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WGM’s weekend wrap

Written by Ben Blaschke

So much sport, so little time. Where to start? Let’s head over to the United States where we have just witnessed one of the greatest opening rounds in NBA play-offs history with no less than five series going to a deciding seventh game.

While defending champions Miami cruised past Charlotte 4-0, none of their main title rivals had it so easy. Indiana, who finished the regular season top in the East, and San Antonio, who finished top in the West, both needed seven games to down Atlanta and Dallas respectively with the Pacers down 3-2 before winning their last two games to progress. Oklahoma City and the LA Clippers also needed seven, while Brooklyn upset Toronto in yet another thrilling series.

Novak Djokovic’s French Open campaign has suffered a major setback after he was forced to withdraw from the Madrid Masters overnight. Djokovic first suffered the injury in his semi-final loss to Roger Federer in Monte Carlo two weeks ago but had hoped he was ready to resume his preparations by now with the French Open just three weeks away.

Marc Marquez made it four wins from four races this year with another dominant display to win his home Spanish Grand Prix. Marquez became the first rider since Michael Doohan in 1992 to win the first four races of a season as he cruised to victory ahead of Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa.

The Brisbane Roar were crowned Australia’s A-League champions last night after coming from behind to beat the Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1 in the final. The Wanderers led 1-0 and were looking good midway through the second half but an injury to Nikolai Topor-Stanley turned the game on its head. Brisbane striker Besart Berisha leveled the scores five minutes from the end before Henrique added the winner in extra time.

And the EPL title race looks to be down to two following Chelsea’s 0-0 draw against Norwich last night. The surprise result leaves them a point behind both Manchester City and Liverpool but having played one game more. The Reds travel to Crystal Palace tonight needing a win of their own to keep the pressure on City, who currently sit top thanks to their superior goal difference after a tense 3-2 win at Everton.