprisingly beaten 3-2 at home to West Brom, who are struggling at the bottom end of the Premier League. There were comfortable victories for Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United and Leicester. However, two League Two sides did perform extremely well against higher opposition. Newport County were eight minutes away from a memorable win against Tottenham, but Spurs were rescued once again by Harry Kane. A 1-1 draw means a lucrative replay for the Welsh side at Wembley (just what the Cup is all about!). Same result for Notts County who earned a replay at Swansea, currently bottom of the Premier League.
Leaders Wolves extended their lead at the top to 12 points with a 1-0 away win at Ipswich. With teams engaged in the FA Cup, Bristol City and Fulham moved into the play off places with wins over QPR and Barnsley respectively.
Scottish Premier League
The top 3 all won with leaders Celtic 11 points clear after a narrow 1-0 win over Hibs. Rangers are second after a 2-1 win at rock bottom Ross County and Aberdeen third on goal difference after a 3-1 home victory over Kimarnock.
Rory McIlroy just missed out on winning The Dubai Desert Classic by one shot after shooting a final round 69. The tournament was won by Chinese World no 60 Li Haotong, who also shot a final round 69. Third was Englishman Tyrrell Hatton. McIroy has now finished second and third in his first two tournaments of 2018 so surely a win is due very soon.
In Perth, England won the fifth and final game of the ODI series against Australia by 12 runs to win 4-1 overall. England posted 259 all out with Joe Root hitting 62 and Australia just coming up short with Tom Curran in only his third ODI claiming 5 wickets.
The 16 top ranked players in the PDC played in the Masters tournament over the weekend in Milton Keynes. New World Champion Rob Cross was knocked out by Mensur Suljovic in the last eight. The final was an all Dutch affair between World no 1 Michael Van Gerwen and Raymond Van Barneveld. In a nip and tuck match it was Van Gerwen who won his fourth consecutive Masters title winning 11-9.
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