Swansea City may still be in the Capital One Cup semi-final but they were denied the chance to progress in the FA Cup by a late Jack Wilshere strike.
Edging towards extra time in the third round replay, Swansea had brought on mega-striker Michu to try and change things in their favour but it was Arsenal that grabbed the winner in the 86th minute to send them through to the fourth round. No such drama for Manchester United, with Wayne Rooney scoring against West Ham in the ninth minute with a wonderfully worked goal. In the Premier League, Chelsea threw away a two goal lead to Southampton, allowing substitute Rickie Lambert and Jason Puncheon to level the match 2-2.
Mark Williams and Mark Selby were the last two players to reach snooker’s Betfair Masters quarter-finals. Williams won the all-Welsh encounter against Matthew Stevens but the 6-4 win wasn’t great viewing. World number one staged an amazing comeback against Premier League winner Stuart Bingham and held on at the death to progress 6-5.
The latest round of matches in the World Indoor Bowls Championships was another all-British affair. All four Scottish entrants – Paul Foster, Alex Marshall, Steve Allan and Colin Walker – won against their neighbours, with only England’s Greg Harlow able to win one full set.
What seems like the final day of the World Hang Gliding Class 1 Championships saw Grant Crossingham and Carl Wallbank share the British standings, both placing 11th out of 98 participants. Gordon Rigg wasn’t far behind in 18th. The overall standings show that Crossingham held on from some late challenges to finish 8th in the 105-strong field, Gordon Rigg 16th, Gary Wirdnam 21st and Carl Wallbank 25th. Anthony Stephens fell some way back in 47th, Dave Matthews 52nd and Kathleen Rigg, second in the women’s competition, finished a strong 73rd. Great Britain’s good final day meant they moved to fourth in the final teams standings.
Heather Watson progressed to the second round after a feisty 3-set win against Kazakhstan’s Ksenia Pervak. No such good news for Laura Robson for now, with her doubles match with Timea Babos of Hungary ending 2-6 4-6 against Russian/Czech opponents. Colin Fleming and Jamie Murray are also out at the first time of asking, losing 5-7 5-7 to Michael Kohlmann of Germany and Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen.
Britain’s badminton contingent made a better start to the Maybank Malaysian Open as five doubles teams progressed to the second round of the SuperSeries tournament. None of the pairs were able to win in straight sets, with Heather Olver/Kate Robertshaw and Chris Adcock/Gabby White benefitting from retirements. Chris Langridge/Peter Mills, Jillie Cooper/Kirsty Gilmour and Robert Blair/Jillie Cooper (again) all also progressed. Rajiv Ouseph won in the men’s singles two sets to one against qualifier Zulfadli Zulkiffli of Malaysia.
Belfast Giants showed their superiority against Fife Flyers with an assured 3-0 win the Elite Ice Hockey League. Abbie Macey finished 28th in the giant slalom event in Okemo, whilst the European Cup Downhill event in Hinterstoder saw non-finishes from Douglas Crawford and TJ Baldwin.
Finally, the Australian Youth Olympic Festival began with a loss for Great Britain’s mixed badminton team in the qualification heats against Australia. The home nation also took the advantage in the hockey, with the women’s team beating Britain 3-0. The men fared much better, beating Malaysia 7-3.