James Clancy discusses the heroes and zeros from an action-packed weekend in the world of sort.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: The Swede’s ridiculous season continued on Sunday at Toulouse. The 32 year-old took his tally to 44 goals in 42 appearances for club and country this season with a match-winning hat-trick at Toulouse.
He opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute then headed home his second in the 70th and completed his hat-trick in the last minute by following up his own failed panenka penalty with a stabbed close-range finish.
Zlatan also had time in the match to have a sit down on the advertising hoardings before taking a throw in. PSG won the match 4-2 to maintain a five point lead atop of Ligue 1.
Winter Olympics and BBC Sport’s coverage: The brilliantly entertaining commentaries from the team covering the snowboarding events in particular were worth watching the action alone. Never before can I remember a) feeling too old for the commentary or b) hearing so many quotable nuggets. The commentators reflected the snowboarding culture and were a breath of fresh air. I was pretty dubious about Steve Cram commentating on curling but enjoyed his rapport with Jackie Lockhart. Well done all.
Chris Hughton: Reports were rife that the former Republic of Ireland international would lose his job as Norwich City manager were the Canaries to lose to Tottenham at Carrow Road.
Robert Snodgrass’ goal two minutes into the second half on Sunday earned Hughton another deserved stay of execution following a poor run of which had seen his charges teetering on the edge of the relegation zone. The Norfolk outfit are now four points above the drop zone.
RTÉ Sport producers: Or at least whoever is responsible for drawing the offside line on RTÉ’s Champions League football coverage. Check out balls.ie for one particularly ludicrous effort where the offside line seems to be drawn in line with the Bayern back four rather than in line with the last Bayern defender.
Vince McMahon: There appears to be no truth in the rumours that the American wrestling promoter is set to buy Newcastle United. That’s a pity as his gift for backstage drama would have fitted nicely with BT Sport’s plan to get cameras into Premier League dressing rooms.
John Terry/Chelsea FC: Chelsea’s Youtube Channel has uploaded a new anti-discrimination video. A wonderful idea and a wonderful video, were it not for the fact that the video is opened by Chelsea’s captain John Terry who has of course previously received a ban for racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand.
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